Great Conversations is “Open for Business”- with James Kraus, Jason Levine, Ned Linnen, Les Smith

Thursday, April 26, 2018  from 6pm to 9:30pm
The Madison Hotel, Morristown, NJ (directions)
Seats are $250 each

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James Kraus. Crum & Forster – SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
In addition to his duties as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, Kraus sits on the Board of Directors of Crum & Forster Holdings Corp.  A native of Short Hills, he attended college (Santa Clara U) and law school (UC, Hastings), and practiced law as a litigator in San Francisco before becoming a Managing Director of Insurance Coverage at Industrial Indemnity Company, a subsidiary of Crum & Forster. In 1993, he was transferred back to Crum & Forster in New Jersey and was ultimately named General Counsel in 2009, a position he continues to hold.  Interestingly, Kraus is also an artist, whose mural at the UCLA law school was featured on the cover of the 1978 UCLA law school yearbook. An avid museum-goer, Kraus has visited many of the world’s great museums such as the Prado, Louvre, Vatican, Uffizi, Acropolis, Rijkmuseum, among others. Additionally, his sister, Anne Kraus, is a world-acclaimed ceramic artist whose works are found in numerous public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Newark Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, the International Ceramic Museum, Shigaraki, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 


Jason Levine. Mondelēz International – Regional Chief Marketing Officer North America
With over 20 years of experience building brands in the US, Europe, and emerging markets, Levine is a progressive marketing leader with strengths in transforming categories and building strong iconic brands. Currently serving in the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer for Mondelēz International North America, based in East Hanover, he is responsible for reinventing the marketing function into a cutting-edge, consumer-driven marketing powerhouse. This includes overseeing communications for a rich portfolio of iconic brands including Oreo, Ritz, belVita biscuits, Sour Patch Kids, and Trident gum. Additionally, Levine is responsible for White Space Innovation, addressing the growing consumer demands for well-being, while leading efforts to enter new channels and categories.  He holds an MBA (Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business) and an undergraduate degree (Northeastern University).



Ned Linnen. Avis Budget Group – EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
Avis Budget Group (ABG), with its 30,000 employees across seven brands in 11,000 locations in 180 countries worldwide, is a leading provider of mobility solutions.  Linnen is generally on the run trying to make home a great place for his four kids to live or on a plane trying to make ABG a great place to work for his employees.  Both are a challenge, but both are rewarding and personally motivating.  Linnen once spent thirteen weeks on a bus, driving across the country to meet every one of ABG’s 20,000 US based employees in 90 cities. His wife of 25 years, Ann Marie, is a school teacher  – very convenient with 4 children ranging  in age from 21 to 7.  When not running after his children or running through airports, Linnen is generally running around his hometown and recently ran the NYC Marathon.  He previously worked for Nabisco and Kraft Foods (also very convenient with 4 children) and has worked 28 years in Human Resources across multiple industries with responsibilities for Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, Organizational Development, Learning, Organizational Design, Health & Safety, and Employee Communications. In between child births, Linen has also taught HR courses at the college level.  


Leslie E. Smith, Jr. The Rockefeller Group – former EVP; developed the International Trade Center/ NJ Foreign Trade Zone in Mt. Olive, NJ; Principal – Smith & Main
A true self-made man, Smith rose from humble origins to EVP with the Rockefeller Group Development Corp., creating the International Trade Center/NJ Foreign Trade Zone in Mt. Olive.  Nurtured by an astute mentor and his own entrepreneurial passion, he spent 30+ years with The Rockefeller Group enjoying navigating complex real estate deals and working with like-minded professionals.  Known for his resourcefulness, eternal optimism and ability to evolve, Smith continues to reinvent himself. Instead of retiring after receiving the 2011 NAIOP-NJ Lifetime Achievement Award, he became a Principal of Smith & Main, LLC. Equally comfortable in the boardroom or lounging at his camp in Maine, he balances his obsession for new business undertakings with restorative forays into photography, gardening and, formerly, hunting and fishing. He also loves to mentor young people, sharing his life experiences and business acumen, devoting many years to engaging local youths in the arts and outdoor pursuits through such organizations as The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey and the Boy Scouts of America.  An ardent supporter of DAYTOP New Jersey, an adolescent residential rehab facility that educates as well as transforms the lives of at-risk youth, Smith is also the beloved Grandpa of two amazing young women of whom he is unabashedly proud. 

