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Friday, Dec 6 | 5-7 PM | Free
Sauce for the Goose Holiday Sale - Opening Reception
Do†your holiday shopping at the Arts Council of Princeton's Annual "Sauce for the Goose" Art Sale. It will showcase regional artists, artisans and crafters featuring a mix of fine art and functional crafts, including paintings, drawings, functional and decorative ceramics, and more!†December 6-December 21.
Friday, Dec 6 | 5:30 PM | Free
Cool Women Poets - Reading and Publication Party
Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Bonham Lies, Joyce Greenberg Lott, Judy Rowe Michaels, Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson launch their new book, Cool Women, Volume Five. Party and book sales will follow the reading. J.C. Todd says, "Woven together the Cool Women become a nine-voice choreopoem on the profound and ordinary transformations of mature life." Peter Murphy says, "Don't be fooled by the title. These Cool Women are hot, and their poems are tough." Edwin Romond writes, "In Cool Women Volume Five nine seasoned poets offer poems of eloquence and insight."
Saturday, Dec 7 | 10 am-4 PM | $90/$70 acp Members
More Joyful Art Journaling Workshop
This class is integrated with previous journaling classes but there is no prerequisite necessary to participate. These all day workshops will introduce a variety of journaling ideas but will focus on a different technique each Saturday that will allow students to complete a single journal page. Participants should bring a lunch or a snack. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor. Register here.
Friday, DeC 13 | 8 PM | $10/$8 ACP MEMBERS, SENIORS & STUDENTS
Sound Bites featuring Sarah Donner with Special Guests
Sarah features quirky lyrics, powerful vocals, punchy guitar, and a candid stage presence that has the audience embracing her. She will be joined by special guests Jeanette Lynne, John Anealio and Sheltered Turtle. The concert will feature a loose holiday theme. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Special offer: Bring your receipt from any Terra Momo restaurant (Mediterra, Teresa Caffe or Eno Terra) from that evening and receive one free admission to the show per dinner entree! After the show, bring your ticket from the “Sound Bites” concert to Mediterra and receive one free tapas. | flyer
Saturday, Dec 14 | 2-5 PM | $45/$35 ACP Members
Felting for the Holidays
Make unique felted holiday ornaments. Participants will use colorful carded wool, carded silk and wool yarn for surface design. Both wet felting and needle felting techniques will be discussed. No knitting involved and beginners are welcome! Materials will be supplied by the instructor at an additional cost of $10 per person. Register here.
Saturday, Dec 14 |
10 am-2 PM | $60/$50 acp members
Choose an "exemplar" from a variety of decorative capitals from the Celtic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and later periods - Latin or Hebrew. Then trace it or copy it, modify it, or if you're feeling adventurous, you may want to design your own. Techniques for inking, building up rich layers of opaque watercolor, and for applying gold leaf are demonstrated. The end result will be one or more frame-able, illuminated initials, approximately 5"x5" in size that would make a perfect gift. Art experience helpful but not required. Please bring a sack lunch and $5 to purchase gold leaf. Register here.
Sunday, Dec 15 | 3 pm | Free
Anthony Branker & Word Play
Anthony Branker & Word Play present a pre-recording session concert performance of a new suite by composer Anthony Branker for his upcoming Forward CD project for Origin Records. Featuring alto saxophonist David Binney, tenor & soprano saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Donald Edwards, conguero Renato Thoms, and vocalist Alison Crockett. Sponsored by the Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies and WPRB. Learn more at the Princeton University Jazz Program website.
Monday, Dec 16 | 5:30-8 pm | Free
Martha Vaughn Book Signing: "Of Time and Place"
Martha Vaughn has traveled the world, shooting in large cities, small villages, and little known, inaccessible regions. Often capturing the delicate balance between architecture and nature, Vaughn’s photographs concentrate on color and composition and the subtleties of light and shadow. As the photographs in Of Time and Place illustrate, Martha Vaughn is a keen observer of the world, often revealing the overlooked, the hidden, the unexpected, and always striving to catch the purely magical moment. Her work is included in the collections of the New Jersey State Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Bermuda Government, the Masterworks Foundation of Bermuda, and in corporate and private collections.
Wednesday, Dec 18 | 7 pm | Free
James Christy Play Reading: "Egyptian Song"
The Arts Council of Princeton hosts a reading of a new play called EGYPTIAN SONG. The play follows the life of a young girl growing up in rural Egypt in the 1920s. This play, loosely based on the childhood of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, tackles social, cultural and political issues between the West and the Middle East that we continue to see in headlines. The story follows an incredibly gifted young girl who needs to dress as a boy to be allowed to travel to the countryside to sing. As her fame grows, her family is threatened by the tension that comes when a young unmarried girl gets the attention its society denies. The play is written by ACP Artist-in-Residence and Princeton playwright James Christy. It will star Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Weeds) and Tala Ashe (Smash), and will be directed by Julliard fellow Michael Barakiva. Original music will be developed and performed by Pew Fellow Hanna Khoury.
