(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ

MAM's 10th Anniversary Celebration of


Inspiring Creativity and Community


Art in Bloom is a biennial celebration of floral designs

inspired by the art in MAM's galleries.


Event Chairs Fred and Joanne Langbein




Co-Chairs Betty Murphy and Amy South


Thursday, May 17, 2018



Deborah Hirsch

Arts & Culture advocate and patron




Co-Chairs Joanne Langbein and Lyn Reiter


Saturday, May 19, 2018



Rose Cali

Philanthropist and community leader


Dr. Susan Cole

President of Montclair State University and

thought leader in education policy


Kay WalkingStick





Floral Design Chair Cynthia Corhan-Aitken


May 16–20, 2018




A community event, free with admission


Thursday, May 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.



To benefit the Montclair Art Museum's exhibitions and education programs and

advance the Museum's mission to engage and inspire diverse audiences across the region





Be a part of Art in Bloom



Deborah Jeanne Hirsch


Deborah Hirsch has lived in Montclair, NJ since 1988 with her husband Peter and their two children, Timothy and Rebecca. 


She enjoyed a 20-year career in theatre and television as a member of Actor’s Equity, Screen Actor’s Guild and AFTRA.  In 1995 she retired to turn her attention to raising her children.  It also began a long and fulfilling volunteer role in Montclair.


Committed to education, Deborah volunteered at Northeast School, Lacordaire Academy, Delbarton School and Montclair Kimberley Academy.  She tutored at a KIPP School, TEAM Academy in Newark. Deborah worked on two successful fundraisers for the Montclair Public Library.


In the arts and fundraising, she spent 10 years as a valuable and committed member of the Montclair Art Museum Board of Trustees serving on the Executive Committee, and the Facilities, Development and Education committees. Deborah was also President of MAM’s Volunteer Council.  With great humor and finesse, she chaired several Fundraisers, including the MAM’s third Art in Bloom in 2003 and co-chaired the 9th Art in Bloom in 2016, devoting hours on end and bringing in hundreds of new MAM supporters and friends.


Deborah was also Secretary of the Board of the Signature Theatre in Manhattan. In 2008 Deborah was one of the honorees of the Red Cross in Montclair.


She is a recent past President of the Garden Club of Montclair, member of the Board of Trustees of The Montclair Foundation and of the Board of Management of the Van Vleck House and Gardens.


Deborah served on the Board of HOMECorp, an affordable housing organization in Montclair and is a trained Hospice volunteer.


She is in her third year as a member of the Board of Fordham University.


Deborah’s interests include music, theatre, language, travel, reading, gardening, golf and cooking for friends and family.  She is in the Diploma program of a wine course.



Rose Cali

Rose Cali has been a New Jersey resident since 1973, and a decades-long advocate for community partnerships and educational causes. She is a well-known “connector,” helping form partnerships between the many community organization in which she participates.


Education, social services and the arts are her passions.  Rose is the Founder, former President and CEO of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, one of her most satisfying accomplishments. She has worked on numerous innovative fundraising efforts for the Montclair Public Library where she launched and managed “Booktoberfest”, and co-chaired the Library’s $2.5 million capital campaign. Rose is a Trustee of Montclair State University and a member of their Executive Committee. She co-chaired the $8 million capital campaign for Montclair State University, which raised $10 million. For many years Rose has been an instrumental component of the Montclair Art Museum Board of Trustees where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board. She also co-chaired the very successful MAM Second Century Campaign, helping raise $12.5million.


Rose has also served on the Board of Montclair Kimberly Academy and multiple social service boards including, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Association of NJPAC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Jersey and BBBS- Essex Hudson and Union Counties, Mental Health Association of Essex County, YWCA Montclair and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Montclair, Unity Concerts of New Jersey, and Luna Stage. She serves on the boards of the Newark Mentoring Movement and the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. She served on the Board of the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C., whose primary mission is gifting educational scholarships.


