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Farmstead Arts is on the front page of the Recorder Newspapers Out and About Section Oct. 23, 2014  Read the full article here:

Artists Invited to Share their Ideas and Thoughts for Somerset County Long Range Plan Monday, July 1 in Somerville

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) is undertaking a Long Range Planning Process during the next several months. Arts organizations, individual artists, history and heritage/preservation groups will have the opportunity to assess the County’s cultural and heritage resources, programs, services, needs and opportunities.
On Monday, July 1 an Artists’ Focus Group meeting, facilitated by the consultant team of Susan Schear and Susan Coen, will take place at 7:30PM in Somerset County’s 40 North Bridge St building(old administration bldg., at corner of High and Bridge Sts.) in Somerville in the 1st floor conference room. Artists who live or work in Somerset County are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is available either on-street or off High Street across the street from the building in the municipal lot. Please RSVP to Pat McGarry by email at , or reply by phone to Cathy Bunting, SCC&HC Admin. Ass’t. at 908-231-7021
For those artists who cannot attend on July 1, and for all others, please save the date for a community forum to be held on Tuesday, August 13th. There will be three sessions- morning, afternoon and early evening. We hope one of them fits your schedule and you will be able to attend. Everyone’s input is valued and encouraged. The Farmstead has been honored to receive both historic preservation and general operating support for the arts from the grant programs administered by the Cultural and Heritage Commission and we highly encourage our friends to support this important effort.

 Duck Race and Art Festival in the News

The local media loved the June 8 Farmstead Duck Race and Art Festival.  Check out the stories  from the Bernardsville News here:


Here’s some great video and photos from the Patch:

Skylands Magazine Features Farmstead Arts

Skylands Magazine has a wonderful article on the Farmstead’s  transformation from a working farm to Farmstead Arts. Check out the story in the current issue of Skylands Magazine.

KMS Farmstead to be Case Study for Historic Preservation Conference on April 27, 2013

The Heritage Trail Association,  Preservation New Jersey and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission are presenting an  Historic Preservation Symposium on Saturday, April 27 from 9 AM – 1 PM at 40 North Bridge Street, Somerville.  This open public forum, called “Preserving the Past for the Future”, brings together professionals from throughout New Jersey who will share their expertise in planning, zoning and historic preservation to update attendees’ understanding of the rules which apply and the tools that can be used to turn vision into reality.   Speakers include Dorothy Guzzo from the Historic Trust, Tom D’Amico from the SCCHC, Stephanie Cherry-Farmer from Preservation NJ, Andrea Tingey from the NJ State Historic Preservation Office and Consultant Wayne McCabe.  The agenda features  examples of historic preservation in action in Somerset County with a case study of  The Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, presented by John Campbell and Ann Rosenblum.  The Staats House in Bound Brook will also be studied.

Cost is $5 per person in advance, or $10 at the door.  Register by phone, 732-356-8856 or online at    We look forward to seeing many of the KMS Friends there!

See the flyer for the event ( with the before and after picture of the KMS English Barn) here:   Preserving the Past for the Future Symposium April 27, 2013

Farmstead Arts Awaits Year’s Events, Partial Barn Restoration

Historic English barn could be open for special June fundraiser that will include rubber duck races, bounty of local farms.

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The English Barn at Kennedy-Martin-Stelle-Farmstead is part of the Farmstead Arts center, dedicated in October 2010 as a township arts center. The farmhouse on the property has been open for art exhibits, lessons and workshops. Work is nearing completion on a partial restoration of the barn so it can be open for some events, said Farmstead Arts President Ann Rosenblum. The project had received a $176,000 state grant. Credit By Hilary Klimek


The English Barn at Kennedy-Martin-Stelle-Farmstead is part of the Farmstead Arts center, dedicated in October 2010 as a township arts center. The farmhouse on the property has been open for art exhibits, lessons and workshops. Work is nearing completion on a partial restoration of the barn so it can be open for some events, said Farmstead Arts President Ann Rosenblum. The project had received a $176,000 state grant.
The English Barn located on the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead was part of a renovation project. The Farmstead Arts is located at 452 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
Ann Rosenblum, president of the Farmstead Arts, led a private tour of the grounds and the facilities at the township'Farmstead Arts center when it opened in October 2010. The Farmstead Arts encompasses the farmhouse and the barn at the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead at 450 King George Road.The plan is to someday hold barn dances in the structure, which also could host art displays and performances, she said at that time.
Annette Hanna of Boonton Twp. was working on a piece along the Passaic River at the grand opening of the township's Farmstead Arts Center in October 2010. The plan is to hold rubber duck races on the river this June as part of a fundraiser with several events at the same time.

After cleaning up fallen trees left by Superstorm Sandy, the township’s Farmstead Arts is planning to launch additional public programs from the spring into summer, as well as awaiting completion of major phase of the process to restore a historic English barn on the property.

The township’s new mayor, Carolyn Gaziano said on Wednesday that as one of her initiatives in 2013 she wants to further promote the township’s Farmstead Arts center at the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, one of the “many historic treasures in Bernards.” The Farmstead is at 450 King George Road.

Gaziano said the Farmstead has scheduled its first annual rubber duck race along the Passaic River by the farmhouse, along with an art show and “farm to table” food event, that would be part of a June 8 fundraiser.

By that time, the anticipated work nearing completion on the barn, which is located near a farmhouse that already has been hosting arts programs and events since the Farmstead Arts opened in October 2010, is expected to be done.

Farmstead Arts President Ann Rosenblum said on Thursday that the work on the barn being funded by a $176,000 state grant is likely to be finished by March, or possibly October.

The grant went to install a concrete floor in the old structure, as well as to raise beams to make it more usable, she said. She said the Farmstead Arts may apply for further county grant money this spring to install electricity and put in a ramp to make the barn handicapped-accessible, both of which are necessary for a permanent certificate of occupancy.

However, Rosenblum said the township is likely to allow the barn to be used in the meantime for special events, such as June’s fundraiser. She said the barn could be used for a purpose such as a silent auction on that date, or to house a “farm to table” menu with produce from local farms.

The state $176,000 was awarded in the spring of 2011, and was intended to help restore the interior of the barn. The eventual goal is to make the barn usable as a performing arts space, and also hosting large art pieces, art shows, barn dances, and other uses,” Rosenblum said at that time.

When the barn and the farmhouse on the township-owned Kennedy Martin Stelle property was lastofficially opened in October 2010, the barn was not yet been able to host public events.

Since then, however, many events and art shows have been held at the farmhouse by the banks of the river, and others are scheduled to begin again in February and March, Rosenblum said.

Rosenblum said the farmstead is just recovering from Sandy, when many large trees fell on the property, although fortunately neither the barn nor the farmhouse were damage. She said that a tree did hit a wagon house, but that unrestored building was not being used yet anyway.

Currently Rosenblum said that four of the five private artists studios in the farmhouse are rented out to area artists and artisans, and provide a steady stream of income for the township.

She said that one-day art workshops are expected to begin in February, and art classes are due to start up again in March. Information will be posted on the Farmstead Arts website, she said.

Ridge High School art show due to be staged in February

A display of artwork by Ridge High School art students is due to open in February at the farmhouse, Rosenblum said. That should be followed by a solo art show, she said.

The arts center has received a grant to revive a concert series, although the details of scheduled performances still is being worked out, she said.

And this June, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack-Gladstone is planning to hold its first Arts Access art show — displaying works created by developmentally disabled artists — at the Farmstead Arts, which would be the Matheny Arts Access program’s first display in Basking Ridge, Rosenblum said.