October/November Events

Children’s Afterschool Studio Programs
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30

Anita McKenna-Murphy, artist and teacher at St. James School will be offering a series of four-week classes for young artists, grades K – 8 at the Farmstead in October and November.  The sessions will be Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 PM.  October 3  Monet’s Glowing Garden (session 2), and Nov. 7 Matisse’s Mixed-Up Masterpieces (session 3). Cost is $125 per session. All supplies includedFor more information and to register, contact the artist directly at 973-590-8971 or email anitamckennamurphy@gmail.com

HarpAntics Harp EnsembleHarpAntics Halloween Concert
Sunday, October 28, 2 PM

Make it a Halloween family event on Sunday, October 28 at the Farmstead.  HarpAntics, a harp ensemble of many harps, will perform a family friendly concert of spooky and seasonal favorites at 2 PM.  Tickets are $10 and  are available on line at http://farmsteadharpantics.eventbrite.com/.  Space is limited but depending on availability, tickets may also be available at the door.   Come in costume if you like! Treats are on the house.

ARTsee logoARTSee Studio Tour Gallery Hours, New History Room

The ARTSee Studio Tour on September 28 and 29 was a great success, with over 400 visitors to the Farmstead viewing the art of Anthony Galati, Hilary Klimek, Michelle Marigliano, Lorenzo DiAndrea, Kristina Lloyd , Frank Pietrucha and Joanne Devine.  The art will be on display and for sale on Sundays through October from 1 – 4 PM. Also, come to the second floor to see the new History Room curated by our fabulous history intern, Christine Luthy.

The Terrace by Anthony Galati

One Day Drawing Workshop
November 3

Farmstead welcomes new faculty member, Anthony Galati, who will teach a one day workshop, Drawing A Still Life. This class will focus on understanding light, shadow, negative space, plotting points, structure and shading. It will take place on Saturday, November 3 from  1 – 3 PM. This class is particularly well suited for the beginner and intermediate student; advanced level also welcome. Ages teen to adult. Cost is $30 per person, bring your own pad and drawing materials. Register online at http://galatiworkshop.eventbrite.com or write to anthonygalati@gmail.com

Family Portraits by Hilary KlimekHoliday Family Portraits By Photographer Hilary Klimek
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4

On Saturday and  Sunday, November 3 & 4  Holiday Family Portraits by award-winning photographer Hilary Klimek of Basking Ridge will be offered just in time for the holidays. Family portraits will be taken in front of a winter setting designed by Back-to-Nature of Basking Ridge. The $50 sitting fee includes three digital photos that will be e-mailed to participants. There is a  limit of 5 people per sitting.  Reservations are encouraged,however, drop-ins are welcome based on availability. Appointment times are between 10 – 12 and 4 – 6 both days. Email farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com or call 908-229-3449 to book an appointment.

Savoy Faire, A Concert of Gilbert And Sullivan Favorites
Sunday, November 18, 2 PM

On Sunday, November 18, Ridge Light Opera will perform a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan Favorites at the Farm House.  The gallery will be transformed into the Savoy Theatre from London’s West End, and filled with wonderful music of G & S comic operas. Purchase your tickets for this event at http://novfarmsteadconcert.eventbrite.com/ or send a check payable to Friends of the KMS Farmstead, indicating the number of tickets you wish to purchase and your contact info to Farmstead Arts at PO Box 155, Basking Ridge, NJ  07920.  Depending on availability, tickets may also be sold at the door.

Light the Way Fundraiser
December 1

Mark your calendars to attend the Farmstead’s first gala fundraiser, Light the Way, A Season of Artful Giving at the Farmstead  on Saturday December 1st .  The farmhouse will be open to the public for a holiday boutique and sale from 1 to 4 PM.  From 5 to 7 PM, the Farmstead will host a Social and Silent Auction featuring seasonal hors d’oeuvres catered by The Vine Restaurant,  live music and a silent  auction of original and one of a kind works of art at the Historic Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmhouse.

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 artbykristina@aol.com.

Tickets to the evening social are $75 per person.  To purchase, visithttp://Farmsteadlighttheway.eventbrite.com or call us at 908-636-2311. Proceeds from this event will go to the installation of professional gallery lighting in the Farmhouse and English Barn.

Construction Update

Bids have been awarded and construction has started under the State and County Historical Grants on the English Barn, Well House and the Farmhouse.  The interior of the Barn is being started first, which includes an archaeological examination of the interior, a cement floor to be covered, in part, by historic wood planks and raising of beams.  Work on the house will begin in November,including restoration and painting of windows, floor and door work,  attic insulation and pathways to the house.

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