In Central NJ, my hometown of Metuchen is a pretty great place-- it's small enough to walk everywhere and has a cute Main St. with a variety of shops and restaurants. It's a great place to raise a family, be part of an active arts community, and catch trains into New York City. A few towns over is Highland Park which has a lot of similarities but a few differences. It's bigger and sometimes feels slightly more urban and quirky. I was asked by a sculptor friend of mine who lives in Highland Park to participate in an art event at the Lotus Studio, a funky loft space with hardwood floors & giant windows, happening this Saturday, December 12 from 4- 8 pm. It benefits the Highland Park food pantry and is sponsored by the Highland Park Artist Collective. When I brought my artwork to the space earlier this week, I loved the way the loft space felt welcoming and full of great energy! I can't wait to see it filled with art work and I'm excited to get to know this group of artists, many of whom I know only by name. The event is open to the public-- for the very reasonable price of a donation of (at least!) one can of food-- at 431 Raritan Ave. In keeping with the diverse spirit of Highland Park, there will be a Klezmer performance, a flute recital, guitar playing and harp music! Hope to see you there!