Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ART AT THE PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

More than 60 artists from northern and central New Jersey will put their work on display Wednesday, July 28, at the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn.

The juried exhibit, the summer show of the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the development of local artists, will remain on view until August 19. The public is invited to a free meet-the-artists reception from 4–6:30 PM on Friday, July 30.

Though historic records are sketchy, M-SHAC, as the arts group is known, has been exhibiting its members’ work at the Paper Mill for decades, at least since the Foosaner Gallery was established in 1982, when the playhouse reopened after a disastrous fire two years earlier. The gallery was a gift of Samuel J. Foosaner, a nationally known lawyer who practiced in Newark and Millburn, specializing in tax matters. Mr. Foosaner, the author of seven books and hundreds of articles, died in 1988. The gallery is dedicated to his wife, who was an artist.

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Center, founded in 1940, has 155 members hailing from cities and towns across northern and central New Jersey, with a few representing nearby New York and Pennsylvania. They work in oil, watercolor, pastels, collage, sculpture and photography. M-SHAC organizes four or five exhibitions annually at theaters, libraries, hospitals and community centers. All are free and open to the public. More information about the organization is available at http://www.mschac.org/.