Monday, September 5, 2011


Farmstead Arts celebrates National Arts in Education Week with

Outstanding in Her Field: Exhibit and Sale

WHEN: September 10-17; opening reception Sept. 10
WHERE: Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge

Works by Anita McKenna-Murphy, teaching artist at St. James School in Basking Ridge, will be on display and for sale from September 10, 17 and 18 from 1- 4 PM with an opening reception on Saturday, September 10. The exhibit features her diminutive landscapes in pastel. Although completely secular in subject matter, Ms. Murphy, who lives in New Vernon, says her work—because it is meant to be experienced by only one viewer at a time—becomes in its own way, a form of prayer or contemplation.  It is this intimacy and the very personal nature of Murphy's work that bridges the artist's relationship to her viewer. Her dreamy and diminutive landscapes, many as small as 3" x 3", capture the inherent majesty of a place, and she often revisits a location many times painting en plein air the subtle changes in light and color that evoke connection to nature and its changing moods.

 Saturday, September 17 from 4 - 6 PM
WHERE: Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: The suggested donation for the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Farmstead’s art education programs. Space is limited, and tickets can be reserved at or acquired at the door based on availability.

Farmstead Arts welcomes back Arturo of Basking Ridge who performs locally with many of the area’s top musicians. Joining him is Rich Gradone of Madison, a professor of music at the County College of Morris,who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, the White House and many other venues nationally and internationally.  Vocalist Kanttara of Middlesex, who completes the trio, has performed and recorded professionally all over the world. She is a certified senior music teacher and has specialized in early childhood musical education, teaching music independently and in preschools.

The trio will perform original arrangements of vocal standards including Brazilian bossa novas, jazzy pop tunes and selections from The Great American Songbook.


    • Marie Johnson, a teacher at the Tree House school in Basking Ridge, will offer two eight-week sessions on Tuesdays from Sept. 20 - November 8 for preschool and elementary age students.  She will teach Tuesday classes for 3 - 5 year olds from 10:30 - 11:15 AM and a class for K - 2nd grade students from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.  TUITION: for the 8-week session is $120.  Register online at
    • Classes for teens and adults include a colored pencil class on Wednesdays from 10 AM - noon from September 14 - October 19 and a basic drawing class on Saturdays from 10 AM - noon from September 17 - October 22, both with artist Susan Antin.
    • Artist Frank Pietrucha will teach a pastel class for teens and adults on Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 PM from September 15 - October 20.  To register, visit
    • Individual and small group weaving classes for all ages from beginners to advanced will be offered on an on-going basis by Farmstead Artist in Residence Michelle L. Marigliano. Michelle will also be offering the Embracing Creativity Project for children 18 and under with special needs on Thursdays 6:15-7:30 PM from October 6 to November 10 (6 weeks skipping Thanksgiving) and a creative movement class on Thursdays from 5 - 5:45 PM from October 6 to November 10 (6 weeks) for multi-age/families. This is a fantastic workshop to build confidence and relationships and is appropriate for all ages, developmental and physical capabilities. Contact Michelle at 732.801.9577 for more information.
    • The Farmstead will offer private music lessons at the farmhouse in violin, viola and piano for home schoolers and other students of all ages through Elefante Music. Call Stefani at Elefante Music at 908.464.5928 to schedule lessons.  Guitar lessons will be offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings by internationally acclaimed guitarist, Francesco Stabile.  Contact Francesco at to book lessons.

Upcoming events for October include

  • The ArtSee Studio Tour, which will include exhibits and sales by a variety of local artists at the Farmstead from Oct. 1 – 31
  • History Weekend, Oct. 8 and 9, with music, theater performances, tours and crafts on Saturday, October 8, and an Antiques Appraisal Event on Sunday, October 9.

For a complete list of Farmstead Arts events and classes and to register for classes, visit, or visit Facebook.  For more information, e-mail, or call 347.927.8748.

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail to the at least three weeks in advance.