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Art to Table

On January 10, 2018, we are pleased to Introduce Art to Table, the Art Center’s new event for anyone who loves art and food! Sign up now, and you’ll get an insider tour and last look of our current exhibitions—Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play, Drawing it Out, and Stair-gazing: Élan Cadiz—led by curator, Mary Birmingham. Then you’ll head to downtown Summit for a special prix fixe 2-course menu at Summit House Restaurant + Bar. It’s a perfect chance for you and your friends to enjoy an afternoon of fine art and fine food! Your $50 registration fee includes the gallery tour and lunch. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 10, 2017
10:45 – Coffee at the Art Center
11:00 – Exhibition Tour
12:15 – Lunch at Summit House

This is an exclusive event and space is limited, so sign up now! We hope to see you there!




Gin & Jazz FAQs

We are so excited about our SOLD OUT Gin & Jazz event this Friday night. We thought you might have some questions about the evening, so here’s an FAQ to address any concerns you might have in advance! For additional questions, please contact Susan Yarad at

Where should I park?
Uber is a fabulous option so that you can enjoy our signature drinks crafted by Hendrick’s Gin and the Summit House. If you do plan to drive, please use our parking lot at 68 Elm St. as well as the overflow parking we have secured across the street at LCJ Summit Middle School. Please drink responsibly!

What should I wear?
Think dressy casual! What you might wear for dinner at the Summit House is a good guide, especially since we know many people will come straight from work.

Did I hear something about an after party?
You may have! While the party officially ends here at the Art Center at 10 PM, Summit House will be open to host those who want to keep the evening going. Best of all, they have offered to donate 20% of all bar sales to the Art Center to help us continue our mission of transforming and enriching lives through the shared experience of art.

Will there be fun auction and raffle items?
Absolutely! We will sell raffle tickets for some really awesome items—yoga, running, and sports gifts galore; box tickets to a Devils game; a backyard party for 30 by Tito’s Burritos; amazing wine, and more. Additionally, we have three items to auction off live at the end of the night: dinner in your home for 12 by Summit House; 20 suite tickets to watch a NJ Devils home game in the Official Devils Alumni Suite and meet-and-greet with Ken Daneyko; and a painting created just for the event by Jill Crouch, one of the Art Center’s talented students. Talk with your friends about what you might bid on and even go in together on something!

Can you tell me more about the food and drink?
It’s going to be fabulous. We will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres created by Summit House Executive Chef Martin Kester and perfectly crafted Hendrick’s cocktails designed by lead bartender, Bobby Frascella. Beer, wine, and autumn sangria will also be on offer!

We look forward to seeing you Friday!



















Gin & Jazz

To purchase $75.00 tickets, please click here.

To purchase $125.00 Blue Note Patron tickets, please click here. *

*Blue Note Patrons will be featured in promotional materials on our website and at the event.

Gold Sponsors:







Bronze Sponsors:


Beth Gibson & Hally Toia, The Oldendorp Group, Keller Williams Premier Properties










Special thanks to the following for their generous donations:


Special thanks to our Jazz Angels:

  • Lisa Butler
  • David Hardin
  • Amy Knight


Special thanks to our Blue Note Patrons:

  • Sally & Tom Abbott
  • John & Katherine Buchanan
  • John Buckman
  • Melanie & Daniel Cherry III
  • Jack & Millie Cooper
  • Siobhan Creem
  • Kelly Deere & Lee Shavel
  • Lisa Dworkin
  • Mary Esquivel
  • Beth & Ralph Fylstra
  • Linda Gillam
  • Suzanne Glatt
  • Betse Gump
  • Lorraine & Peter Kelly
  • Doug & Esther McNulty
  • Alison & David O’Neill
  • Lauren & Pete Pardo
  • Deborah & Fred Schwarzmann
  • Amy & Stefan Shaffer
  • Jesse Torrey
  • Stephen Yarad


Providing the Confidence to Step up

Imagine your child showed a special talent in art, a talent your child’s teacher said you should nurture. Imagine your child’s teacher recommended art classes to help with creative expression, concentration, other skills. Now imagine that you could not afford to give your child this added enrichment, that although you knew it was what your child needed, the cost was simply beyond your family’s grasp.

The Art Center’s Studio School Scholarship Program serves local families with financial need whose children and teens crave the opportunity to learn how to paint, to draw, to exercise their creativity. Because of the generous support of donors we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships and camperships to local families.

Your support of the Art Center’s Annual Appeal will help us continue to provide high-quality arts education to families here in our local neighborhoods.

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Spring 2017 Gala raises over $180,000!

Night of Wonder raises over $180,000 to help fund scholarships, exhibitions, and outreach!

On Saturday, April 1, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey held its annual spring benefit “Night of Wonder: Celebrating the Art of Imagination” at the Art Center in Summit. The stylish evening included cocktails, a seated dinner in the Main Gallery, and live and silent art auctions and raised over $180,000 to fund the Art Center’s acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions as well as outreach initiatives, including arts enrichment for underserved children, seniors, and low income families.

Gala co-chairs were Jesse Torrey of Maplewood and Kelly Deere of Summit. Gala committee members included: Heather Braun, Kate Buchanan, Karen Caplan, Marie Cohen, Jill Draper, Terri Friedman, Matt Gould, Betse Gump, Ellen Hochberger, Amy Knight, Liz Skolar, and Elisa Zachary. Gold sponsors include: Marie and Roy Alan Cohen, Lisa Butler and Bob Kelly, Betse and Frank Gump, Amy Knight, Siegel + Gale, and the Wilf Family Foundations. Silver sponsors included: David Ellis Events; Kelly Deere and Lee Shavel; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; and Debi and Frank Schwarzmann. Bronze sponsors included: Clelia Biamonti and Adam Psichos, Heather and Elliot Braun, Kate and John Buchanan, Siobhan Creem, Keith and Carri Dolin, Jill Draper, Terri and Mark Friedman, Tom Gordon, Christine and Andy Gottesman, Ellen and Stuart Hochberger, Kayla and Richard Pechter, Point View Wealth Management, Mitchell and Amy Radin, Joanie Schwarz and Don Rosenthal, Stefan and Amy Shaffer, Liz Skoler and Mark Becker, and Jesse and Dan Torrey.

Thank you to all our Sponsors!


  • Lisa Butler and Bob Kelly
  • Marie and Roy Allen Cohen
  • Betse and Frank Gump
  • Amy Knight
  • David Srere, Siegel + Gale
  • Wilf Family Foundations


  • David Ellis Events
  • Kelly Deere and Lee Shavel
  • Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
  • Debi and Fred Schwarzman


  • Clelia Biamonti and Adam Psichos
  • Heather and Elliot Braun
  • Kate and John Buchanan
  • Siobhan Creem
  • Keith and Carri Dolin
  • Jill Draper
  • Terri and Mark Friedman
  • Tom Gordon and Joanne Ng
  • Christine and Andy Gottesman
  • Stuart and Ellen Hochberger
  • Kayla and Richard Pechter
  • David Dietze and Claire Toth, Point View Wealth Management
  • Mitchell and Amy Radin
  • Declan and Rebecca Ryan
  • Joanie Schwarz Portraiture
  • Stefan and Amy Shaffer
  • Liz Skoler and Mark Becker
  • Jesse and Dan Torrey