“Smile Pretty” Third Annual FilmNITE
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

“Smile Pretty” Third Annual FilmNITE

Veteran documentary film maker Carol Cassidy ushers in the third annual FilmNITE series with Smile Pretty. This film looks beyond the crowns and gowns at American beauty pageants to see how girls learn to be women in the U.S.A. Originally screened in 2000, Miss Chitlin, Miss Frog Jump, and Miss Teen USA tell stories with renewed relevance in a country run by The “Grab ‘Em” President, who bought and sold beauty pageants of his own.  Shot by an all-women crew, this is a film for anyone who has ever been, or cared about, a young American girl.

“Carol Cassidy's engrossing and disturbing documentary looks through narrowed eyes at the contests that enshrine and perpetuate most of the culture's feminine stereotypes.

What makes this stand out from some other beauty pageant examinations, though, is its quality of empathy. Cassidy works very hard to understand her subjects, presenting them without mockery. Yet her camera and interviews also reveal how clearly these girls seem to be living out maternal fantasies.”  Steve Johnson, Tribune Television Critic.

This is Cassidy’s third time presenting her work at FilmNITE.  She previously screened the award-winning Wildwood, NJ and Death Does the Jitterbug to appreciative audiences.

Co-sponsored by Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and Bahrs Landing Restaurant, FilmNITE takes place alternating Friday evenings from February 10 through April 1.  FilmNITE is an interactive experience where filmmakers and photographers present their work and then discuss their work with audience participants in a cozy, casual screening room environment.  While FilmNITE features local film artists, the featured film makers and their work are world renowned. 

The screening starts at 7:30 pm, but come early to dine upstairs, or grab a bite and a drink downstairs in the screening room before the program begins.

 

 

 

About the Artist
Highlands’s resident Carol Cassidy is an independent multimedia producer specializing in international human rights issues, especially those of concern to women and girls. She has worked in crisis situations in places including Uganda, Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Gaza, Bolivia and Peru. Cassidy also works as a video biographer, helping people to capture and share life stories. She currently teaches multimedia production at NYU and Rutgers. 
About the Venue3
FilmNITE is hosted by and co-sponsored by Bahrs Landing Restaurant, one of the country’s oldest family run restaurants in continuous operation.  Jay Cosgrove, the 4th generation great grandson of the original founders shares why he and his father Ray chose to host and sponsor FilmNITE.  “We have served the Highlands bayshore community for nearly 100 years.  Participation in HBAC and FilmNITE allows us to celebrate, showcase, and share the tremendous talent and creativity that is resident in our community.  Please join us for this year’s FilmNITE series.”

In addition to Bahrs Landing,  Highlands Borough Arts Council wishes to thank the following sponsors: In the Garden, Rick’s Eco-Green & Clean, Gateway Press, and Lab Scientific.

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CALL FOR ART  “OFF THE WALL” Art Exhibition
Jan
24
to Feb 10

CALL FOR ART “OFF THE WALL” Art Exhibition

Featuring Mixed Media, Fabric Art and Small Sculptures

Submission Due: February 10
Exhibition Reception: February 25 6-8 PM
OFF THE HOOK, 1 Navesink Avenue, Highlands NJ

Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and Off the Hook Restaurant invite you to submit artwork for consideration in the OFF THE WALL Art Exhibition.  Featuring an eclectic mix of art ranging from collages to quilts, this exhibit recognizes that some artwork is multi-dimensional and cannot be confined to traditional framing and hanging.  OFF THE WALL appreciates the concept of layering, the importance of texture, and the fusion and co-mingling of multiple materials.  Taking place at Off the Hook’s expansive second floor gathering space overlooking the Shrewsbury River, Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean, this show will hang for 4 weeks.  

Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration. Submission is FREE.  Send your electronic submission to highlandsartscouncil@gmail.com by February 10.

