Mayor Chuck Cahn and the Cherry Hill Arts Board are proud to present Fall Into the Arts – a two-week series of art and cultural events— Saturday, October 11 through Sunday, October 26 at the Croft Farm Arts Center (100 Bortons Mill Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034).
This exhilarating series opens with a Juried Photography Show. Photographers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter this juried exhibit. The non-refundable jurying fee is $10 per piece and each photographer may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration during Intake on October 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Arts Center. Each year photographers ranging between novice and professional backgrounds enter and each has immeasurable talent. All photographs are hand-selected by a highly accredited jury and will be on display in the Arts Center, as well as available for sale throughout each Fall Into the Arts event. For a full list of guidelines, please visit http://CherryHillArts.Blogspot.com.
The art gallery will officially open on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. with an artist’s reception. Awards will be presented to the top jury-selected pieces and light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the photographers behind this two week-long exhibit and maybe even purchase an original piece for your own art collection! The gallery will be open October 13 - 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; October 19, noon to 4 p.m. and October 20 - 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For the first time, Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Arts Board are partnering with the Garden State Film Festival to present a “mini-fest” of some of the most critically and commercially acclaimed short films presented at the festival in recent years. The event will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. The six short films that will be shown are: Admissions, The Wednesdays, Jerome’s Bouquet, Un Peu Plus, Miyuki’s Wind Bells and Death Taxes and Apple Juice. The films are from all over the world, including USA, France, Ireland and Japan. This afternoon screening provides you with an intimate view of the annual Garden State Film Festival. For more information about the films visit, www.gsff.org. The ticket price is $10, available for purchase at the door.
On Friday, October 17 from 8 – 10 pm, The Luck Brothers are back for a repeat performance bringing you blues, soul and classic rock & roll. The band has written songs for, performed and recorded with Lou Rawls, Sister Sledge, BeeGees, Anita Baker, Lionel Ritchie and more. Tickets are $7 and available for purchase at the door or reservations can be made by calling the Recreation Department. Refreshments will be provided.
Join us on Sunday, October 19 from noon – 4 p.m. for Harvest Festival featuring Fire & Life Safety Day, co-hosted by Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Fire Department. Enjoy a pumpkin patch and a farmers market, both brought to you by Springdale Farms. In addition, festival-goers can participate in pony rides, emergency fire vehicle display, fire hose squirt, Cherry Hill My Gym moon bounce, costume parade, live entertainment, balloon artists, face painting, Kid Card ID registration, and information fair and take-a-photo with a fireman. Refreshments will be available to purchase from Springdale Farms. During this event, festival-goers are encouraged to visit the Croft Farm Arts Center where there will be open gallery hours for the Fall Into the Arts photography show. This year’s Harvest Festival is sponsored by Kennedy Health System, Republic Bank, International Sports Center, Holdbrook Pediatric Dental LLC, MedExpress Urgent Care and Melitta Coffee. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item that will be donated to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry.
us on Thursday, October 23 from 7 – 9 pm for Art in Your Pocket: Using the iPhone as a Creative Tool, presented by Photographer Cindy Patrick. Cindy Patrick is an award-winning, internationally exhibited fine artist who creates her unique “photo paintings” using her iPhone and a wide selection of apps. Join Cindy as she unveils her techniques and explains how you too can create art with something you have in your pocket – your iPhone! This event is free, but please call the Recreation Department to reserve your place.
Closing out the two-week long celebration will be the first concert of the 2014 - 2015 Cherry Hill Ensemble Series, on Sunday October 26. Join us as we welcome three sopranos and an accompanist from the Academy of Vocal Arts along with singers from Cherry Hill High School East for this afternoon performance. Sopranos include: Anush Avetisyan, Chloe Moore and Julia Dawson, accompanied by pianist Luke Housner. The concert begins at 3 p.m., and doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Seating is general admission and tickets are just $15, $12 for seniors with a Gold card and $5 for students and children under 12. The 2014 – 2015 Ensemble Series is sponsored by NFI.
Year to year Fall Into the Arts becomes more and more unique, and just as unique is the Croft Farm Arts Center, which has also experienced many changes. Built in 1779, Croft Farm was once a working mill, farm and stop on the Underground Railroad. This historic landmark has played an important role in Southern New Jersey for more than 200 years. In 1995, the township converted the tractor barn into a 200-seat performance venue with concert-worthy acoustics. The Arts Center has become a cultural haven for many Cherry Hill residents providing “big-city” entertainment without all the hassle of bridge tolls and parking. Last summer renovations to the Art Center included a new vestibule, more flexibility for seating during events, a repositioned stage, partitioned walls and a facelift to the restroom facilities. These exciting changes will be sure to improve your entire experience.
For more information about Fall Into the Arts or to reserve tickets to any of the events, please contact the Recreation Department at 856-488-7868, or email Arts@CHTownship.com.