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Kim Hawthorne, Star of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) Hit Series Greenleaf To Host Newark Arts Fundraiser

originally published: 03/12/2018

Kim Hawthorne, Star of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) Hit Series Greenleaf To Host Newark Arts Fundraiser(NEWARK, NJ) -- On April 11, 2018, Newark Arts welcomes home Newark, NJ native and star of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) Hit Series Greenleaf, Kim Hawthorne to serve as the emcee for the fundraiser: Flashes of Genius: A Powerful Celebration of Ellen Lambert.

Hawthorne was just 12 years old when she began studying opera and went on to earn a classical musical scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, she launched her professional theatre career at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta Georgia under the tutelage of Kenny Leon. Currently starring as the assertive and indelible, Kerissa Greenleaf, Hawthorne’s credits include film and television roles in the popular, The Chronicles of Riddick and Along Came A Spider. She was a series regular on Louis C.K.’s first HBO show, Lucky Louie and she was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Leo Award for her role in Da Vinci’s Inquest. Most recently, Ms. Hawthorne has guest starred on Criminal Minds and is recurring on How To Get Away With Murder.

A passionate supporter of the arts and believer that the arts can transform lives, Hawthorne states, "I could not be more excited to be illuminating the arts in my hometown. It will be a great night in Newark as we honor Ellen Lambert, highlight the work of Newark artists and raise money towards a great cause."  

Hawthorne will serve as emcee of Newark Arts’ fundraiser, Flashes of Genius: A Powerful Celebration of Ellen Lambert, who recently retired from PSEG after a long career in diversity, philanthropy, and as arts champion. 

The celebration will include an indoor sculpture garden featuring three electroluminescent works by sculptor Sunil Garg.  A frequent exhibitor at Newark galleries, the Indian-born Garg celebrates Light as a uniquely paradoxical medium by using hand built bendable “light tubes” to create colorful, oversized structures.  



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Also on display will be works by honoree Ellen Lambert; Robert Lach, a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from New Jersey City University with a BFA in sculpture; Adrienne Wheeler, a Newark, NJ-based multi-media artist, independent curator, arts educator, and advocate for social justice; and Jerry Gant, a multi-disciplined visual fine artist, arts educator, activist and self-driven historian.  The arts-filled party will include objects created by the All Stars Project of New Jersey, a performance by contemporary Chinese-American ensemble Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and more.

Proceeds from the event will support arts education for kids and more arts and culture in Newark’s neighborhoods. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Ruby Annette Evans at 973-643-1625 or ruby@newarkarts.org.  





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Event calendar
Sunday, Dec 09, 2018


MUSIC

CHINA CRISIS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

Sensational Soul Cruisers Holiday Show @ iPlay America, Freehold - 4:00pm

Scott, Garner, Gray, Says Jimmy Baldwin @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:00pm

The GLEN MILLER ORCHESTRA @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

The Weight Band – Featuring members of The Band and Levon Helm Band @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm

The Met Opera: Marnie (Encore) @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 1:00pm







THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Peter Pan @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Annie: The Musical @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 2:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm


KIDS

Breakfast with Santa @ iPlay America, Freehold - 9:30am

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 10:00am and 2:00pm and 6:00pm


MISC

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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