These stunning images of the Governor's residence Drumthwacket in Princeton were just shared with me yesterday. They will give you a glimpse of the work of the garden clubs I had the pleasure of working with this fall. As we toast the tradition of the garden clubs of New Jersey decorating the residence, I want to again thank Tillie Emmert, NJ Garden Club decor chair, and the garden clubs from Keyport, Morristown, Mountain lakes, Somserset Hills, Seaweeders of Bay Head and Mantaloking, and Warren for sharing their talents. I highly suggest scheduling a tour as a holiday activity and if you can't be sure to watch the video tour below.
A favorite tradition of Governor and First Lady Christie, and the many who served before them in NJ, is to transform Drumthwacket for the holiday season. As the Fine Art Committee Chair, this is my third holiday season involved with the styling of the holiday decor. Over the years the Garden Club of New Jersey has volunteered in this transformation, some years supporting a specific holiday theme, some years collaborating with other arts groups. This year’s theme is toasting and celebrating the Garden Club of New Jersey’s tradition of decorating Drumthwacket which first began over 25 years ago.
Jeff Haines and his team at Butler's of Far Hills did an outstanding job transforming the Music Room into a lovely space that really highlights Mr. White's work. We were aiming for the look and feel of a modern art gallery, and Jeff delivered that and more.
Wendell White’s works from Small Towns, Black Lives and Schools for the Colored will be on display at Drumthwacket, official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, Jan 30 through April 5, 2013. Last week Josh and I assisted with the installation of the exhibit in the traditional library at the Mansion.