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'HAM It Up' Lets You Get in on the Act

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We're inviting everyone to "HAM It Up" at our free outdoor arts celebration on Sunday, May 4 beginning at 12:30 p.m. "HAM It Up!" lets children get in on the act by performing on stage with the award-winning Grumbling Gryphons Children's Theater in The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea.

The afternoon's family friendly festivities, sponsored by Flavorganics Ltd., include art and drama workshops, a stilt-walking juggler, and a parade following the performance.

The art workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. where children can create costumes and masks for the musical or participate in other fun art projects. Children don't have to perform in the musical to make art. During this time, a stilt-walking juggler will entertain the crowd, performing various tricks.

Youngsters interested in "hamming it up" on stage should participate in the drama workshop at 1:30 p.m. to learn their parts. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited.

The performance starts at 2:45 p.m. and is followed by a parade in which all attendees are invited to wear masks and participate.

This event will be held rain or shine - after all fish don't mind a little rain!

For more information, give us a call at 908-735-8415



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Susan Taylor Glasgow, Secretly Sexy Toaster Cozy #1, Fused, slumped, sandblasted, enameled, sewn glass, 15.25 in.

GLASS! From the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts

Our newest exhibition celebrates some of the first-rank glass artists whose work can be found in international museum collections as well as some of the top young emerging artists.
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GLASS! From the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts" opens Jan. 12 and runs until May 11. Viewers will enjoy a wide array of works from vessel-based sculptural pieces, to a print made by glass to a bust of President James Buchanan. About 35 glass works comprise the exhibition.

"Glass is a supremely practical material - almost magical in the way it contains and remains transparent and unaffected by its contents," said Robin Rice, guest curator for the exhibition. "But glass can be much, much more than useful. Artists today recognize it as one of the most versatile materials and its potential has not been fully tapped. In our show at the Hunterdon, we have, for example, several examples of surrealism, masks, a pop art toaster, and a three-dimensional interpretation of Northern European still-life painting."

Because glass artists are focusing more on process - the act of manipulating hot glass or incorporating it as a key component of their creations - the exhibition will include videos showing the artists at work.

"So many people who become involved with glass initially are drawn to the dramatic, performative aspect of glass blowing or hot pouring," Rice said. "It's dangerous, it's dance-like and it's beautiful to see."

The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts offers fellowships to artists working in glass and has serviced glass artists and the arts community for 22 years. Close to 300 professional and emerging artists representing 25 states and 22 countries have received CGCA fellowships. Some of the most exciting glass work in the past two decades has been created by artists who have held CGCA fellowships.

All of the work in this show has been created by CGCA fellows. Among the many noteworthy pieces in the exhibition include David King's "Security Bottle" (2011). The piece is shaped like a scotch bottle but made from glass embedded with wire like a security window.

"Seeing the world through a bottle, King suggests is a kind of passivity, a weakness, but he has said that he does not intend to send a simplistic puritanical message. The sense of celebration and good times embodied in the archetype - expensive whiskey - is paradoxical."

Karen LaMonte's untitled hand mirrors (2003) is another fascinating piece. LaMonte is internationally celebrated for making full-scale casts of clothing that function as graceful figurative sculptures. "Her work addresses the way we see and define ourselves through clothing, hair and make-up," Rice said. "It moves beyond the sense of a historical critique to a recognition of inevitability."

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Jae Yong Kim: I [Heart] Donuts

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Jae Yong Kim, OUCH!, 2013, glazed ceramic and Swarovski crystal, 24X13X7, courtesy of the artist.

Who's hungry for a donut?

The Hunterdon Art Museum aims to satisfy your sweet tooth and hunger for quality art with its latest exhibition "Jae Yong Kim: I Donuts" running from March 16 to May 8. The opening reception will occur Sunday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and wine and donuts will be served.

Kim's ceramic sculptures depict snails that love donuts and can't get enough of them. Colorful ceramic donuts hang from the walls tempting snails and exhibition goers alike.

The exhibition takes aim at our guilty pleasures and how our resistance can easily cave. But rather than force us to wring our hands and feel guilty, Kim uses satire and humor to explore our desire for the things we want that aren't good for us.
So, why snails?

"Snails to me represent an inner battle within people of this contemporary society, Kim said. "Because we live in an incredibly fast-paced culture that encourages and requires people to have confidence and strength, there is seldom any room for failure and doubt, even though these are essential elements in life and absolutely necessary for growth."

Kim said he has had a difficult time defining what "home" is because he's moved so frequently, primarily between Korea and the United States. To him, "home" is a verb - not stable or comforting - but something that is always changing, always moving. Kim uses the snail because it carries its home - a shell - on its back wherever it goes, representing a nomadic way of life.

