Westfield loves the arts in all of their forms. Visit any one of the dozens of galleries in the downtown area to see artwork of all kinds (paintings, pottery, photography, etc.). Sweet Sounds Downtown offers four different live concerts every Tuesday through the end of August. And right now, the Westfield Public Arts Commission is accepting submissions from local artists to create an Artist Alley right in the heart of downtown Westfield.
New Westfield Artist Alley
The WPAC wants to create a permanent public installation in downtown Westfield. But they need talented artists to submit their ideas. Westfield’s brand new Artist Alley will be set up on the side of the old Rialto theatre connecting Broad St. to the parking lot. They wish to see both 2D and 3D works of art (mosaics and wall sculptures) added to the wall. Each artist will be recognized for their individual work.
Anyone interested in participating in Artist Alley may email their full-color submissions to the WPAC. All submissions must be received by the end of the day on August 22nd to be considered.
New Life at the Old Rialto Theatre
The Rialto, a local landmark since 1922, closed its doors rather suddenly back in 2019. After much dispute between the owners, it reopened late last year as the Center for Creativity at the Rialto. Here, they wish to foster creativity in literature, film, live performances, and art. They also want to preserve a bit of Westfield’s past by keeping the Rialto building alive and well for future generations to enjoy.
Less than 20 towns in the entire state have kept old movie palaces like the Rialto alive. One of those towns just happens to be our very own Westfield. Support the arts and history by supporting public installations like Artist Alley. Thank you.