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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Millburn Township Restoration of two iconic Edward Dufner paintings is now completed. The large paintings are prime examples of the American Impressionist style .
“Mother and Children in a Meadow” circa 1918

Edward Dufner Paintings Restored

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AP Art Show at Millburn High School

On May 30, the Millburn High School AP Art show was held at the school, with each student getting a gallery set up.  Congratulations to all the students – seeing your hard work displayed was a wonderful recognition of your talent.

Sophia Hoodis and Laraine Barach

Laraine, Nina Radke and Sarah Rosenthal

Laraine and scholarship winner Kate Darvin

Alyssa Russo and Lynn Farscht of the Millburn Film Festival with Laraine Barach, AAC Chair

Laraine with Jackie Lieberberg, Township Committee and Diane Eglow, Township Committee

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Festive Scholarship Award Ceremony Celebrates 2018 Winners

May 22, 2018-  Celebrating its 13th year of scholarships, the Arts Advisory Committee hosted a gala evening at the Millburn Library for the 2018 Scholarship Winners, their families, friends, school officials, library management, local politicians, sponsors, art patrons, and Millburn township committees.  Attendees enjoyed a three course meal and musical entertainment during the event, and winning artworks were on display in the library.

Before the scholarship winners were presented with their awards, the audience was treated to two films.  A trailer for an upcoming documentary chronicling the restoration of the two Edward Dufner paintings owned by the township and on display in the library made its world premiere. This film, produced by the Art Advisory Committee and directed by Emma Quong and David Koh, intimately follows the process of removing, restoring, re-framing and re-hanging the artworks in the Millburn library.

Click below to view the trailer:

Michael Banick (Millburn Library Director) and Jeanne Weill (Millburn Historical Society President) made a few remarks before Laraine Barach presented the awards to the winning students. Each Scholarship winner received a certificate as well as two gift bags filled with contributions from the scholarship sponsors.

Click on any of the photos below to start a slideshow of the event.
Photos by Laura San Filippo and Steve Barach.

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Mentors/Scholarship Art Show now on display at Millburn Library

Michelle San Fillippo, Michael Banick, Laraine Barach, Oscar Peterson, Andrew Permison, Harold Lefkowitz

The Art Advisory Committee, Nicholas Rizzo of Rizzo Fine Arts in Chatham, and Millburn library director Michael Banick oversaw the hanging of this year’s “Point of Origin” show in the Millburn Library. The exhibition features works from the 13 Millburn High School AAC Art Scholarship winners of this year, as well as works from the Art Advisory Committee members and township artists.

The show will be on display in the Millburn Library Gallery from May 1 – 30 and can be viewed during normal library hours.

Millburn Library
200 Glen Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
Mon-Thu 9:30am – 8:45pm | Fri-Sat 9:30am – 5:15pm | Sun 1:00PM – 4:45PM

Jenny Yeung- Senior Honorable Mention
Sophia Hoodis-Senior Honorable Mention
Rachel Thornton-Senior Award of Merit
Betsy Muller-Senior Award of Merit
Anna Williams-Senior AP Award, First Place
Rachel Woolfson-Senior Honorable Mention

(back row)
Maggie Ma- Junior Award of Merit
Sarah Rosenthal- Junior Honorable Mention
Katie Darvin- Junior Honorable Mention
(front row)
Valentina Ordonez- Junior Honorable Mention
Nina Radke- Junior Award of Merit

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