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2012 – 2013

Winter Wonders at

GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE Presenting three months of programs and activities designed to turn the coldest months into your warmest memories.

Welcome to the 2nd annual

WINTER WONDERS at Grounds For Sculpture,

3 months of sizzling programs and events to turn old man winter on his ear and give you and your family warmth and delight at every turn. The park of course is open year-round and it is spectacular in the winter! We keep the main paths free of snow and increasingly put into service our multi-person trams to help you tour. After sunset the park is ablaze with thousands of lights transforming it into a magical wonderland that kids of all ages will love. Check out our after-six hours beginning with our Lights On! celebration on November 24th and running throughout December. Each month has a theme and is filled with both GFS favorites and new features. December? Well it’s “Holiday Happenings” of course…the artisan boutique gift shop, carolers in the park, the American Boy Choir, children’s theatre, cookie decorating, tram rides and more. January? We call it “Warmth in Winter”… A New Year’s Day brunch at Rat’s, the red hot Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, cooking classes, and curling up with a good book at the GFS Book Club. February? It’s all about “Searching For Spring”… the Annual Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day festivities, a fabulous Passage to India Dinner, and the return of date night at the Black Maria Film Festival. Throughout it all, our spacious indoor galleries feature five diverse and powerful sculpture exhibitions! So let the winter winds blow as they may. Grounds For Sculpture is your safe haven to warm your body and soul! Yours in every season, David A. Miller Executive Director



Middle left, above: Carlos Dorrien, The Nine Muses, 1990-1997, granite, 132 x 240 x 360 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.; middle left, below: John Isherwood, Secret Passage, 1994-1995, Pennsylvania Fox Hill granite, 100 x 54 x 38 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.

CONTACT US Phone: (609) 586-0616

ABOUT GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parklands full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses. The works, many of them monumental, include those of such distinguished artists as Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, George Segal, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Isaac Witkin. They join the enchanting works of our visionary founder Seward Johnson as well as many others by the finest up and coming artists of our time. Join us and discover the beauty, charm, whimsy, and inspiration that our 42 acres hold. The collection and exhibits at Grounds For Sculpture contain art works that may be of a challenging, sensitive and/or mature nature. Please be aware and consult GFS staff for advice if you have specific concerns. TOURING AT GFS Grounds For Sculpture, open and accessible year-round (we keep the main paths plowed in winter), annually conducts over 500 docent-led tours for its guests. Sculpture site maps, tree tour brochures, and touch tours for the visually impaired (require advance reservations) are all available at the Visitor’s Center. Group tours of 15 or more, scheduled and paid in advance, receive a discount. School groups are free TuesdayFriday with advance reservations. Call (609) 586-0616 for your group tour. Drop-in tours are provided free of charge spring-fall season on weekdays and weekends. Check our website for more information.

PARK HOURS Open year-round Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm, closed Mondays. (Open until 9pm Fridays and Saturdays in December) GFS reserves the right to close to the public for special events throughout the year. ADMISSION Members Children (5 >) Students (6-17) Seniors (65+) Adults (18-64)

Free Free $8 $10 $12

ACCESSIBILITY Grounds For Sculpture is a leader in designing its facilities and programs to serve persons with disabilities. The Domestic Arts Building is fully accessible as is the Visitor’s Center and the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. The Museum Building, fully accessible on the first floor, has images available of artwork on its mezzanine level. Large print editions of information and brochures are available in all three buildings. Special vehicles are available to assist persons who have mobility impairments with two weeks advance notice. Touch tours for the visually impaired may be arranged with advance reservations. GETTING HERE Conveniently located just minutes from Princeton at the center of the New York-Philadelphia travel corridor in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily reached by major state and interstate roads and by rail and has ample free parking. Use 126 Sculptor’s Way, Hamilton NJ 08619 to find us using a GPS or Google Maps/Mapquest. For detailed directions visit our website. MEMBERSHIP Experience Grounds For Sculpture to the very fullest by becoming a Member. Along with free admission for you (and guests depending on the membership) you’ll receive exclusive invitations to exhibition openings, be the first to learn about new programs, classes, tours and special events and receive advance ticketing opportunities and discounts on dining, shopping and class registrations. For more information, go to the Visitor Center, call the Membership office at (609) 689-1089 or visit



Winter Wonders begins with


Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25

Holiday Traditions start at GFS!

Kick off the season with two jam-packed days of merriment as we turn on the lights throughout the park. Thousands of lights will fire up at 5pm to transform the park into your very own winter wonderland, and holiday delights of all sorts will fill our halls…..concerts, workshops, delectibles, shopping, tram rides…fun for everyone way past nightfall!

