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MAM Lawn Party Returns September 10

MAM LAWN PARTY

 

Celebrating the opening of Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series and do it

 

Featuring a Parents Who Rock Benefit Concert for MAM

 

September 10, 12–5 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, August 24, 2016—All are invited to the MAM Lawn Party, Saturday, September 10, 12–5 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)! This daylong celebration will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibitions Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series and do it and include a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Free and open to the public, a suggested donation supports MAM Art Truck artist residency programs at Side Door Montclair after-school locations.

 

The MAM Lawn Party will offer a first look at the Museum’s newest exhibitions Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series and do it. Rather than an exhibition of objects created by artists, do it is a collection of conceptual instructions provided by renowned artists and implemented by the community. At the MAM Lawn Party, two special do it performances will premiere. At 1 p.m. Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Sculpture for Strolling (1995), created by children from Succeed2gether with MAM Educator Rachel Cohen, will be ceremoniously rolled into the Museum. At 2 p.m. Dancer Titilayo Derricotte and Drummer Roderick Jackson will enact an original dance performance based on Joan Jonas’ Instruction (2002). Both performances will be recorded and become part of the exhibition.

 

The Parents Who Rock Benefit Concert will last all afternoon and feature over 20 local bands and performers! Parents Who Rock is a nonprofit association of musicians and others based in Montclair who volunteer their time and talents onstage and behind the scenes to raise money for not-for-profit organizations throughout the community. The group was founded by Alma Schneider in 2005 and has helped to raise more than $200,000 for local nonprofits and educational institutions.

 

Family programming at the MAM Lawn Party will extend indoors and out. Get your face painted by Fancy Faces Facepainting and Painted Faces & Other Places, enjoy family yoga with Jacquie Ruderman of Jaipure Yoga, try out an instrument at the School of Rock Montclair Instrument Petting Zoo, and let out your inner “rebel” with (temporary) punk hair by Hair 491. Don’t miss art activities inspired by Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series in the Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio and outside with the MAM Art Truck!

 

Fabulous food vendors will be on site including Cheezen Food Truck, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co, Lost Brother’s Pizza Truck, Olive That & More, The Spot, and Izzy & Tallulah.

 

MAM members are invited to an exhibition preview and brunch reception prior to the MAM Lawn Party. For more information about Museum membership, visit montclairartmuseum.org/join or call 973-259-5151.

 

 

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

 

  • Angelbeck’s
  • Apple Village
  • Baristanet
  • Basemeant WRX
  • East Side Mags
  • Encore Catering
  • Fancy Faces Facepainting
  • Hair 491
  • Jaipure Yoga
  • Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Lowe Roofing
  • The Montclair Foundation
  • Montclair Orthodontics
  • Montclair State University
  • Painted Faces & Other Places
  • Parents Who Rock
  • Portraits by Michael Stahl
  • School of Rock Montclair
  • The Spot
  • Verona Township
  • Wade Maxx Art Gallery & Framing

 

 

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June Free First Thursday Night includes Poetry Slam, Contemporary Dance, and DJ

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH
EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS AND FULL-SERVICE BAR

 

Special Programming includes Poetry Slam, Art Talk, Contemporary Dance, and DJ

 

June 2, 5–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 23, 2016— Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live performances, and a variety of activities. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. In June, MAM celebrates all the arts, from poetry to dance and music. At 5:30 p.m., the winners of Mount Hebron Middle School’s first poetry slam, Every Story Matters, will showcase their submissions in a live reading.

 

At 6 p.m., Tucker Contemporary Art will present an art talk between emerging artist Dominant Dansby and gallerist Roger C. Tucker III. Dansby is currently featured in TRANScendence: An Exhibition of Emerging, Contemporary African American and Other Underrepresented Artists at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices across the street from MAM. Dansby will highlight his jazz-influenced collage/assemblages, composed of layer-upon-layer of paper and recycled drawings.

 

At 6:30 p.m., The Moving Architects will perform contemporary modern dance live on stage in Leir Hall. The Moving Architects is a nonprofit dance company under the direction of Montclair resident Erin Carlisle Norton. The excerpt of “Americana” being performed at MAM continues Norton's interest in embodying past and distant spaces in the presence of live performance by looking to iconic images and interpersonal struggles of a migrating American family during the Great Depression era.

 

Then it will be time to party! DJ C-Rius returns to close the Free First Thursday Night season and start summer with a dance party in Leir Hall. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive an exclusive discount at the bar.

