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Art That’s Larger than Life
New Hope is a walking town – with lively people-watching on the
sidewalks and at its numerous cafes, galleries to duck into, and
antique shops on almost every corner. Taking advantage of its high
pedestrian traffic and arts-oriented reputation, New Hope this spring
is home to "Indoors & Out," its second annual sculpture exhibition
featuring more than 88 pieces by 40 nationally and internationally
recognized artists. The show kicks off with a patrons preview with the
artists on Saturday, April 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is open to
the public. Tickets for $15 include food and spirits provided by area
The "indoor" component of the exhibit is being held in a 4,500 square
foot space adjacent to the Michener Art Museum Satellite, in the rear
building at Union Square, Bridge Street. The "outdoor" component is
comprised of seven sculptures placed throughout the town, including on
the grounds of the New Hope Solebury Library and the Wedgwood Inn, and
the entrances to Union Square and the Triumph Restaurant & Brewery.
Artists from around the country applied for the exhibition, and more
than one half of the sculptures accepted into the show were created by
artists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Representing a variety of
media, from bronze and stone to glass, wood, and resin, the sculptures
command attention, some standing as high as nine feet and as long as
The exhibit includes purely whimsical pieces, like Rob Ressler’s "Wall
Street Serenade," an oversized accordion-playing from with its
upturned hat ready for tips, and Dana Stewart’s "What Tail," a bronze
beastie with a 17-foot tail. Others touch on social issues, such as
Kate Graves’ "Zero Tolerance Area," which grew from the artist’s
experience photographing abandoned building in Trenton. And still
others probe deeper dramas, like Kevin Forest’s "Trinity", a sculpture
of a mother, father, and child that seeks to represent the unity of
body, mind, and spirit.
The exhibition is a project of New Hope Arts, Inc. For more
inforamtion on the organization and participating artists visit
"Indoors & Out," New Hope Sculpture Exhibition. Indoor exhibition
adjacent to the Michener Art Museum New Hope Satellite, in the rear
building at Union Square, Bridge Street, New Hope. Through May 2.
Outdoor exhibition at various sites throughout New Hope. Through
April, 2005. Patrons preview, Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. For
reservations call 215-862-3396 or E-mail NewHopeArts@aol.com.
New Hope Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope, 215-862-3396. The New
Hope Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition continues with works by sculptors
Christoph Spath, Kate Brockman, Rob Ressler, Dana Stewart, Dan Kainz,
and Bob Emser. Host sites include George E. Michael Inc., Union
Square, New Hope Solebury Library, the Wedgwood Inn, New Hope
Historical Society, Golden Door Gallery, and New Hope Mule Barge. To
James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New
Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens with the
relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show, "Creative
Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists," featuring 19th and
20th century painters, writers, composers, and playwrights. Also on
exhibit, "Pennsylvania Impressionists of the New Hope School." Museum
admission $6 adults; $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.
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,
215-340-9800. "Rock On! The Art of the Music Poster from the ’60s and
’70s." Exhibition features more than 100 iconic posters, images that
are recognizable to anyone who ever hung a poster under a black light
– The Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David
Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Santana, Grateful Dead, et al.
Curated by Graziella Marchicelli of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of
Art. Extra admission charge, $4. Open 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.To May 23.
Sites Seers and Bystanders, Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street,
Lambertville, 609-397-4588. Exhibit by Stacie Speer Scott and Annelies
Van Dommelen featuring monotypes, paintings, and collages. On view
through May 2. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
Regional Exhibition, Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street,
Lambertville, 609-773-0881. 10th Annual Region Exhibition, a juried
show for artists of all media. Jurors include Mark Sfirri and Geoffrey
Barnes. Show through Sunday, April 25. Gallery is open Thursday to
Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.
Story of a River Town, Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street,
Frenchtown, 908-996-9992. "Story of a River Town," a solo show of
paintings by Bucks County native John Schmidtberger. Free. Gallery is
open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Show runs to May 3.
Annual Spring Show, Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,
609-397-0804. Opening reception for the annual spring exhibition
featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and watercolors by Charles Ross.
Nancy Silvia, who now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has her BFA from
the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale. She has
studied art in Rome and calligraphy in Tokyo. Charles Ross is a native
of Philadelphia trained at the Fleisher Art Memorial and the
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m. To May 30.
E.M. Adams Gallery, 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-5667.
New paintings by owner Ed Adams features. Adams is also a licensed
psychologist with a private practice in Somerville. Adams also leads
the support group Men Mentoring Men.
