Atlantic Highlands, NJ - The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is celebrating another successful year, as 2015 featured special events from artists, authors, musicians, and even some ghosts and zombies. From The Arts Corner (TAC), their home at 135 First Ave., the Arts Council continues to move forward with their longstanding goal of enhancing and strengthening the arts community in Atlantic Highlands and the surrounding areas. With the help of many people and organizations, The Arts Corner is becoming a known community space.
Outgoing president Maggi Moro states, “The AHAC is continuing to grow and is a vital part of the arts community. I have been proud to serve this organization for the past few years as president and I look forward to continued service to the Arts Council as a member of the board.”
Last year’s art events included exhibits from local artists and Arts Council members Miguel Figueroas, John White and David Byrne, as well as artists Maggie Brown and Ashley McFarland. The Arts Corner held a juried photography exhibit, “Color in Motion,” hosted the annual Atlantic Highlands Elementary School juried exhibit, “Facetime.”, and an Oasis TLC Art Show. There were also collaborations with the Second Story Art Gallery and A.J. Dillon Art Gallery to present the Revolution Exhibit, plus a boutique and art sale of local artists’ work. Several artists and authors also presented at The Arts Corner, including Egyptologist J. Shirley; authors Platte Mooring, Richard Goffman, and Margaret Regan; local artist Sarah Hilton; and guitarist Tony Sloan.
The Arts Council hosted concert events including the Annual Sounds of the Highlands, Jr. Concert, showcasing the talents of 5 to 17 year olds, plus the Many Blessings Concert in honor of local piano teacher and AHAC Past President Laura DuBois.
The Children’s events of 2015 included several workshops and free summer camps, including “Making Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels,” with local artist Jim Shaw.
AHAC continued their fiscal sponsorship of both the Highlands Boro Arts Council and the FilmOneFest Committee. Highlands Boro Arts Council last year hosted a variety of events including an artisan fair, monthly film series and historical tour. FilmOneFest hosted their popular annual film event under clear skies in the beautiful Atlantic Highlands Harbor.
As the fundraising events are a continued goal of the organization, the Eats & Arts Festival was held again for a second year highlighting local artists and restaurants. A Big Band Swing Dance was added and due to popular demand, will be back in October of 2016.
The AHAC’s collaboration with other groups continued in the fall, as they worked with Frightlands on their popular Ghost Walk Tour on First Avenue, while TAC became the staging area for the first-ever zombie walk.
In addition, the Arts Council honored the memory of some members who passed away during 2015, including local pastel artist Marge Levine, member Pat Hecht and founding trustee and Past President Julie Gartenberg. A service for Gartenberg was held at TAC.
AHAC is looking forward to 2016 and another full year of showcasing artists, hosting events and strengthening the Atlantic Highlands arts community. Its most recent upcoming programs and events are an Improvisatonal Theater for high school students, a solo exhibition of photographs by Barbara Forbes, a Creative Dream Interpretation Workshop with Dree Andrea, and a night of Argentinian Tango with Tango Master Diego Blanco.
For more information, please visit aharts.org and the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Facebook page.