Art in Town

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Campus Arts

Art in the Workplace

Art by the River

Art In Trenton

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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the September 29,

2004 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

A Museum Salutes the Musical

Every big Broadway songwriter has a connection to Bucks County, says

Fred Miller, a pianist and singer who has been making a living as a

performer for 15 years, ever since he left New York to carve out a

professional niche in a smaller pond.

Miller and his singing partner, coloratura Susan Whitenack, help the

James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown celebrate the history of

American musicals by performing on Sunday, October 3, at 3 p.m. The

museum’s exhibit, "Red, Hot & Blue," uses videos, photographs,

posters, and biographies to trace the development of American musicals

from 19th century vaudeville to movies and the Broadway of today.

Developed and organized by the National Portrait Gallery, the National

Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling

Exhibition Service, the show continues through Sunday, October 17.

Cost: $6.50 museum admission. Call 215-340-9800.

Bucks County is fertile ground for Miller to be spreading the gospel

of the great American songbook, because so many great names of the

Broadway stage – Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, Moss & Kitty

Carlisle Hart, Arthur Schwartz, and George S. Kaufman, to name a few –

had lived here. "There was one degree of separation between Bucks and

every major songwriter," says Miller, pointing out that George

Gershwin’s connection was through George S. Kaufman, and that the

Irving Berlin connection was through Moss Hart. "Stephen Sondheim met

Oscar Hammerstein in Bucks County and became an adopted son of the

Hammerstein family – he was going to be a mathematician but changed

his career plans."

Miller’s quartet, the Silver Dollar Players, flourished during the

boom ’80s, but he scaled down to a duo and now makes his living going

to libraries and senior citizen centers to give lecture

demonstrations. "In 1998 I started with six lectures and found they

were very saleable. I kept finding new topics and now I have a

portfolio of more than 30." "

Broadway tunes are an easy sell to senior citizens, but Miller hopes

to evangelize the next generation as well. With the Copper Penny

Players, he teaches amateur performers and each 10-week session

culminates in a performance at Phillips Mill (with the next one set

for Sunday, November 21, at 4 p.m., 609-397-8700). Last week Miller

gave his first lecture/performance at a college; it was the honors

program for a liberal arts school in northern New Jersey.

But he was disheartened to find that fewer than half of the 75

students had ever heard of George Gershwin, and only three recognized

the name of Fred Astaire. To his razzmatazz playing and singing, the

19-year-olds reacted with considerably less enthusiasm than if it had

been an audience of seniors. "But one young man came up to me

afterward," says Miller, "and said he wished he could take a whole

semester on this." Perhaps Miller will be the one to discover the next

Stephen Sondheim.

– Barbara Fox

Red, Hot & Blue, James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South

Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800. Musical performance by Susan

Whitenack and Fred Miller in conjunction with the exhibition, "Red,

Hot & Blue: A Salute to American Musicals," tracing the development of

American musicals from 19th century vaudeville to the silver screen

and contemporary theater. Sunday, October 3, 3 p.m.

Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. $6.50; $4 students.

www.michenerartmuseum.org.

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Art in Town

Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The recently

opened Chinese antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series,

"Last Dynasty," oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist

and owner, Lu Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western

watercolor. Also, Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing

dynasties. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to

6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street,

609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit that explores lost

businesses and houses. The historic house also houses a long-term

exhibition about Princeton history highlighting the Native American

occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton in the 19th and 20th

centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Free

admission.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place,

609-497-7990. "Heather Pool Royal’s exhibit "Dialogues." Her paintings

are about how ideas, dialogues, space, and time intersect and collide

with one another. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Sunday 2:30 to 9 p.m. Through October 15.

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Area Galleries

Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, 732-634-0413.

"Perceptions in Paper & Steel." On view through October 31.

Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor,

609-606-9001. Newly-expanded gallery of photographer Richard Druckman,

a freelance photographer for Associated Press. Six rooms and over 250

photographs of professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and

Olympic events. Photographs for sale are matted and framed and in a

variety of sizes and prices. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. Gretchen Altabef’s exhibit featuring photographs she

took at the largest memorial assembled after 911 in Union Square.

Searching for peace three weeks after 911, she was greeted with

handmade signs and memorials. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.;

and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through November 9.

Queenstown Gallery, 43 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-1876.

