Art in Town
In the Workplace
Art On Campus
Art In Trenton
Art by the River
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A Tangle of Figurative Art
This month in the Extension Gallery, the exhibition
wing of the Johnson Atelier, a civilized tangle of both rounded and
jagged metal shapes on the floor, on white pedestals, and on the walls
demands attention. For the most part, the metal is bronze, but it
wears a variety of finishes here — aqua, coppery to gilt, antique
silver, and mostly black. The metal shapes are figurative to
and the exhibition includes two and three-dimensional sculptural
as well as drawings and a print.
The show spills into a second room with still more sculpture by the
seven Atelier apprentices and staff members who were brought
by Chance" — the result of a change in gallery scheduling
and an invitation pull an exhibition together. They accepted.
A couple of snapshot views: "Abandonment" shows a woman
with her head buried in her arms and flowing hair hiding her face.
Almost stylized in its simplicity, with the figure’s heavy curves
and very posture suggesting the weight of her grief, the work conveys,
ponderously, Catherine L. Perry’s sense of this condition. "The
Wrenching of Eve from Adam’s Rib" — winner of the poetic title
award for this show — portrays in a kind of stop-action way a
violent, decisive wresting of one being from another. A practicing
dentist for more than 20 years, Atelier apprentice LaRue W. Harding
has studied sculpture in this country and Italy for the last several
Harding, who has referred to the "metaphysical and spiritual
of life," as well as the natural elements, may have made his tall
"Walking Man" of found metal, finishing him mostly in bright
gilt tones. Quite small-headed, the walker has one "foot"
that resembles a gnarled tree root.
James Love’s "Coffee Table" would give pause
to frequent-furniture movers — not to mention the myriad
designers of home furnishings. Not your catalog-order coffee table,
his oval, marble-topped creation is bordered with twisted, gold-tone
bronze that forms legs and descends to atypical claw and ball feet.
A 13-year staff member of the Atelier now based in the wax chasing
area, Love has lately moved toward combining sculpture with function
in the art works he creates. His large corner wall sconce, seemingly
formed from daubs of antique silver-toned metal, with openings for
light to shine out, departs from the smooth-surfaced coffee table.
Claudia Moore understates. "The Gift" is more like about 50
Raku-fired porcelain bowls of varying sizes and hues, each filled
with porcelain remnants. White and bone-like, some of the fragments
are curled and little-finger sized; others resemble leaves or shaved
white chocolate. A few bowls hold what must be porcelain powder. All
are arranged on a low, slatted table the visitor can walk around.
Moore, a staffer in the Atelier’s ceramic shell department, also does
figure drawing, as evidenced in her "Fuel Spill," which hangs
Antlers, or horns, mark a couple of Carey Netherton’s pieces on
in the gallery. His abstract "Griot’s Charm" is topped by
one about a foot long, lashed to the rest of the piece with metal
"rope" atop a many-legged base of irregular metal twigs tied
with rusted wire. Turquoise-toned matter is visible inside the
which is ripped or broken on one side. A staff member in the wax
area, who works mainly with cast and assembled metal, Netherton is
also a printmaker, and his "Inner Surfaces" echoes his
Natalie Tyler’s "The Conversation," a small, very lifelike
sculpture, captures the tableau of a woman and man on opposite sides
of a bistro table that holds a cup and saucer. She gestures while
talking to her companion, who is dressed in a suit. Both are literally
on — if not over — the edges of their chairs in this intense,
even gravity-defying, tete-a-tete. Chris Rothermel, also an
apprentice, is represented by two figurative pieces —
in which a seated man gestures realistically, and "Standing
whose additive surface contributes to the strength the figure conveys.
Rothermel’s cast "Back Form," expressively renders that
of the body. "My surface treatment is left with a certain
that plays with and distorts the sense of light and balance,"
"Elephant Platter," a reference either to the piece’s
size, or to the possibility of its serving a pachyderm, is a huge,
birdbath-sized metal serving piece that should probably not be
picked up. Four bronze, elephant-like legs support the wavy-edged
sculpture, which is the work of Catherine L. Perry, now on the Atelier
staff as sculpture preparator for the works of J. Seward Johnson Jr.
Each hand in her bronze torso, "Loss of Heart" cradles a full
breast, one spilling over. Above it, there seems to be a scar, or
seam — possibly marking the site of a recent surgery.
