A Starry Night of Opera Music with the Soprano & Tenor Duet of Rachel Hippert and Jose Heredia

The John F. Peto Studio Museum presents

A Starry Night of Opera Music with the Soprano & Tenor Duet of Rachel Hippert and Jose Heredia


WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Island Heights United Methodist Church, 111 Ocean Ave, Island, Island Heights, NJ

TICKETS: Doors open at 7pm, pay at door or via Eventbrite links below:



Proceeds benefit the John F. Peto Studio Museum

Rachel Hippert is an American soprano. Her recent productions include: Carmen (Micaëla) and Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda) with Amore Opera Company, Aida (High Priestess) with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother) with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, Lakmé (Ellen) with West Side Opera Society, Idomeneo (Elettra) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella(Cinderella) with Once Upon a Time, Inc. Ongoing projects include performing in partnership with the world peace organization Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) for various events in NYC, acting as a goodwill ambassador and associate artist with We Care for Humanity (WHC), with whom she has traveled abroad and performed for foreign dignitaries. Also, she serves as the resident soprano soloist for the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus and is a staple performer with the Opera Collective, part of the Music Under New York organization.

Jose Heredia is a 1st Prize winner in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 2014 International Vocal Competition, and an encouragement award winner in the 2015 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Dominican tenor José Heredia has been called “A Golden-Age style tenor…that impresses immediately with his vibrant instrument and forward placement of tone” (Qonstage.com). He holds a BM from Nyack College School of Music, has attended the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with The Metropolitan Opera’s Dr. Dana Talley and Migon Dunn. After making his debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme” with the NJ Association of Verismo Opera in 2014, Mr. Heredia has sung the lead tenor roles in “Rigoletto”, “Carmen”, “La Taviata”, “Un ballo in Maschera”, “L’elisir d’amore”, Leoncavallo’s “La Boheme”, and “Tosca” with companies like NJAVO, Westside Opera Society, Bravo Alliance, Amore Opera and dell’arte Opera Ensemble. Mr. Heredia made his oratorio debut in 2012 as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and has toured Italy, Puerto Rico, and South Korea, where he sang over 34 successful concerts, some aired on live TV (NBC Korea). Mr. Heredia was praised for his portrayal of “Alfredo” in Dell’arte Opera Ensemble’s 2016 production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by The Epoch Times, calling him a “Powerful voice with elegant style” (Theepochtimes.com). He is a resident artist and soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus. His current teachers are Dr. Dana Talley and Tamie Laurance.

2017 Tri-State Invitational of Trompe L’oeil



2017 Tri-State Invitational of Trompe L’oeil

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Welcome to the second invitational Trompe l’ Oeil exhibition at the John F. Peto Studio Museum. The first invitational consisted of artists who work in 3-dimensional form and from around the United States.This exhibition features 19 artists living in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and over 50 pieces of art. Artists were invited to participate, either from previous exhibitions held at the Peto Studio Museum, word of mouth, or artists found from other art venues. Trompe l’ Oeil is a genre of still-life painting which “tricks the eye” by creating the illusion that the subject of the painting is real. Common place objects are painted with meticulous precision to create this deceptive realism. In addition to other painting techniques, Trompe l’ Oeil artists also make use of shadows to suggest depth as well as scale and size of objects.This exhibition includes noted Trompe l ’Oeil painters as well as young and upcoming artists; artists who challenge and inspire the viewer, artists who have a sense of humor, who use nostalgia and tongue-in-cheek references.

For visiting and ticket Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.





JULY 20 - The NEW STANDARD featuring Layonne Holmes


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Doors open at 5:30 PM

A limited number of tables will be available for purchase (donation) at the door for $100.00 per table.



Peto Cup 2017

2017 Peto Cup Race Celebration: A-Cat Regatta & American Barbecue

Sponsored by Mount Gay Rum

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Join us for the 4th Annual Peto Cup Race after party Celebration featuring The New Jersey Party Band. Sponsorship by Mt. Gay Rum and the Peto Museum. Enjoy the music, food, drinks and fun for the evening celebrating the winners of the A Cat Regatta

Purchase tickets below. Advance tickets only !   At the Door admission is $ 40.00


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Painting A Day Workshop

Painting A Day Workshop with Artist Abbey Ryan

October 14 & 15, 2017



A Painting a Day
Gain Valuable Insight from Oprah-favorite artist, Abbey Ryan

Drawing on her acclaimed career as a painter and teacher, Abbey shares how to strengthen your approach to painting and manage your internal painting dialogue so you’ll have a consistently positive painting experience. Abbey’s inspiring teaching approach balances all there is to love about painting with what she has identified as the most universally challenging aspects of painting.