SATURDAY, NOV 24 (WS=workshops) Peacock Café Brunch 11am–1pm Graham Cracker House WS 1–4pm


Origami Ornament WS 1–4pm


Nassau Brass 3pm 8th Annual Gingerbread House Contest (drop off at noon, awards 4:30pm) Lights On! 5pm Capital Singers of Trenton 5pm Tram Rides 5:30–8:30pm Club Rat’s (see page 12) 10pm-2am SUNDAY, NOV 25 Brunch at Rat’s 11am–2pm


Crochet For Cause WS 10:30am–1:30pm Brass Trombone Quartet Concert 3pm Lights On!(Again) 5pm Peacock Café Holiday Tea Party 4–6pm Tram Rides 4–7pm

Holiday shopping at The Museum Shop and Toad Hall 10am–9pm Saturday, 10am–6pm Sunday




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Open til 9pm Fridays and Saturdays in December

Holiday Happenings Month

No matter how you celebrate the December holidays, make GFS your place for inspiration and source of joy. SUNDAY CAFÉ BRUNCHES Sundays in December, 11am–1pm December 2, 9, 16, 23 Join us at the Peacock Café for delicious, freshly prepared sweet and savory dishes from an à la carte menu, as well as our signature hot cocoa – spiked to warm you up if you like! Call (609) 890-6015 for more info. HOLIDAY ARTISAN BOUTIQUE AT TOAD HALL SHOP & GALLERY December 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, 22-23, 12–5pm The perfect gift was never so easy! Join us in the Toad Hall Shop & Gallery for the 2nd annual Holiday Artisan Boutique. In addition to the array of unique gift items you’d normally find there, the Artisan Boutique will feature one-of-a-kind artwork by local artists, including Caroline Taraschi from Elements Jewelry who will be on hand during the first two weekends of December for demonstrations and consultations throughout the day. HOLIDAY TRAM RIDES THROUGH THE TWINKLING PARK Fridays & Saturdays in December, 5–8:30pm Sundays in December, 4–5:30pm Free with park admission Travel through the park in style on our tram specially decorated just for the season. Enjoy holiday melodies while you are driven throughout the merrily transformed landscape. Plus, GFS’s extended evening hours in December means more time to enjoy the twinkling sights. Drop by the Peacock Café for a warm treat before or after your ride. Happy Holidays! Rides are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed.

HAND-BLOWN GLASS AW ORNAMENT WORKSHOP Saturday, December 1, 11am–4pm No glass blowing experience needed! Learn the old world craft of using Glaskolben tubes and a torch to make hand-blown glass ornaments. In this fun and easy class, create 10 glass ornaments perfect for decorations or holiday gifts. Bring a shoe box and packing materials (tissue paper, bubble wrap, etc.) to transport your ornaments home. All other materials provided at workshop. Instructor: Leanne Blevins. $75 Members; $90 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616. STROLLING DICKENS CAROLERS Sundays December 2, 9, and 16,1–3pm Free with park admission This season, the old and new intersect as GFS brings the tradition of A Christmas Carol to the park with strolling holiday Dickens Carolers! Enjoy the park in the wintertime while songs of the season, by carolers in Victorian attire, fill the air.



American Boychoir




Saturday, December 8, 10am, 11am, and 12pm Join us for a day of fun-filled children’s workshops recommended for ages 6-14 (younger students may require assistance of an adult companion). Registration required by 12/7, 5pm. $12 Members; $18 non-Members, per session, per child. Registered students are admitted free on the day of the workshop. To register, please call (609) 586-0616. ILLUSTRATED HOLIDAY CARDS (10am) First, make your own wintry image under the guidance of artist and illustrator, Monica Vagnozzi. Then, transfer your design onto cards using a traditional printmaking method. Create up to six different cards! WONDERFUL WINTRY ACCESSORIES (11am) Using silk flowers, resin cameos, and other crafty materials, kids will create a duo of fashion accessories for gifts or for keeps. Instructed by veteran glue-gun slinger, Jennifer Korolenko, you’ll learn how composition comes into play even when creating wearable works of art. HERBERTSVILLE HONEY HOLIDAY CANDLES (noon) Light up your holiday season with NJ’s Herbertsville Honey Company! Create handmade beeswax candles from natural beeswax sheets before decorating and personalizing your creations!



