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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the September 11, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Art Tackles the Towering Sadness

Smoke was still thick in the air when the art began

to appear on the streets of New York last September. No galleries

nor permits were required. People simply stepped out into public spaces

and started memorializing their shared loss with candles, flowers,

photographs, paintings, pleas, and poems.

As the first anniversary of September 11 arrives, this blatantly unselfconscious

moment has passed. And citizens, many still reeling with shock, are

still looking to the arts to help them make sense of it all.

At Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International

Affairs, curator Kate Somers knew that her first exhibition of the

academic year, and the first in the school’s newly renovated Bernstein

Gallery, would fall during the week of September 11. For the opening

show, "After September 11," she too turned to area artists

to learn of their responses to the day of terror.

"The work on view will be a deeply moving reflection of how 12

regional artists have expressed, in art, their emotional, spiritual,

and political reactions to that event," says Somers. The opening

reception for "After September 11" is Friday, September 13,

from 7 to 9 p.m.; the show remains on view to December 1.

Somers becomes the first curator at the Bernstein Gallery in its new

role as a showcase for art reflecting the mission of the school itself.

Associate Dean Karen Jezierny spearheaded the effort to make the 1,800-square-foot

Bernstein Gallery a place where art and public policy coexist. "At

the Woodrow Wilson School, we encourage our students to take an interdisciplinary

approach to solving public policy problems," she says. "Incorporating

the visual arts into the students’ academic experience serves to further

broaden their outlook."

Somers is only too aware of the tremendous visual ingredient of the

September 11 disaster. Some have said that the multi-part attack was

purposefully designed to ensure that the terrible destruction was

as widely seen as possible. "There was no going back," she

says. "The world was not going to be the same. Even if you lived

among the cornfields of Iowa, the world was not going to be the same."

She decided to seek out artists who she believed may have created

new work in response to their changed world.

"For me, this show came from a sense of responsibility," she

says. "As a curator, I feel a sense of responsibility, when I

am able, to put together art shows that in some way can reflect the

human condition and make people reflective and thoughtful in their


Many of the artists whose work she selected were already known to

her, others were introduced by colleagues. The exhibiting artists

are Robert Beck, Eleanor Burnette, Thom Cooney Crawford, Alan Goldstein,

Loring Hughes, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Dwyer Jones, Amy Kosh, Ken

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

and Madelaine Shellaby.

Born and raised in Bucks County, the daughter of two

attorneys, Kate Somers attended George Washington University and went

on to earn her master’s degree in art history at Rutgers. After working

in Washington and New York, she returned to the area with her husband

and two children about 10 years ago. She has curated the Gallery at

Bristol-Myers Squibb for the past three years and also curates the

photographic exhibition program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"I think that art is another way of seeing things, that art can

say things in some ways better than the written word," says Somers.

Asked why then each artist’s work in "After September 11"

is accompanied by a written statement, she smiles thoughtfully before

replying. "I wrestled with that. I wrestled with this notion of

whether to have the artists flesh it out, or to let the work stand

for itself. And ultimately I went with the artist’s statement because

it really does help the viewer get into the work."

As a curator, Somers’ quest was to understand how an artist approaches

such an enormous subject. "How do you get your hands around it?,"

she asks rhetorically. The answer, she quickly learned, is that there

are as many approaches are there are individual artists. She sees

her show as a microcosm of the many perspectives and points of view

found in our society.

"I think I’ve been able to get a real variety of approaches, from

the very direct work of Bob Beck who was there, painting outdoors,

to Sheba Sharrow who, at the time of the attack, was already working

on a series of paintings using the circus as a metaphor for the state

of the world." For some artists, the ghost forms of the Twin Towers are

a presence in the new works; for others, the event becomes transformed

into metaphoric abstraction.

America’s increasingly visual culture seemed ripe for a catastrophe

dominated by images.