 

As always, free admission will provide entry to MAM’s current exhibitions. Tours of American Visions, 1870–1940: Works from the Bank of America Collection will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. See this exhibition before it closes June 19! In addition, new exhibitions downstairs highlight MAM staff and community partnerships. Works by Yard School of Art faculty are on view in Visions from the Vanguard: New Works by MAM’s Creators and Educators in the Art School Arcade. Across Leir Hall in the Children’s Arcade, works by students at Montclair Community Development Center are featured from their visits to the Museum.

 

MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop is a favorite at every month’s Free First Thursday Night. Visitors are invited to create their own artwork during the workshop, which offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction.

 

MAM welcomes community groups to Free First Thursday Nights! The Screenwriters & Playwrights Collective, a free networking and critique group for local writers and actors, will hold their first meeting in June. Arts Unbound, a gallery and educational art studio for people with developmental or mental disabilities and seniors, will be on site to discuss their Art Garden CSA, a community supported art program. The LGBT Chamber of Commerce will also host a networking event.

 

Don’t forget to grab a bite at the food trucks!

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June and will return October 6. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

Free First Thursday Night March 3

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM OFFERS EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS, LIVE PERFORMANCES, AND FULL SERVICE BAR DURING FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

Special Programming in March Includes Live Abbot and Costello Performance,
Irish Music Trio, and Interactive Art Project with Artist Juana Rodriguez

 

March 3, 5–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 26, 2016—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live performances, and a variety of activities. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a live acoustic Irish music trio featuring L. E. McCullough (wind instruments), Amy Beshara (fiddle), and Max Carmichael (strings) performing in MAM’s galleries. March’s entertainment will also include live performances of Abbot and Costello’s Who’s on First? with Joe Iovino and Greg Cancro at 7 and 8 p.m. The comedy routine originated by comedy duo Bud Abbot and Lou Costello is one of the best known of all time.

 

Also featured will be artist Juana Rodriguez’s Once Upon A Dream sculpture and interactive painting project based on the idea of sharing dreams. Participants will create their own miniature dream paintings, drawings, or writings and attach them to the giant dream catcher sculpture, culminating in a group dream collection. This artist project is presented in collaboration with the MFA Studio Art Program at Montclair State University.

 

March’s Free First Thursday Night is the first to feature American Visions: 1870–1940, Works from the Bank of American Collection, a sweeping survey of turn of the century American art featuring over 70 artists, including Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, and George Inness. Docent-led tours of the exhibition will be offered at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Also new on view throughout MAM and across the street at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is the Scholastic Art Awards: Gold Key 2016 Exhibition, which highlights regional teen artists and their artwork in various mediums.

 

MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop is featured at every month’s Free First Thursday Night. Visitors are invited to create their own artwork during the workshop, which offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction.

 

Free First Thursday Night refreshments also include a full-service bar and food trucks. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a discount on all drinks at the bar. The featured food truck in March will be Empanada Guy.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights. Highlights include the opening of the third and final phase of the Rand Gallery of Native American Art reinstallation, artist project with Kasia Skorynkiewicz, and Montclair Film Festival lineup announcement in April; Vance Wall Art Education Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Artist Talk with Noah Klersfeld, and Studio Montclair Draw Along Workshop in May; and Moving Architects contemporary dance performance and the MAM Art Truck in June.

 

 

Sponsorship

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Free First Thursday Night February 4

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM OFFERS EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS,

LIVE MUSIC, AND FULL SERVICE BAR

DURING FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

Special Programming in February Includes DJ, Spoken Word Poetry,
Jazz House Kids, Art-Making, and More

 

February 4, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, January 25, 2016—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. The February evening’s music will be provided by DJ C-Rius, who will entertain with a variety of styles and genres, including a tribute to David Bowie. A special performance by a select ensemble from Jazz House Kids will take place in Leir Hall at 6 p.m.

 

In honor of African American History Month, MAM’s African American Cultural Committee will host a meet and greet table introducing visitors to the group consisting of dedicated artists, community leaders, and volunteers who are engaged in the life of the Montclair Art Museum. Tours at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. will highlight African American artists and artistic subjects. University of Pittsburgh Professor Dawn Lundy Martin will recite poems from her newest book Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, that was partially inspired by her poet-in-residence experience at MAM during the Museum’s Centennial celebrations in 2014. Two poetry readings will take place in the galleries at 7 and 8 p.m. Watchung Books will highlight African American authors.

