In the Galleries

Art in Town

Art In Trenton

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To the North

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This article by Sam Hunter was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on November 10, 1999. All rights reserved.

Abstract Meets Figurative — Mazilu & Hunter

An expatriate Romanian artist living in Paris and a

retired American art museum director living in Princeton come together

under the auspices of international art dealer Marsha Child in an

ambitious new catalog to promote the artist whose work is equally

popular with collectors in Europe and the United States.

At Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, artist Georges

Mazilu and art critic Sam Hunter are featured guests at a publication

party for the newly published monograph, "Mazilu: Works from 1996

to 1999," that features a thoughtful, wide-ranging essay by Sam

Hunter and color reproductions of 36 recent works by Mazilu. The celebration

and booksigning takes place on Thursday, November 11, from 5 to 8:30

p.m. Mazilu’s work is also featured in "A Moment in Time,"

the gallery’s current international group exhibition that continues

to December 5.

Hunter is professor emeritus of the history of art at Princeton University

and former director of the Jewish Museum in New York City. During

his tenure at the Jewish Museum, he achieved international recognition

for his groundbreaking exhibitions in contemporary art. The author

of numerous essays, and reviews, Hunter’s books include "Modern

French Painting," "American Art of the 20th Century,"

and "An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940."

His artist monographs include studies on Picasso, Hans Hofmann, Larry

Rivers, Tom Wesselman, and Francis Bacon.

Hunter’s new 10-page essay on Georges Mazilu was developed from his

interest in the artist’s work over a period of years, and during a

May meeting and interview with Mazilu at the invitation of Marsha

Child. Following are excerpts from Sam Hunter’s essay:

Georges Mazilu likes to describe his artistic process

in existential terms. Without elaborate preliminaries he begins working

directly on a blank drawing pad or canvas, a tabula rasa that

allows his imagination free rein, before arriving at his surreal and

gnome-like creatures and their mysteriously compelling rituals. In

this unconscious, improvisational phase Mazilu sets down abstract

or fantastic shapes freely. The purely imaginary shapes are then joined

with figures and images taken from the real world, the face of a friend

or a stranger on a bus. "It’s like trying to weave a graphic shape

to a biological feeling of movement, a dance or something like that,"

he says. "Little by little they evolve into some figurative form."

In this creative amalgam that readily combines abstract and figurative

elements, the art of the past has played a significant role. Mazilu

has absorbed a variety of artistic influences since he left his country

of origin, Romania, and took up residence in Paris in 1982: the historical

monuments and museum icons of Paris, now his permanent home, Carpathian

folklore, lingering on from childhood memory, and the strong formative

influences of Bruegel, Bosch, Velazquez and Goya, among others, whose

presence can be inferred from many of the magical figures that make

their brief, enigmatic appearances on his pictorial stage.

Mazilu’s unfashionable curiosity about the Old Masters in the 1980s,

as his confidence grew and his art matured in Paris, was also channeled

by an interest in myth and in a homely narrative as a way of ordering

experience. Given the unavoidable tensions of modernity, these complex

sources and personal interests led him to invent new forms and new

realities. The consequences were startling and entirely unforeseen:

a powerfully original and disturbing mix of animalistic and human

imagery, with their conflicted anatomies and odd mechanical attachments.

Equally extraordinary was the fact that these ambivalent figures flirt

with the grotesque yet manage to arouse our sympathies with their

human pathos.

His paradoxical creatures are almost invariably mutilated and only

partially humanized, as if they had survived some genetic disaster.

Essentially, they are engaged in theatrical morality tales, represented

obliquely by a pantomime of delicate, attenuated gestures and body

language that seems to arise from repressed memories of some extreme,

transforming experience. His enchanted visual dramas almost perversely

defy the laws of nature and all reasonable expectations. They are

peopled with marginally human creatures that seem simultaneously familiar

and entirely novel, both sympathetic and in some ways repugnant in

their disfigured anatomies. They shock and then appease us, yet unquestionably

delight the eye with their delicate and skillful handling, and tonal

refinement. His dramatic scenarios of action and non-action are couched

in a rather terse language of realism, and generate almost inexhaustible

variations of structural arrangements on canvas. Mazilu’s paintings

thereby bridge, with power and vivacity, purely formal concerns and

the exigent demands of an intense world of fantasy that flirts with,

and yet defies, representational reality.

— Sam Hunter

Georges Mazilu and Sam Hunter, Marsha Child Contemporary,

220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330. Publication party for the new

Georges Mazilu monograph with introduction by Sam Hunter. Free. Tuesday

to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 5 to 8:30

p.m.

