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The Township of Bloomfield’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department is curating an art gallery by the late artist Mark Richardson that will include sketches, collages, and paintings. “50 Years of Work by Artist Mark Richardson” will be on display at the Bloomfield Civic Center (84 Broad Street) from October 15 – November 11. A free, special reception will be held on the day the gallery opens (Saturday, October 15th) from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, with live music and refreshments.

“Mark Richardson’s works have a profound effect on all that view it and I hope the community enjoys Mark’s art as much as I have,” said Bloomfield Councilman Ted Gamble. “Thank you to the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department for putting together this wonderful exhibit.”

Mark was a retired Vietnam Army Veteran, graduate of The Cooper Union College, and a lifelong lover of jazz. He had an extensive collection and used the energy from this music as the backdrop of the creation of his art. He began sketching and painting as a young boy and his work continued to evolve throughout his life.

He was often inspired by something as simple as the way light bounced off the pattern of lines made from helicopter blades in motion. This helicopter fascination is evident in many of the works he created while serving in Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge and for the years after, he worked as a draftsman for Gimbels, drove a public bus for the Manhattan Department of Transportation, and in retirement opened a small coffee shop in Brooklyn.

Mark died in April 2017, losing his battle with bone and prostate cancer. Now in 2022 the Township of Bloomfield is fulfilling his dream by displaying his great works of art for all to appreciate.

Gallery Dates & Times

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon

** Special Veterans Day viewing – Friday Nov 11th from 9am to noon