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The Montclair Art Museum Salutes a Century with a Grand Celebration




March 6, 2014

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -  (April 26, 2014) – Montclair Art Museum will be blowing out one hundred candles on Saturday, April 26, 2014, with a Centennial Ball. Guests are invited to partake in the fun by dressing from their favorite decade for a chic soirée to celebrate art and fashion through the century.  Cocktails will be held in Leir Hall at 6:30pm inside the Museum followed by dinner in the Grand Tent at 8:00pm on the front lawn.

An evening led by Centennial Celebration Co-Chairs Lisa Amato and Lyn Reiter and Dinner Co-Chairs Elaine Pantages Conti and Gretchen Prater will celebrate MAM’s past presidents and founders William T. Evans and Florence Rand Lang as well as leaders who have helped transform the museum galleries through the decades.  A silent and live auction will also be held in celebration of art and the future it holds at the museum with luxury gifts from H. Stern, Marchesa and many more.   Tickets to the Centennial Ball start at $500 per person and can be purchased at

In a nod to the next generation, twenty-something Co-Chairs Jennifer Conti and Cleo Davis-Urman created an “afterparty” portion to the night to attract a younger group of supporters as an extension of the grand gala.  Led by their passion for the arts, fashion and growing up in Montclair, “Fashionably Late, A Party for The Young and Young at Heart” was born. 

“Not your grandmother’s gala is our mantra for the after party,” says Conti alongside Co-Chair Davis-Urman, “It’s a night to get dressed up and dance the night away.”

“We’re hosting a party you won’t want to miss,” adds Cleo Davis-Urman.

The hipster haunt will include lounge style seating, music by New York City Celebrity DJ, Gabriel Levy, and bites of comfort food delicacies from NYC eatery The Melt Shop as well as street car eats from Applegate Farms.   City dwellers can attend “Fashionably Late” by boarding one of the private coach buses bound for Montclair on the night of the event.  

“Fashionably Late” will kick off on the same evening as the Centennial Ball on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:30pm and go until 1:00am in Leir Hall at the Montclair Art Museum.   Tickets for the Fashionably Late Dance Party are included with your Centennial Ball purchase or can be purchased separately for $75 per person online at  

For more information on the event or to interview any of the co-chairs, please contact Valerie Bendish at or by phone at (973) 975-3236.

About Montclair Art Museum

The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J. Information and directions are available on the Museum website,, or by calling 973-746-5555. MAM is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m., and on the first Thursday night of the month (October–June), from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Museum admission is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Free First Thursday Nights and Free First Fridays are free for everyone. The Store at MAM is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on Free First Thursday Nights.

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