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Margaret Fanning: Snapshots

April 12 - June 8
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Free

The Center for Contemporary Art 2020 Burnt Mills Road Bedminster, NJ 07921 (908) 234-2345 For artist and New Jersey native Margaret Fanning, art has been woven into her life from a young age. She has exhibited internationally and her art can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. “All the works in this show are based on snapshots. It’s these tiny moments – seemingly inconsequential, but very revealing – that motivate me.” – Margaret Fanning Opening Reception & Artist Talks: Friday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery Hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays The galleries are open during regular hours of operation and on evenings and weekends when classes and workshops are in session. Please call (908) 234-2345 with any questions.

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Marsha Goldberg: Reiterations – Paintings & Works on Paper

April 12 - June 8
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Free

The Center for Contemporary Art 2020 Burnt Mills Road Bedminster, NJ 07921 (908) 234-2345 Marsha Goldberg works primarily in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and has recently been making cyanotypes from ink-on-acetate drawings. In 2013, she received the NJ State Council for the Arts Fellowship in the category Works on Paper. In her current work, which combines cyanotype and drawing media, she continues her investigation into war-related images and their dissemination in news media. Opening Reception & Artist Talks: Friday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery Hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays The galleries are open during regular hours of operation and on evenings and weekends when classes and workshops are in session. Please call (908) 234-2345 with any questions.

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Auguste Elder: Sublunarians

April 12 - June 8
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Free

The Center for Contemporary Art 2020 Burnt Mills Road Bedminster, NJ 07921 (908) 234-2345 Auguste Elder graduated from The University of the Arts, and New York University, and has studied pottery independently in Philadelphia, Paris, and New York City. He focuses primarily on wood-firing vessels and urns inspired by Japanese and Etruscan wares. Opening Reception & Artist Talks: Friday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery Hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays The galleries are open during regular hours of operation and on evenings and weekends when classes and workshops are in session. Please call (908) 234-2345 with any questions.

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Ongoing

Lisa Madson’s Images on Display at Bernardsville Library in May

May 1 @ 10:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
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Free

Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to present “From the Wild: Nature Impressed,” images by Lisa Madson, during the month of May. The show opens on May 1, and Ms. Madson will host a reception on Sunday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to which the public is invited. Illustrating the beauty, diversity and inter-connectedness of the natural world, Lisa Madson uses a variety of media in her work. Prominently featured is the steam transfer process called eco-dying in which leaves, ferns and other natural elements are printed using tannins, soot and ink over a steam tray. The prints are then colored and covered with an encaustic mix. Also shown are cyanotypes made using a traditional photographic process developed by the scientist John Herschel and later utilized to document botanicals by photographer Anna Atkins who is considered the first person to illustrate a book with photographic images. Other pieces included in the show utilize various other printing processes. An artist from an early age, Madson learned drawing from her mother while her father taught her geology. The works in this show reflect these early influences. Madson is a member of the international Nature Printing Society, the Frontline Arts community and Learn More ...

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Jersey Mike’s Week-Long Fundraiser Hosted by BR Band Parent Association

May 13 @ 8:00 am - May 19 @ 9:00 pm
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Staring today Monday (May 13) and running until Sunday (May 19) bring the Bridgewater-Raritan Band Parent Association(BPA) fundraiser flyer to Jersey Mike's in Raritan and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to BPA. Stop in all week for lunch & dinner and help support a great cause. Go to the event page for the flyer: https://www.facebook.com/events/580751312423732/

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9:00 am

NJ Audubon: Exploring the Griggstown Grasslands Preserve for Breeding Birds and Migrants

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Free

NJ Audubon: Exploring the Griggstown Grasslands Preserve for Breeding Birds and Migrants Field Trip led by NJ Audubon Naturalist We'll walk through field and forest to look for migrant birds returning to NJ or just passing through. Bring binoculars if you have them; loaner binoculars will be available for use during the walk. This site is one of the first grassland restoration projects NJ Audubon has implemented for the Franklin Township Open Space Committee. When Saturday, May 18, 2019 (9:00am to 11:00am) Where Griggstown Native Grasslands Preserve, 1091 Canal Road Princeton, NJ 07416 Cost & Registration Free.

