Edward Dufner Painting Restoration Documentary premieres at Millburn Library

Friday June 22:  A documentary highlighting the restoration of Millburn Township’s two Edward Dufner paintings made its premiere at the Millburn Free Public Library this evening.

When the library needed to make repairs to the wall the paintings had been hanging on, Library Director Michael Banick saw the opportunity to give these paintings the cleaning and restoration they needed.  By reaching out to Laraine Barach of the Art Advisory Committee, the 10 month process to see the paintings safely cleaned, restored, reframed and re-hung was begun.

Seeing this was an intriguing subject for a documentary, Laraine enlisted filmmakers David Koh and Emma Quong to film and edit the process.

The film follows the paintings from the library to Nicholas Rizzo Fine Arts in Chatham to Chelsea Restoration Associates in New York City and back again.  Along the way the talents and expertise of Nicholas Rizzo, John Powell and Amy Sokoloff illuminate the time consuming and and lengthy process of restoring such large scale paintings.

The paintings “Mother and Child in a Meadow” and “Around the Campfire” are now hanging on the freshly repaired and repainted wall in Millburn Library, on display for all to enjoy.

Future screenings of the film are to be announced.

Laraine Barach and Michael Banick

Michael Banick acknowledging the hard work of all involved in the restoration and film

Event program

Paintings on display in library


John Powell, Amy Sokoloff and Michael Banick

Laraine thanking Brenda and Nicholas Rizzo

Emma Quong, Laraine Barach and David Koh

Brenda and Nicholas Rizzo with Emma Quong

Laraine Barach and Harold Lefkowitz

Filmmakers Emma Quong and David Koh

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Millburn Township Restoration of two iconic Edward Dufner paintings is now completed. The large paintings are prime examples of the American Impressionist style .
“Mother and Children in a Meadow” circa 1918

Edward Dufner Paintings Restored

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AP Art Show at Millburn High School

On May 30, the Millburn High School AP Art show was held at the schhol, with each student getting a gallery set up.  Congratulations to all the students – seeing your hard work displayed was a wonderful recognition of your talent.

Sophia Hoodis and Laraine Barach

Laraine, Nina Radke and Sarah Rosenthal

Laraine and scholarship winner Kate Darvin

Alyssa Russo and Lynn Farscht of the Millburn Film Festival with Laraine Barach, AAC Chair

Laraine with Jackie Lieberberg, Township Committee and Diane Eglow, Township Committee

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Festive Scholarship Award Ceremony Celebrates 2018 Winners

May 22, 2018-  Celebrating its 13th year of scholarships, the Arts Advisory Committee hosted a gala evening at the Millburn Library for the 2018 Scholarship Winners, their families, friends, school officials, library management, local politicians, sponsors, art patrons, and Millburn township committees.  Attendees enjoyed a three course meal and musical entertainment during the event, and winning artworks were on display in the library.

Before the scholarship winners were presented with their awards, the audience was treated to two films.  A trailer for an upcoming documentary chronicling the restoration of the two Edward Dufner paintings owned by the township and on display in the library made its world premiere. This film, produced by the Art Advisory Committee and directed by Emma Quong and David Koh, intimately follows the process of removing, restoring, re-framing and re-hanging the artworks in the Millburn library.

Click below to view the trailer:

Michael Banick (Millburn Library Director) and Jeanne Weill (Millburn Historical Society President) made a few remarks before Laraine Barach presented the awards to the winning students. Each Scholarship winner received a certificate as well as two gift bags filled with contributions from the scholarship sponsors.

Click on any of the photos below to start a slideshow of the event.
Photos by Laura San Filippo and Steve Barach.

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Mentors/Scholarship Art Show now on display at Millburn Library

Michelle San Fillippo, Michael Banick, Laraine Barach, Oscar Peterson, Andrew Permison, Harold Lefkowitz

The Art Advisory Committee, Nicholas Rizzo of Rizzo Fine Arts in Chatham, and Millburn library director Michael Banick oversaw the hanging of this year’s “Point of Origin” show in the Millburn Library. The exhibition features works from the 13 Millburn High School AAC Art Scholarship winners of this year, as well as works from the Art Advisory Committee members and township artists.

The show will be on display in the Millburn Library Gallery from May 1 – 30 and can be viewed during normal library hours.

