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Bring It To The Table at Free First Thursday Night

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT, APRIL 5, 5–9 P.M.

 

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar

the First Thursday of the Month
 

April Edition Partners with Bring It To The Table
for a Participatory Conversation

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 19, 2018— Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, April 5, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

This month Montclair Art Museum is partnering with Talking Eyes Media for a participatory event to promote open conversation about issues that typically tear us apart. Hosted by Montclair filmmaker Julie Winokur, this program is based on her documentary film, Bring It To The Table, in which she travels the country with a small table and invites people from all walks of life to sit down and share their beliefs on everything from economic inequality to immigration, from gay marriage to gun control. Participants will have the opportunity to have their voice heard, learn from others why they believe what they believe, and work together to help find a constructive path forward. To volunteer for this exciting night of dialogue and active listening, contact studio@talkingeyesmedia.org or visit https://bringit2thetable.org/bring-it-at-mam for more information and to sign up. No experience is necessary; just bring an open mind. This Bring It To The Table event is made possible by a generous donation by concerned citizens and members of the MAM community Lisa and Bill Westheimer.

 

As always, Free First Thursday Night also presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves!

  • Enjoy live jazz music with the sweet sounds of the Silver Fox Songs Quartet!
  • Get up and dance with an interactive movement demonstration inspired by upcoming performances of Alvin Ailey at New Jersey Performing Art Center/NJPAC
  • Take a tour of the special traveling exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.
  • New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar offers a variety of drinks, including NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from featured food vendors including The French Quarter food truck.

 

The Berkshire Hathaway Home Services gallery, located across the street from the Museum at 695 Bloomfield Ave, will host a concurrent reception for the exhibition of The Montclair 10, a selection of works by artists from the Montclair Art Museum staff. The exhibition includes over a dozen works in a range of media by ten artists: Benedetta Balsimelli, Dan Fenelon, Nanci Ionvino, Martha Kelshaw, Peg Kenselaar, Susan Marx, Elizabeth Seaton, Earl Speid, Lisa G. Westheimer, and Aggie Wszolkowska. The exhibition will be on view through May 13, 2018.

 

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. Highlights in the spring season include a flamenco demonstration with Admission Nation in May and the Pictures Concert, a collaboration with NJ Arts Collective, in June.

 

NJ Women Artists Spotlighted at Free First Thursday Night March 1

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT, MARCH 1, 5–9 P.M.

 

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar
the First Thursday of the Month

 

March Edition Celebrates Women’s History Month with Slide Night featuring
Women Artists in partnership with Visual Arts Center of NJ

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 21, 2018— Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, March 1, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

In March, MAM is pleased to partner on a Slide Night with the Visual Arts Center of NJ to celebrate Women’s History Month. Distinguished curators from across the state have been invited to select a female living artist to spotlight. The curators will introduce the artists, who will each present a selection of their works. Participating curators include Anonda Bell, Director & Chief Curator of Paul Robeson Galleries; Jeanne Brasile, Director of the Wash Gallery at Seton Hall University; Kristen Evangelista, Director of William Paterson University Galleries; Henone Girma, Independent Curator; Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; Margaret O’Reilly, Executive Director, New Jersey State Museum; and Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director & Professor of Art History at New Jersey City University. Featured artists will be So Yoon Lym, Heejung Kim, Marion Wilson, Eileen Ferara, Marsha Goldberg, Dahlia Elsayed, and Nancy Cohen. The program is organized by Mary Birmingham, Curator at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, and Sarah Walko, Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, and will begin at 7 p.m.

 

Free First Thursday Night also presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves!

  • Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with live Irish music in the galleries, featuring Chroma, the musical trio L.E. McCullough, Amy Beshara, and Max Carmichael
  • Take a tour of the special traveling exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.
  • Meet community partners including Clean Water Action, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.), and the League of Women Voters.
  • New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.
  • New! Capture the fun with an official MAM photo to share on social media.

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar offers a variety of drinks, including NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from featured food vendors including Empanada Guy and Thai Elephant food trucks.