Solo exhibition of recent landscapes of Hopewell Valley by artist Mary

M. Michaels. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to

5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through November 6.

Wheaton Village, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, 856-825-6800. Native

to Neo: Mexican Folk Arts from Oaxaca is a four-month project devoted

to the arts and crafts from Oaxaca, Mexico and the first exhibition in

the new Creative Community Connections Series, an initiative to

understand and embrace cultural diversity. Through November 12.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Medieval, Renaissance,

and baroque galleries are open. The museum’s galleries are open

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours

are given on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

"Nineteenth Century Photographs from the Museum Collection," a survey

of signature works by Anna Atkins, Edouard Baldus, Francis Frith,

Henry Peach Robinson, and Carlton Watkins. Through October 24.

"Bringing into Being: Materials and Techniques in American Prints 1950

to 2000," an exhibition of 30 prints exploring American artists to

technical advances in printmaking. Through January 23, 2005.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, 2083 Lawrencelle Road,

609-895-5588. Princeton artist Margaret Kennard Johnson’s exhibit

"From Stone to Mesh: Sixty Years," a show featuring original

collagraph prints, handmade paper work, and mesh wall hangings. Open

Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4

p.m. Through October 22.

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Art in the Workplace

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120. Outdoor sculpture

show features works by seven prominent East Coast artists: Hope Carter

of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John Isherwood, Joel

Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition is on view

during business hours and will remain in its location for two years.

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Art by the River

E.M. Adams Gallery, 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-5667.

Exhibit of new paintings called "Celebrating Hope," by painter and

sculptor Edward M. Adams. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday, noon

to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6

p.m. On view through October 17.

New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square

Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture

Exhibition featuring an indoor exhibition of more than 88 works by 43

nationally and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show

of seven large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through

April, 2005.

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Art In Trenton

The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.

"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old

Barracks," a display in the exhibit gallery is included in the tour

admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last tour is

at 3:50 p.m.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz 1896-1981."

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1

to 4 p.m. Through February 6, 2005.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, 908-735-8415.

"Christopher B. Koep: Paintings." Gallery hours are Tuesday through

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On view through October 3.

Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Community College, Newman Springs Road,

Lincroft, 732-747-2266. 62nd annual open juried exhibition of the New

Jersey Water Color Society. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. On view

through October 31.

James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New

Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens with the

relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show, "Creative

Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists," featuring 19th and

20th century painters, writers, composers, and playwrights. Also on

exhibit, "Pennsylvania Impressionists of the New Hope School." Museum

admission $6 adults; $2 youth. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Artists Among Us," a permanent interactive exhibit

dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New

Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. It is a permanent

exhibition. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6.50

adults; $4 students. www.michenerartmuseum.org.

Also on display are 10 pieces of sculpture by Connecticut-based artist

David Hayes in the outdoor sculpture area. Most are large

multi-colored works of painted steel. Through October 1.

Also on exhibit is an exhibition of works by Sandy Sorlien,

"Photographs from Fifty Houses," a selection of photographs from her

2002 book, "Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road." Through

October 3.

Also, "Edward W. Redfield: Just Values and Fine Settings," an

exhibition of over 50 works created by the 20th century Pennsylvania

impressionist. The exhibit features works from early students

drawings, landscapes painted in France, and some pieces never before

on public view. Through January 9, 2005.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 709-721 Catharine Street, Philadelphia,

215-922-3456. Four-part Challenge Series, the Delaware Valley’s

premier juried artist exhibition program. Exhibit features the works

of Steve Cope, Veleta Vancza, and Sarah Zwerling. Through October 6.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick,

732-932-7237. "Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and

Photo-Related Works of Art." Also, "Photo-related Works of Art." Both

through November 28.

"Alexsandr Arefiev and the Artists of His Circle." Through December

31, 2004. "Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance." Through February

13, 2005. "Transcultural New Jersey: Residents and Visitor, Works on

Paper from the Collection of the Newark Public Library. Through

January 2, 2005. Pastels in Paris: From the Fin-de Siecle to La Belle

Epoque." Through January 30. "Beyond the Border: Picturing Mexico in

Children’s Book Illustrations." Through February 6, 2005.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m.

Admission $3 adults; under 18 free. Free admission on the first Sunday

of each month.


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