Montclair Art Museum Celebrates Centennial with June Toast & Taste Fundraising Event

BY  |  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:30am

centennial toast 2In the mood to express your Inner James Bond or one of his, um, female colleagues, and sample a variety of wines, microbrewed beers and spirits while chomping on good food on the grounds of New Jersey’s first public museum?

Two Aston Martins (Mr. Bond’s preferred mode of transportation) will join the Montclair Art Museum’s 12,000-plus works of art on Friday, June 13, 2014 as part of the institution’s Centennial Toast & Taste fundraising event from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at its 3 South Mountain location in Montclair. The outdoor event (weather permitting) is a part of the Museum’s year-long series of celebrations marking its 100th birthday.

Attendees will be able to check out Aston Martin’s Rapide S (MSRP: $215,000) and Vantage V8 (MSRP: $128,000) parked in front of the museum, courtesy of sponsor Aston Martin of Summit/Short Hills (future test-drives at another site may be available.)

They will also sample wine, beer, scotches and bourbons and food from sponsors Amanti Vino, New Jersey Beer Co., Upstairs Restaurant & Bar, The Hunger Construction food truck and MBDelicious Home Baked Goods. Elements Therapeutic Massage (another sponsor) will offer massages. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for non-members (attendees must be 21 years old) and can be purchased on MAM’s website.

“Toast and Taste is a great opportunity for people who may not have had experiences with the museum to come out and really get a perspective on it as a fun, social and cultural hub,” says Dr. Jason Slosberg, a Montclair Art Museum (MAM) board member, Montclair resident and president of Legacy Converting, a Cranbury, New Jersey-based company. Slosberg and wife Hannah Richman got involved with the organization about six years ago and have co-chaired the fundraiser for the past several years.

montclair art museum“When I moved to Montclair, I looked at the building’s façade and thought ‘it looks like a very stoic, maybe even a private institution.’ I wasn’t even sure I was allowed to go in. When I learned by getting involved, it’s an incredibly open organization, it thrives on diversity just like the rest of Montclair and it’s really an extension of the town. We have a thriving education department for 3 to 103 year-olds. It’s really a great hub for the community to come together in a cultural setting—the event is an extension of that cultural snapshot.”

Reinforcing its commitment to cultural diversity, MAM will present “From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” from September 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

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