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Arts This Year

Blair’s lively arts scene features student concerts and theatrical productions, professional art exhibits in the Romano Gallery, annual Bartow Series performances and workshops, and more. Our community celebrates the arts, and we encourage everyone to experience and participate in our many on-campus arts events.

September 2019

Thomas Franklin: Images of Immigration

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
August 30-September 28; reception on September 19 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Thomas Franklin art

Award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker Thomas Franklin’s exhibit focuses on issues related to human migration. The Montclair State University professor and Pulitzer Prize finalist is a multimedia and visual storyteller who explores global issues with local and regional impact, including immigration, refugees, and policies related to undocumented residents and asylum seekers.

 

October 2019

Ralph Gabriner and Dena Schutzer: Marriage of Two Views

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
September 30-October 26; reception on October 10 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Dena Schutzer art

Painter and photographer (and husband and wife) Ralph Gabriner and Dena Schutzer explore their individual responses to street and domestic life with what they call the “geometries of life” using shapes, colors and forms. 

Peter and the Starcatcher

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 17, 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.
A play by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, music by Wayne Barker

The Tony-award-winning play tells the backstory of an unhappy orphan boy who becomes the legendary Peter Pan. All the favorite things from the old story are here: pirates, mermaids, a fearsome crocodile, plus a few more that helped make this play immensely popular. The young orphan and his mates are shipped off from England for a distant island ruled by evil King Zarboff. A precocious young girl, Molly, a starcatcher-in-training, realizes that a mysterious trunk on the ship contains starstuff, a celestial substance whose power could be used for good or evil. Pirates, led by the fearsome Black Stache, take over the ship and hope to claim the trunk and its treasures, and the thrilling adventure takes off. 

Blair on Stage

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 25, 8 p.m.

Blair’s singers, instrumentalists and actors perform works from their repertoires in this Parents’ Weekend show.

November 2019

Joni Oye-Benintende: Recognition

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 28-November 16; reception on November 7 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.
 

JoniOye-Benintende art

Ceramicist Joni Oye-Benintende uses fired and unfired clay, raku and sawdust firing processes and found objects to create sculpture and pottery forms that invite the viewer to regard the works as prompts to uncover memories, recognize images, and to create their own stories and meditations.

Fall Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 22, 7 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

December 2019

Lois Dodd & Friends: Painting in Blairstown

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 18-December 21; reception on December 5 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Lois Dodd art

New York City-based landscape painter (and mother of Blair architecture teacher Eli King) Lois Dodd will showcase her work alongside that of more than a dozen of her artist friends, including Paul Carrellas, David Dewey, Jeffrey Epstein, Daniel Finaldi, Joseph Fiore, Leslie Hertzog, Julie Jankowski, Arthur Kvarnstrom, Lynn Kotula, Barbara Kulicke, Elizabeth O’Reilly, St. Clair Sullivan and former Blair fine arts teacher Rita Baragona. Ms. Dodd transforms the ordinary into poetic moments filled with light and color, exhibiting her work in New York City, across the U.S.A. and internationally.

 

Christmas Vespers

First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown
December 10, 4:30 & 7 p.m.

Blair’s Chamber Orchestra and Singers perform as part of this traditional Christmas service.

January 2020

Mel Leipzig

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
January 6-February 1; reception on January 23 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Mel Leipzig art

Over the last 40 years, Mel Leipzig has painted people from all walks of life, ranging from high-school principals to well-known artists. The artist, who was honored with an award from the New Jersey Foundation last year, paints his subjects in person rather than from photographs as a means of preserving the intensity of feeling as he creates his art.

 

February 2020

Blair Academy Faculty & Staff Show

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 10-March 7; reception on February 27 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

At this annual exhibit, faculty & staff members will showcase their talents in a range of mediums. For detailed information about the artwork to be shown, visit www.blair.edu/romano-gallery in early 2020.

Chicago

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 13, 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
A musical by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander & Maurine Dallas Watkins

Set in roaring-twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie meets another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, who competes with her for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately learning that American notoriety has a short shelf life. This cutting satire has a fantastic score that was brought to the stage by Bob Fosse.

March 2020

Shawn Cheng: Sum of Days Past

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
March 23-April 18; reception on April 2 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Shawn Cheng art

Artist and cartoonist Shawn Cheng makes pictures of monsters. Drawing inspiration from mythical traditions from around the world, he creates characters to act out the conflict between the natural and unnatural and manmade. The monsters in his maximal, visually dense images are awe-inspiring, even beautiful, evoking a sense of wonder, as well as impending doom.

April 2020

Grandparents' Day Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 15, 10:30 a.m.

Blair’s Singers, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra present works from their repertoires.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 23-May 18; reception on April 23 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Displaying student work of all different mediums, this show celebrates the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of Blair’s talented fine artists.

May 2020

Spring Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 1, 7:15 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

Twelfth Night

Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
May 14, 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.

One of Shakespeare’s most-performed comedies will be performed in the perfect setting by Blair Lake. Duke Orsino of Illyria is in love with Olivia, but she rejects his advances. A shipwrecked Viola arrives on his shores, and, with the help of a Captain, disguises herself as a boy, calling herself Cesario, and enters Orsino’s service. Orsino likes Cesario, and sends “him” to woo Olivia for him. Viola realizes to her dismay that Olivia has fallen for her Cesario rather than Duke Orsino—further complicated by the fact that Viola is falling herself for Orsino. More subplots, confusion and disguises ensue, leading, of course, to several happy romances.