2010 FIRST PLACE WINNER: Fine Art Connoisseur magazine editor Peter Trippi with artist Stephanie Amato and Gallery owner James Yarosh
2009 FIRST PLACE WINNER:
Plein-Air Competition winner Kathy Anderson with Peter Trippi and James Yarosh
2008 FIRST PLACE WINNER: James Yarosh with artist Marge Levine
MUSIC AND ART to take center stage in Holmdel
If you long for more culture amidst the wilds of New Jersey, Holmdel’s Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival is for you! This Festival – in its eighth year – takes place rain or shine on Sunday, September 25th, from 12 noon until 5 pm and is sponsored by the Holmdel Department of Parks & Recreation and the Bayonet Farm Festival Committee.
Featured will be a juried art show in the Red Barn Gallery including painting, sculpture, and photography, many available for purchase.
All afternoon, en plein air (outdoor) artists will be at their easels capturing Bayonet’s lovely structures and pastoral ambiance.
Professional potters will display their creations as well as demonstrate the skills of hand-building, using a pottery wheel, and the Japanese art of raku; a glass artist is also expected.
At day’s end, prominent art experts, James Yarosh and Peter Trippi, will award prizes to Red Barn Gallery and en plein air selections. The James Yarosh Fine Arts Gallery is acclaimed for its contemporary Russian realists collection; Mr. Trippi is editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, “the premiere magazine for informed collectors.”
Artists that are interested in entering the juried show or the en plein air “paint-out” should contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Live Music & Dance
Performances will cover the spectrum from ‘40’s Big Band to Blues to Salsa!
Back by popular demand will be the Colts Neck Swing Band, Jazzfunktion, Late 4 Lunch, and Elliot Fischer. International rhythms will be provided by Los Mas Valientes, Celadon Youth Ensemble and Goya Dance Troupe. New to the Festival will be Holmdel High School rock band, Definite No.
Architecture and Style
Upon purchasing Bayonet Farm in the late 1930’s, Miss Laura Harding, an heiress and former stage actress, had the barns built to indulge her love of horses; be sure to note their classic Pennsylvania Dutch construction while enjoying the art exhibits and stage performances. The late Miss Harding also added grand rooms to her historic house to host movie stars of the day. Guided tours of the Harding House are a special treat, especially in its idyllic setting, offering a glimpse into the easy elegance and attention to detail of a bygone era.
Just For Kids!
Little hands will have a chance to experience many artful endeavors: drawing, creating pottery, painting a community mural, and making their own musical instruments. Special guests include The Doodle Dude, who will demonstrate cartooning techniques, and performer Yosi, who will lead the younger set in a fun family sing-along.
To round out your visit, please plan on a delicious lunch and dessert at the Red Barn Café.
Be part of the behind-the-Festival-scene by volunteering! High School students may be eligible to earn Community Hours. If interested, please call Phyllis at 732-332-1112 or Elaine at 732-203-2263.
Bayonet Farm – the most magnificent ‘passive recreation’ park in the township – is located at 41 Middletown Road (between Crawfords Corner - Everett Road and Route 520) Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733.
Admission is $5/ per person. Children under 12 are free. Included are all shows, the Harding House tour, and parking.
This program 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.