01 May

5th Congressional District Art Competition April 22nd through June 2006

5th Congressional District Art Competition April 22nd through June
Exhibit of works will be on display at the Bergen Museum Gallery 1
If your school is in one of the towns listed below, you are invited to participate through your high school.
Work will be exhibited at the Bergen Museum during the Competition in a group exhibit.
If you are not in District 5 contact your local Congressional District office.
5th District Towns
–> Download the following two forms: Guidelines & Student Application Form
Bergen County: Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Montvale, Northvale, New Milford, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Saddle River, Tenafly, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Washington, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff
Passaic: Bloomingdale, Ringwood, Wanaque, and West Milford
Sussex County: Andover Borough, Andover Township, Branchville, Frankford, Franklin, Fredon, Green, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardyston, Lafayette, Montague, Newton, Ogdensburg Sandyston, part of Sparta, Stillwater, Sussex, Vernon, Walpack, and Wantage
Warren: Allamuchy, Alpha, Asbury, Belvidere, Blairstown, Bloomsbury, Broadway, Buttzville, Changewater, Columbia, Delaware Park, Franklin, Frelinghuysen, Great Meadows, Greenwich, Hackettstown, Hardwick, Harmony, Hope, Independence, Johnsonburg, Knowlton, Liberty, Lopatcong, Mansfield, Oxford, Phillipsburg, Pohatcong, Port Murray, Stewartsville, Vienna, Washington Borough, Washington Township, and White

Congressional Art Competition Procedures
1. Please review and understand the guidelines and specifications of this program – download above.
2. Teachers and parents; have each student fill out an application. Please forward a copy of each application to: Office of Congressman Scott Garrett, Attn: Liz Coventry, 93 Main Street, Newton, NJ 07860-2056.
3. Artwork can begin immediately after the application is completed and existing art within the guidelines can also be submitted.
4. Artwork must be completed and delivered on or before May 13th (Extended Date) to be displayed and judged in the Bergen Museum galleries. Accompanied by a copy of the application form.
5. One entry from each county will be selected to be submitted for final judging.
6 At the time of final judging, one entry will be selected to be displayed in the corridors below the Capitol Complex in Washington, DC.
7 A reception will be held in each county at the time of selection of the county winner
8 A reception will be held for the announcement of the district winner.

01 May

BMAS Celebrates National Youth Art Month, March 6 – April 6, 2006

BMAS Celebrates National Youth Art Month, March 6 – April 6

Opening Reception March 16th 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Youth Art Month is a nationwide observance that highlights the importance and benefits of Art Education. Art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills, skills vital to the success of our future leaders, our children.
The Opening Reception at the Bergen Museum is March 16th 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Bergen Museum of Art and Science exhibit will continue from March 6 – April 6, 10 a.m –5 p.m. daily Closed Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Chair of Bergen County Youth Art Month is Ms. Paige DeFelice an art teacher at West Brook Middle School, Paramus, NJ has coordinated and organized the month long program.

The Bergen Museum will exhibit the works of high school students from Paramus HS, Ridgefield Park HS, Westwood Jr/Sr HS, Bergen Co. Tech. HS (Paramus), Dwight Morrow HS (Englewood), Bergen County Academies (Hackensack) and Cresskill HS.

The Museum’s president, Peter Knipe, said “the Bergen Museum is very happy to be a part of this national month long event. Together with the efforts and dedication of Bergen County art teachers we show our students that art, creativity and expression is an important and valued part of their development as students and citizens. The support that the Museum receives from Corporate Sponsors such as Vornado Realty Trust and from individual contributors and members helps us to support these kinds of initiatives and events.”

Over 20 middle and elementary Bergen County schools will also be exhibiting student art work at 2 other locations: IKEA of Paramus and The Art Center of Northern New Jersey New Milford. Work will be on display throughout March.

Friends, families and teachers of the students, as well as other members of the community will be attending celebratory “Opening Receptions” that have been planned at each venue to honor the work of the students and educators. All are invited and welcome to visit.

Arts Education is one of the best ways to allow our children the opportunity for self-expression, to develop aesthetic awareness and technical skills, to learn about the world around them and reinforce their other areas of study including Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Learning about the Arts helps our kids increase their problem-solving skills, broaden their vocabulary and promote divergent thinking.

These are just a few of the reasons why we celebrate Youth Art Month; to highlight the importance of Arts Education in our schools, showcase the enthusiasm, creativity and talent of our students, and allow our communities the opportunity to witness the strength and benefits of our schools.