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In the Galleries

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Art in Town

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-921-7206.

"Children’s Illustrators," a show featuring several national

children’s reading events, original illustrations, and prints by seven

children’s book illustrators. Artists represented are Dyanne Di Salvo

Ryan, Caldecott Medalist John Shoenherr, Thomas Sperling, Karel Hayes,

Ponder Goembel, Charles Santore, and Michael Dooling. To November 11.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street,

609-497-7330. "A Moment in Time," an international group exhibition of

new works by gallery artists includes Georges Mazilu. To December 5.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DeLann Gallery, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center,

Plainsboro, 609-799-6706. Group show featuring Inga Shteinberg, David

Thurlow, Maina Kalinovsky, Apo Torosyan, and Sydney Neuwirth. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to

7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Firebird Gallery, 15 Witherspoon, 609-688-0775. Original

watercolors by the Russian-born illustrator Gennady Spirin from his

new picture book, "Jack and the Beanstalk," re-told by Princeton

author Ann Beneduce. To November 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

Medical Center at Princeton, Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192. Pastels art show by Kathy Shumway-Tunney, to November

18. In the Merwick Unit Library, landscapes and house portraits by

Betty Hirschmann, to December 9. Part of proceeds benefit the medical

center. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Main Street Gallery, Montgomery Center, Route 206,

609-683-8092. Showing works by area artists Patrice Sprovieri, Wayne

Mathisen, Annelies van Dommelen, and Susan Setteducato. Also

exhibiting Hsu Dan, Tom Chesar, Larry Chestnut, Calvin Hart, Clem

Fiori, Leslie Neumeyer, Leyla Spencer, Janet Landau, Jacob Landau,

Ellyn Gerberding, and Marge Levine. Also posters and limited edition

etchings, lithographs, and serigraphs. Hours are Monday through

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, The Great

Road, 609-924-6700. Lore Lindenfeld’s, "A Journey in Fiber Art: Design

at Black Mountain College and Beyond." A small retrospective that

spans four phases of the fiber artist’s career: from design

and color studies for courses taught by Josef and Anni Albers at Black

Mountain College to Lindenfeld’s work in the fashion industry. More

recent works include woven wall pieces and multimedia fiber

compositions. To November 19.

Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377.

"In Ascension," a show of recent paintings by Kevin Patrick Kelly, to

December 5.

"Art is the work of human hands. It shows us what we see and do not

see as well as what we dream," says Kelly. "Art reveals what is

hidden, sheds light on what can be overlooked or taken for granted."

Stuart Country Day School, Norbert Considine Gallery, 1200

Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Mysteries," an exhibition of sculpture by

Peter E. Smith tracing his artistic odyssey through the Mediterranean

world. As part of the gallery theme of the millennium, Smith’s

sculptures in marble, limestone, wood, gold, and terra cotta evoke the

distant past. To November 12.

The Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.

Thomas George, a recent series of abstactions in oil and watercolor.

Show runs to November 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11

a.m. to 5 p.m. Website at http://www.wmgallery.com.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632. "Partners," an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by

Chrisa Craig and Charles Kumnick, partners and members of the College

of New Jersey art faculty. In the upstairs galleries, a juried show,

"The Best of Mercer County High Schools." Both shows continue to

January 2. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3

p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

"As partners, we enjoy sharing many things," write artists Craig and

Kumnick, "a barn building that houses each of our studios, a

comfortable if slightly eccentric living space, a love of animals, of

food, teaching art, and each other."

Dana Stewart & Jacqueline ter Kuile, Extension

Gallery , 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-890-7777. Opening

reception for "Recent Work," an exhibition of sculpture and jewelry by

Dana Stewart and jewelry objects in gold, silver, and precious gems by

Jacqueline ter Kuile. Show runs to December 9. Gallery hours are

Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts

Building, "Beverly Pepper," one-artist show. On the mezzanine, a

thematic photography show, "Focus on Sculpture." Shows continue to

April 16, 2000. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m.

New additions to the 22-acre landscaped sculpture park include works

by Michele Oka Doner, David Hostetler, J. Seward Johnson Jr.,

Francisco Leiro, John Martini, and Joseph Menna. The park is on the

former state fairgrounds site, with indoor exhibitions in the

glass-walled, 10,000 square foot museum, and the newly-renovated

Domestic Arts Building.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "New Jersey, A Sense of Place," the 30th anniversary

Garden State Watercolor Society show, juried by Leah Sloshberg,

director of New Jersey State Museum, and Margaret O’Reilly, assistant

curator of fine arts. The Dagmar Trebble Memorial Award goes to

Elizabeth Lombardi for her painting, "Cecelia: Telling the Story." To

January 2. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also, "The Modernists," an exhibition of gems from the permanent

collection by Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Harley, Georgia

O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Helen Torr, and others, to January 23.

