22nd Annual Edgewater Arts & Music Festival Offers Free Jazz in the Afternoon Plus $4000 Juried Art Competition and Vintage Auto Show

The Edgewater Arts Council celebrates its 22nd Annual Edgewater Arts & Music Festival, to be held in Edgewater, NJ on Sunday, September 8, 2013.  The day-long event is a FREE celebration of the arts and is open to the public from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Two new categories are included this year: Best of Fiber Arts and Best Mixed Media, both sponsored by Michael’s Crafts in Edgewater.  The student competition award has been increased from $300 to $500 making student art work on the same level as other categories.  The student competition is sponsored by Professional Arts Academy, Edgewater. As in previous years, the Borough of Edgewater donates $1000 to the “Best in Show”.

The full category competition list is:

Best Mixed Media, sponsored by Michael’s Crafts, Edgewater

Best Fiber Arts, sponsored by Michael’s Crafts, Edgewater

Best in Crafts, sponsored by Whole Foods, Edgewater

Best in Art, sponsored by Mariner’s Bank, Edgewater

Best Photography, sponsored by VerizonAWireless, Edgewater

Best Student Art, sponsored by Professional Arts Academy, Edgewater

Best in Show, sponsored by Borough of Edgewater

Announcement of the winners will be at 4:30 the main stage on Old River Road. Over 3000 people are expected to attend this annual event, on the section of Edgewater known as Shadyside—at the intersections of Old River Road and Thompson Lane.

Visitors can also attend the 10th annual Ford Assembly Plant Vintage Auto Show, sponsored by the Edgewater Cultural & Historic Committee.  The auto show is at Edgewater Commons where a complimentary shuttle bus will run all day so that attendees can park free in Edgewater Commons and shuttle to the Arts & Music Festival which is several blocks away.  The Auto Show runs from 10 – 4 PM and features Fords built in the Edgewater Ford assembly plant from 1930-1954. Other cars are also featured. Prizes are awarded in over a dozen categories for Best Cars, including a popular “People’s Choice” award.

In addition to the arts, music and auto show, a popular “Children’s Art Corner” will return. Many attendees find that the festival is a great shopping area to buy unique gifts for the holidays.

Schedule for the September 8, 2013 Edgewater Arts Festival

10:00 AM        Vintage Auto Show opens, Edgewater Commons –Free shuttle bus every 10 minutes between Edgewater Commons and Art & Music Festival at Shadyside

11:00 AM        Edgewater Art & Music Festival Opens.  Art Booths Open Food Vendors Open, Live music on Main Stage, Children’s Art Corner Open, Author’s Area Open

11:00 –12:00 PM:   THE PROARTS KIDS—Musical Theatre/Varied Vocals

12:00 – 1:00 PM:   RAYNA BROWN— Gospel

1:00 – 2:00 PM:   REVIVORS—Jazz/Pop/Rock/Blues

2:00 – 3:00 PM:   NELSON REVIROS—Latin/Brazilian Jazz

2:30 PM          Vintage Auto awards given, Edgewater Commons


4:30 PM          Juried Art Competition awards given, Main Stage, Shadyside

4:30 – 5:30 PM:  DHARMA JAZZ—Raga/Jazz

6:00 PM          Festival closes

Exciting Lineup of Musicians to Perform

Music Director is Larry Lipsen who, each year, brings top talent to the increasingly popular Edgewater Arts & Music Festival. Lipsen is also the bassist in Revivors. All music performers will appear on the Main Stage located on Old River Road. Seating is provided for attendees.

About our musicians:


The ProArts Kids, students from the Professional Arts Academy in Edgewater, will kick off the festival’s afternoon of music. They will be performing jazz and musical theatre pieces, as well as vocal selections by voice students.

RAYNA BROWN is a gospel singer. She is also a minister and Assistant Director of the award winning Voices of Hope and Long Island Voices Foundation Mass Choir. They have appeared on ABC News as 1st place winners of Pathmark Competition, the Today Show as Winners of Tri-State McDonald’s Gospel Fest, Gold Cup as winners at the 15th Concorso Internazionale Di Canto Corale Competition in Verona, Italy, and as backup choir for Whitney Houston and Marc Anthony at an All Star Holiday Gala in New York City.  Brown has recently released two singles “Stand in Worship” and “Worship You”.


The band consists of Joyceann  Raffa, vocals,  Larry Lipsen, electric bass, Jay Zelezny, vocals and guitar, Joe Gardener, guitar, Larry Mack, vocals and bass and John Foscino, percussion. The band is eclectic—playing standards, pop, rock, blues and jazz.


New York based guitarist Nelson Riveros uses his personal and musical roots for inspiration in his playing and compositions with a diverse array of Latin and Brazilian rhythms and fresh improvisations.

Riveros has performed and recorded with Grammy nominated pianist Hector Martignon, Grammy winning bassist John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Luis Bonilla, Jeremy Wall (Spyro Gyra), Alfredo De La Fe and Adela Dalto.  He’s also played at the Long Island Winter Fest Jazz on the Vine, Miles Café, Blue Water Grill, FB Lounge, and Nuyorican Poets Café, Grand Central Partnership Summer Music Series, Van Dyke Cafe in Miami, and the Bar Next Door.


Currently in demand in the New York jazz scene, Bryant works with Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and the Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias, having toured Europe with her this past summer. He is on the first call list of many singers and Brazilian musicians because of his sensitive accompanying and knowledge of Brazilian guitar. He has recorded and/or played with Tom Harrell, Rosanna Vitro, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joshua Redman, Randy Brecker, Shelia Jordon and many more.