As a young child, she learned first-hand the importance of helping others because the Salvation Army helped raise her family in New Haven, Connecticut. Rose graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University in 1980 with a BA in anthropology. She lives in Montclair and has five children and ten grandchildren.



Dr. Susan A. Cole

Dr. Susan A. Cole assumed office in September of 1998 as the eighth president of Montclair State University, the second largest university in New Jersey, with 21,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Cole served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1993 to 1998 and, prior to that, as Vice President for University Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Associate University Dean for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, and a faculty member at The City University of New York.


Dr. Cole is an Honorary Trustee of the Liberty Science Center and serves on the board of the Montclair Art Museum where she is an important and active member of the Finance Committee and works towards meaningful partnerships in arts and education. She is also a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees and on the Board of Directors of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Dr. Cole was appointed by Governor Christie as New Jersey’s representative to the Education Commission of the States, and by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission. She served on Governor Christie’s Executive Transition Team and chaired its Education Subcommittee. She also served on the Property Tax Convention Task Force, appointed by Governor McGreevey, as co-chair of Governor McGreevey’s Higher Education Transition Team and on his Education Cabinet, as co-chair of Governor DiFrancesco’s World Class Economy Task Force, and as a member of Governor Whitman’s trade missions to South America and Asia.


Dr. Cole earned three degrees in English and American literature: a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MA and PhD from Brandeis University. Dr. Cole writes and speaks extensively about current issues in American higher education.



Kay WalkingStick

For nearly half a century, Kay WalkingStick has been rewriting the narrative about Native people through her art and life. A citizen of both the United States and the Cherokee Nation, she has forged an artistic identity that reflects the times in which she has lived and the beauty she encountered in the United States and abroad.


WalkingStick’s artistic journey began in the 1970s, with her explorations of modernism and feminism, as well as sustained investigations into abstraction. Later, she combined a passion for landscape painting with the pursuit of spiritual truths about our shared human condition. The relationship of Native people to the land is a recurring theme, rooted in her family history and personal experiences. In the 1980s and early 1990s, she was part of a movement of Native artists who began boldly asserting their individual and national histories in the contemporary art world, a process that continues to this day. In her words, “This is who we Americans really are. All different, all the same, all in it together, making art.”


Montclair Art Museum is proud to have had a long association with Kay. From 1986 to 1988, she was an instructor in the Museum’s art school. And in 1999, her painting Night, from 1991 was featured in the exhibition Waxing Poetic Encaustic Art in America. Years later, Kay’s husband Dirk Bach kindly donated a study for this work. In 2008 and 2009, Kay’s exhibition American Abstraction: Dialogue with the Cosmos was featured in the Museum’s Laurie Art Stairway.  This site-specific installation combined her hand-painted landscape on the wall with hand-painted replicas of Native parfleche bags. Kay herself has been a very generous donor of prints by various Native American artists: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Joe Feddersen, and Melanie Andrew Yazzie and she served on the Museum Board of Trustees from 2006-2010. She has been a good friend to MAM for many years and a wonderful national role model on many fronts her entire career. As an artist, Kay WalkingStick is multidimensional and cannot be reduced to a single definition or one artistic style. Her work is as complex in its origins and inspirations as the painter herself.


Special Gallery Hours


Wednesday, May 16

12–5 p.m. Galleries open to the public


Thursday, May 17

10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Joie de Vivre Luncheon & Lecture*

2–9 p.m. Galleries open to the public

6:30–8:30 p.m. Life in Bloom: Farm to Table is a panel discussion and community event focused on local food, home gardens, and healthy eating choices

Evening produced by artist and Montclair Food Co-op & CSA manager Gwen Charles.