"We were bombarded," recalls Somers. "Even if you wanted

to get away from the images, you couldn’t, they were everywhere. As

Bob Beck said, this was an exorcism of sorts. He couldn’t get any

of these images out of his head, according to what he told me, he

had to paint this in order to put some sort of closure to this barrage

of images that wouldn’t leave him."

Beck, who describes his mission to document the places, events and

occupations of our time by painting them from life, contributes three

paintings to the show that include "Towers of Light," a view

of the collaborative "Tribute in Light" as seen from Liberty

State Park, and "Lower World," a view of Ground Zero from

a wharf in Hoboken. His third piece, "Vestige," illustrated

on the cover of this issue, is the one Somers finds most haunting.

As Beck writes in his exhibition statement: "In the weeks following

September 11, the media was serving up a relentless barrage of images

and one adhered to me like gum on my shoe, an uninvited and persistent

obstruction to clear thoughts and creativity. I painted `Vestige’

as an exorcism, in one strike over many hours," he writes. Adding,

almost as an afterthought: "Only when finished, did I see I had

included blue sky."

Amy Kosh, an artist who teaches at Stuart school, evokes a sense of

shared loss through black and white photographs of an everyday outdoor

scene. Amid a bleak winter landscape, white laundry billows bravely

on a washing line.

"The events which took place in the U.S. on September 11, 2001,

caused a profound change in how we all went about our daily living.

But what has struck me the most is how quickly most people shifted

back to their former habits," writes Kosh. "My work, which

has come out of these shifting sensibilities, acts as reminder that

there are pieces of our lives still out of place… The imagery from

that day will replay behind our eyelids for years to come, but like

countless generations and societies before us, we have the choice

to use those images to become more compassionate, or to become less."

Madelaine Shellaby, also a teaching artist, employs both image and

words in her work, "Sending Them Stones." Her photograph of

one of the many Ground Zero volunteers is accompanied by the subject’s

story. Microcosm and macrocosm meet in the woman’s recounting of a

simple gesture made by a stranger to assuage the grief of a tired


"I was compelled to visit Ground Zero, as were most of my artist

friends, the result was a winter of depression and struggle to perceive

the tragedy in a larger scope," writes Barbara Osterman, for whom

new abstractions came out of the experience. "From paintings of

bodies, buildings and planes, the work has evolved into a more abstract

place. The rectangular strokes are new for my work and represent the

millions of papers covering the site."

Somers says Sheba Sharrow is an artist whose work, "from the beginning,

has been all about the human condition. When you talk about someone

who has a sense of social responsibility, she’s it."

Sharrow had been working on a circus image of an acrobat

on a trapeze, but the subject became too closely associated with falling

bodies. She then came across some words from Pablo Neruda’s Nobel

Prize acceptance speech and incorporated them into her painting. "Neruda’s

words refer to the artist’s condition in the contemporary world. To

me they speak of hope."

One of the show’s most subtle interpretations of its subject is a

painting by Ken McIndoe, painted from life in the weeks after September

11, titled "People in a Restaurant." It shows a group of men

and women hunched over their plates in a diner. As some commentators

have pointed out, for those New Yorkers who were suffering and struggling

to survive before September 11, the landscape of their struggle did

not significantly change.

"The world is at a standstill and has been for a long time,"

writes McIndoe in his statement. "The powerful build on the backs

of the poor who give their all until they die. The poor certainly

will have no monument for their sacrifice. The powerful will live

with their shame."

For Ludvic Saleh, the events of September 11 shaped a new body of

work, fueling an intense and consuming passion that underlies his

approach to the American flag. "In these new works, I have distilled

the star of the American flag as a graphic element," he writes.

"It becomes a statement of my personal anger directed towards

the events of September 11 and my love for this country. In the end,

I hope, a tribute."

Trenton artist Eleanor Burnette, who works with abstract imagery,

contributes two mixed-media works to the show, "Intersection"

and "Eaten Alive." Her statement, the show’s briefest, seems

to touch the essence of Somers’ question about how an artist can tackle

a subject as vast as September 11: "I create representations of

the small and large histories of humanity," writes Burnette.

