Art in Town

Area Galleries

Campus Arts

Art in the Workplace

Art by the River

Art In Trenton

Area Museums

On the Shore

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This article by F.R. Rivera was prepared for the August 18, 2004

issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Art: River Crossing Not Required

It’s August, and we are getting out and about, so it seems a good time

to discuss New Jersey’s many art destinations. Chances are, if you

pull off one of the state’s major arteries, you will be within

striking distance of an art exhibition.

Those in search of art too often think first of New York; for many,

New Jersey is merely a place to pass through on their way to the

"genuine" in New York. New Jersey receives a bad rap in a number of

areas, but none is more undeserved than in its commitment to the

visual arts.

Let’s start by not comparing New Jersey with New York City. New Jersey

has no city that is remotely comparable. New York City eclipses

contenders as far away as the capitals of Europe; and it is a rare

city in the U.S. that would dream of taking on its museums. An errant

risk or two, however, in the service of a dream is a risk that can

lead to success.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, under the direction of Anne

d’Harnoncourt, decided to go head to head with New York’s Metropolitan

Museum of Art in bidding for blockbuster exhibitions. When

Philadelphia secured an important Delacroix show in the late 1990s, it

was the beginning of a string of successes that continued right up to

the popular "Manet and the Sea" exhibition last spring. The result:

scooping New York’s Met and bringing hundreds of thousands of art

lovers to Philadelphia.

No New Jersey museum has the standing of the Philadelphia museum. What

New Jersey does have is a family of smallish museums sprinkled round

the state. For reasons known best to the authors of their mission

statements, many of these museums compromise their commitment to the

fine arts by allowing the stage to be shared with the decorative arts,

fossils and bones, and even vintage waterfowl decoys. These museums

ought to rethink their priorities.

New Jersey’s museums – located in Trenton, Clinton, Montclair, Morris,

Newark, Jersey City, Oceanville, and Lincroft – do show contemporary

art, much of it homegrown. They also enjoy state funding, which

secures their continued viability. These museums are complemented by

the state’s numerous arts associations.

Scratch the surface of this vast network, however, and you will find

something like a "Little Orphan Annie" complex, which seems to say,

"I’m well-bred and not inclined to risk-taking as in the Philadelphia

model."

When we move to the private sector, support for the arts is even less

and arts organizations are more vulnerable. Adventurous entrepreneurs

are so scarce as to be almost non-existent.

Each year the periodical "Art in America" publishes a directory of

museums and galleries in the U.S. In its 2004-2005 edition, only 23

private New Jersey galleries are listed, compared to hundreds of

entries for New York State. If New Jersey is Little Orphan Annie, then

New York state must be Daddy Warbucks. The question must be raised:

Why is that big shadow so intimidating that we can’t scare up a few

more dreamers willing to open a gallery here in New Jersey and get

into the art game?

Readers of my reviews will know that I am a booster of those galleries

associated with colleges and universities. Some offer outstanding

permanent collections, as well as scholarship and historical

perspective in their rotating exhibitions. These include Rutgers

venues like the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Mason Gross, and Paul

Roberson galleries; and Princeton University. Other galleries such as

those at Rider University, the College of New Jersey, Glassboro,

Richard Stockton, and William Paterson College, and a number of other

community colleges and private schools offer surveys of emerging –

sometimes outstanding – local talent that might go begging for lack of

private galleries.

In all, New Jersey has done a creditable job of shaking off its

parochial image. If we were able to do a heat-sensitive scan in our

state-wide search for the hottest art destinations, red and orange

would saturate Hudson County. Home to Hoboken, Jersey City, and Newark

galleries, the region is sometimes called the "Left Bank". Red and

orange fading to yellow would register in Mercer County, home to

Trenton, Hamilton, and Princeton. The spectrum would cool as we moved

south and west.

As the New Jersey art infrastructure has matured, it has adopted some

valuable marketing tools. Most of us are familiar with "First Fridays"

(organized gallery-hopping on the first Friday of the month). Recently

the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken initiated a program of

"First Sundays," opening its four floors of artists’ studios and two

galleries to the public.

Some of my recommendations for galleries outside the "U.S. 1" normal

coverage area are found below. Listings for nearby exhibitions may be

found in this newspaper’s Preview section.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, through October 3.

Christopher B. Koep: Paintings.

Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City,

201-313-0303, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11

a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.. Alex Esposito:

"New Small Works: Which Came First?" through September 12; David

Poppie: "Swoop," through August 29; Tara Russo: "Colorwheels," through

September 29; Lorenzo Clayton: "Inner Equations," through January 2;

and Nancy Cohen: "Ephemeral Balance," through November 7.

Monmouth Museum, Newman Springs Road, Brookdale Community

College, Lincroft, 732-747-2266, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. "Transcultural New Jersey Statewide

Initiative: Quilts, Fiber Arts and Cultures," exhibition of quilts

from diverse cultures, through September 5.

Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair,

973-746-5555. Tuesday to Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum maintains

a permanent collection of more than 11,000 works in a variety of

media. The American art collection includes paintings, works on paper,

sculpture and costumes from the mid-18th Century to the present.

Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown,

973-971-3700, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10

a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Features permanent and

changing exhibitions in the arts, sciences and history. "Springs,

Sprockets & Pulleys: The Mechanical Sculpture of Steve Geberich,"

through November 14. "New Jersey Arts Series: Antonio Carreno,"

through October 3.

City Without Walls, One Gateway Center, Newark,

973-622-1188, Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to

3:45 p.m. Career development opportunities to new and emerging

artists. Showcases the work of more than 200 new and emerging artists

per year in 10 to 14 on-site, off-site, and traveling exhibitions.

Noyes Museum of Art, Lily Lake Road, Oceanville,

609-652-8848, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon

to 5 p.m. "Seaside Dreams: Works Past and Present Celebrating Atlantic

City’s 150th Year," through September 12; "Altars, Icons & Symbols:

Exploring Spirituality in Art," September 21 to January 3.

Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark,

973-596-6550, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. "My Ethiopia: Recent

Paintings by Wosene Workie Kosrof," through August 29; "Art of Coptic

Egypt 300-1000 A.D.," through November 28.

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Art in Town

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street,

609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit that explores lost

businesses and houses. The historic house also houses a long-term

exhibition about Princeton history highlighting the Native American

occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton in the 19th and 20th

centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Free

admission.

Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The recently

opened Chinese antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series,

"Last Dynasty," oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist

and owner, Lu Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western

watercolor. Also, Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing

dynasties. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to

6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4000. An exhibit of works by Monroe Township artist Judith

Stein. An art educator for 35 years, she uses oil, watercolor,

acrylic, and mixed media. Part of the proceeds benefit the medical

center. Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. On view to September

15.

The Williams Gallery, 6 Olden Lane, 609-921-1142. "First Impressions"

features digital watercolors of Princeton by Michael Berger including

a rower on Lake Carnegie, Einstein’s house, the original Mercer Oak,

Nassau Hall, and a Princeton arch. Berger is one of the inventors of

Polaroid Corporations 35 mm instant slide film. Gallery appointments

are available Thursday through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through

August 28.

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Area Galleries

Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor,

609-606-9001. Newly-expanded gallery of photographer Richard Druckman,

a freelance photographer for Associated Press. Six rooms and over 250

photographs of professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and

Olympic events. Photographs for sale are matted and framed and in a

variety of sizes and prices. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Urban Horizons features paintings by Philadelphia artist Charlotte

Schatz and sculpture by Janet Indick. Both represent their personal

interpretation of industrial representation. Gallery hours are Tuesday

to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the Toad Hall Shop and Gallery

through September 26.

Trenton Artists Workshop Association, Artworks Gallery, 19 Everett

Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. "The 25th Gala Celebration Anniversary

Exhibition" focuses on 60 TAWA members art work of paintings,

sculptures, and photographs. Gallery open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m. On exhibit through September 12.

Wheaton Village, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, 856-825-6800. Native

to Neo: Mexican Folk Arts from Oaxaca is a four-month project devoted

to the arts and crafts from Oaxaca, Mexico and the first exhibition in

the new Creative Community Connections Series, an initiative to

understand and embrace cultural diversity. Through November 12.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Medieval, Renaissance,

and baroque galleries are closed until the end of summer for painting,

cleaning, and a major reinstallation. They will reopen on Friday,

August 20. The museum’s lower galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours are given on

Saturdays at 2 p.m.

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Art in the Workplace

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120. Outdoor sculpture

show features works by seven prominent East Coast artists: Hope Carter

of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John Isherwood, Joel

Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition is on view

during business hours and will remain in its location for two years.