Abbey begins by discussing topics such as selecting ideal still life objects, arranging a still life to see a “spark” and communicate an idea, and her strategies to begin a painting. Abbey also shares her thoughts on beauty, gesture, the Old Master’s concept of light as a subject, celebrating the sensitivities of a brush, and the role of classical still life painting in 2017.

Through live demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, Abbey reveals all of the techniques and methods that have made her daily painting practice so successful and prolific. Abbey will address subtleties of color mixing, lighting, canvas toning, palette choices, paint, mediums, blogging, galleries, showing, selling, relationships with collectors and marketing your work.

Abbey provides specific, actionable methods and inspiring tips tailored to you to help you move forward in painting.

For all levels, beginner through advanced.

Visit www.abbeyryan.com for more information.
To learn about Abbey’s teaching philosophy, watch this video: http://youtu.be/F5tLCDY2T60

To Register for this event:

1. Submit an Application Form to info@petomuseum.org.


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Biography/ Abbey Ryan





Masters of the Newark School

MAY 13 – AUGUST 27, 2017


John R. Grabach & Henry M. Gasser:  Masters of the Newark School

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Curated by renowned New Jersey trompe l’oeil painter and art collector Gary T. Erbe, John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: Masters of The Newark School brings together 30 rarely-seen works from private collections that have never before been presented together.

At the turn of the 20th century, the confluence of art, professional artistic training, and industrialization taking place in Newark, New Jersey attracted and fueled a creative group of new artists that collectively would come to be known as “The Newark School.”  John R. Grabach (1886-1981) and Henry M. Gasser (1909-1981) were prominent figures within this talented group.

Much like John F. Peto, John Grabach was a painter who retreated from public exhibitions and, as a result, his work was largely forgotten for decades.  This exhibition will, for the first time, present Grabach’s work together with that of his student and colleague, Henry Gasser.  Grabach played a multifaceted role in the life of the younger Gasser, serving as a teacher, father figure, mentor, and friend.  These now celebrated artists, both of whom were born in Newark, were inspired by The Ashcan School of American artists that rejected the popular impressionist and realist painting styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  As painters, Grabach and Gasser became fascinated with the ever-changing metropolitan landscape, ultimately creating their own unique and distinct styles of urban realism.

This exhibition is being presented in partnership with Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ (www.morven.org), who will be hosting a complementary exhibition on The Newark School, Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960, from June 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.



Local Authors Series

Special Lecture on May 3, 2017

New Jersey Artists Through Time

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This presentation will be at the museum location and seating is limited. Please confirm your reservation at the e-mail address below.


Suggested Donation: $5.00 Members $10.00 General Public
RSVP or for more Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.



A Conversation with Abraham Lincoln

Special  Lecture on January 19, 2017

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

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This presentation will be at the museum location and seating is limited. Please confirm your reservation at the e-mail address below.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 Members $10.00 General Public
RSVP or for more Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.



NJ Civil War Photographers

Special Art History Lecture

‘Ere the Shadows Fade: New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers

November 17, 2016 7:00 PM

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This presentation will be at the museum location and seating is limited. Please confirm your reservation at the e-mail address below.

Suggested Donation:  $5.00 Members     $10.00 General Public
RSVP or for more Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.



Through the Lens


Through the Lens: John Frederick Peto and the Art of Photography

Current Exhibition will be extended until April 9, 2017

John F. Peto is celebrated as a foremost 19th century American artist and his paintings containing images of photographs, especially of Abraham Lincoln, are arguably some of his most famous works.   However, the art that he created from behind the camera is a little-known part of Peto’s oeuvre that has never before been explored in exhibition form.


Sourcing from the collections of the John F. Peto Studio Museum, Smithsonian Archive of American Art (Washington, D.C.), Brandywine River Museum of Art (Chadds Ford, PA), Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE) and private collections, this exhibition brings together original photographic prints, glass plate negatives, paintings by the artist, Peto-owned objects depicted in his paintings and photographs, as well as the artist’s camera used to create his photographs.  The exhibition will include numerous portraits taken by Peto along with a wide variety of other historic and rarely seen images.  These include early photographs of Island Heights and Ocean County,New Jersey, work by Peto relative and American Civil War-era photographer William H. Bell (1830-1910), interior and exterior images of the house and artist’s studio which Peto designed, self-portraits taken in the studio, and staged pictures of Peto with family and friends, including his colleague and mentor, the renowned American still life painter William Harnett (1848-1892).  This long-overdue examination of a relatively unknown aspect of this New Jersey artist’s life and work will be on view from October 8, 2016 – April 9, 2017

Located at 102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights, NJ. The museum is open for guided tours of the house and special exhibition Monday through Friday by Appointment and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children, 12 and under FREE. For information call 732-929-4949.

Information: (732) 929-4949 or petomuseum.org.