26th Annual African American Art Exhibit, Lift Every Voice, opens Jan. 26th

A record crowd of over 500 people joined Morris Arts and Art in the Atrium at the free public opening of New Jersey’s largest exhibition of African-American art, curated and assembled by Art in the Atrium. The reception took place on Friday,  January 26 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Atrium Gallery (floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration & Records Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown), and included music, food and an opportunity to meet the artists. 

To see photos, a video and an excellent writeup of the event by Kevin Coughlin, Editor of, click HERE.

Here are more PHOTOS from the opening reception:


Running through March 21, 2018, the exhibit is entitled Lift Every Voice and highlights the work of Charleston, SC native artist Leroy Campbell, as well as works by Plainfield artist Alonzo Adams, and works by 27 outstanding locally and internationally known African American artists including

Bisa Butler, Janet Taylor Pickett, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Lavett Ballard, Larry Poncho Brown, Carol Bailey, Anthony Gartmond, Ellaree Pray, Les Floyd, Wannetta Phillips, Onnie Strother, Terells Thomas, Andrew Nichols, B. Curtis Grayson, Jackie Collier, Elaine McCrary, Erik J. Montgomery, Bryan Collier, Deb Willis, Jo-El Lopez, Stephen Ellis, Jennifer Mack, Kara Rice, Ron EA Powell and Zaya Grauer.


Leroy Campbell’s art speaks of the contributions to humanity through the African American perspective. More than just art, each piece serves as Campbell’s tithe, as he uses his gifts and talents to teach others about the richness of the Gullah/ Geechee heritage and the beauty of his people.

Leroy Campbell describes humanity like a garden. In the 1300s, Native Americans invented a system of gardening called “Three Sisters,” which involved strategically planting corn, beans, and squash together. The corn provides support and structure for the beans to grow. While the beans pull nitrogen from the air, returning it to the soil and enriching all the plants. The squash, planted at the base, spreads its large leaves, which offer shade and protection, keeping the soil moist and cool. When each of the plants is whole, thriving and healthy, it is able to reach its full potential and contribute to the garden. If one of the plants becomes sick, it affects the balance of the garden.

Master gardener, painter, storyteller, and lover of souls, Leroy Campbell paints a beautiful hope for humanity through his art and through his words. In telling the stories he knows best, he is offering the wisdom and lessons of the elders as a gift to us all. As part of the human experience, we are all searching for our place in the garden, our purpose, our connection, our significance in this world. Those stories are the most powerful gifts in the universe as they provide a sense of self and a foundation of wisdom based on patience, love, and discernment. Campbell’s vision is of a healthy garden, where each is whole, liberated and validated, where people are free to love who they are and in turn nurture others around them.

Leroy Campbell’s paintings, infused with history, tie the past to the present in the practice of sankofa, the understanding that you can’t more forward until you receive the lessons of the past. The vulnerability of his art, his soul, his ability to tell a story through the use of acrylic, paper, tapestries, and organic materials, creates an opportunity for conversation, for something real, for the human connection that we are all desperately seeking. 

