NYC’s longest running outdoor art show turns 65 this year!
Staten Island Museum’s Annual Fence Show
and Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Open Air Music Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Rain date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor (front lawn), 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301
Price: Free for audience, Artist Fee: $35 – $75
(Staten Island, NY – September 24, 2015) The Staten Island Museum ushers in autumn with the 65th annual Staten Island Museum Fence Show. Artists and artisans of all types and skill levels are invited to take to the fence to display and/or sell their works to the meandering audiences of friends and neighbors on Saturday, October 3, 11am – 5pm on the front lawn of the newly opened Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor.
For the 65th year, the Staten Island Museum is keeping their bucolic tradition alive and for the first time, has a Museum on the grounds to explore beyond the fences. Thousands will gather to see the conventional, the abstract, and the extraordinary on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens with the newly restored Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor as a backdrop.
“We’ve been hosting the Fence Show for 65 years now. Since anyone who makes their own art can participate, the Fence Show is most democratic of art affairs. I’ve always thought that Staten Island, and specifically Snug Harbor, was such a great place to be an artist, have a studio and show your work. It’s the dream – to be able to make friends, make art, & now we have a beautiful facility to show our collection, to grow and nurture our community,” said the Museum’s VP of Exhibitions and Programs, Diane Matyas.
Since its founding, the Staten Island Museum has always been focused on real things; real objects and real experiences. When the Fence Show began in 1951, co-sponsored at the time by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, their idea was to bring “art to the people” and they accomplished their goal tenfold. That year, the New York Times estimated that 15,000 people came to explore the creativity on display. The Museum continues this “ritual of real” through the Fence Show and through their exhibits in their new location in the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor which is now open to the public.
For the past three years, we have been treated to the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble’s Open-Air Music Festival and again this year the anticipated 2,500 people will enjoy the original music wafting through the air as they peruse the prolific Staten Island art scene.
Artist spaces range from $35-$75 and are still available for individuals 8 years old and up. Visit the Museum’s website for details and an application. Audience admission and parking is free. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, a 5 minute bus ride (S40/S44) from the Staten Island Ferry.
The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, October 4.
Mike Adamo, Arlene Ajello, Bob Alverson, Kris Alverson, Elizabeth Armetta, Vito Armetta, Arthur Backstrom, Rudy Baker, Dana Barbato, Florence Barry, Elena L. Bass, Jack Bauer, Victoria Bellinger, Julie Bentsen, Sharon Kunz Betancourth, Helen Bilotti, Tina Bliss, Lisa Bottini, Liubov Brizhatiur, Sharon Brown, Leslie Burke, William Bunting, Patricia Calderone, Mafalda Cento, Elizabeth Chowdhury, Donna M. Christensen, James J. Conte, Michael Corace, Claire Daley, Jennifer De La Rosa, Domenick Denaro, Antonio DeSantis, Marcella DeSio, Martin Eisenberg, Raymond Febles, Elle Finn, Alyssa Fiorito, Miriam Garber, Alana Gilkeson, Beatriz Giraldo, Susan Grabel, Dennis Green, Diane Griffiths, Larry Haggerty, Jack Hodgens, Margo Horowitz, Theresa Incarbone, Susan Ippolito, Keith Jacobsen, Stephen P. Joyce, Linda Klein, Kay Karen Ladley, Lorraine LaGrua, La Manna, Evelyn LaStella, Joanne Lattanzio, Renee Lichtman, Goldie Lopez, Rose Mammana, Terry Marks, Annette Marten, Teresa Mayo, Karen McNamara, Marie Melloy, , Lindsey Milazzo, Gail Wood Miller, Joann Montalto, Vivienne Mooers, Tim Moran, Claudia Moss, Jeanette Murray, Bill Murphy, Donna Napoli-Steele, Emmanuel Noruwa, Carolyn Szmokaluk O’Brien, Hiroko Otani, Rasputin Ovaltine, Robert Padovano, Salvatore Palumbo, Victoria Palumbo, Janice Patrignani, Itala Pelizzoli, Barbara Perkins, Andrea Phillips, Saint Phillips, Midred Piccinnini, Rhoda Pierce, Irina Poludnenko, Sage Reynolds, Fran Rosati, Linda Rossi, Ruben Ruiz, Colman Rutkin, Setsuko Sale, Margaret Sallemi, Dennis Sheheen, Keri Sheheen, Joan Shulman, Carmel Simone, Joan Sinclair, Lauren Siravo, Michelina Spinelli, Staten Island Orchid Society, Jessica Taccetta, Gayle Tauger, Marianne Troia, Carlo Uccio, Frank Vaccaro, Yordanka Vragova, Gene Wagner, Tina Watson, Jean Wright, Richard Xuereb, Sarah Yuster, Zion Lutheran Church Ladies.
About the Staten Island Museum
Founded in 1881 and celebrating its 134th year, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art, and history based on its diverse collections. The Museum serves over 219,000 adults and school children at the Museum and in the community. At the Staten Island Museum in St. George, located two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit; see rocks glow in the dark in the Hall of Natural Sciences; and experience the lives of Staten Island’s first inhabitants. In Building H on the Snug Harbor Campus, visitors can explore the latest exhibitions in the History Center Gallery, or make a research appointment for the History Archives & Library. Staten Island Museum is owned by the City of New York and benefits from public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For current exhibits, visit StatenIslandMuseum.org.