The Small Town in Black & White: Photography Exhibit

Looking forward to checking this out.  Curious to know if the small town images are those of NJ or elsewhere in the USA….There is something about black & white photography especially that lends a nostalgic feel to images.


Newark Museum Speakers Bureau

Looking for a Speaker and presentation for your group, library or community organization?  The Newark Museum Volunteer Organization’s Speakers Bureau offers six different PowerPoint presentations led by trained and knowledgeable presenters.  Each 60 minute presentation offers beautiful images of the museum’s collections, interesting anecdotes given by presenters, and time for questions and discussion.  And because the Museum hopes attendees will want to take a look at its collections for themselves and visit, each receives a guest pass for a future visit, as well information about upcoming events.

For Information on scheduling a Newark Museum Speakers Bureau presentation, email them at

The following Presentations are Offered – Click on the Titles to get a taste of the collections the presentations draw from.

Highlights of the Newark Museum

  • Get a taste of all the Museum has to offer: From classical artifacts to a consecrated Tibetan Altar.  The overview also includes the Museum’s science exhibits from the Dynamic Earth gallery and the state of the art Dreyfuss Planetarium.

Picturing America

  • Featured artists include works by:  John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Romare Bearden, Joseph Stella, Andy Warhol and George Segal among many others.

Decorative Arts

  • Highlights objects of applied art ranging from the 16th century to the present day.  The centerpiece of this collection is the Ballantine House and it’s rich Victorian furnishings, the 19th century National Historic landmark and former home to the Newark brewing family.

Tibet and Its Treasures

  • Tells the story how in the early 1900’s, the Museum came to own on of the most important collections of Tibetan art and artifacts in the world.  Features beautiful sculptures and thankas of the gods, deities, and revered lamas of the region.

American and Modern Contemporary Art

  • Featured artists include:  Stuart Davis, Berenice Abbott, Sol Lewitt, Duane Hanson, Chakiah Booker, Faith Ringold and many other

Exploring Africa

  • The Museum’s founder, John Cotton Dana, was himself a traveler to Africa collecting what is now the core of the Museum’s renowned African textile collection.  Spectacular examples include gold jewelry from Zanzibar, a looming Epa Masquerade headdress from Nigeria, and the intricate weavings of the Sub-Sahara.

Rimi Studios of Warren County – New Spring Events

#rimistudios You don’t have to trek to Newark or “The City” to take an art class.  Rimi Studios in Warren county offers classes in photography, pottery & general art.  New Beginner Photography Classes are starting now.  They are also beginning the “Market Circuit” – where you can check out their pottery, jewelry & photograph-Beginning April 5th at the Long Valley Green Market and Sparta Day on May 19th.

Sign up for Rimi Studios newsletters and a 10% coupon at the Long Valley Green Market.

Group set

Group set

I really want to find out more about this set, found in a NJ barn. Does anyone recognize the design or marks (my previous post?).

Bottom marks

Bottom marks

Newark Musuem – Nominations Open for 2012 Robeson Film Maker Awards

Call for entries: 2012 Robeson Awards. Established by the Newark Black Film Festival in 1985, the awards recognize the talents of aspiring filmmakers. Submissions due Feb. 24th.

Newark Museum on VH1 Countdown this Weekend

Watch VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow @ 9 am or Sunday @ 7:30 am. Program filmed in 20 different locations around the the Newark Museum! Tell your friends to tune in, too.

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Looking for Something to do on MLK Day?

Cool things to do with the family at the Newark Museum: Bring the kids to hear about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & design a memorial honoring his life and contributions at the Newark Museum, Monday January 16th , 12:30-4:30. Workshops also going on that connects to the museum’s impressive contemporary African art collection.

Lovely Little Christmas Card from Montclair…..

I have fallen in love with the “vintagy” Christmas Cards available at Tilia Press – I found card this on and have since gone to Tilia’s website (after ordering a box of 10 of these unique cards for about $14).  I loved what I read; a NJ business and the artist, Anne Hammes, creates her cards out of a love for the written word (which is almost becoming extinct), paper and pattern.  I think this is why everyone loves receiving Christmas Cards – an email just doesn’t cut it – it’s the artwork, that can be shared to all your guests at Christmas.  Tilia Press prides itself as well as creating their cards from “…100% post-consumer waste paper that is FSC certified and created with renewable energy sources.”  The handwritten thank you note from Anne and the “Bee” Bag (that came gratis!) were not lost on me!  It was a sweet & thoughtful touch.  I will be back to her website: – she has all sorts of cards for sale, not just at Christmas.

Artscapes Painting & Drawing at the Jersey Shore

I have taken a watercolor painting class with Lorraine Niemla, one of two talented artists at Artscapes.  I’m not a gifted painter, by an means – Lorraine is knowledgeable and encouraging & just plain nice to hang out with.

I have it on good authority they teach wonderful art at the sea shore in NJ during April & July.  Click on Artscapes & you can check out the schedule.

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