2019 Annual Perkins Board of Trustees Meeting

2019 Annual Perkins Board of Trustees Meeting

Please join Perkins Center for the Arts for the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the Historic Perkins Manor in Moorestown and will be accompanied by light refreshments.

Join us for the Executive Director’s report detailing the successes of Perkins Center during 2018-2019 year; have a chance to meet Perkins Board of Trustees; hear about new opportunities for this coming year and ask questions. This meeting is free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you!

CANCELLED: The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

CANCELLED: The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

*Unfortunately, we have to cancel this evenings’ Butterfly event. We look forward to seeing people atthe October 22nd event at 7 pm in Collingswood for the Mountains and Valleys theme.**

Storytelling, Performance Poetry and Spoken Word in the Oral Tradition

Join us, as we radically change minds and hearts at transformative, uncensored adult storytelling concerts.

The Butterfly is a FREE community storytelling concert held the 4th Tuesday of each month at our Collingswood location from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Storytelling is the first art form.  From its inception on the continent of Africa, storytelling has been steeped in communal ethos.  It is an amalgamated event of teller and audience.  It teaches lessons, empowers voice and maintains societal values.  It makes us laugh, cry, gasp, hold on and release — It connects.

If you would like to participate as a teller, please Submit to Tell Here by the 1st Tuesday of the Month.

Call for Featured tellers for the Following Themes:

2019 Schedule:

March 26: Herstory
April 23: Love Me, Love Me Not
May 28: Lessons from the Little Ones
June 25: Inspired Curiosity
July 23: First Time
September 24: Scars
October 22: Mountains and Valleys
November 26: The Holidays

Be encouraged to indulge your creativity around the theme.

For more information about our Folklife Center & The Butterfly please click here.

 

 

FREE DeCafe House Concert with The Butterfly Storytelling

FREE DeCafe House Concert with The Butterfly Storytelling

Join us on August 23rd in Moorestown at 6:30 pm for a FREE concert with Soulport and featuring The Butterfly storytellers Dwight James
and Denise McCormack. This is the return of the DeCafe House Concert series.

The Moorestown DeCafe is a warm coffeehouse environment where great folks gather to enjoy live folk music, jazz, the blues, or world music once per month. Performers range from nationally known singer-songwriters like Michael Smith, Debbie McClatchy, and Chris Smither to talented local musicians on the verge of breaking out.

Approximately 75 guests attend each performance, providing an intimate setting for audience and performers alike. In keeping with its coffeehouse inspiration, the cost of admission includes coffee, tea, and light fare.

The paid series continues from September to March.

Concert dates:

August 23rd (**starts at 6:30 pm**) – FREE concert with Soulport and Storytelling with “The Butterfly” series themed “Rhythms of Life” with tellers Dwight James and Denise McCormack.

September 13th – Grady Hoss

October 11th – Madeline Finn

November 8th – Soulport

January 10th – Brian Betz featuring Denis DiBlasio

February 14th – April Mae and the June Bugs

March 13th – TBD

Doors open at 7:30pm and shows start at 8:15pm

A season subscription to the Moorestown DeCafe Coffeehouse Concert Series provides you with one ticket to each of the 6 concerts in the 2017-2018 season. Season subscriptions are $140. Individual tickets are $25 each (admission includes light refreshments).

Please note that a season subscriptions and individual tickets will not be printed – your name will be on the list at the door on the day of each concert.

Mosaic Society of Philadelphia Annual Exhibition

 

 

 

 

Annual Exhibition

May 18 – June 22, 2019

Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18 | 5 – 8pm

 

Handcrafted 2019

Saturday May 11, 2019
Official Event Opening: 6:15-10 pm $100
Exclusive VIP Early Admission: 5-6:30 pm $25 additional

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Perkins’ Handcrafted 2019 will be the premiere arts experience in the region.

Join Perkins Center for the Arts for its 9th annual celebration of all things handcrafted on Saturday evening, May 11, 2019 at a secret Moorestown location to be unveiled that night!
FAQ’s Download

•Shuttle transport to secret, 20+ acre estate in Moorestown never before opened to public
•Docent tours of gardens, grounds and buildings, some dating back to the 1800s
•Artisanal local cuisine from Harvest Seasonal Grill, Saving Thyme, Sweet Lucy’s, paired with exclusive wine tastings of small batch imports selected for the occasion
•Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake creating delicious desserts through demonstration
•Craft beer sampling provided by Devil’s Creek Brewery, Eight & Sand Beer Co., Flying Fish Brewing Co., Lower Forge Brewery, and spirits sampling by Hewn Spirits
•Artistic demonstrations, including glass blowing, ceramics
•Live music and Bachata dance instruction with Maestro Flaco
•Auction of 1st annual Plein Air exhibition – outdoor art created in Camden & Burlington Counties
•Silent Auction with items from the Kimmel Center, the Ritz Theater, Broadway Theater, plus local restaurants, Pilates and Yoga studios
•Illustrations by renowned artist Denise Fike

Purchase your tickets today! 

