Mayor's Art Award

Congratulations to Alex Bigatti Art for receiving a 2017 Individual Mayor’s Arts Award!

This rewards her outstanding dedication to the arts in Bernards Township through both her artistic endeavors and volunteer contribution. Alex is an active member of both ARTsee Open Studio Tour and of The Center for Contemporary Art.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Annual Community Art Show, on Saturday, March 18th at theEnvironmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park (190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge).

Laura Shabazz collaborative art sale Nov. 21 through Dec. 4

Starbucks and RVCC team up for fundraising art show of Bernardsville woman's work

More Than Art , a pop-up art show fundraiser, is an unconventional collaboration between several local entities. Presented by Enactus, a student organization at Raritan Valley Community College and hosted by Starbucks Bernardsville, More Than Art will feature art by Bernardsville native Laura Skerratt Shabazz.

Laura will share profits of art sales with More Than Me, an organization founded by former Bernards High classmate Katie Meyler to get girls off the street and into school in Liberia, Africa. Money will go specifically to help sponsor the construction of 5 tuition-free locations of the More Than Me Academy. While the art will be displayed at Starbucks, all art purchases and donations will happen via patrons' mobile phones.

Commission on the Status of Women

Congratulations! The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women has selected Caren Frost Olmsted to be one of our distinguished Outstanding Women of the Year for 2017.  Chosen by their Commission based on unique skills and extraordinary contributions to your field or community. The awards ceremony will take place during Women’s History Month on Friday, March 10, in Somerset, New Jersey. 

Garden pARTy: Cultivating Creativity in the Community

Title: Garden pARTy:  cultivating creativity in the community

Date: Saturday, May 14th 2016, 12- 5pm  

Place: The Ross Farm, 135 North Maple Ave, Basking Ridge NJ

The 2nd Annual ARTsee Happening, Garden pARTy: Cultivating Creativity in the Community is a free event open to all ages.  ARTsee, a local artists’ collective, in collaboration with the historic Ross Farm, invite all to join in an afternoon of art, music, celebrating all things garden and history! The day will feature a fine art exhibit and sale, the creation of interactive community artwork, music, art demonstrations, garden tours and much more!  Bring a picnic and enjoy the relaxed, festive atmosphere! 

Garden pARTy is an opportunity for all to have hands-on experiences with art, nature and music in a scenic, historic setting at the Ross Farm.  Artwork created by ARTsee artists will be available for viewing and purchase.  Please call 908-696-0616 for more information.

ARTsee member Jolanta Talaikiene Wins Award

Jolanta Talaikiene’s “The Secret of the Birth” has been selected from 800 submissions as a winner in the painting category of Art Forward Contest #4:  Dialogue with myself.  

Art Forward’s contest goal is to provide contemporary artists and photographers with the opportunity for exposure.  Jolanta’s painting image and contact information will be shown in the winners section of the Art Forward Contests on line Gallery at  In addition, her name will be listed with other winners in a full page ad in an upcoming Blouin International Gallery Guide which is distributed in galleries and museums to reach an estimated 700,000 art patrons in the USA and overseas.

Congratulations Jolanta!