Centenary Stage Company

Charged with filling the new Lackland Center with a vital array of events, the Centenary Stage Company now provides a program of non-stop performing arts events for patrons from all over New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Colleges and Universities

An invitation to the examined life, the altered course, the awakened mind, and perhaps, even, the inspired heart.

Dodge and Duke Estates

If a little money can be made to go a long way, surely a lot of money can be made to go a long, long way.

Farmstead Arts Center

Farmstead Arts, in Basking Ridge, is a vibrant arts center and serves as a model for adaptive reuse of an historic treasure.

Haven at St. Hubert's for Unhappy Dogdom

Of all the things that Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge left behind -- €”the thirty-five room mansion, hundreds of acres of prime real estate, a Fifth Avenue townhouse, enough sterling silver trophies and bronze sculptures to sink a small ship, museum quality paintings, and a forty-four carat sapphire -- St. Hubert's Giralda may have been the one she valued most.

Hunterdon Art Museum

In 1952 a group composed of artists and community leaders acquired the stone gristmill for use as a nonprofit cultural center.

Impressions at Peters Valley Crafts Center

Plan your summer eduvacation with a class at Peters Valley.

NJ School of Conservation

The New Jersey School of Conservation is the Environmental Education Field Campus of Montclair State University. Located 57 miles from the Essex County campus, on a 240-acre tract within the boundaries of Stokes State Forest in Sussex County, it is the oldest university-operated environmental education center in the nation.

Star Bright

The UACNJ facilities in Jenny Jump State Forest, near Hope in Warren County, are 1,100 feet above sea level, one of the few dark sky locations left in the state.

The Seeing Eye: Puppy Love

For the formative steps in a guide dog's youth, The Seeing Eye relies on a network of Puppy Raisers throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania who participate in a program that began in 1942 as a joint effort with 4-H Youth Development.

Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center

A long gravel path leads the way to the Tibetan Buddhist learning center in rural Washington Township.

Art Galleries

The artist's outlet is an art gallery or a store, and like the art within its walls a gallery can come in a variety of composition a for-profit commercial venture either privately or corporate-owned, a "co-op" group of artists who get together to sell their own work, or a non-profit as part of an educational organization or simply Here we take a look at how a few galleries in the Skylands sell art.

Artist Joan Tanner

Many of Joan's still life oil paintings are influenced by the colors and eccentric nature of Bucks County. She particularly tries to choose items and arrangements that convey the beauty in everyday life—the pop of green from a bowl of baking apples being readied for a pie or the sparkle of light on a grapefruit section at breakfast. Her family enjoyed collecting antiques, which often end up beside pears and berries from local farms in her paintings.

Dan Campanelli

Seldom are artists able to remain so completely loyal to their original vision while achieving popular success.

David Rush Paints Waterloo Village

Artist David Rush paint images of Waterloo Village in Northwest New Jersey.

Delaware River School of Art

The land along the Delaware River is rife with artists who portray the river and its environment in all its splendor. Here are just four outdoors enthusiasts and artists who honor this federally-designated “Scenic and Recreational River” and surrounding landscape as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) celebrates the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.

Delaware Valley Artist, Fred Kirberger

In 1952, when most of us that were here were still dabbling in crayons, Fred Kirberger was already at work as an illustrator with Charles E. Cooper Studio in New York City. Although he has painted scenes from Maine to Seattle, Kirberger was always drawn to the Delaware Water Gap since his days “as a kid” when he went to Shawnee to hear Fred Waring’s orchestra.

Delaware Valley Artist, Ken Metcalf

The free-flowing, undammed Delaware River has inspired Columbia resident Ken Metcalf, for twenty years with its beauty and the way light plays off the water. “The river is awesome,” he says. “How peaceful it is. And the way light reflects causes me to be reflective and meditative.”

Delaware Valley Artist, Marie Liu

"I am intrigued by the history of where I live, and I like to reveal it back to people in my painting," says Marie Liu, first Artist in Residence of DEWA from summer 2015 to 2016. Liu was a landscape painter in Orange County, New York, frustrated because beautiful places were usually private property. Now in Milford, her dreams have come true with the freedom to hike and explore a wealth of state and federal land, perfectly open to the public.

Delaware Valley Artist, William Hobbs

William D. Hobbs, biologist, teacher and oil painter, builds his style upon the Hudson River School artists’ reverence for the natural world. He is inspired by late 19th century art and writings of Thoreau and the scientific aspect that everything in nature is worth studying. “With my training as a biologist, painting is another form of exploration. Science and art are one,” he says. The combination reveals itself in his work, where the viewer can almost feel the sunlight and moving water that is the focus of most of his paintings. More...

Gallery 24/7

Somerset County’s countywide public art show, on traffic control boxes.

Harmony Ridge

Robert Lobe adapts the ancient technique of repoussé to to reinvent nature from the Kittatinny ridge.