AMERICAN BOYCHOIR IN CONCERT Friday, December 7, 7:30pm The American Boychoir is America’s premier concert boys’ choir. Don’t miss this one-night-only engagement! Regularly performing with world-class ensembles including The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Boston Symphony, the boys have performed with iconic greats including jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, Beyoncé, and Sir Paul McCartney. Likely to sell out. Advance ticket purchase recommended. $20 Members; $27 non-Members. Purchase by 12/6, 5pm, to avoid a park admission fee. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616. CENTENARY STAGES PRESENTS “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD” Saturday, December 8, 1pm Free with park admission Follow a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad in this wonderful musical for children and adult audiences alike. A Year with Frog teaches important life lessons about friendship and celebrating our special differences. Free cookies and hot chocolate provided to children in the audience. No reservation necessary. BOHEME OPERA NJ IN CONCERT Friday, December 14, 7:30pm Free with park admission Come hear young and veteran singers perform timeless classics at this free concert, offered as the first in a new collaborative series. Staged in the gorgeous GFS East Gallery, this special concert will be hosted by Boheme Opera NJ cofounders Joseph and Sandra Pucciatti. The Peacock Café will be open for dining before the concert. Open til 9pm Fridays and Saturdays in December FW

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HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES AND CARDS WORKSHOP FW Saturday, December 15, 1–3pm Free with park admission Create your own gift boxes, bags, and special holiday greeting cards this season during our drop-in workshop! This popular annual favorite is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING FW Sunday, December 16, 4–6pm A festive and delicious workshop! We’ll arm you with sugar cookies and fun, sparkly embellishments for decorating. Bring your edible art home to enjoy with your favorite cup of tea! This popular favorite sells out quickly so register early! Materials fee applies. Preregistration is required and can be made by calling (609) 890-6015. HOLIDAY MUSIC BY THOMAS YERMACK Saturday, December 22, 12:30–3:30pm Free with park admission Thomas Yermack is an extraordinarily talented musician who has perfected a harp-like two-handed guitar technique. With his Steinberger guitar, Tom weaves melodic holiday harmonies. Don’t miss this very special appearance TWO OF A KIND AND THE GIVE ‘EM A HAND BAND Saturday, December 15, 3:30pm Free with park admission Bring the whole family for this special engagement as David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, an award-winning, nationally-touring dynamic duo, are joined by “The Give ‘em a Hand Band,” for an all out awesome interactive children’s concert of singing, movement, puppets, sign language, and more!

New Year’s at Rat’s

Centenary Stages


CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE AT RAT’S RESTAURANT Monday, December 31 Fling out the old year and ring in the new with delicious food and wonderful company at Rat’s Restaurant. Dine à la carte or indulge in a special 5-course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Shane Cash. Then welcome the New Year with a dance party in the Pavilion complete with a midnight champagne toast! Reservations required for this exclusive evening and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800. NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH Tuesday, January 1 Brunch served 11am–3pm Start your year out right by treating yourself to the famous Rat’s brunch buffet, featuring decadent hot breakfast and lunch favorites, perfectly composed salads, house-made charcuterie, the freshest iced seafood, plus carving and omelet stations. Reservations are required for this popular event. Make yours today by calling (609) 584-7800.




Warmth in Winter Find it in a stimulating workshop, awe-inspiring demonstrations, a good book, or a sizzling dance performance, right here at GFS

WINTER INSPIRED PAPERMAKING, AW KIRIGAMI AND ORIGAMI Saturday, January 12 & 19, 10am–2pm Learn the traditional arts of Japanese paper-folding and -cutting in this two-session workshop. Students will be introduced to Origami (the art of paper folding), Kirigami (the art of paper cutting), and paper-making and will create sophisticated folded figures and cut snowflakes from their handmade paper. Instructors: Kathleen Lang Metaxas and April Zay. Registration required by 1/11, 5pm. Call (609) 586-0616 to register. $100 Members; $120 non-Members.

ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS Sunday, January 13, 2–4pm Free with park admission Let the chips fall where they may as these master carvers turn huge blocks of ice into art! Using power saws, chisels, brawn, and grit, this talented group of artists will amaze you with what and how they create!

HANDCOLORING YOUR AW PHOTOGRAPHS WORKSHOP Saturday, January 26, 10:30am–5:30pm Create mixed media pieces using your own photos, watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils. Bring 3-4 photos inkjet-printed on matte fine art paper to work with. Instructions (including ordering photos printed on a variety of papers) will be available in advance. Materials will be provided for use during class time. Instructor: Nancy J. Ori. $80 Members; $95 non-Members. ABOVE PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG





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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY AND HOU-TIEN CHENG Saturday, January 26 2013 is the Year of the Snake, but not as the western world thinks of him. He’s refined, charming, elegant, wise, and very lucky. Join the renowned Nai Ni Chen Dance Company and master paper cutter Hou-Tien Cheng who use this ancient symbol of grace as inspiration for fiery dancing and dazzling design. In lightning speed master Cheng creates with paper and scissors anything you can imagine including the mighty serpent. And with twirling ribbons and martial movement Nai Ni’s troupe will beckon forth spring and to awakening all hibernating creatures. Paper Cutting Demo at noon. Pieces will be available for purchase directly from the artist; Dance Performance at 2pm. $15 Members; $20 non-members. Purchase by 1/25 and park admission is free.