 

Take home a work of art from Free First Thursday Night! Diane Israel, former director of the Essex Fine Arts Gallery in Montclair, will be on site doing “minute miniatures”—on-demand miniature watercolors of landscapes, still-lifes, and flowers. Visitors can also create their own artwork in the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, which offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night.

 

TD Bank will also have an information table, highlighting their newest offer: Picture Perfect Banking—new customers can earn a Polaroid Cube+. Stay tuned to MAM’s Instagram @mammontclair to view live videos taken with a Polaroid Cube+ at Free First Thursday Night and stop by the Montclair TD Bank store for more details.

 

Free First Thursday Night refreshments include a full-service bar and food trucks. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a discount on all drinks at the bar. The featured food trucks in February will be The Original Soupman and Ann’s Cajun Catering. Guests can relax with complimentary chair massages courtesy of Wolke Chiropractic of Verona, which has been a popular participant in Free First Thursday Night all year.

 

Love Free First Thursday Nights? MAM is nominated in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Art Museum, Favorite Adult Art Class, and Favorite Art Camp. Voting stations will be available during Free First Thursday Night or guests can vote from home at jerseyarts.com/vote.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights. Highlights include a live rendition of Abbott & Costello’s Who’s on First? in March, Artist Talk with Noah Klersfeld in April and Montclair Film Festival lineup announcement in April, Studio Montclair Draw Along Workshop in May, NJ LGBT Chamber Meet-ups, and dance performances.

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

December Free First Thursday Night at MAM

DECEMBER FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming,
live music, and a full-service bar in partnership with Upstairs

 

December 3, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, November 23, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. The December 3 event will feature a performance by the Newark Boys Chorus and holiday shopping, and will be the last Free First Thursday Night chance to see the current exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The December evening’s musical performances will include the Newark Boys Chorus and Rob Jennings. The Newark Boys Chorus will give a special holiday performance at 6:15 p.m. in MAM’s Leir Hall. After the performance, Rob Jennings will be on acoustic guitar in MAM’s galleries from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Just in time for the holidays, The Store at MAM will offer four exciting artist trunk shows at the December Free First Thursday Night. Browse handcrafted jewelry by Lara Knutson, Himalyan hand-embroidered pillows from the collection of Dr. Jay Sethi, and Terry Cody figure vases. Also discover a world of scarves: from soft wools to fine wovens, scarves make a welcome holiday gift. Oil & Vinegar, new to Montclair and now located at 28 S. Park Street, will also do a special tasting for Free First Thursday Night guests and offer holiday gifts for purchase.

 

Free First Thursday Night staples include a full-service bar, tours, the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, and food trucks. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a discount on all drinks at the bar. A children’s refreshment bar will also be provided by Whole Foods Market Montclair.

 

The Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night. Free First Thursday Night tours are offered every hour on the half hour: 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. This month, tours at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. will feature Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and at 7:30 p.m., the tour will explore Work and Leisure in American Art, an exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection. The featured food truck in December will be The Original Soupman. Guests can also relax with complimentary chair massages courtesy of Wolke Chiropractic.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. There will be no Free First Thursday Night in January due to construction. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

The Store at MAM Trunk Show

  • Lara Knutson Studio hand-crafted jewelry

Lara Knutson is an artist, architect, and industrial designer living and working in New York City. She believes her work is informed by the interplay of light, space, materials and structure that unite these disciplines. Lara’s stunning Nebula Jewelry, made from reflective glass thread, which transforms and reflects ambient light, is sold in design stores and museum shops around the world. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

  • Himalayan hand-embroidered pillows

Decorative Pillows of Crewel Embroidery are a long-standing tradition in villages on the Himalayan foothills. These artful pillows are made there and imported by retired oncologist Doctor Jay Sethi, whose family roots extend into that region. When you buy a decorative pillow you are helping to support two villages as well as Montclair Art Museum. The people of these villages raise the sheep, shear them, dye the wool, spin the yarn, and do the crewel by hand. The pillows lend a unique decorative and artful touch to any home. Having sold out last year, they are back by popular demand for this holiday season.

 

  • A World of Scarves

Luxurious Scarves are always a welcome holiday gift. Choose from our carefully curated selection of soft wools and fine wovens in a wide range of colors, patterns, solids, and flora and fauna themes. Beautiful birds, exotic elephants, and noble equestrian patterns are just some of the choices. Jewel-tone infinity scarves, classic paisley patterns, and subtle grey tones will please both women and men. Add a pair of earrings or a handsome wallet for the ultimate personal present this season.

