An important part of our mission of sparking creativity in the communities we serve is to provide independent working artists and writers opportunities to submit their work for solo and group exhibitions and to share their process and their work more publicly.

PHOTOGRAPHY by Elaine Schenkel

September 8-September 28, 2018

  Stacked  by Elaine Schenkel

Stacked by Elaine Schenkel

The Creativity Caravan is pleased to offer an exhibition of photography presented by Elaine Schenkel. I am a poet who happened to pick up a camera. Ten years ago I brought my first Point-and-Shoot Sony and started to carry it with me when I wandered through the streets and parks of the Montclair area where I lived. Wandering was something I did instinctively and it often emerged in bodies of poems I wrote, books I read and mused over, images that lived inside of me guiding me with the tonality of their feeling.  The camera became my wandering companion.  Through it, I was able to capture a collection of images I refer to as Anatomy of  Neighborhood: The Poetics of Local Landscape. This body of work explores the question of how we relate to our local environment; what visual depictions are we drawn to, what is our attachment to place ?

I lived in Montclair for 16 years from 1996 – 2012 and spent countless days wandering through her neighborhoods, streets and alleyways. I was always enchanted with the common vibrant sights I encountered along my paths. Resting on the periphery of more typical representations, the images presented here are specific in location but universal in their ordinary extraordinariness. To me they reveal the true meaning of place which presents itself in the unassuming scenes, structures and objects that inhabit our daily surroundings. I’ve also included additional images from other places that I have resided, wherever I plant myself, 

I am drawn to similar patterns and scenes which reveal the scope of my poetic sentiment. When shooting these subjects, my entire being was infused with their immediacy and the sheer beauty of their sparse complexity. They present a familiarity and uniqueness, a knowing and mystification, a forceful gravitation which illuminates both seen and unseen worlds. 

The exhibit will open at The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue on September 8 and will be on display through September 28. 



In our online gallery


Beatrice is a 14-year-old recent graduate of Renaissance School in Montclair. She will be a freshman at Glen Ridge High School in the fall and she enjoys learning French, watching horror movies, and, of course, drawing with pencils. To preview and purchase her work, go here

Gallery & WORkSHOP SPACE Rental

The Creativity Caravan is an alternative art space providing a venue for exhibits and events in a less-traditional setting within a busy retail community in the heart of Montclair center. Our 700-square-foot workshop/gallery area is available for rental by artists who are looking for a space to share their work - whether teaching a workshop, showing personal work, or collaborating with a group of artists. We would also love to host poetry or book readings and corporate groups for creative team-building exercises. 

The Creativity Caravan will also provide opportunities for several group shows per year - open public calls for artists, all submission forms, and information will be added to our site several months prior. If you are an artist or instructor who is interested in displaying your work in our gallery or in teaching a workshop, please contact us directly for details about space rental. We are especially interested in working with emerging artists, but all artists and mediums will be considered.

Please note: In January 2018, we announced we will be exhibiting the work of female and female-identifying artists only. We have a year-round open submission policy for our monthly exhibitions and we are seeking artwork from emerging and established artists in any medium: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art and mixed media. You may submit your artwork as a “general submission” or to a specific exhibit that we list twice a year. All artwork submitted is reviewed by our curatorial panel and kept on file to be considered for each upcoming exhibition. (For 2018, all exhibition rental fees have been waived. A 40% commission on all sales still applicable.)

Workshop/Space Rental fees:

Up to 2-hours: $75

3+ hours: $50 per hour + $25 set up/clean up fee (If renting for multiple days or weeks, a discounted fee of $35 per hour will be charged.)

Full-day: $350

We offer artists/workshop facilitators a professional sales staff, display space in prime Montclair retail location, and marketing via our website, social media, press releases, and print media. 

Our cancellation policy: 
14 days prior to event: $25 administration fee will be charged to the renter.
7 days prior to event: 25% of total rental fee will be charged to renter.
48 hours prior to event: 50% of total rental fee will be charged to renter.