Nothing says cozy like curling up with a good book in the winter!

Just forBookLovers Come be a part of the GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE BOOK CLUB Sundays at 12:30pm - January 6, 20 & February 3, 17

Here’s your opportunity to be part of the GFS Book Club! Led by librarian Jackie Marcus, a passionate lover of books, art, and lively discourse, each selection highlights a different facet of art. BYOB (book)! All titles are available at local libraries and bookstores. Join any or all. Call (609) 586-0616 to reserve your space. Participants with advance reservations receive free park admission on book club dates. JANUARY 6 JANUARY 20 THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES: MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD A HIDDEN INHERITANCE by DEBRA DEAN by EDMUND DE WAAL A woman with Alzheimer’s recollects her time When world famous ceramist Edmund De Waal at the Hermitage Museum while struggling to inherits a collection of netsuke (Japanese wood remain in the present. carvings), he sets out to uncover their tale.

GFS Book club continues in February! See page 11 for more info.


Hunt for elusive and intriguing titles and support the important role of libraries in our communities during these two special weekends just for booklovers. All book sale proceeds benefit the library. Park admission required. Saturday & Sunday, January 19 & 20 11am– 4pm Friends of Cranbury Public Library

Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27 11am–4pm Friends of Hamilton Township Public Library




Searching for Spring Tired of winter? Ready for spring? We’ve got some great programs to help you get there in a hurry!


GROUNDHOG DAY Saturday, February 2, 11am – 4pm All events are free with park admission Will he see his shadow? Come find out at GFS’s 8th annual Groundhog Day celebration, featuring tours of the park, groundhog-inspired workshops, interactive storytelling, and a musical performance finale. Suitable for ages 6 - 10.

WINTER PHOTOWALK AW with Michael S. Miller Saturday, February 9 1:30 –3:30pm Join 2013 Focus on Sculpture Juror Michael S. Miller for a master class using GFS’s 42-acres and 270 sculptures as inspiration and subject. Miller will provide pointers on composition and perspective to help you hone your skills. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors. A digital point and shoot camera or digital SLR camera is required. Rain or shine – in case of extreme weather, students will photowalk in our indoor galleries. In partnership with Visions Photographic Workshop. $55 Members; $70 non-Members.



Meet the Groundhog Tours (11am & 12pm) Explore GFS with a docent. Keep a look out for “Art,” the Grounds For Sculpture groundhog, who will be roaming the park. For everyone who braves the cold, cookies and hot chocolate await them in the Warming Hut! Interactive Storytelling Workshop (12 &1pm) FW Join storyteller Jim Rohe from Gentle Rhythms, LLC for a storytime in honor of Groundhog Day. Listen to guitar songs and sing along as the story unfolds! FW Pop-Up Puppet Workshop (12-3pm) Create a felt groundhog puppet that pops up to search for his shadow. Supplies limited. First-come, first-serve. Instructor: Joslyn Johnson. FW Shadow Figure Collage (12-3pm) Make a shadow figure collage using the work of Matisse and other artists as inspiration and colorful torn paper as your medium. Supplies limited. First-come, first-serve. Instructor: April Zay.


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NJ GAY MEN’S CHORUS CONCERT Saturday, February 9, 8pm Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a heartwarming performance by the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus (NJGMC). The NJGMC has been entertaining audiences for 22 years with its diverse repertoire and gorgeous vocals. Make a night of it with a specially priced 3-course dinner at Rat’s Restaurant before the show (offered only to advance purchase ticket holders, includes after-party). Following the show, head to the after-party at Rat’s for a DJ’d pop-up club. Dinner reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800. Concert tickets: $10 Members; $15 non-Members. After-party tickets: Free with dinner reservation, $10 without. Purchase by calling (609) 586-0616. Advance purchase closes 2/8, 5pm.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND@ GFS BOX OF CHOCOLATES WORKSHOP AW Sunday, February 10, 1–3pm Back by popular demand! Get set for Valentine’s Day by making handmade ganache truffles under the guidance of chocolatier Charlie Musso. While the truffles set, create decorative paper packaging for your chocolates with artist Carolyn Calhoun and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. You’ll take home a gift box containing approximately one dozen truffles. This one sells out quickly so pre-registration is required; please call (609) 586-0616 to register. Instructors: Charlie Musso and Carolyn Calhoun. $35 Members; $45 non-Members.

TEA TIME FOR CUPID AT THE PEACOCK CAFE Wednesday, February 13, 4–6pm Bring your sweetheart to the Peacock Café for a romantic pre-Valentine’s Day tea. Savor your own special pot of tea and enjoy a delicious selection of scones, finger sandwiches and other special delights. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (609) 586-0616 x 102.

