Artist Tom George’s first real foray into drawing was when he served in the United States Navy in World War II, after graduating from Dartmouth in 1940. He drew terrain maps used in coastal invasions. After the war he studied art in Paris and Florence on the G.I. Bill.
A longtime Princeton resident, George has given the Princeton University Art Museum 37 works spanning a 50-year period. To celebrate the gift, which adds significantly to other works by George already acquired by the museum, the museum presents the exhibition, "Thomas George: A Retrospective," on view from June 25 through September 11. On Saturday, September 10, Susan M. Taylor, museum director, will lead an informal discussion with the artist in the exhibition gallery.
The collection covers a wide range of media and techniques, according to Laura Giles, curator of prints and drawings at the museum, who organized the exhibition. She says the works "emphasize both change and continuity in George’s artistic development, and the integral role played by nature in his pursuit of a uniquely abstract language." George’s great interest has been landscape – mountains, sea, sky, trees, and gardens. He studied traditional brush painting in Japan in the mid 1950s, evident in his calligraphic views of the dramatic mountainous landscape of the Lofoten Islands, Norway and of the limestone peaks of Guilin, China. Beginning in the late 1950s he had a series of one-man exhibitions at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City, where his abstract oil paitnings reflect what George has described as "my goal to create a ‘new reality’ from what I see and feel."
In Princeton he has been especially inspired by the pond at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he has made over 100 pastels between 1984 and 1996. Two of these pastels are in the exhibition, which also features the recent "Landscape," on loan from the artist. Executed in ink and wash, this work belongs to an experimental series of largely abstract images that, according to George, "is an assurance that life is worth living as long as there is still adventure."
Thomas George: A Retrospective," June 25 through September 11, Princeton University Art Museum. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays. 609-258-3877 or www.princetonartmuseum.org.
Also, the museum’s 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. "Recarving China’s Past: The Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the Wu Family Shrines," a collection of pictorial wall carvings that have been recognized as apart of mid-second century funerary structures. Through June 26.
Abud Family Foundation for the Arts, 3100 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Third Floor, Lawrenceville, 609-896-0732. An exhibition of paintings, "Misterios," by Mexican artist Sigrid Lind. On view through June 26. Gallery open Wednesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and by private appointment.
Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. "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.
Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Shared show "Borrowed Light" by John B. Blackford and "Patterns & Textures" by Frank Magalhaes. On view through July 10. Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-606-9001. 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.
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Princeton Recollects" exhibition was organized to celebrate the accomplishments of the Princeton History Project. In the 1970s and 80s, the project was dedicated to collecting and preserving memories, and publishing "The Princeton Recollector," a monthly magazine. The exhibition includes original letters, documents, and artifacts. Free. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Hopewell Frame Shop Gallery, 24 West Broad Street, 609-466-0817. "Goin’ Down the Shore," a watercolor exhibit by Elaine Hahn. A native of Missouri, she is a signature member of National Watercolor Society and her works can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide. On view through July 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Principessa Ristorante, Route 27, Kingston Mall, 609-921-3043. "La Dolce Vita, " a collection of original photographs from Italia by Ed Tseng. The exhibition remains on permanent display. Restaurant hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330. Solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints by Georges Mazilu. On view through June 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. "Spring Exhibition," a shared showing featuring paintings by Kyle Stevenson, Kirby Fredendall, and Virginia Jacobs. On view through June 30. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nicholas F. Rizzo Fine Arts, 8 South Tulane Street, Princeton, 609-430-0040. First exhibit for new gallery features still life oil paintings by New Jersey artist Doris Boutilier. On view through June 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. "Unguarded Moment," a photography exhibit by Princeton resident Lionel Goodman. Capturing people at unguarded moments, the exhibit features 20 of his favorites. A professor emeritus of physical chemistry at Rutgers University, his interest in photography began with his first digital camera three years ago. On view through July 2. Open Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-1014. Exhibition of paintings and pastels by Princeton artist Mary Bundy. The work includes landscapes of the southwest, inspired by two trips to Santa Fe, and the south of France. Also in this show are several portraits of prominent Princetonians done in sepia pastel pencil. Among them is a portrait of the late George Kennan, which was widely used by Princeton University in their promotion of the Centennial Exhibition last year. Bundy has exhibited in numerous juried and group shows and has had several solo shows here and in Philadelphia. The show is on view through June. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. "Vintage!," an exhibit by Allentown artist Lynn Sulpy, featuring fashion-inspired paintings. On view to June 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Songbird Studio, 538 Brunswick Pike (Route 518, outside Lambertville), 609-397-5797. Alisha Hastings-Kimball’s new studio to show and sell her ceramic works. Her works include pieces from earthenware, stoneware, and raku clays. The exhibit includes unique works including pea pod platters and corset wall hangings.
Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. "Color Me Alive," and exhibit of Catherine DeChico’s colorful paintings and black and white photographs. Her acrylic painting, "Albert Einstein" is also on view. On view through August 14.
Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place, 609-497-7990. Paul Bonelli’s visual adaptation of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes features a series of hand-colored woodcuts. On view through July 16. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Art in the Workplace
Gallery in Conant Hall (Lounge B), Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, 732-558-6114. Exhibit of original works on paper by artist Shaun Daley of Hillsborough. The colorful images, rendered in mixed media, depict a symbolic iconography that makes reference to meaningful experiences in Daley’s life, and offers glimpses at the artist’s innermost emotions and thoughts. All pieces are untitled. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; all other times by appointment.
University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192. Exhibit of watercolor paintings by Ellen Faber. On view to July 20. A portion of the proceeds from the show benefit the establishment of a new community Breast Health Center. Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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. The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus, veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson, now executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery in Lawenceville.
Also, "Canvassing the Coast: Contemporary Paintings Inspired by the New Jersey Shore." Each of the nine regional artists offers a personal interpretation of today’s coastal region through the choice of medium and style of expression. Through July 18. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.
Capital Health System, 446 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, 856-596-7747. 36th annual Garden State Watercolor Society members’ exhibition to promote watercolor painting. Through June 24. Gallery hours are Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Johnson & Johnson, Administration Building Atrium, Grandview Road, Skillman, 732-524-6957. Abstract and landscape paintings of New Jersey artist Antonia Germanos. On view through August 5. Appointments required to see the exhibition.
Art by the River
Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. "Sensory Impressions" a shared exhibit of collage by Stacie Speer Scott and paintings by Alan Flesher. On view through July 3. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Atrio Restaurant, 515 Bridge Street, Stockton, 609-397-0042. Exhibit features the works of Will Hubscher of Stewartsville featuring black and white monoprints. Curated by Riverbank Arts. Through July 31. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
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, 2006.
Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. "The River Poets Art Exhibit" to benefit Friends of the Lambertville Library. Works by Bill Donlen, Elaine Restifo, Robert Muller, and Judith Lawrence. On view through July 14. Gallery open Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. ; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phillips Mill, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. "Major Bucks County," an exhibition in conjunction with the diamond jubilee celebration features the work of 90 artists with paintings and sculpture chosen from the Impressionist artists of the artist colony. Through July 17.
Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. "Transformations," recent work by Anne Cooper Dobbins featuring faces, figures, and flowers. On view through July 3. Gallery open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Art In Trenton
Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. Ellarslie Open XXIII on view through June 19. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-393-8998. Summer Group Exhibit on view through August 5. Norma Greenwood’s exhibit, "Painting the Light" features two portraits, Moki and Enlightened Being En Lighted. On view through August 5. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.