01 May

Young American Artists Exhibit on view through March 11, 2006

Young American Artists
Exhibit on view through March 11, 2006
Meet the Artists
Thursday, February 9, 2006
From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Traveling exhibition “Young American Artists of Today”
The works represented in “Young American Artists of Today” are as diverse as America itself. Photography, painting, sculpture, digital works, printmaking and video art – all of these traditional and contemporary techniques reflect the creative variety of American art. The artists featured in the show include Leigh Tarentino, Julian Montague, Megan Foster, Erik Wayne Patterson, Adam John Stennett, Fiona Gardner, Michael Cambre, Jeph Gurecka, Jon-Paul Villegas, James Sheehan, Sean McDevitt, and among others. Containing works dating from the last 5 years, the exhibition will explore ideas and trends in which young artists are working today in America. The exhibition showcases the diversity of contemporary American art through selected works. “Young American Artists of Today” is organized by the Stas Namin Centre in cooperation with the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. (USA) and Federal Agency For Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation. Curator of the exhibition Natalia Kolodzei. The exhibition was first shown during the Festival of American Contemporary Culture “American Autumn in Moscow” in November 2005.
One of the important areas of American art is in the development of digital and photographic processes. The works by Julian Montague (b.1974), Leigh Tarentino (b. 1968) and Fiona Gardner (b. 1975), with all their difference of concepts and ideas, are united by use of the modern technologies.
On the other hand, Megan Foster (b. 1977) combines in her paintings cinematic narratives and the everyday experience. The process of making these paintings begins with a series of digital pictures from DVDs and clippings from magazines; then the artist combines omnipresent media images with elements traditionally associated with painting.
“Young American Artists of Today” represents the diverse palette of American artistic life of the last five years, which is mainly based on individuality. Most artists are keen to find their own place on the international artistic venue. Works by young artists is always of great interest for the public, especially works from another country. We hope that this exhibition will continue the dialogue between the American and Russian cultures.

01 May

Holiday Exhibit Model Train and Miniature Dollhouses and Dolls Opening Reception Thursday, December 1, 2005

Holiday Exhibit

Model Train and Miniature Dollhouses and Dolls
Opening reception Thursday, December 1, from 7 to 9 PM
Members Free. $5 for Non-members. Holiday Exhibit Donations Encouraged

The Bergen Museum ushers in the holiday season with a miniature dollhouse and model train exhibit beginning November 26th and running through January 12th 2006, according to Jim Bohan, chairman for the exhibit. A special opening reception will be held on Thursday, December 1, from 7 to 9 PM. Admission free to members, $5 to nonmembers.

Featured in the dual exhibit is a dollhouse built in the 1960 in an 18th century English Tudor style and 15 mini-room boxes designed and furnished by Helen DiLiberto, who has donated the display to the Museum’s permanent collection. She has made the mini-room boxes in various period-correct themes from assorted decades of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, she has included 35 dolls, each about 12” high, representing assorted nations. Helen, a resident of Washington Township and a member of Jersey Metro Minis, relates a story of how, as a child, she was given a dollhouse that was her treasure, but in later years left her possession – only to have it come back to her hands by sheer chance 50 years later, sparking anew an interest in designing, building and furnishing them

3 Dolls Doll House Circa 1910 Bedroom

Tudor Doll House Covered Wagon / Pioneer Wagon 1800’s

Ice Cream Shop Lionel Train

The accompanying model train exhibit is the brainchild of lifelong Fair Lawn resident Frank Vander Wiede. It will include several loops of Lionel trains, all running at the same time on Lionel track in an 8×24-foot layout, with multiple designs of engines and miniature towns. Hank, as he is known, has been working on these miniature trains as a hobbyist for the past 55 years, first on his own and later with his then-young son. He currently is a member of the Bergen County Model Railroad Club and Rockland Toy Trains.

“”Visitors to the Museum’s holiday exhibit can enjoy a peak into the past through the many dolls and miniature rooms depicting life styles of the early 1900’s to late century.” notes Peter Knipe, President of the Bergen Museum. “The display of collectible Lionel and HO trains is fully operational and is set up in a wonderful scene depicting an American rural community. It is a great opportunity for families to enjoy an exhibit of American craft and hobby at the Bergen Museum right here in Paramus.”

The Bergen Museum is located at the Bergen Mall, Lower Promenade, on Route 4 and Forest Avenue, Paramus. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission (including opening reception) is free to members, $5 to nonmembers, and $3 to students. Seniors are free on Wednesdays.
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Tudor Doll House – Front View

Lionel Red Engine Christmas Tree at Bergen Museum of Art & Science

01 May

A Celebration of Regional Artists Joyce Levine and Robert Demarest: Opening Reception Thursday, October 27th, 2005

A Celebration of Regional Artists

Opening Reception Thursday October 27th 7 – 9 PM.