HONEY FOR YOUR HONEY! FW Sunday, February 10, 2–5pm Family-owned Herbertsville Honey Company provides local raw honey, hand-crafted hive-related products, and education about honey bees, their role in our food supply, and the importance of beekeeping. Come get an in-depth look at their award-winning honey-making process and participate in a simple make-and-take activity to create a sweet Valentine’s gift (materials fee may apply). Make-and-take spaces are limited – please call (609) 586-0616 to reserve your spot.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT RAT’S RESTAURANT Thursday, February 14 Called the most romantic restaurant in our region, Rat’s opens its doors for a special Valentine’s evening. A decadent 5-course tasting menu will be offered in addition to our à la carte menu. Let Rat’s Restaurant pamper and spoil you and the one you love with flawless service, luxurious ambiance and sumptuous cuisine. For information, pricing and reservations please call (609) 584-7800.





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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 12:30pm LIFE STUDIES BY SUSAN VREELAND A collection of historical and contemporary stories about the power of art and the artist. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 12:30pm THE PAINTER FROM SHANGHAI BY JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN A fictionalized account of Chinese painter Pan Yuliang who struggles with her identity as an artist after a difficult childhood.

MARK PARSONS-INSPIRED AW MONOTYPES WORKSHOP Saturday, February 23, 10am–4pm Explore the world of monotype printmaking inspired by the imaginative work of Mark Parsons, the GFS 2012 Artist-inResidence, who incorporates the study of architecture and astronomy into printmaking. You’ll learn about Parsons’ work and draw sculptures, buildings, and other installations at GFS using textural and spatial components. Then, you’ll create monotype prints using your drawings as reference. Pre-registration is required; please call (609) 586-0616 to register. Instructor: Kathleen Lang Metaxas. $65 Members; $75 non-Members. FW

ANIMATED FLIP BOOKS Saturday, February 16, 12:30–1:30pm In honor of our second annual BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL screening, GFS invites families to participate in this fun and simple workshop! You’ll create a flipbook using colored pencils, pen, and ink. All drawing skill levels are welcome! Bring your imagination and watch your drawings come to life! Materials fee: $5 per child, please pay at the workshop. Park admission required. Instructor: Monica Vagnozzi. ILLUSTRATION BY MONICA VAGNOZZI

BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm For over 30 years, NJ’s own Black Maria Film Festival (BMFF) has won acclaim for promoting independent filmmaking by widely exhibiting works by veteran and emerging film and video makers. The festival’s annual juried competition results in 40 to 60 works from around the country for its annual tour. GFS is proud to present the Festival with specially curated selections by BMFF Founder John Columbus sure to delight and inspire. Make it a date night by dining at the Peacock Café prior to this 90 -110 minute screening. $5 Members, $12 Non-members; Park admission is included for Advance Ticket Holders only. Advance purchase closes 2/15, 5pm.



RAT’S HAPPENINGS PRIX-FIXE THURSDAYS IN FEBRUARY Warm your spirit and feed your soul (and belly) with this tantalizing offer from Rat’s Restaurant. Every Thursday in February (except Valentine’s Day) join us for a special $39/3-course dinner and a selection of half-priced wines. For reservations please call (609) 584-7800.


Sunday, February 24, 4–6pm


Love sushi and want to learn how to make the perfect roll? Here’s your chance to learn the ancient art of sushimaking. Each student will gain hands-on experience from a professional chef. Meets at Peacock Café. Materials fee applies. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (609) 586-0616 x 102.

“PASSAGE TO INDIA” A SPECIAL GUEST CHEF DINNER AT RAT’S RESTAURANT Wednesday, February 27, 6pm Executive Chef Shane Cash and Guest Chef Ali Loukzada, Executive Chef at NYC’s Serai and the Rubin Museum of Art, invite you to experience a contemporary take on one of the most interesting and exotic cuisines on the globe – the foods of India. Join Chefs Cash and Loukzada for an innovative and worldly journey with sour, sweet, spicy, and hot flavors in every bite. For information and reservations, call (609) 584-7800.


Saturdays, 10pm–2am November 24 & February 23 Calling all party people! We’re turning up the heat with Club Rat’s, a one night only pop-up club. Doors open at 10pm for dancing and cocktails in the lounge and pavilion. Groove to the nonstop beats of our DJ and enjoy drink specials ‘til 2am.


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ALL SEASON LONG IN THE GALLERIES ROBERT TAPLIN: Heaven, Hell, and the History of Punch (through April 2013) In the Museum, experience three deeply compelling installations by figurative sculptor Robert Taplin, each of which brim with references to contemporary life as seen through the lens of ancient creation mythology, Dante’s Inferno, or the 17th century Italian trickster character of Punch. INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER’S 18th Annual Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture (through March 2013) On the main floor of the Domestic Arts Building, view the future of contemporary sculpture as 12 of the most talented sculpture students in the world exhibit their award-winning work in the 18th annual International Sculpture Center and GFS collaborative exhibition.

