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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 10, 2004

(Mahwah) – Light From The Past: Early American Rugs From The Collection of Ronnie Newman will be on exhibition in the Kresge Gallery at the Berrie Center on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey beginning March 31 and continuing through May 6. An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and collector’s talk at 6 p.m. are scheduled Wednesday, March 31.

These early sewn and hooked rugs created in the humble dwellings of colonial and post-colonial America provided warmth and color to many a dark, low-ceilinged room. Survivors of the very best of these weavings, some dating from the 18th century, are today a legacy providing us with some of the finest examples of American folk art.

This distinguished collection, comprising yarn-sewn, shirred, appliquéd, embroidered and hooked rugs presents a rare opportunity to partake of this heritage.

Ronnie Newman, internationally known as a dealer in rare oriental rugs, is a multi-talented person with an academic background in classical and modern languages. A skilled puppet-maker and puppeteer, he produced a marionette theater with his partner Norman Gallof-appearing often throughout New England- and as actor and classical singer has appeared on and off-Broadway in musical and non-musical roles.

A connoisseur of folk art with a discriminating eye, he has amassed a stunning range of works. While these textiles have a powerful aesthetic appeal, they also have interdisciplinary teaching value, providing a sense of historic consequence within a framework of austere beauty,” says Sydney Jenkins, director of Ramapo’s art galleries.

Gallery hours have been extended for this exhibition. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1 – 9 p.m. Special Sunday hours are from 2 – 5 p.m. For more information call 201.684.7147.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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