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Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission.
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Happy New Year!
        Are you ready for 2017?   
We are! Here's a preview of coming events, so mark your calendars and get ready to kick off the New Year artfully!

January 20 - Pop-Up Returns!      

Save the date!
The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission is taking over 125 Mercer Street (across from the post office and next to Second Chance) for 8 days. Commissioners Frank Rivera and Jonathan Shahn will curate an exhibit of paintings by area artists. Stay tuned for more info!   
Treasured Lands Exhibit at Meadow Lakes - Reception Jan. 29
America's National Parks in 59 Gorgeous Photographs

QT Luong is the only photographer known to have made large-format photographs in all 59 national parks.

The Treasured Lands Exhibit graces the halls of Meadow Lakes until February 1 and the Hightstown community is invited to a reception on Sunday, January 29 from 3 - 5 pm where they can view the photos up close. 
Prior to arriving at Meadow Lakes, the Treasured Lands exhibit was previously shown in Miami, Fullerton, CA, Boston and Las Vegas. The project,- QT Luong's  life work - spanning the past 20 years, is distinguished by continued wilderness travels, depth of geographic and thematic scope, and skilled craftsmanship. It earned him a spot as a character in the popular Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (2009), and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service.

Springpoint Living at Meadow Lakes, the Hightstown Parks & Recreation Commission and the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission are collaborating to offer this rare opportunity for the public to enjoy this unique exhibit and a wine and cheese reception.

Copies of the photographs will be available for purchase along with a stunning book that catalogues the exhibit. Purchases will benefit both Hightstown commissions.  

"the highlight,,,is Treasured Lands, an exhibition of 58 photographs by the French-Vietnamese photographer Quang-
Tuan Luong - one of each the United States's 58 national parks. "Photos of National Parks - I can get that on Flickr," you say? Not even close. Mr. Luong's large-format camera creates images of beaches and glaciers and deserts and waterfalls from American Samoa to Maine that were so astonishingly sharp and mesmerizing that my father was convinced there was some special 3-D technology involved. There's not: they're just awesome photos."
The New York Times - Frugal Traveler blog - Seth Kugel, Dec 21, 2010
Derek Parker
Installation at Mariboe Gallery -
Jan. 13   

Derek Parker is a mixed-media installation artist whose work is an ongoing exploration into how we perceive and interact with the objects and places that surround us. His current work takes into question the nature of utility and purpose, inventing alternate realities for objects whose functions were previously thought to be fixed.

In 2009 Derek received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indian University Bloomington with an emphasis in sculpture and expanded formats. Currently Derek lives in Western Massachusetts were he maintains a studio and works for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art managing their fabrication shop. Derek's active studio practice has lead to a diverse body of work that incorporates sculptural objects, site-specific installations, and public Art. His work has been shown in galleries, museums, and in public spaces across the country and abroad.

Adam Welch:  Brick
at Hunterdon Art Museum Jan.15 - April 30    

Hightstown Cultural Arts Commissioner Adam Welch is exhibiting at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton in an exhibit curated by Ingrid Renard and Hildreth York, Ph.D. The opening reception and artist talk is on Sunday, January 15 from 2-4 pm.

Congratulations, Adam!                                   

Save the Date for Empty Bowls 2.0        

Remember last year's Empty Bowls featuring handcrafted stoneware soup bowls filled with delicious soups and hot dishes? It's back on March 25 from 6-8 pm at the Hightstown Fire House Ballroom.

You'll want to reserve your bowl(s) early this time--we sold out last year! Proceeds will benefit the Rise Food Pantry and the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission. Look for more details shortly!                                   
Please Take Our Survey

We want to learn more about the cultural activities you care about.  Please take our survey and spread the word to neighbors, family and friends.  

Our next Cultural Arts Commission meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 pm at the Caspersen History House on the Peddie School campus. Please join us! Meetings are open to the public.

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