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Hun School Students Explore and Interpret the Stony Brook for D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery

originally published: 10/31/2017

Hun School Students Explore and Interpret the Stony Brook for D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Stony Brook: Connecting Us, a diverse multi-media art exhibit by Hun School students, is on view in D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery through January 3. The Stony Brook, rippling from the Hun School to D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Greenway Meadows Park, stirred art teacher Stacy Collingham to bring her students to this body of water for inspiration.

The Olivia Rainbow Gallery, founded and funded by Chris and Leslie Kuenne, honors the memory of their 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, who loved nature and art. Hours 9:30am– 5:00pm.   Continuing in the Marie L. Matthews Galleries of the Johnson Education Center: Same Moon: Diverse Voices of Nature, through November 22. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm, at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. 

Many Hun school students had not previously experienced the Stony Brook, although on their property. This serves as a reminder of Richard Louv’s best-selling book, “Last Child in the Woods,” about 21st-century children’s spending too little time in nature. In the presence of the Stony Brook, students’ “interpretations went everywhere, across the board!” One young artist chose to sit in the water to achieve his nature study. A hair dryer was employed to remedy the situation. 

The artists’ visit to the Olivia Rainbow Gallery to see their art in situ culminated on D&R Greenway’s Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail.  Here poems stretch to the 1200s (by Rumi), through living poets who have read their poems aloud on the trail. At the stately oak next to the Johnson Education Center, W.S. Merwin’s “Place” challenges readers to attend to nature, even at world-end. 

Poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau described his Walden years in words that live newly for these Hun School artists: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, … to put to rout all that was not life…”



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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 28TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship—caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity—D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

 Photo by Bentley Drezner.





Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics Returns To Visual Arts Center
(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The second annual edition of Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics, will take place at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on December 1, from 12:00pm–7:00pm. Incredibly popular last year, this free event for all ages will feature graphic novelists, graphic memoirists, and comic book artists showcasing and discussing their work, signing books, and selling merchandise at tables set up throughout the Art Center.
South Jersey Artisans To Take Part In Holiday Gift Boutique In Brigantine
(BRIGANTINE, NJ) -- November is finally here and that means the holidays are right around the corner. The elves are busy getting things ready at the north pole.  In South Jersey, the artists are busy getting unique items together for you to come shop, grab a drink & enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the Holiday Gift Boutique on Sunday, December 9th at The Cove Restaurant in Brigantine. The event runs from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  
Lauren Whearty To Present Lecture At MCCC
(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- An artist’s unique approach to creating art will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). “Pieces of Things” is the title of a lecture by Lauren Whearty, a painter and co-director at the artist-run gallery Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, which will be delivered on Wednesday, November 14 at noon in the Communications Building, Room 109. Her talk is part of MCCC’s fall 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Grants Are Now Available for Garden State Organizations from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
(TRENTON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Council on the Arts has announced grants for New Jersey Arts Organizations to help with General Operating Support (GOS), General Program Support (GPS), and Arts Project Support (APS). The Notice of Intent to Apply is December 4, 2018 and the application deadline is February 13, 2019.  The application will be available in mid-January. State Arts Council staff is available to help with questions specific to your application. Program Officers in each discipline are reachable by telephone and email, or you may schedule an appointment. The schedule of technical assistance webinars will be made available in the near future.  
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Event calendar
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018


MUSIC

MARCUS KING BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST IDA MAE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Gunhild Carling & Friends @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Toto—40 Trips Around the Sun @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Newark History Society Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan: The Life and Legacy of Newark's Own @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:00pm

Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm

Visiting Writers: Michael Waters @ Wilson Auditorium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 4:30pm







THEATRE

Seeger @ The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCCArts), Branchburg - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

THE CHOIR OF MAN @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

OPEN Auditions for Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 7:00pm

Auditions: Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 6:30pm

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