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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
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
— Pat Summers
Center, 301 North Harrison Street, 609-683-4464; website: www.tenthousandvillages.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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."
Sculpture, drawings, and paintings by Hyung Jun Yum. Gallery hours
are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
609-397-5679. "Light Conversation," an exhibition of new work
by Robert Beck. By appointment to June 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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