For more than eight decades, the Hackensack Art Club has played a major role in Hackensack’s cultural life. In 1938 a group of artists in this area held their first joint exhibit under the direction of Miss Mary Boggan, who was the head librarian of the Johnson Free Public Library. The Hackensack Art Club was formally organized on November 6th, 1939 with 24 members electing Emil Stange as its first president. The club over the years has involved itself with all the types of civic works including contests, Christmas door decorations and similar
community activities, including local parades by preparing floats and exhibits.
The club has worked to maintain quality programming at its meetings, to provide opportunities for members to display their works to the public, to encourage and offer art education to members, young artists, and the disabled and to continue to play a major role in the cultural life of
Current meetings take place the first Monday of each month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Maywood Public Library (due to the virus, we currently meet on Zoom). Feel free to come to one of our demonstrations. No meetings are held in January or February due to the possibility of inclement weather, nor in July or August due to summer vacations.
We are a non-profit organization. The club is entirely financed by its membership dues. Each month the demonstrations are open for the public for a small guest fee of $3 dollars.
In more than 80 years of art and history, some distinguished members have passed away. I did not know many of them, but I can imagine how hard they worked to continue preserving the traditions and cultural life through art. We sorely miss them, but their artwork, talent and memories continue to touch their families, friends and community forever.
President of the Hackensack Art Club
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