All funds raised through the event support the arts and education programs and services at Perkins Center for the Arts, a 501(c)3 organization.

If you are interested in participating in Handcrafted 2019 as a sponsor, in-kind donor, volunteer, or to learn more about the event, please contact Kelly Gannon, Manager of Marketing & Events at kgannon@perkinscenter.org or 856-235-6488 ext. 316.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

2019 Participating Artisan Food & Beverage Companies:

Chef Bennett of Classic Cakes | Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar | Saving Thyme Catering | Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse | Hewn Spirits | Devils Creek Brewery | Flying Fish Brewing Co. | Lower Forge Brewery | Eight & Sand Beer Co. | Origin Almond

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Holman Automotive Group | Horizon Foundation for New Jersey | PNC Arts Alive | Miller Subaru | Bayada Home Health Care | Garrison Architects | Kitchen & Associates | Tickner Wealth Advisors of Janny Montgomery Scott | Republic Bank | CareKinesis

Conversation on Culture – Asian Art

Jensen Cheng will present on his role as a teacher of Asian Culture & Arts and will show examples of Chinese brush painting, ceramics, and origami. Jenson teaches classes for adults and children throughout Philadelphia and South Jersey.
Perkins is pleased to offer his Bamboo Brush Painting and Asian Arts for Kids classes this spring.

The series will be held in the Living Room Gallery at Perkins Center in Moorestown.

This series is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Social Artworking programs are focused on eliminating barriers to the arts. These acts of Social Artworking are made possible with the support of PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

Members & Faculty Exhibition

This annual exhibition in Moorestown features work by staff, faculty and members of Perkins Center for the Arts. It is a diverse exhibition that includes art in a variety of mediums; including ceramic, photography, watercolor, pastel, gouache, oil, acrylic, crayon, pen, pencil, fiber and digital art.

Delivery of Work: April 15 – 26, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 | 1 – 3pm

Exhibition Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 10am – 2pm | Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4pm

PROSPECTUS SUBMIT WORK

 

Plein Air Competition & Exhibition

Perkins Center for the Arts announces our 1st Annual Plein Air Competition and Exhibition at our annual Handcrafted 2019 fundraiser, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The 2019 competition begins for participating artists one week prior to the event on May 4 – May 9, 2019. The finished works of art must be turned in by 11:00 a.m. that morning to the event site. Handcrafted will begin at 5:00 p.m. and award winners will be announced at the evening reception. Artists will receive a ticket to the event.

PROSPECTUS SUBMIT WORK

 

Directions to Possible Sites to Paint:

Smithville Mansion

Riverton Yacht Club

Croft Farm

Taylors Lane

Delair RR

Conversations on Culture – Tai Chi & Qi Gong 

We invite you to come and experience the benefits of learning to practice of Tai Chi & Qi Gong with Ray Blume, LMFT, Tai Chi / Qi Gong Instructor.

About Tai Chi & Qi Gong:

Qi Gong: Not Just Exercise, but a Recipe for Balancing Ones Life

Qi Gong aids in balancing your internal life with your external life. Moving slowly, in a controlled way activates the Qi (bio-electric energy) through the body to promote healing. Because the movements are done slowly, without tension in the body, the circulation improves which aids in the healing process. It takes energy to go slowly in a controlled way and Qi Gong is considered to be a moving meditation, The practice of Qi Gong is the cultivation of the Qi energy in the body and the exchange of Qi with the environment and is accomplished through mindful awareness of body sensations and breath as one moves slowly in a controlled way without tension in the body.

Tai Chi is a martial art form done the same way as Qi Gong and is not just exercise. It develops self-awareness, self-acceptance and self –assertion through the flow of continuous movement. Both Tai Chi and Qi Gong IMPROVES COORDIANTION, HARMONY AND UNDERSTANDING and allows you to enjoy the freedom of experiencing the merging of the mind and body through the “felt sense.”

Qi Gong and Tai Chi have many health benefits, and is recommended for treatment of hyper-tension, arthritis, heart attack recovery, back pain, Parkinson’s, Shingles, Asthma, Diabetes, Anxiety, and Depression, and Fibromyalgia, just to name a few.