Include the following information:
1. Your Name and an Electronic Image of the artwork
2. Dimensions, approximate Weight, and hanging instructions
3. Title and a brief Description referencing the Materials used
4. If the piece is For Sale, provide the Price.  If it is Not for Sale, please indicate.  NOTE: For all pieces sold, HBAC receives a 20% administration fee
5. NOTE: As a small community based arts organization, HBAC does carry general liability insurance, but we do not insure the artwork.  By submitting your piece for consideration, you are confirming you understand the insurance limitations

OFF THE WALL is the third in a series of gallery events sponsored by Off the Hook.  Off the Hook has been a part of the Highlands Community for well over a decade and the ownership has been part of Highlands for their whole lives. Off The Hook has been a beacon of the community and has become the "Cheers" of Highlands. As resilient as this town is, Off The Hook has been right there with the rest of us. 

In addition to Off the Hook,  Highlands Borough Arts Council wishes to thank the following sponsors: Bahrs Landing, In the Garden, Rick’s Eco-Green & Clean, Gateway Press, and Lab Scientific.  

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Art at Water Witch, Stacey AS Pritchard "Eclectic Thoughts"
Jan
14
to Feb 28

Art at Water Witch, Stacey AS Pritchard "Eclectic Thoughts"

“…the viewer brings his or her own histories and judgements to my images, continuing and adding to the narrative.” ~Stacey Pritchard

Stacey AS Pritchard returns to Water Witch Coffee, from summer of 2014, with all new work in multimedia materials combining, drawing, sculpture and painting with a variety of material to create glimpses into small narratives. Pritchard, inspired primarily by the human condition, has been influenced by the works of Duchamp, Twombly, Kiefer, Rauschenberg and Schiele, and specifically “the way these artists have broken and played with the form on and off their canvas or panel.”  Pritchard’s pieces range from formal landscape studies and life sketches to images and reflections on childhood, and humanity in the current world.

Stacey AS Pritchard graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1995.  She and her husband Al Pritchard live in Highlands, NJ at the northern part of the beach with their two dogs.  She is active in the community and is currently exploring many creative venues. Petal and Stone is the name of her custom jewelry business holding creations of beautiful and delicate silver jewelry - www.etsy.com/people/PetalandStone and staceyaspritchard.com

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The Vicarious Traveler Photographs that Take You Around the World
Nov
12
to Dec 3

The Vicarious Traveler Photographs that Take You Around the World

Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and Off The Hook Restaurant invite you to travel the globe through imagery.  “The Vicarious Traveler” is an eclectic photography exhibit that will transport you from the exotic lands of Africa, India, and Myanmar to exquisite enclaves in Italy and France -  and many other places in between !  Featuring a variety of photographic techniques and styles, this exhibit demonstrates how art can literally and figuratively expand your horizons.  Taking place at Off the Hook’s expansive second floor gathering space overlooking the Shrewsbury River, Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean, the show will hang for 4 weeks. 

This group exhibit features the work of many talented artists including Cheryl Auditor, Robin Paul, Alan Bogard, Jerry Deutsch, Lois Wilkes, Gary Groves, and Joan Pasternak.  Ms. Auditor, a former president of the Monmouth County Camera Club, will assist in curating the show.

THE VICARIOUS TRAVELER is the second in a series of gallery events sponsored by Off The Hook.  Off the Hook has been a part of the Highlands Community for well over a decade and the ownership has been part of Highlands for their whole lives. Off The Hook has been a beacon of the community and has become the "Cheers" of Highlands. As resilient as this town is, Off The Hook has been right there with the rest of us.

In addition to Off The Hook,  Highlands Borough Arts Council wishes to thank the following sponsors: Bahrs Landing, In the Garden, Rick’s Eco-Green & Clean, Gateway Press, and Lab Scientific. 

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CALL FOR ART - WHAT WERE THEY THINKING – An Interactive Exhibit
Sep
2
to Oct 2

CALL FOR ART - WHAT WERE THEY THINKING – An Interactive Exhibit

Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and Off the Hook Restaurant invite you to submit photographs of your abstract painting(s) for possible inclusion in the WHAT WERE THEY THINKING ? Abstract Painting Exhibition. Taking place at Off the Hook’s expansive second floor gathering space overlooking the Shrewsbury River, Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean, this interactive exhibit celebrates how abstract art is very experiential and how the same image may evoke very different impressions. Viewers will be asked to share what they think the artists were thinking of when creating their works – and the viewers impressions will be compared to what the artists were actually thinking.