Art in the Atrium’s annual exhibition is the largest of its kind in the state. “It really helps to expand people’s idea of what African-American art can be,’’ says Craig. “We have works in all mediums and genres. It’s not just figurative paintings with a mask in them.’’ The non-profit organization, Art in the Atrium, began in 1992 after Victoria Craig’s husband, attorney Charles Craig, noticed that no art works exhibited in the Morristown administration building were by African-American artists. Dedicated to exhibiting works by emerging and established black artists, Art in the Atrium is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose annual exhibit at the Atrium Gallery is now the largest of its kind in New Jersey, growing from a single floor to currently occupying four full floors of the County Administration & Records Building. Art in the Atrium has also expanded to include seminars, jazz brunches, collectors’ workshops and cosponsored artist residencies in the Morris School District, benefitting 200 to 500 students each year. It also awards an annual scholarship to a student artist, whose work is often exhibited in the show. For more information, visit

The exhibition is made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Morristown CraftMarket, October 20-22, 2017

Morristown CraftMarket 2017. Morris Arts is proud to partner once again with the Morristown CraftMarket at the National Guard Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown. Hours for this nationally acclaimed and charitable show are Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm; Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10am to 5pm.  Now in its 41st year, the CraftMarket is one of the top juried and most successful fine art and craft shows in America.  It showcases one-of-a-kind and limited edition fine arts and crafts in all contemporary media. The 150 gifted exhibiting artists from over 25 states to exhibit and sell their original works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, wood, metal, wearable fiber and more.  The show is produced by the all-volunteer Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township, NJ, and Geoffrey “Geoff” Price is Show Director.  All net proceeds of the show benefit local charities.  For more information, and discounts visit the show’s website at

Atrium Gallery opens Fall/Winter Invitational Exhibit on September 22, 2017

On Friday, September 22, 2017  from 7-9 pm, nearly 200 people joined Morris Arts at the free opening reception of the exciting Fall/Winter 2017-18 Invitational  Exhibit at the Atrium Art Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street in Morristown. They had a chance to meet  the six gifted artists whose 170 works demonstrated great variety of media, utilizing oils, acrylics, mixed media, ink, etc. and a wide range of  styles, from the abstract to hyper-realism and  pop surrealism.

Featured image: Allan Gorman’s oil, What Iron Hath Wrought 

Click HERE for the Catalogue of the Exhibit. 

The fifth floor Atrium will feature the hyper-realistic oils by prizewinning artist Allan Gorman (West Orange, NJ) whose works evoke artists as Edward Hopper, George Bellows (and others) and reveal Gorman’s fascination with the hidden patterns, aesthetic tensions, mystery and power of machines and industry. In the fifth floor Lobby, Mark Oberndorf  (Wyckoff, NJ), Another realist painter influenced by Hopper (and by Vermeer), portrays communal landmarks before their gentrification and/or demolition, combining vivid colors and a keen appreciation of natural light, creative composition and perspective. The fourth floor showcases the extensive and highly varied portfolio of Joe LaMattina (Hackensack, NJ), a longtime artist and art educator whose vast, mixed media output ranges from representational to “abstract/organic” – and includes his “human essence” works that eloquently capture states of mind and abstract feelings. A riot of brilliant colors from  Valerie Verona’s (Chester, NJ) vibrant acrylics energizes the third floor Atrium, blending representational and abstract imagery, while David Nicolato’s (Verona, NJ) pop surrealism explores themes such as darker dreams, child development and the treatment of animals – with vividly imagined animal forms, fantastical beasts and whimsical yet unsettling imagery. Featured on the second floor, prizewinning artist Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt (Bayside, NY) shares her insightful and thought provoking School Lunch series of oils, a fascinating, expressive pictorial essay of contemporary student life which touches on cross cultural issues and emotional attitudes explored in the shared experience of school lunch.

Among the distinguished visitors at the opening were Kevin O’Brien, Second Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. 

Here are some photos from the reception:


Most works are available for sale, with details and pricing provided in the free catalogues found in the elevator lobby areas on floors 2-5. The Atrium Art Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm on Monday-Friday and will be open from 7pm-midnight at First Night Morris County on New Year’s Eve. The exhibit remains in place until January 5, 2018.

iCandy, artwork by Dan Fenelon, opens Sept. 28 in Gallery at 14 Maple

On September 28, 2017 from 6-8pm,  nearly 90 people joined Morris Arts at the  free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s eighteenth exhibit entitled  icandy . The Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation selected 28 works created between 2009 and 2017 by Morristown artist Dan Fenelon (paintings, mixed media, prints on wood and sculpture) for display at the Gallery, a distinctive space located on the 3rd floor of the LEED certified “green” building at 14 Maple Ave., Morristown.

