Greenwood Gardens: Sketching from Nature/Keeping a Field Journal class

Art Advisory’s a good friends at Greenwood Gardens wish to invite art lovers to a special event of sketching  and keeping a field diary.  Taking place in the the beautiful Short Hills setting of Greenwood Gardens, this is an opportunity to be inspired by this glorious garden estate while you create your own field journal.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10:00am to 12:00pm

Sketching from Nature / Keeping a Field Journal with Peter P. Blanchard, III

Learn about one of the most informative and absorbing pastimes or hobbies on the planet.  Experiment with pencil, pen and ink watercolor; Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own.

$10 members; $20 non-members.  Register at  For more information, call 973-258-4026


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Art Advisory Committee on the red carpet for the Third Annual Millburn Film Fest

The Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee was honored to judge student films again this year for the Third Annual Millburn Film Festival.


Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee judges: members Andrew Permison and Donna Davis, Millburn High School Teacher and Film Advisor Ellen Kruger (not part of the Art Advisory Committee), Advisor and Guest Speaker Cathy Scorcese, Chairwoman Laraine Barach, and member Kathi Hecht.

Chairwoman Laraine Barach and committee members Amy McGovern, Andrew Permison, Donna Davis,  Kathi Hecht and Special Advisor Cathy Scorcese  were part of the judging panel that selected the 9 winning short films.  These winners were screened at Millburn High School on Thursday April 10 in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Advisor Cathy Scorcese (class of 83) gave a well-received speech, thanking the teachers that launched her on her path to creativity and encouraging students to stay true to their dreams.


Films screened were:

“Connected” by Hannah Geller

“My Second Home” by Jeremy Hochman

“Voodoo” by Max Retik

“Written” by Kyle Farscht

“iShrink” by Jasen Aziz

“Life in 5 Short Chapters” by Emma Quong

“Cowboys of Chincoteague” by Ethan Stupp

“Zeitgeist Productions Presents” by Meri Scheiner and Nicole LaChance

“Dream” by Alex DeRosa



Millburn Film Fest Co-Chair Lynn Farscht, Art Advisory Advisor and Guest Speaker Cathy Scorcese, Art Advisory Chair Laraine Barach, Millburn Film Fest Co-Chair Alyssa Russo, Millburn High School Principal William Miron




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Family Films at the Millburn Library

For the third winter in a row, family films will be screened at the Millburn Free Public Library through a collaboration between the Library and the Art Advisory Committee.  This year’s series is entitled “Weird Worlds”.

Films will be screened once a month, January through April, at 2pm.  Screenings are free and visitors are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy.Weird Worlds Poster 4WFF




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Art Advisory Members Attend Millburn Library’s 75th Anniversary Celebration


Committee members attended the Millburn Free Public Library’s 75th Anniversary celebration on November 16, 2013 and afterward toured the sculpture plaza.  Plantings and a new bench have been added to this project that the Art Advisory Committee has been instrumental in bringing to the town.

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“Rotare” Reception at the Millburn Library

Saturday October 12 brought a large group to the Millburn Library to celebrate the addition of  the sculpture “Rotare” by Lenny Shapiro to the library’s outdoor sculpture garden.  Guests mingled and enjoyed refreshments provided by King’s Catering, flowers by Stahl Del Duca Florists, and special paper goods from the Paper Pedlar before the ceremony.

rotare reception inside

In dedicating the sculpture, Art Advisory Chair Laraine Barach officially passed ownership of “Rotare” to the town, and said a few words about the history of the project.  She reflected upon seeing the pedestrian walkway at the Chicago Contemporary Arts, and thinking a similar sculpture walk would be a great addition to Millburn.  As the dream has come to reality with the addition of the first sculpture “Inspiration” in 2010, now it comes closer to completion with “Rotare”.   Barach and Mayor Sandy Haimoff thanked Lenny Shapiro for his generosity in sharing the sculpture with the township.

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Mayor Sandy Haimoff, Art Advisory Chair Laraine Barach and sculptor Lenny Shapiro

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The reception then moved outdoors for the unveiling of “Rotare”.  As the town’s public works department continues work on the courtyard,  it is hoped that everything will be completed before winter.

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The Art Advisory Committee would like to thank everyone involved in the event.  Your help and hard work is much appreciated:

Sandy Haimoff, for her friendship and support; Lenny and Susan Shapiro for their generosity; event and project planners/committee members Amy McGovern, Orna Greenberg, Victoria  Plummer, Elaine Becker, Andrew Permison and Jackie San Filippo; Steve Barach; Jan Saltiel Rafel, Landscape Designer; The Library Staff; The Library Board; Michael Banick, Library Director; John Bace, Director of Public Works; Kimberly Sullivan and her Team at King’s Catering; Stahl Del Duca Florists, the Paper Pedlar, Springfield and Charles at Staples of Summit.

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Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee Curates “Millburn Landmarks” for 15th Consecutive Year

Millburn Landmarks 2013

Millburn Landmarks 2013

Every October, the Milburn Library is the site of the “Millburn Landmarks” art show presented by the township’s Art Advisory Committee.  Now in its 15th year, this show is a carefully selected mix of artworks from the township’s permanent collection, scholarship winning artworks from the previous spring, and pieces created by committee members.


Milllburn township has a collection of hundreds of artworks, and comprises works of familiar Millburn sights as well as works created by Millburn artists. Very little is on display at any given time, though some of the collection can be seen in the library and at town hall;  most is kept in storage.  The entire collection was catalogued a few years ago for the first time.  Each year the collection is augmented by the donation of scholarship winning artworks form the AP seniors and juniors who are awarded prizes.  Many of this spring’s scholarship winning pieces are on display, as well as some new works by retuning winners Jacqueline San Fillipo, who was awarded a scholarship in 2008 and Pascal Baladi, a 2009 winner.

Jackie San Fillipo  and Larraine Barach, chair of Art Advisory Committee,  in front of Jackie's artowrk

Jackie San Fillipo and Larraine Barach, chair of Art Advisory Committee, in front of Jackie’s artwork

Committee members Orna Greenberg, Oscar Peterson and Victoria Plummer also contributed pieces to the show.  This year’s Millburn Landmarks show has the good fortune to be the first to be hung in the newly restored library lobby gallery, with freshly painted walls and improved lighting.  The show will remain hanging for the month of October.

Committee members Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg and Andrew Permsion

Committee members Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg and Andrew Permison

Artworks in the show: click on any image for artist and title information and to start a slideshow

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“Rotare” joins “Inspiration”

On Monday September 16, sculptor Lenny Shapiro, Millburn township workers, and Passeri Tile coordinated efforts to deliver and install the latest addition to the developing sculpture courtyard in front of the Millburn Library.  This plaza has been orchestrated by the Art Advisory Committee and spearheaded by Chair Laraine Barach.  Started three years ago with the installation of the sculpture “Inspiration” by Julie Joy Saypoff, the sculpture courtyard is possibly only weeks from completion.  Pavers, benches and walls remain to be added.

Plan for the sculpture courtyard

Plan for the sculpture courtyard- click to enlarge

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The Art Advisory team, in conjunction with the Library is planning an installation celebration for October 12.

Thanks to DPW workers for all their hard work:

John Collas

Mike Burroughs

Fred Dally

E.J. DeLoreto

Mike Lynn

and to Paul Passeri and crew from Passeri Tile.

photos by Steve Barach and Victoria Plummer

For more information, please see this article in The Item of Millburn and Short Hills:

“Cycles of Change” sculpture comes to Millburn Library

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