Landmark’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Continues with September 16th Show & Sale Atop the Navesink Highlands

HIGHLANDS, NJ -The Twin Lights and Navesink Highlands have been the subject of countless paintings, prints and photos over the last two centuries. In all that time, however, the beloved national historic site has never “formally” welcomed the arts community to the top of the hill. That all changes on Sunday, September 16th, with Double Exposure: The Twin Lights Through the Artist’s Eye.

The fine art and photography event will feature a group of artists who share a love of the lighthouse, and have agreed to share their work with visitors to the Twin Lights during this rain-or-shine exhibition, which runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Double Exposure is the third themed event in the lighthouse’s 150th Anniversary celebration; Family Day (in June) and On Hallowed Ground (in August) drew 3,500 people to the Twin Lights.

“We are using every available space to accommodate the artists,” explains Stevie Thompson, co-chair of Double Exposure. “Their work will be on display in the Museum, the auditorium, the South Tower lobby, the lens building, and we will have artists creating on-site as well. The work on display will include paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics, and almost everything will be available for purchase.”


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“The South Tower will be open for just the third time this year,” adds Twin Lights Historical Society President Mary Jo Kenny, “and those who make it to the top will be treated to more than just the magnificent view—a wonderful video installation awaits them there.”

On display in the Twin Lights Museum will be the original 1871 watercolor by Granville Perkins depicting the “Highlands of the Neversink”—from which the famous Picturesque America print was made—and a brilliantly restored 1915 painting by NJ maritime artist Antonio Jacobson of the pilot ship New Jersey.

The restoration of this painting revealed a second ship in the background, which is believed to be the RMS Lusitania. If so, this is one of the few period depictions of the famous ocean liner before it was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7th of that same year. “That would make this painting very special,” explains Skip Laufer, a maritime art enthusiast and co-chair of the Twin Lights Collections Committee.

“The Double Exposure event,” Laufer continues, “is a prelude to some very exciting changes we’ve planned for the museum. Over the next two years, we will be bringing in a tremendous amount of fine art, photography and figural artifacts to help tell the story of the Twin Lights and the remarkable events that have taken place here. The Collections Committee is working with the museum curator to re-imagine every square inch of the exhibit space.”

Ample parking for Double Exposure: The Twin Lights Through the Artist’s Eye is available at Henry Hudson High School in Highlands (follow signs), a short walk from the lighthouse. For more information on this event—or directions to the Lighthouse—call (732) 872–1814 or log on to

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