For Art’s Sake

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Thank you to all who supported this year's For Art's Sa

For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.

Honorary Chair: Betse Gump
Co-Chairs: Kelly Deere, Jill Klieger and Elisa Zachary
Committee: Susie Hoecker, Lisa Jacobs, Robin McClearn, Joanie Schwarz, Erika Sirabian, Elizabeth Ventura

Gold Sponsor: Judy & Walter Shipley
Silver Sponsor: David Ellis Events
Bronze Sponsor: Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper


Major Benefactors: Betse & Frank Gump; Lacey & Ed Rzeszowski
Benefactors: Kelly Deere & Lee Shavel; Marie & Roy Alan Cohen; Elisa & Louis Zachary
Patrons: Lisa Butler & Robert Kelly; Siobhan Creem & Michael Creem; Ellen & Chip Dickson; Jill & Ben Klieger; Roger & Elena Matthews, Jr.; Phyllis & Lewis Sank
Supporters: Millie & Jack Cooper; Terri & Mark Friedman; Sarah & Del Johnson; Amy C. Liss; David & Tammy McLean

In-Kind Supporters:
Bai Brands; Jerry’ Artist Outlet; Joanie Schwarz Portraiture; NJ Kids Media; Rialto Jean Project; Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Fabiana Bloom, Associate Director of Development, at or 908.273.9121 x227.

A Night in the Garden: Art Auction & Gala
Saturday, March 28, 2015
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us for our signature event of the year!

Bid on one-of-a-kind art and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the splendor of Australian artist Gary Carsley’s international garden installation in the Art Center’s Main Gallery.  Guests will have exclusive access to art work donated by professional artists that have been selected by our Curator. Premier catering and signature cocktails provided by David Ellis Events.

VIP & Artists Reception
Friday, March 27, 2015

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
An exclusive event for artists, sponsors and VIP ticket holders.

Want to get a sneak-peak of the art auction? Join us for an early preview Friday night and enjoy light hor d'oeuvres and a glass of wine or a cocktail. Meet and mingle with artists, sponsors and other VIP guests.

Open House
Sunday, March 29, 2015
12 pm – 3 pm

Help us celebrate what we do best: bringing art and people together!

All are welcome to the Art Center to experience art demonstrations and hands-on projects led by our faculty instructors. Back by popular demand, Segunda Quimbamba, Puerto Rican percussion and dance ensemble from Jersey City will be here to entertain and engage participants in interactive workshops on traditional Bomba & Plena drum music and dancing. Hungry?! We will have a variety of food trucks on site to make an afternoon of it for the whole family!