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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the May 29, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Art In Town

Oh, boy! First, I’ll look for something for the hallway

near the stairs: about two or three feet by four or five feet would

do it. Let’s see what might work there.

"Then there’s that open area in the living room — maybe a

round or square rug for a change.

"All I have to do is enter the type and rug size I’m after, then

look at the pictures and the prices. If I find one that looks right,

I’ll ask the store manager to get it in for me. Then who knows, when

I stop in to see that one, I may see others I like even more.

"Definitely, this is the kind of Internet shopping I like. And

if I’d rather skip the Internet and just go see those gorgeous rugs

in person, I can do that too."

At Ten Thousand Villages in Princeton Shopping Center, a rug show

and sale, from June 6 to 15, will offer handwoven Orientals in a range

of sizes, styles, and prices. It will also give buyers the satisfaction

of knowing that in purchasing a rug they are buying a fair-trade item

— that is, one supported by consistent and fair wages, working

capital, and a market for artisans in 30 Third World countries who

would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed (U.S. 1, December 20,


During the rug event’s nine days (excluding Sunday), distinctive Oriental

rugs will dominate the store’s sales space, says Ingrid Heinrichs

Pauls. She is the ever-upbeat store manager who never fails to greet

new arrivals and offer coffee.

An introductory seminar on the show’s first night, Thursday, June

6, will include a demonstration of the ancient art of rug-creation,

from setting up the warp to tying the fringes; the presenter will

also show knotting techniques on a portable loom. The store will be

open for extended hours during the rug event.

A nonprofit program of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the

relief and development agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ

churches in North America, Ten Thousand Villages has worked with artisans

and farmers around the world since 1946. The Princeton store has been

open for nearly three years, and it is part of a North American network

of nearly 100 stores.

Currently very much in the news for less tranquil reasons than beautiful

rugs, Pakistan is the country of origin for all the Orientals sold

by Ten Thousand Villages. Some 600 families in about 100 villages

around Lahore, the country’s second largest city, are part of JAKCISS

Oriental Rugs, an artisan group that was founded in the late 1960s

by a Pakastani Baptist pastor. JAKCISS (not an acronym, but a composite

word intended to sound apolitical and business-like) has helped preserve

ancient textile skills and provide training and steady income for

the "fairly-paid adults" who produce the wide range of rugs

handled by Ten Thousand Villages.

Since both Muslims and Christians are involved in the rug making operations

of JAKCISS, an added advantage is the interaction made possible by

their working together. Because artisans’ wages go toward improved

food, housing, education and health care, those who purchase rugs

are investing not only in beauty and quality, but much more basically,

in people — many of them — and their financial stability in

an unstable environment.

All JAKCISS Orientals are made of wool, and the Persian style rugs

may include silk accents too. Both flat-woven, pileless rugs, such

as "kilims," and hand-knotted rugs — Persian, Bokhara

and tribal styles — will be available, and colors are produced

by both natural and synthetic dyes. Customers can check the website

and ask that specific rugs (identified by inventory number) be brought

to the Princeton store from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the site of a year-round

Ten Thousand Villages rug store. Custom orders are also possible.

An Oriental rug, which can take the most skilled weaver months to

complete, can be used on floors and walls alike, as well as on top

of existing carpet. Although the design names originally pointed to

the cities, villages, or nomadic tribe that specialized in a particular

weave or pattern, many patterns are now woven in cities and countries

other than their origin, so the names serve best to describe the style

— ranging from simple to complex, and able to fit in with virtually

any decor.

There’s one more reason to visit Ten Thousand Village’s rug show-sale:

the window sign says "Dogs and children of all ages welcome inside":

an offer Sparky, the family cocker spaniel, can’t refuse. Awhile ago,

because he was still sporting a leg cast from knee surgery, we took

him with us on a ride to suburban Philadelphia to look at Orientals.

The kind-hearted salesperson invited all three of us in to look at

the rugs together. Since then, we have attributed our satisfaction

with the new rug to the fact that Sparky was in on the decision —

a prelude to his now often being "in on the Oriental." If

you agree that rug selection is a family affair, take advantage of

Ten Thousand Village’s invitation.

And just as you didn’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s rye bread,

you don’t have to be Asian to love, covet, and buy an Oriental rug.

Unlike other art forms, this one doesn’t require you to talk the talk

— speak the specialists’ language. Without having to know the

meaning of "Kerman," or "Sarouk," or "Tabriz,"

you can just fall in love with an Oriental rug and take it home with

you. Then, for years to come, your eyes can feast and your bare feet

can luxuriate.

— Pat Summers

Rug Seminar, Ten Thousand Villages, Princeton Shopping

Center, 301 North Harrison Street, 609-683-4464; website:

Store hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Free. Thursday, June

6, 7 p.m.

