Bloomfield, New Jersey, May 16, 2014 ( – See how artisans get their inspiration from nature to form the whimsical, the meditative and the functional clay creations in exhibitors’ booths at the 26th Annual Fine Art and Crafts Show at Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, NJ, on June 14-15.

In its 26th year, Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park will feature over 170 juried professional artists, photographers and craft artisans from throughout the country displaying and selling their hand-crafted work, on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM rain or shine.

Janis Cutler Gear, of Natures Nest Pottery in Branchville, NJ, explains that her imagery, derived from nature, “lends itself to be wrapped around the curvilinear format of the ceramics. This circular clay form of the pot enables the creation of an intertwining network of art. Round and continual like the earth, formed from the earth creating a nest of nature.”

Also drawing inspiration from our “living world,” Tom Laudenslager of Coopersberg, PA, creates bonsai inspired vases and sculptural bonsai trees “from a viewpoint which is an odd mixture of photographer, potter and sculptor.”

Lizards and Frogs inform the work of Mary Coover from Ashfield, PA. Her hand built whimsical clay creations also include dragon vases and bookends as well as sculptural imp dragons.

This free to the public show, co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Janet and Howard Rose of Rose Squared Productions, Inc., is located on Watchung, Bellevue and Grove Avenues in Bloomfield/Montclair. The park can be reached by taking the Garden State Parkway to Exit 151, Watchung Ave, traveling one mile towards Bloomfield/Montclair on Watchung Ave.

Go to for more info and to see a slide show of the exhibitor’s work.