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.
Upon arriving the children and their families were welcomed and signed in by our volunteer greeters. Youth Art Chair Stacy Watson had prepared a sweet gift bag with art supply samples generously donated by Sax-School Specialty, Dick Blick, Nasco, Crayola, and Artsonia. This year’s theme “Planet Earth” resonated on the gift bags, reception and refreshment tables as well as certificates and program covers. Teachers were presented with a YAM Pin and gift folder designed by Randolph’s Center Grove students in the theme. Guest artist David Ohlerking added to the festivities by creating charcoal portrait sketches of those in attendance. Donations made went to the Mary Gill Art Scholarship of Morris County, the only visual art scholarship offered to county art students pursuing a career in the visual arts and accepted into a certified art program. Live music was provided by six talented members of the Randolph High School’s Woodwind Ensemble and added to the beauty of the day. The artwork, from three hundred-ten students from ten districts under the tutelage of nineteen art educators, was enjoyed by all in attendance. Many thanks for a job well done should be extended to all of the above’ but especially to our new Youth Art Month chair, Ms. Stacy Watson, who added so much of herself to this exhibit. She is a young professional who came in with enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and a love for her students and the students of Morris County. Mere thanks don’t seem enough.
Retired AENJ Art Educator
On March 23rd, around 6:00 pm, students, their families, and friends, along with their teachers and some principals, started arriving at the Middletown Arts Center to attend the 2010 Monmouth County Youth Art Month Exhibit and Reception. The reception was the culmination of a two and a half week long exhibit that showcased the diverse talent of students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, from across Monmouth County. There was beautiful artwork to view and light refreshments along with the handing out of certificates and citations to the students. Each student was given certificates from the Art Educators of New Jersey, a place to exhibit their work on Artsonia (the largest International online gallery), and a citation from the New Jersey Legislature signed by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblyman Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr., and Senator Jennifer Beck. These Legislators also presented each teacher with a citation for their “dedicated efforts in promoting and achieving artistic excellence among their students.” In addition, the Monmouth County Chairs were also presented with an official proclamation endorsing the arts as being an integral part of education in the state of New Jersey.
Dr.Patrick Piegari, Middlesex County Superintendent of Schools, returned this year to read the proclamation. It was an honor to have him in attendance showing his support for the arts.
Our very own Senator Joe Vitale also addressed the students with inspiring words and was in awe of the talented students represented this year. We were very thankful to have him as our speaker for the event. Having dignitaries of this magnitude sends an important message to educators and students alike that what they’re doing is important.
After the last guest exited the building and the room became strangely quiet we had time to reflect back on the day’s events. We had in fact hosted a successful show and we are hoping to continue growing next year.
Beyond the exhibit the YAM chairs had set up activities for creative expression. There were opportunities for kids to create paint draw or even participate in an empty bowls event. There were opportunities to make bowls, or glaze bowls. The bowls will be fired and saved for an empty bowl soup day in the future.
This was a wonderful YAM show at a facility that I have never been to. Appel Farms Arts and Music Center in Elmer NJ is a rare gem for the state of New Jersey. I met Mr. Appel and was honored to take a tour of this facility. Through his love of the arts he has created this enclave for children and adults. This facility is beautiful! There are art studios and galleries, kilns, performing arts theaters and so much more. Check out their web site! http://www.appelfarm.org//
The closing reception was held Friday Evening March 26th with awards, light refreshments and an Art Palette shape cake! Over 250 people were in attendance.
Burlington County Chair Pat Carper-Brown along with her two co-chairs Kathleen Cunningham and Sherry Springsteen want to thank everyone who helped make this another successful YAM!
The Bergen County Executive, Dennis McNerney, visited and commended all schools and teachers who participated with YAM 2010. Schools and teachers all received certificates for putting all efforts together in order to create this huge county show.
“Thank you to all of the Bergen County teachers for putting the time and effort for this huge and important event dedicated to the Arts”. Genecie Camacho-Azzollini
On March 6, 2010, AENJ board members, Barbara Calvo and Jude Harzer attended the Atlantic and Cape May Counties’ YAM exhibit to support students and educators alike. Held at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ, the show featured works from 11 schools and 136 students. Impressive recycled object sculptures, cast paper multicultural masks and Pop Art tempera self portraits were some of the works that were included in the YAM student display.
YAM county co- chairs, Kathy Nichols and Lisa Confora, helped to arrange the event with assistance from colleagues, students and other volunteers. Senator James Whelan was among the many guests who attended this year’s exhibit. Another special guest : Senator Jeff Van Drew ,was unable to attend but sent a signed commendation for each of the participating student artists. Administrators such as Atlantic County Special Services School District Superintendent, Ms. Elizabeth Buoro ,colleagues, family, and friends joined to celebrate the successes of the many young artists that were represented in this show.
After viewing the YAM exhibit, guests enjoyed an abundance of delicious refreshments and were able to view the Noyes Museum special galleries which included an exhibition of works by Susan Reese Horvitz and Robert Roesch entitled, “Transduction: Myths of The Sea and The Solar Boat”, and a group clay artist exhibit entitled: Mish Mash Strikes Back:
Contemporary Clay Redefined.
Congratulations to all of our Atlantic and Cape May County students for sharing their beautiful Art . The entire display reflected the passion and high level of quality art education that exists in these NJ schools. Bravo!