An interesting series of lectures on art and New Jersey history. Each month the Museum hosts a speaker who offers a fascinating look at an engrossing aspect of applied art or a chapter of amazing history relevant to our community or state.

Peto Presents: Wild and Free Painting with Elissa Arbeitman

January 26, 2024 | 6:00pm ET

Wild and Free Painting is an indulgent and nourishing Process Painting Art Studio for self-care and personal growth.  We focus on the act of painting itself and your experience while painting rather than the final art product.  We celebrate your creativity in all of its authentic form and return to the idea that creative expression can serve as a tool to heal, connect, de-stress, reclaim and discover. 

Peto Presents: Sweet Art in Disguise with Joanna Ciszewska, Pastry Chef

February 10, 2024 | 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Joanna will be showing us how to marry art with food -Trompe L’oeil style. We will create a delicious take-home pastry treat in the Peto kitchen in celebration of spreading love everywhere on Valentine’s Day.

Peto Presents: Choosing to Conquer – The Women Who Won the Vote

March 21, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the John F. Peto Studio Museum! New Jersey resident Nancy B. Kennedy, author of Women Win the Vote! 19 for the 19th Amendment, will present a slideshow of historic and current-day photos illustrating the 72-year fight for the women’s vote.

Peto Presents: Dream Interpretation

April 19, 2024 | 7:00pm ET

Have you ever awakened from a dream and wondered, “What the heck was that all about?” Then this Dream Workshop may be just the thing you’re looking for. Join Bonney Parker, Certified Dream Work Facilitator of the Marlin Institute of Projective Dream Work, as she delves into the dream world.

Peto Presents: Poetry at the Peto

May 26, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

After a splendid first gathering in the garden and many gifted poets offering to share their work, we are opening the day to five additional readers. There will be a total of ten readers. If you are interested in reading an original poem you wrote, please submit the poem you would read to

Submissions are due by May 1st. You will be notified in writing by May 7th if you will be included in the live poetry reading. There are no rules, although there may be children in attendance. 

Peto Presents: Thomas Jefferson Visits New Jersey

June 13, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

John M. Stewart as Thomas Jefferson

Peto Presents: Celebrate New Jersey – A Historical Travelogue Around the State

July 11, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

Save gas as you tour our wonderful state from the comfort of your chair. Experience the famous and not-so-famous people, places, and events of our great little state. Explore our diverse geography: mountains, highlands, rivers, lakes, and seashore. Visit the South, the North, the Central, and little-known places in between.

Peto Presents: New Jersey Folk Revival Music – History and Tradition

August 8, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

Join us as New Jersey author Michael Gabriele does a presentation on his book New Jersey Folk Revival Music—History & Tradition. Gabriele will discuss the evolution of folk revival music in New Jersey.

Peto Presents: Ere the Shadows Fade – New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers

November 7, 2024 | 3:00pm ET

This presentation features several notable examples of New Jersey’s Civil War Era photographers. The Civil War boosted the photographic trade in New Jersey as both soldiers and families demanded more images of loved ones.