Another reason can be found in the writings of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology. Jung said that a dream of a snail is representative of the self - the soft body representing the subconscious and the hard outer shell representing the conscious.

Kim's work could be viewed at the Museum last year during its "East & West Clay Works Exhibition." Educated at Hartford Art School in Connecticut and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Kim has been featured in a large number of group and solo exhibitions, primarily in galleries between Michigan and Connecticut, and in solo exhibitions at the University of Bridgeport's gallery and New Space Gallery at Manchester Community College both in Connecticut.


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Erin Endicott: Healing Sutras

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Erin Endicott, Healing Sutra #6, 2010, hand embroidery on antique fabric stained with walnut ink, courtesy of the artist.

Some people talk about their pain to help the healing process, others write about it privately in a diary or publicly in a blog.

Erin Endicott shares her pain by drawing with thread, stiitching and inking vintage fabrics to create powerful images of wounds inflicted. The result is a searing collection of work titled "Healing Sutras," which opens at the Hunterdon Art Museum on Sunday, March 16, and runs until May 11. The opening reception, which is free and open to all, will be Sunday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

In the "Healing Sutras," Endicott uses contemporary embroidery on antique fabric as a canvas to explore the common threads that bind countless generations of women. Wounds - physical and psychological - come to life with her delicate, meditative stitches.
The "Healing Sutras" are all created on vintage fabric passed down by the women in Endicott's family (think of the pieces of cloth stashed in boxes under your grandmother's bed). She typically creates the initial marks of the "wounds" by staining the fabric with walnut ink, the natural dye imparting color variations and warm, earthy tones to the work.

"Ink on fabric has a mind of its own - it takes the control away from me and does its own thing," Endicott said. "It is magical to drop the ink onto damp fabric and literally watch the 'wound' grow and take shape before my eyes."

Then Endicott begins the healing process of "drawing on thread," the meditative work of stitching on fabric.

"Drawing is my first love," Endicott said. "I have always done very intricate, detailed pencil drawings, and I do the same thing with thread except that it is much slower, allowing me to consider each mark - to 'feel' each mark as it is 'drawn' upon the fabric."

Healing Sutras grew out of years of work examining the origin of psychological wounds and how they simmer beneath the surface in our daily lives. Endicott says she became particularly intrigued by the concept of inherited wounds, specific patterns, behaviors and reactions that we are born with - those already seeded into one's psyche.

"I imagine that this little 'seed' attracts negativity, sort of like a pearl slowly growing until we end up with a dense area of negative energy built up in our physical bodies," Endicott said. By bringing these dark areas into the light and making them visible, Endicott hopes those wounds can heal.

"One stitch at a time, hour after hour . . . this is where the healing lies," Endicott said.

"All I can hope is that viewers are able to allow themselves to be opened up, to be stirred up by viewing my work, letting their defenses down for a moment to allow the light of healing to sneak in," Endicott said.

Endicott was the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship. Her Healing Sutras have been exhibited at national and international venues, ranging from the the Art Piece Gallery in Mullimbimby, Australia, to the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. She studied textile design in Scotland before completing her fine art education in Philadelphia.
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We wish to thank our sponsors for their generous support of ArtParty.

Our Silver Level Sponsors:

Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation and PGB Trust & Investments

Our Bronze Level Sponsors:

Blick Art Materials; Robert B Haines, Attorney at Law; Investors Bank; PNC Wealth Management; ShopRite of Hunterdon County; and Unity Bank.

We also want to extend our deep appreciation to Metropolitan Seafood Co. for donating an incredible raw bar to the evening's festivities.

We are also very grateful to Bex Kitchen in Califon for their generosity and role in making ArtParty a success.

A big thank you goes to our advertisers for their support: Flavorganics, Allen J. Kern of Hunterdon Urological Associates, Heartstrings, Sweet Pea's, Julie Lyons LLC, Elite Meat, Fox Lumber & Building Materials, S.K. Hamrah Carpet & Rug Co. and Celestial Yoga.

We also want to thank the artists who donated work for our silent auction:

Kiyomi Baird, Bill Baumbach, Bennett Bean, Pamela L. Beatty, Susan Boynton, Santiago Cohen, Bruce Dehnert, Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, Francine Epstein, Wendy Fairfield, Ann Glaser, Will Hubscher, Jan Huling, Shellie Jacobson, James Jansma, Wendell Jeffrey, Alec Karros, Liz Kinder, Bill Macholdt, Kathy Madden, Amy Madden, Gil Malave, Liz Mitchell, Ingrid Rendard, Ellen Siegel, Willi Singleton, Steve Sitrin, Peggy Tepper, Ann Tsubota and Leah Zahavi.

