Welcome to Hamilton Street Gallery, located in downtown Bound Brook, New Jersey, is an exhibition space for contemporary visual art. We welcome both emerging and established artists residing in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. All media is considered and we encourage work that is new and experimental. There will be 6 or 7 annual group exhibits, some of which will be juried and curated by our gallery staff, and others by guest curators. Shows will run between 6 and 8 weeks. They will be thematic and versatile in nature, ranging from whimsical to the audacious, providing artists with the means to articulate their ideas about the world. Also, we hope to stimulate the creative pulse of the community by conveying an atmosphere in which to experience a focused, personal and enriching engagement with art.
COUNCIL OAK MURAL PROJECT
Some samples of Grades K-12 inspirational ideas for murals – Download all of the pictures in a PDF on the prospectus
The idea for the mural is centered on an historical representation of Bound Brook’s legendary Council Oak Tree. It is recorded that in 1681, under this tree, two Lenni Lenape chiefs known as Konackama and Queromak sold the area now known as the Borough of Bound Brook to Governor Philip Cartaret and seven other wealthy
landowners for “100 pounds of various goods.” This beloved tree is over 300 years old and still stands on Maple Avenue near the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church located on Mountain Avenue. In addition to the main focus of the Council Oak Mural, artists will be expected to include in their designs various depictions of events and persons throughout Bound Brook’s unique, diverse and multicultural history. The following books are excellent resources that include a rich array of pictures and detailed stories, that will assist the artist in imagining visual narratives essential to the composition of the mural:
1. Under The Council Oak written by Helen Kuhn, Jane Spangler and David Steele for the Bicentennial of 1976. This can be downloaded as a PDF from www.hamiltonstreetgallery.com
2. Images of America, Bound Brook written by Dorothy A. Stratford and Margaret McKay.
This book is available at the Bound Brook Library and is also for sale at the Union Avenue Pharmacy on Union
Avenue and at Barnes and Noble book store on the Somerville Circle.
Also, The Bound Brook Arts Committee has chosen a selection of drawings by Bound Brook students from grades K to 12 and would like to include these imaginative ideas to be interpreted within the design of the
mural. (These images are included in this PDF.)
Council Oak Mural Project Timeline
Project Start Date: May 14th, 2018
Project Completion time: Summer/Fall of 2018
Submission Guidelines for First Jurying