Itsuko Ishiguro, Potter

A petite woman stands behind the counter at Gallery 23, in Blairstown, so I walk over to a triangular display of pottery and cupcakes on the top shelf. Chocolate swirl, maple… they are clay, stoneware and porcelain, the art of Itsuko Ishiguro.

Jack Wood; Artifice To Art

We'd set up a dozen crows when this red tail came from behind our blind and grabbed a decoy. The hawk took it down to the ground and mantled over it, Jack Wood recalled, describing a hawk's stance over its prey. "The hawk was there for a good five minutes before it realized the crow was wood. I guess it was a compliment to my carving."

John Crouse; I Paint What I Know

The rural scenes painted by Hunterdon County artist John Crouse are gaining notice.

John Mullane

John’s subjects include a wide variety of wildlife, landscapes, and people in Northwest New Jersey and the eastern United States.

Manfred Scheel Wildlife Carvings

Manfred Scheel's wood carvings are likely inspiration for any artist's quest for excellence.

Mural Artists

A sense of place in space.

Ode to Jean

Kim Pollard's photographs recall the wreckage left by the Tocks Island project, as well as Jean Zipser's efforts to preserve the heritage of the Delaware River Valley.

Outdoor Sculpture

Art in a private landscape is the accoutrement that makes a vista delectable. No matter the style, form or medium, it causes pause in our hurried lives as we scurry through our garden's gate. It brings pleasure to those who enjoy spending time in their gardens and yards. Henry L. Mencken said, "The true function of art is to criticize, embellish and edit nature...and so make it coherent and lovely."

Paint the Town

Bob Bogue's paintings of Boonton were encouraged by his boyhood friends from the 1930s.

Painters and Visual Artists

Profiles of painters and visual artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Painters and Visual Artists

Profiles of painters and visual artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Ricky Boscarino at Luna Park

Twenty-five years ago Ricky Boscarino bought a hunting cabin in the Sandyston woods and has been modifying it with a passion ever since. It is Luna Parc, an environment created by Ricky, artist, jeweler, builder.

Sculpture Artists

Artist profiles.

Ursula Hamann, Paper-cut artist, Poet

When Ursula Hamann came to the United States from Germany with her husband John in 1954 she took the painterly scene by storm. Her oils, watercolors and pastels won accolades and rewards and a place in the American Artists Professional League. When illness struck 30 years later and the demands of painting stilled her hand, she returned to her roots, her childhood art of paper-cutting.

Vernal Equinox

In a hemlock forest surrounding a little stream, snow remains packed, although receding, the stream's current running high and cold, coltsfoot spreading over an exposed shoal, a touch of yellow to brighten the otherwise bland landscape.

Wayne Card, Outside Artist

Walking through Wayne Card’s property is a privileged experience—like a ride in a spaceship to Planet Card. Fun, adventurous, and definitely unique, the man delights in making art, whether structural, commemorative or functional, sometimes unknown even to him, but always flamboyant.

Wildlife Artists

Profiles of wildlife artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Wildlife Artists

Profiles of wildlife artists in Northwest New Jersey.

Winter Photography

With a shift in perspective, photographers can fall in love with our short, cold days of winter

Bobby Caldwell: In the Pocket

Bobby Caldwell loved Warren County so much he moved here from San Diego, California in 2004 Bobby Caldwell loved Warren County so much he moved here from San Diego in 2004 when he married his wife Mary.

Heir Guitar

Mike Esposito remembers Joseph Kekuku, inventor of the steel guitar, who was buried in Dover.

Jazz, Pop and Blues

Profiles of musicians in Northwest New Jersey.

Jazz, Pop and Blues

Profiles of musicians in Northwest New Jersey.

Jersey Rocks

Who can resist the Jersey Rocks exhibit at the Morris Museum? No, it's not about geology. It's about Rock & Roll, and, no matter who you are, there's something there that relates to you, whether you're from New Jersey or not.

Masterworks Chorus

Its been fifty short years since the original 28 members of Morristown's Masterwork Chorus began bringing praiseworthy performances of classic choral works to audiences in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.

Phil Woods: Straight Ahead

In the last ten years, Ed Coyne has produced seventy-five concerts in Northwest New Jersey, employing more than 250 jazz musicians; greats such as David "Fathead" Newman, Houston Person, The Four Freshmen, All Star Jazz Sessions, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, and Maurice Hines. But none greater than Phil Woods, one of the finest alto saxophone players of all time, who lives in Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Stages and Venues

Well-known venues and stage for music in Northwest New Jersey.

The Folk Project

With activities and events throughout northern New Jersey, the Folk Project has developed over forty years as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit music-centered organization.

Centenary Stage Company

Charged with filling the new Lackland Center with a vital array of events, the Centenary Stage Company now provides a program of non-stop performing arts events for patrons from all over New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Children's Theater

The theatre community in the Skylands Region is rich with educational and children productions.

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College

Getting people off the couch and away from their flat screens is no easy task. Here is how a local professional theater manages to satisfy a widely diverse audience, sometimes with as much drama off as on the stage.