April Fools, Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,
609-773-0881. "April Fools: Clever and Humorous Works," a group show
by some of the organization’s 550 members. Included in the show will
be Artsbridge founder Elaine Restivo, a Tyler graduate and area
resident since 1964. Free.
"My paintings, if I am patient with them, will tell me what they
need," says Restivo, now retired from 24 years teaching art for the
Central Bucks School District. "Some paintings are clear and loud in
their demands and others sulk. The magic occurs when the brush moves
by itself and had nothing to do with cognition. The empty spaces are
dream spaces which allow input from the viewer." Gallery is open
Thursday to Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. Show continues to May 2.
Tom Chesar & Katharine Steele Renninger, Gallery of Fine Art, 201
South State Street, Newtown, 215-579-0050. Opening reception for "The
Compelling Image, Paintings by Tom Chesar and Katharine Steele
Renninger." The accomplished and popular figurative painters and
friends are exhibiting together for the first time. The two-person
show contains 45 paintings in casein, egg-tempera, gouache, and
Open Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11
a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To May 9.
Dar Hosta, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,
609-924-8777. "With Pixels and Paper: Picture Book Illustrations of
Dar Hosta." Hosta, a children’s book author, illustrator, and teacher,
new book, "I Love the Alphabet," will be published next fall. Gallery
hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by
appointment. To April 23.
Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.
"Lasting Impressions: Works on Paper," a spring show featuring fine
prints, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media compositions by an
international stable of artists from Canada, Cuba, France, Hungary,
Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, and the U.S. Open Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday,
noon to 8 p.m. To April 19.
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
Kenneth Kaplowitz, Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street,
609-921-0100. "Let There Be Light" featuring biblical illustrations
and photographs from his "Tree Shadows" series. The artist is a
professor of art at the College of New Jersey. Artist’s reception is
Sunday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., for the show that remains on view
to May 23. Gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Friday until 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed
The Artful Deposit Gallery, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,
609-298-6970. "The Private World of Joseph Dawley." Gallery is open
Tuesday through Sunday. Show runs to April 25.
Justin Bishop, Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville,
609-890-7777. A show of recent works in sculpture by Justin Bishop.
His figurative bronze sculpture involves mythology and dream imagery.
A graduate from Radford University, he has recently completed a
two-year apprenticeship and is now a staff member in the Johnson
Atelier foundry. Exhibit through April 30. Gallery hours are Monday
to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Photography
shows featuring "99 Berlin" by Harald Schrader and "A Journey" by
Heinz Gartlgruber. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5
p.m., and by appointment. To April 25.
Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.
Solo show by noted watercolorist Gail Bracegirdle. Open Tuesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To April
Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman,
609-921-3272. Invitational show featuring fiber arts by Pamela
Becker, Katherine Crone, Kerr Grabowski, Nancy Koenigsberg, Lore
Lindenfeld, and Betty Vera. These artists’ media include yarn,
fabric, stitching, inkjet printing, steel, and wire. The center is
open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4
p.m. To May 9.
Reflections of India, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road,
609-275-2897. Photographer David Verdini’s exhibit of works on
display through May 9. The photos are from the artist’s June, 2003,
trip through Bombay, Pune, and Lonavla. Open Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North Branch
Station, 908-725-2110. "Emanent Formations," an invitational exhibit
featuring four New Jersey printmakers. Works by Diana
Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Karen Guancione, Margaret Kennard Johnson, and
Stephen McKenzie are featured. Gallery hours are Wednesday through
Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To May 8.
Walt Marz, Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. Exhibit
of wildlife and nature photographs by Walt Marz, part of the school’s
Earth Day celebrations. Marz has been an avid fisherman, camper,
birder, and hunter since his teens. Retiring after 20 years of
electronic research engineering with RCA, and 10 years of management
consulting with Johnson & Johnson, he became a professional
photographer. Now all his hunting is done with a camera. Free. Gallery
is open by appointment during school hours. To April 30.
Princeton University Art Museum, McCosh 50, 609-258-3788. "The Book
of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible,"
an exhibition of the Picture Bible, one of the greatest illuminated
manuscripts of the 13th century, commissioned by Louis IX of France.
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. Free admission. To June 6.
Also on view: "Songs, Psalms, and Praises: An 18th-century Ethiopian
Manuscript," on exhibit to June 5, 2005. "Robert Adams: From the
Missouri West" to June 6. "Imperial Portraits by Van Meytens the
Younger and Roslin" to July 11.
Also: "Useful Forms: Furniture by Charlotte Perriand," an exhibit of
the French designer’s furniture from the 1940s to the 1960s. Free..
To July 11.
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