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This article by F.R. Rivera was prepared for the September 25, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Art Review: Morpeth Gallery

Ruth Morpeth has paired two artists — Kirby Fredendall,

a painter, and Donna M. McCullough, a sculptor — to stunning mutual


Morpeth takes the business of running a gallery as a no-nonsense enterprise.

There is no jewelry, pottery, or trinkets here, just persuasive art.

After four years in Pennington and two years in this bright, commodious

space on Hopewell’s Main Street, Morpeth appears thoughtful about

who she shows. The record indicates that she is not pressured by what

the conservative gallery public might want to see.

Fredendall was first seen at the Morpeth Gallery two years ago in

a group show, while McCullough had a solo exhibition in 1997.

The surfaces of Fredendall’s paintings are mysteriously expectant

like the surface of some primordial soup that is stirring with microorganisms.

She calls these works "Memory Portraits." They begin as an

oil stick drawing on canvas or tin. Her drawing technique has the

distinct feeling of automatic drawing on a Ouija board. There is a

sense of groping and foraging that precedes the actual figuration,

which evolves into a series of sweeping arcs.

The painted surfaces might be compared to a dry riverbed before a

flood. The wonderment is that when the flood comes, these arcs dodge

in and out of the roiling brew, leaving behind telltale tracks and

ripples. This artist’s painting is about layering and discovery. Fredendall

loves the pulse and spread of viscous layers of paint. She claims

that video ultrasounds of the human body influence her work.

In a series of large works on canvas entitled "Ancestors,"

these layers, for the most part, behave with an indifference to boundaries

as they spread like molten candle wax that swallows everything in

its wake. Only an occasional figuration survives, like a numeral 3

or a figure 8 or a broken ampersand.

In smaller works painted on tin — the average size is 10 inches

square — like those in the "Time in Repose" or "Time

Growing" series, shapes resurface like drowning sailors struggling

for survival in a sea of foamy color. The color rarely strays from

monochrome, but when it does, Fredendall produces wonderful chalky

oranges, brick reds, and creamy variations of lime, yellow, and salmon.

Her sensibility translates well to the oil-on-paper series: "Memory

Strands," "Division Series," and "Growing in Time


McCullough is another artist who works serially. In her "Drill

Team" series, six life-size, hollow sheet metal forms dressed

in colored cheerleader outfits are mounted on vertical metal shafts;

the three-part "Story Dress" series is paint-stripped natural

metal, except for one, "Red Hot Tomato." "Story Dress"

is installed in a solemn procession like so many abandoned somnambulists.

The six "Drill Team" members are brighter, enjoying their

second incarnation as containers for cheerleaders, their first having

been as containers for gasoline, circa 1945. McCullough says she acquired

these vintage cans on E-Bay. They have the inevitable pocks, dents,

and rust.

In her welding shop, she chops, channels, and fuses one American icon,

into another — the cheerleader — renaming the results: "Team

Unico," "Team Mobil," "Team Texaco," "Team

Esso," and "Team Shell." She shapes the logos and company

banners imprinted on the cans into bodices, which are cut, riveted,

and spot-welded to skirts, split into ribbons of galvanized steel.

The two pieces called "Team Shell," strut their brilliant

red and chrome yellow; while "Team Esso" is an all-American,

flag-waving red, white, and blue. There is a Homecoming Day cheeriness

about these colors, even though they merely embellish what would have

to be called "ready-to-wear armor."

Pushing the container metaphor further, these pieces have been emptied

of their tenants, the nubile, gymnastic bodies that once filled them.

We love them as nourishing artifacts of the past — like the old

wedding dress, belonging to a long-gone grandma.

The work is provocative in much the same way as the famous fur-lined

tea cup and saucer, titled "Object," by Meret Oppenheim, in

the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Like Oppenheim, who altered

the properties and utility of the cup, making the tea undrinkable,

McCullough has created unwearable garments.

