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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the April 24, 2002

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Art That’s Of & On Paper

They said computers would replace paper, and yet more

paper is used now than 10 years ago in the Western world. If an

article

in the March 25 issue of the New Yorker gave hope to habitual

paper-users,

pilers, and filers, those devoted to art works on paper can take heart

from two current exhibitions that share this basic material, and

overlap

slightly in both time span and artists. Art on — and of —

paper is proliferating, and doing so in richly varied ways.

At the Montgomery Center for the Arts, "Works on Paper: Five

Points

of View" continues through Sunday, April 28. The intersecting

trajectories of its two curators have resulted in an exhibition of

nearly 30 pieces — paintings, prints, drawings — by five

artists

whose careers and very different styles and uses of paper have

temporarily

converged here.

Some years ago Pamela V. Sherin, retired curator of the Gallery at

Bristol-Myers Squibb (U.S. 1, September 22, 1999), was affiliated

with artist Barry Snyder in his Princeton art gallery, which handled

the work of Margaret Kennard Johnson, renowned print and

hand-papermaker.

Later, as a much-respected curator, Sherin assembled two shows that

included Johnson’s work. Sherin also served as a trustee at Artworks,

the visual arts school of Trenton, and elected to take Johnson’s

course,

"Experiences in Seeing."

Now both Sherin and Johnson are prospective residents of Stonebridge,

the community under construction next to the 1860 House. For more

than a year, these two neighbors in the making have built a

synergistic

bond, starting with last spring’s exhibition of art by residents-to-be

of Stonebridge. Curated by Sherin and including Johnson’s work, it

was a curatorial prelude to the current show, which they collaborated

on.

"We started to think who were our favorite people who had work

on paper," Johnson says, and, describing their harmonious process,

Sherin adds, "We get in the car and we start talking — and

we agree on everything!"

Together, from individual backgrounds in art that have proven to be

complementary, they identified five artists they both admired. Then

they visited studios, looked at work, and put together "Works

on Paper: Five Points of View."

Hannah Fink’s current perspective is anatomical details

— an eye, a thigh, "pink knees" — produced in

encaustic

pigment stick and graphite. Her six views are displayed in a room

of their own off the main gallery. Diana Gonzales Gandolfi’s eight

abstract prints — monotypes and collographs, some with chine

colle,

some hand-colored — have attracting titles that draw the viewer

in: "Faith Tricks," "Fallen Ways," "Encircled

Yesterdays."

John Goodyear’s considerable body of work is represented by five

expressive

yet minimalist pieces executed in colored pencil and litho ink on

paper. "Labors of Hercules" seems hardly a fitting subject

for tiny, colored squares — yet their scope and effort are

tellingly

suggested.

With five abstract watercolors in dark tones, some also involving

colored pencils, Barbara Osterman continues to suggest change,

sometimes

chaos, and always myriad possibilities. Her painting called

"Possibilities"

shows three rectangular shapes (possibly windows) in tumbling-scumbly

shades.

Illustrating still another medium on paper, William Vandever shows

five archival color digital inkjet prints. Two computer-created

panoramic

landscapes flank the gallery’s fireplace; three others involve

composite

imagery, such as skulls, horns, and leaves. He also incorporates pears

here, as continuity from his earlier, traditionally produced still

lifes. The victim of a catastrophic studio fire a few years ago,

Vandever

lost all his equipment and commercial negatives; by now, though,

"he

has risen like a phoenix," Johnson says.

The exhibition’s two curators gave generously of expertise and

experience

to the 1860 House, filling its downstairs with noteworthy art. But

to better serve work of this caliber, and attract comparable shows

in future, couldn’t this venue offer carefully spackled and

clean-painted

walls, from which all earlier used nails have been removed? An

improved

hanging system? Some sort of glare-shield so art works behind glass

might be seen more easily? For now, it’s like displaying beautiful

flowers in an untended garden.

But the show’s not over when it’s over, and two of those

involved with the 1860 House exhibition are also part of "Layers

of Time and Space: Works on Paper," at the Atelier Fine Art

Gallery

in Frenchtown. Margaret K. Johnson doffs her curator’s hat to join

Diana Gonzales Gandolfi and Joan B. Needham in a show of

two-dimensional

work selected by guest-curator Barry Snyder. Unending intersections.