"The Regionalists and Precisionists," with works by Thomas Hart

Benton, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Francis Picabia, and George

Ault, to January 30.

On extended view: "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through New Jersey’s

Piedmont"; "Amber: The Legendary Resin"; "The Moon: Fact & Fiction."

Urban Word Cafe, 449 South Broad Street, Trenton,

609-989-7777. Alan Taback’s "Dance Rhythms," a series of paintings

based on music and dance. The Trenton-based artist has been painting

and exhibiting for the past 20 years. Writes Vivian Raynor of the New

York Times, "Taback’s paintings have a great deal of integrity."

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Art On Campus

Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. "Edward

Lear’s Greece," an exhibition of watercolors, sketchings, and letters

from the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies

in Athens, Greece. Also "The Trappings of Gentility: 19th-Century

British Art at Princeton." Both shows to January 2. "What Photographs

Look Like," to November 14. The museum is open Tuesday through

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the

collection are every Saturday at 2 p.m.

The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western

European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.

Collections 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 20th-century outdoor sculpture, with works by such

modern masters as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and

George Segal located throughout the campus.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery,

609-497-7990. Philadelphia sculptor Nena Bryans, an inaugural show in

the remodeled art gallery at the Erdman Hall Conference Center. Titled

"Giving Shape to Faith," her exhibit of 14 works continues to December

6. Exhibit hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.,

Saturdays to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 2 to 9:30 p.m.

Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5588.

"Louis Finkelstein, Paintings 1971 to 1999," a retrospective show by

the veteran artist and art educator. To December 12. Gallery hours are

Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Born in New York in 1923, Finkelstein studied at Cooper Union, the Art

Students’ League, and Brooklyn Museum Art School. An instructor at

Yale University, Philadelphia School of Art, and Queens College, he

has also had his writings published in Artforum, Art News, and the

Magazine of Art.

"My involvement in painting is in the exploration of painting

language, not simply in making products," says Finkelstein. "I think

the whole question of what painting is and can be is a very open one,

and more than anything else, that’s what I would like the viewer to

get."

Art Faculty Biennial, Bucks County College, 434

Swamp Road, Newtown, 215-968-8432. A group show featuring the works of

26 faculty artists. Media include painting, drawing, photography,

sculpture, glass, wood, and electronic imaging. To December 14.

Gallery is open Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

The Peddie School, Mariboe Gallery, 609-490-7550. Faculty

show featuring Tim Trelease and his Weird Mole series; Deirdre McGrail

and her film "Rabbitman"; mixed-media works by Catherine Robohm

Watkins; and paintings by gallery curator Ken Weathersby. Show runs to

December 3. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Art in the Workplace

Theater of the Night: Film & Dreams, 1900 to 2000,

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. An exhibition marking the centenary of the publication

of Freud’s "The Interpretation of Dreams," featuring stills from dream

sequences in 20th-century films and an hour-long video of the film

clips. The show links the 1899 Freud publication with another key

event of the 1890s, the invention of movies. To December 12.

Throughout the 20th century, filmmakers have claimed that their medium

is best able to present the symbolic distortions and displacements of

time and place that characterize dreams. Viewed in darkness, both film

and dreams appear in the "theater of the night." Highlighted films

include Buster Keaton’s "Sherlock Jr.," Bunel’s "Un Chien Andalou,"

and Hitchcock’s "Spellbound." Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9

a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday to 7 p.m.; weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue

Avenue, Trenton, 609-394-4095. Physicians’ exhibition features works

by CHS physicians Anthony Chiurco, Joseph Eberhart, Leon Fraser, Jay

Goodkind, Robert Gould, Alfred Monkowski, Horace Shaffer, Iradj

Sharim, Richard Siderits, Joseph Wood, and Lee Yazujian. Lobby gallery

is always open. To November 12.

Educational Testing Service, Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Conant Gallery Lounge B: Gary Peterson and Roger

LaPelle, oil paintings, to November 19. In the Brodsky Gallery of the

Chauncey Conference Center, charcoal drawings by Alexandra Sax, to

November 29. Exhibits are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New

Brunswick, 732-524-3698. "Work from the Art Centre of New Jersey," a

group show of oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics, to November 30.