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In the Galleries

CG Gallery Ltd, 10 Chambers Street, 609-683-1988. First

day for "From Fifth Avenue to Harlem," an exhibit of some

of the best known images of New York by photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967).

Educated as an attorney in Germany, he settled in New York in 1941,

where he worked as a freelance photographer until his death at age

58. Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To May 31.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton

and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition that looks

at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its

workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003. Free.

HomeFront, 43 Hulfish Street, 609-989-9417. The annual

show and sale of Shona stone sculpture of Zimbabwe to benefit area

homeless families. More than 600 works are on exhibit and available

for purchase at prices from $75 to $12,000. Civil unrest in Zimbabwe

makes future exhibits uncertain. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

weekdays; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To June 16.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192.

In the dining room, exhibit of paintings by Doris Keller Terris, a

member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor,

and American Artist Professional League. Part of proceeds benefit

the Medical Center. Show may be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To June 27.

Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100.

Monotypes and handmade paper collage by Priscilla Snow Algava. Her

work was exhibited in March at the So Hyun Gallery in New York. Artist’s

reception is Sunday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., for the show that

runs to July 2. Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays.

"My work is about layers of time and memory," says the artist,

"and my explorations are about communicating the grief and difficulties

of living a passionate life but always gleaning the kernel of joy,

of sunshine, of magic in the moment that is now."

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

"The SoHo Blues," Allan Tannenbaum’s show of images of Bruce

Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Keith Richards, as well as

his 1980 photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. To June 3.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-924-8665.

"A Festival of Caribbean Art" featuring works by Canute Caliste

of Carriacou and Haitian-born Etzer Desir. Caliste is a father of

23 and grand and great grandfather of over 200 who paints vividly

of his island home. Desir’s faux-primitive style depicts everyday

life in his native land. Gallery hours Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6

p.m. To June 16.

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Campus Arts

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

Van Dyck: `Ecce Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ.’" Also, "In

the Mirror of Christ’s Passion: Images from Princeton University Collections."

Both shows to June 9. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Also "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism,"

an exhibit of prints and drawings that comprises an overview of late

19th and early 20th century German art, to June 9. "American Drawings

and Watercolors," to July 21. "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit

Beasts in Tang Dynasty China;" to September 1.

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American Landscape."

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5


Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Natural Rhythms Stilled," an

exhibition of photographs by John Hess, a photographer and biology

professor at Central Missouri State University. Gallery hours are

Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To

June 28.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Annual exhibition of works by Rider students

in all mediums. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.;

Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To August 11. @head 14 = Art in the


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

609-252-6275. "Mind/Body," an invitational group exhibition

of works by artists who explore the subject of science and medical

technology using such tools as MRI, X-rays, and microscopic photography.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends

and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 23.

Exhibiting artists from New Jersey are Abbie Bagley-Young, Catherine

Bebout, Janet Filomeno, Eileen Foti, Frances Heinrich, Maria Lupo,

Tim Trelease, and Debra Weier. Also featured: Rick Bartow, Justine

Cooper, Irina Nalchova, Fredericka Foster Shapiro, Marina Guitierrez,

Jeanne Jaffe, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle.

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Art In Trenton

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, Trenton, 609-497-9288.

Princeton Photography Club exhibit of both color and black-and-white

photography including nature photography, double exposures, still

life, landscapes, and portraits. In the main lobby, to June 14.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

Ellarslie Open XX, the 20th annual Ellarslie juried exhibition, selected

by Anne Fabbri, founding director of the Noyes Museum and now director

of the Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University of the Arts.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. To June 16.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Tenth Anniversary Year Spring Exhibition features artists

who have had one-person shows at Grounds for Sculpture over the past

decade. In the Domestic Arts Building: Richard Wright, photography.

Regular park admission $4 to $10. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10

a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission

$4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday.

Annual memberships. Shows run to July 14.

Represented by one sculpture each, some created especially for the

anniversary show, are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bill Barrett, James Dinerstein,

Leonda Finke, Red Grooms, William King, Wendy Lehman, Robert Lobe,

Marisol, Jeffrey Maron, Robert Murray, John Newman, Beverly Pepper,

Andrzej Pitynski, Robert Ressler, Michael Steiner, Dana Stewart, Strong-Cuevas,

Jay Wholley, and Isaac Witkin.

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

609-292-6464. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You

Can See," an introduction to New Jersey’s natural features by

way of the historic waterway. Included are specimens of bears, bobcats,

salt marsh turtles, and ancient fossils; to November 3. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to

5 p.m.

Also: "Jacob Landau: A Memorial," a selection of 36 works

from the museum’s holdings, in honor of the New Jersey artist who

died last November; to June 30. "Art by African-Americans: A Selection

from the Collection" to August 18; "American Indians as Artists:

The Beginnings of the State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection,"

to September 15.