Joyce Levine and Robert Demarest

Members $5. non-members $10*
The Bergen Museum presents an exhibition of works by two of the regions most exciting and accomplished artists, Joyce Levine of Washington Township and Robert Demarest of Hawthorne, NJ. The exhibit runs from and October 15th – December 31st. The Museum’s Opening Reception is held Thursday October 27th 7 – 9 PM. Members $5. non-members $10. The Bergen Museum is located on the lower promenade of the Bergen Mall, route 4 East & Forest Avenue in Paramus.

Joyce Levine is known for her portraiture and loves to paint working in Pastel, Watercolor, Oils, Gouache and Collage. She is an ardent admirer of Sargent and Sorolla and worked to achieve the effects of sunlight and bright color in her paintings. Ms. Levine studied portraiture and landscape painting under the tutelage of Paul C. Burns of Ridgewood. She has won top awards at many art shows and was included in Who’s Who of American Women. Her Painting, “The Jester” is in the permanent Collection of the Bergen Museum of Art and Science.

Joyce Levine –> My Web Site

Robert Demarest is an award winning watercolor artist, medical illustrator, and author. He has recently been traveling the world, lecturing, researching, and writing a book on the well-known American artist Winslow Homer. Demarest has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators and the coveted Crosby Medal from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He now divides his time between trout fishing and producing fine works of art, mostly in the watercolor medium.

Robert Demarest

A Celebration of Regional Artists runs from and October 15th – December 31st

Museum hours 10 – 5 PM Tues. Wed., Thurs. & Sat. General Admission: Free to Members, Adults $5. Children & Students $3., Wed. Seniors free. Groups by appointment. Visit www.thebergenmuseum.com,
* Admission is representative of your small donations to the Museum operations.

01 May

Bergen Museum of Art & Science Presents The Bergen 4th Annual Music & Art Festival, September 15th-17th, 2005

Bergen Museum of Art & Science
Presents The Bergen 4th Annual Music & Art Festival

Held at the Bergen Mall Shopping Center

Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ 07652

Thursday September: 15th 7PM
Festival Gala “Three Sopranos”
Featuring Opera Aria and Songs from Broadway
Maestro Winston Dan Vogel Conductor
$25 per ticket; 2 for $40.
Held in Museum Galleries

Saturday September: 17th
Museum Open House 10 AM – 4PM
2PM Concert – Featuring
Clem Artist “Lady In Gloves” Piano Jazz
Donations or New Membership Encouraged

Saturday September: 17th
Best in Show “Meet The Artist Reception” 4PM – 7PM
Members $5. Guests $10.

Sunday September: 18th 10 – 4 PM
4th Annual Art and Craft Show & Sale
Established and Upcoming Artists and Crafters
Best opportunity to build a collection or discover new works.
Judged Show – Best In Show Awards Announced at 4PM
Vintage Car Exhibit including Rusty Relics, All American Corvette Club, Jaguar Club of North America, Austin Martin (partial list)
Live Music Tent, Soft Rock, Acoustical Trio featuring
Romantic Latin Ballads, (artist to be listed shorted)
Bergen Museum Shop Featuring Antiques & Collectibles.
Face painters, Balloon artists, Clowns & Refreshments. – Free Admission
Thanks to Vornado Realty Trust and BC The Magazine for their continued support of the Bergen Museum

Opportunities to sponsor this exciting program or to advertise in the Festival printed program are available.

01 May

Bergen Museum Remembrance Exhibit, April 9th – June 11th, 2005

Bergen Museum Remembrance Exhibit
April 9th – June 11th

May 5th 5:30PM Yom Hashoah Program and Reception
Holocaust Remembrance Exhibit

Link to Joyce Levine web site
Contributions $10. and Members $8. Click here for details.

Joyce Levine “Never Again” Herbert Kolb “Ghetto”
Beginning in March 1942, a wave of mass murder swept across Europe. During the next 11 months 4,500,000 human beings were eliminated. By the end of World War II the toll had risen to approximately 6,000,000 Jews, which included 1,500,000 children, who perished at the hands of the Nazi murderers. When the killing ended those who survived were released from the concentration camps and came out of hiding.

