Creative Bergen invites area residents to walk through art exhibits and performances in 16 municipalities during its first Arts Amble June 11 to 13.

The non-profit was formed in 2020 to encourage residents, restaurants and businesses to interact with and support the arts in Bergen County.

“My inspiration was the Meander Art Crawl in western Minnesota,” said organizer Mark Olson, now a retired computer professional living in Ridgefield Park. “They do a tour of studios featuring 40 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. We modeled what we’re doing on them, and they even helped us set up.”

The three-day event allows artists and performers to showcase their talent working with paint, photography, sculpture, woodwork, weaving, dance, music and theater.

“This is really more about the community than selling a lot of paintings,” said artist Rafael Guadalupe of Ridgefield Park’s Studio Leshay Rafael, one of the exhibitors. “It’s

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Events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Events may be canceled or postponed. Check with each venue for the latest information.

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Whidbey Art Trail: The Whidbey Art Trail officially opens on June 1, but you don’t have to wait. Many of the 24 Whidbey Island studios, galleries and sculpture parks featured this year are already open and welcome visitors on the popular self-guided tour. Go to www.whidbeyarttrail.com for more information.

Camano Island Studio Tour: A modified studio tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-27 around Camano Island. More than 30 artists at 16 studios and four galleries will be showing a variety of work in this year’s tour — from ceramics and glass to paintings, photography and sculpture. Go to www.camanostudiotour.com for more information.

Schack Art Center: 10 a.m. to

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From the Roosevelt Lake bridge to the longest two-lane, single-span, steel-arch bridge in North America and the Mogollon Rim, there is plenty to photograph in Gila County.

Students age 18 and under are invited to submit art that illustrates what they love about Gila County in a nationwide contest that opened recently and is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) ahead of April’s annual observance of National County Government Month.

Gila County will offer additional chances for local prizes and public display, inviting local participants to enter their art here before also submitting separately to the NACo contest. Deadline for Gila County entries is April 16; allowing artwork to be displayed in the courthouse lobby during April’s annual observance of National County Government Month.

With the national contest, the 18 winning works will be selected and featured in a 18-month NACo calendar — with 40,000 copies to be

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