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ahac corner sarah hilton merry go roundIMAGE: Work by Sarah Hilton – Merry-Go-Round

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Arts Corner Presents “Life as a Freelance Artist — Survival, Success and Tips for Surviving Both,” Featuring Artist Sarah Hilton    

Atlantic Highlands, NJ…On Friday, June 5 at 7:30 pm, join us for a talk featuring Sarah Hilton at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Arts Corner, 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at aharts.org.


About the Artist

Sarah Hilton is a painter and graphic designer with 35 years of experience in art and design in the NYC area. In addition to her studio work, Sarah has volunteered her talents for more than 20 years, teaching art and art appreciation to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her work has touched students from the ARC of Monmouth, OASIS tlc, a farm and residence in Middletown for young adults on the autism spectrum, and other non-profit organizations in New Jersey and New York City.

Her involvement with special needs artists began decades ago with her late sister, Judith, who had Down’s Syndrome. For her master’s thesis, Sarah filmed a video on “Outsider Artists” (a term for untrained and challenged artists). Sarah invited Judith and six of her friends to come by her Sea Bright studio for lunch and painting after a morning of bowling in Red Bank. The artists were dubbed “the bowlers” by the high school helpers who came on Saturday afternoons. The project ended well and, best of all, neither “the bowlers” nor the helpers wanted the painting to end.

Sarah now lives and works in Atlantic Highlands where she opens her Center Avenue studio to other painters and the students of OASIS tlc. This year the second annual Art Oasis exhibition and sale was held at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson – a much anticipated event and very well attended. And she will curate an exhibit of Oasis student artwork at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Arts Corner on June 21.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an M.A. in American Folk Art Studies from New York University in cooperation with the American Museum of Folk Art.

The learning experience continues for Sarah.  Among her discoveries, she is beginning to see that it is more effective to be supportive rather than directive while an artist is working and — whenever possible – to step back and allow the artist to perform.

Thank you to our sponsor MedExpress for its generous support.

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.

This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  

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