Saturday, Dec 21 | 7 pm | $2/$1 ACP members, students & Seniors
Music, poetry, and comedy. For a list of performers, to register, or for more information visit Café Improv's website www.cafeimprov.com.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 | 3-6 pm | Free
Concentric Circles of Influence: The Queenston Press, Contemporary Works – Opening Reception
Concentric Circles of Influence: The Birth of Artists’ Communities in Central New Jersey is a series of art exhibits, film, gallery talks and panel discussions that focus on art communities that developed in central New Jersey beginning in the late 1930s. The artwork exhibited will include original portfolios, historical, and contemporary works displayed in various venues in Mercer County and its environs, including the New Jersey State Museum, the Historical Society of Princeton, Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University, Princeton Public Library, the Gallery at Mercer County Community College, and the Arts Council of Princeton. The ACP’s exhibition will run from January 18 – March 8, 2014.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 | 4:30 pm | Free
PSO's Behind the Music
More details coming soon.
Monday, Jan 20, 2014 | 1-4 pm | free
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Art Workshop
The Arts Council of Princeton, Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, and the Historical Society of Princeton will bring Dr. King's ideals to life and into the community for an afternoon of creative learning, puppet shows, artistic expressions and fun for children! Assisting with the event this year will be the Princeton High School Community Service Group.
Saturday Jan 25, 2014 | 1:30-5:30 pm | $65/$50 ACP Members
Felted Vessel Workshop
Here is a fun way to create a 3 dimensional shape out of wool: in this class students will be felting over an inflatable ball to make a vessel or a bowl. We will explore different ways to manipulate the surface before and after felting. Materials used: dyed, carded wool and silk fibers. Absolutely no knitting is involved and no previous felting experience is necessary. Expect a bit of physical work while making felt. Materials will be supplied by the instructor at an additional cost of $15 per person. Please bring a plastic container, a bar of soap and 2 old towels to class. Ages: 15+ Register here.
Saturdays Jan 25 & Feb 22 | 1-4 pm | $95/$70 ACP Members
Jewelry: Bezel Set Ring Workshop
Participants in this exciting new 2-part workshop (meets 1/25 and 2/22) will learn how to take a cabochon stone and create a hand-fabricated "bezel cup" which will then be soldered to a ring band. These techniques are at the very foundation for anyone who is serious about making silver (or even gold) jewelry. Students who took Simple Soldered Pendant will be able to use their new soldering skills to further their knowledge of jewelry making. However, even if you've never picked up a torch, you will be able to jump right in and learn these techniques. Students in this workshop will come away with such skills as: annealing metal, cutting; soldering; creating a bezel to fit a stone; sizing and fabricating a ring band; attaching the bezel to the ring band; stone setting; filing, sanding and cleanup of the finished piece; polishing options. All work will be done in silver (pure .999 silver and sterling .925 silver) with a semi-precious stone such as onyx. Materials fee for the workshop is $60 for both sessions. Kits include silver bezel wire, gemstone cabochon, silver for ring band. Pliers will be sold in class for $15. If you have tools bring them to class. Ages: 16+ Register here.
Saturday, Feb 1 | 1:30-5:30 pm | $70/$55 ACP Members
Silk Scarves: Design and Dye Workshop
The look of patterned, hand-dyed fabric is everywhere in today's fashion. Discover the timeless art of binding, pleating and dying sumptuous silk to create simply gorgeous scarves to keep or give. In this new hands-on workshop, you will use exotic "Shibori" techniques to create beautifully patterned scarves, learning all about the craft of dying and scarf design. Create and take home colorful finished scarves from the workshop, and be able to then work on your own. No prior skills required. Great for the novice or the artist looking to learn a new medium. What you create will amaze you! Materials (including 2 blank silk scarves) will be supplied by the instructor at a cost of $28 per person. Additional scarf blanks can also be purchased for $9. Ages: 15+ Register here.