MARK PARSONS: Mapping Memories (through March 2013) The Mezzanine of the Domestic Arts Building features Redline, the massive handmade paper sculpture created by 2012 GFS Artist-in-Residence Mark Parsons and the GFS community. Redline is surrounded by photos, videos and recorded interviews that document the concept, process, and fabrication of the artwork. In spring 2013, this large piece will be sited in the park, where GFS visitors will witness its gradual erosion from the forces of nature to reveal an inner meaning. Funded in part by Provident Bank Foundation. MING FAY: Canutopia (through July 2013) The inaugural installation in GFS’s new 7,500 sq. ft. East Gallery features Ming Fay’s Canutopia, a lush and colorful playground for the senses—a one-ofa-kind botanical utopia filled with fantastic oversized plants, seeds, and vines that burst with colors you can almost taste. FOCUS ON SCULPTURE (opening January 19, 2013 with a reception for GFS Members and invited guests only from 4-6pm) In the Education Gallery, view our annual juried exhibition of work by talented amateur photographers who use sculpture as subject or inspiration. This year’s distinguished juror is Michael S. Miller, a nationally recognized photographer whose work includes scenic New Jersey and America’s National Parks. And don’t miss Miller’s talk on the works in Focus on Sculpture and his selection process on Saturday, February 9 at 11am. See page 15 for more information. Free with park admission.

Top right: Robert Taplin, Punch Does A Magic Trick,2010, cast resin, 10.5 x 12 x 10 inches, Private Collection, New York; bottom left: Amber Whiting, 951, 2012, mixed media, 120 x 60 x 120 inches, Courtesy of the Artist




(through July 2013)

MYTHOS: Visions from Mythology and Legend MYTHOS reveals the explorations by seven artists into our imagination and creation of myths to explain our universe, condition, and plight. Representing a wide variety of mythological themes and sculptural mediums, MYTHOS features over 25 works by Dana Stewart, Michele Oka Doner, Nina Levy, and Marsha Pels out in The Meadow and continues in the park with Carlos Dorrien’s The Nine Muses and Athena Tacha’s Labrynthos—a site-specific earthwork, and Bruce Lindsay’s Sisyphus, both on view in the Museum Building. BENAR VENET: Arcs and Indeterminate Lines Three of Venet’s extraordinary immense, but lyrical steel sculptures are sited this season. In 2011, Venet, an artist of international renown whose work is rarely exhibited in the US, was featured on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. He was also the winner of International Julio González Prize for the year of 2013. ROBERT TAPLIN: Further History of Punch To complement Taplin’s Punch in The Museum Building, his large-scale Punch is Homeless—a major new outdoor work commissioned for this exhibition, and The Young Punch Goes Shopping with His Mother, are shown together for the first time. PATRICK STRZELEC: BALL JOINT Six of Strzelec’s major steel works from the past 10 years are the focus of this exhibition. His sculptures focus on the metaphorical and psychological associations of forms; and, although his constructions seem to reference specific objects, their precise meaning often remains mysterious and elusive.

Top: Dana Stewart, Dragon Tail, 2012, cast bronze, 9 x 100 x 12 inches, Courtesy of the Artist ; middle right: Bernar Venet, 81.5˚ Arc x 8, 2004-2012, Cor-Ten steel, painted black, 271 x 59 x 86.5 inches, Courtesy of the Bernar Venet Studio; bottom right: Patrick Strzelec, Untitled (Pawn), 1996, cast bronze, 58 x 58 x 58 inches, Private Collection, New York




A relaxed and stimulating opportunity to share ideas and fine food at Rat’s Restaurant with GFS artists and your fellow patrons of the arts.

Exhibiting Artist Lectures Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Call (609) 586-0616 to reserve your seat. ROBERT TAPLIN Saturday, January 12, 1pm Learn from world-renowned figurative artist Robert Taplin as he discusses his inspirations and process. His sculptures, on exhibit in the Museum Building and The Meadow, reference astronomy, mythology, and cultural icons. With Taplin at the helm, this is sure to be an informative dialogue. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine with Robert Taplin on Tuesday, December 4, 11am – 2pm at our winter Art Salon. Space is limited and will fill.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 11am–2pm Join award-winning sculptor and author Robert Taplin whose work is featured in the Museum Building this season. Taplin, a warm and engaging speaker and story teller, brings an insightful perspective to Western mythology through his exploration of Punch, the 17th century Italian commedia dell’ arte trickster. Participants must be 21. Seating is limited and these exclusives sell out. Call (609) 586-0616 to register. $50 Members; $60 Non-members. Price includes lunch and one glass of wine. This event is sponsored by and

FOCUS ON SCULPTURE JUROR’S LECTURE: MICHAEL S. MILLER Saturday, February 9, 11am Michael S. Miller, juror for Focus on Sculpture 2013, will discuss his selection process and the works on view. Miller’s nature, adventure and editorial images have been published nationally. He is the Director of Photography at Visions Photographic Workshops, is a certified Adobe Photoshop master, who specializes in color management. Don’t miss the Winter Photo Walk led by Miller later this day! See page 9.

