Second Annual Two Mills Plein Air Festival Is April 17

— The Hunterdon Art Museum and the Red Mill Museum Village are teaming up again to sponsor the Two Mills Plein Air Festival on Sunday, April 17.

Artists of all skill levels can enjoy a fun day outdoors creating art at one of New Jersey’s most scenic views along the South Branch of the Raritan River. Artists are welcome to work with watercolors, pastels, charcoal or any other media.

The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with light refreshments, and concludes with a wine-and-cheese reception on HAM’s outdoor terrace starting at 4 p.m. One artist’s painting will be chosen best in show, as determined by the jurors, and will receive a $100 prize. Honorable Mentions will be noted for best watercolor, oil and mixed-media art.

Rain date is Sunday, April 24.

Artists can learn more about the event and register online through the Hunterdon Art Museum’s website at www.hunterdonartmuseum.org. Cost to register is $35 ($30 for Red Mill or HAM members) through April 8, and $45 ($40 for members) afterwards. Artists can also register the day of the event in the Red Mill’s parking lot.

Artists Maureen Chatfield, Chris Koep and Lena Shiffman will serve as the jurors for this event. Chatfield has taught several classes at the Hunterdon Art Museum. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, most recently at Rosenberg & Co., New York City, and is in private and corporate collections, including Decca Records and Tiffany & Co.

Koep is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Raritan Valley Community College, and has received a pair of New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship grants, as well as McDowell, Yaddo and Millay fellowships.

Shiffman is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL). Her first book, Keeping a Christmas Secret, written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, received a Christopher Award in 1989. Her book, Dancing with Manatees, has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

The Museum is at 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, New Jersey, 08809. Our website is www.hunterdonartmuseum.org and our telephone number is 908-735-8415. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm and suggested admission is $5.

ABOUT THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art and design in a 19th century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Founded in 1952, the Museum is a landmark regional art center showcasing works by established and emerging contemporary artists. It also offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.

HAM programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation, The Bunbury Company, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899