Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Annual Meeting

Features a Showing of “Laurelwood Arboretum,” an excerpt from the Documentary Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne, NJ.

Brickhead Iyemoja, James Tyler Sculptor.
Brickhead Iyemoja by sculptor James Tyler. Iyemoja, a deity from West Africa, is the protector of all women, governing childbirth, conception, love, and healing. Photo by Lorraine Meyer

The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. in the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne.  All members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend.

In addition to a review of the past year and other business, the meeting will feature a showing of “Laurelwood Arboretum,” an excerpt from the film Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne, NJ, a documentary by Paul Bastante of Silk City Films.

There will also be a presentation about a new project that Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is embarking on for the benefit of the arboretum: The Sculpture Trail.  The second in our multi-year series Art at the Arboretum, The Sculpture Trail will be an installation of 15 sculptures by prominent artists that will be carefully placed around the arboretum to enhance the landscape.  Chaired by our pro bono attorney Stuart Reiser and his wife Leslie and curated by Broadfoot & Broadfoot, a fine art gallery in Boonton, NJ, The Sculpture Trail will unite the beauty of our surroundings with the artistry of sculptors whose pieces are in the collections of major art institutions around the country.

Scheduled to open in October 2020, The Sculpture Trail will be open to the public free of charge. The sculptures will be available for sale through an exclusive agreement with Broadfoot & Broadfoot, with a percentage of proceeds to be donated to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.

So far, one sculpture has been installed – James Tyler’s “Brickhead Iyemoja,” made of 125 hand-shaped and fired bricks. Three to five additional pieces are scheduled to be installed before the end of the year. A fundraising effort is underway to help fund the installation costs for the sculptures. For additional information or to participate in the GoFundMe campaign, go to

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