Fenelon’s dramatic imagery references ancient tribal petroglyphs and reflects his study of and interest in mythology, art history and early civilizations. His unique, highly recognizable visual language has developed over years of constant sketching, drawing and painting (on surfaces large and small). No viewer can forget his intricate designs, the shapes within shapes, the fantastical creatures, or his vibrant colors – ranging from intense “pop culture” hues, to the bold red/black and white combinations or the subtle grey/black/ white blends. Fenelon’s distinctive images are infused with energy and often combine the lighthearted with deeply meaningful expressions, always encouraging that “closer look.” Perhaps most striking is Fenelon’s ability to simultaneously work across a wide stylistic range utilizing ever-evolving media, from canvas to surfboards to 3D printed objects – and to do so with artistic integrity and skill.

Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli said; “Dan approaches his canvas intent on capturing a deep and serious cultural spirit.In the synthesis, myth and symbol are processed through a graphic filter that combines depth of meaning with a lighthearted and dazzling presentation. The result is both youthful and mature, thought-provoking and downright fun!” Speaking of his work, Fenelon stated, “My work is a response to the dissatisfaction in the world today. I have seen firsthand how art can transform people, places and neighborhoods. My goal is to create art that inspires and uplifts.”

Read more, see additional photos from the opening in Kevin Coughlin’s article on

Here are some PHOTOs from the Opening Reception:

Fenelon trained at the Arts Student League in NY and the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. He has had seventeen one man shows in galleries from Chelsea (NYC) to Los Angeles (CA) and has produced giant public artworks in and around New Jersey as well as a featured mural exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum. He has a unique ability to inspire people of all ages, engaging them in the creation of a large portfolio of public art murals and sculptures and attracting such clients as Major League Baseball, the Montclair Art Museum, Atlantic Health, and the municipalities of Orange (NJ), Newark (NJ), and Grand Rapids (MI). Fenelon’s works hang in private collections, corporate offices and galleries while his murals in urban neighborhoods throughout the tristate area have enabled him to share his artistic gifts with populations as diverse as his artwork. He is also well known for his school residency programs and as the artist/operator of the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck which has involved the creative participation of thousands of people in the NY metro area.

Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges sponsorship for this exhibit by  

with partnership from 



and additional support from






The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until February 15, 2018 Visit or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information, including the exhibit catalogue which contains details and sale prices for all works. The Gallery at 14 Maple is a barrier-free facility. Individuals needing special accommodation should contact Kadie Dempsey at (973) 285-5115, x 17 or

Music Beyond Borders 2017 travels from Ireland to China

Music Beyond Borders | Morris Arts

Initiated in spring of 2010, this series of free outdoor world music concerts, reflects a collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center, with the rainsite graciously provided by Morristown United Methodist Church (50 Park Place on the Green).

Each Music Beyond Borders program features a performance of world music/dance reflecting the diverse culture and population of the area.

“We hope that people will enjoy our wonderful free lunchtime outdoor concerts that celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area,” said Allison Larena, President and CEO of the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts , adds, “It’s exciting to collaborate with the Mayo Center on this special series and to literally bring the world to the center of Morristown.”