 

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. Highlights in the spring season include a live interactive event with Bring it to the Table, Admission Nation flamenco demonstration in May, and the Pictures Concert, a collaboration with NJ Arts Collective, in June.

 

 

December Free First Thursday Night Features Newark Boys Chorus, Yard School of Art Open House, and Holiday Trunk Show

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 7, 5–9 P.M.

 

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar
the First Thursday of the Month, 5–9 p.m.

 

Last Chance to See Fall Exhibitions for Free,
Newark Boys Chorus Holiday Performance,
Yard School of Art Open House,
Holiday Trunk Show, and More

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, November 15, 2017— Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, December 7, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

Discover the art of Montclair’s own Philemona Williamson in Metaphorical Narratives, her first major museum exhibition, and see stormy skies, cool breezes, and sunbursts like never before in Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event. Take tours of the exhibitions at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. or ask questions from one of the roaming docents. This is the last free chance to see these exhibitions before they close January 7, 2018.

 

Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves!

  • Enjoy live music in the galleries with Jesse Posa, leading Frank Sinatra impersonator and Sinatra lookalike.
  • Hear Newark Boys Chorus in a special holiday performance, 6:15 p.m.
  • Be inspired by a reading of poems inspired by the works of Charles E. Burchfield with Robert Carnevale, 7 p.m. Carnevale’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Literary Review, and various other publications.
  • Stop by the Yard School of Art Open House to meet with MAM’s professional teaching artists and get started on New Year’s resolutions by registering for a winter class. See a live Raku firing demonstration (weather permitting).
  • Watch an origami demo with teen artist Edward Misretta. This Yard School of Art student will create and display some incredible and intricate creations.
  • See paintings by 20 local residents who participated in a watercolor and gouache class offered by the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) through MAM’s Creative Aging Initiative. The Celebrate the Season exhibition also includes a collection of holiday notecards, sales of which raise funds for future MILL programming.
  • Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.
  • New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.
  • Do all your holiday shopping in The Store at MAM. Discover unique gifts in the Holiday Trunk Show featuring artisan-made brushed alpaca scarves and throws, Terra Glassworks, Stephanie Wolf jewelry, Native American Pottery, and Christina Stankard gemstone necklaces. Save more with the Members’ Double Discount Sale December 1–31 (20% off regularly priced items; does not include consignment). Pick up a gift membership for everyone on your list and enjoy artful outings together all year long.
  • New! Capture the fun with an official MAM photo to share on social media.

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar is once again presented in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from featured food vendors.

 

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be no Free First Thursday Night in January; the event will return February 8, the second Thursday in February, to spotlight MAM’s new exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/thursdays. Highlights in the spring season include a celebration of  Black History Month with MAM’s African American Cultural Committee in February, a PechaKucha Night featuring brief 6 1/2 minute slideshow presentations by women artists with the Visual Arts Center of NJ in March, NJPAC dance demonstration in April, Admission Nation flamenco demonstration in May, and the Pictures Concert, a collaboration with NJ Arts Collective, in June.

 

 

Holiday Trunk Show in The Store at MAM

Artisan-made Brushed Alpaca Scarves and Throws

Discover the softness of natural organic fibers of the Andes Mountains in a spectrum of colors and designs with these beautiful brushed alpaca scarves and throws. Artisan-made using traditional weaving methods from South America fused with contemporary fashion trends, these richly colored scarves and throws exude heritage and timeless style for personal wear and home accents.

 

Terra Glassworks

Glassblower Matthew Clark creates all of his work in his Portland, Oregon studio using traditional free-hand glassblowing techniques. Inspired by his love of ceramics, he explores how clay forms may be translated into glass.

 

Stefanie Wolf Jewelry - Gold Leaf and Fringe Collections

Following great success in The Store at MAM with her ocean-inspired Trilogy Collection, Stefanie Wolf’s Gold Leaf and Fringe Collections are inspired by metalwork such as antique chains, findings, and lockets. Each piece is handcrafted in her Martha’s Vineyard studio.