Margaret K. Johnson is represented by two works, one

derived from a photograph and one print, both inspired by an arrow

she happened upon in the parking lot of the Princeton Public Library.

"This arrow was deeply cracked — all the way from its tip

through its stem," she writes. "Yet despite the toll it had

taken, the arrow was still there, still pointing the way forward…

I saw it as a metaphor for us all as we strive to go onward."

Margaret Rosen is also focused on rebuilding. On the first day after

the attack, she found herself sketching an abstraction showing massive

destruction and decay. Yet on the following day she abandoned it.

"On September 13, 2001, I started the painting seen here today,"

she writes. "I wanted to capture the brilliance and majesty of

what was lost."

Somers has three more shows planned for the Bernstein Gallery’s 2002-’03

season: "In Their Backyard: Community Health Leaders," showcasing

black and white photographs by Larry Fink featuring community health

leaders across the country who have dedicated their lives to improve

healthcare for our most vulnerable populations. This will be followed

by "Africa’s Lunatics," work by the young Frenchman, Vincent

Fougere, who spent eight years photographing people with serious mental

illness in Africa. The final show of the season will be a juried competition

of photography by Woodrow Wilson School students as they express visually

their academic studies both here and abroad.

— Nicole Plett

After September 11, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton

University, Woodrow Wilson School, 609-258-1651. Opening reception

for the group exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m., for the show that continues to December 1. Free. Friday,

September 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

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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. Opening reception

is Thursday, September 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for the show that runs

to October 4. Gallery is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts Council of Princeton, WPA Gallery, 102 Witherspoon

Street, 609-924-8777. Group show of works by faculty artists. Open

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends by appointment. To September


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


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

Summer group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints.

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

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.

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


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

Mixed-media works by Beth Haber inspired by myth and bestiaries. 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 30.

Area Galleries

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

Shared photography show features M. Jay Goodkind’s black-and-white

prints "From the Garden," and Rhoda Kassof-Isaac’s hand-colored

double exposures, "About Color." Open Saturday, 11 a.m. to

5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 15.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the Upstairs Gallery, "Painterly Approaches:

Recent Works by Patrice Sprovieri and Betty Reeves Klank" featuring

watercolor landscape, genre, and still life paintings. Gallery hours:

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

September 29.

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

Shared show of paintings by Kirby Fredendall and sculpture by Donna

McCullough. Pennsylvania artist Fredendall refers to her abstract

paintings as memory portraits. The subjects rendered are biological,

images gleaned from ultrasounds and X-rays, seed pods and budding

plants. McCullough, a member of the Washington Sculpture Group, shows

works from her recent series "Drill Team." Constructed of

vintage gas and oil cans, her garment-like sculptures parody our society’s

intimate involvement with oil and petroleum products. Open Wednesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To September


Township of North Brunswick, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick,

732-247-0922. Debut exhibition for the new gallery featuring area

artists. Ray and Cathy Harding’s photography show, "American,

The Beautiful," is the first exhibit in the gallery. Gallery hours

are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Food Chain," an international

juried group show that looks at the relationship between food and

survival. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4

p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To September 14.

West Windsor Library, North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-799-0462.

Exhibit of Chinese calligraphy on wood by Ming-Yee Chiu, inspired

by the tradition of carving Chinese couplets on paired bamboo boards.

To September 30.

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Campus Arts

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

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

29. "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.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

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

Rumsey inspired by music, dance, and photography. Open 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. Artists’

reception is Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. Open 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.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville, 609-896-5325. Garden State Watercolor Society 33d annual

juried members’ exhibition. Reception and awards ceremony Saturday,

September 21, 2 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday,

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, August

31, and September 14, from noon to 4 p.m. To September 27.