Mark your calendars now and plan to spend your lunchtimes on Morristown’s Green enjoying world music showcasing Irish, Native American, West African and Chinese cultures. For the eighth consecutive year, Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center continue their collaboration, presenting four free, outdoor, world music/dance programs during June, July and August 2017. All concerts will run from 12:30-1:30pm on The Morristown Green, starting June 27thh and continuing on alternate Tuesdays until August 8th. Special thanks go to the Morristown United Methodist Church on the Green, 50 Park Place for providing a wonderful rain site.
This year’s schedule includes:

June 27, 2017: Brian Conway, Irish Fiddler, with John Walsh on guitar


– “Certainly one of the finest Irish-American musician fiddlers…” Dirty Linen Magazine; – Irish Echo’s “Top Trad Artist for 2008”

New York-born fiddler Brian Conway is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. The winner of two All-Ireland junior titles in 1973 and 1974 and the All-Ireland senior championship of 1986, Brian’s early studies were with his father Jim of Plumbridge County Tyrone and with Limerick-born fiddler/teacher Martin Mulvihill. However, it was the legendary fiddler and composer Martin Wynne who taught him the real secrets of the County Sligo style. Later, Brian met and befriended the great Andy McGann of New York a direct student of Michael Coleman, who further shaped his precision and skill on the instrument. Since 1979, he has recorded 5 CDs (including on the prestigious Smithsonian-Folkways label and the prominent Irish Label, Cló Iar-Chonnachta ), collaborating with top Irish musicians and as a soloist. A leading figure in the New York area Irish music scene, he also worked as an assistant district attorney but now, in recent retirement, devotes his full energies to the Irish fiddle and its rich tradition. The distinctness of his tone, the lift of his playing, and the deft ornamentation he brings to the tunes have placed him among the finest Irish fiddlers of any style, Sligo or otherwise. He has performed all over North America, Ireland, and Europe. He is also a noted instructor who has mentored many fine fiddle players, including several who have gone on to win All-Ireland Championships. Brian hosts regular sessions in White Plains, New York, and actively encourages countless musicians in the art of Irish music and fiddle playing.

Brian wass accompanied by John Walsh, Irish-American guitarist, singer, and producer who has travelled across Europe and the US performing and teaching guitar with Paddy Keenan, Pat Kilbride, Jameson’s Revenge, Brian Conway, among others. Walsh recorded many well-received albums and educational videos. (He also treats people with Healing Tibetan Singing).

Approximately 500 people, including 80 children, enjoyed the artistry and delightful Irish tunes of these two wonderful musicians. covered the event - and you can check out the article, photos and video HERE.  
And here are some of the photos from the performance:

July 11, 2017: Redhawk Native American Arts Council/Dance Troupe

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators based in NYC since 1994. Dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theatre, works of art and other cultural expressions, the Redhawk Council draws its artists from indigenous peoples of North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean and Polynesia, sharing both historical and contemporary aspects of Native cultures. Producing four of the largest Native American heritage celebrations in the Northeast, the Troupe has performed for the President of the United States, at Woodstock, the Apollo Theatre, and Dance Theater of Harlem and appeared on such TV shows as Good Day New York and Regis & Kathy Lee, among others.; Video: and
Over 325 people, including over 50 children,  attended the performance by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council dancers, Cliff Matias (in turquoise), Raven Matias (in purple) and Valerie Rivera (in the jingle dress)...
Check out the wonderful writeup and videos provided HERE and HERE by
Here are some PHOTOS from the performance:

And here are some VIDEOS from their performance:

Raven Mattias performs a Mohawk Warrior Dance  while members of the public join Redhawk Dancers in the Buffalo Dance.

Valerie Rivera performs the Jingle Dress Dance and Cliff Mattias demonstrates a love song on a Native American flute.

Members of the audience join Redhawk in the Alligator Dance and Cliff Mattias demonstrates the complex, intricate moves of the fabled Hoop Dance.

July 25, 2017: Féraba: West African dance, drumming and tap dancing has a terrific feature article on Feraba and Music Beyond Borders HERE. and check out the post performance coverage - with photos and videos -  by HERE.


Explore the universal language of rhythm with this unique, award-winning multi-ethnic group. Féraba fuses traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with American tap dance, hip-hop and jazz, performing on international radio/TV, at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and throughout USA, Europe and West Africa.