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Member Exhibition 2013:

We wish to thank everyone who submitted work for consideration in this year's Member Exhibition. Listed below are the artists who will be included in the exhibition this year which opens Sept. 22 and runs through Jan. 5.

List of Artists in the 2013 Members Exhibition:
Susan Amann
Tina Angermeier
Kiyomi Baird
Alana Bograd
Marion Canan
Maureen Chatfield
Michael Cooper
Sally Dougan
Todd Gavin
Allan Gorman
Yevette Hendler
Bob Hill
Lora Hudicka
Shellie Jacobson
Anne Kantor Kellett
Gabriel Kellner
Paul Mathisen
Laura McClanahan
William Miller
Florence Moonan
Kriss Olsen
Letty Oratowski
Yupin Pramotepipop
Kim Robertson
Melissa Ross
Amanda Schultz
Won Ju Seo
Judith Shevell
Blanche Somer
Irv Suss
Joann Westgate
Maria Yakov
Ray Yaros
Tricia Zimic
Andrea Zinn

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HAM's Program for Independent Curators

The HAM Program for Independent Curators is a dynamic project that opens the way for an array of ideas and viewpoints on contemporary art, craft, and design to be presented in the Hunterdon Art Museum's exhibitions program.

The Hunterdon Art Museum, a center for contemporary art, craft and design, focuses on new and innovative work. The Museum exhibits work in all forms and mediums with the goal of creating dialogue, generating ideas, and sparking creativity. HAM has a particular interest in work that explores the intersection of art, craft and design and work that displays the qualities of craftsmanship while pushing the limits of the materials in innovative ways.

Founded in 1952 in rural New Jersey, the Museum is housed in a former mill dating back to 1836, that is on the National Historic Register. The Museum's nineteenth century stone building is a perfect setting for twenty-first century art. Visitors view the art in a unique space that enhances their experience. The Museum presents more than a dozen exhibitions and offers more than 200 studio courses annually.

Curatorial Proposal Submission Guidelines

The Museum seeks proposals that focus on innovative work by artists of outstanding potential and established artists who have international, national or regional reputations. Proposals may be for thematic or solo shows. Curators should have a track record of creating exhibitions in the fields of contemporary art, craft, and design; however, the Museum will also accept for review proposals from emerging curators developing their careers. Curators may not include their own work in the proposed exhibition. Additionally, the exhibition should not have been on view within 50 miles of the Museum's location.

Ideally, proposals should be submitted one to two years in advance of the proposed exhibition; however, shorter lead times will be considered and in some cases desired. Please do not send original art or documents, as materials will not be returned. The Museum will contact curators of interest for an in-person discussion with the Museum's Exhibitions Committee to determine whether the proposal is feasible.

We are particularly interested in hearing from curators in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania area. (Curators, please note that the Museum is 55 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia. Public transportation is available from New York City from Port Authority. There is no direct public transportation from Philadelphia to Clinton. By car, the Museum is easily accessible from Route 78.)


Proposals may be sent to:

Exhibitions Coordinator

Hunterdon Art Museum

7 Lower Center Street

Clinton, New Jersey 08809


Or emailed to:

rosemary@hunterdonartmuseum.org
(Please use Independent Curator Submission as the subject.)


To fill out an application, please go visit: HERE.

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Our Current Exhibitions:

GLASS! From the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts
Jan. 12, 2014-May 11, 2014

Mia Brownell: Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting
Jan. 12-March 9, 2014

Sondra Sherman: Found Subjects
Jan. 12-March 9, 2014

Young Artists Showcase
Opens Jan. 18


To read about our current exhibitions, please go here.

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

Jae Yong Kim
March 16-May 11, 2014

Erin Endicott
March 16-May 11, 2014

Darren McManus
May 18-Sept. 7, 2014

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic
May 18-Sept. 7, 2014

Sky Pape
May 18-Sept. 7, 2014

Giovanna Cecchetti
Sept. 21, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

A Clay Bestiary
Sept. 21, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

Member Highlight: Yevette Hendler
Sept. 21, 2014-Nov. 9, 2014

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Mark your calendar for these terrific upcoming HAM events as we get ready to celebrate the coming of warmer weather!

- Free program with the River Valley Waldorf School on Tuesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m.

- First Sunday of Poetry Series on Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.

- HAM It Up! A fun and free community event on our terrace featuring art projects, a performance by the Grumbling Gryphons and a parade on Sunday, May 4 at 12:30.

- Free open house featuring a preview of our popular Summer Camp programs on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m.

- Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace Series starts with free art-making on the terrace for children of all ages on Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m.

- Art on Tap. Our popular fund-raiser featuring a beer tasting, great food and fabulous art on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m.



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