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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Art exhibit shines spotlight on space

Many of the 20 local artists currently in the stable of Downtown Art Gallery were formerly employed at the Kennedy Space Center or had parents who were part of the manned space effort. The gallery’s June show, “Spotlight on Space,” celebrates their past experiences.

Working in mediums that range from painting and photography to ceramics and sculpture, these artists have reinterpreted their shared connections with the space program in their own unique style, whether for a long exposure photo of a beautiful rocket launch or another out-of-this-world imagery.

Jim Boland, for example, is exhibiting his photo of Space Shuttle Atlantis’ last landing.

He captured the rarely seen residue leftover from orbital reentry, sad and touching reminder that this year already marks a decade since this final flight left and returned to Florida.

All the art is on view and available for sale throughout June

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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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