WHEN: April 22-May 6, weekends (details below)
WHERE: All events will be held at Farmstead Arts located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
- Farmstead Arts will celebrate Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 with Native American crafts and a touch table of Cherokee artifacts, plus Farmstead beautification activities.
- The Farmstead will present the photography of noted Basking Ridge photographer, Filip Everaert in May, with an opening reception from 1 – 4 PM on Saturday, May 5.
- On Sunday, May 6, the flute and guitar duo, Duo Sonoroso, will perform a concert called "Festa Italiana" featuring music of Italian masters for flute and guitar from the early years of the 19th Century.
In celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, Native American artist Kelley Moonwater will offer three workshops, at 1, 2, and 3 PM at the Farmstead on how to create a “Native American Style Drum Necklace.” Each participant will create his or her own drum necklace using authentic branch wood for the drum body. By using various materials to do so, participants can decorate their art piece and truly express their individuality through creativity. Moonwater (left), who is of Lakota/Cherokee decent and an exceptional craftswoman and Northern Plains traditional dancer, will also present a touch table of artifacts that were used by native people of long ago. The workshops, for ages 7 and up, are limited to 15 participants per hour. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Registration is at the door.
Other Earth Day activities will include a beautification project and tree and wildflower identification walks with Master Gardner, Mary Lynn Norris. Original works in oil and watercolors by Dorothy Siclare of Millington, Maryann Ficker and Linda Lam of Bridgewater, and Rasalia Tignini Verdun of Roselle Park will be on display and for sale in the gallery through April 23. For more information, visit www.farmsteadartscenter.org.
"Impressions of Nature Exhibit and Sale” will feature the photography of Filip Everaert on May 5 - June 16. Everaert’s photography is exceptional for its color and rich textures, capturing the essence of the beauty of nature. He prints his original fine art photography in his studio, using state of the art equipment and archival inks on top quality canvas. Each piece is signed and can be customized to fit your needs. The artist grew up in Europe with a love for things both technical and artistic. Now living in Basking Ridge, Everaert has intertwined these passions by creating photographic stories through the use of digital photography. On Saturday, May 5, there is a meet the artist reception from 1-4 PM where attendees can learn more about him and his work. Gallery hours are weekends from 1-4 PM and admission is free. There are no gallery hours on Sunday, May 6, Sunday, May 13, Saturday, May 19, or the weekend of May 26-27. (above right: Great Swamp by Filip Everaert)
On Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM, enjoy an afternoon of beautiful Italian music as the Farmstead Arts Sunday Concert Series presents Festa Italiana featuring Duo Sonoroso, with flutist Michelle Brick and classical guitarist Darren O’Neill of Cranford. Enjoy the best of two worlds—the music of the early 19th century Europe and the charm of the 18th century Farmhouse with works by Francesco Molino, Mauro Giuliani, and Ferdinando Carulli. Seating is limited to 35, so advance tickets are encouraged. Tickets are $20 per person and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets online visit: http://farmsteadmayconcert.eventbrite.com/, or in person during gallery hours on weekends from 1-4 PM. Based on availability, tickets may be sold at the door.
Farmstead Arts is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run arts center located at the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead in Basking Ridge. The center offers classes, art shows, concerts, and workshops by professional and emerging artists in the performing, visual and practical arts. For a current list of Farmstead Arts events and classes, visit www.farmsteadartscenter.org, Facebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-347-927-8748.
The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is to make a request by sending an e-mail to email@example.com at least three weeks in advance.
Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.