Millburn Library
200 Glen Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
Mon-Thu 9:30am – 8:45pm | Fri-Sat 9:30am – 5:15pm | Sun 1:00PM – 4:45PM

Jenny Yeung- Senior Honorable Mention
Sophia Hoodis-Senior Honorable Mention
Rachel Thornton-Senior Award of Merit
Betsy Muller-Senior Award of Merit
Anna Williams-Senior AP Award, First Place
Rachel Woolfson-Senior Honorable Mention

(back row)
Maggie Ma- Junior Award of Merit
Sarah Rosenthal- Junior Honorable Mention
Katie Darvin- Junior Honorable Mention
(front row)
Valentina Ordonez- Junior Honorable Mention
Nina Radke- Junior Award of Merit

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Laraine Barach, AAC Chair, receives 3rd Annual Kruger-Rhodes Award at Millburn Film Festival

Laraine Lynn and Alyssa MFF 2018

Laraine Brennan Barach, Chairperson of AAC, with Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo of the Millburn Film Fest

Friday, April 20, Millburn High School:  The 7th Annual Millburn Film Fest was an inspiring celebration of student creativity and talent, and the AAC was proud to have once again judged the student entries.  This year, 21 films were entered, and 9 winners were selected to be shown at the screening. Top prize went to “In Plain Sight: A Hidden Child of the Holocaust” by 7th Grade MMS student Carli Platt.  Second prize went to “Unburned” by MHS Sophomore, Alex DeRosa.

This was also a special night as our chairperson, Laraine Brennan Brach, was awarded the Kruger-Rhodes Award for her commitment to promoting artwork within the community.

More about Laraine and the award from the Millburn Film Festival:

The origin of the Krueger-Rhodes Award came about to honor community members that show a commitment to enhance the education of their students through the arts and film. It is inspired and named after the two teachers, Ms Ellen Kreuger & Mr Gabe Rhodes, who teach film making at the High School and started their own award ceremony eight years ago to honor their students. Film Fest continues this award to honor a woman who truly encapsulates the meaning of commitment and inspiration.

Laraine is a very special individual to the Millburn Community. She grew up in New York, attended NYU Tisch for Filmmaking and worked professionally in the industry for many years. Laraine has lived in Millburn/Short Hills for 44 years with her husband Steven of 45 years. Together they raised 3 daughters, Cathy, Tanya and Erin, who all attended the Millburn Schools. For thirteen years she has served on the Millburn Township Art Advisory Committee and is currently serving as Chairperson. Art Advisory started mentoring artists and student internships under her leadership. Laraine started a scholarship program for art students in Millburn/Short Hills with over 300 students honored to date. She hosts the AP Scholarship Gala entitled “The Point of Origin” where you can see first hand Laraine’s passion for this mission and dedication to these students. In addition to mentoring students she has curated 23 Art Exhibits for Art Advisory.

While Laraine’s accomplishments are many and her education and background in film and theater are extensive one of her noted accomplishments was the movement to preserve old American Films, Hollywood Films and negatives that were being lost and destroyed. Bringing industry attention to this loss of invaluable assets, she helped launch a film preservation movement with director Martin Scorsese, to whom she was married for seven years. The Film Preservation movement flourishes today and is now publicly supported. Her dedication and commitment to the preservation of arts in the Millburn/Short Hills Community is just as passionate and we thank you for making a difference.

A short film that was created by a past Millburn Film Fest winner and art advisory AP Award Recipient, Emma Quong to honor Laraine. Emma along with other Millburn student artists and filmmakers show us how significant their experience with Laraine has been to their journey as a professional artist.

Emma Quong’s Tribute Film can be seen below, which she shared along with these comments:

I hope you had an extraordinary evening and I am so thrilled to have been able to share in the smiles and sharing of art with you. Big congratulations on the Krueger-Rhodes awards. We can’t thank you enough for what you do for our community and the arts.

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Laraine Barach Tribute Video

Arts Advisory Members at the Millburn Film Fest: Kathi Hecht, Judy Kramer, Andrew Permison, Laraine Barach, Donna Davis, Amy McGovern, Cathy Scorsese

Alyssa Russo, Laraine Barach and Lynn Farscht

Filmmakers David Koh and Emma Quong. Both are past Art Advisory Scholarship recipients. David is an international award winning filmmaker. Emma’s film “On Pointe”
debuted at the AAC Scholarship Gala in 2016 and was screened at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
the same year.

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2018 Scholarship Winners and Mentors: Sneak Preview of “Mentors” Show 2018

Here’s a preview of the upcoming Art Advisory Art Show at the Millburn Library on display from May 1 -30. It will feature winning artworks from the AP and Honor Art Scholarship awards combined with artworks from local mentors.
Millburn Library
200 Glen Avenue
Milburn, NJ 07041


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