Friday, March 6, 2009

Monmouth Festival of the Arts 2009

contact: Marjorie Wold
Monmouth Reform Temple
332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, N.J. 07724
tel: 732-747-8278 fax: 732-747-9770
November 13, 2008
39th Annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts Takes Place March 28- April 1 2009
The 39th Annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, the region’s largest juried art show, begins on Saturday, March 28and extends through Wednesday, April 1 at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls. During these five days, the Monmouth Reform temple is transformed into a professionally appointed art museum. In addition to the displays of more than 3,000 paintings, crafts and jewelry, festival activities include artist demonstrations, children's programs, and evening series art lectures.

Tickets can be purchased for a one day event at $8 for adults ($5 for students and senior citizens.) Or a series ticket can be purchased for $18, entitling the holder to attend the show and its programs all week long. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Monmouth Reform Temple; however, the show has grown to become a preeminent cultural community event in its promotion of the arts and art education.

The festival week begins with the elegant Gala Reception on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Gala goers can meet and converse with the artists displaying in the show. They also have a first chance opportunity to purchase the show’s art while enjoying wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets for the Gala are $65 at the doors or can be ordered for $60 by calling 732-747-8278 or 732-747-9365. Gala ticket holdersalso qualify as patron supporters of the Festival allowing them to attend the show and its special programs during the duration of the Festival.

During the week, area art lovers can enjoy the variety of art on display from more than 200 artists who hail from all over the Northeast. They can also attend several workshops given by the artists on the technique of their craft as well as an evening artists’ lecture series.Sunday during the Festival, is family day featuring children’s craft workshops and entertainment. The Festival also offers an educational symposium for teachers to earn continuing education credits. A special student artist display heralds the artwork of 11th grade students who competed for awards earlier
Pictured are displays from last year’s Monmouth Festival of the Arts.

This year’s festival begins on Saturday, March 28 and extends through Wednesday,
April 1 at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls. It is the
region’s largest juried art show.

Throughout the Festival, Le Petit Café provides soups, lunches, light suppers, snacks and desserts to hungry patrons. This year’s Show Designer is Maureen Welton, who brings to the Monmouth Festival of the Arts her vast experience in art and design. She served as MFA Show Designer from 1996 to 2002, after working several years as Assistant Show Designer. For more than 20 years, Ms. Welton owned and operated ‘Yesterdears’ Antique Shop in Rockland County, NY, where she managed inventory, coordinated displays, and designed windows. Her artwork has appeared at the New
York City Parks Art Exhibition in Manhattan, as well as various galleries in NY. She will be assisted in the MFA show by Jackie O’Keefe.
Group tours, led by artists or our trained docents, can be pre-arranged for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and are available for schools (with adult supervision), seniors or other groups.

The Monmouth Festival of the Arts is hosted by Monmouth Reform Temple and is made
possible, in part, by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts. For a complete schedule of events and times, visit the website,, call 732-747-8278, or email to Daily admission to all events for Adults is $8, Seniors (65+) and Students (through high school) $5. Series ticket, $18 (Sunday-Wednesday).

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