 

  • Terri Cody Figure Vases

Terri is a full-time self-employed artist who lives and works in a small, wheat farming community an hour away from Spokane, Washington. Terri works with low-fire earthenware and uses very bold colors on her amusing Figure Vases. Each piece is finished with a clean, non-toxic glaze. Terri’s work exhibits her sense of humor. She considers it an achievement when her work makes people smile. Her very collectible Figure Vases are sold in museum shops around the country. They make the perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift for the art or ceramics lover on your list.

 

 

November Free First Thursday Night at MAM

NOVEMBER FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming,
live music, and a full-service bar in partnership with Upstairs

 

November 5, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, October 22, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. The November 5 Free First Thursday Night will feature a curator-led tour, a presentation by Uniform Justice: The Montclair Project, the announcement of the winners of the TD Bank Children’s Art Contest, and a new Kids’ Creativity Center drop-off children’s workshop. Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

TD Bank sponsored a children’s art contest at MAM, inspired by the Museum’s current special exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends, which invited children in grades K–5 to draw their friend. Submissions were collected from the opening of the exhibition on September 12 through the October 1 Free First Thursday Night. The winners are: for K–2, 1st place Lauren Chung (Paramus) and 2nd place Clara McCrum (Cranford); for 3–5, 1st place Nico McClendon (Montclair) and 2nd place Katie Chung (Paramus). The winning entries will be celebrated at the November Free First Thursday Night with an award ceremony and display and then exhibited at the Montclair branch of TD Bank. Winners will also receive a prize pack from TD Bank and the Montclair Art Museum.

 

The Montclair Art Museum will also host Uniform Justice: The Montclair Project at Free First Thursday Night. The presentation at 7 p.m. will include an introduction to the project created by Intersections International to improve relationships between police departments and the communities they serve, performances by the combined choirs of Union Congregational Church and Union Baptist Church and by Passing Notes, Montclair High School’s a cappella group, and community dialogue about future possibilities around Uniform Justice's Community Police Training and Enrichment Program in Montclair and its associated performance piece.

 

Free First Thursday Night tours are offered every hour on the half hour: 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. This month, each tour will have a different theme. The 5:30 p.m. tour will highlight the Museum’s current special exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. At 6:30 p.m. Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky will lead a focused look at a selection of the works in the Work and Leisure in American Art exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection. And finally, the 7:30 p.m. tour will honor Native American History Month with a look at the newest installations in Rand Gallery.

 

Free First Thursday Night staples include a full-service bar, live music, the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, and food trucks. The Art Bar at MAM is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant and features signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a discount on all drinks at the bar. Live music that evening will include performances by the Silver Foxes Songs Quartet. The Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night. New this fall, guests can also relax with complimentary chair massages courtesy of Wolke Chiropractic. The featured food truck in November will be Empanada Guy.

 

New this November, MAM is offering a drop-off children’s workshop—Kids’ Creativity Center. Parents can appreciate the full experience of Free First Thursday Night while children engage in an age-appropriate art project in the Yard School of Art studios. During this drop-off workshop, kids will learn to use fine art materials while parents enjoy an enriching and relaxing evening in MAM's galleries. Led by MAM's experienced art educators, activities in the Kids' Creativity Center will be inspired, seasonal, whimsical, and fun! One hour time slots are available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged online at montclairartmuseum.org. Member price is $20 per child and nonmember price is $25 per child; limited discounted combo packages are available for multiple children.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. There will be no Free First Thursday Night in January due to construction. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

 

Groups

The Museum encourages groups to attend Free First Thursday Nights! Groups of 10 or more are asked to RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, the group will receive a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage.

 

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

 

 

Free First Thursday Nights Launch Fourth Season at MAM

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS LAUNCH FOURTH SEASON AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming, live music, and a full-service bar, now in partnership with Upstairs

 

October 1, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, September 18, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. First Thursdays return October 1 for an exciting fourth season! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The Montclair Art Museum is proud to announce two new partnerships with Free First Thursday Night: Upstairs restaurant and bar in Upper Montclair and Wolke Chiropractic of Verona. The Art Bar at MAM, a Free First Thursday Night favorite, is now in partnership with Upstairs bar and restaurant. The full-service bar will feature signature cocktails, wine, and NJ Beer Co. beer at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Museum members receive a special discount on all drinks at the bar. Guests can also relax with complimentary chair massages courtesy of Wolke Chiropractic.