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Our Best Shots
Sep
1
to Oct 30

Our Best Shots

Exhibit Opening: Friday September 9, 7-9 pm
Oyster Point Hotel, 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank NJ
Photographer and HBAC member Laury Egan and her photography students will be featured in “Our Best Shots”, a diverse collection of 44 photographs featuring stunning land and seascapes from the Monmouth County area and international locations; imaginative still life studies; and intriguing architectural and structural compositions.

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The Amazing "Scavenger Hunt"
Jun
6
9:30 AM09:30

The Amazing "Scavenger Hunt"

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May
20
8:30 AM08:30

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CALL FOR ART - Juried Photography Contest & Curated Exhibition
Apr
19
to Apr 23

CALL FOR ART - Juried Photography Contest & Curated Exhibition

Exhibit Opening: MAY 14

CAPTURE - Photographs That Grab and Keep Your Attention
Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and The Claddagh Restaurant invite you to submit your photographs for inclusion in the CAPTURE Photography Contest and Exhibition.  This contest is open to both amateurs and professionals.  The exhibit will open on May 14th with a reception celebrating all the participants and the show will hang for a month.  This is a juried show with the following prizes:

First Prize:      $100.00
Second Prize:      $50.00 Gift Certificate

The jurors will judge the photos based on criteria agreed to before seeing the submissions.  To remove any bias, the jurors will be "blind" to who the photographer is and whether the photographer is an amateur or a professional.  

 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND FEES

Submit image electronically to: welch.maureen@gmail.com    
Submit 8x10 unframed photo and fees to:  
Highlands Borough Arts Council
PO Box 205
Highlands, NJ  07732
Submission Fee                      $10.00  per photograph
Framing Fee*                         $5.00  per photograph
Checks Payable to                  Highlands Borough Arts Council


MAXIMUM SUBMITTAL  3 per artist

 The electronically image, unframed photo and fees must be received by APRIL 23.

* For consistency and ease of hanging the show, all photographs will be framed in an 8x10 glass clip frame.   The frame and framing will be provided by Highlands Borough Art Council.  After the show, your photograph will be returned with the frame.

 

MEET THE JURORS

Richard Bunsen - Freelance Artist and Art Enrichment Instructor

A recently retired visual arts teacher, Richard is a freelance artist and art enrichment instructor. Working out of his Asbury Park studio, Richard explores and experiments with the appropriation of newsprint media and collage techniques. His art production involves a process of retrieval and reuse, giving new life and meaning to newsprint that would otherwise be discarded or recycled. He is a member of the Atlantic Highlands Art Council and the Belmar Art Council and is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society. His work has been featured in several area galleries.

Beverly R. Miller - Executive Director, Visions Photographic Workshops and East End Creative Group LLC
 
Beverly joined MSMPIX Fine Photography in the late 1980's, bringing a passion for the outdoors and attention to detail from twenty-five years' in experiential education. East End Creative Group and Visions Photographic Workshops (VPW) is a collaborative journey of creative exploration founded and operated with her husband, Michael S. Miller. Visions Photographic Workshops was established to provide a supportive, energized environment for all levels of photography.  She is on the Leadership Team of Belmar Arts.

Stacey As Pritchard - Freelance Artist and Artist/Owner, Petals and Stones Jewelry
 
Stacey As Pritchard lives in Highlands, NJ at the northern part of the beach with her husband Al Pritchard and her two dogs. She is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, with a major in Fine Arts.   She currently creates paintings, sculpture, and jewelry out of her home studio and teaches art and creativity to a small handful of students.   She is an active member of the Highlands Borough Arts Council.  Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and is in many private collections.

Venue
The Claddagh is an authentic Irish pub featuring Irish cuisine and over 50 craft beers.  Located in Highlands, NJ, The Claddagh has a full calendar of art and music related events. 
In addition to The Claddagh, Highlands Borough Arts Council wishes to thank the following event sponsors.

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