Joyce Levine, on the artists in this exhibit… ”I find myself very lucky for many reasons. One is that I was born to Jewish parents, in this country, in 1938. If I had the misfortune to be born in Europe at that time, I may not be writing this statement.

I have been blessed with a loving family and I had the opportunity to thrive in security. My paintings are bright and happy. I love the art of John Singer Sargent and Joachim Sorolla. Sometimes I think I see the world through “rose-colored glasses.”

Lately, I have been taking stock of things. Because of the rise in Anti-Semitism around the world, and the fear it invokes, I decided to create some collages about the Holocaust. Little did I know what road I would go down or what wonderful people I would meet along the way.

I was surprised to know that many people who survived that terrible time live in my area. I met them and listened to their stories. I marveled at their courage. They are artists and sculptors too.

Since I did not have first hand information about the subject, I turned to the computer. There is so much information, and riveting images there for everyone to see. There are so many personal stories and, of course, photographs that defy description. They are frightening. In my quest to get information from the computer, I found Tamara Deuel who resides in Israel. She is a survivor and quite talented.

The Bergen Museum of Arts and Science has given me the opportunity to exhibit my work and the art of these people who were a part of this terrible time in history. Here are some of their stories told in art, sculpture and writings. The short paragraphs below don’t really describe the depth of suffering and the humanity of these wonderful people.

Herbert Kolb “This is not a general story what happened to the Jews of Europe, but a particular one in most cases of my family and the family of my wife….

Herbert Kolb is presenting his powerful, personal collection of eye opening and heart stirring documents, letters, paintings and artifacts. It traces the steps taken by the Nazis to make Germany “Judenrein” from the time they came to power in1933. One can feel the noose tighten around the Jews. Once regular members of society, they were first subjected to social restrictions, then confiscation of property, then loss of all freedoms, and ultimately torture and murder. The story of what happened to Herbert’s friends and family will be felt by the viewers when reading the German decrees and letters of hate, as well as the family’s letters and pictures in his meticulously documented exhibit.

The city of Nuremberg, where he spent his early years, invited Herbert Kolb to put on his exhibit. That exhibit has been reproduced by the city archives and is being shown in schools around Germany. David and Agnes Adler, both survivors, were born in Hungary, eventually meeting and marrying in Israel while pursuing their art, and finally immigrating to the United States in 1961. Bracha Agnes Adler hid under gates in Hungary, wandering constantly to elude the Nazi’s. “We were trapped in our hovels, waiting what new horrors the next day might bring us”. By luck she met Rauel Wallenberg on a street car and he sent her to a safe house where she worked as a baby nurse. In spite of all the misery, she developed a love for art and sculpture.

”We must teach future generations, so that the knowledge will enter the consciousness of humanity, that the evil may not be repeated on this earth again…We must teach our children to keep their ties to our people strong”.David Adler spent three months in a coal cellar. He was liberated by the Russians. “Jews were law-abiding. So when we were told to wear a yellow star we did. We were in survival mode”. …“I wondered how could our God afford to let 6 million of his people be destroyed?”

Both Agnes and David settled in Tel Aviv where they married. A sculpture by Agnes Adler is shown above. David pursued a dream of becoming a sculptor and studied at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture along with Agnes. In 1961 the couple came to live in the United States. David worked as an industrial model maker and pursued art on the side. Both of the Adlers enjoy life and are still creating wonderful sculptures.

Tamara Deuel of Israel was born in Kovno, Lithuania. “In 1941 when the first bomb fell on our city without any previous warning, our lives changed and my childhood finished. She lost her mother, father, and grandparents but managed to escape to a small town with her sister on the border between Poland and Germany, and there were liberated by the Red Army in 1945. Tamara Deuel’s works have been exhibited in several Holocaust Museums and exhibits in Israel including Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Museum at Tel Yitzchak, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, Acva College in Negev, Yad-Laad Museum for the Holocaust in Moshav Nir Galim. Tamara Deuel has named all of her paintings, KADDISH, from an Aramaic word meaning “holy”, one of the most solemn and ancient of all Jewish prayers. The Kaddish is recited at a grave and on the anniversary of the death of a close relative.

Although the prayer itself contains no reference to death, its use in this regard perhaps arose from the belief that saying the praises of God would help the souls of the dead find everlasting peace.“Every individual who survived that other world, has a duty to leave documentation behind so that future generations will remember and will not forget,” said Ms. Deuel.

