Page 14 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • December 9, 2009 Area The All Seasons Chamber Players, a popular classical ensemble, will return to the Ridgewood Public Library Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. This free concert is part of the Sunday Afternoon Performance Series of the Friends of the Ridgewood Public Library. The program is entitled “New-Found Treasure and Timeless Classics.” The “New-Found Treasure” will be a recently found work by Felix Mendelssohn: “Violin Sonata in D Minor.” Mendelssohn’s music was banned by the Nazis in 1936 and his supporters sent crates of his works abroad for safekeeping during World War II. About 270 works, many never performed in Mendelssohn’s lifetime, have been tracked down by The Mendelssohn Project, Inc. of New York City which is making this violin sonata available to the All Seasons Chamber Players. “Timeless Classics” on the program will include Mozart’s “Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564;” Michael Webster’s “Carmen Rhapsody” based on themes from Bizet’s “Carmen;” and Johannes Brahms’ “Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87.” Robert Lawrence, co-director for programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with spoken program notes. Written program notes will also be available. Now in its 29th season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 590 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs, COMCAST, WTT-35 and other local cable TV stations. Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble has also received grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who Library to host All Seasons Chamber Players also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows, and summer music festivals. Performers will include Brenda Sakofsky, flute; Robert Lawrence, violin; E. Zoe Hassman, cello; and Yoojin Oh and Jean Strickholm, piano. This concert is one of 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County supported by the Bank of America Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts with grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Ridgewood Public Library, the Bergen Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Columbia Bank, Lillian P. Schenck Fund, Nordstrom, Target, Shop-Rite of Hackensack, and Friends of All Seasons. For further information about the ensemble’s programs, players and supporters visit or call (201) 768-1331 for a printed schedule. The Ridgewood Public Library, located at 125 North Maple Avenue in the Village of Ridgewood, is accessible to the physically challenged. Gallery to feature Rieff & Branch The Valley Hospital Art Gallery will feature the watercolors of Glen Rock artist Marcia Rieff and the sports illustrations of Ken Branch during the month of December. The Valley Hospital Art Gallery is located in the corridor leading to the Kurth Cottage Café and Gift Shop, 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, where the work can be seen seven days a week. A portion of the sale of all artwork benefits the hospital’s nursing scholarship program. Branch has been a freelance illustrator for more than 20 years. His credits include inking thousands of pages for various comic companies including DC, Valiant, Marvel, Malibu, First, and Comico. In the late ‘90s he expanded his horizons to sports memorabilia, painting portraits on baseballs, bats, boxing gloves, and other items. Branch has sold several paintings to All American Collectibles. He did two paintings for a Meet and Greet with A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) when he joined the Yankees. He worked on Sketch Cards for Topps in Heroes Season 2, MLB ‘08, Indiana Jones Masterpiece, NBA Hardwood and Star Wars Galaxy. Rieff has had a passion for watercolor painting since her early childhood. She continued her art studies in college where she attained a graphic design/packaging degree at Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School for Social Research. After a career in corporate communication design, packaging, and packaging business management, she returned to watercolor painting. Reconnecting with watercolor painting after 25 years, the artist rediscovered her first love. Since then she has studied with Christine Friedman, Eli Rosenthal, Mel Stabin, and other well known artist and teachers. They have taught her about the importance of light, color, and negative and positive painting that captures the excitement and beauty of every day places and things. The artist has exhibited in numerous local and regional venues including the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Glen Rock Library, the Wyckoff YMCA, Kaplan JCC on the Palisades, and the 32nd Northeast Watercolor Society International Show. She is co-chair of the Gallery at the Glen Rock Public Library and at The Valley Hospital Art Gallery. Rieff teaches at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, and is an assistant art teacher for special needs children at the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest. The whimsical three-dimensional art of Glen Rock resident Jim Aber is on display at the Waldwick Library now through Thursday, Dec. 31. Featured in the exhibit are colorful woodcarvings, painted rocks, and clay sculptures depicting Santa Claus, domestic and exotic animals, and representations of early cave paintings. Retired from a career as the art director for an advertising agency, Aber enjoys many hobbies including drawing, painting, wood carving, playing the piano, and writing poetry. Aber exhibits woodcarvings in Waldwick He has a degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the author of “Jim Aber’s Glen Rock Sketchbook.” Featuring drawings of local downtown businesses and buildings, the book was published in 1997 as a fundraiser by the Glen Rock Central Business District Commission. 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