2016 Millburn Film Festival

The Millburn Film Festival premiered Friday April 1st at Millburn High School. The Art Advisory Committee was there to see the winning films, and they were presented to perfection on the new screen and sound system in the auditorium.

Now in its 5th year, festival Coordinators Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo once again skillfully presented an evening showcasing local students’ films, complete with red carpet and spotlights.  This year, all filmmakers took to the stage before the films were screened, and winners were announced.  The top winner was “Door After Door” by Jasen Aziz.

MHS Teachers Ellen Krueger and Gabe Rhodes were honored before the screening, with a special video made by some of their current and past students, to celebrate all the influence they have had on fledgling filmmakers over the years.

Once again, all proceeds from the evening  support the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, which enhances the educational experience of Millburn public school students with their donations.  The Art Committee is proud to once again have been selected to be judges for such an inspiring and entertaining event of student films.


Judges from LtoR: Cathy Scorcese, Donna Davis, Laraine Barach and Andrew Permison


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Art Advisory Committee Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

Arts Advisory Committee Winners 2016

Front Row: Yael Bloom, Taylor Saporito, Marleigh Friedman. Back Row:  Anne Kramer, Madison Hermann, Kathleen Gao, Erica Einhron

The Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory committee is proud to announce its 2016 Art scholarship awards. Now in its 11th year, the program honors outstanding Millburn High School AP Art students with a gala evening, and scholarships that include gift certificates for art supplies as well as many other items. The winning artworks are featured in the Millburn Library Gallery for the months of May.

The committee views every AP junior and seniors student’s portfolio, and selects those that contain not only impressive individual pieces, but demonstrate an overall progression and high achievement. Winners are encouraged to remember their artistic roots in Millburn Township, and previous winners return to share their stories and receive continued support from the committee.

Starting May 2nd 2016, the AAC scholarship winners artworks will be included in  the Art Advisory annual show at the Millburn Library gallery, Glenn Avenue, Millburn.

Scholarship winners will join advisory committee, family, friends, supporting contributors, township officials and honored guests for an evening gala reception in the Millburn Library.

This year’s winners are:

  • Senior Scholarhip Winner: Yael Bloom, Marleigh Friedman and Taylor Saporito
  • Senior Award of Merit: Madison Hermann, Anne Kramer
  • Junior Award of Merit: Erica Einhorn, Kathleen Gao


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Millburn High School Digital Arts video

Millburn High School Digital Arts video. Catch it before the 5th Annual Millburn Film Festival.

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Millburn Film Festival – 2016


The Arts Advisory Committee has just wrapped up judging the 36 films that were entered into this year’s festival.  Each year the number – and quality – of the pieces keeps going up.

Now we have to wait and see like everyone else who the winners are at the screening on Friday April 1 at Millburn High School. One thing we can tell you – it is going to be another great show!  Once again we were impressed by the talented students in this community.

For more information, including ticket purchases, please see: http://millburnfilmfest.com/

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Township Appreciation Dinner


Art Advisory Committee: clockwise from front – Chairwoman Laraine Barach, Donna Davis, Oscar Peterson, Kathi Hecht, Judy Kramer, Andrew Permison, Amy McGovern.

The Art Advisory Committee enjoyed the holiday recognition buffet dinner hosted by Millburn Township on Tuesday December 8 at Martini’s Bistro.

During the evening, Mayor Tillotson and Deputy Mayor Bourke commended several members of the township for their serivice. Committeewoman Sandy Haimoff was one of those honored.

Chairwoman of the AAC Laraine Barach gave a speech extolling the support Ms. Haimoff has provided for the committee during her years as committeewoman and mayor.  She presented Ms. Haimoff with a painting of the cherry trees in Taylor Park, painted by committee member Amy McGovern, in appreciation.

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Artist and committee member Amy McGovern with her painting, presented to Sandra Haimoff for her support of the AAC.

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Sandra Haimoff with Chairwoman Laraine Barach

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Committee members Judy Kramer and Andrew Permison

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Amy McGovern and Laraine Barach

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Committee members Victoria Plummer and Kathi Hecht

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Former Mayors at Art Advisory Show

A recent gathering at the Millburn Library for the Art Advisory Show “Safe Harbors”  had three former Mayors in attendance.  They posed for a photo in front of “Garden State” by Joseph Konopka, on public display for the first time, and loaned to the show by Maureen Ogden.

At the 2015 Millburn Landmarks Show “Safe Harbor”: Former Mayors Sandy Haimoff, Laraine Barach (Art Advisory Chair), Maureen Ogden, and Elaine Becker.

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16th Annual Millburn Landmarks Art Show at Millburn Library

The month of October brings the Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee’s Landmarks art show to the Millburn Library, selected from township-owned pieces and artworks created by township members. This year’s theme is “Safe Harbors”.

Displayed for the first time is an antique photo of The Washington School. The building still stands on Millburn Avenue, and was a former school and Board of Education building. Currently it is used as commercial space. This 3’ x 2’ photo was restored using museum conservation practices and framing, and was donated to the Township by the Art Advisory Committee and Nicholas Rizzo.


Washington School, restored antique photo

Also on exhibition is “Taylor Park Treasure Trunk” painted by Orna Greenberg, a sponsored project by Investors Foundation, Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society , and the Art Advisory Committee.


“Taylor Park Treasure Trunk” by Orna Greenberg

The show, curated by Art Advisory Chair Laraine Barach, is full of standout pieces such as “Garden State”, a large oil painting in muted pastels by Joseph Konopka, and loaned for the show by Maureen Ogden. Pieces by Millburn High School AP scholarship winners Danielle Spinelli, Jackie San Fillippo and Anne Kramer are also on view.   Included too are works by Mike Parziale, Lynn San Fillippo, Tania Barach, and others, as well as Art Advisory Committee members Donna Davis, Orna Greenberg, Kathi Hecht, Amy McGovern, Oscar Peterson, and Victoria Plummer.

The show is up until October 30, and open during library hours.

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“Safe Harbors” Art Show

October 1 – 30 2015

Millburn Free Public Library

200 Glen Avenue

Millburn, NJ 07041

(973) 376-1006

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