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. We offer bimonthly gallery rentals for artists who want to exhibit a specific body of work. We are also excited about our artist-in-residency program - available for several days up to three weeks - to those who interested in beginning or continuing a particular project and engaging with the public in conversations about their work.
Our latest exhibit
Sylvia Neupane: 12 Women
We are all the same in our fears and suffering, in wanting happiness without struggle. How do we find the strength to move forward in the midst of chaos and upheaval? How do we find hope when things fall apart? How do we trust and surrender when life’s joys seem to abandon us?
Through the stirring photography of Sylvia Neupane, co-owner of Lemongrass Montclair, meet 12 women from Nepal. Sylvia’s images offer a window into life after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, and tell stories of hope, gratitude, trust, surrender, and the capacity of these women to stay present in the face of struggle, to move as gracefully as possible on their journey to find peace and freedom from within. It is Sylvia’s hope that her photographs and the stories of these 12 women will transform you.
Sylvia Neupane was born in Poland. Her first memory from childhood is holding the world atlas in her hands at age 4 and looking at the white region of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau. She made her first journey there at the age of 19.
The exhibit opened with a reception for the public to meet the artist on Friday January 12, and will be on display through Wednesday January 31. To view the exhibit online, go here.
Gallery Rental or Workshop Location
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.
2018** In January of this year 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 accept 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. (**2018 all exhibition rental fees have been waived. 30% commission on all sales still applicable.)
The Creativity Caravan will take a 40% commission on ticket sales OR flat fee of $35 - $50 per hour (depending on number of days/hours rented) + a $25 set up and clean up fee.
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: $75 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.
Participating artists will create work live in our studio space, engaging with the public in conversations about the creative process and offering demonstrations of their progress during scheduled events. During the residency, The Creativity Caravan may host artist talks, open studio time, and workshops in an effort to include the local community. Please note: If you are an artist who needs total privacy and quiet to create, this residency is not for you! But for those willing to lift the veil of their creative process, we encourage creative risk-taking, collaboration, and skill sharing! Artists of all disciplines will be considered, and participating artists will have the opportunity to sell their work (minus 10% commission) during the length of their residency. The residency includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an application process (see below for link).
The residency cost is $300 a week and application fee is $10. Artists are responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, food, shipping of any artwork or materials, and are responsible for removing work at the end of residency. (Housing options are available by request.)
Link to application here.
For visual artists, email us up to 10 images / 3 videos of your work (or links to your work).
For literary artists, email us up to 3 samples of your work (or links where your work has been published.)