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Margaret Fanning: Snapshots

April 12 - June 8
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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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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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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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6:00 pm

GUIDED TOURS OF THE RUDOLF W. VAN DER GOOT ROSE GARDEN

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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$5

The public is invited to tour the internationally recognized Somerset County Park Commission Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. The garden is in full spring bloom in May and June when thousands of varieties of roses of both modern and historic significance are in peak bloom. Tours for individuals and families will be led by the Colonial Park Gardens Rosarian or designated staff. Please no organized groups. Please meet at the entrance of the garden. Pre-registration is not required.

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7:00 pm

Journalist Mark Di Ionno to Speak about His New Novel

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
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Free

Mark Di Ionno, a lifelong journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, will speak about his second novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone,” at Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Road, on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The former Star-Ledger columnist is a six-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. Now an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University, he was a sports columnist at The New York Post before joining The Star-Ledger. His novel centers on two men from disparate worlds—one a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the other working in obscurity at the Farmers’ Museum blacksmith shop in Cooperstown and living on the outskirts of town—who are on a violent collision course. It’s a searing portrait of honor and masculinity, sport and celebrity, marriage and parenthood. “Gods of Wood and Stone” is the story of one man’s search for meaningful life and fatherhood in a sports-and-celebrity obsessed age, and another man’s fight to avoid losing his soul to it. “One of the great strengths of the novel is Di Ionno’s eye for the physical world of New Jersey and upstate New York, Learn More ...

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