In the New Jersey Artist Series, "Post-Industrial Paintings" by Tim

Gaydos depicting abandoned factories and other once-vibrant symbols of

human endeavor. To December 14. Free by appointment.

Summit Bancorp Gallery, 301 Carnegie Center at Route 1,

609-987-3200. "The American Indian Artists’ Exhibition," a group show

that continues to November 29. Exhibition is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6

p.m. Free.

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To the North

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset

Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Hungarian Spark in America,"

an exhibit highlighting Hungarian contributions to the arts, sciences,

humanities, commerce, religious and civic life in America. To January

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

to 4 p.m. $3 donation. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $3 donation.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "A Sense of Wonder: African Art from the

Faletti Family Collection." Show features 80 works, dating from the

15th to early 20th century, presenting an overview of the variety of

style and sensibility in African art. To November 24. Museum hours are

Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m.

Also on exhibit: "Sources of Japonism: Japanese Woodblock Prints from

the David and Ruth Eisenberg Collection"; and "Let’s Go: On the Move

with Children’s Book Illustration." Both shows to November 24.

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Other Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 46 South Main Street, Allentown,

609-259-3234. "Cats," a group exhibition with works by artists

including Bill Giacalone, Hanneke DeNeve, Elizabeth Lombardi. Gallery

is open Tuesday through Sunday (call for hours) and by appointment. To

November 15.

Gallery at Doral Forrestal, 100 College Road East,

609-452-7800. "Fabrications," an exhibition of fabric art by Carol

Sara Schepps. To January 3.

A graduate of Pratt Institute, Schepps has been working with fabric

art since 1996. "With textiles and thread as my medium, I have merged

my love of fabric, color, and graphic design," says Schepps. "My

artwork examines the lights, reflection, and complex elements that

comprise otherwise common objects." Her subjects include "59 Caddy,"

which features the back end of the popular car, and "Circles."

Schepps’ work has been shown in Philadelphia, San Diego, and Houston,

as was featured in the recent book, "Visions: Quilt Expressions."

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,

609-298-3742. The gallery celebrates its fourth year and a new

exhibition season featuring 12 gallery co-op members presenting shows

that change monthly. Working with owner Eric Gibbons are curators and

artists Beverly Fredericks and Lana Bernard-Toniolio.

Other co-op members are Maura Carey, Sarah Bernotas, Richard

Gerster, Robert Sinkus, Mike Pacitti, Michael Bergman, Jane Lawrence,

Charlotte Jacks, Dorothy Amsden, Carmen Johnson, John Wilson, and Bob

Gherardi. Gallery hours are Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday to

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlands Gallery, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate

Drive, Jamesburg, 732-521-0070. "Favorite Things," an exhibition of

watercolors by Joanne Augustine and Barbara G. Watts, both of whom

work with subjects from nature. To January 4.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Iron and Ink," an exhibit and sale of

contemporary art from Africa by Kwela Crafts, to December 31. In the

Upstairs Gallery, "Impressions of Nature," new works in watercolor by

Elizabeth Roedell and Gloria Wiernik, to November 30. Public reception

for both shows is Sunday, November 14, noon to 3 p.m. Gallery hours

are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery, 18 North Main Street, Pennington,

609-737-9313. "American West," an exhibition of 36 new oil paintings

by Robert Beck chronicling his recent journey from Colorado to Canada,

and from the Western Range to the Rockies. To November 20. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, non to 3

p.m.

Beck, who lives in Lumberville, was recently recognized by the

Michener Museum in Doylestown where he was one of four contemporary

artists of the region featured in the "1999 Bucks County

Invitational."

Pennington Computer School, Straube Center, West Franklin

Avenue, Pennington, 609-730-0746. "Ten Styles," a multi-media art show

by the Art Group. Artists include Adams, Berkowsky, Betz, Stang Harr,

Kaplan, Kogan, Koppel, Mandelbaum, Post, and Wiernik. Reception is

Wednesday, November 17, for the show runs to December 15. Visitor

hours are Monday to Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road,

Somerville, 908-725-2110. "Viewing Contemporary Culture," a national

juried exhibition of prints and photographs. In the library gallery,

works by Philadelphia artist Kelli Costa. Both shows to November 30.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road,

Pennington, 609-737-7592. "Vanishing Landscape," an exhibit of oil

pastel and watercolor studies of the region’s fast-disappearing

natural landscape by Dorothy Bissell. To January 8.

