SHREWSBURY, NJ – On Sunday, October 3, 2010, the Guild of Creative Art will host an opening reception for their most competitive show of the year, the 18th Annual Open Juried Show, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.  Come and discover many talented artists of New Jersey and the tri-state area.This premiere art show in New Jersey is open to the public and admission is free.  The show will be judged by Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., Liason for the Mellon Program and Assistant Curator of American Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.  A series of awards will be given such as; Best in Category (Painting, Sculpture, and Photography), Honorable Mention Metals, Kojola Award for Realism (Painting), Mitchell Award for Acrylic, Friedlander Award for Abstract, and the Guild Award for Artistic Innovation.  The awards will be presented at 4:00PM. Another exciting feature of this reception is that musicians from the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra will be providing musical accompaniment.

Approximately, 130 different artists will have their work displayed in this show.  A variety of all forms of art will be presented such as; acrylics, oil, watercolor, plein air, pastel, photography, mixed media and sculpture. In addition to this fascinating exhibit, Sangita Phadke and her students will have their work on display in the studio from her Fundamentals of Pastel workshop.  Ms. Phadke was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2010 and is a board and signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

The Guild of Creative Art is at 620 Broad St., Shrewsbury. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 732-741-1441 or visit

The Guild was founded in 1960 by watercolorist Yvonne Aubert and a group of artists who joined together to form an arts cooperative offering exhibition space, a studio for classes and a communal meeting area. The Guild of Creative Art is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and is the oldest non-profit arts cooperative in New Jersey and the largest, with almost 500 members. The guild offers classes for adults, teens and children, and it hosts monthly exhibits in its gallery.

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