07 May 2010

Hillsborough Art Show May 20 and 21

[From the Hillsborough Township Web Site]

Hillsborough Cultural Arts Commission 6th Annual Art Exhibit - May 20th & 21st

Unveiling of New Public Art Collection Portrait

Release Date: May 07, 2010

The Hillsborough Township Cultural Arts Commission proudly announces the 6th Annual Art Exhibit at the Municipal Complex. The show will be open to the public on May 20, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on May 21, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. As many as 300 pieces of art are expected to be on display.

Prizes totaling $3,000.00 will be awarded in two divisions – Student Two-Dimensional Art and Photography created by Somerset County High School students and Adult Two-Dimensional Art and Photography created by Hillsborough’s adult artists. Artwork and photography will be judged by a group of world class professional artisans working in a number of disciplines. The judges will be available during the afternoon of May 20th to speak with entrants and guests alike.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to enjoy and admire the work of local artists. I am especially excited to see the newest addition to Hillsborough’s Public Art Collection," stated Committeeman Anthony Ferrera, liaison to the Commission.

The Public Art Collection – the brainchild of International award winning illustrator and portrait artist Kevin Murphy, will be a series of paintings depicting notable Hillsborough residents from yesterday and today. The student grand prize winner in each Annual Art Exhibit will receive a $1000.00 commission and the opportunity to work with Mr. Murphy in his Hillsborough studio to create the portrait.

The first painting in the Collection is a portrait of Assemblyman Peter Biondi, painted and donated by Kevin Murphy himself. Last year’s grand prize winner, Gabrielle Fiorillo, has been working on the second portrait – a painting of opera singer Anna Case Mackay – which will be displayed for the first time at 7:30 p.m. on May 20th.

Greg Gillette, chairman of the Cultural Arts Commission, will speak about local legend Anna Case at the unveiling. "Anna Case, although not well-remembered today, was a huge star in the first half of the 20th century," said Gillette. "The daughter of the South Branch blacksmith, she rose to become a star at the Metropolitan Opera, a best-selling Edison recording artist, an in-demand concert performer, and a pioneer in both radio and motion pictures."

For more information about the show, or to enter your work in the adult division, please contact Marie Hankins, 908-672-7041, lucashankins2@comcast.net or Nancy Edwards, 908-359-2516, nancy.edwards@comcast.net .

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