Saturday, Feb 8 | 10 AM-3:30 pm | $60/$45 ACP Members | STONY-BROOK MILLSTONE WATERSHED
The Life of Trees: Painting & Sculpting Workshop
The grounds of the Watershed Reserve provide the ideal source of inspiration for this stimulating new workshop. Participants will explore how trees have been a central theme in artwork over the ages. Just as varieties thrive in nature, artistic renderings of the subject matter vary greatly over time and cultures. Susan Hoenig, instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton, will lead participants in this workshop through projects using mixed media materials. The morning will be spent studying how trees have been depicted in art over time and around the world. After examining actual cross-sections brought in by the instructor, students will create 3D tree forms using "found material." After a short hike of the Watershed Reserve trails with a Naturalist the group will enjoy a brief lunch break (please remember to bring a sack lunch) before heading back into the studio. The afternoon session will be dedicated to 2D depiction of trees utilizing a mixed media approach (acrylics and pastels). Students will also have the opportunity to paint their 3D creations. Member rates apply to current members of either the ACP or Watershed. Ages: 15+ Register here
Saturday, Feb 8 | 10 am & 12:30 pm | $10/$7 ACP members, seniors & students
Valentines’ Day Workshop
Attendees to the workshop, held annually in memory of Princeton artist Betty Ruth Curtis, can express their love for friends and family by creating homemade Valentine cards. All materials are included, with several special technique stations to help make the perfect card. Workshops are open to children of all ages.
Saturday, Feb 8 | 1:30-5:30 pm | $65/$50 ACP members
Felted Hat Workshop
In this new class students will use the "flat , resist technique" to create a fitting hat. Various ways of surface design will be discussed as well as shaping the finished piece. No previous felting experience is necessary but expect a bit of physical work while making felt. Materials used : dyed , carded merino wool, silk chiffon fabric and other silk fibers. All materials will be supplied by the instructor at an additional cost of $15 per person. Please bring a plastic container, a bar of soap and 2 old towels to class. Ages: 15+ Register here.
Saturday, Feb 8 | Time TBD
More details coming soon.
Saturday, Feb 22 | 1:30-5:30 PM | $65/$50 ACP Members
Felted Birdhouse Workshop
Make a colorful birdhouse just in time for your backyard friends to have a spring nesting place out of wool. Both wet felting and needle felting techniques will be used. No previous felting experience is necessary but expect a bit of physical work while making felt. All carded wool will be supplied by the instructor at an additional cost of $15 per person. Please bring a plastic container, a bar of soap and 2 old towels to class. Ages: 15+ Register here.
Thursday, Feb 27 | 5:30-8 PM | $45/$35 ACP Members
Joyful Journaling Workshop
Bring your handmade journals back to the Arts Council to join Dar again for a deeper exploration of fun, fear-free art journaling exercises and techniques. Integrate your personal story and beautiful imagery to create one-of-a-kind art pieces that commemorate moments and memories. Materials fee for each workshop $5 paid to the instructor. Register here.
Friday, MAR 14, 2014 | 8 pm | $10/$8 ACP members, seniors & students
Sound Bites featuring Steve Hudson and Outer Bridge Ensemble
A high energy ensemble with an infectious original sound based in jazz, afro-beat, afro-cuban rhythm, and funk which has been a hit at festivals across Canada and the United States. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door half an hour before showtime. Prior to the concert, Steve Hudson will conduct a free workshop geared to musicians and students of jazz (time TBD). This workshop is open to the public and all are invited to attend and bring their instruments. The ACP will offer member priced tickets to the evening’s concert for all who attend the workshop. To register for the workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Mar 15 | 1 pm | $10/$5 children | Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium
Meet the Music: Leave it to Ludwig
Beethoven's instrumental music creates powerful stories. But what is the tale? His music tells of everyday human life, full of action and emotions. Beethoven himself will appear in Richardson to help a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played. Featuring music of Beethoven. Recommended for kids ages 6-12 and their families. Presented by Princeton University Concerts. ACP members: Visit www.princeton.edu/utickets and use promo code “ARTSCP” for a 10% discount on this concert! | flyer
Saturday, Mar 28 | 4:30 pm | Free
PSO's Behind the Music
More details coming soon.
Friday, APR 25 | TIME TBD | LOCATION TBD
Pinot to Picasso ~ Vintage 2014
The Arts Councilís signature spring arts and wine fundraiser, Pinot to Picasso, will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Approximately 500 guests are expected to attend the festivities, which include a salon style exhibition, gourmet tastings, wines from around the world, local beers, and dancing. One of the highlights of the evening is the Tombola, a drawing of art works contributed by a select group of local artists. Revenue raised from Pinot to Picasso contributes to the Arts Councilís Anne Reeves Fund, which supports Community Arts initiatives and the Artist-in-Residence Program.
Sunday, APR 27, 2014 | 1-6 pm | free
Communiversity Festival of the Arts
For over four decades, the Arts Council of Princeton has produced a spectacular celebration of the arts that attracts 40,000 visitors of all ages to the streets of downtown Princeton. On one day each spring, musicians and dancers, artists and crafters, foodies and fun seekers share their talents and appreciation with one and other.