Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM MEMBERS EXHIBITION 2017 OPENS THIS SUNDAY

Congratulations to the following artists whose work will appear in our annual Members Exhibition:

Susan Amann, Michelle Auerbacher, Richard Begbie, Richard Carmella, Maureen Chatfield, Patricia Cudd, William Davies, Liz Demaree, James DePietro, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Don Esch, Faith Frankel, Kevin Hinkle, Judith Lieberman, Donna Lish, Lucy Meskill, Longia Miller, Florence Moonan, Mün Lün Kir Sa, Paul Murray, Patricia Murrell, Nicholas Palermo, Duane Potosky, Robert Reid, Donald Robinson, Nancy Schmidt, Judith Shevell, Elena Stokes, Barney Stone, Robert Sussna and Claudia Waters.

Selections for our juried show were made by Mary Birmingham, curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Birmingham chose from 86 entries submitted by HAM members this summer.

WHEN: The Members Exhibition will open with a reception on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. It runs until Jan. 7, 2018.
WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

New Exhibitions Open on Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, September 17. The reception kicks off at 2 p.m., but the festivities start earlier with artist Paul Nosa demonstrating his solar sewing rover on the Toshiko Takeazu Terrace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread

Paul Nosa (above) draws by sewing; give him a scenario in five words or less, he will hop on the bicycle to power his solar sewing rover and illustrate a patch for free that you can take home.

He spent a year planning and two months building his solar-powered sewing machine. He created it with a Singer CG590 powered by a solar-panel, a bicycle to provide energy, a 12-volt permanent fixed magnetic motor and a 12-volt deep cycle marine battery.

Nosa is one of the artists exhibiting in Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, which is generously supported by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Nosa, whose art appears in the exhibition, has toured the country by van bringing his Solar Sewing  Rover Project to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Chicago and other cities.

Joe Ciardiello: Spaghetti Journal

Illustrator Joe Ciardiello has revered the Old West ever since he was a kid.
He grew up in a land where big-screen cowboys once galloped into the sunset—Staten Island. (Image Credit: Joe Ciardiello, Spaghetti Western (Puccini/Cody), 2013, Pen & ink, watercolor and collage on paper, 19.5 X 17.5 in., courtesy of the artist.)

No, really!

More than a century ago, when motion picture cameras first started rolling, many Westerns were filmed at Fred Scott’s Movie Ranch in South Beach, a Staten Island, NY, town just a short stagecoach ride from Ciardiello’s boyhood home. Add to that historic proximity a teenage-boyhood during which Ciardiello was enthralled by the epic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and it’s no wonder that a story from his Italian immigrant grandfather would set alight his imagination.

Joe Ciardiello: Spaghetti Journal—a collection of Ciardiello’s western-themed illustrations—was inspired by his grandfather’s recollection of seeing Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Italy. Read More

Christopher Darway: Sculptural Jewelry

Christopher Darway’s new solo exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum may be titled “Sculptural Jewelry,” but that only tells part of the story.

Darway’s unique brand of wizardry employs the design and engineering of tiny—and not so tiny—objects, including kinetic jewelry; the invention of games and gadgets; expertise in metalcraft, gems and minerals; and contemporary and synthetic materials including metal, clay, polymers, latex and plastics. (Image Credit: Christopher Darway, Wooden Ball Necklace, wood, sterling, bronze, steel, courtesy of the artist.)

His work transforms materials through methods of forming and shaping known to jewelers and metal artisans for centuries—including fabrication, lost wax and other casting methods, enameling, and gliding—along with new technologies. Read More

Also, we're assisting with an effort by the Fairmont Presbyterian Church to collect socks, undergarments and personal hygiene items—toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.—for those recovering from the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Please consider bringing these items to the Museum Sunday, and the church will collect them. You can also send items directly to: Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 247 Old Turnpike Road, Califon, NJ 07830.