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This article by F.R. Rivera was prepared for the October 23, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Art Review: Up the River Now

Last November the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb

hosted a show of the Pennsylvania impressionists and modernists. While

the work was derivative, many of the paintings on view held their

own against French impressionism, in this reviewer’s opinion. In fact,

there was a home-grown freshness, particularly in the work of the

principals, the founders of the Pennsylvania Group — Garber, Redfield,

and Lathrop.

The work in that show was produced in the first half of the 20th century,

in the midst of fast-breaking, non-impressionist developments. Whether

by choice or otherwise, the artists and their followers were curiously

oblivious to these developments as they toiled in their little scenic

Utopia on the banks of the Delaware.

The exhibitors in the gallery’s new, successor show, "Up The River

Now," utilizes the same locale, but the artists have gone one

better with respect to continuing developments within the larger art

world, seemingly ignoring or disregarding every major contribution

since 1950.

There are a few exceptions to this bizarre state of detachment. The

inclusion of these artists — notably formalists Barbara Osterman

and Pat Martin, with strong contributions by Katharine Steele Renninger

— is based entirely on the coincidence of where they live and

work. They have, however, produced the best work in the show.

The exhibition has much to offer to those who love perspective views

of everything — streams, canals, tow paths, bridges and familiar-looking

houses in arboreal settings. If you prefer the sun in all its phases

of rising, setting, and reflecting, you will not be disappointed.

Much of what is on view is not disagreeable, but rather, just tired

looking. One has the impression that not only are the artists painting

the same old landmarks and exhibiting at the same galleries, but that

they are also imitating one another in a kind of insular round-robin.

One cannot imagine a group of artists, even twice the size of this

one, creating as much confusion as these 20. Half the artists, however,

are at least thematically connected by the landscape, which provides

the only focus.

Other works range from Barry Snyder’s moody brown portraits to Mitchell

Yarmark’s paint spatters over paint clumps, which seem to be copied

from reproductions in old Art News magazines. Then there is James

Feehan, whose obvious imitations of the late Louis Bosa lack that

artist’s comic wit. Feehan’s coyness is exceeded only by Elizabeth

Augenblick’s greeting-card images of carousel horses, rabbits, and


— F.R. Rivera

Up the River Now, Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb,

Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275. Works by contemporary

painters in the Delaware Valley area includes Joseph Barrett, Robert

Beck, Malcolm Bray, Tom Chesar, Anne Cooper Dobbins, Suzanne Douglass,

Evelyn Faherty, Alan Goldstein, Glen Harren, John Kane, Jan Lipes

and Paul Matthews. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and

holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To December 1.

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

609-924-6700. Jules Schaeffer Retrospective with more than 30 found

object-welded sculptures, assemblages, monoprints, and works on paper.

Gallery is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To November 14.

Schaeffer, who lives and works in Belle Mead, has work exhibited in

the Princeton University Art Museum and included in the permanent

collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Arts Council of Princeton, WPA Gallery, 102 Witherspoon,

609-924-8777. Deidre Prosen, paintings and three-dimensional totems.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 29.

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

is Just Better with Trento!" Trenton artist Thomas Reaves’ show

includes paintings, illustrations, and designs, created with the idea

of starting a souvenir shop for the capital city’s move toward becoming

a tourist destination. Open during school hours; to November 8.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.

Solo show of etchings and anamorphic works by European artist Istvan

Orosz. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Show runs to October 24.

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

Dining room show of original paintings by Livy Glaubitz. On view 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. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To October 30.

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

"Crowning Glories," a display of African-American church hats

from the collection of Trenton milliner Mayolyn Saunders, mounted

in conjunction with the McCarter Theater’s new musical, "Crowns."

Also, paintings by Phylisha Gilchrease, a Newark-born artist and mother

of four who has been drawing and painting since childhood. Shows to

November 3.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jorge Armenteros, owner of Little Taste of Cuba, introduces "Artista

Cuba," an exhibition of contemporary Cuban folk art presented

on the walls of Triumph. Show is on view through December.

Armenteros has been studying and collecting Cuban art since 1996.

He gravitates toward art that illustrates "the spirit of the Cuban

people, their creativity, inspiration, sensuality, and zest for life."

Area Galleries

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

Exhibition of works by members and their guests. Exhibitors include

Selena Persico, Peter Roos, Robert Borsuk, Ken Kaplowitz, William

van der Veer, Nancy Ori, and Frank Magalhaes. Techniques range from

platinum prints to manipulated Polaroids. Gallery hours are Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 17.

