Posted by: groundsforsculpture | December 29, 2010

Upcoming Events at GFS

By Rena Perrone, Community Events Coordinator

Hi Everyone! It’s Rena, Community Events Coordinator at Grounds For Sculpture, coming to you with my first GFS blog! We have so many great events planned for the coming 6 months that we’re brimming with excitement. In 2011 GFS has a ton of new and expanded events in the works. As you know, the SJCA Concert Series brings new national acts to GFS every year and this year we have some stellar new acts, in addition to a repeat performance of a new favorite. In April, we’re looking forward to a new type of concert, the “tribute”, as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Carole King’s Tapestry album. There’re so many hits off this album! What a great night it’s going to be. Following in May, we have one of the hottest folk/bluegrass bands on the acoustic music scene, Red Molly. Bringing up the caboose in June, we have the return of the New York Songwriters Circle. These guys were such a huge hit last year; we had to bring them back! One fabulous factor about the NYSC is that the lineup changes with every show so you’re always going to hear fresh, new music with each performance.

Also in the month of June, GFS kicks off another Courtyard Concert Series. This concert series is my baby! I love exposing friends and family to new music and this gives me the perfect opportunity to do that for a much broader audience! The artists scheduled to perform are exuberant local talents with original songwriting – exactly what GFS wants you to hear more of and appreciate. We begin with former winner of the Asbury Park Music Award for Top Female Vocalist, Christine Martucci on June 10th. Followed by up-and-comer Shaun Ruymen on June 24th, whose music has been featured in MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans. The 2011 Courtyard Concert Series continues through July and August so keep updated on who’s coming by checking our website starting in the spring of 2011. There’s loads of talent to come!

Speaking of talent, another new event for 2011 that we’re really excited about is the addition of our Art Salons beginning in March. Our new Development Department “cooked up” this fantastic idea of having YOU mingle with GFS artists over fine wine and savory food. Once a month, GFS has created an intimate opportunity for you to dine with artists Meryl Taradash, Jon Isherwood, Steve Tobin and one of our Spring/Summer Exhibition artists, Daniel A. Henderson. Where else can you do that?

As far as our Day Long and Partnering Events, we’re happy to say that for 2011, we’ve had to expand our annual Groundhog Day event to, not one, but two sessions of workshops! 2010’s event was such a success, we needed to do more! In addition, we’re going into our second year hosting the New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts, formerly the Trenton Area Festival of Electronic Arts. With 2010’s event, we realized that there are so many gifted artists in the growing medium of electronics that we really needed to open it up to a wider audience, gaining maximum exposure! This event just keeps getting better, as it’s constantly evolving and adapting to new technologies. There’s always something new to see and experience!

So here’s the crazy part – that’s just a quick low-down on the FIRST six months at GFS – and I couldn’t even get to everything! There’s more to come in the second half of the year but, of course, we can’t give everything way. What would be the fun in that?

If you’d like more information, including specific dates, on any of the previously mentioned events or to buy tickets, please call the main GFS number at (609) 586-0616. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!


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