Rosemary Howlett, past President and longtime Exhibits Cochair of the Art League of the Chathams, died on Dec. 9, 2022.

For her family and friends and for the Art League of the Chathams, this a great loss and one that has occurred too soon.

Rosemary loved the Art League and devoted her time and energy to its membership and its activities. She served more than six years (2007-2009; 2013-2016) as its President and was very proud of the League’s accomplishments during that period. Of those accomplishments, Rosemary was especially proud that the League instituted the Arts Scholarship, an annual award given to a Chatham High School senior who is continuing to pursue art after graduation.

During her tenure as President, the League strengthened its financial position. The organization celebrated its 20th and 25th anniversaries during that time period, holding events that were both fun and financially successful. Solo shows in the Lundt-Glover Gallery expanded.

For the Howletts, participation in the Art League has been a family affair. Rosemary’s husband John served as treasurer for many years, and both continued helping to organize the exhibits at the ChathamTownship Municipal Building.

Rosemary was a watercolorist and her interest in that medium drew her to join the Art League. With a longtime interest in Asian art, she studied Chinese brush painting and “just loved it, loved it,” she said. She thoroughly enjoyed time spent in a workshop in Chinese brush painting in China.

Rosemary was one of three Art League members who painted murals in the foyer of the Municipal Building at the request of the mayor in 2010. Her mural is a winter scene of the Great Swamp.

Rosemary Howlett

Rosemary Howlett with her mural, which is in the foyer of the Chatham Township Municipal Building

Read her obituary here: Rosemary Ann Howlett, 75, Artist, Entrepreneur & Grandparent Extraordinaire.

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The opening reception of the ALC Winter Friends & Family Show was held Dec. 11 at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.

In addition to an exhibition of artwork by the general membership, the reception included a solo show featuring watercolors by Deborah Fennelly in the Lundt-Glover Gallery and a holiday boutique. 

The artwork in the solo show, “Seascapes, Landscapes and More,” and the general membership show will remain on display at the municipal building during regular business hours through mid-March.

Below are photos from the opening reception.

Chatham Township Committeewomen Stacey Ewald, left, and Celeste Fondaco in front of Celeste’s painting.

Deborah Fennelly, right, and her mother, Lucille, at Deborah’s solo show in the Lundt-Glover Gallery.

Khaya Peluso, ALC’s new membership chair, at a table at the holiday boutique.

Craig and Ellie Culver at the opening reception.

(Photos by Larry Kerner)

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The Opening Reception for the ALC Winter Friends & Family Show will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chatham Township Municipal Building at 58 Meyersville Road in Chatham Township.

This show will include a holiday boutique, a solo show featuring watercolors by Deborah Fennelly, and exhibition of artwork by the general membership and their invited guests.

The solo show, “Seascapes, Landscapes and More,” will be in the Lundt-Glover Gallery and the general membership show will be in the strolling gallery. Kings Road Band will play at the reception.

“Beach House and Bench,” a watercolor by Deborah Fennelly, will be in her solo show “Seascapes, Landscapes and More” in the Lundt-Glover Gallery.

Deborah Fennelly

“Beach House and Bench,” a watercolor by Deborah Fennelly, will be in her solo show “Seascapes, Landscapes and More” in the Lundt-Glover Gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public.

The art in the solo show and the general membership show will remain on display at the municipal building through mid-March.

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The show will feature “Dutch Stuff,” a solo exhibit of watercolor paintings by James Van Duzer, in the Lundt-Glover Gallery and an exhibit of artwork by the ALC general membership in the strolling galleries.

Silhouette,” an acrylic painting by James Van Duzer, will be in his solo show “Dutch Stuff” at the Fall ALC Show

The Opening Reception for the solo show “Dutch Stuff,” will feature Dutch treats from a Dutch-American bakery and recordings of music on Dutch street organs, which are similar to calliopes.  

“Visser Boet”, a watercolor by James Van Duzer, will be in his solo show “Dutch Stuff” at the Fall ALC show.

The show is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. Masks are optional unless mandated by future state or local Covid protocols at the time of the reception.

Artwork in both shows will remain on display at the Municipal Building, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., until Dec. 5.

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The ALC Spring Show, which opened on March 20, features a Wall of Sunflower Art, to display the league’s solidarity with Ukraine, and Sally Abbott’s “Covid Series” solo exhibit.
 The sunflower art, the solo exhibit paintings, and artwork by the general membership will all remain on display and on sale Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township until summer.
Part of the proceeds from the sunflower art will be donated to UNICEF for its emergency response effort in Ukraine.
Below are scenes from the Opening Reception of the Spring Show.

Celeste Fondaco with artist friend Jill Caparoso of Ocean Grove in front of Celeste’s “Sunflowers” painting. Celeste organized the Sunflower Wall.

Greg Smith of Chatham and Beverly Henderson of Long Valley viewing Dennis McKee’s “Sunflowers,” one of the sunflower paintings on sale to benefit UNICEF’s emergency response effort in Ukraine.