Friday, May 18

12–5 p.m. Galleries open to the public


Saturday, May 19

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Galleries open to the public

6 p.m. Under a Painted Sky Gala*


Sunday, May 20

11 a.m. Members-exclusive early hours tour**

12–5 p.m. Galleries open to the public




Event Committee


Lisa Amato, Journal Chair

Adunni Anderson

Linny Andlinger

Ellen Bakalian

Meredith Bergmann

Susan Brady Abadan

Linda Breler

Kris Bromley

Joahne Carter

Sandra Carter

Sylvia Cohn

Alixon Collazos

Susann Connors

Elaine Conti

Cynthia Corhan-Aitken, Floral Design Chair

Christina Cotton

Ashley DiGeronimo

Carol Ewertsen

Dottie Frank

Lynn Glasser

Ellen Hedden

Liza Helwig

Sydney McCutcheon Hirsch

Christine James

Debbie Kozak

Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus

Joanne and Fred Langbein, Event Co-Chairs

Jennifer Ley

Janice Linaugh, Silent Auction/Raffle Chair

Valerie Lynch

Diane Marisca

Andrea Mayes

Heather McCutcheon-Hitchcock

Rebecca Merritt

Betty Murphy, Luncheon Co-Chair

Tanya Poteat

Gretchen Prater

Lisa Prince

Lyn Reiter, Gala Co-Chair

Jacklyn Rider

Cheryl Slutzky

Amy South, Luncheon Co-Chair

Sarah Stransky

Sue Straten

Debbie Sutton

Tessie Thomas

Tesie Torres

Carol Wall

Margo Walter



Floral Designers


Fran Ackerly

Barbara Baletti

Gail Bassolino

Diane Behlen

Susan Benner

Janice Benton

Fran Ackerly

Barbara Baletti

Gail Bassolino

Diane Behlen

Susan Benner

Janice Benton

Sharla Blanz

Patricia Bowman

Carol Callahan

Cynthia Corhan-Aitken

Christine Cowles

Anna Coy

Karen Cubero

Maureen Donahoe

Susan Dumont

Theodora Falcone

Nancy Foster

Victoria Herrera

Deborah Hirsch

Marjorie Hulstrunk

Kate Khachaturian

Laura Kiesewetter

Anne Kilcullen

Mary Ann Kilpatrick

Arnold Korotkin

Karen Kratina

Laurie Kroll

Florence Leyssene

So Yoon Lym

Timothy Mannion

Deborah Moran

Tova Narret

Sandra Nielsen

Peggy Olivi

Roberto Pagan

Gretchen Prater

Michele Quinn

Marisabel Raymond

Joan Reynolds

Lillian Rockwood

Carol Rygiel-English

Yolanda Silverio

Cheryl Slutzky

Sarah Stransky

Susan Straten

Michele Tomasik

Tricia Toomey

Philemona Williamson

Karen Worster


For more information, please contact Christine Walia, Assistant Director, Special Events, at 973-259-5143 or cwalia@montclairartmuseum.org.

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Event Sponsors

Painted Sky

Christine James

Sharon and Robert Taylor

Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation


Shooting Stars

Lisa and Joseph Amato

Rose Cali


Azure Sunrise

Linny and Rick Andlinge

Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker

The D’Alessandro Family

Fiduciary Trust Company International

Meghan and Stephen Hess

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Wendy and Andrew Lacey

Joanne and Fred Langbein

Montclair State University

Neuberger Berman

Gretchen and Sandy Prater

Adrian Shelby and Edward Bindel

Margo and Frank Walter


Vista Verde

Lyn and Glenn Reiter

TD Bank


Amethyst Hour

Michael Backer

Susan Brady Abadan and Mustafa Abadan

Cynthia Corhan-Aitken and Murray Aitken

Jeanine Downie and Michael Heningburg

Lynn and Stephen Glasser

Nisivoccia LLP




Passeport Joie de Vivre

Susann and Jim Connors

Deborah Hirsch and Heather McCutcheon-Hitchcock

Jacqueline McMullen

Betty Murphy and Amy South

Gretchen and Sandy Prater

Margo and Frank Walter


Passeport le Champagne

Jeanine Downie and Michael Heningburg

Laura and Ted Kiesewetter

Lyn and Glenn Reiter

Tessie Thomas and Soam Goel

Trustees, Administration, and Friends of Fordham University