On Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2-5 p.m., the Hunterdon Art Museum invites the public to the opening of four new exhibitions and the unveiling of a 90-foot mural constructed on its terrace wall bordering the river.
Phillip Adams: Leave No Trace delves into humanity’s intricate bond with nature, highlighting our impulses to both nurture and alter our natural surroundings. Marsha Goldberg & Andrew Zimmerman: Taking Shape brings together Goldberg’s layered acrylic paintings on Yupo paper and Zimmerman’s painted wood sculptures, both artists exploring the dynamics of color, shape, and space. Ahrong Kim: Over the Paper Plane presents ceramic figurative sculptures that narrate a diary of emotions, while the 2023 Members Exhibition celebrates the diverse artistic talents of the museum’s members.
Alongside the exhibition openings, the museum will mark its 70th anniversary with a festive celebration on the terrace. Starting at 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy live performances by the New Road Band, sip on unique cocktails from ArtBar, and savor mixed culture dishes from Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck. Gallery talks with the exhibiting artists will also be part of the day’s offerings.
Wild Ride Mural by Phillip Adams
Drawing inspiration from the South Branch of the Raritan River that flows behind the museum’s wall, Phillip Adams presents Wild Ride. This 90-foot mural captures the essence of a river cascading naturally downstream, evoking memories of a time predating the mills and the man-made dam. It serves as a poignant reminder of humanity’s transformative impact on the environment and underscores our responsibilities in adapting to these changes.
Water, as depicted in the mural, is more than just a life source; it’s an embodiment of energy, reflection, healing, rebirth, power, and life. This mirrors the profound connection between art and its viewer, where both are intertwined in a dance of interpretation and creation.
The mural also includes a fleet of origami boats, floating downstream, symbolizing creativity, curiosity, and wonder. These boats resonate with the museum’s core mission to educate, challenge, and inspire community through the arts. The boats’ colors, aligned with the spectrum of the rainbow, hold symbolic significance. With violet positioned closest to the museum and red radiating outward, they signify the museum’s expansive influence and outreach into the community.