Farmstead Arts Hosts Botanical Art Exhibit and First Sunday Concert Series

BASKING RIDGE, NJ: A concert featuring award-winning guitarist John Carlini and his trio and Beth Murphy Botanicals Exhibit, sale and workshop will 

John Carlini, Guitarist

John Carlini, Guitarist

be the featured events at Farmstead Arts in Basking Ridge this February.  The John Carlini Trio will kick off the First Sunday Concert Series on February 6, at 2 p.m. as part of a monthly concert series.  Beth Murphy Botanicals exhibit and sale will run from February 5 to February 27 featuring a collection of unique botanical collages.  Both events will be held at the Farmstead at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge.



Guitarist and composer John Carlini will present a fascinating journey of classical, Broadway, jazz, and bluegrass music with vocalist Bill Robinson, and Jim Whitney on acoustic bass. John Carlini is considered one of the architects of the new acoustic music genre.  He currently leads The John Carlini Quartet, and has performed with, and composed for,  many of the great names in jazz and blues, including David Grisman, the late Stephane Grappelli, the Great American Music Band, where he replaced Jerry Garcia, and the Nashville Madolin Ensemble, which represented New Jersey at the Smithsonian.  He’s also a noted composer for film and Broadway, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his work on the off-Broadway musical, Song of Singapore.  John can be heard on seven recordings, including the Grammy nominated “Dawg 90” with David Grisman.  To learn more about John Carlini, visit his website at

All concerts for the First Sunday Concert Series are $20 per concert.  Students and seniors are $10. There is a limit of 40 tickets sold for each concert, so advance reservations are encouraged.  For tickets, visit, call 347-927-8748, or send a check payable to Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, Inc. to Janet Smith, Treasurer, PO Box 155, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, including your name, email address and phone number for confirmation. Unless sold out, tickets will also be available at the door.   A reception will follow the concert.

On Saturday, February 5, from 12-3 p.m., artist Beth Murphy will be at the opening reception for her botanical exhibit of one-of-a-

Beth Murphy Botanticals Collage Art

Beth Murphy Botanicals Collage Art

kind botanical collages. Made from all natural pressed materials, each collage maintains the beauty and intricacies of the leaves, petals, berries, and fruits. Exhibit hours will be Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Artwork will be available for sale.  In addition, Ms. Murphy will conduct anIntroduction to Botanicals Workshop in celebration of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. Ms. Murphy will demonstrate the technique of pressing materials and will provide assistance in creating a unique botanical artwork.  The workshop is free, however, a $15 donation to the Farmstead Arts is suggested. Attendees should bring a small paint brush. For more information about Beth Murphy Botanicals, visit and to register for the workshop, visit, call 347-927-8748, or send an email to

Future Farmstead Art events include Celtic harpist Odarka Polanksyj Stockert on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in a concert celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with traditional Celtic songs and music, along with some of Odarka’s original works.

For more information on upcoming events at the Farmstead Arts, call 1-347-927-8748, or visit  Please note the February 13 piano concert has been cancelled.

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail to the at least three weeks in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

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