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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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dining room show of original paintings by Livy Glaubitz. On view daily
from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To November 13.
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.
"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
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."
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.
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
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.
"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 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.
Exhibit of aerial photography by Jessica R. Stearns. To November 9.
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.
Lawrenceville, 609-296-0334. Garden State Watercolor Society
sixth annual Associate Member Juried Exhibition, judged by Betty Stroppel
and Ed Baumlin. To November 22.
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.
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. www.princetonartmuseum.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
"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.
609-773-0881. Wildlife and landscape photographs by Princeton photographer
Richard Demler. Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To October 27.
"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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to all interested writers, whether published or not. This will be
a learning group. If interested, call Dennis at 732-232-3207.
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.
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: www.strength.org.
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,
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.
for area shelters that do not euthanize animals. Pet food and treats
may be brought to Hightstown Borough Hall, 148 North Main Street.
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