Ray is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor with the American Tai Chi Association and is teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the William Rorher Center for Health and Fitness in Voorhees, and at the Virtua certified medical gyms in Moorestown and Washington Township since 2008, and the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.  He is also instructs special needs young adults at the TOPS program in Cherry Hill in  Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

The series will be held in the Living Room Gallery at Perkins Center in Moorestown.

This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

Photography 37 Awards Exhibition

Featuring Three Outstanding Artists in Photography

John Clarke

Annarita Gentile

Aubrey J. Kauffman

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 6-9 PM

Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue | Collingswoood, NJ

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

About the Artists:

John Clarke’s interest in photography developed while he was an architectural student at Cooper Union in the late 1960s. The Cooper students were generally, very talented, poor, living in rundown lofts on the lower east side and struggling to find their way into the design world. The first year architectural students took all their classes with the art students, so they got a great introduction to freehand drawing, two and three dimensional design. At the suggestion of one of his design professors, John bought a used Nikon and began to shoot black and white film around New York City. Slowly photography began to be part of John’s architectural presentations.

After receiving a master’s degree from Columbia University, John was offered a position as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture teaching first year year design. The subject of his photography shifted from urban landscapes to rural landscapes and traditional building structure. John’s photo medium changed from black and white film to color slides. The slides left no room for post processing. The crop and exposure you got at the time of taking the photo was the end of the story. You had to get the image right in the camera.

Fast forward some years, John moved to New Jersey and founded Clarke Caton Hintz, a high recognized, award winning architectural and planning firm based in Trenton. During the time John was practicing architecture, the world changed from analog to digital. When he started, architects drew everything by hand. Now, virtually everything an architect designs is drawn with the aid of a computer. The same dramatic change has occurred in photography. Architects and designers went from having vast color slide collections to using digital cameras, Lightroom and Photoshop to illustrate their design intentions.

While in architectural practice, John specialized in the design of large scale, mixed use communities. This interest in urban design gave him a reason to travel extensively both in the U.S and abroad. Photography became critical to his urban design work and documenting his travels became a source of great enjoyment.

Since retirement from architectural practice, John has devoted his artistic talents to fine art photography. His background as an architect is evident in the composition and structure of his photos. A life time of looking intensely at his surrounding is evident in the quality of his images.

 

Annarita Gentile – As a photographer, I aim to reflect the world around me as I experience it. That is saying a lot, to try to show in an image a personal experience. Some of this aim is accomplished through composition and editing are a result of an individual process and a lot of luck.

We carry emotional narratives deep within our internal world. The narrative holds the meaning to what we see. The mind reacts to an image in .33 seconds. Once we registered what we see, our own meaning is applied to the image.

My work as an artist coincides with my psychoanalytic career. I approach all of my endeavors with a desire to understand my own motivations and how my perspective is formed by my feelings. My emotional perspective and hopefully, expressed production is evident in both my artistic pursuits and professional hours.

For me, the creative process on a shoot occurs in a seamless process from the drive that comes from inspiration to the act of composition. Studio work is an attempt to continue the messaging by selecting certain images and editing which involves a variety of choices.

The message in this portfolio is one of glorious celebration through shapes and colors. For me, this work symbolizes a part of the story of the natural journey from hibernation, and germination, to the blossoming period shown here. What is expressed through the colors, shapes textures and the infinite possibilities of these flowers is a triumph and celebratory victory. And as brilliant as it is, there is some darkness and the sense that change is not far away. This is about the immediacy of the moment. The photos in this collection are flowers in Botanical Gardens in Pennsylvania and Maine, as well as various wooded locations.

 

Aubrey J. Kauffman is a photographer living and working in New Jersey.  He received his BA in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  He has taught photography at Mason Gross, Middlesex County College, Mercer County Community College and Community College of Philadelphia.

He was Guest Curator for  “Landscapes: Social Political Traditional” at Rider University, in Lawrenceville, NJ, and was Co-Curator for “On Photography: Culture, History and the Narrative” with LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Mason Gross Galleries in New Brunswick.

His photography has been included in group exhibitions including: The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover DE, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA; The 38th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia , PA and Expo 35 at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, New York.

He has exhibited in solo shows at The New Jeresey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Enfoco at 7th and 2ND Street Gallery, New York, NY; Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, Texas; the Marguerite & James Gallery Hutchins Gallery at the Gruss Center of Visual Arts in  Lawrenceville, NJ and the Rider University Art Gallery in Lawrenceville, NJ.

He was awarded the Brovero Photography Prize by Mason Gross. His work was named “Best in Collection” by Alpha Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ.  He was awarded  3rd Place in the Urban Landscapes exhibit at the New York Center for Photographic Arts.

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ,  Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.

At present he is a Contributing Producer for “State of the Arts” broadcast on PBS and a Contributing Journalist for US1 in Princeton, NJ.