12th Annual “Point of Origin” Scholarship Dinner Gala at the Millburn Free Public Library

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee Millburn held its 12th Annual Scholarship Awards ceremony on Monday, May 22 at the Millburn Library. At the sophisticated and heartfelt celebration of Millburn High School art, The Art Advisory Committee proudly awarded scholarships to 9 Advanced Placement Art Students. The gala event was coordinated to occur while the “Point of Origin” show hangs in the library gallery, displaying winning artworks alongside the works of local mentor artists. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, sparkling piano playing, and a chance to mingle with other artists, friends, township committee members, HS Faculty and Staff, and returning scholarship winners. Three short films by previous scholarship winners were shown before chair Laraine Barach, assisted by members of the committee, made the presentations of scholarships.

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“This AAC Point of Origin Event 2017 struck such an amazing positive chord with all concerned: artists, mentors friends, family and sponsors. We are all grateful for the incredible creative gifts we celebrated on May 22, 2017 at our Awards Presentation Dinner and Film Screening.

Perhaps the world is only at its best when we explore its beauty; artists learn quickly to share unique images of emotion and beauty with an audience.  We offer a special thank you to
Emma Quong, David Koh, and Morgan Gruer  for the opportunity to screen their wonderful films at the event.

Art Advisory for twelve years has advanced the Art experience in Millburn-Short Hills by giving the opportunity to the whole community through the Millburn Library Gallery a view of Fine Art that might not otherwise be seen.

We bring outstanding young AP Artist-Scholars to public view in the Free Public Library Exhibitions that hundreds of residents pass through every week. Art Advisory opens a view to dedicated volunteers and artists who team to create art their whole lives, and pass along true art wisdom to all who visit our gallery space.

Inspiration, beauty, invention – all on display to educate the community to the “Possible”.  Art Advisory brings the hearts and souls of artists into people’s everyday lives at the Millburn Public Library, and we as communicators are always excited to have that opportunity.

We look forward to our next visit at the Library Gallery.

Laraine Brennan Barach”

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“Point on Origin” 2017 debuts at Millburn Library

AAC announces its 12th year of the “Point of Origin” show. This is 12 years of joining mentors’ art and AP scholarship winners pieces in a shared exhibition, with an awards presentation event taking place at Millburn Library later this month.  The show will be on display for the month of May in the library gallery,

Chair of the Art Advisory Committee Laraine Barach gives this overview of the multi-faceted show:

Visit our marvelous award-winning photos of joy, architectural spaces, nature, and New Jersey landscapes. Our artists include photographers Amy McGovern, David Koh, and Laura San Filippo.

Oscar Peterson loves realism and tells us tales of mythology in modern forms.
Mixed media magic is evoked by collages from Maren Less and Erin Barach, and AP student Sindu Shanmugadas. (Maren Less – AP Scholarship winner 2010; Advisor Member: Erin Barach – MFA,From MICA, AAC Intern, Graduate Millburn 2001)

Painted works from Victor Wu of Millburn display minute detail, as do the designs of Erica Einhorn.

Darice Lee takes dressing, soft sculpture with wearable art to new heights, and Kathleen Gao shows animals in modern settings that are both funny and intriguing.

Abby Ow’s “Didi” is pure feminine expression. Abby’s artist eye is a pristine vision on canvas.

Jessica Li shows in a “Stranger Friend”, her turtle painting, the poignant and possible uncertain future of a beautiful endangered species. Her homage to “Tea Time” is perfection.

Jennifer Guo’s skilled contrast in black and white reveals delicate transparency.

Jonathan Karlin reveals detailed mountain views at evening.

Kathi Hect’s fused glass pieces burst forth in color and transport us to unique destinations. Donna Davis’ exquisite ceramics speak a universal language of balance, function, and beauty.

