MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill extend an invitation to join them at a Silent Art Auction on Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at The Frelinghuysen Mansion, located at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a facility of the Morris County Park Commission, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. 

The Silent Art Auction hopes to raise funds for the retirement of Calvin and Hobbes, the beloved draft horses currently at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, also a facility of the Morris County Park Commission, and the future purchase of a new draft horse team for the farm. 

The Silent Art Auction offers the public its first opportunity to tour The Frelinghuysen Mansion, while bidding on works of art displayed by more than 20 renowned, and internationally known, artists and photographers. Docent-led tours of the mansion, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and distinctive musical entertainment by harpist, Laurel Grube, are included in the price of admission.     

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 The artists participating in the Silent Art Auction include Medy Bozkurtian, Dan Campanelli, Jason Chang, PSA, Christina DeBarry, PSA, Elaine Erny, Gaile Hibbs, Jenny Lee, PSA, R. Luzatto, Ken Marcell, Maceo Mitchell, PSA, Shahbudin Mohd, Andrea Placer, Elissa Prystauk, PSA, and Patricia Wynne. Photographers who are also participating in the event include Ralph Iacobelli, John Parsekian, William Prystauk, Karel Raska, and Caryn Seifer. Numerous artworks in a variety of price ranges are displayed on the first and second floors of the mansion.

The historical and cultural significance of The Frelinghuysen Mansion is shared by docents stationed throughout the mansion and the Rose Garden. Whippany Farm was home to George Griswold Frelinghuysen and his wife Sara Ballantine Frelinghuysen, who built their Colonial Revival-style summer home, and a carriage house, there in 1891. The surrounding property was designed and landscaped in the style of an English country estate. It was bequeathed to the Morris County Park Commission in 1969 by their daughter Matilda E. Frelinghuysen, whose intentions were for the development of a public arboretum.

To purchase tickets for the Silent Art Auction, or for more information, please contact 973-512-3458 or

The purpose and objective of the Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill is to assist the Morris County Park Commission in maintaining an outstanding living historical farm and related historic enterprises, and to promote and sponsor an education program of historical and agricultural projects and activities. The Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.