Note: More than 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, six million were Polish citizens. Three million were Polish Jews and another three million were Polish Christians and Catholics. Most of the remaining mortal victims were from other countries including Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, France and even Germany. The Nazis believed that both the Jews and Gypsies were racially inferior and degenerate and therefore worthless. Like the Jews, the Gypsies were also moved into special areas set up by the Nazis. Half a million Gypsies, almost the entire Eastern European Gypsy population, was wiped out during the Holocaust

The Nazis decided that it was a waste of time and money to support the handicapped. During Hitler’s “cleansing program”, thousands of people with various disabilities were deemed useless and simply put to death like dogs and cats.”In the postwar world, Auschwitz has come to symbolize genocide in the twentieth century. But Auschwitz was only the last, most perfect Nazi killing center. The entire killing enterprise had started in January 1940 with the murder of the most helpless human beings, institutionalized handicapped patients…”

Because Hitler’s plan for a great Master Race had no room for any homosexuals, many males including German, were persecuted, tortured and executed. Homosexual inmates were forced to wear pink triangles on their clothes to further humiliate inside the camps. Between 5,000 to 15,000 homosexuals died in concentration camps.Jehovah Witnesses were forced to wear purple armbands and thousands were imprisoned as “dangerous” traitors because they refused to take a pledge of loyalty to the Third Reich.

It is widely recognized that Hitler learned few would question his action since he knew that nations stood by and did nothing during the Armenian Genocide from 1915-1916 (with subsidiaries to 1922-23). One and a half million Armenians were slaughtered, out of a total of two and a half million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.Holocaust Yom Hashoah Remembrance education is included in the Bergen Museum Mission Statement. The Museum strives to bring about an awareness and understanding of the Holocaust to the pubic through art exhibits and special programs. Please contact the Museum to volunteer for the 2006 program.

01 May

Transcultural New Jersey Exhibit Held Over to March 18th, 2005

Transcultural Exhibit
Transcultural New Jersey Exhibit. Held Over to March 18th

March 12th 2:00 PM: Book Signing & Reception with Bisa Butler, Antonio A. Puri and Monica S. Camin
Meet The Artist Reception $10. January Time & Date To Be Announced
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00 PM
Guest Pianist and Refreshments: $10

Pictures from Exhibit are posted here
Transcultural New Jersey is believed to be the first art exhibition program in the country to carry a central statewide theme. The Bergen Museum participates in this exhibit of important artists to its main gallery in Paramus, NJ. A report from the U.S. Census Bureau has inspired the December 2003 launch of the “Transcultural New Jersey Arts and Education Initiative,” a yearlong, statewide initiative spearheaded by Rutgers University, the university’s Office for Intercultural Initiatives and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, in partnership with New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television. The project is designed to move local visual artists from under represented populations into the mainstream art world, provide insight into the state’s immigrant population, foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, and enrich school curricula. Exhibit runs to January 28th, 2005.
The Bergen Museum is one of Twenty-four N.J. educational institutions, arts organizations, museums, galleries and libraries that have collaborated to explore and promote the works of African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American artists. Rutgers, and NJN developed a Transcultural New Jersey compact disk for New Jersey teachers with lesson plan and other materials.

01 May

Bergen Museum of Art & Science Presents The Bergen 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival, October 14th-16th, 2004

Bergen Museum of Art & Science
Presents The Bergen 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival

Held at the Bergen Mall Shopping Center

Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ 07652

Thursday October 14th, 2004

“Nite at the Opera”

Ms Jeanne Castle; Songs of Broadway
Miss America’s 1st Place Talent Winner
Miss New Jersey, Soprano Erica Scanlon
Performing Favorite Arias
$25. Per person – refreshments severed.

Friday October 15, 2004

“2004 Artists & Crafters Reception”

Ms. Clem Artist In Concert
Piano Jazz – “Lady In Her Gloves”
$5. Admission
Free to the October 16th 2004
Art Show & Sale Participants

Saturday October 16th, 2004

Best In Show Awarded 4:30PM
Artists: 2004 Best In Show Crafters: 2004 Best In Show

Eline Garvin Carol L. Forzani
Sonia Grineva Suzanne Rogacki
Michelle Himes Anna M. Szanto
Alice Jacab Elizabeth Levine Wandelmaier
Vesselin Kourtev
Roni LaVine
Magdalena Nemesh
Ruth Bauer Neustader
Artists Application Form

www.njfestival.com ∙ www.thebergenmuseum.com

Note: This year the Art Show is being held on the main Promenade. It will take up the length of the Mall’s walkway from “Off 5th” to “Value City”
Thanks to BC The Magazine for their continued support of the Bergen Museum

Opportunities to sponsor this exciting program or to advertise in the Festival printed program are available.