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Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts

May 12, 2015

The Montclair Art Museum | Montclair, New Jersey

Sculpture at Montclair Art Museum
Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008


The Montclair Art Museum

 

Even though Montclair, New Jersey has fewer than 40,000 residents, it boasts of many parks, a diverse population, and a strong interest in the arts. 

 

The town even has a fine art museum, situated on a beautiful street with quite a few splendid mansions. 

 

The museum has a special collection of the works of George Inness (1825-1894), a well-known painter from the Hudson River School of art. 

 

He resided in Montclair in his later years and painted many landscapes of Montclair. 

 

The Montclair Art Museum celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2014. Even if you don’t go inside, you can see some interesting art outside the museum. 

 

The top photo and the next two photos are of a sculpture by a Montclair-based artist, Tom Nussbaum

 

It is called Listen, was made in 2008, and it is constructed of polyurethane over fiberglass. 


Tom Nussbaum "Listen" 2008 sculpture
Tom Nussbaum, Listen
Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008 sculpture
Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008

The next project is made out of wood, Plexiglas, metal screening, acrylic paint, roofing paper, tar, wall paper and an 11-watt bulb. 

 

It is by Donna Dennis and is called Blue Cabin from Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 1976-2007 (2007).


Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin
Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin, 2007
Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin, 2007
Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin, 2007

 

The next sculpture is called The Sun Vow by Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947)

 

It was made of bronze in 1899 and cast in 1902. 


Hermon Atkins MacNeil, "The Sun Vow"
Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Sun Vow
Hermon Atkins MacNeil, "The Sun Vow"
Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Sun Vow

 

The last sculpture shown here is Earth Mother by Allan Houser (1914-1994). It was made of bronze in 1981 and cast in 1986.


Allan Houser, "Earth Mother"
Allan Houser, Earth Mother
Allan Houser, "Earth Mother"
Allan Houser, Earth Mother

 

From 5-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month and from 1-5 p.m. of the first Friday of the month, the museum offers free admission. 

 

These free admission days run from October through June.


The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey


Linking up to: 

  

Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 

Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

 

You can read more about The Montclair Art Museum here.

 

You can also read about Morley Safer and Modern Art.


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

 


The Montclair Art Museum | Montclair, New Jersey

May 12, 2015

December 15, 2014

Northlandz, Part 2 (With Dolls!) | Flemington, New Jersey

Northlandz 2000 pipe organ
2,000 pipe organ which the Northlandz owner sometimes plays


Northlandz Dolls

 

Last week I told you about Northlandz, the model railroad located in Flemington, New Jersey

 

I showed you some trains and the spectacular scenery and settings that were created by the owner.
 

This week I will show you some other interesting parts of Northlandz.

Here is a Christmas village:


Northlandz Christmas Village
Christmas Village

The World’s Only Toothpick Farm:


Toothpick Farm
The World's Only Toothpick Farm

There is a room where there is a control panel to run the trains on schedule.


The Control Panel that runs the trains
The Control Panel

And now . . .  the DOLLS!

 

Northlandz contains a doll museum called La Peep Doll House, and very creative it is!


La Peep Doll House
La Peep Doll House

La Peep Doll House living room
La Peep Doll House Living Room

La Peep Doll House jam session
La Peep Doll House jam session

La Peep Doll House
La Peep Doll House

La Peep Doll House dance
La Peep Doll House dance

Pee Herman doll on the right
I spy Pee Wee Herman on the right

Dolls playing chamber music
Old time chamber music group


Dolls of famous people

Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Louis Armstrong

Our Gang AKA The Little Rascals
Our Gang, a.k.a. The Little Rascals

Rag dolls
Rag Dolls

Raggedy Ann
Raggedy Ann is the boss


UPDATE 2022:

 

The original creator and owner of Northlandz decided to retire several years ago.

 

Northlandz was almost torn down until a businessman came upon it, was impressed, and decided to renovate the place:

 

Businessman Needing a Warehouse Stumbles Upon World’s Largest Train Set—And Refuses to Simply Tear it Down

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

Northlandz, Part 2 (With Dolls!) | Flemington, New Jersey

December 15, 2014

July 16, 2013

National Guard Militia Museum | Sea Girt, New Jersey

Sherman tank at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

 

The National Guard Militia Museum


The National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt, New Jersey is a non-profit museum designed to preserve the military history of New Jersey. 

 

The little museum has many interesting exhibits to explain New Jersey’s important role in various military campaigns.

 

On the front lawn of the museum reside interesting battle-scarred tanks, helicopters, and planes, including Patton tanks and the classic Sherman tank.

 

Admission is free!


National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

Tanks at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey


Helicopter at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

Sherman tank


For more information about the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt: 

National Guard Militia Museum

And the Museum’s Facebook page.

 

Also check out my post on The Sea Girt Lighthouse.


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories! 

National Guard Militia Museum | Sea Girt, New Jersey

July 16, 2013

December 20, 2012

Can The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion Be Saved? | Oradell, New Jersey

Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion

 

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion located on Kinderkamack Road in lovely Oradell, New Jersey, was originally built in 1897. 

 

The manse is interesting because it was a fine example of shingle-style architecture.


Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The original owner was Kimball Chase Atwood, and the second owner was Elmer Blauvelt who bought the home in 1926. 

 

The property also includes the former carriage house, which has housed the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum and Foundation, since 1957 (seen on the right of the last of the above photos.)

 

This small museum is a fascinating one, devoted to wildlife art and displays. It is free and open to the public. 

 

It is well worth a visit!


Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey

The home has been owned by another family since 1978, but they fell into financial straits which made it difficult to keep the home. 

 

The owner has really tried to keep the mansion from being razed, but finds it difficult and costly to maintain. 

 

The owners asked for help from the town of Oradell, but the town has also found maintaining the home to be difficult. 

The house has been the subject of much debate in the town of Oradell, since the owners have tried to find a buyer. At one point the owner sold the property for use as an assisted care facility, but the town fought back. 

Even though the home would qualify to be placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, for some reason it has never been placed on either list! 
 
Right now the house is in foreclosure and the status of the mansion is in limbo. I don't know if this also includes the art museum.

 

Preservation New Jersey listed this mansion as one of the Top Ten Most Endangered sites in 2011.

 

The town will hold more hearings in January.

 
What will happen to the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion? 

 

UPDATES 2022:

 

Not much has changed. 

 

In 2021 there was a hole in the roof which was repaired, but left preservationists more worried than ever about the building's fate.

 

The Art Museum is still thriving.


Please read my post on The Montclair Art Museum.


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

Can The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion Be Saved? | Oradell, New Jersey

December 20, 2012