For our youngest artists… TOTS ON TOUR! Hands-on Workshops for 3–5 year olds Saturdays at 11am and 1pm December 15, January 12, February 23 Free with park admission Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art. Lessons and themes change monthly. Children (ages 3-5 only) must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; First-come, firstserve. Meets in the Visitor’s Center, rain or shine! Instructor: Joslyn Johnson.

STORY-TIME IN THE GALLERY Wednesdays at 10:30am December 12, January 9, February 13 Free with park admission We invite the kids to join us for treasured tales and hands-on art projects inspired by this season’s exhibitions. Gallery location, stories and art projects change monthly. Space is limited; First-come, first-serve.




Rat’s Restaurant



WINE & YOGA NIGHT Mondays from 6–8pm January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 11, 18, 25 Come join us for eight fun evenings of yoga and wine. Stretch, laugh, and inspire your way into a relaxed state then top it off with wine! Our sommelier will take care of the wine while you let the stress fall away. All levels especially beginners are welcome. Bring your own mat. Classes are $40/each and include wine. 10% discount on a four-pack of classes. Instructor: Lindsey Coolidge, Dhyan Yoga. WINTER HAPPY HOUR Fridays, January 11–February 22 Celebrate the season with complimentary tapas. Join us every winter Friday from 4-7pm for Happy Hour and enjoy complimentary tapas with any purchased cocktail, beer or wine.



CREATING A FOUR-COURSE DINNER Track One (Mondays) January 7, 14, 21, 28, 6pm Track Two (Tuesdays) January 8, 15, 22, 29, 6pm Join Chef Cash and his culinary team for our fourth season of these popular cooking classes. Learn to prepare a four-course menu using local and sustainable ingredients. Each week will be dedicated to a different course. Rat’s resident wine expert, Alan Hallmark, will present wine and beverage pairings and tastings to help you select the perfect ones for your meal. Tuition for each four-week session is $340 per student, must be pre-paid, and is non-refundable. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES Track One (Mondays) February 4, 11, 18, 25, 6pm Track Two (Tuesdays) February 5, 12, 19, 26, 6pm For individuals with advanced culinary knowledge and skills, this four-week course will emphasize fabrication, butchering, sauce-making, and presentation and will be led by Shane Cash. Tuition is $375 per student, must be pre-paid, and is non-refundable. Students must select the Monday or Tuesday track. Class size is limited to 12 students. If you are interested, please call (609) 5847800 right away and reserve your space now. Because of the high demand for these classes, students may only sign up for one track.








From meetings and conferences to the wedding of your dreams, your events will shine in the grandeur of our 42-acre sculpture park and its unique and spacious facilities. Call (609) 689 - 9134 to begin planning your next party in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. For events at Rat’s Restaurant call (609) 586-1303.




Join us for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch featuring delicious country French cuisine. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and extraordinary wines as well. For reservations call (609) 584-7800.

For seasonal hours visit or call (609) 584-7800

Closed Mondays and major holidays.


Located in the park in the Domestic Arts Building, the café serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, pizza, homemade desserts, snacks, and cold beverages including beer and wine. During December, the cafe will be open until 8:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays (til 4pm 12/24,31) Tuesday–Friday 10am–4pm Saturday–Sunday 11am–4pm Telephone: (609) 890-6015 PLEASE NOTE: Guests at Rat’s and for those who hold private events may enter the park for admission fees that are reduced after 6pm. Visit the Dining section at for more information.

THANK YOU Our work is made possible through the generosity of the following corporations, foundations, and agencies:

Bay Branch Foundation Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Johnson Art and Education Foundation Karma Foundation McGraw-Hill Companies National Endowment for the Arts New Jersey Cultural Trust New Jersey State Council on the Arts New Jersey Department of Travel & Tourism Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman Provident Foundation The Raymond C. & Anna T. Johnson Foundation Springpoint Foundation TD Bank Utrecht Thank you as well to our nearly 2,000 members. Programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Johnson Arts and Education Foundation, and many others. All artworks pictured in this guide are courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. or the artist, unless otherwise noted.






