Millburn Film Festival Winners Announced!

The winners of the 2015 Millburn Film Festival have been announced. In alphabetical order, they are:

GOLDFISH by Thomas Singer
LAPSE by Jasen Aziz
NEVERLAND by Max Retik
NOWADAYS by Larry Yu
PAPER by Alex DeRosa
SOAR by Jeremy Hochman
THIS IS ME by Julia Newman

The Art Advisory Committee congratulates all the filmmakers and is looking forward to the  red-carpet screening on Friday April 17.  Please see the trailer below for a sneak peek of the films to be screened.

Tickets for the screening are on sale at

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2015 Scholarship Portfolio Evaluations

The Art Advisory Committee met at Millburn High School on Tuesday March 17 to evaluate Senior and Junior AP Art Portfolios.  Winners from each grade will be awarded scholarships in our annual scholarship event, to be held at the Millburn Library in May.  Thanks to Kathleen Gilsenan Harte for opening her studio to the committee.  Check back for the announcement of the winners in the coming days!

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Donna Davis, Victoria Plummer, Laraine Barach, Judith Kramer, Elaine Becker, Oscar Peterson, Maren Less, Amy McGovern, Kathi Hecht and Orna Greenberg.

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Donna Davis, Laraine Barach, Maren Less, Judith Kramer, Elaine Becker, Oscar Peterson, Amy McGovern, Kathi Hecht and Orna Greenberg.

In an impressive scheduling feat, all ten members and one advisor of the committee were able to attend and are shown in the above photos.  Not pictured is Andrew Permison who stepped out before the photo was taken.


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Art Advisory Committee News

March is shaping up to be a wonderfully art-filled month for the Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee.

On Friday March 6, the judging committee met at The Millburn Free Public Library to screen films submitted to the Fourth Annual Millburn Film Festival. For almost 3 hours, the judges watched the 21 student films created by Millburn Middle and High School Students.  As always, they were impressed by the talented filmmakers in this 1 (4)

You won’t want to miss the red-carpet premiere and see the prize winning films on Friday April 17 at Millburn High School.    Tickets are now on sale.  

Later this month, the panel will be convening at Millburn High School to evaluate Senior and Junior AP portfolios for scholarship awards.  This is a highlight for all committee members as they anticipate seeing what has been created in the past school year.

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“Millburn Landmarks” at The Millburn Library for October 2014

The Art Advisory Committee has faithfully curated the “Millburn Landmarks” exhibit at the Millburn Library, now in its 16th year.  Chairwoman Laraine Barach renamed the Art Advisory Annual Show as “Millburn Landmarks” 12 years ago to emphasize the contribution of Millburn-Short Hills Fine Art in the community, which was inspired here, produced here, and those pieces of donated works from many different decades in the permanent collection.

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Former Mayor and committee member Elaine Becker, Art Advisory Chairwoman Laraine Barach and committee members Judith Kramer and Amy McGovern at the current “Millburn Landmarks” installation. (photo: Steve Barach)

Since we do not have a cultural center in Millburn or township gallery, Art Advisory is grateful to the Millburn Library for letting Art Advisory use their gallery wall in the library lobby.

The “Millburn Landmarks” shows are various media and micro themes, such as scholarship winners’ art, Greenwood Gardens inspired art, Millburn studios produced painting and photography and ceramics and of course sculpture, all under the canopy of Millburn Landmarks.

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(photos in slideshow above by Victoria Plummer)

On October 23, The Millburn Library, Art Advisory Committee, and Kings of Short Hills hosted a reception for current “Millburn Landmarks” artists. Maureen Ogden was the honored guest, celebrating her efforts to preserve art education funding and legislation in her long and successful career. Maureen Ogden proudly lent her Michael Graves original artwork depicting Millburn Railroad Building for the exhibit.

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(photos in slideshow above by Steve Barach)

Kim Kaminski, Manager of Investors Bank; Sheelagh Clarke, Rector of St. Stephens Church; Vera Colitti; former Mayors Sandy Haimoff and Elaine Becker; Historical Society Trustee and Past President, and Art Advisory Committee Member Andrew Permison; Historical Society Trustee and Past President Michelle Miller; Attorney and Art ADvisory Committee Member Judith Kramer; Millburn HS AP Art Teacher Kathleen Harte; Architect James Gilsanen; and artists Robert Beers, Oscar Peterson, Orna Greenberg, Amy McGovern, Donna Davis and Kathi Hecht were among the guests.

Chairwoman Laraine Barach first met Maureen Ogden in 1978. “What thrill to have Maureen as a supporter of Millburn Art. Jersey art education is in her debt!” – Laraine Brennan Barach

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Art Advisory Committee at Seven Bridges

Exterior of Gallery 2 that the Art Advisory Committee toured. This gallery featured glass art and photorealism pieces.

Exterior of Gallery 2 that the Art Advisory Committee toured. This gallery features glass art and photorealism pieces.

The fantastic art collection of Richard McKenzie at Seven Bridges in Greenwich CT was thoroughly enjoyed by the Art Advisory Committee on Monday July 14.  An expert tour by Linda Williams gave insight to highlights of the impressive artworks in the museum, as well as the sculpture garden outside.


Committee members Harold Lefkowitz, Donna Davis, Judith Kramer, chair Laraine Barach, Victoria Plummer, Andrew Permison, Amy McGovern and Oscar Peterson flank a larger-than-life size sculpture at Seven Bridges.

Here is a slideshow of some of the art seen inside Gallery 2 and on the grounds at Seven Bridges.

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All art credits to Seven Bridges; photos taken by Amy McGovern and Victoria Plummer.

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Upcoming Workshops at Greenwood Gardens

The natural beauty of Greenwood Gardens is sure to inspire any artist!

Here are a few upcoming events – please contact for more details.  Art Advisory is a Proud Contributing Sponsor with Greenwood Gardens for The Art in Nature Sculpture Exhibition



Art in Nature Sculpture Exhibition

August 3 through November 2

Greenwood is the venue for, “Art in Nature: A collaboration of Greenwood Gardens and Studio Montclair”. Known for their dedication to the promotion of the visual arts and emerging artists, Studio Montclair brings many years of art exhibition experience to the magnificent setting of Greenwood Gardens. Over 30 pieces will be on display throughout the garden and will feature the work of internationally and regionally recognized sculptors, William Tucker, Jon Isherwood, and Mia Westerlund Roosen.

Admission to the “Art in Nature” exhibit is included with Greenwood Garden general admission prices.

On Monday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, exhibition curator Karen Wilkin will lead a guided tour of “Art in Nature” Sculpture Exhibit.  Free admission. Registration required. To RSVP call 973-258-4026.

Garden Photography Workshop

Sunday, September 21, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A hands-on workshop led by Joy Yagid uses Greenwood as an outdoor classroom. The workshop includes a tutorial on your camera functions, help with composition, and free email tech support with Joy.
$45 members; $55 non-members. Registration required.


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“Rotare” reinstated at Millburn Library

The severe winter we experienced necessitated removing  the sculpture to make repairs  on the  site of the Library Plaza.  Recently Lenny Shapiro, Laraine Barach, Judy Kramer and Donna Davis helped to support John Bace and the Milburn DPW Team and Passeri Granite Company accomplish the return of “Rotare”  to its pedestal outside the Library.  Two days of preparation and over 5 hours of positioning and lifting and securing this past week, and Rotare is back! To amaze and inspire!  Thank you to John Bace, Millburn DPW, Passeri Granite and Lenny Shapiro.

-Laraine Barach


Judy Kramer, Laraine Barach, Donna Davis and sculptor Lenny Shapiro


photos by Maren Less

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