Bus trip to NYC on December 6th

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The Menaced Assassin by René Magritte

Access to Art will take a bus trip on December 6th, to two major NYC museums, the Metropolitan Art Museum, with its terrific gift shop, and huge tree with Renaissance angels, and many international exhibits, and the MOMA museum with special exhibits on Magritte and Walker Evans, which they will visit at 4 p.m.. They will also visit the lit Christmas tree and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the early evening. They will leave at 8:30 a.m. and return home at 10 p.m. for a full day and evening in the city at Christmas.

They will leave the Acme in Cape May Court House at 8:30 a.m., where you can leave your cars.

We will meet at the lower half below the Acme and near the bank. The trip includes the bus, museum admissions, and a sandwich and coffee at the Metropolitan Cafeteria beautifully situated on Central Park. They can also purchase anything additional they might want there.

Access will also offer some wine and cheese on the way home on the bus.

We have taken other trips to the Metropolitan Art Museum, which never ceases to amaze with its magnificent collections of art from all around the world. MOMA, which began in the 30’s, exhibiting modern art from around the world, will be our destination at 4 p.m. We will take in the Magritte Exhibit, and the Walker Evans photography exhibit there. Walker Evans shared a studio in the Village with Ben Shahn in the 30’s, and he had the first person one man photography show at MOMA. Since Access to Art opened its events with a WPA Show, Land of the Free, based on the poem by Archibald MacLeish, and showed the works of the FSA photographers, as well as the art of Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson, Clarence Holbrook Carter and Benton Spruance, we are interested in seeing a complete show of his work. He got in trouble with the Farm Security Administration for not taking enough photos, or filing his whereabouts often enough for Roy Stryker, who administered the program, so he was fired. Each one of his photographs was a perfect gem. He was among the very best of the photographers who photographed the Great Depression across America with its iconic photos of the suffering of the American people.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Director. “And he also photographed NYC during the 30’s as well. We followed that up with a photography exhibit, and a photo workshop with Bill Eppridge, now deceased, who had studied the work of the great photographers. They went on to be picture magazine photographers of Life, Look, Sports Illustrated.

A show of the Belgian surrealist Magritte is also available at MOMA.

Tickets are $90. And include the bus, sandwich and coffee or soft drink at the Met, museum admissions, and wine and cheese on the way home. “I tried to make the trip informative,

full of great art, and affordable.” Beitel said. “We need 40 people to make the costs work, and we currently have about ten from word of mouth,” Beitel said.

For tickets, send your checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call (609) 465-3963.

Access to Art Celebrates 21 Years of Arts Programming with Visit to McCarter Theatre to see “A Winter’s Tale” by Shakespeare Sat. April 6th

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Cape May Court House. Join Access to Art as it celebrates its 21st birthday as a not for profit presenting the visual and performing arts in the area with a visit to Princeton’s McCarter Theatre for a matinee on Sat. April 6th to see Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” It is a benefit for the Cape May Renaissance Festival which is scheduled, this year, on Sept. 21st and 22nd at the 4-H grounds on Dennisville Rd., in Cape May Court House. “In line with the Renaissance theme, we are going to see some Shakespeare, who was one of the major entertainments in Elizabethan England. McCarter always does a great job with the classics, and with all the arts, being near the University, and having an audience who appreciates them.” Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director said. “We invite you to join us as we begin our development of the Cape May Renaissance Festival.” Beitel said. “We are inviting our old acts back, those who are still available, and we have some new ones planned as well. We will have a Renaissance dinner on August 7th at the Willow Creek Vineyard in West Cape May where we held our first Cape May Renaissance Festival. Barbara Bray Wilde is hosting us in her lovely new winery building, and we are putting together entertainment for that now.

The Shakespeare classic is directed by Rebecca Taichman, who receives rave reviews at McCarter for her creative direction. We will attend a matinee, have lunch, at either the best Chinese restaurant (authentic Szechuan dishes but American/Chinese also available) or at Mastoris Diner, for a thoroughly American lunch. They are close to each other. Trip with bus, play admission, and lunch is $115. McCarter Theatre, near Princeton University, is a wonderful venue that presents the very best in the visual and performing arts. Princeton is lovely in Spring so we can spend a little time either on the university campus or shopping on Nassau St. At 2:30 the pre-talk begins, and at 3 p.m. the matinee. We will leave the Acme Parking lot in Cape May Court House at 10 a.m. and get to Mercerville for lunch about noon. Since we are still studying the Tudor period, althoughHenry VIII this year, and not Elizabeth, it will be fun to see a little Shakespeare and get in the mood. Our own play, being written by Sheila N. Rinear, “Bound by Truth,” which we commissioned with a grant from NJSCA, is still being developed. It will be presented this coming Fall at the Cape May Renaissance Festival event. It was very successful this winter when 70 people turned up for the reading at the Southern Mansion.

The Winter’s Tale is described as “tragic, romantic, hilarious and uplifting. The Winter’ Tale is a genre bending masterpiece and one of Shakespeare’s most elegant and haunting plays. This beautiful music-filled and magical classic celebrated redemption, reconciliation, and the mending of broken hearts.” Rebecca Taichman was reviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer who said of her work, “Delish and Dazzling…Shakespearian Comedy true to text but made gorgeously fresh by a brilliant young director, Rebecca Taichman.” (This described 12th Night at McCarter in 2009). Tickets are $115. Please send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call (609) 465-3963 to register. Bus seats 5l.