About Rose Squared Art Shows

General information, schedule, our history.

Rose Squared Art Shows annually transform three of northern New Jersey’s most beautiful pocket parks into outdoor galleries.

Every spring and fall, artists from around the nation apply to showcase their unique art and fine crafts in Rose Squared Art Shows, which feature ceramics, painting, glass, photography, jewelry, clothing, sculpture, wood and mixed media.

Patrons will also delight in sampling food from specialty vendors and watching artist demonstrations that are glimpses into the magic behind the scenes.

Above: Lisa & Louis Strauss (MM3D), Mariana Russo (MM2D), Chan Wang (Painting), Shekina Rudoy (Wearable Fiber), Roseanna Stokes (Glass), Lisa Dreher (Artisanal Food)

Visitors to Rose Squared Art Shows will take home treasures for themselves and one-of-a-kind gifts at every price point. The casual outdoor setting is an ideal backdrop to converse with the artists about the stories behind their creative inspiration.

Participating artists in a Rose Squared Art Show undergo a rigorous juried selection process and additional vetting to ensure that all curated artwork is original. Rose Squared Art Shows adhere to the highest artistic standards.

Shows are held at Brookdale Park in the townships of Montclair and Bloomfield, Anderson Park in Montclair, and Verona Park in Verona. The host parks are all in the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, which co-sponsors every Rose Squared Art Show.

Admission is always free. These shows are held rain or shine.

Each of the venues was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, arguably the nation’s most famous pioneer landscape architect, best known for being the master planner behind New York City’s Central Park.

These suburban gatherings spots are perfect for family and friends to explore art while experiencing the foliage of the season.

Additional amenities in the parks include a rose garden (Brookdale Park), a lake with a waterfall and a children’s garden (Verona Park), and paved walking paths with easy access to downtown (Anderson Park).

Shows are held every year during the third weekend of the same months — Verona Park (May), Anderson Park (September) and Brookdale Park (June and October).

As many as 110 - 150 artists participate in each of the shows, which attract between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors apiece.

Robin Markowitz is Director of all four Rose Squared Art Shows. She has been a juried artist for nearly 30 years and is Executive Director and Owner of Art-Linx. Contact Robin for all inquiries related to Rose Squared Art Shows.

Janet and Howard Rose founded Rose Squared, named for Howard’s grandmother, Rose Rose. Before beginning show promotion in 1981, they were full-time educators in a New Jersey high school and professional potters who showed their work throughout the Northeast.