"Together by Chance" — it’s a mix, yet an interesting
one. For seven representatives of the Johnson Atelier, each at a
career point, here is where they are right now in their creative
— Pat Summers
Together by Chance, Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue,
Mercerville, 609-890-7777. A group exhibition by staff and apprentices
of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, featuring
LaRue Harding, James Love, Claudia Moore, Carey Netherton, Catherine
Perry, Chris Rothermel, and Natalie Tyler. Gallery hours are Monday
to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the show that continues to August
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Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street,
"Art and the Female Form," a themed group exhibition of
sculpture, and works on paper by international artists. Women have
been a favored subject of artists for thousands of years, says guest
curator Megan Gorski, and this show illustrates the persistence of
this tradition in modern times. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To August 30.
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings,"
a major exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history,
jointly presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton.
This is the first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish
community, scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th
Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social
work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.
Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,
Dining room exhibit of watercolors by Princeton artist Elizabeth
president of the Garden State Watercolor Society and trustee of the
Montgomery Cultural Center. Titled "Sojourn," she painted
the series of works last year on a journey through France’s Provence
region. Part of proceeds benefit the Medical Center. Open daily from
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to September 14.
Medical Center, Merwick Unit, Bayard Lane, 609-497-4192.
Watercolors by Gloria Wiernik. A member of the Garden State Watercolor
Society, Wiernik studied at the Art Students League in New York, and
with artists Jacob Landau and Morton Kaish. Part of proceeds benefit
the Medical Center. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To September
Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie Center,
"Handmade Paper," a group show featuring Anita Benarde, Joan
B. Needham, Marie Sturken, and Margaret Kennard Johnson, and their
two and three-dimensional works on and of handmade paper. All four
artists have worked collaboratively at the Dieu Donne papermill in
New York. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani. Exhibition
is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through September 1.
Top Of PageIn the Workplace
Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206 and Province
Line Road, 609-252-6275. "Fragile Dependencies," a group
that takes a close look at delicate relationships in nature. Featured
artists are Joan Roth and Madelaine Shellaby of Princeton, Susan
of West Windsor, Simon Gaon, Lori Van Houten, Karon Moss, Michael
Zansky, and the late Rachel bas-Cohain. Gallery hours are Monday to
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To
ITXC Corporation, 600 College Road East, Princeton,
"Space, Time, and Travel," an international show curated by
the Williams Gallery featuring painting by Tanya Kohn of Mexico,
prints by Yoshikatsu Tamekane of Japan, and etchings by Joerg
of Australia. Www.wmgallery.com. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. To September 1.
Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New
732-524-3698. An exhibition of bold drawings in colored marker by
Echo McCallister that mirrors the artist’s intense and complex life
experiences as a person with autism. Having spent a great portion
of his life in mental institutions, McCallister has earned a national
reputation as an emerging "Outsider Artist." His work is in
the collection of the National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill.
Free by appointment through September 14. Also, "Accumulative
Strokes" by Tony Khawam, to August 24.
Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,
609-895-7307. "Shapes, Scenes, and Such," a display of artwork
by staff and family members of Stark & Stark. Also, a show of
by Trenton painter Marguerite Doernbach. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. To September 9.
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Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788.
by Barbara Bosworth," extended to September 3. Open Tuesday
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours every
at 2 p.m.
The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western
European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.
of Chinese, Pre-Columbian Mayan, and African art are considered among
the museum’s most impressive. Not housed in the museum but part of
the collection is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of
Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184.
"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections
of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main
gallery to November 5.
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Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.
"TAWA Two Thousand," the annual members show juried by Kristen
Accola, exhibition director of the Hunterdon Museum of Art, featuring
more than 50 works by 30 artists. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. To September 24.
Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.
"Together By Chance," a group exhibition by staff and
of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture featuring
LaRue Harding, James Love, Claudia Moore, Carey Netherton, Catherine
Perry, Chris Rothermel, and Natalie Tyler. Opening reception is
August 12, for the show that continues to August 31. Gallery hours
are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,
Summer Exhibition features, in the Museum and Domestic Arts Building,
"Washington Sculptors Group," a juried exhibition of 60 recent
sculptures. On the Grounds, "Dana Stewart," imaginative,
beasts in bronze from the New Jersey artist. New outdoors, sculptures
by Red Grooms, G. Frederick Morante, Kenneth Payne, and Larry Young.
To September 10.
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,
"Building a Collection: Fine Art at the New Jersey State
to August 20; "The Art of Jack Delano," July 29 to September
4. On extended view: "Of Rock and Fire;" "Washington
the Delaware;" "New Jersey and the Great Ice Age;"
Turnpike;" "A Convocation of Eagles;" and "Amber:
the Legendary Resin." Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,
Group show of painting, sculpture, and photography by area artists
including Marge Miccio, Eric Fowler, Thom Reaves, Tom Chiola,
Doernbach, Joseph Menna, and Erica Stanga. Gallery hours are Wednesday
to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
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The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,
On display and available for purchase, six works in ceramics by the
late James Colavita. Show features his "Portrait of Susan,"
a tribute in ceramics to the artist’s wife. Gallery hours are Thursday
through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,
"Reflections," a show of watercolors by Gail Bracegirdle and
students who include Kathy Siegfried, Stephanie Lin, Nancy Myers,
William McCarroll, Patrice Sprovieri, Anne S. Williams, and others.
Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. To August 19.
McDowell’s Restaurant, 146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road,
609-896-1611. Maxwell Nimeck, a retired microbiologist and avid
shows oil paintings on floral and landscape themes. To August 29.
Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road,
609-921-3272. "Summer Madness," works by members of the
Artists Group. All work will be for sale, with part of sales
the 1860 House. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3
p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Show runs to August 31.
Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.
Gallery owner Ruth Morpeth celebrates the opening of her new gallery
location with a group show, "Selected Works by Contemporary
Featured artists include Robert Beck, Micheal Madigan, Paul Mordelsky,
Betty Curtiss, Tomi Urayama, and Ann Ridings. Also Philadelphia area
artists David Shevlino and Christine Lafunente. Gallery hours are
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Coryell Gallery at the Porkyard, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,
609-397-0804. The gallery celebrates its 20th annual Summer Exhibition
featuring gallery artists Augustine, Baumgartner, Bross, Ceglia,
Ermentrout, Farnham, Lennox, Chesar, Miller, Rinninger, Ross, Sakson,
Scott, Silvia, Van Hook, Von Betzen, Dellenbaugh, Douris, Tsubota,
and Watts. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Show runs to September 30.
Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,
Photographs by New Jersey multi-media artist Victor Macarol whose
work has been shown at the New Jersey State Museum, Galerie Fink in
Paris, and Galerie Mesmer in Basel, Switzerland. Open Wednesday to
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 21.
In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,
Seven-year retrospective of the Dutch-based Droog Design company,
edited by DMD for area interiors. Show remains on view, Thursdays
through Monday, noon to 5 p.m., to August 16.
Morning Star Gallery, 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,
Images from Robert Drapala’s new volume of photographs, "Portrait
of the Outer Banks," written by Torrey Kim. As a licensed pilot,
Drapala has spent two decades creating a portfolio of aerial and group
photographs of the region. Also on exhibit are his images of the
Valley including barns, churches, and landscapes. Gallery is open
Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To August
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American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New
732-846-5777. "Then and Now: Recent Museum Acquisitions of Art
and Folk Art." To September 17. Donation $5. Museum hours are
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, 33 Livingston Avenue,
New Brunswick, 732-932-2222, ext. 838. "The Paper Trail: Douglass
Howell and Four Pioneers in the Art of Handmade Paper," an
of works by contemporary artists working at the New York-based Dieu
Donne Papermill and at the Rutgers Ceter for Innovative Print and
Paper. Galleries are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 1 to
8 p.m. To August 12.
The show begins with the work of Howell (1906-94) who transformed
handmade paper into an art form. The four pioneers who followed his
lead are his students Laurence Barker and Golda Lewis, and Walter
Hamady and Clinton Hill. Together their works illustrate the
era of sculptural forms, pigmented pulps, embedded materials, and
Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North Branch
Station, 908-725-2110. The 26th annual Members’ Juried exhbition of
monotypes, woodcuts, etchings, photographs, mezzotints, and handmade
paper. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To August 26.
Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,
The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "New Artists, New Ideas,
New Season" show, featuring work by more than 100 artists in
outdoor installations. Featured artists include Sarah D’Alessandro,
Charles Welles, and Liz Whitney Quisgard. Gallery hours are Friday
to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
Top Of PageOther Museums
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,
215-340-9800. "John Goodyear: Thinking into Form, Works
a 50-year retrospective by the Lambertville-based conceptual artist,
curated by Henry Hose. Both painter and installation artist, Goodyear
taught at Rutgers from 1964 to 1997. The show highlights each period
of Goodyear’s career, and includes paintings, kinetic works, and
works from the "Heat Sculpture" series, "Death of
and "Earth Curve." To September 17.
Also an installation by Yardley sculptor Elizabeth Miller McCue
a life-size sculpture inspired by Monet’s famous "Haystacks"
series; to October 22. Also, "Sublime Servers: A Celebration of
Theatrical Possibilities at the Table," a cornucopia of expressive
ceramic sculpture and vessels by 30 artists, organized by the
Clayworks and curated by Gail M. Brown; to September 3.
Museum hours Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday &
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 adults; $1.50 students; children free. Website:
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