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AAC at the 2017 Millburn Film Festival

Art Advisory Members – part of this year’s Film Fest Judging team – enjoyed the premiere of the 2017 Millburn Film Festival at Millburn High School on Friday, April 21.  Now in its 6th year, this year’s festival once again highlighted the top student films from the district.  Congratulations to all the filmmakers!

Art Advisory Committee members with Millburn Film Festival chairs: Lynn Farscht (Film Fest), Donna Davis, Laraine Barach, Judy Kramer, Orna Greenberg, Amy McGovern, Andrew Permison, Maren Less and Alyssa Russo (Film Fest)


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AP Art Scholarship Winners Announced for 2017

The Millburn Short-Hills Art Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship winners, chosen after examining the AP students portfolios.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Senior Scholarship Award:
Erica Einhorn
Kathleen Gao
Darice Lee
Qizhang Wu
Senior Honorable Mention:
Abby Ow

Junior Award of Merit:
Jonathan Karlin
Sindu Shanmugadas
Junior Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Guo
Jessica Li

Senior Art Advisory winners 2017 (left to right):
Darice Lee, Abby Ow, Kathleen Gao, Erica Einhorn, Qizhang (Victor) Wu

2017 Junior Scholarship Winners:
Award of Merit: Jonathan Karlin “Mirror Lake, “
Honorable Mention: Jessica Li “Stranger friend” and “Always Tea Time”
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Guo “Charcoal Glass”
Award of Merit: Sindu Shanmugadas “Girl on a Swing” and “Diwali”

Winning Artworks – please click to enlarge and for more information:


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Winners Announced for 6th Annual Millburn Film Fest

The Education Foundation is putting students in the spotlight again this year and will be showcasing 9 winning films at the 6th Annual Millburn Film Fest  thanks to Academy Award Sponsors The Stephanie Mallios Team and New York Film Academy, and Executive Sponsors The Gonnella Team and Investors Bank, and other sponsors Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, PNC Bank, & Bow-Tie Cinema.

The community is invited to view short family friendly films Millburn Middle & High school students have created, walk the red carpet, take home a complementary photo, and exit the event to a fanfare.

The Art Advisory Committee is proud to have been part of the judging process again this year, and is looking forward to another fantastic screening of talented young filmmakers’ works later this month.  See you at the movies!

FRIDAY, APRIL 21st @ 7:30PM (red carpet opens at 7:00)
Tickets are available online at www.millburnfilmfest.com

The winning films of 2017

“Eclipse” by David Chun & Jonny Berkowitz

“Flash” & “Soulfege-The A Capella Experience” by Kyle Farscht

“Heba’s Story” by Ariel Riseman

“Lyric” by Alex DeRosa

“Poppy” by Aaron Surloff

“Sincerely, A Feminist” by Julia Newman

“The Fountain Case” by Brendan Weissman & Ben Goodman

“Walk – The Story of the Iron Grannies” by Rachel Solomon

SNEAK PEAK https://youtu.be/XsDQnnfn9yc


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2017 Scholarship Judging this week

Judging this year’s portfolios, L to R: Seated – Donna Davis, Andrew Permison, and Orna Greenberg. Standing – Kathleen Harte-Gilsenan (AP Art Instructor MHS), Laraine Barach (committee chair), Judy Kramer, and Amy McGovern. (not pictured and photo credit: Maren Less)

In a year where Spring seems a long time coming, the Art Advisory Committee met Monday at Millburn High School for one of the high points of the season: judging the Advanced Placement students’ portfolios.  This annual event in Kathleen Harte-Gilsenan’s studio classroom is the opportunity to evaluate the pieces the Junior and Senior students have ccreated throughout their high school art career.

This year’s winners will be announced soon, and honored with scholarships and a gala evening in May.



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David Koh: Guest Contributor to May Mentor Exhibition

We are pleased to announce the addition of exclusive photos by David Koh as a guest contributor in our upcoming May Mentors show at the Millburn Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn.

Mr Koh is an award winning internationally recognized filmmaker and past winner of the AAC scholarship.

"Koharpa" by David Koh

“Harpa” by David Koh


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