 

This fall, MAM will highlight its new exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends, including more than 60 original collages, studies, and book dummies/mock ups by the acclaimed and beloved children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle. Family-friendly programming in October will include a performance by the Jungle Gym Jam Duo, a Montclair-based Jersey acoustic rock act geared toward children and families, and a kid’s refreshments bar provided by Whole Foods Montclair. Additionally, children (grades K–5) are invited to enter TD Bank’s Children’s Art Contest for a chance to win a prize pack from MAM and TD Bank (entries are due by Sunday, October 4). The exhibition also includes two interactive spaces—the Reading Nook and Family Learning Lab—which will be open to drop in during Free First Thursday Night.  

 

Following the theme of illustration, two artist/author/illustrators will also be on hand to discuss their work: Ashli Sisk (The Sumatran Rhino Coloring Book) and Kristine Lombardi (Lovey Bunny, Yard School of Art instructor of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books). Artist Janet Taylor Pickett will also be featured in an intimate art talk with gallerist Kathy Imlay at 7 p.m. Pickett is the subject of an exhibition at the nearby Gallery at Hillside Square opening September 26 and will be featured at MAM in 2016. Finally, another fan favorite, the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night.

 

Additional exhibitions on view include permanent collection exhibitions Work and Leisure in American Art and Illustrations and Literary Themes in American Art. Illustrations and Literary Themes closes October 18, so don’t miss the only Free First Thursday Night chance to see the exhibition! Tours will be held every hour on the half hour: at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. docents will feature Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and at 7:30 p.m. Work and Leisure in American Art.

 

Enjoy tasty treat samples from Pink Cupcakes (West Orange) or pick up a meal from one of MAM’s featured food trucks: Cayena Columbian Street Food, Ann’s Catering, and Oink and Moo BBQ.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by 

 

 

MAM Lawn Party – September 12

MAM LAWN PARTY

 

Celebrating the opening of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

 

Featuring a Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM

 

September 12, 2015, 12–5 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, August 12, 2015—All are invited to the MAM Lawn Party, Saturday, September 12, 12–5 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)! Free and open to the public, this daylong celebration will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and include a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join MAM and Parents Who Rock outside on the Museum’s lawn for performances by over 20 local bands, bring the kids for family-friendly activities, see MAM’s brand new exhibitions, enter to win exciting raffle baskets, and enjoy delicious fare from a variety of food vendors.

 

The MAM Lawn Party will offer a first look of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends, the Museum’s newest special exhibition, on view through January 3. Including over 60 original works by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), most recognized for the iconic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969), the exhibition highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. Additional new exhibitions on view include Illustrations and Literary Themes in American Art and Work and Leisure in American Art.

 

The Parents Who Rock Benefit Concert will last all afternoon and feature over 20 local bands and performers including Warren Zanes! Parents Who Rock is a nonprofit association of musicians and others based in Montclair who volunteer their time and talents onstage and behind the scenes to raise money for not-for-profit organizations throughout the community. The group was founded by Alma Schneider in 2005 and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the MAM Lawn Party. Parents Who Rock has helped to raise more than $200,000 for local nonprofits and educational institutions. Proceeds from the MAM Lawn Party will support MAM’s art education programs designed for special needs audiences.

 

Family programming at the MAM Lawn Party will include art activities such as a collage project inspired by Eric Carle, the launch of a children’s art contest sponsored by TD Bank, an instrument petting zoo in partnership with School of Rock, and the MAM Art Truck. Don’t miss family yoga with Jacquie Ruderman and Eric Carle face painting! The Family Learning Lab and Reading Nook will also be open for interactive gallery experiences.

 

Complete your day by entering to win an exciting raffle basket comprising everything from relaxation packages to children’s goodies and grabbing a delicious bite from one of the participating food vendors like Cakeaholic Obsession, Cheezen Food Truck, Lost Brother’s Pizza Truck, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, The Green Radish, Nick’s Shaved Ice, and Yogic Chai.

 

MAM members are invited to an exhibition preview and brunch reception prior to the MAM Lawn Party. For more information about Museum membership, visit montclairartmuseum.org or call 973-259-5151.

