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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Junebug ArtFest 2011 Kicks it up a notch with Guest Lecturers

(METUCHEN, NJ) -- Metuchen's Mystical Magical Junebug ArtFest has moved itself up a notch...or five.  Two Modern Masters of visual art will participate in the annual event as guest lecturers and extend the "every-Friday-night-in-June" activity into two Thursday evenings as well.

Internationally recognized conceptual artist, sculptor and photographer SANDY SKOGLUND will present an overview of her work on THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30PM at the Old Franklin School, 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen.

JANE DICKSON, described as "the woman who brought celebration to the daily commute" with her mosaics of New Year's Revelers in the NY Subway, will present an overview of her work on THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 7:30PM, at the same location.

Skoglund's studio has been portrayed as an "unlikely cross between a playground and a laboratory where high-minded ideas commingle with basic materials and other worlds emerge..." (

Jane Dickson, a professor at PACE University in NYC, is widely known for her paintings on astro-turf and interactive City Maze installed in the Bronx. (

Both artists are at the peak of their careers and active participants in the NYC art scene, and the Metuchen art community is delighted by their participation in the event.

"When the Junebug Committee gathered last October to 'evaluate and dream,' we spoke about the need to take the event to the next level," explains Linda LaStella, one of the Chairpersons. "We are thrilled to be able to bring artists of this stature to our Central Jersey community."

The Junebug Committee is able to provide these two lectures thanks to a successful fundraising campaign through the arts funding website

We are hoping for a large turnout those two Thursday evenings in June when Metuchen truly becomes a "haven for artists and a heaven for art lovers."

For more information: visit the Junebug ArtFest web site -