Monday, September 26, 2011


WHEN: October 2, from 10 AM to 4 PM
WHERE: 18 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge

Kids ages 4 and up are invited to participate in a community painting project. Acrylic paint will be used on a mural-sized canvas that has been planned out in advance to inspire artists of all levels. (Left: Caren Frost Olmstead in front of the mural sized canvas. Photo by Kristina Lloyd)

The painting is part of ARTsee Open Studio Tour—the first of its kind in Bernardsville and Bernards Township. Twenty-four of the area’s finest artists will open their private studios to the public, including six artists at Farmstead Arts at 450 King George Road. The group’s mission is the fostering of artistic expression, the promotion of visual artists who live and work in our area and the creation of art-based community events.

Artists Caren Frost Olmsted and Kristina Lloyd will display paintings, pastels, painted musical instruments, photography and beaded jewelry in Caren’s second floor garage studio and gallery.

Caren Frost Olmsted holds a Theatre Design degree from Bates College, as well as a degree in K-12 Art Education, from Appalachian State University. She is a Teaching Artist for the Arts Council of the Morris Area, and also teaches at The Center for Contemporary Art. Her works have appeared on national television and print media, as well as numerous galleries, schools, businesses and homes across the country. She is the founding co-chair of the ARTsee Open Studio Tour, and the Cultural Arts Chair for the Parks, Pathways and Recreation Committee of Bernards Township. She is also a member of CWOW (City Without Walls) and The Visual Arts Center of NJ. Her studio is in Basking Ridge, NJ, where she lives with her husband and two sons (who are her most spectacular creations).

Kristina Lloyd loves to paint with vibrant and iridescent colors, photograph bold graphic forms, and use whimsical themes with extraordinary details. When creating beaded jewelry she uses rare semi-precious gemstones as a palette for her artistically inspired wearable art. Kristina is a Volunteer Gallery Coordinator at Farmstead Arts, a non-profit center for the fine, performing and practical arts. She is Co-Chair of Myhelan Artists’ Network, a group of artists that host monthly supportive meetings and participate in group shows. Kristina has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows in New Jersey and Washington, DC. She received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. Kristina currently lives in Basking Ridge with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Ryan and Brendan.