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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Celebrating Divas, Mythical Beings and AP Art Scholarship Competition Winners

May 1 saw the installation of the 10th Annual Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee’s Scholarship Art show in the Millburn Library. Celebrating Divas, Mythical Beings, and AP Art Scholarship Competition Winners, this show will be on display until May 31.

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Art ADv at Library Show May2015

Committee members take a break from hanging the show. Victoria Plummer, Kathi Hecht, Donna Davis, Laraine Barach, Maren Less, Oscar Peterson, and AP award winner Catherine Tso.

Tsao with her artwork

Catherine Tso, Senior Award of Merit Winner with her artwork

Art Advisory Member Amy McGovern and chair Laraine Barach at the Millburn Library show


Maren Less, previous Scholarship Winner and current Art ADvisory Committee Advisor, before her artwork in the Point of Origin Show


Oscar Peterson, Art Advisory Committee member, with his painting in the 2015 Point of Origin Show.

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Art Advisory Committee members: Oscar PEterson, Laraine Barach, Amy McGovern, Judy Kramer and Orna Greenberg


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Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee Announces 10th Annual Scholarship Winners for 2015

The Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee members recently met at Millburn High School for their annual Senior and Junior AP art student portfolio review. Each year, the committee awards thousands of dollars of goods and prizes to the winning students, and honors their commitment and skill at a gala reception at the Millburn Library. This year celebrates the 10th annual awarding of the Art Advisory Scholarships.

Each student’s winning artwork will be on display in a show open to the public in the Millburn Library Gallery next month, from May 1 – 31.

Senior Scholarship Award
Tiffany Y. Li

Alexander Ordonez

Emma Quong


Senior Award of Merit

Jay Chopra

Kiera Sullivan

Catherine Tso
Junior Award of Merit

Yael Bloom

Alina Chykharivska

Hanna Goldstein

Sophie Klieger

Anne Kramer

Alexander Ren

Caroline Shim

Melissa Wang


Senior Award winners of the Millburn Art Advisory Committee Scholarship Awards with their prize-winning artworks. Left to Right: Alexander Ordonez, Emma Quong, Catherine Tso, Kiera Sullivan, Tiffany Li, Jay Chopra. Photo Credit: Kathleen Harte Gilsenan


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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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