Montclair’s Matisse Week, May 13-20, A Weeklong Festival with Uptown Ladies Night, Art Walk & Chalk Walk Block Party!

BY  |  Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Everyone is inspired by Matisse, and the town of Montclair is no exception. The Montclair Art Museum is currently presenting Matisse and American Art, a groundbreaking exhibition that presents works by the French master Henri Matisse alongside the American artists he inspired, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, and others. Montclair is the sole venue for this ambitious show, and businesses and organizations across the town are rallying around it with a weeklong, town-wide celebration Matisse Week May 13–20, 2017.

“We are thrilled to present this vibrant and exclusive show and grateful to all the businesses, organizations, Montclairions, and friends in our incredible community who will be capturing this Matisse moment with fun and festivities,” said Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum. “The Montclair Art Museum has been a vital part of Montclair for more than a century, and we are excited to be part of an event that highlights the town’s collaborative, innovative, and artistic nature.”

Look for Matisse-inspired artwork by Glenfield Middle School students, shopping events, Matisse-inspired items and specials, Montclair Blooms storefront designs, raffle baskets, and more as Matisse takes over the town. The week opens with the Celebrate Matisse gala, after party, and luncheon at the Montclair Art Museum and closes with the Chalk Walk Block Party in Montclair Center. Participating businesses and organizations include Montclair Center BID, Upper Montclair Business Association, Watchung Plaza, Walnut Street, and South End. For complete details, visit Connect with MAM on social media @MAMmontclair, #MAMmatisse, #MatisseWeek.


Montclair Art Museum Has a Fantastic Free First Thursday Planned!

BY  |  Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, May 4, 5–9 p.m.

The May event spotlights Matisse and American Art, the Montclair Art Museum’s highly acclaimed special exhibition on the relationship between French master Henri Matisse and American artists. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition; members and children see it free! The first 50 people at the May and June Free First Thursday Nights will receive complimentary special exhibition admission courtesy of TD Bank. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space.

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including roaming docents available to provide more information on the art on view, and a 6:30 p.m. tour of the complementary exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

Free First Thursday Night also celebrates all the arts, from books and poetry and music. Don’t miss MAM’s May special features:

* Every Story Matters, Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. Showcasing slam poets from Buzz Aldrin, Renaissance and Glenfield Middle Schools and featuring guest poets Rich Villar and Lauren Marie Schmidt.

* Empowered Design book signing with Blanche Garcia, interior designer and entrepreneur
* Art Talk with watercolorist and Yard School of Art instructor Sharon Pitts at 7 p.m.
* Montclair State University MFA Student K. Anthony Lawler will present an interactive installation, From Silence. Visitors will get a glimpse inside their own brains by working with an EEG machine to convert brainwaves into a soundscape.
* Live contemporary jazz music in the galleries provided by guitarist, composer, and teacher Nat Janoff
* Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera
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Montclair Artist C.J. Cohn Turns Divorce Into Art

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

For as long as there’s been love, there’s been heartbreak—and people turning that heartbreak into art. Which is exactly what Montclair artist C.J. Cohn has done in her new show at the Wade Maxx Gallery, “The Art of Divorce.”

Cohn, who has lived in Montclair for 20 years, says that following her divorce, her therapist “suggested I keep a journal or create art as a release—that was all I needed to hear.” So she began creating illustrations that helped her process what she calls the “daily emotional roller coaster of divorce.”

The works in the show are in mostly muted colors and depict figures that appear to come from fairy tales and classical myths—but with added visual cues of fractured hearts, and people pulling apart from each other and themselves. Continue Reading

Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn” Film Screening of Hidden Figures

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

hidden figuresCongregation B’nai Israel in Millburn will host a special “Lunch & Learn” screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures on Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 pm.

The event begins with a lunch and then a showing of the true story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA, who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

“Lunch & Learn” Film Screening of Hidden Figures
Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 pm
Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ
$10 for Adult Forum members & partners, $12 for non-members. Call 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order.



Gallery 103 Hosts Art Exhibit by Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrator and Painter Adam Gustavson

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 1:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Adam Gustavson

Gallery 103 (103 Baker Street, Maplewood) will host an art exhibit of oil paintings titled SWIMMERS by award-winning children’s book illustrator and painter, Adam Gustavson. The show runs through April 30.

The exhibit features Gustavson’s oil paintings of swimmers underwater, viewed from above and outside. Although some works have been in group shows, most of the paintings haven’t been previously exhibited and the series has never been hung all together in one cohesive exhibit.

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Montclair Art Museum Will Celebrate Matisse With Three Fantastic Events & Local Designers

BY  |  Monday, Apr 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Celebrate Matisse

Montclair Art Museum will celebrate the magic of Matisse at MAM’s spring fundraising events, including a festive Midnight in Paris Gala and after-dark soiree on Saturday, May 13, and a special Puttin’ on the Ritz luncheon featuring the Matisse-inspired Designer’s Challenge on Tuesday, May 16.

These fundraising events will bring together artists, philanthropists, community leaders and friends of MAM for celebrations inspired by the exhibition Matisse and American Art.

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Join Fellow Art Lovers and Artists on a Trip to The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

the other art fair

The Arts Council of Livingston (ACL) Gallery invites you to take a unique adventure to The Other Art Fair  (TOAF) at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Saturday, June 3. Continue Reading

You’re Invited: Montclair Film Climate Action Workshop

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Climate Action Workshop

The community is invited to attend a Montclair Film Climate Action Workshop on April 2 and 9 to help create a giant public art installation that serves as a reflection and a reminder of our impact on the climate/environment.

The art will be installed at the Montclair Film’s new building at 505 Bloomfield and will be showcased at the 2017 festival. The workshops will also include Student Action Stations with tools to encourage and guide students through the process of letter writing, social media, and other forms of social activism.

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Montclair State University’s Peak Ambassadors Believe Arts Matter

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 2:15pm

Peak Ambassadors

Local arts organization aren’t the only ones worried about the possible elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), as proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget plan. Students at Montclair State University care deeply as well.

Locals know that Peak Performances on the campus of MSU brings a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and productions to the Alexander Kasser Theater for the community to enjoy. What you may not know about is a group of student arts advocates called Peak Ambassadors who help to promote the program and bring awareness of the importance of the arts on campus to the student and wider community.

Peak Ambassadors are volunteers for the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, the hub of Peak Performances. Since 2015, this small group of student arts lovers, have created campaigns to promote the performing arts. On Monday, they joined with others across the nation to celebrate Arts Advocacy Day, with a community banner. The group  reached out to other arts groups to co-sponsor the event. They wanted to assemble the campus community to speak out. They made a banner and asked the community to sign it. As students came to participate they shared info on NEA and why this year’s it’s particularly important to support the agency.

Waverley Leung, a Peak Ambassador member and Sophomore majoring in Dance, shares the impact her arts education and experiences at MSU have had on her. Continue Reading

MAM Art Talk: Crosscurrents: Native American and American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 12:30pm

MAM Art Talk

The next MAM Art Talk presents Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky and artist Jeff Kahm discussing the cultural exchanges between modern and contemporary American and Native American artists from the early twentieth century to the present at MAM on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Stavitsky will be providing a sneak preview of an upcoming exhibition exploring the complex relationships between historic, modern and contemporary American and Native American art and culture. Jeff Kahm is Associate Professor in the Studio Arts Department of the Institute of American Indian Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Plains Cree artist, Kahm describes his work as “rooted in indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics.”

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