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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David Koh, AAC Scholarship Winner, earns recognition for film “Bare”

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Made for the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour shootout, David Koh’s film “”Bare”was selected as one of  the top 10 for 2015.

The themes of the film are about beauty and insecurity in relation to cultural and race norms. The story is about a young Singaporean/American Youtube blogger who feels uncomfortable displaying her Singaporean accent on camera. When she hosts a fellow Singaporean on her show, she feels embarrassed by his behavior and attempts to shut him down.

You can learn more about the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour shootout at:

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Art Advisory Scholarship Winner Emma Quong’s “On Pointe” Accepted to the 2015 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

The black and white documentary, which premiered at the AAC gala in May, was selected from over 800 entries for screening in the prestigious festival. CICFF 2015 will be held October 23-November 1, 2015 in Chicago. Featuring fellow town resident Fiona Kirkland, the film elegantly shows the life of a young ballerina.

On Pointe Title Block

“On Pointe” is an Independent black and white documentary film by Emma Quong. I was so impressed when I first saw the DVD of the Film, recommended to me by Lynn Farscht, from Millburn Film Festival. (The On Pointe Film did not make it into the Millburn Festival as it completed after their deadline).

I asked Emma to debut the Film at Art Advisory Special Event and Show. I then recommended the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to Emma for a good place to have her work seen.

We at Art Advisory look forward to screening the Film later this year in Millburn, and it will be screened several times at the Festival in Chicago.

Congratulations to Emma and Fiona.

Laraine Brennan Barach

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New Addition to Township Art Collection

FullSizeRender (6)“Knollwood Cottage” a painting by Robert Beers, was donated to the township’s art collection at the Millburn Township meeting on Tuesday, June 16.  As stewards of the town art, Art Advisory Members were on hand to welcome the new painting.

The artist was present, and along with his sister, former mayor and Art Advisory Committee Member Elaine Becker, made remarks during the presentation.

“Knollwood Cottage” depicts a house in the township and was previously displayed in the “Point of Origin” show this spring at the Millburn Library.  It will now grace the wall in the main assembly room at Millburn Town Hall.

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Gala on May 21 Celebrated 10th Anniversary of AP Art Scholarship with 200 Guests

Art Advisory 2015 Winners

Scholarship winners at the event. Back Row: Alexander Ren, Kiera Sullivan,Tiffany LI, Alina Chykharivska, Melissa Wang, Anne Kramer, Sophie Klieger, Alexander Ordonez Front Row: Yael Bloom, Emma Quong, Caroline Shim, Hanna Goldstein. (Not present: Catherine Tso) Photo by Steve Booth.

Transforming two floors of the Millburn Library into extraordinary performance spaces, exhibitions, and a film debut with a gourmet dinner, the Arts Advisory created a special evening for honored students, their families, returning winners, business owners, sponsors, teachers, and township Mayors and other officials.  The library gallery was full of the students’ art, where guests enjoyed seeing the artistic output while listening to the Millburn Piano Trio at the start of the event.

(Following the slideshow below of the gallery artworks, musical performance and pre-ceremony crowd is more information and photos of the event.)

The event then moved upstairs to the “Point of Origin Café”, where a lavish dinner was provided. Kings Catering’s appetizers and dinner were enjoyed by the 200 guests.   Piano music added to the festive mood while attendees dined and socialized before the ceremony.

Fourteen AP Art students, seniors and juniors, shared a celebration of their accomplishments and were then awarded prizes.  Speakers included former Mayor Sandy Haimoff, Kathleen Harte-Gilsenen,  and Laraine Barach, Chair of the Arts Advisory Committee, who awarded the scholarships.

Sponsors included Jerry’s Art Supplies, RBA Hair Salon, JALM Gifts, Saks Fifth Avenue and Estee Lauder, Nicholas Rizzo Fine Arts, Kings Catering, Paper Pedlar, Print Media, Staples, Cathy Scorsese Productions and So I Heard music.

The committee would like to thank Kathleen Harte-Gilsenen MHS AP Art Instructor, Dr Miron Principal of Millburn High School, Mike Banik Director of Millburn Library, as well as Library Staff including Patricia Giambattista, and Jennifer Lemke, Film Co-Ordinator, and partners From Millburn Film Festival Lynn Farsht And Alyssa Russo.

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