Saturday, July 24, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Performing Arts Quartet graced the Independence Municipal Building in Great Meadows with wonderful classical music that was a pleasure to listen to. Although the rock music was playing downstairs for the young folk there were some young audiences upstairs enjoying the live music! Food was donated by AENJ and ShopRite!
And a special thanks to the Warren Co. Cultural and Heritage Commission would without their donation of art boards and music we would not have much of a party!
Part I of the exhibit displayed works created by Somerset county students in grades K-5 ran March 1-14 with an artist’s reception 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14.
Part II will showcased works from Somerset county students in grades 6-12 and ran March 18-28 with an artist’s reception 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28.
The following schools participated: Mount Prospect, Oak Street, Liberty Corner, Cedar Hill & William Annin Middle schools in Basking Ridge, Woods Road in Hillsborough, Central Middle School in Branchburg, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bound Brook High School, Somerville High School, Montgomery Upper & Lower Middle school in Skillman, the Robert Morris School in South Bound Brook, Gill St. Bernard School in Gladstone and Purnell School in Pottersville.
Since 1970, the Somerset Art Association has been a strong advocate of quality, educational visual arts programming for children, teens and adults.
"The arts play a vital role in a child's development by helping to build self-confidence, creative growth and the strengthening of critical thinking skills necessary for academic achievement, " says Robyn Tromeur, the association's executive director. "We are delighted to celebrate Youth Art Month once again this year by partnering with the Art Educators of New Jersey, a non-profit organization which aims to promote and maintain the highest possible degree of quality instruction in visual arts programming throughout New Jersey."
The reception was an exciting festivity. Passaic County T shirts made with the assistance of Kathy Benevento were available for students who participated during the reception as an art project. A special addition to the festivities was the participation of Senator John Girgenti, who provided certificates of recognition for all participating Passaic County YAM students as well as the students who provided the music portion of the evening. Karen Sudol, chair, and Kelly DeFeo orchestrated the evening with entertainment by the Bloomingdale Elementary School chorus followed by North Haledon's chorus and then finally the return of the Clifton strings ensemble integrating music in the art reception. Co-chair Fran Machcinski kept a wonderful table of delicious sandwiches and cookies for the students and guests, while Virginia Phillipy welcomed the students as they entered the reception with Passaic County AENJ certificates. The Passaic County YAM Exhibit hosted over 100 pieces of art work and once again, had quite the festive reception.