The nostalgia evoked by McCullough’s sculpture marries beautifully

with the memory-based abstractions of Fredendall’s painting. The juxtaposition

of these two artists affords great pleasure to both the eye and the


— F.R. Rivera

Kirby Fredendall and Donna McCullough, Morpeth Gallery,

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

to Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, noon to 5. Through September 30.

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Art in Town

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, Great Road,

609-924-6700. Group show features painter Ken McIndoe, ceramist Connie

Bracci-McIndoe, and mixed-media artist Susan MacQueen. Gallery is

open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 4.

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. "Love

and Hope," an exhibit of contemporary painting and Chinese calligraphy

by Seow-Chu See. Artist’s reception is Tuesday, September 10, 5 to

7 p.m. Gallery open by appointment during school hours. To October


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 on the history

and creation of the canal, the life of death of its workers, and recent

environmental and preservation issues. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon

to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003.

Phil Kramer Photographers, 72 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-1600.

"Danny Sze at Ground Zero," an exhibit of photographs by Danny

Sze taken on September 11 and over the course of several months at

Ground Zero of the World Trade Center. $10 donation benefits the SGI

USA Soka University September 11 Scholarship Fund. Open Monday to

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October


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

Dining room show of original paintings by Livy Glaubitz. Fond of capturing

scenes and architecture in watercolor paintings and pen and ink drawings,

she was first place winner in the 2001 Garden State Watercolor juried

exhibition. Part of proceeds benefit the Medical Center. Show may

be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To November 13.

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

Mixed-media works by Beth Haber. Using mixed media and painted Japanese

papers, Haber explores cultural myths, legends, and quirks through

the ornamental imagery of nature. Her Biblical Bestiary Series plays

with folk associations and relations between Jewish tradition and

the natural world. 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. To October


SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

"Images of Cuba" featuring works by photogournalist Donna

Clovis. Also on display, photographs by Lauren Draper and paintings

and sculpture from Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, and Haiti. Gallery hours

Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. To October 5.

Clovis was invited to Cuba to exhibit her digital photography and

multimedia art in the Museum of Fine Arts in the Salon for Arte Digital

in Havana. Says Clovis, "because Cuba has interesting architecture

and culture that seems `paused’ in the 1950s, I wanted to photograph

and document everyday life in Cuba before it is changed by external

forces. Side by side with the tremendous need, I found beauty in the

spirit and happiness of the people. Despite the conditions, they were

elegant and enjoying life. A festive spirit operated on the island

day and night."

Area Galleries

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

Anniversary Group Show of photography by gallery members Jay Anderson,

Robert Borsuk, H. Gartlgruber, Jay Goodkind, Ed Greenblat, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac,

James Lattanzio, David Miller, and Ingeborg Snipes. Saturday and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To October 15.

Phillips Mill, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. Annual

Phillips Mill juried exhibition, a prominent showcase for art of the

region, with $10,000 in awards. Regular admission is $3 adult; $2

senior; $1 student. Show is open daily, 1 to 5 p.m., to October 27.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Shared Visions: Fourteen Women Artists after

Fourteen Years of Collaboration," a show by members of the group

Root Talk. Formed in 1988, Root Talk artists meet monthly to view

and critique work. Artists are Gilda Aronovic, Sally Davidson, Helen

Gallagher, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac, Margaret K. Johnson, Rosanne Kanter,

Leona Law, Marsha Levin-Rojer, Elizabeth Lombardi, Pat Martin, Lucy

Graves McVicker, Victoria Chu Moy, Barbara Oserman, and Barbara Watts;

to October 20.