Bryant’s new edition of his KALEIDOSCOPE QUARTET continues his habit of finding inspiration in rhythms from around the world–he has toured in 35 countries and collaborated with musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds. His past CDs have often featured Brazilian, Latin and African rhythms. The music on the new CD also draws from these traditions but adds a healthy taste of American roots with soulful Gospel grooves, Blues and funky New Orleans rhythms on his Telecaster as well as a driving Indian/Middle-Eastern tour-de-force played on his 12-string guitar. Bryant’s band mates are Patrice Blanchard, bass and Willard Dyson, drums.


This exciting cooperative quartet combines elements of North Indian classical music with jazz. Its members have worked over the years with Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Liebman, and many other famous names in jazz.

The repertory of Dharma Jazz includes traditional Indian ragas, original compositions by the group members, and jazz classics such as “Maiden Voyage,” “Naima” and “Impressions.” The sound of the group is unique because of the instrumentation–two melody instruments (guitar and keyboard) and two percussionists. Its members are Lewis Porter, keyboards; Badal Roy, the most famous tabla player in jazz, Freddie Bryant, guitar and Karttikeya, South Indian Naal drum, djembe and a plethora of percussion.


Free parking and shuttle buses run all day from Edgewater Commons to the Festival.  Art award winners will be announced from the main stage on Old River Road at 4:30 PM. Auto awards will be given at 2:30 PM at the Edgewater Commons.

The Edgewater Arts Council is a 501.c4 non-profit, non-partisan, private organization of volunteers, dedicated to broadening awareness of visual and performing arts and crafts.

The Edgewater Arts Council sponsors concerts and other artistic events throughout the Borough. The Arts Council promotes local artists by establishing a gallery at the Community Center to display indoor art.  It introduced outdoor art with four sculptures it donated to the Borough, which sited them in public places around town. One of them is on Thompson Lane, at the entrance to the Arts Festival.

Support for the Arts Council traditionally comes from local businesses, commercial and private benefactors and from fundraising projects and grants from the Borough of Edgewater.

Additional funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Lynne M. Grasz-Hall is the President of the Edgewater Arts Council.

LIST OF ART EXHIBITORS and their Booth Number

(as of press deadline – other artists will be added prior to Festival)

  1. Tamara and Chancey Talbott, Edgewater – crocheted items (Chancey was 2012 Student winner)
  2. MaryAnn Burton, Hasbrouck Heights
  3. Ana Walsh, Palisades Park -fashions
  4. Sasha L. Jewells, North Bergen
  5. Jane Sklar and Max Cartagena, Fort Lee -Photography and Mixed Media
  6. Peter Dabal, Wyckoff -hand-painted fabrics, scarves, (Winner 2012 Fashion winner)
  7. Carolyn J. Contino, Teaneck
  8. Gordana Jerosimic, Cliffside Park
  9. Noa Cebalo, Cliffside Park and Ryan Petrigliano,  Students
  10. Lauren Ennist, Hillsdale
  11. Ping Wang, Garnerville, NY- marionette puppets
  12. William Rutkowski, Elmwood Park – paintings
  13. Jeanne May, Bridgewater, NJ – feather jewelry
  14. Diana Gurevich, Edgewater – photography
  15. Nolenz Volenz, Teaneck – pen and ink art
  16. Jeffrey Sherman, New City, NY – photography
  17. Kathleen B. Stanchak, Clifton, scarves, collars and yarn items
  18. Stephanie Grabowski, Paramus, Paintings (Winner 2012 Best of Show)
  19. The Vibe, Edgewater
  20. Vivi Stockwell, Closter
  21. Rachael Olinsky, Bedminster, fashions
  22. Bonnie Wild, Nanuet, NY, beaded embroidered jewelry
  23. Lauran Halleck, Cottageville, SC – painted glass, jewelry
  24. Charlotte Huff, Nutley – Faberge-style painted eggs (Winner of 2012 Craft Award)
  25. Santosh Gupta, Haworth
  26. Sandra Senior, Edgewater -Custom jewelry, headbands
  27. Robert Sullivan, Little Ferry – lathed pens and wood turned gifts
  28. Ka-Son Reeves and Cenia Crespo, Edgewater
  29. Hollie Graze, Guttenberg – mosaics
  30. Joseph Boss, Union
  31. Sheri Alimonda, Hoboken – old world oil paintings
  32. Hoboken School of Oil Painting, Hoboken – oil paintings
  33. Banja Saal, Senegal, Africa – oil and acrylic paintings
  34. Karin Thieme, Edgewater – mixed media




  1. Mariner’s Bank, Edgewater
  2. Whole Foods, Edgewater
  3. Michael’s Crafts, Edgewater
  4. Professional Arts Academy, Edgewater
  5. Fitness Factory, Edgewater and Palisades Park
  6. Moe’s Southwest Grille, Edgewater
  7. One Hudson Medical Association, Edgewater
  8. UFC Gym, Edgewater
  9. Hudson Dance Studio, Edgewater
  10. Gulia’s Kitchen, Cliffside Park
  11. Epsy’s Sweet Shop, North Bergen
  12. Mangia, Edgewater
  13. Frank’s Pizza, Edgewater
  14. Food for Life, Edgewater
  15. Pa De Thai, Edgewater
  16. Archetypyus, Edgewater
  17. Edgewater Cultural and Historic Committee
  18. Edgewater Arts Council




  1. Edgewater Library
  2. Eleanor Van Gelder and George Washington schools, Edgewater
  3. Our Children’s Academy, Edgewater
  4. Church of the Good Shepherd, Fort Lee
  5. Pink Elephants and Flying Friends, Edgewater
  6. Kidsville News, Edgewater
  7. One River School, Englewood
  8. Tutor Doctor, Fort Lee


For more Information:

Lynne Grasz, 201-886-9532

Barbara Connelly, 201.864.4650


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