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Winter Wonders begins NOVEMBER 24, 25 with LIGHTS ON!

DECEMBER Holiday Happenings Month Park open til 9pm Fridays and Saturdays*

JANUARY Warmth in Winter

1 Glass Ornament WS, 11am-4pm 1,2 Toad Hall Artisan Boutique, 12-5pm 2, 9, 16, 23 Café Brunch 11am-1pm 2, 9, 16 Strolling Dickens Carolers, 1-3pm 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 Holiday Tram Rides through the park 4 Art Salon: Robert Taplin, 11am-2pm 7 American Boychoir, 7:30pm 8 Illustrated Holiday Cards WS, 10am 8 Wonderful Wintry Accessories WS,11am 8 Herbertsville Honey Candles WS, 12pm 8-9 Toad Hall Artisan Boutique, 12-5pm 8 “A Year with Frog and Toad,” 1pm 12 Story Time in the Gallery, 10:30am 14 Boheme Opera NJ, 7:30pm 15 Tots on Tour, 11am and 1pm 15-16 Toad Hall Artisan Boutique,12-5pm 15 Gift Boxes and Cards WS, 1-3pm 16 Holiday Cookie Decorating, 4-6pm 22-23 Toad Hall Artisan Boutique, 12-5pm 22 Concert: Thomas Yermack, 12:30-3:30pm 31 New Year’s At Rat’s Restaurant

1 Rat’s New Year’s Day Brunch, 11am-3pm 6, 20 GFS Book Club, 12:30pm 7, 14, 21, 28 Wine & Yoga at Rat’s, 6-8pm 9 Story Time in the Gallery, 10:30am 12, 19 Winter Inspired Papermaking, Kirigami And Origami WS, 10am-2pm 12 Tots on Tour, 11am and 1pm 12 Artist Lecture: Robert Taplin, 1pm 13 Ice Sculpture Demo, 2-4pm 19, 20 Library Weekend Sales, 11am-4pm 26 Handcoloring Photographs WS 10:30am-5:30pm 26, 27 Library Book Sale: 11am-4pm 26 Chinese New Year: Paper-Cutting Demo, 12pm Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, 2pm

* Open til 6pm 12/24, 12/31

FEBRUARY Searching For Spring 2 Groundhog Day celebration 3, 17 GFS Book Club, 12:30pm 4, 11, 18, 25 Rat’s Wine & Yoga, 6-8pm 9 Focus on Sculpture Juror’s Lecture: Michael S. Miller, 11am 9 Winter Photowalk, 1:30-3:30pm 9 NJ Gay Men’s Chorus Concert, 8pm 10 Box Of Chocolates WS, 1-3pm 10 Honey For Your Honey WS, 2-5pm 13 Story Time in the Gallery, 10:30am 13 Peacock Café Valentine’s Tea, 4-6pm 14 Rat’s Valentine’s Day Dinner 16 Animated Flip Books WS, 1-3pm 16 Black Maria Film Festival, 7:30pm 23 Parsons Monotypes WS, 10am-4pm 23 Tots on Tour, 11am and 1pm 23 Club Rat’s, 10pm-2am 24 The Art Of Sushi-Making WS, 4-6pm 27 Chef Dinner “Passage to India,” 6pm

WS= Workshop Family Workshop Adult Workshop ALL WINTER LONG: Exhibitions, Scheduled Tours and Cooking Classes.


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If you love Grounds For Sculpture, there’s lots of ways to get involved. And as a not-for-profit organization, each one is incredibly important to our success and longevity.

Become a Member: Our members receive special discounts on everything from shopping and dining to classes and more, exclusive invitations to exhibition openings, priority for program registrations, and free admission to the park year-round…just for starters. To become a GFS member or for more information about the many benefits of membership, contact our Director of Membership at (609) 586-0616, x. 223. We offer corporate memberships too!


Volunteer at GFS: Our volunteer program is an enriching and fun way to spend free time. We cherish—and rely on—the invaluable time our volunteers contribute. To volunteer at GFS or for more information about how you can donate your time, contact our Education Associate at (609) 586-0616, x. 213. Contribute: GFS is a not-for-profit self-sustaining organization that relies on the generosity of those who believe, as we, that art belongs in the lives of everyone. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Whether you make a one-time donation, provide steady and reliable support through a monthly pledge, or are including GFS in your estate planning, your contribution will help us keep the park thriving for years to come. To make a gift or for more information, contact our Director of Development at (609) 586-0616, x. 233. Corporate sponsorship and memorial opportunities are also available.





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Winter Wonders at Grounds For Sculpture  
Winter Wonders at Grounds For Sculpture  

Grounds For Sculpture presents three months of programs and activities designed to turn the coldest months into your warmest memories.