Tri State Actors Theatre

A first-rate group of professional Equity actors, their organization named the Tri-State Actors Theater, resides in Sussex Borough. Their Artistic Director is Paul Meacham.

Working Theaters

Production companies and presentation houses require different, but equally challenging skills, to survive. Getting people off the couch and away from their flat screens is no easy task. Here is how local professional theaters manage to satisfy a widely diverse audience, sometimes with as much drama off as on the stage.

Antique Pique

Discover the skill of yesterday's craftsmen and the beauty of the distinctive furniture, jewelry and other durable goods they made from the raw, and improved with fine carvings and functional embellishments

Blacksmiths

So, think you know the difference between a blacksmith and a welder? Although hobbyist blacksmiths have increased in numbers over recent years, not many people know the answer.

Cabinet Makers

In this fast-paced world of convenience and disposable goods, few things are meant to last, sometimes even the fabric of daily life. "House Beautiful" may be surface only, the trend for do-it-yourself lending itself to quick and easy fixes kitchen cabinets included.

Common Threads Quilting Exhibition

Common Threads: Quilting Traditions in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, a major exhibition of 48 Hunterdon County quilts dating from 1832 to 2013, celebrates the 300th Anniversary of Hunterdon County.

Country Veterinarians

Many veterinarians live and work in northwest Jersey's farm country, but few are solo practitioners working from home without the assistance of other vets or technicians, venturing where they must to serve their paying and non-paying clients and patients.

Guitar Makers

In the great hills and valleys of Northwest Jersey, where dreams are big and the trees are tall, men with a love for music and wood tend to their craft with passion

Hot Rod Arts

The fever of buying, restoring, modifying, collecting and driving "hot rods" and "classic cars" is spreading. More than ever, people appreciate the way cars used to be built for performance, appearance and luxury, and they're investing in them for fun and profit.

Impressions at Peters Valley Crafts Center

Plan your summer eduvacation with a class at Peters Valley.

Jewelers

Come Valentine's Day, or whatever special occasion lurks in the near future, take advantage of the special talents resident in crafts shops, galleries and jewelry stores. Take some time to seek out the creations that speak a little louder so that the one you hold dear cannot help but hear when you say "I love you." Give some art with heart

Mark Simon's Terraplane Resonator Guitars

It's not hard to find a factory stamped, mass-produced resonator guitar. Were you in the market, however, for one of these amazing music machines, custom-made and tailored exactly to your tastes, you're best bet might be in Bridgewater, NJ, where Mark Simon makes both his home and the astonishing Terraplane resonator guitar.

Marks of a Champion

Realizing that he was an important part of their history, the USGA invited Doug Richardson to the 2015 U. S. Open to engrave the trophy for the winner, live and in person, in front of the TV cameras. For the first time, Jordan Spieth observed his name being engraved into the trophy in the way Paul Revere would have done it.

Potters

Here is art made from the very essence of the earth, fired by age-old processes, and refined by a learned combination of tradition, intellect, and emotion.

First Snow

It started, as most things do, innocently enough, with a single flake fluttering shyly toward the lawn that was hidden under the fallen leaves. A moment later another followed and then another.

Fishing With Faeries

Explore the charm of a place removed entirely from the ordinary aspects of everyday life; the kind of place you might find faraway in Montana or northern Ontario.

Nightsong and the Raven

You might think that a photographer and nature enthusiast would logically construct something like a glossy, coffee table style volume full of striking pictures, graced with technical notes about the wolf's life-cycle and it's precarious position in the modern world. But Dan has taken, as usual, another road.

November Song

Some days unfold slowly, but listen carefully to catch their rhythm, and you may enjoy the tune. This morning, I wake to the sound of honking, as a squadron of geese reconnoiters the lake north of our house. Outside the bedroom window, the leaves of a maple burn red against an ashen sky. Across the yard, a mixed flock of robins and waxwings pick through the powdery-blue berries of two red cedars that flank the gravel drive, which flows through our property like a long set of rapids, opening into a wide pool.

Promise of the Season

For weeks we have heard the gobbles and clucks of turkeys coming from the deep woods, a small flock of hens and another of immature jakes venturing into the yard to peck at the seed under our bird feeders, but lately, toms have appeared strutting onto the pond's earthen dam, the ducks unimpressed with their elaborate display.

Spring Fishing

I’m seated on a trunk of a pin oak that fell across the width of the stream. The run above it rushes along the edge of the far bank, a portion of which has collapsed around the exposed roots of the tree. For this small brook, the run is considered a long one.

Zookeepers Daughter

The Zookeeper’s Daughter is the journal of Lori Space Day, the third generation at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, N.J

Masssage Treatments

Massage is often suggested in regular programs for stress management both physical and emotional.

Psychics

Season of the mystic

Yoga

The idea is that the state of your health, or "wellness", is the whole of the various components of your life: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.

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