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April 2016
Adult Workshop
Connections with Sculpture
28
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31, 2016!
Now taking applications for Connections with Sculpture program at GFS. The goal of this FREE program is to connect school-based learning ...
May 2016
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on May 4th
4
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
Speaker Series
The Future of Wellbeing with Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP
5
6pm VIP Pre-Reception; 7:30pm Lecture
Grounds For Sculpture welcomes Dr. Deepak Chopra for an intimate lecture and conversation.
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - May 5th
5
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Special Event
Workshop: The Power of Non-Cash Gifts
6
There are meaningful tax benefits to your giving – and not just in the form of a charitable deduction on your income taxes!
Literary
The Visual in Verse: An Ekphrastic Poets' Invitational
6
View the current exhibitions and use them as inspiration for your original ekphrastic poem.
Horticulture
National Public Gardens Day at GFS
6
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Grounds For Sculpture!
Adult Workshop
Abstract Stone Carving with Ayami Aoyama
7
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 2016 (please note: no class on May 28)
Learn abstract stone carving from world-renowned artist Ayami Aoyama.
Family
Tots on Tour! - May 7th
7
Saturdays, May 7, June 11, July 30, August 27, September 10, 2016 at 11am & 1pm
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops.
Family
Mother's Day
8
This year, Mother’s Day at GFS will be an exclusive ticketed event. No tickets will be sold at the door, so please be sure to purch...
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on May 12th
12
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
Art Salon
Art Salon: Boaz Vaadia
12
A relaxed and stimulating opportunity to share ideas and fine food with GFS artists and your fellow patrons of the arts.
Horticulture
Garden Tour with our Horticulturist - May 13th
13
Take a tour with staff horticulturist, Michael Strengari, to learn more about what makes this place so special.
Horticulture
Garden Tour with our Horticulturist - May 14th
14
Take a tour with staff horticulturist, Michael Strengari, to learn more about what makes this place so special.
Member Event
LA BELLE FRANCE: Gardens, Art, and Inspiration
15
** This Member Adventure is FULLY BOOKED **
Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of France.
Family
GFS Speedway Challenge
15
GFS revives the tradition of auto racing in the NEW GFS Speedway Challenge!
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on May 19th
19
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - May 19th
19
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Adult Workshop
Layers in Glass
21
This exciting fused glass workshop covers the basics of fusing and slumping, and allows each participant to create their own work of art....
Tour
Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - May 24th
24
** This event is fully booked **
Our most popular offering!
Special Event
Active Access: An All-Access ADA Hands-on Learning Experience (May 25)
25
Accessibility / Sensitivity Workshops for NJ Cultural Institutions
Experience new approaches to accessibility awareness during this day-long conference.
Horticulture
Hardy Bulbs in Deer Country: Winter, Spring, and Beyond
25
Valuable information to enhance your garden.
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on May 26th
26
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
June 2016
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on June 1st
1
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - June 2nd
2
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Family
Yoga & Creativity Inspired by Animals - June 4th
4
Session A: Saturday, June 4 & Session B: Saturday, June 25
Slow down and channel your creativity by adding family yoga at GFS to your routine!
Member Event
New Member Day
5
Welcome to GFS Membership!
Special Event
Workshop: Giving for a Lifetime - What Ordinary People Can Learn from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
8
You might not be a social media titan, but you, too, can build a lifetime giving agenda.
Film
Plein Air Cinema Series: Labyrinth
9
(Rain Date: June 16) / Start times are approximate.
Plein Air Cinema returns and it’s #TBT under the stars!
Member Trip
Members Day Trip: Boaz Vaadia Studio Visit & Brooklyn Botanic Garden
9
Join us for this special Members-only day trip double-bill featuring a visit to Boaz Vaadia’s studio and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Rat's Event
Seward Johnson Sing-a-Long on June 9th
9
5-7 PM
Gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a Sing-a-Long with artist and Grounds For Sculpture founder, Seward Johnson!
Family
Tots on Tour! - June 11th
11
Saturdays, May 7, June 11, July 30, August 27, September 10, 2016 at 11am & 1pm
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops.
Special Event
INSIDE SILENCE: CONVERSATION & SONG with Ayami Aoyama and Kyoko Saito
12
Two dear friends and working artists present, in tandem, an evening exploring the powerful layers of spirit and sentiment.
Tour
Atelier Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - June 14th
14
Tour the famed Seward Johnson Atelier and the cutting edge Digital Atelier.
Adult Workshop
Photowalk
15
Join Michael S. Miller of Visions Photographic Workshops for a photowalk on our 42-acres of whimsical and inspirational landscape.
Art Salon
Art Salon: Strong-Cuevas
16
A relaxed and stimulating opportunity to share ideas and fine food.
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - June 16th
16
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Tour
Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - June 21st
21
Our most popular offering!
Concert
Courtyard Concert Series: Sha'ar
23
PLEASE NOTE: This event begins at 7pm
Discover something new at GFS! Enjoy music under the canopy of maple trees during our summer Courtyard Concert series.  
Family
Yoga & Creativity Inspired by Animals - June 25th
25
Session A: Saturday, June 4 & Session B: Saturday, June 25
Slow down and channel your creativity by adding family yoga at GFS to your routine!