 

Native American Pottery

Native American Navajo Indian clay pottery is hand painted with symbols from Native heritage. Highly desired by artists and collectors, this beautiful handcrafted pottery is created in the famous four corners area of the Navajo Nation, in Native homelands. Each piece is an original work of art signed by the artist.

 

Christina Stankard Gemstone Necklaces

Back by popular demand! Christina began her career as a painter and brings that sensibility to her delicate and lyrical jewelry. Her focus is on unusual gemstones and color paired with modest yet elegant design.

 

 

Free First Thursday Night Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Night experiences on social media. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @MAMmontclair and share your experience with #MAMfftn.

 

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.

 

 

Art & Inspiration at Free First Thursday Night November 2 + MAM After Hours Premium Experience

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 2, 5–9 P.M.

 

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar
the First Thursday of the Month, 5–9 p.m.

 

November Program Includes NEW MAM After Hours Premium Experience,
Artist Meet & Greet with Philemona Williamson, MILL Holiday Cards,
Montclair Knitting Circle, and Teen Origami Demo

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, October 19, 2017— Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, November 2, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

In November, discover the art of Montclair’s own Philemona Williamson in Metaphorical Narratives, her first major museum exhibition. Artist Philemona Williamson will be on site for an informal meet and greet at 6 p.m. and guests can also take a docent-led tour of current exhibitions at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Montclair Public Library will also have their Book Bike with books related to inspiration, a key theme in the exhibition.

 

Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves!

  • Enjoy live music in the galleries with the Joel Zelnik Trio.
  • Sharpen your skills and share your passion with the Montclair Knitting Circle. All knitters, crochet enthusiasts, needlepointers, spinners, embroiderers, and textile crafters are invited to participate, with beginner kits available for newbies.
  • Watch an origami demo with teen artist Edward Misretta. This Yard School of Art student will create and display some incredible and intricate creations.
  • See paintings by 20 local residents who participated in a watercolor and gouache class offered by the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) through MAM’s Creative Aging Initiative. The Celebrate the Season exhibition also includes a collection of holiday notecards, whose sales raise funds for future MILL programming.
  • Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.
  • New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.
  • New! Stop by the MAM Photo booth to capture the fun!
  • The Free First Thursday Night bar is once again presented in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar. Guests can also grab a bite from featured food vendors.

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. Highlights this season include holiday programming and a performance by Newark Boys Chorus in December and a celebration of Black History Month in February. Please note there is no Free First Thursday Night in January. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/thursdays.

 

 

NEW! MAM After Hours

November 2, 7–9 p.m.

 

Enjoy Dark ‘n Stormies, Tequila Sunrises, and Hurricanes like never before! MAM After Hours launches on November 2 with a cocktail tasting inspired by Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event. Reserve your ticket to this intimate event to learn about the history and artistry behind a selection of tasty cocktails while enjoying lite bites. Cocktail Professional and Sommelier Nicholas Ciccone will share some insider secrets from the modern craft of mixology. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers, with proceeds supporting enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for children of all ages. Space is limited; reserve your advance ticket online at montclairartmuseum.org/afterhours.

 

 

June Free First Thursday Night Features Matisse, Curator Talk, Dance, Book Signing, and More

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

 

June Programming Features Final Matisse, Curator Talk,
Dance, Book Signing, and More

 

TD Bank Sponsors Program for Third Consecutive Year;
First 50 Guests Receive Free Admission
to Matisse and American Art, Courtesy of TD Bank

 

June 1, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 16, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, June 1, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The June event will be the final Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed special exhibition Matisse and American Art before it closes June 18. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition; members and children under 12 see it free! The first 50 people at the June Free First Thursday Night will receive complimentary special exhibition admission courtesy of TD Bank. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space.

 

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including a curator talk with MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky at 6 p.m. Roaming docents will be available to provide more information on the art on view, and a guided tour of the related exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series will take place at 6:30 p.m.

 

Free First Thursday Night also celebrates all the arts, from literature to dance. In June, the Museum welcomes Claire Rosen, award-winning artist named among Forbes “30 Brightest under 30” for a book signing of her first book Imaginarium. At 7 and 8 p.m., “Minister of Movement” Ledell Watts will lead dance ensembles in Leir Hall. Guests can also meet and greet with members of the Museum’s African American Cultural Committee.