In the Upstairs Gallery, "Painterly Approaches: Recent Works by

Patrice Sprovieri and Betty Reeves Klank," to September 29. Gallery

hours: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 4


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Campus Arts

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

the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to January 5. "Lewis

Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an exhibition of recently

acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz; to January 19. "Guardians

of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China," to September

29. "Photographs from the Peter C. Bunnell Collection," to

October 27. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1

to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, Robertson Hall, 609-258-1651. "After September 11,"

an exhibition that explores how the work of area artists has been

influenced by the events surrounding September 11, curated by Kate

Somers. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To December


College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, Ewing,

609-771-2198. Art faculty exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture,

ceramics, jewelry, computer graphics, fiber art, video, and animation.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday

7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. To October 4.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. "Myself, My Camera, My World," the culmination

of the Ennis Beley Project, a four-week photography program for homeless

or formerly homeless teens sponsored by Young Audiences of New Jersey

and HomeFront; to September 30. In the Marguerite and James Hutchins

Gallery, "Materials Into Matter" by La Thoriel Badenhausen;

to October 4. In the Hutchins Rotunda, "Building a Teaching Collection:

New Acquisitions in Photography;" to November 18. Gallery hours,

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and

Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Peddie School, Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown,

609-490-7550. Annual faculty exhibit with works by Tim Trelease, paintings

and photographs by Joan Krejcar Sharma, video and installation by

Michael Maxwell, and video by Kym Kulp. The gallery is open Monday

to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To October 11.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Celebration," paintings by Lee

Rumsey inspired by music, dance, and photography. Gallery hours are

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

October 11.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Balance," a shared

show of recent works by John Franklin and Sarah Stengle. Gallery talk

is Wednesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to

9 p.m. To October 3.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "The National Association

of Women Artists Collection at Rutgers," to December 8. "Identity

and Resistance: Abstract Painting from the Dodge Collection,"

to November 17. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3

p.m. $3 adults; under 18 free.

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Art by the River

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

"Un-Still Lives," a shared show of recent works by Lisa Mahan

and Annelies van Dommelen. The title, a play on the traditional still-life

genre, refers to the disquiet of these times of our lives. Friday,

Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To October 6.

Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. "Germany Collage I," photographic collage by

Laura McClanahan. Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To September


Parachute Modern Art Gallery, 10 South Pennsylvania Avenue,

Suite 208, Morrisville, 215-295-8444. "Artists 4," prints,

drawings, and sculptures by Bucks County artists Diane Wilkin, Bill

Shamlian, David Kime, and William Double. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. To October 19.

Premier Fine Art Gallery, 200 Union Square Drive, New

Hope, 215-862-2112. "The Early Paintings" by Gordon Haas,

40 paintings with subjects ranging from harness racing and wildlife

to landscape and city scenes.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-1110.

"Gods and Guerrillas," new paintings by Ron English, Lisa

Petrucci, and Dalek. Thursday through Monday, noon to 7 p.m. To September


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

Tom Kelly, Jack Knight, and Isabella Natale, an introspective and

humorous show. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m.

To November 10.

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

Sculpture by Larry Steele. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 3.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616.

Summer Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts Buildings: Tri-State

Sculptors’ Guild, recent work by 35 artists of North Carolina, South

Carolina, and Virginia. New additions outdoors by Walter Dusenbery,

John Henry, Hartmut Stielow, Rhea Zinman, and others. Regular park

admission $4 to $10. To September 29.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday

is Members Day. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7

Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Individual memberships start

at $55.

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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,"

recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian

Americans who 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 Vincent

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

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Show runs to April, 2003.

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.

"Fifty Years: The History of the Hunterdon Museum of Art."

Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November

17. @LT = Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," the seminal

1930s collaboration by writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans.

Show features 76 Evans photographs, prose from Agee, along with letters

and notebooks documenting their process. Admission $10 adult; $7 students.

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

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m. To October 13.

"Earth, River, and Light," an exhibition of important and

rarely exhibited Pennylvania Impressionist works drawn from the private

holdings of regional collectors. The touring show originates at the

Michener and is accompanied by a definitive study of Pennslyvania

Impressionism by Brian Peterson. To December 29. $6 adult; $3 child.