Its artistic director, prominent tap dancer, Irene Koloseus  has performed throughout the US, West Africa and Europe, appearing with such world-renowned tap dancers as Dr. James “Buster” Brown and Savion Glover, among others. She is also a teaching artist leading award-winning workshops and residencies throughout the tristate area. Colleagues Ibrahima Kolipe Camar (a Master Drummer from Guinea, West Africa), Andy Algira (drummer, percussionist, balafonist and pianist with jazz and African music expertise), and Yalani Bangoura (Master dancer, performer, choreographer, acrobat and hip hop artist from Guinea, West Africa) join others in highlighting the unique ability of rhythm as a means of  promoting tolerance and cultural understanding.

Fabled dancer Gregory Hines states, “I am so impressed. I have never seen anything like this!”www.feraba.comVideo:

Over 385 people enjoyed the fascinating rhythms and high energy dancing of Feraba. Even the weather rain despite the clouds. Adults and children joined in the fun and learned some new steps along the way!

Here are some  PHOTOS from Feraba's performance:

August 8, 2017: Music From China Trio

Embracing both traditional and new music, members of the NYC-based Music From China have performed with major symphony orchestras, chamber groups and such jazz greats as Ornette Coleman. This performance spotlights music for the erhu ( 2-string fiddle), yanqin (hammered dulcimer) and zheng (plucked zither with movable bridges). 

Hailed by the NY Times and Washington Post as a “master of the erhu,” praised for his “extraordinary” and “gorgeous” playing, Wang Guowei performs on the erhu, the 2 stringed spike fiddle (With snake skin resonator). He performs along with yangqin (hammered dulcimer with bamboo mallets) artist Susan Cheng, founder of Music From China, and zheng (21 string zither with movable bridges) virtuoso, Wang Junling, in an exciting and hauntingly lovely program featuring classical and folk arrangements that evoke scenes of nature, Chinese culture and the lifestyle of the Chinese people.

The group has performed at such institutions as Princeton, Duke, Yale, Vassar, Dartmouth, the Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Library of Congress, among others. As a proponent of new music, Music From China also commissions and performs works that extend Chinese music and instruments beyond traditional boundaries, innovatively mixing Chinese and Western instruments and forming a unique repertoire. Since its founding in 1986, Music From China has performed over 130 new works by 79 composers, of which 43 are commissioned and 43 competition prize winners. Music From China is also the first Chinese ensemble to receive an “Adventurous Programming” award from Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for creative programs that combine the music of East and West.

For the August 8th performance, the crowd was large and enthusiastic, bringing 428 people to the Green and spanning every age and ethnicity. 

Check HERE  and HERE for before and after performance coverage - with photos and videos by

Here are some PHOTOS from the performance:

And here are some VIDEOS  from their performance:

Click HERE and HERE to  hear and see Wang Junling performing the 1960 piece entitled Typhoon, a virtuoso solo for zheng (plucked zither).

HERE the trio performs Birds the Forest, uncannily mimicking the sounds of birds on the erhu (2 stringed Chinese fiddle played by Wang Guowei) and HERE they perform the traditional melody, Jasmine, utilized by Puccini in his opera, Turandot.  

Wang Guowei, master of the erhu, performs a solo HERE while Wang Junling demonstrates her skills on the zheng in this celebratory solo piece. 

Clearly influenced by the horse-centered culture of Mongolia, this piece is very pictorial in its depiction of  a Mongolian Horse Race (listen for the horses' neighing mimicked by the erhu). 

Atrium Gallery’s Spring-Summer Exhibit closes on Aug. 30th

The  Spring/Summer Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, one of Morristown’s hidden treasures, closed on August 30th.

More than 125 people joined Morris Arts on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the free Opening Reception for the  Spring/Summer 2017 Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. Featuring 237 works by member artists from the HUB Camera Club, ARTsee, the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, the Myhelan Artists Network, and the Drew Art Association, the exhibit showcases the creative talents of 79 artists working in wide variety of media (oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, pencil, paper, encaustic, watercolor, photography, etc.).

