Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The families walked around and viewed the artwork that was located in the welcoming room of the Hall of Records. At noon, an awards presentation began with the many very important speakers. Each school was recognized and official photos were taken by the Essex County Press Office.
A special thanks to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the following supporters for making this YAM Exhibit wonderful:
Chief of Staff Philip B. Alagia, Deputy Chief of Staff and NJ State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Deputy Chief of Staff William D. Payne, Constituent Services Director Joyce L. Goldman, Scheduler Ana Santos, County Administrator Joyce Wilson Harley, Esq., Assistant County Administrator Sheila Y. Oliver, Essex County Sheriff & Coordinator of Emergency Management Armando B. Fontoura, Senator Nia H. Gill, Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, and Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver.
Student artists and parents wondered around looking at their artwork and were able to take advantage of four other galleries filled with art work by David Ahlsted, and an exhibit titled National Association of Women Artists: Celebrating 120 Years.
The Atlantic and Cape May Counties' YAM has their own gallery and art work literally goes from floor to ceiling and back again. This show was interesting because there was a sound presence of art work created by high school students. Nice to see!
Linda Devlin, AENJ President, stated "I believe this is the last YAM show that I know of. I really have enjoyed my YAM journey across the state of NJ. Next year I promise to try and get to more exhibits. I am impressed by the great work done by our students and the amazing job of the YAM Chairs! Carrie I thank you on behalf of AENJ for the wonderful leadership you provided for these chairs. Your dedication to Advocacy is astounding."
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Once the show opened, the musicians filed in and the wonderful string ensemble with oboe began, compliments of the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission! Beautiful sounds emerged throughout the first floor of food, drinks and art work as parents and children from the different communities began to arrive. Signing the guest book created a backup at the entrance, so many began to slide past the signers to get a seat at the concert! As families drifted past and started toward the lower level, the crowds began to thin until you went downstairs and everyone was admiring the art work! Food went fast, and the two parking lots were jammed with cars parked 100 yards away to the end of the driveway!
It was a wonderful community opportunity!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Congratulations to Monmouth County for an amazing evening with the arts!!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Kathy Benevento was once again our Passaic County YAM Chair along with Karen Stasik Sudol. The mayor of Hawthorne stopped by the YAM festivities along with the Hawthorne Police Chief. Everyone was excited to see these two VIPs at the event.
As students walked in, they were asked to sign in. Many of them took their time writing as if they were creating a piece of art with their signature. The students and their families then enjoyed the artwork and the yummy refreshments.
The YAM families were also treated to live music provided by local Passaic County schools. First an elementary band played some music, then a HS orchestra took over.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Bergen County's YAM was once again a great success! Hundreds if not thousands of people jam-packed the exhibit area of the IKEA Paramus Restaurant!
Artwork from schools all over Bergen County provided their own free standing exhibit boards for the artwork. It felt like a real gallery, weaving in and out of these amazing pieces of art! Not only were proud families and art teachers in attendance, but there were MANY principals and administrators at the event, sharing in the enjoyment and excitment of the arts! AENJ Fellows, Rick Lasher & Gloria Pappalardo also stopped by.Children were also treated to a face painting table and a doodle table, where children of all ages used crayons and paint markers, or as I like to call them "dotters." Kudos to Genecie Camacho for another great job this year!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
There were 2 Sandy Skoglund inspired installations...one had 1,000 ceramic white mice made by students and the other was cast plaster hands! Great fun!
The YAMs on Parade Activity was one of our Grant Winners and was well worth AENJ's grant money. Students created their own unique "Potato Heads" using YAMS and craft supplies. The children had a great time!
Many participating artists and their families attended the reception with their art teachers to receive their award and a free gift donated by General Pencil. A YAM Flag was displayed next to Artsonia copies of the 6 State Winners' entries that will be on display in Trenton. Brochures were also available for everyone to take home as a momento.
KUDOS to Ed Lu and Jenn Tiongson for finding this wonderful reception site and for creating this wonderful event for the children of Hudson County!
View the Hudson County YAM art online at: www.artsonia.com/schools/aenj2