 

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  • Angelbeck’s offers great wines, spirits, and beers. Serving Montclair since 1933.
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  • Elements Massage offers therapeutic, handcrafted, and personalized massage to meet clients’ every need.
  • Fancy Faces Facepainting offers faicepaint, glitter tattoos, and feather hear extensions for the best party you can imagine!
  • Jacquie Ruderman teaches yoga both privately and in studio classes for adults at JaiPure Yoga and Be Evolution.
  • Java Love Roasters is a female owned and operated small batch coffee roasting located in Bethel, NY and Montclair, NJ. They are known for their amazing staff, customer service, fresh roasted coffee and their consistent support of local communities.
  • Makeready Gallery Framing – where framing is an art and great art is on view.
  • Portraits by Michael Stahl is the area’s leading family portrait studio specializing in heirloom quality black and white portraits.
  • Whole Foods Market Montclair – America’s Healthiest Grocery Store

 

Exhibition Sponsorship

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends was organized in conjunction with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

Generous support at the Montclair Art Museum provided by Rosemary and Al Iversen, Leslie Larson and Don Katz, and Ivonne and Jon Ruggles. Special thanks to the Scholastic Reading Club and Penguin Young Readers.

 

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.

 

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Montclair Art Museum Participate in Blue Star Museums

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

 

MAM is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission
to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the
National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 26, 2015—The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is proud to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. This is the sixth consecutive year of the program and MAM is especially proud to have participated since the beginning. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

 

“We’re very pleased to be part of this nationwide effort to honor members of the armed services and their families, “ said MAM Director Lora Urbanelli. “This summer, the Museum is highlighting its permanent collection. We are especially excited to present two new installations in our Rand Gallery of Native American Art. One focuses on Pueblo Indian Pottery and the other takes a look at the phenomenon of “basket mania,” a feverish collecting of Native American basketry in the Late Victorian era.”

 

In addition to free admission to the galleries all summer long for military families, MAM invites service members to participate in summer programming including:

  • MAM Family Learning Lab, free with Museum admission and open during gallery hours — This interactive learning space includes self-directed hands-on activities for families. Together as a family, explore the theme of identity, inspired by our recent exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s
  • Free First Thursday Night, June 4, 5–9 p.m. — Enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming, including live music, tours, and interactive entertainment. A full-service bar is sponsored by Pig & Prince Restaurant.
  • Free First Friday and Closer Look Tour — Every first Friday of the month the Museum is free to all visitors and at 2 p.m. it offers Closer Look Tours, free informal gallery talks that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works on view in the galleries.
  • Park Bench, $18 per family/$6 Family-level members and above — This monthly family program introduces children to the Museum and serves as an artistic social outing. It is held the second Wednesday of the month, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Family Art Adventure, $15 per family/$6 Family-level members and above — Explore and discuss artworks at this monthly drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up and their adult companions. It is held the third Saturday of the month, 2–3 p.m.

For more information about these events and additional upcoming programming at the Montclair Art Museum, please visit montclairartmuseum.org.

 

“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

 

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

 

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science‐Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

 

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Montclair Art Museum Participates in Art Museum Day May 17

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM TO JOIN IN

ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS’

SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF

ART MUSEUM DAY ON MAY 17, 2015

 

WITH FREE ADMISSION AND SPECIAL FAMILY PROGRAMMING

 

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, April 16, 2015—Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced today that it will offer free admission and special programming on Sunday, May 17, 2015 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Monday, May 18, 2015. Last year, MAMalong with 180 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.

 

Art Museum Day underscores the critical role art museums play as cultural resources in their communities and celebrates the unique opportunities AAMD member museums offer visitors to engage with works of art. This year, Montclair Art Museum is presenting its semiannual FREE Family Day to coincide with the celebration. Families are invited to a day of exploration with many Museum-wide, drop-in art activities from 1 to 5 p.m. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy art projects for the entire family inspired by MAM’s collection and special exhibitions! Programming includes a featured appearance by Montclair School of Rock’s House Band.

 

May 17 is also the last day to see MAM’s critically acclaimed exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context. At 2 p.m., visitors are invited to a Public Tour focusing on that exhibition. MAM also invites guests to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay. 

 

“Art museums are invaluable communal spaces that bring people together to experience the arts across cultures and generations,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that Montclair Art Museum is joining us in this celebration by welcoming everyone in their community to participate in Art Museum Day.”

 

AAMD represents 242 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America. A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/).

 

Sponsorship

Free Family Days are made possible, in part, by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

 

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