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. "Ben Shahn: The Rilke Portfolio," to December

31. "Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion in 19th Century France,"

to November 7. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $3 adults. under 18 free; and

free on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art by the River

80 Big Oak Studio/Gallery, 80 Big Oak Road, Yardley, 215-428-2770.

Studio and gallery of William B. Hogan, watercolors, acrylics, and

bas-reliefs; and wife and fellow-artist Susan W. Hogan, oils, mixed-media,

and ceramics. Open Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. Paintings and monoprints by Laura Blasenheim, an artist

who began her career 20 years ago as a partner in the area furnishings

shop "Designing Women." In 1979, an auto accident left her

disabled and she turned to drawing and painting as part of her therapy.

Now she offers a vision of the world that is both vibrant and moving.

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 September 27.

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. Gallery

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


Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. "Germany Collage I," a digital photographic

collage by Laura McClanahan. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday,

noon to 6 p.m. To September 29.

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

Group show by abstractionists C.M. Gross, Don Jordan, Florence Moonan,

and Mitchell Yarmark. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to

5 p.m. To September 23.

Parachute Modern Art Gallery, 10 South Pennsylvania Avenue,

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

show of prints, drawings, and sculptures by the group of four Bucks

County artists Diane Wilkin, Bill Shamlian, David Kime, and William

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

1 to 5 p.m. To October 19.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. "Abstractions and Reflections," a group show

by area artists including Ed Baumlin, W. Carl Burger, Sonya Kuhfahl,

Nadine and Nancy Synnestvedt, and Barbara White. Gallery is 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 September 18.

Premier Fine Art Gallery, 200 Union Square Drive, New

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

an exhibit of 40 paintings with subject matter 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," a three-person show of new paintings

by Ron English, Lisa Petrucci, and Dalek. Open Thursday through Monday,

noon to 7 p.m. To September 30.

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Art In Trenton

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.

Toad Hall Shop & Gallery, 14 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-2366. "The Figure in Bronze," a group show of 40 figurative

sculptures by artists Itzik Benshalom, Bright Bimpong, Noa Bornstein,

Leonda Finke, Gyuri Hollosy, Barbara Lekberg, and others. Store hours

are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 15.

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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.

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

TAWA Invitational II selected by Donna Gustafson of the Hunterdon

Museum of Art. Selected artists are Rob Greco, Frances Heinrich, Loring

Hughes, Joy Kreves, and Terry Rosiak. Museum hours are Tuesday through

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To September 15.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Post-Systemic Art," an exploration of current

trends in geometric abstraction. Also, "Meghan Wood: Recent Sculpture,"

constructions in fabric, buttons, and thread. Open Tuesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 15.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

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


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.

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. "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. Watercolors by Sandra Nusblatt are on display

in the cafe gallery. Sales benefits New Jersey State Museum. To September


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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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.

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New Jersey Cultural Trust has applications for non-profit

cultural organizations based in New Jersey to be designated as qualified,

a status required to take advantage of funding opportunities by the

Trust. Applications to certify donations for fiscal year 2003 are

due October 1, 2002, and March 17, 2003. Call 609-984-6767 for application.

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 website: Deadline

is Saturday, November 30.

Lawrence Community Foundation seeks proposals for funding

from non-profit organizations serving the Lawrence community. Information

and grant guidelines available from chair Pam Mount at 609-924-2310.

Deadline is Tuesday, October 1.

Connections Dance Theater, directed by Liliana Attar,

has formed 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 information and registration

call 609-895-2981.

Gay/Straight Bridge Group meets Tuesdays from 7 to 10

p.m. at players’ homes in central New Jersey. Intermediate and above

playing levels. Call Larry at 609-499-6161.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture has added "Agricultural

Perspectives," to its fall program. The tours focus on the agricultural

heritage of New Jersey; they include crop production, artifacts, farm

machines, a video, and a tour of the gallery. Reservations are required.

Call Dana at 732-249-2077.

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