Susanne Ackerman of West Orange purchased John McHale’s “Sunflowers” painting.

Sally Abbott with paintings at her solo exhibit, “Covid Series,” in the Lundt-Glover Gallery.

Sally Abbott with Matthew Zabiegala, a professional tenor, who sang and played the keyboard at the opening reception of her solo show in the Lundt-Glover Gallery.

Alice Cutler of Morristown and Alexandria Saulich of Gladstone looking at “Atlantic City,” a painting by Leina’ala Schwartz.

Celeste Fondaco with her oil painting “Poppy.”

Barbara and Monty Montague of Chatham. Barbara is a new member of the league.

Part of the Sunflower Wall artwork to benefit UNICEF’s emergency response effort in Ukraine.

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ALC members are displaying their sunflower artwork on this page in solidarity with Ukraine.

There will also be a special area at the upcoming Spring Show displaying members’ sunflower art. 

The Opening Reception for the Spring Show is Sunday, March 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.

The art will remain on display at the building until summer.

 

“Sunflowers” by Celeste Fondaco (oil)

“Sunflowers I” by Pam Gosner (acrylic)

“Sunflowers II” by Pam Gosner (acrylic)

“Ukraine” by Dennis McKee (acrylic, gouache}

“Sunflowers” by Dennis McKee (oil)

“Sunflowers,” by Kathy Havens (photograph)

“Sunflowers in Blue Pot” by Susan Adler (pastel)

“Sunflowers in Gold Cup” by Susan Adler (pastel)

“Sunflowers” by Susan Adler (oil)

“In Solidarity” by Nancy Kingman (oil)

“Field of Dreams for Ukraine” by Larry Kerner (Photograph)

“Sunflowers for Peace in Ukraine” by Larry Kerner (photograph)

“Sunflower no.1” by June Fisher-Markowitz (watercolor)

“Sunflower no.2” by June Fisher-Markowitz (watercolor)

“Farmhouse Sunflowers” by Susan Scarince Jones (oil)

“Sunflowers” by Emy Hyans (pastel)

“Sunflowers” by Nancy Kingman (oil)

“Sunflower,” by Linda Kimler (photograph)

“Sunflower” by Ken Spilker (watercolor)

 

 

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The Opening Reception of the ALC Spring Show will be held Sunday, March 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.

The show will feature “SALLY ABBOTT: COVID SERIES,” a solo exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas, in the Lundt-Glover Gallery and an exhibit of artwork by the ALC general membership in the strolling galleries.

“Still Life with Social Distancing,” a 10×30-inch acrylic on canvas by Sally Abbott, will be in her solo exhibit in the Lundt-Glover Gallery at the Art League of the Chathams’ Spring Show.

The Opening Reception for the solo show in the Lundt-Glover Gallery will feature Matt Zabiegala, a popular musician and professional tenor, who will play the keyboard and sing, masked and following Covid protocols.

“Quarantine View from My Window,” a 30×40-inch acrylic on canvas by Sally Abbott, will be in her solo exhibit in the Lundt-Glover Gallery at the Art League of the Chathams’ Spring Show.

The show is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. All reception attendees aged 5 and older must be vaccinated against Covid-19. Everyone must wear masks inside the building.

Artwork in both shows will remain on view at the municipal building, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., until summer.

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Maia Kumari will give a gallery talk, entitled “Animating Art,” Monday, March 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. at her exhibit, “Moving Light,” in the Lundt-Glover Gallery at the Chatham Township Municipal Building.
 
She will discuss taking art into the digital realm, incorporating virtual reality and NFTs (art sold in the cryptocurrency market).
 
The talk is free and open to the public.
The municipal building is located at 58 Meyersville Road in Chatham Township. 
 
Attendees are asked to adhere to Covid protocols in place at the building at that time. 
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The opening reception of the ALC Winter Friends & Family Show was held Dec. 12 at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.

In addition to an exhibition of artwork by the general membership and a solo show featuring the abstract mixed media art of Maia Kumari in the Lundt-Glover Gallery, the reception included a holiday boutique and a mini show of 6×6-in. artworks.

The artwork in the solo show, “Moving Light,” the general membership show, and the mini show will remain on view at the municipal building during regular business hours through March 11.

Ann Frommer, Jennifer Duteil, Celeste Fondaco and Chatham Borough Councilman Len Resto

Rosemary Howlett, Gail Logan, Linda Kimler, and John Howlett at the winter show reception

Maia Kumari at the opening reception of her solo show “Moving Light”

Susan Adler at the holiday boutique with her mosaics, baskets, and small paintings

James Van Duzer at the holiday boutique with his animal portraits

Pam Gosner at the holiday boutique with her handmade jewelry

Leina’ala Schwartz at the holiday boutique with her book “Somewhere in the South Pacific,” featuring the love letters between her mother and father when he was in the Navy during World War II.

Mini show with 6×6-in. artworks by members

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