 

Weather permitting, live music and cash bar will move outside on the lawn. The featured musical group is the flute ensemble from Montclair Community Band. The Art Bar at MAM, a cornerstone of Free First Thursday Night, is presented in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount at the bar. Then, grab a bite from June’s featured food vendors, including French Quarter, Ann’s Catering, and Frost 321!

 

Discover your creativity at Free First Thursday Night! MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera. Kids’ Creativity Center is a drop-off workshop for children (ages 5+). Students will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators, while parents enjoy all the fun of Free First Thursday Night. Class fee of $25 per child includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. One-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org; advance tickets also receive a $5 discount on additional children.

 

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. Free First Thursday Nights return October 5.

 

 

May Free First Thursday Night Features Matisse, Middle School Poetry Slam, Book Signing, Art Talk, and More

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

 

May Programming Features Matisse, Middle School Poetry Slam,
Book Signing, Art Talk, and More

 

TD Bank Sponsors Program for Third Consecutive Year;
First Fifty Guests Receive
Free Admission to Matisse and American Art,
Courtesy of TD Bank

 

May 4, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, April 18, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, May 4, 5–9 p.m.! The Museum is grateful to TD Bank for making another year of Free First Thursday Nights possible.

 

The May event spotlights Matisse and American Art, the Montclair Art Museum’s highly acclaimed special exhibition on the relationship between French master Henri Matisse and American artists. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition; members and children see it free! The first 50 people at the May and June Free First Thursday Nights will receive complimentary special exhibition admission courtesy of TD Bank. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space.

 

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including roaming docents available to provide more information on the art on view, and a 6:30 p.m. tour of the complementary exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

 

Free First Thursday Night also celebrates all the arts, from books and poetry and music. Don’t miss MAM’s May special features:

  • Every Story Matters, Buzz Aldrin Middle School’s 2nd Annual Poetry Slam at 6 p.m.
  • Empowered Design book signing with Blanche Garcia, interior designer and entrepreneur
  • Art Talk with watercolorist and Yard School of Art instructor Sharon Pitts at 7 p.m.
  • Montclair State University MFA Student K. Anthony Lawler will present an interactive installation, From Silence. Visitors will get a glimpse inside their own brains by working with an EEG machine to convert brainwaves into a soundscape.
  • Live contemporary jazz music in the galleries provided by guitarist, composer, and teacher Nat Janoff
  • Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera

 

This month, MAM is also collecting handbags for Jersey Battered Women’s Services, a full-service domestic violence and domestic abuse prevention agency in Morristown. Handbags will be given to residents and used in the upcoming Old Bags Luncheon in support of JBWS.

 

The Art Bar at MAM, a cornerstone of Free First Thursday Night, is presented 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 May’s featured food truck Empanada Guy!

 

Kids’ Creativity Center at Free First Thursday Night is a drop-off workshop for children (ages 5+). Students will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators, while parents enjoy all the fun of Free First Thursday Night. Class fee of $25 per child includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. One-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org; advance tickets also receive a $5 discount on additional children.

 

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. The special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art will apply for visitors who want to see that exhibition during March–June First Thursday Nights. General admission to the evening and wide variety of activities will remain free.

 

 

April Free First Thursday Night Features Matisse, Art Making, Arts Unbound and Opportunity Project Exhibition, and More

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

 

April Programming Features Matisse, Art Making,
Arts Unbound and Opportunity Project Exhibition, and More

 

April 6, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 21, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, April 6, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The April event spotlights Matisse and American Art, the Montclair Art Museum’s highly acclaimed special exhibition on the relationship between French master Henri Matisse and American artists. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space. Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including a film screening of An Essay on Matisse with Ken Mandel at 7 p.m., roaming docents available to provide more information on the art on view, and a 6:30 p.m. tour of the complementary exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

 