Opening this Saturday, April 27, with a 7 to 10 p.m. reception, this

exhibition will run through Sunday, May 26. Gandolfi will again be

represented by her abstract mixed-media monotypes and monoprints;

many are reworked with thin layers of acrylic paint, gouache,

watercolor,

and colored pencil. A long-time printmaker, Johnson continues

exploring

the expressive possibilities of handmade paper, which she may tear,

fold, incise, or imbed with rusty wire or pigment to produce her

elegantly

minimalist work.

Joan B. Needham, mixed media artist and visual arts professor at

Mercer

County Community College, says she "works paper through different

stages, and there’s a lot of activity on the surface." Texture,

yes, and vibrant color too — possibly reminiscent of Southwestern

canyons and caves she has visited, yet transformed in ways she says

are both intuitive and calculated. She "plays with the

materials,"

in experimenting with the qualities of paper.

And so, even though computer-assisted, or digital, art is a burgeoning

field, computer technology has not at all obviated paper. Each medium

has its purposes, and they’re often complementary. Think about it:

because of art works on paper, this story came to be written on a

PC, for eventual publication in this newspaper. However, it will be

readable both in hard copy and on-line.

— Pat Summers

Works on Paper: Five Points of View, Montgomery Center

for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. Open

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 pm; Sunday 1-4 p.m. On view through

Sunday,

April 28.

Layers of Time and Space,Atelier Fine Arts Gallery,

108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992. Opening Saturday, April

27, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., the exhibit runs through

Sunday,

May 26 Hours are Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.

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

"Paper

and Stone," an exhibit of handmade paper images by Marie Sturken

and stone sculpture by Petro Hul. Gallery is open by appointment

during

school hours. To May 2.

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 that looks

at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its

workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003. Free.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

In the dining room, landscapes by Donna Senopoulos. A member of the

American Watercolor Society, Senopoulos shows her work at Cranbury

Station Gallery, Go For Baroque, and Kanon Gallery. Part of proceeds

benefit the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To

May 15.

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

"The Eden Series II," an exhibition of paintings by Gilda

K. Aronovic. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and

Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. To May 21.

Pringle International Art, 30 Nassau Street, 609-921-9292.

"Humanly Possible," and exhibition of figurative work by David

FeBland, Dan Hughes, and Gabriel Schmitz. Gallery hours are Monday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 18.

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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,"

an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring

works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom 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.

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.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Jim Toia: Groundwork" and "Peter Arakawa:

Recent Work." Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5

p.m. To April 28.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Roy C. Nuse: Figures and Landscapes," an

exhibition

of works by the influential Bucks County artist and teacher (1885

to 1975) who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where

he studied with Daniel Garber. Nuse and his wife, artist Ellen

Guthrie,

moved to Bucks County; Nuse taught at the Pennsylvania Academy for

29 years; to May 12. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9

p.m. $6.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "India: Contemporary Art From

Northeastern

Private Collections," the largest exhibition of its kind to be

held in an American museum. Show features more than 100 works from

20 collections, with an emphasis on the post-independence era, 1947

to the present. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3; under

18 free; open free to the public on first Sundays. To July 31.

Indian artists include members of the Progressive Artists Group, F.N.

Souza, M.F. Husain, Krishna Ara, and Syed Raza. Also first and

second-generation

Indian modernists Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Ganesh Pyne, and artists

who have emerged in recent years such as Atul Dodiya and Jitish

Kallat.

Also "In Context: Patterns in Contemporary Printmaking."

"The

Baltics: Nonconformist and Modernist Art During the Soviet Era,"

the first major survey of modernist art produced in Estonia, Latvia,

and Lithuania during the post-Soviet period. "Efim

Ladyzhensky."

"By All Means: Materials and Mood in Picture Book

Illustrations."

All to July 31.

Area Galleries

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

"April in Paris, London," a group show of photographs from

around the world by gallery members Rhoda Kassof-Isaac, Don Connors,

Marilyn Anderson, Jay Goodkind, David Miller, Heinz Gartlgruber, Jay

Anderson, and Robert Borsuk. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday,

1 to 5 p.m. To April 28.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-333-9393.

