TAUNTON — The heat just didn’t beat the crowd at Saturday’s second annual Downtown Art Jam.
People of all ages have flocked to the Taunton Green area to enjoy the food, music, various local vendors and, of course, the art.
As well as a circle of tents placed all around the Green, there were several other venues providing fun for all, such as caricatures in the new town center seating area and face-paintings outside the Rob Roy Academy . Baron Lofts beer garden was busy with thirsty customers and live music.
Other Saturday offerings included bar drinks and live music at the District Center for the Arts, and visitors were also busy visiting restaurants and shops downtown.
Local organizations have pitched tents around the Green, such as the Downtown Taunton Foundation and the Taunton Diversity Network.
There were various handicrafts for sale from local vendors, such as jewelry, small collectibles, and art.
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Food and drink were plentiful on the Green, with offerings from Hometown’s Tacos Locos, The Neighbors Coffee & Co., and The Friendly Fizz, to name a few.
Popular at last year’s inaugural event, sidewalk chalk art also made a comeback this year.
All around the fountain in the center of the Green were chalk drawings with positive messages, like ‘love is the best’, and plenty of hopscotch grids, for anyone who didn’t mind jumping in the sun. Visitors were encouraged to create something wherever they found chalk on Saturday.
Trescott Street Gallery and Real Art Studios held art exhibitions and activities, with this year’s new Art Jam scavenger hunt starting at Real Art Studios and following a cartoon theme created by Real Art Studios owner, RyanJones.
The Trescott Street Gallery presents an exhibition titled ‘Memories of Portugal and Other Beautiful Places’ and features the work of Taunton artist and Art Jam 2021 street art contestant Sandy Pavao Pinarreta. Real Art Studio‘s Art Jam 2022 group exhibition features an original painting by “The Godfather of Graffiti”, Richard “Seen” Mirando, and works by local artists such as Jones, Damien Belloti, Anthony Abi Saad, Kevin Hickey , Koma Tk and Maggie Jones.
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More permanent pieces will also come from Art Jam 2022.
Coordinated group artwork was in preparation at the Boys & Girls Club at Taunton Clubhouse in Metro South, which will be exhibited at the Trescott Street Gallery at a later date.
There will also be three new permanent mural installations downtown:
Norton muralist and educator Jacob “Makerjake” Ginga’s mural on a storage container in the Trescott Street car park; artist and owner of Studio 27 Flowers’ black and white floral-style mural Greta Ferreira on the alley wall of Merchant’s Lane; and a third mural at Rob Roy, which is expected this summer.
– With reporting by Taunton Gazette reporter Jon Haglof
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