PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield is fortunate to have many gifted artists and art support groups in town, but there are limited spaces for exhibition and performance for these artists.
Earlier this year, on Feb. 27th, an open meeting was scheduled by Judy Mae Waters, the owner of the French School of Music, at the DuCret School of Art to generate interest in development of a performing arts center facility and umbrella group to oversee it. Over one hundred people had attended, including Plainfield’s mayor and various city officials, to hear the former director of the Arts Council of Princeton present how the Princeton group was formed and its current activities.
About fifteen people who had participated in the meeting signed on to develop this concept further. Over several months in the spring of 2017, this core group generated a mission statement that expanded on the concept of only having a sole goal of developing a facility, which could take years to move ahead.
The group formulated a mission statement with goals to (1) identify Plainfield artists and arts organizations, (2) promote collaboration amongst the artists and groups, (3) produce a monthly Arts Calendar Of Events, (4) promote an appreciation of cultural and artistic diversity, (4) celebrate the art with festivals, and (5) raise funds for marketing and publicity and to move along the feasibility of a facility that would serve all art disciplines.
The taskforce represents a wide variety of talent and cultural diversity including jazz, classical, rock, rhythm and blues, painters, teachers, board members of schools and musical groups, architects, photographers, and promotional talent agents.
In June, the group decided to celebrate musical arts with a festival this October that will represent all facets of the Plainfield community. Each weekend will have a special theme, including classical, Hispanic heritage, jazz / hip-hop / rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.
On Friday, Oct. 6th, the Plainfield Arts Council will kick off its Queen City October Music Festival at the French School of Music, 210 West 8th Street, at 7:00 pm. Donations are $35, and you can RSVP to Watersj326@gmail.com.
The lineup for the night includes:
- Viola Sykes, who said, “when asked to be a part of this fundraiser I couldn’t say no. I am blessed to be an International Recording Artist/songwriter, born and raised in Plainfield, NJ."
- Aisha Eustache, also born in Plainfield, is thrilled to be a member of the Plainfield Arts Council Task Force. As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP, AND BMI she has been a national performer since the tender age of six.
- Tara Buzash (pronounced "buzz-ASH") is a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman who thrives on hard work, who loves what she does, and who has a long list of accomplishments to demonstrate a standard of excellence in all areas of her work.
- In addition to her work at the French School of Music, Rebecca DiasIn is a public-school music teacher at Wicoff Elementary School in Plainsboro, NJ, and the youth ministry leader at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, NJ.
- Joseph Blumetti has taught and concertised as soloist, duetist and in ensemble for over five decades. He teaches all styles of guitar as well as baroque lute and electric bass. Blumetti has transcribed hundreds of works by Bach, Albeniz, Granados, Lauro, and others. He attended Thomas Edison University, B.A. and M.A.k studied guitar with Tomas Anthony, Harry Leahey, Warren Baptise, and Dr. Alexander Bellow. He has attended master classes with Andres Segovia and utilizes his method in teaching. He is also a member of the French School of Music faculty.
- Carolle-Ann Mochernuk, on piano,is a native of Canada and graduate of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She has concertized on CBC radio, performing both solo and with orchestra. She continued studies with the renowned Rosina Lhevinne at Juiiliard School, and with master teacher George Kochevitsky in New York. Her debut took place at Town Hall, plus concerts on WNYC radio and television as well as several recitals at the library at Lincoln Center. She has performed in recitals in Canada, the US and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and other major music centers.