Thursday, May 15, 2014


WHEN: through September 8
7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

We have four terrific new exhibitions opening this weekend that will have you donning 3D glasses, wondering if you're seeing light suspended, admiring an artist who uses snow in her drawings and discovering the talents of the visionaries who converted a stone mill into an art museum.

Opening reception for these shows is Sunday (May 18) from 2 to 4 PM. Join us at 1 PM for a special panel discussion with the friends and families of the artists in our "Artist Founders of the Hunterdon Art Museum" show. Everyone is welcome!

Artist Founders of HAM

Explore the works of three artists and innovators—Katherine Trubek, and Ann and James Marsh—who were driving forces in converting a stone mill on the banks of the south branch of the Raritan River into what would become a center for contemporary art, craft and design. 

Darren McManus: Tangents

Darren McManus’s work in Tangents spans a decade in the making and represents a paradox of sorts. In his paintings, color is used to create harmony and extreme contrast: Hard-edged forms share the same space as blurry, amorphous masses; and, natural imagery such as flowers and plant life coexist with technological or mechanized motifs. The surfaces of his paintings are super flat, but possess holographic effects which viewers can appreciate when wearing 3D glasses.

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic

Thirty artists nationwide demonstrate the incredible visual possibilities of painting with encaustic, which is pigmented beeswax worked in its molten state before cooling into a rich and optically tactile surface. Encaustic has enjoyed a resurgence in the past several decades, and this exhibition includes paintings, prints, collage and sculptural works that show how artists are using this ancient medium in contemporary art making.

This exhibition offers an extraordinary range of expression, allowing viewers to discover how luminosity plays a vital role for artists who work with encaustic. Optically dense and physically tangible, wax lends the appearance of holding the light momentarily before releasing it, offering the viewer the sensation of light suspended.

Sky Pape: Traces of Places

For Sky Pape, whose abstractions explore nature through unconventional uses of traditional drawing materials, water serves as a creative material and a muse. She works with handmade kozo paper and created the works in this exhibition with black Sumi ink and water in its various forms: Mist, ice, rain and snow—each of which makes a different kind of mark when combined with the ink.

Mark Your Calendars for....

Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace Series
WHEN: Sundays 1-4 PM.: June 1, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; Aug. 10, 24; Sept. 7, 21; Oct. 5, 19
Join us for a free family-friendly fun afternoon making art on our new terrace. 

Art on Tap
WHEN: Sunday, June 8, 2-5 PM
A beer and food tasting fundraiser for the Museum featuring more than a dozen craft beers, great local fare, a raffle and music by The New Road Band. For tickets and information, call us at 908-735-8415 or email 

'Follow Your Art' Summer Camp
WHEN: Weekdays, June 23-Aug. 22
Our popular summer camp for kids program returns. Go here for more information.

Photo credits:Anne Steele Marsh, Skaters, ca. 1940, watercolor, 22 X 26.5 in.; Darren McManus, Cycles of Material Matter #2, 2009, acrylic on beveled wood, 30 X 60 in., courtesy of the artist; Lynda Ray, Fracture, 2012, encaustic on panel, 36 X 48 in.; courtesy of the artist; Sky Pape, Untitled, 2010, water and Sumi ink on handmade kozo paper, courtesy of the artist and June Kelly Gallery.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, New Jersey Cultural Trust and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TYY) 1 (800) 852-7899