“Point of Origin” Now on Display at Millburn Library

“Point of Origin”, one of the Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee’s annual art shows, is now on display in the Millburn Library Gallery. This exhibition features current scholarship winning artworks from the Millburn High School Art program as well as pieces from established artists with ties to Millburn.

By hanging the artworks together, the committee highlights Millburn as the “Point of Origin” for these young artists who will soon make their ways out into the world  – while showing the life long commitment to art and diversity of artistic talent that exists within Millburn.

This year’s show will be up until May 28, featuring the following artists:

Senior Highest Honors Recipients: Maggie Ma and Maya Gangan

Senior AP Honorable Mentions: Emily Wolf, Amisha Kalra, Sean Huang, Nikki Levy

Junior Award of Merit: Annie Tan, Betty Zheng, Alex De Rosa, Morgan Osmun, Timothy Hong, Kate Lama, Eden Elder, Jordyn Axelrod

Millburn Mentor Artists: Mahendra Shah, Katrina Bello, Ben Rizzo, Lenny Shapiro, Jackie San Filipo

AAC members and advisors: Maren Less, Erin Barach, Donna Davis, and Oscar Peterson

“Point of Origin” Art Show

Millburn HS AP Art Scholarship Winning Artworks and Millburn-related pieces
Millburn Free Public Library
200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
May 1 – 28, 2019

(Click on any photo below to open full size slideshow)

Photos by Laura San Fillipo and Steve Barach

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Art Advisory Committee’s 14h Annual “Point Of Origin” Art Exhibit opens May 1

Alongside this year’s Millburn High School Art Scholarship selections, nine guest artists with roots in Millburn will be featured at the “Point of Origin” show at the Millburn Library Gallery. The show will run May 1 -28.

The Millburn HS Art Scholarship winners list can be found here.

The additional works from guest artists include:

  • Intricate Indian pieces by master artist Mahendra Shah
  • AAC Artist in Residence and International Artist /speaker Katrina Bello’s paintings capturing mystical nature
  • Millburn artist Ben Rizzo’s view of the beginning of life in the Pacific basin – his floating Hawaiian Islands
  • Lenny Shapiro’s Life Ascending the Heights, a contemporary steel sculpture
  • Jackie San Filipo’s Game of Thrones interpretation

AAC members and advisors Maren Less, Erin Barach, Donna Davis, and Oscar Peterson will have works on display.

“Point of Origin” Art Show

Millburn HS AP Art Scholarship Winning Artworks and Millburn-related pieces
Millburn Free Public Library
200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
May 1 – 28, 2019

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8th Annual Millburn Film Fest Celebrates Student Films

On Friday April 26, the 8th Annual Millburn Film Festival was held at Millburn High School. The top films from this year’s Middle and High School student entries were screened to an enthusiastic audience. This year, twelve films were presented.  The Art Advisory Committee was proud to serve as judges again for this year’s competition.

In addition, AP Lead Art Teacher Kathleen Harte-Gilsenan received this year’s Krueger-Rhodes Award. This award honors a member of the community who has shown a commitment to enhancing education through the arts and film.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and Ms. Harte-Gilsenan!

This year’s winners were:
After the Beep (Jessica Yeager, Kyle Farscht, Matthew Green and Danielle Benna) First Place
Great White (Stephanie Bai) Second Place
A Sensation (Kyle Farscht) and Into the Wild (Rachel Solomon, Paulina Sonza, Sema Madahar) Tied for 3rd Place

Bottle (Daniel Lee)
Diamond in the Rough (Al Daver, Jordan Model)
Dollface (Alex DeRosa)
Dream Sequence (Daniel Lee)
Drive (Kyle Farscht)
Faded (Carli Platt)
Left & Right (Daniel Sirota)
You Reap What You Sow (Jacob Updyke)

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Art Advisory Committee Proudly Announces 2019 Art Scholarship Winners

The Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee members completed their 2019 Senior and Junior AP art student portfolio review. Each year, the committee awards scholarships to the students with portfolios demonstrating skill, growth, and a commitment to art. This year, the 14th Annual Scholarship event, six seniors and ten juniors received awards.

The students will be honored at a gala reception in May at the Millburn Library where they will receive their awards. Also during the month of May, each student’s winning artwork will be on display in a show open to the public in the Millburn Library Gallery.

Senior Winners

Senior Highest Honors Recipients:
Maggie Ma
Maya Gangan

Senior AP Honorable Mentions:

Emily Wolf
Amisha Kalra
Sean Huang
Nikki Levy

Junior Winners


Junior Award of Merit:
Annie Tan
Betty Zheng
Alex De Rosa
Morgan Osmun
Timothy Hong
Kate Lama
Eden Elder
Jordyn Axelrod

 

Junior Honorable Mention:
Caroline Vestergaard
Yizhe Zhang

(Click on any photo below to open full size slideshow with artist names)

 

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“Leaving An Impression” wows audience at New Jersey Film Festival

February 1, 2019. Rutgers New Brunswick: New Jersey Film Festival.