A world traveler, Bissell has captured a variety of landscapes

around the globe, but continues to find inspiration in the landscape

closest to home. Her semi-abstract, sweeping renditions of the natural

world are widely shown and collected. She is represented by Jack

Koeppel of the Queenstown Gallery, Pennington.

West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, Princeton

Junction, 609-799-0462. In the Lobby gallery, an exhibition of recent

paintings by Zakia Aziz Sayed, one of Bangladesh’s best-known artists.

Show continues to November 30.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Molecular Art II: Acrylics on Canvas by Max Epstein." a

To November 13. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.;

Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588. A shared exhibition of representational riverscapes and

still life in oils by Leonard Restivo, and impressionist oils, or

"cerebral mosaics," by Don Jordan. To December 5. Gallery hours are

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

Bell’s Union Street Restaurant, 183 North Union,

Lambertville, 609-397-2226. "Painterly Impressions," an exhibition of

watercolors by Chinese-American artist Oliver Tang, inspired by recent

visits to Venice, Alaska, and the Jersey shore. To December 3.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804. Annual Fall Exhibition features paintings by Albert L.

Bross Jr., watercolors by Harriet Ermentrout, and pastels by Mike

Filipiak. To November 14. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11

a.m. to 5 p.m.

Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street,

Lambertville, 609-397-2300. Charles Fazzino, whimsical

three-dimensional paper constructions on subjects that include New

York, Philadelphia, sports, and the law. Through December 26. Gallery

hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Nagy Gallery, 20 South Main Street, New Hope,

215-862-8242. Figurative and landscape paintings in oil by Helen

Meyers and David J. Dincher. To December 30.

Old English Pine, 202 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4978. "Safety in Numbers," Malcolm Bray’s fifth annual

eclectic group show of innovative painting and sculpture that includes

works by Myles Cavanaugh, Annelies van Dommelen, Gareth Evans, Chad

Cortez Everett, Diane Levell, Virgil Sova, Alan Taback, Stacie

Speer-Scott, and Ron Wyffels. To December 31. Hung upstairs above the

antique furniture showroom, the show is open every day, 10 a.m. to 6

p.m.

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Other Museums

Burlington County Historical Society, 454 Lawrence Street,

Burlington, 609-386-4773. "Wildfowl Decoy Exhibit" by master

Burlington carver Jess Heisler (1891-1943), whose best work

ranks among the finest of the Delaware River school of carving, and

works by his friend and pupil John Marinkos (1915-1999). To January 9.

Hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Mercer Museum, Pine and Ashland Streets, Doylestown,

Pennsylvania, 215-345-0210. "Edward Hicks Country," a companion

to the Philadelphia Museum of Art comprehensive exhibit on Edward

Hicks, an exhibit on the professional and spiritual environment in

which the lifelong Bucks County artist worked. Three related displays

explore the 19th-century craft of ornamental painting, the Quaker

meetinghouse environment, and the iconography of William Penn and the

Society of Friends. $5 adult; $1.50 youth. Museum hours are Monday to

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

evening to 9 p.m.

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

Doylestown, 215-340-9800. Celebration of American Art features "An

Edward Hicks Sampler," featuring an 1837 version of "Peaceable

Kingdom" and "The Landing of Columbus." Also an exhibition, "Picturing

Washington: Icons and Images of America’s Founding Father." $5 adults;

$1.50 students; children free. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Intimate Vistas: The Poetic Landscapes of William Langson Lathrop," a

major retrospective of more than 50 works spanning a 50-year career,

from 1884 to 1939. Curated by Brian Peterson, it is one of the

Michener’s ambitious scholarly undertakings to date. To January 9.

For a 30-year period, from the late 1890s through the 1920s, Lathrop

was known as one of the nation’s premier landscape painters,

prominently association with the Tonalist movement. Essaying to convey

the many and varied moods of nature, the Tonalists often employed a

darker palette than their Impressionist colleagues, and painting in

their studios.

A native of Illinois and raised on a farm in Painesville, Ohio,

Lathrop studied in New York and in 1899 moved his family to Phillips

Mill near New Hope, providing the hub of the growing art colony that

became known as the New Hope School or the Pennsylvania

Impressionists. Henry Snell and Daniel Garber were among the painters

who relocated to Bucks County because of Lathrop.

Also "From Soup Cans to Nuts," an exhibition of prints by Andy Warhol,

on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The artist, who died in

1987, is best known for his flamboyant, multiple silkscreen prints

that explore icons of popular culture from the famous soup to Marilyn

Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. To November 21.


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