• Children’s After School Studio Programs with Anita McKenna-Murphy
  • Creative Writing Workshop with Kathi Paton
  • Drawing & Mixed Media Class with Susan Antin
  • Watercolor Class with Frank Pietrucha
  • Folk Concert with Spook Handy
  • ARTsee Studio Tour
  • Light The Way Fundraiser
  • Upcoming Concerts

“The Blue Marsh” by Anita McKenna Murphy

Children’s After School Studio Programs
with Artist & Teacher Anita McKenna-Murphy

Anita McKenna-Murphy, artist and teacher at St. James School, will be offering a series of three four-week classes for young artists at the Farmstead beginning in September.  Students will learn  the benefits of thinking like a creator, drawing what they see and enhancing their own authentic expression through a variety of mediums including pastel, charcoal, and acrylics.  The three four-week sessions will be Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.  Session 1  Cezanne’s Awesome Apples on September 5,12,19 and 26; Session II Monet’s Glowing Garden on October 3, 10,17 & 24; and Session III Matisse’s Mixed-Up Masterpieces on November 7, 14, 21 & 28.  Cost is $125 per session.  All professional art supplies are included.  For more information and to register, please contact the artist directly at 973-590-8971, or email:

Creative Writing Workshop
with Literary Agent
Kathi Paton
Saturdays 10 AM -12 Noon
Ages 16 & Up

Is there a story you’ve always wanted to tell but never quite got around to writing?  Join literary agent, former Simon & Schuster editor, and local teacher Kathi Paton at the Farmstead this fall for a six-week course on Saturdays from 10 AM – noon. In a supportive workshop environment, you’ll learn techniques for creating successful stories. Through readings of your work, group discussion, and examples from published authors, we’ll study the importance of structure, characterization, imagery, and voice. Bring an idea for a fiction or nonfiction story that you can develop and share. Kathi is offering a six-week session Sept. 15, 22, October 6,13, 20 & 27 ( no class on Sept. 29).  Cost is $150 per student.  Bring a notebook and pen. Sign up online at  Contact Kathi Paton with any questions at

Drawing & Mixed Media Class
with Susan Antin

Saturdays 10 AM to Noon
Drawing and mixed media class for all ages taught by artist Susan Antin on Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 noon. Topics include perspective, light and dark shading, color and texture, and contour and linear drawing.  You will have the opportunity to utilize a variety of tools and create finished works, as well as try a number of useful exercises.  Pencil, charcoal, paint, colored pencils and other media will be used.  This class is for both beginners and those who have some drawing background.  **Session I:  September 15, 22, October 6, 13, 20 and 27.  Session II:  November 3, 10 & 17, December 1, 8 & 15. Cost is $175 per session. Register online at:  For questions, or a supply list, email Susan directly at, or visit her website at

*Please note that the Drawing & Mix Media Class and the Watercolor Class dates were postponed one week.  Session I starts September 15 and Session II starts Nov. 3

Watercolor Class with Frank Pietrucha
Saturdays 1-3 PM

Experiment with color, value composition and a variety of techniques to make bold, interesting watercolors.  Emphasizing personal creativity, students will be encouraged to express their individuality.  Demonstration of techniques will be given.  Students will work from still life and photographs.  All levels, ages high school through adults.  Session I:  Saturdays September 15, 22 & October 6,13, 20 & 27;  Session II:  Saturdays November 3, 10 & 17, and December 1 , 8 & 15.   Register online at For more information on class details and a supply list, contact Frank Pietrucha at 908-903-9036, or email

Folk Concert with
Spook Handy
Saturday, Sept. 29 4:30 PM

Acclaimed folk singer Spook Handy will be performing at Farmstead Arts on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 doing a tribute to his mentor, Pete Seeger. Spook, whose songs have charted as high as # 10 on the Folk Radio Charts, has toured throughout North America playing over 3000 concerts, sharing the stage with some of America’s top folk singers, including Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow and Donovan.

Hear why Pete Seeger says: “Spook Handy really understands how to write a good song that says something important.”

Hear a sample of Spook Handy at

Tickets for the Spook Handy concert are $20/$10 seniors and students, and may be purchased online at or by sending a check payable to Farmstead Arts to PO Box 155, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 with your name, contact info and number and type of tickets you wish to purchase. Tickets may also be available at the door. Visit for more info.

ARTsee logoARTsee Studio Tour
September 29-30
1-4 PM

ARTsee is a group of more than two dozen artists in the Bernardsville – Basking Ridge, NJ area, 20 of whom will be creating the second annual Open Studio event the last weekend of September, showcasing and promoting our vibrant arts community. You can begin at any point and visit as few or as many studios as you wish between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM. Many artists show solo in their studios; some show their work in pairs; and several artists will be located at Farmstead Arts including  photographers Joanne Devine and Hilary Klimek, landscape artist Anthony Galati, photographer, jewelry designer and acrylic artist Kristina Lloyd, Satori weavers, Michelle L. Marigliano/Lorenzo DiAndrea,  and watercolor artist Frank Pietrucha. Come upstairs to see amazing weaving and knit art by Farmstead Artists in residence Suzanna Marshall and Laurine Gilbert. Download a map  at

The Farmstead will keep the art up through mid-November, with gallery hours on Sundays in October and November 4,11, and 18 from 11-4 PM.  All artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds from sales at the Farmstead to benefit the Farmstead.

Light the Way Fundraiser
Nov 30
Request for Art Donations

On Friday November 30, 2012 the Friends will be hosting Light the Way an evening cocktail party which will open our seasonal show and sale. Profits from this event will be used to install professional lighting in our galleries.

We are asking artists to donate a piece of artwork that can be used to help us raise funds to support our mission. The auction will include painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, crafts and more. If you represent a gallery or artist or are an artist yourself, we hope you will contribute to our auction. You will receive additional exposure for your work.

To donate art, ask questions about the event or to schedule a pick-up or drop-off, please contact the Visual Arts Coordinator and Trustee, Kristina Lloyd at


  • HarpAntics Halloween Hallabaloo, Sunday, October 28, 2 PM – A spooky family friendly harp ensemble concert
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Concert by Ridge Light Opera at Farmstead Arts, Sunday, November 18, 2 PM

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