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Check us out in this month’s New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Discover NJ Museums: Ultimate Guide to Under-the-Radar Places!

“These lesser-known museums are fascinating treasure troves of art, history, wildlife and some of the oddest oddities around.” – NJ Monthly Magazine, March 2022

Exhibit Opening: Saturday, April 2, 2022

You won’t want to miss this unique exhibition organized by Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The exhibit is comprised of photographs of the artists whose homes, studios, and landscapes, now open as public sites, comprise the membership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national consortium, the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program (artistshomes.org). This group of forty-eight affiliated sites includes the John F. Peto Studio Museum. 

Don’t miss it!

John F. Peto Studio Museum Four Page Article
in Fine Art Connoisseur

Featuring interview with Harry Bower, Museum Curator, and photographs by Frank Parisi in one of America’s leading art periodicals. 

John F. Peto’s Past, Present & Future;
Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, March/April 2022

Save The Date

Photo credit:  Frank Parisi

2022 Peto Cup
Celebration and Regatta 10th Annual Fundraiser

When: Friday, August 5, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location:  Island Heights Yacht Club |65 River Ave.

Watch the A-Cat Race from the dock of Island Heights Yacht Club starting at 5:00 p.m.

Catered American BBQ, Live and Virtual Auctions, Live Band, 50/50 Raffle,
Mount Gay Rum hat toss and Open Bar

We are thrilled to announce that we have received an OceanFirst Foundation grant to support:

Session I      July 11, 2022 – July 15, 2022 
                       9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Session II     July 11, 2022 – July 15, 2022
                      12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  
Session III    Aug. 15, 2022 – Aug. 19, 2022
                      9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Session IV   Aug. 15, 2022 – Aug.19, 2022 
                     12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

 (12 student limit for each session)

Cost: $100 per session
Ages:  7 – 12

Location:  John F. Peto Studio Museum |102 Cedar Ave.
Island Heights, NJ 08732

*Includes gallery exhibition of children’s art upon completion

Peto Presents:

Valerie A. Balint – Illustrated Author’s Talk and Book Signing Persona and Place: Artists and Sites of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studio Program

Friday, May 13, 2022  |  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: John F. Peto Studio Museum 
102 Cedar Ave. | Island Heights, NJ 08732

A Beautiful Tribute

The John F. Peto Studio Museum’s second floor exhibition gallery has been dedicated to the memory of Alice Askoff.

Volunteer Spotlight

Above:  Colleen Kehler works closely with the Museum’s curator, Harry Bower.

We asked what they enjoy most about volunteering at the John F. Peto Studio Museum: 

Colleen Kehler:  “Of course, meeting new people and making extraordinary friendships has been a great perk of volunteering at the Peto Museum. But I must say that I’ve gotten tremendous satisfaction learning about John F. Peto and his family, his life in Island Heights, and his amazing trompe l’oeil paintings. And because of the many diverse exhibits we have had over the years, I have come to learn about and appreciate other artists as well, both past and present. I am so grateful to be a part of this treasure we have in my own hometown!”

Staying True to Peto’s Original Design

We are pleased to announce that our roof project has been completed. New cedar wood roof shingles have replaced the old roof on the upper rear south section of the building. Our new roof incorporates the original architectural design and will maintain the integrity of our beautiful building for many years to come. Stop by and take a look!

Look Who Came to Visit

Above:  Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River President John Anderson and Peto Museum VP Barbara Hanna in front of a portrait of John F. Peto

This month, the Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River held their monthly meeting at the Museum.  Here is what they had to say…

 “It’s a hidden piece of history… Barbara showed our members the Museum and we were happy to not only learn the history of John F. Peto but also we were happy to help with a donation for the Museum.” – President, John Anderson