FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOCAL ARTISTS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH UNIQUE CHARITABLE OPEN HOUSE EVENT
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ – This year’s Open House at The Art Station, scheduled for Sunday, December 9th from 11am to 4pm, is a special charitable event designed to contribute to local community organizations: HomeFront and Seer Farms. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment, a chance to win a door prize and to purchase fine art of which a portion will be donated to the aforementioned charities.
Nestled in the heart of Hightstown, The Art Station Studios did not begin as a haven for artists. Formerly a building used to facilitate hay shipments by rail in the late 1800’s, it began its new life when Roger G. Cook, a longtime resident of Hightstown, bought the building in 1985. Not long after, a photographer asked Roger if the building had space for him to use. News spread and several local artists began to inquire about studio space, providing the catalyst for the historic building’s modern transformation. For the last ten years, the building has been in operation exclusively as studio rental space, housing 16 artists. The rustic environment is a home away from home for its artists and includes the original, still in working condition, Otis rope-operated freight elevator installed in 1916.
When Roger passed on, The Art Station remained in the family to continue Roger’s dream of providing affordable creative space, where artists benefit from each other’s presence. Twice a year, The Art Station hosts a free Open House event, which gives the public a chance to see the unique building and view some of the artists’ studios and their eclectic works, encompassing painting, pottery, drawing, collage, sculpture and more.
Seer Farms, one of the charities represented, is a nonprofit organization in New Jersey whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for families and their animal companions whose lives have been shattered due to natural disaster, homelessness, abuse, catastrophic illness, and other major life crises. Located in the heart of Ocean County, one of the areas hardest hit by recent Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy, Seer Farms provides a temporary shelter for animals while their families are going through this and other crises. With a reunion rate of nearly 90%, Seer Farms keeps families whole while keeping animals out of traditional shelters. 100% of sales of work by Art Station potters Anne Ciemnecki and Karen CyBulski go to benefit Seer Farms.
Homefront, another represented charity in the December 9th event, is an organization that provides a holistic array of preventative, emergency and long-term support services for families who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. With a mission to end homelessness in Central New Jersey, Homefront seeks to utilize the caring resources and expertise of the local community.
One of the ways Homefront helps lessen the pain of homelessness and helps families become more self-sufficient is through their therapeutic art program called ArtSpace. Through the creative process, participants rebuild their souls and learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. The works of several ArtSpace artists will be featured at the upcoming December 9th event with 20% of sales from other Art Station Artists going to benefit HomeFront’s cause.
Art Station Studios is located at 148 Monmouth Street in Hightstown, NJ. Directions and more information about the artists can be found at www.artstationstudios.com.
Participating Artists Include:
- Anne Ciemnecki (Potter)
- Bonnie Long (Painter, Sculptor)
- Dara Alter (Painter)
- Ingrid Davis (Artist, Printmaker)
- Juanita Yoder (Silk Painter, Stained Glass Artist)
- Karen CyBulski (Potter)
- Linda Gebhard (Impressionist, Photographer)
- Robert Hummel (Painter)
- Samantha Kifer (Potter)
- Susan Winter (Painter, Jewelry Maker)