Click HERE to see the catalogue for the show.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. The exhibit will run from May 18 through August 31, 2017. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or

Great Conversations made for a “great” night! We have the pictures to prove it!

At our 9th Annual Great Conversations, 300 people met and mingled, chatted and chuckled, sipped and savored, and brought the lost art of conversation to life. From artists to sports champions, business leaders to environmental entrepreneurs, journalists to architects, guests enjoyed a unique experience talking and connecting with these talented “Great Conversationalists” from our community. A “great” time was had by all. The event took place on April 27th at the Madison Hotel. Next year, be part of the conversation. Join us on Thursday, April 26th for our 10th annual Great Conversations!

29th annual Blackwell St. Juried Student Exhibit opened March 31st

Torrential rains and high winds didn’t prevent between 400-500 dedicated folks from attending the Opening Reception for the 29th annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery  on the evening of Friday, March 31, 2017. There was palpable excitement as these young, talented artists came with their families, teachers and friends to see their works on display and to participate in the awards ceremony.

Here are some photos from the evening:



Embracing a wide variety of media (sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography, etc.), the artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

L-R:  Top- 2017 BEST IN SHOW, Zoe Paxos’ graphite on paper, Head of Hares (Roxbury); Valentina Giordano’s charcoal, Lost Boy (Madison); Jessica Murr’s white charcoal on black paper, Metal Flow (Mt. Olive);

L-R: Middle: Anthony McInnis, pastel, Really Really Bad (Butler);  Lukas Scheidl’s ballpoint pen, Dali meets Bronzino (Mendham); Alexandra Leet’s acrylic on wood, Untitled (Butler);

L-R: Bottom: Dylan Pullara’s digital illustration, Dark & Light (Mt. Olive); Emily Grzesiowski’s stoneware, Slightly A Jar (Randolph); Haley Florio’s acrylic, Rachel (Butler).


A panel of five professional artists from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts comprised the jury selecting approximately 300 wall-hung works and 100 sculptures from nearly 800 submissions by talented high school students from throughout the County. The show was then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends and family and students. There are multiple ribbon categories, with Best In Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception includes an awards presentation (on the 5th floor, in the Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.

Clockwise from upper left: Alicia Oh’s acrylic, Free Spirit (Montville Twp); Max Scheidl’s lost wax bronze, Cuffed (Mendham); Bella Pisano’s tissue paper and board, The Joker (Jefferson Twp); Shayna Canning’s acrylic, Enigma (Boonton); Alia Macarios’ soapstone Polar Bear (Mendham); and Coral Coad’s mixed media, Byzantine Coal (Mendham). 

Evolving from the 1988 exhibit that featured approximately 90 pieces of art, to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Exhibit is unique in its democratic approach: there are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County.  Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. The exhibit will run from March 31, 2017 through April 28, 2017. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or 

Noonan Poetry Reading at Gateway Totem plaza April 1

Join Morris Arts for a poetry reading of works by  John Noonan – the first program at the Gateway Totem plaza area, located in front of the Grow It Green Community Garden on Early Street in Morristown. 

Noonan Poetry ReadingJohn Noonan was born and raised in Morristown. He took to the road in his early 20s and over the next 15 years he lived in Arizona, Colorado, California, Alaska and New York City. In that time he worked as a carpenter, fisherman, bartender, painter, cook, tree surgeon and more. He settled in Paris in the late 1980s and died there in 2009, at the age of 57.

John started writing poetry in the mid-1970s and never stopped. He created a body of work that remains fresh and insightful, full of the energy and love he shared wherever he went. John became a highly regarded figure in the Paris expatriate poetry community, well known for his heartfelt, sharp-eyed poems about life in America, and for his unique, jazz-inflected reading style.

Though he lived many places in his life, Morristown was John’s true home. During his time in Paris, he made it a point to bring his wife and three children here for a visit every year. He loved this place.

The event is free and open to the public.