Posts by Anne Paule Picker

Ava Tesoriero has been named the recipient of the 2021 Art League of the Chathams
Scholarship. The $1000 award is given to a Chatham High School graduating senior who has excelled in the arts and is pursuing a post-secondary program in art.

ALC scholarship winner Ava Tesoriero

Ava at the pottery wheel


Ava plans to attend Skidmore College, where she will major in art with a concentration in ceramics and minor in art administration.

An honor student, equestrian, and active volunteer, Ava is the recipient of a Prudential Community Spirit Award. She earned a Girl Scout Gold Award for developing and teaching a sensory art program for special needs adults at Corpus Christi Church in Chatham Township.

A cactus dish by Ava Tesoriero

A tree sculpture in profile by Ava Tesoriero


The ALC sponsors an art scholarship each year. Funds for the scholarship come directly from the proceeds of the league’s gala events, most recently the celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2013.

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The Art League of the Chathams has donated $1000 to provide meals to health care workers serving on Covid-19 units at the Morristown Medical Center.

The donation was made through FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of Chatham and Madison, a grassroots community group aimed at helping hospital medical workers on the front line treating Covid-19 patients and at the same time providing business to local restaurants, which have been limited to take-out and delivery orders during the coronavirus shutdown. The group uses donations to pay for the food prepared and delivered by the restaurants.

The hospital’s medical workers are banned from going to the cafeteria while caring for Covid-19 patients, so they often go without food during their long shifts.

The $1000 donation is estimated to feed 125 to140 health care workers twice a day. The food orders were given to eateries in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough.

The donation also provided food certificates to Chatham Borough and Township police officers, who assist in responding to Covid-19 calls.

FLAG was started by Chatham resident Liz Bernich, who was quickly joined by Gina McGuire of Madison. The idea has spread to other towns in New Jersey and to other states around the country.

There are now 108 FLAG groups in 27 states.

To learn more about FLAG of Chatham and Madison, go to its Facebook page here.

ALC Spring Show Postponed

The ALC Spring Show has been postponed until further notice to support public efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The show was originally scheduled to open on March 27.

Please check this website for updates on the rescheduling of the show.

Artwork from the winter show will remain on view at the Chatham Township Municipal Building during its business hours.

The opening receptions for the ALC Winter 2019-2020 group show and the Celeste Fondaco solo show took place on December 8th. A holiday boutique and a 6×6-in. show and sale were part of the group show reception.

The artwork in the solo show, group show, and the 6×6-in. show will remain on view in the Chatham Township Municipal Building through March 27.

Newly elected Chatham Township Committeewomen Stacey Ewald and Celeste Fondaco at Celeste’s solo show.

Helena Axelrod looking at artwork in the the 6×6-in. show.

Robert Frommer serving his freshly made cannolis.

 Deborah Fennelly with her artistically painted Christmas balls 

 Joanne Petuchovas selling her artwork and cards to Diane Mann and Dennis McKee

 Rosemary Howlett, ALC exhibits cochair and past president, standing in front of her winter mural in the entrance of the Chatham Township Municipal Building.

Chatham Township Committeewoman Tracy Smith Ness, Celeste Fondaco, and Ellie Culver at Celeste’s solo exhibit.


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The Opening Reception of the ALC Friends and Family Winter Show, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.

at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.

The reception will feature a holiday boutique, a show and sale of 6×6-in. artworks for holiday gifts, a solo show of paintings by Celeste Fondaco, as well as an exhibit of works by the general membership and invited guests.

The reception is free and open to the public.


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After studying fine art, Susan became an Illustrator, giftware designer and free-lance artist. Throughout the years, she has taught art classes and workshops in area libraries and after school programs. She enjoys working with mixed media collage, metal, and acrylics. She also prefers to work in an abstract impressionist style, and usually does not plan ahead to keeps things exciting!

She is the co-leader of Artmatters in Washington Township Morris, a member of Drew Art Association, and Art League of the Chathams.

Susan has self-published a series of photo books called Skippy ChipMunk for young children and now makes author visits to nursery and elementary schools. See her website for this at


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I am an estate planning attorney who loves to write, paint, make Christmas ornaments and photograph people and places. Art and creativity have always been part of my life and I am thrilled to be part of an organization that supports the arts.


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The opening receptions for the ALC Spring 2019 group show and the Sally Abbott solo show took place on March 15.

Artwork from both shows will remain on view at the Chatham Township Municipal Building through June 7.

Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen (second from left) with Ann Frommer, and Ellie and Craig Culver.
Sally Abbott with her granddaughter Kimmy, in front of Sally’s portrait of her, entitled “Kimberly Anne.”
Celeste Fondaco with her pastel portrait of her dog Pippin.

Gage and Ann Johnson provided music at Sally Abbott’s solo show.

Attendees at Sally Abbott’s solo show reception.



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