Also "Michael A. Smith: Landscapes," an exhibition of 13 works

from the recent acquisition of 40 prints by the self-taught Bucks

County photographer, to October 6. Five large-scale granite and marble

sculptures by Harry Gordon are on display in the Outdoor Sculpture

Gardens, to October 27.

The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, 800-768-7386.

"Homer’s Odyssey," a group exhibit by the Princeton Artists

Alliance, on view in the Community Gallery. The exhibition of mixed-media

works was developed by 25 artist members of PAA to reflect on Homer’s

epic poem. Museum open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To

October 27.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and Route

1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing Face

of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey barns

and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape photographer

Louise Rosskam. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464.

"Searching: New Jersey Photographers and September 11," works

by Stanley Brick, Donna Clovis, Donald Lokuta, and Phil McAuliffe;

to November 24. "River of Leisure: Recreation Along the Delaware,"

to November 3. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You

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

the historic waterway, to November 10. Museum hours are Tuesday through

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Also "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the

State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. "A

Decade of Collecting, Part 1," to January 5. On extended view:

"Art by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection;"

"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;" "Historical Archaeology of Colonial

New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

New Jersey State Museum, Cafe Gallery, 205 West State Street,

Trenton, 609-394-9535. Woodblock prints by Idaherma Williams, an artist

who prints all her editions without a press as a reflection of her

respect for the beauty of the woodcut. Sales benefit the New Jersey

State Museum. Meet the artist Sunday, September 29, 3 to 5 p.m. Show

runs to November 3.

New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225 West

State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:

Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural

History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,

to January 5, 2003.

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Voices Chorale seeks new members in all voice parts to

sing music from Legrenzi, Faure, Thompson, Taverner, Handel, Yardumian.

Open auditions take place during September in Pennington and Princeton.

Rehearsals are in Pennington at Timberlane School on Monday evenings,

7:30 to 10 p.m. Call 609-637-9383.

Shamrock/Stine Productions seeks actors and crew for three-minute

short film to be shot weekends in Mercer County. No pay, but food

and VHS copy of the project. Send head shots and resumes to PO Box

9941, Trenton, NJ 08611.

Puttin’ on the Ritz seeks actor for the Charles Dickens

holiday classic, "Scrooge." Auditions are Sunday, October

6, 2 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Call

856-858-5230 for appointment.

Omicron Theater Productions seeks actors for speaking

and non-speaking parts and back stage help. Appointments available

Fridays and Saturdays, October 4 through 26. Call 609-443-5598.

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Call for Entries

Andrew De Grado Piano Competition applications for "Open

Solo and Accompanying Piano Competition" must be postmarked by

Friday, September 27. For requirements and application, call 973-467-1348,

fax 973-921-0349, or visit website: The

competition takes place Sundays, October 13, and 20.

Breast Cancer Resource Center is accepting nominations

for the new "Spirit of Jane Rodney" annual award created in

memory of the organization’s director. Nominees should be connected

to the breast cancer community. Nominations (of 400 words or less),

should be sent to BCRC, 914 Commons Way, Princeton 08540; or e-mailed

to Deadline is Friday, November 15.

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Connections Dance Theater, directed by Liliana Attar,

announces the formation of a Center for the Performing Arts with classes

at 50 Cherry Hill Road in Princeton. Classes and workshops in dance,

theater arts, and drumming, with guest artist performances take place

Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, beginning Wednesday, October 2.

Education director is Cory Ann Alperstein. For complete information

and registration call 609-895-2981 or e-mail

Preservation New Jersey invites nominations for its 2003

list of New Jersey’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places. Call 609-392-6409

for nomination form or on the website

Deadline is Saturday, November 30.

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Friends of the International Center at Princeton University

seek volunteer tutors and host families to work with foreign graduate

students, visiting scholars, and their spouses on improving their

conversational English and making a comfortable adjustment to life

in the United States. Call Hanna Hand at 609-258-1170.

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