ahac_m_shanghai_string_bandAtlantic Highlands, NJ – A deeply committed Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, known for its ongoing and expanding events, recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary and supported several of its local artists by showcasing their talents at its most recent events. 

On December 22nd, at a Living Room Concert, a classical quartet was featured to include; Laura DuBois (piano), Joel DeWitt (violin), Jan Dash (clarinet), and Wayne Arndt (cello), all accomplished shore area performers. The program consisted of works of Khachaturian, Schumann, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn. At a second Living Room Concert on January 5th co-sponsored by the Front Porch Club, six members of the M Shanghai String Band performed all-acoustic unamplified original music, influenced by Americana, roots, jazz, and folk. The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s new “Living Room Concert” series presents professional musicians in the intimate living rooms of private homes and at the Historical Society’s Strauss Mansion. With fewer than 50 seats available for each concert, audience members also enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to meet the musicians.


The Arts Council celebrated its 5th Anniversary on January 11th, with a grand opening and reception of its new office space.  At this celebration the first art exhibition was presented; the paintings of Atlantic Highlands resident Claire Mittermann.  The Arts Council celebrated with live entertainment from local musicians, and enjoyed refreshments from the famous Atlantic Highlands Memphis Pig Out.  The new office space for the Atlantic Highlands is at the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln St. in Atlantic Highlands and donated by Keith Mittermann of Finelines.  The paintings of Claire Mittermann can be viewed January 11th – February 28th, 9:00am to 3:00pm weekdays and by appointment at the Finelines Building.    


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On January 18th, a grand finale of five years of Open Mic “Live at the Blue Bay Inn,” was celebrated at the original home of the Arts Council’s Open Mic, the Lounge at the Blue Bay Inn, 51 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands. Performers from all five years attended this free open mic moderated by local artist Robert O’Connor of the Painted Frame in Atlantic Highlands, and featured local talented musician Mikey B.


The all-volunteer Arts Council brings a broad array of cultural activities to Atlantic Highlands. With strong community support, the Arts Council has produced concerts, an arts camp for children, PaintOut!, artists lectures, exhibitions, FilmOneFest, and much more.  For more information on our next Art Exhibition, Living Room Concert, & many other upcoming events, please visit www.AtlanticHighlandsArtsCouncil.org

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...