Pitney Park in Mendham Township Welcomes Public Art Exhibit with Grand Opening on June 29
MENDHAM TOWNSHIP – Pitney Park, a popular locale for residents, is ready to draw in art enthusiasts as it unveils two large stone sculptures as part of the community's first public art exhibit. The artworks, "Flying Canoe" and "Oscar," were installed last week at the park's northwest corner, adding a unique touch to the area's aesthetic.
The sculptures were initially showcased on the front lawn of the Mansion in May, an annual fundraiser event for the Morristown Medical Center. This year, the fundraiser successfully collected $1.5 million, contributing to the expansion and modernization of the center's Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation.
Upon the fundraiser's conclusion, artist Harry H. Gordon, from Lambertville, in conjunction with Boonton-based gallery owner Scott A. Broadfoot of Broadfoot & Broadfoot, generously offered to display the sculptures at Pitney Park free of charge.
Residents and visitors alike are invited to join a public opening at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. This occasion provides an opportunity to meet the artist and gallery owner, along with Township Committee members and officials. The stone sculptures will be available for public viewing for one year.
The Arts Council of the Mendhams, with guidance from the Morris County Art Association, initiated this project.
"We are excited to take this first step in bringing public art to our community for enjoyment and education," said Laurie Pettine, President of the Arts Council of the Mendhams.
Laurie Pettine further mentioned that during the installation, several residents stopped to take photos, expressing their enthusiasm for the addition of art to Pitney Park.
This unique public art exhibit signals a vibrant step towards fostering a community deeply engaged with the arts, and residents eagerly anticipate future artistic endeavors within Mendham Township.