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

Fantasy images by illustrator, poet, and musician Robert Sebbo. Open

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To

October 26.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the Upstairs Gallery, "Color Rhythms,"

a shared exhibition of watercolors, ink, calligraphy, and mixed-media

works by Seow-Chu See and Gloria Wiernik. Meet the artists Sundays,

October 27, and November 3, at 1 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. To November 5.

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

"Still Dreaming," recent paintings by Christine Lafuente.

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

noon to 5 p.m. To October 31.

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. Admission $3 adult; $2 senior; $1

student. Open daily, 1 to 5 p.m., to October 27.

Plainsboro Public Library, Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897.

Exhibit of aerial photography by Jessica R. Stearns. To November 9.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Crossing the Continent: Contemporary

Native American Works on Paper." Featured artists include Rick

Bartow, Corwin Clairmont, Joe Feddersen, Hachivi Edgar Heep of Birds,

James Lavadour, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Show is curated by Eileen

Foti and Lydia Grey. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11

a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 2.

Triangle Art Center Gallery, Route 1 and Darrah Lane,

Lawrenceville, 609-296-0334. Garden State Watercolor Society

sixth annual Associate Member Juried Exhibition, judged by Betty Stroppel

and Ed Baumlin. To November 22.

South Brunswick Arts Commission, Wetherill Historic Site,

Georges Road, South Brunswick, 732-524-3350. Art as Sanctuary, a group

show off works by 17 South Brunswick visual artists; literary artists

Dan Choman and Gina Fonterosa; and music by Ralph Lecessi Quartet.

On view Saturday and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., to October 27.

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

in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection,"

an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. On long-term loan to the museum since 1976, the works

are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. To January 12.

Also "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. "Earth’s Beauty Revealed: The 19th-Century European

Landscape;" to January 12. "Photographs from the Peter C.

Bunnell Collection," to October 27. Open Tuesday through Saturday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday

at 2 p.m.

Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders, and Book

Designers," a Milberg Gallery exhibition curated by Rebecca Warren

Davidson. Curator tours at 3 p.m. on November 2, January 5, and March

2. Show runs to March 30, 2003.

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. Artists represented: Robert Beck, Eleanor Burnette, Thom Cooney

Crawford, Alan Goldstein, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Amy Kosh, Ken

McIndoe, Barbara Osterman, Margaret Rosen, Ludvic Saleh, Sheba Sharrow,

and Madelaine Shellaby. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To December 1.

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

609-771-2198. "Evidencing: Drawing with Light and Pixels,"

a photography exhibition curated by Anita Allyn featuring works by

artists Mathieu Borysevicz, Deborah Bright, Colette Copeland, Mary

Frey, Shauna Frischkorn, Judy Gelles, L. Halsey Brown, and Will Pappenheimer.

Open Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.;

and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. To November 6.

Allyn says the concept and goals for "Evidencing" included

re-evaluating photography as documentation of evidence in a post-photographic

era, highlighting series-based works, and showcasing work by artists

who use the medium of photography in their explorations. A catalog

accompanies the show.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Gallery, annual faculty exhibit with

Brian Daniell, Allen Fitzpatrick, Jamie Greenfield, Leonid Siveriver,

William Vandever, and Ed Robbins; to November 2. Also "Building

a Teaching Collection: New Acquisitions in Photography," to November

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

and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "The Faculty," paintings by Mel Leipzig

of his MCCC colleagues. Gallery talk October 30 at 12:15 p.m., for

the show that runs to November 7. Free.

Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square, 33 Livingston Avenue,

New Brunswick, 732-932-2222. "Flying Colors Take Wing," a

show by A.R.T. featuring 100 paintings by physically-challenged artists.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the book "Flying Colors"

by A.R.T. founder and director Tim Lefens (Beacon Press) which celebrates

the artists, and the revolutionary techniques that enable people with

the most severe physical challenges to express themselves creatively.

Gallery open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 31.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Mountain Tops," an exhibition

of miniature landscape sculptures of natural stones and sand by William

Brower, poet, sculptor, and seminary faculty member emeritus. Monday

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


Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Sonia Delaunay:

La Moderne," celebrating the accomplishments of the key figure

(1885 to 1979) in the development of 20th-century abstraction; to

December 28.

Also "Yurii Dyshlenko: Abstraction, Modernity, and Mass Media;"

to January 12. "The National Association of Women Artists Collection

at Rutgers," to December 8. "Identity and Resistance: Abstract

Painting from the Dodge Collection," to November 17. "Ben

Shahn: The Rilke Portfolio," to December 31. "Keeping Up Appearances:

Fashion in 19th Century France," to November 7. Museum hours are

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. Admission

$3 adults; under 18 free; and free on the first Sunday of every month.

