FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT MAM
Evening also includes live music, full-service bar, and more
December 1, 5–9 p.m.
MONTCLAIR, NJ, November 20, 2016—Start your holiday shopping at the Montclair Art Museum's Free First Thursday Night, December 1, 5–9 p.m.! Plus, enjoy free gallery admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.
Get all your holiday shopping done with unique gifts from The Store at MAM! A Holiday Trunk Sale includes hand-crafted silver jewelry by Rina Young, artisan-made brushed alpaca scarves, raw cut gemstone earrings by Dani Barbe, Glacier Wildlife holiday bone-china ware, and artful menorahs. Pick up a gift membership for everyone on your list and enjoy artful outings together all year long. Free First Thursday Night is also the start of the Members Double Discount Sale—current Museum members receive 20% off store items December 1–31!
Free First Thursday Night spotlights MAM’s current exhibitions with tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. December 1 is the last Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see do it, an interactive exhibition that encourages the audience to participate in instructions written by artists. Free First Thursday Night provides new opportunities to interact with the do it exhibition, including Adrian Piper’s The Humming Room, requiring all visitors to hum a tune in order to enter MAM’s George Inness Gallery. In addition, Allison Knowles' Homage to Each Red Thing (1996), a grid of red objects provided by community members, will be rotated to its final installation by MAM staff and docents. The Montclair State University Students who completed the Sol LeWitt wall drawing will also be on site to discuss their experience.
Live music kicks off the holiday season with special sets by the Newark Boy Chorus at 6:15 p.m. and the Metropolitones, an all female NYC-based a cappella group of alumni from the Seven Sisters Colleges, at 8 p.m. Eric DeLauro, a Frank Sinatra tribute artist, will flashback to the Rat Pack with classics from Ol’ Blue Eyes and contemporaries throughout the evening.
The Art Bar at MAM, a cornerstone of Free First Thursday Night, is now in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Try new signature cocktails, or sip wine while taking in the art in Lehman Court. The exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night is NJ Beer Co. and Museum members receive an exclusive discount at the bar. Grab a bite from December’s featured food trucks, Jersey Johnny’s and Bro-Ritos!
Get creative at Free First Thursday Night! MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop is a favorite every month. Visitors are invited to create their own artwork during the workshop, which offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction. Stop by the Green Screen Visual Effects Demonstration in the 3rd Floor Digital Media Lab to travel the world with the click of a button! Capture a unique profile pic in front of a green screen and apply the background of your choice.
Parents are also free to appreciate the full experience with the return of Kids’ Creativity Center. During this drop-off workshop, kids (ages 5+) will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators. A separate charge applies for Kids’ Creativity Center, and one-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org.
Free First Thursday Nights at MAM also partners with local businesses. Discover Essex County history with MakeReady Gallery's antique maps and photographs of Montclair and neighboring townships.
Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.
Starting December 1
Dani Barbe Raw Cut Gemstone Earrings
Dani Barbe is a singer/songwriter and jewelry designer who specializes in working with raw materials collected on her vagabond travels across the country. This Pittsburgh-based, mainly self-taught, jewelry designer has spent years perfecting her craft. Her striking raw cut gemstone stud and small bar earrings offer a stunning array of colors in appealing free-form shapes. Choose from Peridot, Blue Chalcedony, Rubellite, White Geode Druzy, Amethyst, Turquoise, Black Tourmaline, and more. Settings in either sterling silver or 24K gold plate ensure there is a perfect pair for everyone on any gift list.
Rina Young Hand-crafted Silver Jewelry
NYC artist Rina S. Young has designed and created jewelry for twenty-four years, finding inspiration in the materials with which she works. “Inspired by both the tenacity and forgiveness of metal, I craft my work using form to expose the inherent sculptural process. The next step is the use of texture to create the final balance of the work.” Our limited edition selection of beautiful pendants and earrings, including many one-of-a-kind, will make a treasured holiday gift or add a streamlined gleam to your own jewelry wardrobe.
Artisan-made Brushed Alpaca Scarves
Discover the softness of natural organic fibers of the Andes Mountains in a spectrum of colors and designs with these beautiful brushed alpaca scarves. Artisan-made using traditional weaving methods from South America and fused with contemporary fashion trends, these alpaca scarves exude heritage and timeless style. A great look for both women and men, the scarves are both eco-friendly and sustainable, too. By purchasing these scarves, you are helping to maintain Incan traditions and keeping the talents and skills of these artisans alive by supporting small family farms.
Glacier Wildlife Holiday Bone-China Ware
Charming bone-china mugs and matching small plates feature an artistic image of holly-wreathed winter animals—choose from a glacier fox, glacier goose, or glacier polar bear. Glacier Wildlife is a true labor of love between artist Patti Gay and her non-verbal autistic son, Noah. Noah creates beautiful textures with sponges and finger-painting and Patti incorporates these into her designs to create new and imaginative works of art. Each mug comes gift-boxed for instant giving. Add the matching plate for an appealing set. A portion of Glacier Wildlife sales is proudly donated to autism charities in an effort to raise awareness.
Artful Menorahs For Your Hanukkah Celebrations
One of the most recognized symbols of Judaism, menorahs have been used and enjoyed since antiquity for their elegant design and familiar flickering glow. Our carefully curated collection of artful menorahs from around the world will add a special touch to your holiday celebration. Choose from a variety of styles—silver toned art deco, aluminum Star of David Gate, stainless steel modern, antique gold Tree of Life, modern winter tree, or simply stylishly elegant. There is a form and color to please any family gathering. These are the perfect gift for a new family just starting their traditions or a welcome addition to your own holiday collection.