Betty Woodman at Greenwood Gardens

Today Greenwood Gardens held a reception honoring the life and history of artist Betty Woodman. Her studios in New York and Italy have produced extraordinary ceramics and bronzes seen in installations around the world, from Liverpool to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Founder of Greenwood Gardens Peter Blanchard welcomed curator Patterson Sims and Katarina Jerenic, Betty’s assistant of the past ten years. They presented a powerpoint presentation in slides of Betty Woodman’s studios and exhibitions, including the outstanding and unique eight Greenwood benches exhibit. Promoting art in public spaces as education and inspiration, they are healing places.

Betty Woodman bronze bench

Betty Woodman bronze bench

Greenwood Gardens promises to be a beacon for art in the garden collaborations. We extend our thanks to Greenwood Gardens, and our admiration for Betty Woodman at 83 years old, a great living American artist and her work.

Attending today’s event were Sofia and Peter Blanchard, Laraine Brennan Barach (Art Advisory Chairwoman), Cathy Scorsese (Film producer and member of Art Advisory), Kathi Hecht and Andrew Permison of the Art Advisory Committee, and Michelle Miller from the Historical Society.

Cathy Scorcese and Kathi Hecht, Art Advisory Committee members on a Betty Woodman bench

Cathy Scorcese and Kathi Hecht, Art Advisory Committee members on a Betty Woodman bench

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AAC ushers in Arts and Humanities Month with new proclamation

Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee

Deputy Mayor Ian Mount with Art Advisory Committee members: Orna Greenberg (partially hidden), Laraine Barach (chair), Oscar Peterson, Elaine Becker, Judy Kramer.


Elaine Becker, Art Advisory Member, at podium, with Ian Mount, Deputy Mayor, and AAC members Orna Greenberg, Oscar Peterson, Judy Kramer, and Laraine Barach, chair.


AAC members: Oscar Peterson, Laraine Barach (chair), Elaine Becker and Judy Kramer


The October 5th Township Committee meeting

The Art Advisory Committee received recognition for its Arts and Humanities Activity this month with a proclamation declaring October as National Arts and Humanities Month in Millburn/Short Hills. This honor is part of a nationwide celebration and as well as a local community milestone.

On October 5th, the committee was honored at Town Hall during the Township Committee meeting, where the following proclamation was read:

Township Of Millburn Proclamation
WHEREAS, the arts and humanities enrich our lives and enhance our communities; and
WHEREAS, the arts and humanities affect every aspect of life in America today, including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity and community livability; and
WHEREAS, a statewide coalition of over one thousand arts, history and humanities organizations, including the Art Advisory Committee of Millburn / Short Hills, now form a multi-year public awareness campaign on the availability of the arts and humanities to all Americans; and
WHEREAS, the arts and humanities in New Jersey and the Township of Millburn afford many opportunities for Millburn Township residents to avail themselves of the benefits of the arts and humanities, including the Millburn Township AP Art Scholarship, the Millburn / Short Hills Art Advisory Landmark Art Exhibit, the Greenwood Gardens, and Millburn Art Advisory Committee sponsored outdoor sculpture month to the benefit of our community; and
WHEREAS, the month of October, 2016, has been designated as the thirtieth year of annual Annual National Arts and Humanities Months;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, W. Theodore Bourke, Mayor of the Township of Millburn in The County of Essex, New Jersey hereby proclaim
in the Township of Millburn and encourage residents and others to celebrate and participate in cultural events.
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“Landmarks” Show hung at Millburn Library

Saturday, Oct 1: With help from Nick Rizzo of Nicholas Rizzo Fine Art, the Art Advisory Committee hung the latest “Landmarks” show at the Library.  Located in the gallery lobby, the show is available for viewing whenever the library is open.

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Millburn Art Advisory: 18th year of “Landmarks” show

As part of the “30 years of National Arts and Humanities Month” celebration, the Millburn Art Advisory presents 30 original, exciting art works from Millburn artists in their Landmarks art show, hosted by the Millburn Free Public Library. Daring, visually stunning artworks inspired by the artists’ travel and residencies provide the theme for this year’s show.

Millburn artists include:
Orna Greenberg, Oscar Peterson, Maren Less, Erin Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Kathi Hecht, Donna Davis, and scholar in residence (and 2012 art scholarship winner) Morgan Gruer.

Guest contributors featured in the show are glass blower Eric McClendon and photographer Laura San Filippo. 2016 art scholarship winner, Taylor Saporito will also be featured.

Morgan Gruer, scholar in residence and past scholarship winner, with her artwork

Morgan Gruer, scholar in residence and past scholarship winner, with her artwork

Millburn Free Public Library
200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
October 1-30 in the lobby gallery

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Morgan Gruer, 2012 AAC Scholarship Winner, to be Visiting Artist Scholar

Our annual October show at the Millburn Library, Landmarks, will be presenting works from Morgan Gruer as part of the show. Ms. Gruer was a scholarship winner in 2012, and has recently graduated from Pratt Institute.  Her works will be part of our Visiting Artist Scholar program, and this summer she is participating in two artist residencies, one in Greece and one in Italy.

Please visit her blog at  and website to see more of her artwork.

Morgan Gruer, Greenwood Tea House

Morgan Gruer, Greenwood Tea House

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AAC Honors TIm Gordon

Monday June 20th was the annual end of season meeting held at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills. Tim Gordon, retiring from the township after 31 years, was the honored guest of AAC. We showed our appreciation for his guidance and help of the past by presenting him with this piece of art glass by New Jersey based glass blower and sculptor, Eric McLendon. He was thrilled with the gift.

Tim Gordon and Laraine Barach

Tim Gordon and Laraine Barach, chair of AAC, at Greenwood Gardens. Photo by Stephanie Murphy

The bowl presented to Tim Gordon

The bowl presented to Tim Gordon

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AAC Scholarship Gala enjoyed by Artists, Friends, Sponsors – and More

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May 25, 2016, Millburn Free Public Library.  Photos by Laura San Fillipo. An upstairs meeting room in the library was transformed into a warm and sophisticated event space on Wednesday evening, where the seven 2016 AP Art scholarship winners were feted … Continue reading

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