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ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Prints, Paintings and Progression," group exhibit

by 12 students of Susan Roseman and James Feehan. Exibitors include

Bette Baer, Laura Blasenheim, Merle Citron, John Marcus, and Lola

Wykoff. 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. To November 22.

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

"Not Just Chickens," a shared show of complementary impressions

of everyday life by Gail Bracegirdle and Ruth Laks. Gallery hours

are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To November 3.

Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. Wildlife and landscape photographs by Princeton photographer

Richard Demler. Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To October 27.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992.

"Icons of Power," a solo exhibition of paintings by Anne Coper

Dobbins. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To October


Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804.

Fall exhibition features Alexander Farnham and Charles McVicker. Farnham,

a landscape painter, is known for his interest in patterns of light

and shadow. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 17.


Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

"Melville Stark and the Pennsylvania Impressionists." Part

of proceeds benefit the Michener Museum of Art’s New Hope satellite

art center. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday,

noon to 6 p.m. To November 3.

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Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. "Digital

Print Interpretations," an exhibition of archival inkjet prints

by Ruane Miller, Dallas Piotrowski, Fay Sciarra, Madelaine Shellaby,

and William Vandever. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. To November 1.

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

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

humorous show by three area artists. Also "Crowns: Portraits of

Black Women in Church Hats" by Michael Cunningham. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

To November 10.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Museum, new work by glass

artist Dale Chihuly, to April 6, 2003. In the Domestic Arts Building,

work by winners of 2002 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary

Sculpture Award, to January 10, 2003. Regular park admission $4 to


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. Memberships start at $55.

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

"Vessels," an exhibit of sculpture and photographs by Rory

Mahon. Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To November 7.

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Area Museums

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Earth, River, and Light: Masterworks of Pennsylvania

Impressionism," an exhibition of notable 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 new, comprehensive study of Pennslyvania Impressionism

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

Also, "Retreating to Ideal Environments," works from the New

Hope colony by Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge, Robert Spencer, and others;

to February 2. 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.

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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Puttin’ On the Ritz auditions for "Annie Get Your

Gun" will be held at the Ritz Theater, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn,

on Sunday, October 27. Audition appointments for male and female dancers

and youths ages 9 to 16. Call 856-858-5230.

Villagers Theater seeks actors for "Popcorn,"

a dark British comedy by Ben Elton. Four men and five women are needed.

Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.,

at Villagers Theater, 475 Demott Lane, Somerset. Call 732-873-2710.

Kelsey Theater at Mercer College will host auditions for

Agatha Christie’s "Ten Little Indians," to be performed by

the Yardley Players, February 7 to 16. Auditions are Saturday and

Sunday, November 23 and 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the MCCC campus, 1200

Old Trenton Road. Call Marge Swider, 215-968-1904.

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Writers’ Critique Group forming in Ocean County, open

to all interested writers, whether published or not. This will be

a learning group. If interested, call Dennis at 732-232-3207.

R. Foster Winans, author and ghostwriter, will lead a

workshop on "True Confessions: The art of book-length memoir,"

covering autobiography and biography on Saturday November 9, from

1 to 5 p.m. at the Writers Room of Bucks County, 4 West Oakland Avenue,

Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The workshop will explore how to go about

assembling the necessary research; how to develop a narrative format

and flow; how to create honest, believable dialogue; how to create

a compelling character out of yourself or someone you know; and when

and how to publish. Winans, president of the Writers Room, is author

of "Trading Secrets," a best-selling autobiographical work

published by St. Martin’s Press. $75; advance registration with payment

required. Call 215-348-1663.

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Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is seeking committee

members for the spring 2003 benefit. Now in its 12th year, the gourmet

food and wine tasting event raises funds for area and national hunger

relief organizations. The group seeks people to work with committee

chairs in promotion, ticketing, silent auction, and other areas. Call

volunteer chair Elizabeth Polly at 609-924-3663, and plan to attend

the kick-off meeting Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Doral

Forrestal. Taste of the Nation website:

George Street Playhouse seeks men and women to serve as

ushers for the theater’s plays. Ushers may watch the performance at

which they service. Call 732-846-2895, ext. 135.

College students with an interest in arts administration, production,

direction, marketing, may arrange an internship. Call 732-846-2895,

ext. 116.

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Mercer Street Friends Food Cooperative asks shoppers to

donate money during the annual Check-Out Hunger campaign in supermarkets,

convenience stores, and banks. Each $1 donated enables the coop to

purchase $10 in food for hungry children and adults. Call 609-397-1506.

Trick-or-Treat for Pets is a pet food drive in Hightstown

for area shelters that do not euthanize animals. Pet food and treats

may be brought to Hightstown Borough Hall, 148 North Main Street.

Call 609-490-5100.

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