In partnership with Arts Unbound (AU) and Opportunity Project (OP), a new community exhibition No Limits: Emerging Artists from Arts Unbound spotlights 17 artists with disabilities. Headlining the exhibition is Jason Towns, one of OP's longtime members and an artist-in-residence at MAM for over 13 years. Additional featured artists include Sybil Archibald, Gary Berson, Ida Ballard, Amy Charmatz, Danielle Hark, Alex Higgs, Tim Jackson, Annette Kushen, Maria Mineo, Karen Porcelli, Theda Sandiford, Daniel Stern, Avary Waldron, Andrew Weatherly. David Wiley, and Tom Yezza. Meet and greet the artists and celebrate their accomplishments at an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Live music in the galleries will be provided by Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Trio. After two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango in the United States, Pedro Giraudo debuted his own Tango Orchestra in July 2015 at Lincoln Center. The Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra features some of the finest tango musicians of today to interpret tangos ranging from the great traditional, classic tangos, to more modern tangos and original compositions.

 

The Art Bar at MAM, a cornerstone of Free First Thursday Night, is presented 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 April’s featured food trucks Empanada Guy and Thai Elephant Food Truck!

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to get creative at Free First Thursday Night, with art activities including MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera. Kids’ Creativity Center allows parents to enjoy the full Free First Thursday Night experience while kids are engaged in art-making. During this drop-off workshop, children (ages 5+) will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators. Class fee of $25 per child includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. One-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org; advance tickets also receive a $5 discount on additional children.

 

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. The special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art will apply for visitors who want to see that exhibition during March–June First Thursday Nights. General admission to the evening and wide variety of activities will remain free.

 

 

March Free First Thursday Night Features Matisse, Art Making, and More

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM OFFERS EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS,

LIVE MUSIC, AND FULL SERVICE BAR

DURING FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

March Programming Features Matisse, Art Making, and More

 

March 2, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 23, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, March 2, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The March event will be the first to feature Matisse and American Art, the Montclair Art Museum’s highly acclaimed special exhibition spotlighting the relationship between French master Henri Matisse and American artists. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure your viewing experience, the exhibition space is restricted to a limited capacity.

 

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including:

  • A curator talk with Dr. Gail Stavitsky at 6:30 p.m.
  • A film screening of An Essay on Matisse with Ken Mandel at 7 p.m.
  • Tours of the complementary exhibitions Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series and Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Live French music with Chloé Perrier - Cœur de Française in the galleries.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to get creative at Free First Thursday Night, with art activities including:

  • MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera
  • Discover flame working with a demonstration by GlassRoots.
  • Kids’ Creativity Center allows parents to enjoy the full Free First Thursday Night experience while kids are engaged in art-making. During this drop-off workshop, children (ages 5+) will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators. Class fee includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. One-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org.
  • Take home your very own minute miniature watercolor by local artist Diane Israel.

 

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 March’s featured food trucks Elephant Thai!

 

MAM welcomes community groups during Free First Thursday Night. In March, the Museum will spotlight the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and French Institute Alliance Francaise. Be sure to also see the Scholastic Art Award exhibition on the Museum’s 1st Floor, honoring the talent of creative teens in Northern New Jersey, on view through March 26.

 

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. The special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art will apply for visitors who want to see that exhibition during March–June First Thursday Nights. General admission to the evening and wide variety of activities will remain free.

 

Celebrate African American History Month and More at Free First Thursday Night February 2

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM OFFERS EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS,

LIVE MUSIC, AND FULL SERVICE BAR

DURING FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

Celebrate African American History Month with
Janet Taylor Pickett, Photo Biographies Panel, Music, Read-Aloud, and More

 

February 2, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, January 17, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, February 2, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

Celebrate African American History Month with MAM! Artist Janet Taylor Pickett will be on site for a meet and greet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. She will answer questions about the artwork and inspiration behind her solo exhibition The Matisse Series, on view at MAM through June 18, 2017. The exhibition explores the dialogue between Taylor Pickett’s artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse with 76 collages, as well as 4 hand-made books. Taylor Pickett often juxtaposes images of African sculpture, textiles, and cultural elements, with details from Matisse’s work, typically procured from exhibition catalogue reproductions. This multi-cultural conversation is at the heart of her complex, archetypal work, which often features portraits of the artist herself.

