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New Offerings, Accompanying Programming Highlight Art Center Fall Schedule of Classes and Workshops

From the Fall 2015 Exhibition, Casey Ruble: Everything That Rises, on view at the Art Center September 20 - January 17, 2016. Credits: Photo courtesy of the artist.

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 25 new courses highlight nearly 200 classes and workshops offered by the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey via their fall schedule.

Through August 2, an early registration discount is available for the programming, which features offerings for kids, teens and adults. Among the options for adults is a beginner Art of Charcoal Drawing and The Ever Changing Landscape. Teens ages 13+ can choose from classes such as The Fine Art of Clay Sculpture and DIY Fashion Projects. Kids classes include Drawing and Painting and Creative Ceramics.

For those interested in trying their hand at a new medium or art form, several new workshops will be ongoing throughout the season, and offered seven days a week. There are several ways to register, including:
- online at
- by phone at 908-273-9121
- via fax at 908-273-1457
- in person at the Art Center
- by mail to 68 Elm Street, Summit 07901.

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In conjunction with Fall Exhibitions, a series of related programming will run through the fall, including:

Opening Reception at the Art Center - September 20, 2-4 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of three fall exhibitions: Adhere; Casey Ruble: Everything That Rises; and Shape of Play: Sculpture by Don Porcaro at the Art Center. Artists will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served. 2- 4 p.m. Free for all ages.

Speaking for Themselves: Slave Narratives as History and Literature - September 30, 7 p.m.

Explore the themes and strategies employed by slave narrative writers and their literary descendants. 7 p.m.  Admission is $5; free for members.

Talking Pictures Film Series: "To Kill a Mockingbird" - October 7, 7 p.m.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will screen “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on the scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck). The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Gregory Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction). 7 p.m. Admission is $5; free for members.

Talking Pictures Film Series: "The Help" - October 14, 7 p.m.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will screen “The Help.” Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, this film follows southern society girl and aspiring writer, Skeeter (Emma Stone), as she interviews the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. The film won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer). Admission is $5; free for members.

Book Signing and Reading - October 15, 7 p.m.

Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for a reading and book signing with Jam! On the Vine author, Lashonda Barnett. Admission is $5; free for members.

Artist Talk with Casey Ruble and Don Porcaro - October 18, 2 p.m.

Meet exhibiting artists Casey Ruble and Don Porcaro as they discuss the meaning and process behind their art. Admission is $5; free for members.

Talking Pictures Film Series: "Do the Right Thing" - October 21, 7 p.m.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will screen “Do the Right Thing.” Producer, writer, director, and actor, Spike Lee, combines humor, drama and music in his signature style to again expose the absurdity of racism. The film moves its cast of characters through a minefield of sensations over the course of the hottest day of the year, on one block in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. This blood-boiling, 24-hour period will change the lives of its residents forever. Admission is $5; free for members.

Oral History Workshop - November 8, 1 p.m.

Learn oral history interviewing skills, practice deep listening, and explore race, ethnicity, and intersecting identities through personal and community history. Admission is $5; free for members.

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