December 2019
Summit Public Art Update
The mission of Summit Public Art (SPA) is bringing art to public spaces in Summit . We hope you'll find within these emails something that piques your interest, or helps you see the art around town with fresh eyes. If you find the information in this email of value, please forward to your Summit-area friends. Thank you for your support of public art in our community.
Art with Impact: 2019 in Review
From large-scale murals to 15' cardinals, Summit Public Art has brought visual impact to town in 2019. "Impact" has been this year's theme in fact. It's a concept that ties into our mission of bringing world-class public art installations to our community in Summit, and one that also defines the dedication of our all-volunteer committee. We are art lovers who want to share the impact art has had on us with our friends and family, and the world at large. We are thankful to live in a town that embraces the artists and their work, and responds so positively to public art!

With the help of our generous spo nsors and the support of the City of Summit, nine new art works were installed throughout town in 2019, with one additional piece (Jason Peters' Broadway Boogie at City Hall Park) extended for another year. We highlight the nine new works in this email, and encourage you to take one of our Community Art Walks starting this spring to learn more about these works and the talented artists behind them.
New Installations in 2019
Paul Santoleri painted The Watcher on the wall overlooking the Bank Street parking lot.
Richard Pitts installed Back from the Yellow Brick Road on Kaus Way. Off Springfield Avenue.
Hellbent painted Walk the Streets on the Springfield Avenue parking deck. Off Springfield Avenue.
James Tyler installed  Brickhead Love on the Village Green. Corner of Summit Avenue and Broad Street.
Jorge Wellesley mentored art students at Summit High School through the RAMP UP program to create  Connections installed in Promenade Park .
The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, installed Love Long Last on the Village Green. Corner of Summit Avenue and Broad Street.
Emil Alzamora installed Dettifoss on the Village Green near the train station entrance. Off Broad Street.
Joni Younkins-Herzog installed  Vuida in front of City Hall. Off Springfield Avenue.
Sarah Langsam installed  Togetherness Trail along a section of the Summit Park Line off Morris Avenue.
Dettifoss Brings Serenity to the Daily Commute
Perhaps your latest trip to the Summit train station has taken you past a sculpture of a figure in a meditative pose. Titled Dettifoss , the work is part of a series by artist Emil Alzamora , in which he explores "the ideas of erosion, distillation, purity, reduction and simplification as it may occur to the human form and as a metaphor for one’s state of mind or being."
" I love the idea of an unsuspecting person stumbling upon a work of art in a public space and having that be the circumstances in which they engage art. "
The installation is situated perfectly to maximize the impact of its stillness on the commuters who pass by it daily.
Dettifoss evokes a meditative state of mind to passers-by outside the Summit train station.
You may remember another Summit installation from a couple of years ago by Emil Alzamora, Hector's Return & Andromache.
Emil has had two solo shows in 2019, one in London and one in NYC, and other shows in New York State, wrapping up his busy year at the Miami art shows. He works out of his studio in Beacon, NY. Of his current work he says, "I’m excited to bring together the many visual and material sculptural experiments that I have made over the years to start building a more unified body of work. This has been percolating for a number of years and is coming more into fruition now." We anticipate continued success for Emil and look forward to seeing what he does next.
Update from the Committee: Supporting Public Art in Summit

Summit Public Art needs you!

Think about donating to Summit Public Art for your year-end giving. Your donations are our primary source of funding. We rely on the generosity of Summit residents to provide the public art that you, your families, and visitors to our town enjoy on a daily basis. Donations are accepted (and appreciated!) year-round, and are tax-deductible.
As the saying goes, Time is Money. We are always in need of the expertise of Summit residents on the Summit Public Art committee, especially in the areas of non-profit development, financial management, and marketing. Consider joining other art lovers in our quest to continue making Summit a beautiful place to live. If you are interested in learning more please email us .
From everyone on the Summit Public Art committee, thank you for a magical year!
Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year
to you and your family.
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