 

Then, at 7 p.m., the Museum’s African American Cultural Committee will host a discussion, “Photo Biographies: Telling Our Story.” View early photographs of African American individuals who were part of the Great Migration and hear from their descendants in a dynamic panel discussion. The Great Migration began around 1916 as African Americans moved north to take advantage of higher wages and better living conditions, but many found jobs in factories, slaughterhouses, and foundries, where the work was grueling and often dangerous. “It’s an American question and we can only answer partially. Our engagement and investigation in celebration of Black history is in part the quest of the iconic American question, ‘Where are your people from?’ This exercise is part of the answer,” said panelist Shirley A. R. Lewis, PhD.

 

Following the panel, at 8 p.m., Teka-Lark Lo, founder and literary curator of Blk Grrrl Book Fair, will host a read-aloud. Formerly the “Tracks” columnist at LA City Beat, her book Queen of Inglewood is a satirical critique on neoliberalism.

 

Live music in the galleries will also celebrate African American heritage with performances by the Silver Foxes and drummer Roderick Jackson. The Silver Foxes include Rhonda Denet (vocals), David McDowell (sax), Michael Bardash (keys), Gene Torres (bass), and Chuck Batton (drums) and feature a collection of jazz and soul standards from the 1930s through the 1960s, paying tribute to song stylists from Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Roderick Jackson specializes in the rhythms, dances, and instruments involved in multiple cultures, including those of Afro-Brazilian, West African, South African, Angolan, Korean, and Haitian origin. He was recently a participant in the Museum’s interactive do it exhibition.

 

Guests can also start their Valentine’s Day celebrations early with an evening at MAM. Montclair’s own Makeready Gallery will share their collection of antique Valentines from as early as 1910. Plus, relax with a complimentary chair massage from Elements Montclair.

 

Discover your creativity at Free First Thursday Night! MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera. 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. Kids’ Creativity Center also allows parents to enjoy the full Free First Thursday Night experience while kids are engage in art-making. During this drop-off workshop, children (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 Night spotlights MAM’s exhibitions with tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Discover our Native American collection at 6:30 p.m., and explore Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series with a docent at 7:30 p.m.

 

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 February’s featured food trucks, Ann’s Catering and Bro-Ritos!

 

In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Museum is also collecting teen items for Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Bring DVDs, CDs, USBs, teen novels, etc. to support JBWS’s full-service domestic violence and abuse prevention agency.

 

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. The special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art will apply for visitors who want to see that exhibition during March–June First Thursday Nights. General admission to the evening and wide variety of activities will remain free.

 

 

Relax with Art, Music, Massages, and More at January Free First Thursday Night

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

 

Relax with Art, Music, Massages, and More to Start the New Year Rejuvenated

 

January 5, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, December 20, 2016—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, January 5, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

January starts a new year, and the Museum invites you to stop by and discover just how rejuvenating art can be. Free First Thursday Night spotlights MAM’s permanent collection with tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Live music in the galleries will be provided by Chroma, a musical trio featuring L. E. McCullough, Amy Beshara, and Max Carmichael. Delight in a spectrum of musical genres while taking in the variety of art on view.

 

Visitors can also relax 2016 away with a complimentary chair massage from Elements Montclair and get active with demonstrations by The Bar Method. This safe, nonimpact full-body workout will get you addicted to barre-based fitness and start the year with new energy!

 

Discover your creativity at Free First Thursday Night! MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera. It will also be a last chance to register for art classes before the winter session starts January 12.

 

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 January’s featured food truck, Ann’s Catering!

 

Kids’ Creativity Center allows parents to enjoy the full Free First Thursday Night experience while kids are engage in art-making. During this drop-off workshop, children (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 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. The special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art will apply for visitors who want to see that exhibition during March–June First Thursday Nights. General admission to the evening and wide variety of activities will remain free.

 

 

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