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Artist Draws on Idyllic Childhood Memories to Create Vision for 2012 Music at Moorland

April 6, 2012
James Johnson Named Guest Artist for Music at Moorland Promotional Materials

Far Hills, NJ (April 4, 2012)—Somerset Medical Center is pleased to announce that this year’s featured artist for Music at Moorland is James Johnson, a Central New Jersey native who now resides in Hobe Sound, Florida. Music at Moorland is an annual evening of classical music, open-air dining and spectacular fireworks set for June 21 at Moorland Farms in Far Hills. One of Johnson’s original works depicting the event will be featured on promotional materials for Music at Moorland, which is presented by Sanofi US to benefit Somerset Medical Center.

Johnson’s painting of Music at Moorland shows a lit stage nestled among the trees. As musicians perform on stage, colorful streaks brighten the night sky. 

Johnson, 67, says his artwork is inspired by his childhood memories growing up on a dairy farm in Pottersville.

“I was very fortunate as a child to live in a pastoral community surrounded by bird song, blossoming fruit trees, fresh mown hay, plowed earth, red barns and silos and rustic farm houses. It was idyllic,” he says. “Although many of the places of my childhood memories have changed most of my artistic inspiration comes from rural landscapes and natural settings that spark distant memories and present awakenings to the beauty of God’s creation. “ 

Johnson is a graduate of Upsala College in East Orange. As a member of the Art Students League in New York, he studied under artists Theodoros Stamos and Robert Beverly Hale. Over the past 20 years, Johnson has held numerous exhibitions of his paintings throughout New Jersey, including the Claremont Gallery of the Clarence Dillon Public Library in Bedminster; Riverside Studio in Pottersville; The Peck School in Morristown; Hunterdon Art Center in Clinton, Somerset Art Association in Bedminster and Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick. 

Johnson currently serves as director of the Cape Branch Foundation in Hobe Sound, Florida. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Museum, Upper Raritan Watershed, the Nature Conservancy New Jersey Chapter and the Drumthwacket Foundation. 

Music at Moorland features a twilight performance by the Grammy® Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and fireworks by Grucci, the legendary Long-Island-based company that has orchestrated displays for presidential inaguarations, Olympic games and world’s fairs.

General admission tickets for Music at Moorland are $30. Children under 14 are free. Preferred seating and corporate tent opportunities are also available. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 908-685-2500.