Friday, September 22, 2017

VISUAL ART CENTER ANNOUNCES SERIES OF FALL ROAD TRIPS

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Join the Art Center this fall for one of our fantastic Road Trips. We’ve taken advantage of Curator Mary Birmingham’s extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene to provide insider experiences unlike anything you’ll get from any other museum. You’ll tour a variety of galleries and museums and sample the local fare in a some of today’s most vibrant art locales. (Above: Attendees of an Art Center Road Trip in 2015.)

Our first trip, on Thursday, October 12, takes us to the growing art scene and vibrant community that is DUMBO, Brooklyn. With its amazing waterfront access, beautiful parks featuring views of Manhattan, and a thriving art scene, DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) has become one of Brooklyn’s most buzz-worthy neighborhoods. It features art studios, luxury residences, and hip restaurants. We’ll travel by luxury coach to DUMBO where we will have an early private lunch at DUMBO Kitchen. Mary Birmingham will guide us through several galleries such as Smack Mellon and Minus Space.

WHERE: The bus departs from the Art Center, 68 Elm Street, Summit, PROMPTLY at 8:45 am and returns approximately 4:30.
TICKETS: $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

On Thursday, November 16, we return to New York City, this time to explore Long Island City. We will visit MOMA PS1 where Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s prolific six-decade career will be on view as well as their permanent collection featuring site specific works by artists created over the organization’s 40-year history. Other stops may include Fisher Landau Center For Art or Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs based on availability. We have arranged a private lunch at The Astor Room & Landmark Café at Kaufman Studios originally built as the commissary to the movie studio opened by Hollywood icon Adolph Zukor and frequented by early movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Astor.

WHERE: The bus departs the Art Center, 68 Elm Street, Summit, promptly at 9 am and returns approximately 4:30.
TICKETS: $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

We’ll head to Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 30, for a visit to the James A. Michener Museum, a regional art museum which focuses on the rich tradition of artists working in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. On view will be “A Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change,” as well as their permanent collections which include George Nakashima Reading Room and their modern and contemporary art. Our luxury coach will then take us to downtown Doylestown which features a variety of restaurants, shopping, and small galleries for lunch on your own. We’ll also visit Fonthill Castle, a poured concrete castle built by Henry Chapman Mercer for his amazing collection of textiles and handcrafted tiles. If you prefer, you can use the time to visit the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark and museum where handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer.

WHERE: The bus departs the Art Center, 68 Elm Street, Summit, promptly at 8:15 am and returns approximately 4:30.
TICKETS: $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

To make your reservation contact Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, Development Department, 908-273-9121 ext. 225 or via email at bonnie-lynn@artcenternj.org. Due to limited seating, tickets are non-refundable. Reservations are also available on www.artcenternj.org.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey. Adult and children’s group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday: 10AM to 5PM; Thursday 10AM to 8PM; and Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours. Visit www.artcenternj.org for more information.

Support

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Walter V. and Judith L. Shipley Family Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations, and Art Center members and donors.