Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery
is located in the second floor loft space of the former 1917 firehouse
at 45 E. Main Street (Rt.520) in Historic Holmdel Village, NJ 07733
Entrance on the inside corner of building & additional parking lots in the rear.
Open Saturday 12-4pm. Weekday & evenings hours scheduled by appointment
732 993 5278 or 732 993 5ART
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Bayonet Farm Art & Music Festival, Saturday September 20, 2008.
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, Holmdel will celebrate the Fifth Annual Bayonet Farm Art & Music Festival. Gallery owner James Yarosh of James Yarosh Associates in Holmdel will serve as the awards judge for this year’s plein air competition and juried art show. The Festival will be held from noon to five and will feature works from local photographers, sculptors, and potters. It will also offer music, dance, and other activities for all ages.
Although the Festival is the main attraction, the unique history of the farm is reason enough to stop by. It was already more than a century old when Laura Harding bought it in 1936. During renovations she discovered a bayonet stuck in the main house chimney – hence the name. Ms. Harding was a debutante whose coming-out party was a high profile event, featuring several Rockefellers and even garnering coverage from The New York Times. Subsequently, she pursued an acting career in Hollywood where she shared a house with Katherine Hepburn. Later, Ms. Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were regular guests at Bayonet Farm.
At the time Ms. Harding bought the land, the farm consisted of 60 rolling acres, but it expanded to almost four times that size through various purchases over the years. The landscape blends history with nature, making it a favorite location of artists, photographers, and anyone who appreciates natural beauty and connection with the past.
Wendy Liu, 2008 Festival Logo Design High School Contest Winner.
James Yarosh as part of the 1994 Bayonet Farm Designer showcase charity event with Bayshore Hospital.
The Festival is one part of a greater effort to open Bayonet Farm to the community. Studded with trails, wide open farm fields, outbuildings for all types of uses, and a beautiful Colonial revival home, Bayonet Farm has served as host to barn dances, art festivals and music shows.
An advisory committee, made up of several volunteers, has been appointed by the Holmdel Township Committee with the task of protecting the farm and creating a way for it to become more self-sufficient.
Over the past six months, the committee has been working hard to develop a master plan that is respectful of the property and which adheres to the newly adopted mission of Bayonet Farm.
The mission, recently approved by the Township Committee, states that the use of the farm should adhere to the advancement of the cultural, historical and environmental heritage of Holmdel and its surrounding region through educational programs, exhibitions, performances, recreation and other related activities.
There are four structures on the property: two houses and two barns. The Swanson house was renovated in 2006 by Holmdel Township and has been rented out for private housing. Similarly, the agricultural fields are currently leased to a local farmer. The red barn has been home to outdoor music concerts and art shows while the gray barn plays host to barn dances and art exhibitions.
The farm was acquired in 1985 by Holmdel Township for the sum of $1.6 million with the help of state Green Acres funds. Under the terms of the sale, Harding retained life rights to the property until her death in 1994. Harding and her sister Catherine donated another 90 acres on the other side of Middletown Road with similar life rights.
“The farm has meaning to many of us in the community,” James Yarosh shared his personal history with the property, “In 1994, I participated in a mini-show house event at Bayonet Farm for Bayshore Hospital charities as an art consultant. It was there that I coordinated room vignettes to highlight the wonderful wall details and original papers and even enlisted Down to Basics [of Red Bank] to help. It was through this event that I met designers Daryl Gregg and Sura Malaga. Because of that meeting, Sura would later ask me to open my original gallery space in the Old White Church on Holmdel Road. We still share space as part of her Design and Fine Arts building now twelve years later.”
Mr. Yarosh is contributing his efforts in support of the volunteers who are working to preserve and restore the farm.
“Joni Charles, a member of the Bayonet Farm Advisory Committee, contacted me with the proposal to be the awards judge for the plein air painting at the festival. I thought it was such a nice idea since my gallery has enjoyed national recognition representing Russian plein air artists in the years since my original contact with Bayonet Farm. It seemed like the perfect time to become reacquainted.” Joni concurs, “We are thrilled that James agreed to judge this year’s competition. His gallery represents internationally acclaimed plein air artists and it is right here in Holmdel. It’s the perfect fit.”
James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery is located an hour outside New York City in the Design and Fine Arts Building at 55 East Main Street, in Holmdel, NJ. Gallery hours are Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm, or evenings by appointment. James Yarosh Associates is a nationally recognized art gallery which provides personalized fine art services to individuals and professional design firms for both corporate and residential projects. For more information or upcoming events, visit www.jamesyarosh.com.
Festival sponsors include the Bayonet Farm Advisory Committee and the Holmdel Department of Parks and Recreation, with additional help from 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, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please call the Holmdel Office of Parks and Recreation, (732) 946-2820, ext. 1225 or (732) 671-9196.