The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus,

veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson of the International

Sculpture Center, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the

guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery in

Lawenceville.

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Art by the River

E.M. Adams Gallery, 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-5667.

New paintings by owner Ed Adams, a licensed psychologist with a

private practice in Somerville.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville. Garden Perspectives

is a two-person exhibit by Gail Bracegirdle and Sandra Davis.

Bracegirdle, a representational watercolor artist, and Davis, a fine

art photographer, are both drawn to gardens for color, light, life,

energy, and beauty. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11

a.m. to 6 p.m. Through September 5.

New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square

Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture

Exhibition featuring an indoor exhibition of more than 88 works by 43

nationally and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show

of seven large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through

April, 2005.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-1470.

Exhibit with a focus on water featuring Frank Federico, Carol Ross,

Nadine Synnestvedt, Anthony Ventura, Luiz Vilela, Jane Voorhees, Ann

Zeig, Rhoda Yanow, and Frank Zuccarelli. Open Tuesday through Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through September 3.

Exhibit featuring urban scapes by artists Frank Federico, Marilyn

Halls, Claire Paisner, and John Reilly. Through September 30.

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

summer group show of watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, and prints.

Featured artists include Joanne Augustine, Albert Bross, Marge

Chavooshian, Tom Chesar, Mike Filipiak, Elizabeth Ruggles, Lucy

McVicker, Robert Sakson, with pottery by Katherine Hackl and Ann

Tsubota. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. On view

to September 25.

Triumph Brewing Company, 400 Union Square, New Hope, 215-862-8300.

Catherine DeChico’s show, "Jersey Girls." She presents both her

intensely colorful paintings and evocative black and white photographs

of bathers at the Jersey Shore. Through September 12.

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Art In Trenton

The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.

"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old

Barracks," a display in the exhibit gallery is included in the tour

admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last tour is

at 3:50 p.m.

Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-393-8998. The new

gallery is owned and operated by the Trenton Downtown Association. The

first exhibit includes art by Bruce Berenson, Kristin Bodine, William

Hogan, Olu Festus, Denis Gallagher, Dora Golfetto, Rosemary Hutchins,

Carmen Cartiness Johnson, Charles Katzenbach Jr., Susan Winters, and

Siri Om Singh. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through August 30.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Everywhere a Foreigner and Yet Nowhere a

Stranger," an exhibition of 19th-century Hungarian art from the Salgo

Trust for Education. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Extended to September 12.

Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Community College, Newman Springs Road,

Lincroft, 732-747-2266. African-American Quilt exhibition is part of

the statewide art exhibit, "Transcultural New Jersey: An Arts and

Education Initiative." Artists represented include Gail Mitchell,

Soyoo Hyunjoo Park, Janet Taylor Pickett, Betsey Regan, Faith

Ringgold, and Karen Guancione. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. On view Through September 5.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North Branch

Station, 908-725-2110. Small Impressions features traditional prints,

photographs, digital prints, and handmade paper. Wednesday through

Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To August 28.

James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New

Hope, 215-340-9800. "Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and

Artists," featuring 19th and 20th century painters, writers,

composers, and playwrights. Also "Pennsylvania Impressionists of the

New Hope School." $6; $2 youth. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Artists Among Us," a permanent interactive exhibit

dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New

Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5

p.m. Museum admission $6.50 adults; $4 students.

www.michenerartmuseum.org.

Also on display are 10 pieces of sculpture by Connecticut-based artist

David Hayes in the outdoor sculpture area. Most are large

multi-colored works of painted steel. Through October 1.

Also on exhibit is an exhibition of works by Sandy Sorlien,

"Photographs from Fifty Houses," a selection of photographs from her

2002 book, "Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road." Sorlien

appears for a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, September 22, 7

p.m. Through October 3.

Also, "Edward W. Redfield: Just Values and Fine Settings," an

exhibition of over 50 works created by the 20th century Pennsylvania

impressionist. The exhibit features works from early students

drawings, landscapes painted in France, and some pieces never before

on public view. Through January 9, 2005.

Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, 973-655-7386.

Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway is an exhibit devoted to the

New Jersey native and Rock and Rock Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen.

Music, lyrics, photography, video, vinyl albums, and related

memorabilia. On exhibit through August 29.

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On the Shore

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach

Boulevard, Loveladies. "Fiber Revolution: A Survey of Styles"

exhibition features the works of West Windsor resident Carol Sara

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

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On view through August 26.


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