Friday evening treated viewers to a great reception and screening at the New Jersey Film Festival for the documentary “Leaving An Impression”,  a Millburn/Short Hills Production. It was produced by Laraine Brennan Barach and directed by David Koh and Emma Quong. Following the screening was a Q&A session with Laraine and David.

The film was recognized for excellence in directing, content, editing, and educational experience.   

Producer Laraine Barach and Director David Koh at the New Jersey Film Festival Screening

Al Nigrin, Executive Director of the New Jersey Film Festival, with Laraine Barach.

Following the story of the restoration of an Edward Dufner painting, the film weaves together art restoration, Millburn-Short Hills History and the dedication to return the painting to its glory. It will screen again in Millburn in May.

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Friday February 1: Leaving an Impression screening

Coming up on Friday, February 1, 7pm: “Leaving An Impression,” our Edward Dufner documentary, will screen in the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers Voorhees Hall. Following the screening, producer Laraine Barach (AAC Chair) and co-director (and former AAC scholarship winner) David Koh will host a Q&A about the project. Please join us!  Tickets are available at the NJ Film Fest link below, or contact larainebrennan@aol.com for more information.

Leaving an Impression: A Portrait of Edward Dufner – David Koh and Emma Quong (Millburn, New Jersey)
100 years ago, the American Impressionist Edward Dufner created two large paintings depicting night and day. He generously gifted these paintings in 1957 to Millburn Township, New Jersey.  This documentary follows the restoration process that brought these two beautiful paintings back to life.  Celebrating the work of the art restorers, and the volunteers who helped along the way, the filmmakers track the techniques that reversed the damage brought on a by century of neglect, with clarity, passion and humor. 2018; 43 min. Q+A Session with Co-Director David Koh and Producer Laraine Brennan Barach! Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University American Studies Department and the Zimmerli Art Museum! 

http://www.njfilmfest.com/

Emma Quong Laraine Barach David Koh

Emma Quong, Laraine Barach and David Koh

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A still from the film: restoring “In the Summertime” by Edward Dufner

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“Leaving An Impression” selected by The New Jersey Film Festival

We are very excited to be included this year in the New Jersey Film Festival. “Leaving An Impression,” our Edward Dufner feature documentary will screen at Rutgers Voorhees Hall February 1st 7:00 PM. For one year Emma Quong and David Koh filmed and edited this film, conceived and produced by Laraine Brennan Barach.

See more about the festival here: http://www.njfilmfest.com/ 

 

Emma Quong, Laraine Barach and David Koh

 

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Festive opening for Landmarks 2018

Approximately 60 art lovers attended the Art Advisory Committee’s Landmarks 20th Anniversary show on Saturday October 13 at the Millburn Free Public Library.

Held in the Library Gallery, many of the artists were on hand for the occasion.  The afternoon event also featured light refreshments.

The show remains up until October 30 in the Millburn Library Gallery, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn during library hours.

photos by Steven Barach

Laraine Barach and MHS Art teacher Kathleen Harte

Landmarks Opening: Art Advisory Members and Artists

Cathy Scorcese and Laraine Barach

Victoria Plummer and Laraine Barach

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Millburn Art Advisory Announces 20th Anniversary Landmarks Art Show

This year’s annual show presents a global view of the world through the eyes of gifted Millburn artists.

Included in the exhibit are:

  • Sculpture from Lenny Shapiro,who created the “Rotare” sculpture outside the library on its plaza
  • Donated paintings from world-recognized artist John Less, former executive with the Macy/Bambergers corporation.  John Less lived and painted for 50 years in Millburn
  • Two magnificent oil canvases of scenes of Millburn and Short Hills created just for the show by art Instructor Oscar Peterson, a Millburn resident. Oscar was recently the MSH Art Advisory “Artist in Residence”
  • Glass art by Amy Mc Govern and Kathi Hecht .
  • Ceramics by Donna Davis
  • Monoprint by Victoria Plummer
  • “Short Hills Cottage”, a painting donated five years ago by Robert Beers, who passed away suddenly this month
  • A large detailed painting from the township art collection of the early days of mills in Millburn
  • other works by Millburn artists or featuring Millburn topics

Starting in 1947, each decade of Millburn history is represented by unique as well as classic artwork in this show.

The exhibition is on view now through October 30 in the Millburn Library Gallery, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn during library hours.

 

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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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