Art returns to the Millburn Library with the “Point of Origin” group show

Last week the MSH Art Advisory Committee launched two art events at the Millburn Free Public Library: the first live workshop in the new “Master Artists Talk Series” and the debut of this year’s “Point of Origin Mentors Show” in the library gallery, on view through June 20.

Seven gifted and distinctively different Millburn artists are on display in the group show, curated by Laraine Brennan Barach, Chair of the AAC and long-time Short Hills resident. The link tying these artists together is their Millburn roots, or Point of Origin.

AAC Vice Chairs and mentors Amy McGovern and Oscar Peterson, both multi-decade residents of Millburn, are featured in the show. Oscar Peterson is a professional artist, teaching in-person adult classes in New Jersey and online classes nationally. On Wednesday he kicked off the “Master Artists Talk Series” with a talk and demonstration of his skill in portraiture in a zoom event. This series is a collaboration of the AAC and the adult education events programs for Millburn Library.

 Amy Mc Govern has been an attorney in NY for over 20 years as well as an avid traveler. Her beautifully skilled pastels and masterful watercolor drawings reflect her world travels.

They are joined by contemporary artist Ben Rizzo. Born and raised in Millburn, Ben is a visual artist mostly working in oils and acrylics. Besides teaching at One River Art School in Millburn, he maintains a studio in New York for privately commissioned mixed media works  of art. Ben will the next artist featured in the “Master Artists Talk Series”, with “Unlocking the Doors to Creativity” on June 14.

Erin Barach and Maren Less are alums of the renowned Millburn High School AP Art Program. Both women have their Masters in Art and share a focus of the feelings and reflection of abstract human thought through art. Contemporary paintings and mixed media are their chosen realms. Professional Artist Maren is a participating professor at Tyler School of Art and Design. Erin is a marketing director for The Children’s Chorus of Maryland as well as a studio artist in in her gallery in Baltimore.

Lenny Shapiro, sculptor and long time resident of Millburn, is the creator of “Rotare” tempered steel sculpture on the front plaza at Millburn Library and he has exhibited in AAC Shows for ten years. His 5-foot tall “Steel Blossom” is in the show.

Erica Einhorn from Millburn is the AAC intern this year. She graduated from Rutgers this year, and will continue on there for graduate school. Erica was previously an AAC scholarship winner in 2016 and 2017. Her “Botanical Series” drawings are on display in the AAC Show. Her loyal contribution of time and talent and skill is much appreciated in this difficult year.

Special thanks to our printer Ashley at Print Media of Springfield N.J. and to residents Brenda and Nick Rizzo of Nicholas Rizzo Studio. Photos by Victoria Plummer.


Point of Origin Artists and Mentors Show
May 20 – June 20, 2021
Millburn Library Gallery
Open whenever library is open

Millburn Free Public Library
200 Glen Avenue, Millburn NJ
Library Website

Point of Origin: Master Artist Series
A Series of Artist Talks and Demonstrations on Zoom
Next up: Ben Rizzo – Unlocking the Doors to Creativity
June 7 and June 14, 2021
Registration Required

About Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee, a volunteer non-profit, has been in existence since 1998. We are a group of township residents and local advisors who are committed to enhancing the arts in Millburn Township.
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