Golfers and Artists to Mingle at The duCret School of Art 85th Year Celebration

On Tuesday, October 4, from 6:30pm – 10:30 pm - NJ's oldest art institution, duCret School of Art celebrates it's 85th Year kick-off event at Suburban Golf Club in Union, NJ. There will be a special presentation honoring Swain Galleries, NJ's oldest art gallery, for their decades worth of service to the school and to the art world.

Plainfield, NJ, September 25, 2011 --( If you’re in the golf world and always wanted to be closer to the arts and artists, on Tuesday evening, October 4th, you’ll have the rare opportunity to mix and mingle with faculty and notable alumni from duCret School of Art at the Suburban Golf Club. Suburban, a private club located in Union, NJ has approximately 400 members. duCret, NJ’s oldest private art institution, a non-profit school and community haven for artists, is in celebration of its 85th year and its legacy of world known artists is as rich as the years it’s remained in existence. In tandem with Swain Galleries, 134 years strong and whom duCret is honoring that evening, duCret has held a beacon of light over Plainfield NJ, allowing serious artists of the local area to find encouragement, instruction and inspiration without having to commute to NY or Philly to advance their careers.

Aside from being a school for career artists, duCret also rents art lofts to local artists on its third and fourth floors, thus providing additional resources for the students who attend; who can query the professionals on premises. Another community resource for Plainfield are four year-round Open Studios in drawing, painting and ceramics, where the general public or high school juniors and seniors can come in to work on the floor with faculty, duCret students and other visiting professional artists.

Last month, Parthenon Entertainment, a UK /Canadian based co., filmed a documentary on a duCret model who poses for Open Studio. The film is scheduled for feature at MIP, Cannes, France in October. Several duCret sculpting students are also regularly featured on TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’, as cake decorators. Another duCret staffer was assigned as personal photographer to the American Humane Association’s new spokesdog Rin Tin Tin at the 911 Service Dog Awards on Sept 7th in NYC. The German Shepard who rang the closing bell at the NY Stock exchange, also made an appearance at the National Arts Club along with the NYC Singing Policeman, Daniel Rodriquez, Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stillwell of Animal Planet TV show, ‘It’s Me or the Dog’, and Orlando Brown of Disney’s, ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’. The duCret PR Dept. staff member will follow the dog to Hollywood Ca., to photograph Hallmark’s first ever televised, ‘Dog Hero Awards’ with Betty White and Ewan McGregor. At duCret, no one knows at any given time, what fun secrets the school has in store for its students, faculty or the attending public. In fact, many first year students get a big surprise when they learn that one of their duCret instructors was taught by Norman Rockwell.

Yet the very rich history and opportunities at the school are often lost to the general public, who must either stumble upon the building by way of children’s workshops or be brought in by word of mouth. Until this past year, steeped in deep tradition and already known to the art world, duCret never advertised its opportunities to the general public. As economic conditions have shrunken art programs in most public schools throughout the state, parents and misplaced art teachers alike are now finding duCret to be a refreshingly rich resource that remains abundantly supportive of artistic dreams…no matter what age one is. DuCret is nationally accredited and state approved and offers full time and part time classes for adults, and seasonal workshops for children ages 6 – 15.

On the evening of Oct 4th, duCret will bring some of its rich history to public view as some exquisite pieces of notable art will be auctioned off, including 2 limited edition prints by Jacob Landau. Among other auction items will be gold and silver jewelry, Takumi ceramics, landscape and wildlife paintings and signed glicee's by world recognized duCret alumni.

On that night, the Swain Family of Swain Galleries, Plainfield NJ will be honored for their continued support of duCret and their dedication to the arts. On a special note, Swain Galleries, like duCret, is NJ’s oldest art gallery and a visit to their location is a testament to their dedication to the artists, for they have three floors filled to the hilt with paintings of all kinds. A visit to Swain Galleries is a visit into art history itself.

Whether you just want to see the inside of the swank and private Suburban Golf Club or are an art lover and avid collector, this unusual mix of two worlds is surely an event to experience firsthand. Don’t miss!

RSVP: Call 9o8-757-7171 to reserve seats early.

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm – 10:30 pm
Suburban Golf Club
1730 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
Tix - $45.00 per person / cash bar / dress is business casual

duCret School of Art
Frank Falotico