The New York Times just posted an article about 2017 spring and summer art openings that are worthy of our attention. Westerhoff's 'Running Wild' group was already ahead of the curve with a trip in the works for March 30 to the Montclair Art Museum to see the critically-acclaimed Matisse & American Art exhibit. We're also really excited to check out the Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends exhibit at the MoMA and the The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s at the Cooper Hewitt. But gas up the car, kids! There are so many more wonderful openings from sea to shining sea, and if you find yourself in any of the locations mentioned in the NYT article, why not throw in a little arts & culture into the mix.
New Jersey is home to so many museum gems, tucked away in picturesque towns. One such find was Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, just 45 minutes due west of Metuchen/Edison. Currently, the museum is exhibiting RED, featuring works by ten artists who use the color "not necessarily as a predominant color, but because it conjures up a specific emotion or plays a vital role in the work's narrative." You are greeted to the exhibit by a stunning crocheted work reminiscent of a coral reef. The convex stitched orbs play with the shadows on the wall, adding to the three-dimensionality of this abstract textile art. Also on view are ceramic "brickworks" of Adam Welch, landscapes of Wes Sherman, and an impressive and inspiring display of young artists' works on the third floor of the museum space (area schools have rotating exhibitions and the works of art are worthy of the space in which they temporarily call home). Also recommended on your visit to Clinton: The Red Mill Museum Village where you can take in 200 years of history in about an hour's time. Stroll through the quaint downtown area for the shops, and go for a wine tasting at Balic Wines - surprise yourself with a taste of blueberry or mango varietals, or sample the more traditional dry whites or full-bodied reds that they also offer, all locally made. And do not miss out on a meal at an impeccably charming BYOB called The Clean Plate Kitchen (check out the rave review by The New York Times), especially on a lovely warm day when you can take in the view along the river overlooking the Red Mill and waterfall.