SMITHVILLE - Hundreds of people attended Smithville’s Art Walk on Saturday.

Artists gathered around the Village Greene to display their works. Some of the artist specialties included painting, jewelry-making and knitting. For many, it was a chance to talk about their craft.

Gianni Nistico, of Empyreal Etching, uses the art form of solar pyrography, which is wood burning powered by the sun. “All I use are the sun and lens to burn my designs into wood” said Nistico. His art can be found on Facebook under Empyreal Etching.

Weird NJ authors Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran had a table at the event as well. Many people, such as Lauren Erdman of Atlantic City, came to the Art Walk specifically to see them. “I am a really big fan,” Erdman said.

Sceurman and Moran offered various editions of Weird NJ and shirts. They both took the time to sign autographs and take pictures with anyone who wanted to.

Also at the event was Atlantic County Canines, a local animal rescue group. ACC is a foster-based animal rescue whose goal is to find loving, permanent homes for the animals they rescue.

Teagan Ruiz, 10, of Galloway, was one of the helpers for the ACC. Ruiz crafted homemade wallets to sell at the event to help raise money for the rescue. When asked why she started volunteering for ACC, she said “Because I love puppies.”

Many of the artists at the walk donated to a raffle held at The Underground. All proceeds from the raffle went to the ACC.

For more information on Atlantic County Canines, please visit its website at They can also be found on Facebook.

For more on Smithville’s Art Walk, please visit their Facebook page at

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