Scott Robinson performs on the Alp Horn at the Montclair Arts Festival at United Way Theater on its first day, Wednesday, Nov. 29. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

More than 25 arts organizations came to play in the first-ever Montclair Arts Festival, sponsored by the Montclair Arts Alliance, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Elaine Molinaro, president

Elaine Molinaro introduces the festival. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

of the Arts Alliance, oversaw the event.

There was music, theater, dance and art, and a lively scene at United Way Theater, 60 South Fullerton Ave.

Mayor Robert Jackson introduces the Montclair Arts Festival. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

On the first day, Mayor Robert Jackson welcomed the audience to an evening that included art curated by Joyce Korotkin; harp music from Violetta Norrie, and jazz from Jazz House Kids.

People enjoy the mix in “Improvisations,” curated by Joyce Korotkin. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

Day two, theater day, presented five local companies, including Culture Connection Theater, Vanguard Theater Company,  UCC Players, and Theatre 167.

Megan (Daria Sullivan) makes her first confession, in “Tashlich,” presented by Culture Connection Theater. Judy (Christine Rauschenbach-Nevill ) and the Rabbi (James Hartmann) watch.
Troi Gaines of Vanguard Theater Company performs “Giants in the Sky” from “Into the Woods” on theater night of the Montclair Arts Festival.
Heather Morris and Richard Brandt perform in “Motherhood Out Loud.” NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR ONTCLAIR LOCAL

Friday offered a rock and rhythm and blues, including Meg Beattie Music and the Black Lace Blues, and Saturday offered activities for children during the day, including a performance by Opera Theatre of Montclair, and dance in the evening, from Umoja Dance Studio, Freespace Dance and others.

Meg Beattie Patrick and Michael Williams harmonize on some Rock and Folk classics at the Montclair Arts Alliance Festival Rock/R & RB concert in the United Way Theater, Friday, Dec. 1.
Three of the Fabulous Flemtones, Tim Engle, Billy Karcher and Orlando Staton perform their rock interpretation of “Ode to Joy” among other selections at the Montclair Arts Festival. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL
Children make ‘zine’s with The Creativity Caravan and Indie Arts Montclair (IAM). From left: Eddie Perretti and Naya Molinaro. COURTESY ELAINE MOLINARO


DanceWorks and Company perform at the Montclair Arts Festival. COURTESY ANDREW COHEN

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