Valerie Von Betzen’s show of recent paintings and "Small

Works,"

a group show featuring Betty Curtiss, Ken McIndoe, Micheal Madigan,

Ellie Wyeth Fox, and others. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 28.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Lumpy Landscapes and Other Bumps

in the Road," an open members show. Gallery hours are Wednesday

through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To May 18.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Songs of the Earth," an exhibition of pastels

and drawings by Joyce Sanderson. Gallery hours are Monday and

Thursday,

1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 to

5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 26.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Vanishing Points," a shared show featuring photographs by

Sandra C. Davis and paintings of the American industrial landscape

by Marc Reed. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m. To May 5.

Artsbridge, Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton,

609-773-0881.

Eighth annual national juried show on view daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

to April 27.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Annual Spring Exhibition features pastels by Nancy Silvia and

watercolors

by Charles R. Ross. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To May

26.

Parachute Modern Art Gallery, 10 South Pennsylvania

Avenue,

Suite 208, Morrisville, 215-295-8444. Shared show featuring

photographers

Ricardo Barros, Deborah Holljes, and Karen McDonall. Parachute is

an artist-run gallery featuring innovative art in all media. Gallery

hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

To April 30.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

"Play It Cool," an exhibition of new and rare prints by

California

artist Shag. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to

6 p.m. To May 27.

Travis Gallery, 6089 Route 202, New Hope, 215-794-3903.

"Between the Brush Strokes" features Bradley Hendershot and

Jerry Cable. To April 30.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788.

"Anthony

Van Dyck: `Ecce Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ.’" Also, "In

the Mirror of Christ’s Passion: Images from Princeton University

Collections."

Both shows to June 9. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the collection every Saturday

at 2 p.m.

Also "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of

Expressionism,"

an exhibit of prints and drawings that comprises an overview of late

19th and early 20th century German art, to June 9. "Guardians

of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China;" to August 31.

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American

Landscape."

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

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

609-771-2198.

Art Student Exhibition to May 1. Gallery hours are Monday through

Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Peddie School, Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown,

609-490-7550. "Contemporary Directions in Performance Art,"

features performance artists Dawn Auvigne, Jim Jeffers, Cliff Owens,

and Craig Smith. Artists will present documentation of past

performance

work as well as live performances of new work through the run of the

show. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To April

26.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Natural Rhythms Stilled," an

exhibition of photographs by John Hess, a photographer and biology

professor at Central Missouri State University. Gallery hours are

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

June 28.

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Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

Ellarslie Open XX, the 20th annual Ellarslie juried exhibition,

selected

by Anne Fabbri, founding director of the Noyes Museum and now director

of the Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University of the Arts.

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

June 16.

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

"Cupol Aesthetics," a show of photos, drawings, and furnaces

in conjunction with the International Conference on Cast Iron Art.

The show focuses on the concept of common tools built as fine art,

specifically industrial iron furnaces used to produce gray cast iron.

Artists include George Beasley, Wayne Potraz, Barry Bailey, Charles

Hook, Cam Choy, Dan McGuire, Marjee Levine, Andrew Marsh, Vaughn

Randall,

Jonathan Hils, Clark Ashton, Kyle Dilihay, and Matt Toole. Monday

to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 2.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. "2300 degrees F, 2002: Contemporary Sculpture in

Cast Iron," an invitational show featuring 30 artists held in

conjunction with the Fourth International Conference on Cast Iron,

co-hosted by the Johnson Atelier. All the show’s objects represent

the final stage of an ancient process that entails heating iron to

2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which iron liquefies. Open

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission $4 Tuesday

through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. To May 5.

Selected by Kathleen Whitney, the artists "represent the full

array of potential that this materials offers, from the highly

abstract

to the realistic." She clusters them in three related categories:

the natural, the mechanical, and the metaphorical.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "Jacob Landau: A Memorial" to June 30;

"Women’s

Works: Fine Art from the Museum’s Collection" to May 12; "Art

by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection" to August

18; "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the State

Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to

5 p.m. Website: www.njstatemuseum.org.

New Jersey State Museum, Cafe Gallery, 205 West

State Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Anne-Marie Belli.

A graduate of Princeton University in art history, Belli has worked

at the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim. Sales benefit the State

Museum collections and publications. To May 12.

9.11 NJ: Response and Reflection, New Jersey State

Museum , Department of State Galleries, 225 West State Street,

Trenton,

609-292-6464. Memorial kiosks and the Memory Wall from Liberty State

Park provide the central focus of "9.11 NJ: Response and

Reflection,"

an exhibit augmented by materials related to New Jersey’s relief

efforts,

a tribute to those lost at the World Trade Center on September 11.

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

On view to May 12.


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