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Winter Exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art

CCA is pleased to announce the opening of three new exhibitions beginning January 12 and remaining on view through February 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 12 from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Dan Bischoff: Critic as Artist, curated by Mel Leipzig, features the work of Dan Bischoff who has been the art critic for The Star-Ledger since 1996, writing about art, artists, and art institutions in New Jersey and New York. Previously, Dan was the European editor of a multinational magazine, WorldBusiness, and he was the national affairs editor of The Village Voice for nearly a decade, helping the paper win several investigative journalism awards. His work has also been published in Mother Jones, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times and ARTnews. Keepers of the Chroma: An Exhibition Regarding Color, curated by Val Sivilli and Catherine Suttle, is an invitational exhibition that pays homage to the intentional use of the color palette. This exhibition features work by 15 artists who have all either studied Color Theory and/or are professors of Color Theory. Andrea Gianchiglia: Tools of the Trade, features the work of Andrea Gianchiglia. A local artist of Califon, New Jersey, Gianchiglia graduated from the Hartford Art School receiving a BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. She is both a full time artist and an art instructor at The Center where she teaches oil painting classes and a variety of different workshops.

 
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

The trees are tapped and the firewood is chopped – it’s maple sugaring season at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township! Join fascinating, hour long, maple sugaring demonstrations this January & February at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 20, 21, 27 & 28, February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25.  Admission is $3 per person. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating. All demonstrations are held rain or shine. morrisparks.net

 

February 1, Full Moon Hike at Schiff

There is something contemplative and still about the depth of winter in the woods; the crunching of snow, the wisps of winds, the brisk cold and the high glow of the moon. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Please, no pets. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

 
February 2, Owl Hike at Schiff

Winter is the time for owls to do their mating calls and start nesting. Join a Schiff naturalist as we walk the trails of Schiff to listen for various owls as they call to each other. Member fee is $5. Non-member fee is $10. Please, no pets. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

 
February 2, Youth Talent Night at The Hive

Calling all young performers 14 years old and under to the stage at the Hive and show your talent! Do not miss Youth Talent Night! Dance, sing, tell jokes, play an instrument...perform or just watch the show! The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. $3 donation, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (performers sign-up 6:30 p.m.) at The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ. mcartsworkshop.com



February 4, A Winter’s Day on the Farm

Experience life on a 20th century farm! Meet the Jersey cow, horses, sheep and cows, and follow the scent of seasonal foods cooking on the wood-burning cook stove. Climb aboard the open-air, tractor-pulled wagon for a memorable ride around the farm. Pitch in, and help with daily farm chores, and make a craft to take home. 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. morrisparks.net

 
February 8 & 14, Paint & Wine at The Hive

Sip your wine or drink (BYOB) while you create your very own version of a featured painting. No previous experience needed! The Hive will teach you everything you need to know. Come early to meet and greet, find your seat, get your paint, apron & drink. Meet and greet is from 6:30-7 p.m. Painting is from 7 - 9:30 p.m. The price includes all materials, instruction, aprons and a 16x20 take-home canvas! Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. Have a great night out by yourself, with friends, or with a club or group. 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Meet & Greet 6:30 – 7 p.m.) at The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ. mcartsworkshop.com



February 10, Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho!

At this annual winter tea, learn about horses and the carriages that are on display. Enjoy a delicious brunch and an illustrated talk, and make a fun hobby horse to ride. Take a horse and carriage ride, weather permitting. Ages 6 & Up with an adult. 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township. Cost: $35 per person. Preregistration is required. morrisparks.net

 
February 15, Family Time- Valentines for Wildlife

Spend an afternoon sipping hot chocolate and making bird feeder valentines for the little critters in your world! All crafts will be nut-free and ready to hang up or gift to a special person as soon as you get home! All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945. schiffnaturepreserve.org

 
February 18, Five Generals Narrated Bus Tour

Discover five of the original Somerset County houses that served as general staff headquarters during the Revolutionary War—the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, the Van Veghten House in Finderne, the Abraham Staats house in South Bound Brook, the Wallace House in Somerville and the Jacobus Vanderveer House. Visitors will be greeted by General Henry Knox, chief artillery officer of the Continental Army. The tour starts from the Van Horne House and runs approximately two and a half hours. Tours are $25 per person. Students $15. Children under 6 free. Tours at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. For reservations call (732) 3568856 or online at www.heritagetrail.org.


February 24, Paranormal Investigation at the Red Mill

Curious about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the famous Red Mill?  Our friends at Jersey Paranormal Investigations are back for another one of their popular paranormal investigations. Join us to see for yourself who or what may be lurking in our historic buildings. Equipment provided by JPI. Not recommended for children. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online at www.jerseyparanormal.com. Space is limited.  8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at The Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. Theredmill.org

 
February 25, St. Hubert’s Cat Society Afternoon Tea

Join fellow feline fanciers to sample teas and gourmet treats and enjoy a presentation by Matt Wildman, St. Hubert's VP of Community Engagement and Cat Behavior Expert, who will offer fascinating insights into the mind of a cat and discuss St. Hubert’s role in everything cat. Tricky Tray, prizes, photos taken with our adoptable felines… This event sells out every year and seats are limited, register now.  2 p.m. – 4p.m. at St. Hubert's Madison Community Room, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison NJ, 07940, sthuberts.org

 
February 27, Open Mic night at The Hive

Come on out and perform or just enjoy and watch the show. Calling all musicians, poets, fans 14 years and older! Artists of all genres are invited to step up to the stage at The Hive. Come on out and perform or just enjoy and watch the show! Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, dancers or actors are welcome to create memorable performances. The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. With the help of many talented artists and an inspiring atmosphere, performer feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people. $3 donation,  7 – 11 p.m. (performers sign-in 6:30 p.m.) at The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ. mcartsworkshop.com



March 4, Pysanky – The Art of Egg Dyeing at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

Pysanky is the art of egg designing and dyeing practiced traditionally in Eastern Europe. Practice the Ukrainian folk art of Pysanky under teacher Patty Wiszuk DeAngelo, an award winning Pysanky artist. Attendees will learn division of the egg, drawing of designs, use of kistka, techniques of wax and resist method, dyeing process, technique of drilling eggs, removing wax and finishing methods. This three hour class is $30 per person and includes materials. Advance registration is required. 12 to 3 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum,  3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. jvanderveerhouse.org

 
March 16, 2nd Annual Colonial Tavern Night at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

Huzzah! Join us for a night of colonial merrymaking! Sample rustic fare, play authentic tavern games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dances in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. $30 per person. Advance registration is required. 7 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum,  3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. jvanderveerhouse.org




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Winter 2018

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