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The Monmouth Museum CALENDAR of Exhibitions and Events 2014!

Expressions of the Natural World

Expressions of the Natural World: A Juried Exhibition
March 16 – May 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 16, 4 - 6 pm
Artists are sensitive to the natural world around them in ways that historically have amazed and intrigued. Observation and representation of color, light, form and patterns have given birth to entire art movements while organic and ecological artworks have raised our collective consciousness about human beings connection to the earth. This juried exhibition will feature over 80 artworks in a variety of styles and media from all over the United States and Canada. See the list of selected artists HERE.


The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series
Nilson Gallery
The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series features six annual exhibitions which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State. Their talents have included a wide variety of media; drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, handmade paper, collage, photography, mobile art, clay, mixed-media sculpture and glass art.
Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work. The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series at the Monmouth Museum is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The Monmouth Museum NJ Emerging Artists Series is an ongoing program for artists in all mediums who are residents of NJ, who have never had a one-person show. The Nilson Gallery in the Monmouth Museum provides a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this Series represent the diversity of talent in the State and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media.
The Monmouth Museum is pleased to announce the following artists have been selected for the 2013-14 NJ Emerging Artists Series:


Sue Kasdon (Glenn Ridge) Ceramic paintings
March 21 – April 19, 2014 • Opening Reception: Friday, March 21, 6 – 8 pm • Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 9, 7 – 9 pm


Alphonso Dunn (Hackensack) Drawings
April 25 – May 25, 2014 • Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm • Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 14, 7 – 8 pm


Stephen Epstein (Edison) Paintings
May 30 – June 29, 2014 • Opening Reception: Friday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm
• Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 18, 7 – 8 pm

Alexa Garbarino (Montclair) Photography
July 12 – August 11, 2013 • Opening Reception: July 12

Dawn DiCiccio (Red Bank) Paintings, mixed media abstract works
August 16 – September 15, 2013 • Opening Reception: August 16

Bill Ross (Pt. Pleasant) llustrations, charcoal
September 20 – October 20, 2013 • Opening Reception: September 20

Colonial Bank

The Monmouth Museum and Colonial American Bank present
NJ Emerging Artists Series Exhibitions
at Colonial American Bank locations in Shrewsbury & Middletown, NJ

March through May 2014 Paul Lenz - Photography and Carlos Frias - Paintings
Please join us at our Artists’ Receptions
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4 to 6 pm
Colonial American Bank - Shrewsbury Branch, 490-B Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 4 to 6 pm
Colonial American Bank - Middletown Branch
1405 Route 35 North (in the Middletown Plaza), Middletown, NJ 07748

The Monmouth Museum and Colonial American Bank are pleased to present these exhibitions featuring artists from the Museum's New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, as part of a unique partnership to promote arts in the community. The artists exhibiting works at Colonial American Bank have all had their first solo shows at the Monmouth Museum. Colonial American Bank is furthering the careers of these talented New Jersey residents by providing these exhibitions, and all work is available for purchase through the Museum. The Monmouth Museum, a private, non-profit organization, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.

What's So Funny?

Robin Fox Comedian

Girl's Night Out: What's So Funny? Humor in art exhibition
Wednesday, May 28 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fun, food & drinks and a special performance by Robin Fox, New Jersey Stand-Up Comedian. Robin Fox spent 17 years as a full-time mom and dieting. Then one day, Robin gave up dieting and decided to make her life long dream of being a comedian a reality. Today she is happier than she can ever remember and will never look back! Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage, and raising a family. No longer is she willing to just be the funniest mom on her New Jersey cul-de-sac. This New Jersey mom is now a regular on the comedy scene playing at the top clubs in NYC and surrounding areas. Tickets are Member Adults $45 and Non-member Adults $50.


Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate
In the Becker Children's Wing through August 2016

From the ancient Egyptians to early rocket science and the future of space travel, the history and science of communication is brought to life through scenic displays in this hands-on, interactive exhibition designed for children ages 6 – 12 years. The overall theme of communication encompasses four exhibitions on a variety of different subjects. Visitors begin their tour with a walk through a timeline display providing a historical perspective of communication through many revolutionary discoveries. Experience weather and learn how weather reports are broadcast, travel to Ancient Egypt in a time machine, blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule in our Space Exhibition and discover new crafting experiences in our popular Green Arts Studio. Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Thursday 2 – 5 pm; Friday 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm; closed on Monday.

Green Arts Studio

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Beckler Children's Wing
Twinkle Tots Planetarium Program Returns December 7, 2012
Fridays at 2 pm in the Becker Childrens Wing StarLab Planetarium. Children ages 4 - 6 years and their parents will enjoy a special program on stars with songs and stories. Cost: $1 per person with price of admission.

Download a promotional flyer here, a full teacher's activity guide is available. Becker Children's Wing group tours are scheduled on weekday mornings. Reservations are REQUIRED and group rates are available. For reservations and information, please contact Catherine Esposito, Museum Education Administrator at 732-747-2266, ext. 3.

WonderWing - Permanent exhibition
Visit the Dorothy V. Morehouse WonderWing and discover exciting new features! This popular destination for children ages 2-6 is an educational space offering a permanent exhibition on the sea and the creatures that make it piratetheir home. Children can explore a pirate ship, perform in a Tiki theater, climb a tree house and slide through a whale. New features include a lighthouse with lovely undersea murals at the base, created by local artist Jim Fitzmaurice. Climb the steps inside and discover a lookout and periscope with views of the sea. Play hide-and-seek in a flashy kelp forest, and find sea creatures in a splashy new water table. Children will have a magical undersea learning experience with elements that are attractive and age appropriate, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover! Schoool groups and private birthday parties may be booked in advance, so please call to confirm hours. Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Thursday Call for hours; Friday 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm; closed on Monday.


Permanent exhibition
The Monmouth Museum recently installed a large Stegosaurus dinosaur sculpture on permanent display in the Museum’s patio garden. Artist Jim Gary (March 17, 1939 – January 14, 2006) was a self-taught metal sculptor best known for his large whimsical creations of dinosaurs assembled from discarded automobile parts. Welded by hand and painted in vivid colors, Gary's sculptures are almost life-size, and each is stegasauruscomprised of hundreds of car parts – he used as many as eight to ten automobiles to build a single dinosaur. A local artist, raised in Colts Neck, and a resident of Farmingdale, Gary established a gallery, Iron Butterfly, in Red Bank, featuring other artists he selected as well as his own work. Gary's art has been exhibited at museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Boston Children's Museum and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. A traveling exhibition of his work, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs has toured worldwide since the late 1970's. Pictured on the Museum's outdoor patio with our Stegosaurus sculpture is Tess Martin and her grandmother, Joann Kreger. Tess submitted the winning name of "Stella" in our dinosaur naming contest.

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