Sisters at Heart Irene Granderson

"Sisters at Heart" by Irene Granderson.

"Sisters at Heart" by Irene Granderson.

Windows of Hope 2021 (June 12 through July 10) is a creative art exhibit being featured in the historic district windows of Lawrenceville Main Street and Gordon Avenue. This event combines the elements of a traditional exhibit, public art installation, and “phantom galleries.” It will feature 52 talented artists and 70 2D and 3D artwork contributions from all sectors of our community, including HomeFront’s ArtSpace, whose artists will display work at the Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor with artists from the Lawrence Township Senior Center.

Eight Main Street businesses will host the upcoming art exhibit: Lawrenceville Vintage Treasures, The Village Barber Shop, The Gingered Peach, DiMatteo Chiropractic and Pilates, The Purple Cow, 2681 Main Street, Starbucks Lawrenceville, and Chambers Walk Café. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork will be displayed in the interior windowpanes of these historic buildings facing outward for all passersby to enjoy.

For select businesses whose interior spaces remain closed, there will be “phantom galleries” with artwork illuminated and displayed on ledges with easels, also visible through the windows.

Windows of Hope will also host an event Flickr page where all submissions will be featured online. Artists can sell and retain 100 percent of the revenue from the sale of their work. Window exhibition maps where artwork is featured will also be available at each participating business with a QR code to “swipe” for artwork description, pricing, and artist’s contact information. Prizes will be awarded including the public being able to vote for an interactive People’s Choice Award.

Windows of Hope is being sponsored by Westgate Management Company, Incorporated, a Lawrenceville-based business. The exhibit’s mission is to benefit the Lawrenceville community, improve the appearance of the historic Village, enable residents to enjoy art while outdoors, and assists local artists who have struggled during the Covid-19 shutdown. In addition, the art show will draw visitors who can also support Main Street’s local merchants by dining and shopping.

For more information on the volunteer-led nonprofit organization Lawrenceville Main Street, dedicated to fostering a sense of community and revitalizing historic downtown Lawrenceville, visit www.lawrencevillemainstreet.com or visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

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