On extended view: "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological

Record"; "Delaware Indians of New Jersey"; "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals"; "Of Rock and Fire";

"Neptune’s Architects"; "The Modernists"; "New

Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron."

Area Galleries

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

Sculpture, drawings, and paintings by Hyung Jun Yum. Gallery hours

are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 30.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.

Solo exhibition of Sandra Nusblatt’s watercolors, "From Hopewell

to the Jersey Shore." Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To June 28.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. "Ed X 3," an exhibit by painters Ed Baumlin,

Ed Bronstein, and Ed Letven. Open Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. to

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

To June 10.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Words & Pictures of the Vietnam War,"

a prizewinning exhibition of photographs by the late Steven H. Warner,

a Montgomery resident killed in Vietnam in 1971. Produced by Gettysburg

College and the Pennsylvania Humanities group, the exibit appeared

at the Smithsonian Institute in 1995. In the Upstairs Gallery: Hetty

Baiz, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media. Both shows to May 31.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.

Rachel Bliss, "Portraits," figurative works that come from

her life experiences living for the past 15 years in an urban community

in North Philadelphia. Gallery talk is Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To June 8.

Washington Township Arts Council, Washington Township

Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502.

Fourth annual art exhibit selected by Terri McNichol, artist and teacher

at Mercer County Community College. To June 21.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "2002 Boxes," an exhibition of assemblages by

Ann Thomas. Works that begin with ephemera, become small narratives

that made a dramatic impact. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday,

1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 to

5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To June 29.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588.

"Blood, Sweat and Roadkill," a shared show featuring collages

by Stacie Speer Scott and copper and bronze sculpture by Bernard Mangiaracina.

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

To June 2.

Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. Group show by Jill Biros, John Boyd, Sheila Coutin,

Catherine DeChico, Marianne Ham, Donald Henderson, Don Jordon, Carol

Magnatta, Jeane Nielsen, and Bill Smith. Gallery is open Thursday

to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To June 2.

Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4590. Solo exhibition of silver prints by multi-media artist

Victor Macarol. "My images are gently humorous, often ambiguous,

vignettes on the foibles of humans and other living creatures who

are desperately fighting for survival in an impersonal world,"

says Macarol. The artist is recipient of a New Jersey State Council

on the Arts distinguished artist award. To June 15.

Lee Harper Gallery, 12 West Mechanics Street, New Hope,

215-862-5300. "Figure and Ground: Work by Jonathan Hertzel,"

a show of works on paper and figurative sculpture. Gallery is open

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

and by appointment. To June 29.

Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibition, River Road, New

Hope, 215-396-7040. 10th annual show, juried by Sandra Davis, Jeff

Hurwitz, and Laurence Miller, features 130 images selected from a

field of 700. Open 1 to 5 p.m. daily. $3. To June 2.

Robert Beck Painting Studio, 21 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-5679. "Light Conversation," an exhibition of new work

by Robert Beck. By appointment to June 2.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"

an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring

works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom emigrated to the U.S.

between 1920 and 1957. Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and

Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor Sugor, Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor

Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and Vicent Korda; to April, 2003. Also,

original art and text from the book "Light From the Yellow Star,

A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust" by Robert O. Fisch. To June

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

1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.

Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-4177. "Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra

Cotta Industry," an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral

histories of New Jersey’s once booming architectural ceramics industry.

Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

On view to May 30, 2003.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. Annual National Juried Print Exhibition selected by

Eileen Foti of Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Also

on exhibit, "Eileen Foti: Images of Extinction." Both shows

to June 23. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Bucks County Invitational V," the annual show

of contemporary works features Vincent Ceglia and Lisa Manheim, paintings;

sculpture by Karl Karhuma; and the photography of Claus Mroczynski;

to July 7. Outdoors, a group of minimalist sculptures by Maria A.

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

& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m. $6.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "India: Contemporary Art From Northeastern

Private Collections," the largest exhibition of its kind to be

held in an American museum. Show features more than 100 works from

20 collections, with an emphasis on the post-independence era, 1947

to the present. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3 adults;

under 18 free; museum is open free to the public on the first Sunday

of every month. To July 31.

Indian artists include members of the Progressive Artists Group, F.N.

Souza, M.F. Husain, Krishna Ara, and Syed Raza. Also first and second-generation

Indian modernists Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Ganesh Pyne, and artists

who have emerged in recent years such as Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat.

Also "In Context: Patterns in Contemporary Printmaking." "The

Baltics: Nonconformist and Modernist Art During the Soviet Era,"

the first major survey of modernist art produced in Estonia, Latvia,

and Lithuania during the post-Soviet period. "Efim Ladyzhensky."

"By All Means: Materials and Mood in Picture Book Illustrations."

All to July 31.

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