Sunday, April 21, 2013
Morris County Arts Workshop officially opens its storefront location in the Chester Springs Mall.
The Morris County Arts Workshop officially opened their Hive in Chester on Saturday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony that has been creating an appropriate amount of buzz over the last few months. Part gallery, part performing arts center the Hive is part of MCAW founder Jane Shatz's dream to provide a place for all in the community to have a space to create and experience art. The ribbon cutting in the Chester Springs Shopping Mall was the latest step in a series of leaps for MCAW. Their origami crane project and evening with Jim Breuer are only two of the recent programs the center has been involved in. Saturday's crowd of art patrons young and old began the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Chester Township Mayor Bill Cogger and …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Chester resident, actor and comedian is working with the Morris County Arts Workshop to bring improv, film and comedy classes to the town he calls home.
Jim Breuer is known for his mimicry skills. The actor, comedian and former "Saturday Night Live Star" has a series of characters that everyone knows him for. But at his Evening with Jim Breuer fundraiser for the Morris County Arts Workshop at the Hive in Chester, it was his impression of MCAW director Jane Shatz that nearly brought the house down. “The arts are alive and they are here in Chester,” Breuer said, with a perfect imitation of Shatz’s European lilt and delivery. Breuer who is now on the board at MCAW, was bowled over by Shatz. “You might be wondering why you are here. You are here tonight because of the passion Jane has,” Breuer said. “I really feel we need to encourage the arts out here. This is why I started the Chester Family…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Chester comedian to appear April 17 at the Hive on behalf of the Morris County Arts Workshop.
Tuesday, April 16
Chester resident, renowned stand-up comedian, author and filmmaker Jim Breuer, formerly of Saturday Night Live, will host a special fundraising event for the Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) on April 17 in Chester. "An Evening With Jim Breuer" will take place at the Hive from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Hive is a MCAW space located at the Chester Springs (ShopRite) Shopping Center on Route 206 in Chester. Tickets are still available online. Light refreshments, Wine, cheese and desserts will be served.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sarah Stover and her family 'overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of love' as they receive more than 1,350 origami angels.
Wednesday, January 16
The folks at the Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) were not ones to sit idly by when they heard that Sarah Stover, 14-year-old freshman at West Morris Mendham High School, was battling follicular lymphoma. As a group dedicated to the power of art in the community, MCAW executive director Jane Shatz decided to use the legend of the origami cranes on Stover's behalf. In Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted one wish. The original origami public art piece at the Chester Springs Mall titled "Thousand Flights" was made using 1,000 origami cranes folded by Cathy Ring to aid those suffering in Japan as a result of the 2011 tsunami disaster. The decision was made to amend the concept from cranes to angels. "When …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Morris County Arts Workshop storefront offers place for all ages to create and experience art.
Jane Shatz has an enthusiasm and warmth that is infectious. The director of the Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) beams with pride when she discusses her arts programs, her colleagues and all of the local artists she deals with on a regular basis. Shatz has had much to be enthusiastic of late. She has been involved in the origami angel program for Sarah Stover, the Chester teen fighting cancer as well as the tealight tribute to the children of Newton, Conn. And MCAW recently had a fundraiser event held at the Hive in the Chester Springs Mall. What is the Hive? Well, it is a place that MCAW has secured as an indoor gallery and a place for people to come and make art. "Over the summer at the mall we saw young people were making a gum wall …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Morris County Arts Workshop collecting notes of support and encouragement to send to the families who lost loved ones in Newtown.
The Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) in Chester is channeling their creativity and compassion into a project to pay tribute to those who are suffering in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. Jane Shatz, director of MCAW has organized a tealight tribute to the children of Newtown. MCAW is dedicated to making arts participation an integral part of everyday life. The goal of this project for the people of Newtown is for the community to come together to share their grief, as well as wishes for healing and peace. "This is something we can do. From one community to another," Shatz said. "That is what the soul of it is." During MCAW’s Thursday night fundraiser at their new storefront at the Chester Springs Shopping center, guests …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
'Thousand Angels' bring hope to 14-year-old diagnosed with follicular lymphoma.
According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted one wish. The folks at the Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) have co-opted that legend and are hoping to produce 1,000 origami angels for Sarah Stover, the 14-year-old freshman at West Morris Mendham High School who has been battling follicular lymphoma since August. "Our wish, obviously, is for Sarah to be cured," said Jane Shatz, executive director of MCAW. The angels for Sarah are an extension of the origami wish project that Shatz began last year. The origami public art piece at the Chester Springs Mall titled "Thousand Flights" was made using 1,000 origami cranes folded by Cathy Ring to aid those suffering in Japan as a result of the 2011 disaster. …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Second annual Halloween Workshop to feature the new Great Pumpkin Carve Out.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Chester is offering a slew of spooky fun as part of its second annual Halloween Workshop on Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. This year the workshop features the Great Pumpkin Carve Out, co-sponsored by the Morris County Arts Workshop and Chester Recreation. On Friday night local artists are invited to show off their talent by carving pumpkins. Residents can take part in the event by bringing already carved pumpkin for display and judging or take a eerie walk through the illuminated pumpkins. The pumpkins will be lit and displayed both on Friday and Saturday in the spooky pole garden. Next door at the Highlands Barn the Halloween Workshop featuring live music, performances, refreshments, a haunted tour, face …