Monday, April 22, 2013

FESTIVAL LETS KIDS EXHIBIT ART & TRY POTTERY, POETRY AND MORE

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Calling all young artists!

CHILDREN’S DAY OF ART

WHEN: May 22
WHERE:
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Morristown
COST: $25 ($20 for siblings)
Registration forms can be found HERE
For more information about the festival or to sign up to participate in WordPlay, contact Sharon Sheridan, the festival coordinator, at sharon@sharonsheridan.com or 973-927-6192.

Registration is open for the second Children’s Day of Art, offering youngsters ages 6 to 13 a full day of workshops led by professional artists. Participants will rotate through six hands-on classes to learn about and experience the arts of drama, mural painting, music, poetry, pottery and sculpture with found objects.

The event is part of the church’s second Spring Arts Festival, a weeklong community celebration of the arts.

Now through April 28, preschool through high school artists are invited to submit artwork in any media for exhibit in the Third Annual MG Kids Art Show at St. Peter’s from May 3-12. Submissions may be dropped off at the parish hall at the church on South Street. They should include the artist’s name and age or grade, or school or other affiliation, for display with the artwork, as well as contact information. Artwork may be retrieved the week of May 13 at the parish hall.

A Grand Opening of the art show and festival will be held on May 3, with free arts activities for children from 3-6 PM and a free jazz coffeehouse for all ages featuring the Peter Moffitt Medicine Show at 7 PM.

On May 7, adult and child poets and other spoken-word artists are invited to participate in WordPlay III, a night of poetry, improv and more.

IMG_4221This year’s arts workshop leaders on May 11 will be:

Drama: Solange De Santis holds a master’s degree from New York University in educational theater and writes about theater for several publications, including her blog, Solange on Theater. She is a judge in the N.J. Governor’s Awards in Theater Excellence (high school students) and the N.J. Thespians festival. She has directed, stage managed and developed plays and designed sound for community and school productions.

Eco-Sculpture: Myndi Smithers, who will lead a workshop recycling “trash” into art, is artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a teaching assistant to

Professor Judy Moonelis in the ceramics studio. Previously, she headed the ceramics studio during summers at Camp Horizons at Newark Academy. She exhibits paintings and ceramics at juried and invitational art shows in New York and New Jersey.

Mural Painting: The artwork of Dan Fenelon, who will lead participants in painting murals, has been featured in a mural exhibit at Montclair Art Museum, at Major League Baseball’s Fancave in New York and in 17 one-man shows. In 2010, he was commissioned to create a large-scale mural to welcome the Dalai Lama to the Newark Peace Summit. In 2012, he designed the ornaments for New Jersey’s tree at the National Christmas Tree Display in Washington, D.C.

Music: The author of The Sacred Art of Chant, Ana Hernández is a composer, arranger and performer of sacred music. She is also a member of the recording group HARC. For more than a decade, she has conducted workshops that encourage people to explore the effects of rhythm and chant on their bodies. Samples of her music can be found at www.soundcloud.com/anahermusic.

Poetry: Festival coordinator Sharon Sheridan is a lifelong poet, an award-winning journalist and author of Pages of Faith: The Art of Spiritual Scrapbooking. In 2011 and 2012, she was among the featured poets in MorristownGreen.com’s Wordplay: Fun with Words. She edits Morristown Green’s “MG Kids” department, which showcases children and youth’s writing and artwork.

Pottery: The Rev. Janet Broderick, St. Peter’s rector, ran her own pottery shop in the East Village of New York before becoming a priest. Broderick Pottery sold to businesses including Tiffany & Co., Barneys and Neiman Marcus. She has taught pottery classes for children and adults and periodically demonstrates pottery during sermons.