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10:00 am

FLOWER BUDS – CHILDREN’S GARDEN WORKSHOP

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Come join the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture staff and create Colonial Park's Children Garden. Children will be creating a butterfly, hummingbird, and goldfinch friendly garden which will be enjoyed by all visitors through the growing season. Participants will sow seeds, plant annuals and perennials and will take home a flower of their choice from seeds. All supplies will be provided. The program will be held on Colonial Drive in Colonial Park. Please meet at the entrance of the playground. Workshop is limited to 12 children and must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration and payment by May 13 is required. (Rain date: May 19).

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1:00 pm

SCLSNJ’s Teen Community Volunteer Fair

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, 379 South Branch Rd Hillsborough Municipal Complex
Hillsborough, NJ 08844 United States
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Free

SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough Meet representatives from local nonprofit organizations to answer questions and provide information on volunteer opportunities for students aged 12-18. Visit sclsnj.org/vol-fair for more information on participating organizations. No registration required.

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Digitizing Somerset County’s Common Heritage

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Free

SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch, located at the Municipal Complex on School Street in Peapack Add your family’s most prized possessions to the Library System’s catalog. Whether these items are historic photographs, letters, or documents; sketches, paintings, or other artwork; family heirlooms including recipes; jewelry or decorative arts; textiles such as quilts, samplers, flags, or uniforms; antique toys; or something uniquely your own, the Library would be pleased to add your memory to their growing collection.

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Letterpress @ Lunch with Dave DiMarchi

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Free

Ever been curious about Letterpress printing, but not sure you’re ready to jump in to a longer class? How about freeing yourself for a couple of hours over lunch? While Letterpress printing can take a lifetime to master, this free midday workshop will help you produce great results quickly and easily! Whether you’re new to letterpress or know your way around a Vandercook, you’ll enjoy printing with Frontline’s collection of wood and lead type, getting you prepared to jump into a longer class head first! No experience necessary

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NJ Audubon: Digital Photography Workshop 9 – The Art of Flower Photography

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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$12 – $25

NJ Audubon: Digital Photography Workshop 9 – The Art of Flower Photography Workshop led by David DesRochers, NJ Audubon Associate Naturalist Whether photographing flowers in your garden or in a mountain meadow, there are techniques every level of photographer can use to create a photo worth hanging on your wall. In Workshop 9, nature photographer David DesRochers’ “The Art of Flower Photography” will help you understand digital SLR camera settings and how to use them to manage light and sharpness. David will also cover the basics of composition and will share a few creative ideas that you can use to change an ordinary subject into a work of art. Bring your camera for a hands-on practice session following the presentation. When Saturday, May 18, 2019 (1:00pm to 3:30pm) Where Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 Cost & Registration $12 members; $25 non-members. To register please call 908-396-6386 by May 16, 2019.

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2:00 pm

Bernardsville Author to Speak about Her New Book

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Free

On Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm, Bernardsville author Donna Baier Stein will speak at Bernardsville Public Library about her new book, “Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.” Illustrating her talk will be slides of Benton's art and information about his life and work. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The nine stories in Baier Stein’s book bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century as witnessed by one of America's most well-known painters. Thomas Hart Benton sketched fiddlers and farm wives, preachers and soldiers, folks gathering in dance halls and tent meetings. Though his lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed face issues that are front and center today—corruption, women’s rights, and racial inequality. Then as now, Americans struggled with poverty, illness, and betrayal. These fictions reveal our fellow countrymen and women living with grace and strong leanings toward virtue, despite the troubles that face them. The review in the New York Journal of Books stated, “‘Scenes from the Heartland’ is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.” “‘Scenes Learn More ...

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3:00 pm

Rockin’ Rocket Ride

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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$10.00

Rockin’ Rocket Ride Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from “Journey Into Space” by Jane Murphy. (ages 3-8) Reservations recommended.

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4:00 pm

SkyLights

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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$10.00

SkyLights Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray(Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy(Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images. (ages 3-8) Reservations recommended.

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7:00 pm

Astronaut

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 18, 2019

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$10.00

Astronaut Astronaut takes you from Earth into space, and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject “Chad”, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Astronaut is an experience like nothing on Earth. Reservations recommended.

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8:00 pm

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Laser Concert

May 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 18, 2019

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$10.00

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Laser Concert Enjoy songs from Pink Floyd’s hit album while lasers dance on the dome. Songs include “Time,” “Money,” and “Eclipse.” Reservations recommended.

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