Adult Workshop
Batik Printing on Fabric with The Arts Council of Princeton
25
Printing on fabric using the Batik (wax resist) method creates colorful, complex art pieces.
Museum Shop Event
Jewelry Making Demo with Maris Hare
25
Stop by the Museum Shop to meet local artisan jewelry maker Maris Hare of Naturalists Cabinet.
Literary
Open Verse
26
Calling all poets, writers, and musicians!
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - June 30th
30
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
July 2016
Film
Plein Air Cinema Series: The Princess Bride
7
(Rain Date: July 14) / Start times are approximate.
Plein Air Cinema returns and it’s #TBT under the stars!
Dance
GRAFFITO WORKS celebrates BOAZ VAADIA: SCULPTURE
9
This is a Rain or Shine event.
Graffito Works returns to GFS with movement outdoors spontaneously created and inspired by the works of Boaz Vaadia.
Adult Workshop
Art Boot Camp Week 1: Beyond the Canvas with Bas-Relief Sculpture
11
Unleash your imagination by exploring the intersection of two-dimensions and three-dimensions.
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - July 14th
14
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Horticulture
Garden Tour with our Horticulturist - July 15th
15
Take a tour with staff horticulturist, Michael Strengari, to learn more about what makes this place so special.
Horticulture
Garden Tour with our Horticulturist - July 16th
16
Take a tour with staff horticulturist, Michael Strengari, to learn more about what makes this place so special.
Family
Illustrate Your Story with local author, Jennifer Ann Hoh
16
Drop-in between 2:30 - 4pm
Create an illustration with Jennifer Ann Hoh, author of the children’s book Brat Cat.
Young Artist Workshop
Young Artist Workshops - July 16th
16
Join us this summer for fun-filled workshops for Young Artists!
Museum Shop Event
Brat Cat: Book Readings with author Jennifer Ann Hoh
16
Brat Cat Reading – 12:30pm; Brat Cat Gets Lost Reading – 1pm ; Brat Cat’s Seasons Reading – 1:30pm
Adult Workshop
Art Boot Camp Week 2: Art of Bonsai
18
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind horticulture workshop exploring bonsai, Japanese for ornamental trees grown in containers.
Tour
Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - July 19th
19
Our most popular offering!
Horticulture
The Art of Gardening with Emma Seniuk
20
Join us for a special evening as Chanticleer Horticulturist and co-author of The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Plan...
Adult Workshop
Art Boot Camp Week 3: Clay Spears & Fire
25
Investigate the fundamental techniques of creating hand built ceramic sculptures, inspired by spheres/circular pottery created by Toshiko...
Wellness
Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks - July 28th
28
Enjoy a walk through the park and get into fitness mode at the same time.
Family
Tots on Tour! - July 30th
30
Saturdays, May 7, June 11, July 30, August 27, September 10, 2016 at 11am & 1pm
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops.
August 2016
Adult Workshop
Painting the Figure
6
Saturdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Explore the human form in detail through this unique workshop.
Demonstration
ART ON FIRE: Raku Demonstration
6
A rare opportunity to see the dramatic process of Raku firing ceramics!
Film
Plein Air Cinema Series: Legend
11
(Rain Date: Aug. 18) / Start times are approximate.
Plein Air Cinema returns and it’s #TBT under the stars!
Tour
Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - Aug. 16th
16
Our most popular offering!
Young Artist Workshop
Young Artist Workshops - Aug. 20th
20
Join us this summer for fun-filled workshops for Young Artists!
Concert
Courtyard Concert Series: Avi Wisnia
25
PLEASE NOTE: This event begins at 7pm
Discover something new at GFS! Enjoy music under the canopy of maple trees during our summer Courtyard Concert series.
Family
Tots on Tour! - Aug. 27th
27
Saturdays, May 7, June 11, July 30, August 27, September 10, 2016 at 11am & 1pm
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops.
Literary
The Visual in Verse Sculpture Tour
28
Prior to our annual celebration of ekphrastic poetry, we invite you to a Docent-led tour featuring a  selection of works from the co...
September 2016
Family
Tots on Tour! - Sept. 10th
10
Saturdays, May 7, June 11, July 30, August 27, September 10, 2016 at 11am & 1pm
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops.
Special Event
Workshop: Giving with Your Children - Raising Generous Children
14
Do you have a reason to give with your family?
Demonstration
Unlocking the Mystery of Color
17
Explore how artists like Paul Henry Ramirez view and use color in their work. In this engaging and interactive demonstration.
Special Event
NJ Storytelling Festival
18
Celebrate the art of spoken word as wildly diverse stories are presented all afternoon.
Museum Shop Event
Local Artisan Meet & Greet with Kat Lee of Kat Lee Ceramics
24
Enjoy a meet and greet with talented local artisan Kat Lee of Kat Lee Ceramics.
Benefit
16th Annual Epicurean Palette
25
Epicurean Palette is a gala celebration of fine food and wine that helps support the exhibitions and educational initiatives at GFS.
Tour
Atelier Tour & Dinner at Rat's Restaurant - Sept. 27th
27
Tour the famed Seward Johnson Atelier and the cutting edge Digital Atelier.
October 2016
Member Event
Masterpieces in America’s Heartland: Crystal Bridges & Kansas City
25
Celebrate the genius of American art on this journey to Northwest Arkansas and Missouri, unexpectedly dynamic corners.