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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the December 6, 2000

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Artful Gifts of Lasting Value: Malcolm Bray

He was born in a lunar year of the dragon, and she

knew a gifted calligraphy artist. What better birthday gift than the

expressive Chinese character for "dragon" on rice paper? She

gravitates toward stylized pigs, and he found an Iris print showing

a smiling pig on tiptoe, leaning hopefully through an open window

toward the stove for a "Quick Meal." An intricately wrought,

fanciful fish etching and a crisp linoleum block print of cupcakes,

whose appeal started with its title, "Baby Cakes," both also

hang — where else? — in their kitchen.

Together they admired the wild-hued, turbulent beauty of a painting

from a series on the creation of the world by another artist, and

bought it for their own, relatively tame environment. An irresistible,

softly-shaded etching of rounded forms and vessels had to come home

with them, as did serigraphs of Caribbean scenes. Suggesting days

of yore and better yet, the creation of an artist they esteem both

personally and professionally, "Once Upon Another Time" has

pride of place where they can see it, and think of her, often.

And so, without setting out to do so, they became art-buyers —

"collectors" can sound a bit pretentious, seeming to focus

more on the art’s likelihood of appreciating than on their own chance

to appreciate it. It’s now their favorite way to mark occasions, to

surprise and please each other, gradually making other, more

commonplace

possibilities seem passe.

For those who have succumbed to the lure of buying art, especially

as gifts for those who are near and dear to them, this is the season

and these are some places where art, the gift that truly keeps

on giving, might be found. Oh, sure, you can shop from any number

of websites — "including the Louvre, in Paris!" as one

radio commercial trills about www.MuseumShop.com. But do you really

want another necktie with a Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass

design,

or a pair of earrings whose features are remotely derived from some

obscure artifact in the collection?

Why not get out in the fresh air and visit real art venues, where

you can physically see the brush strokes, maybe even meet the artist

who made them, and contribute to your own art education in the course

of buying special holiday gifts for special people? You can take a

starkly autumnal ride along the Delaware river to any number of places

that just may have the exact thing you don’t yet know is what you’ve

been looking for. But watch out: art-buying can become a consuming

activity, even when it’s not particularly consuming of money.

For two months each year, Malcolm Bray sponsors a show of contemporary

art at his Old English Pine business site on Union Street,

Lambertville.

Originally a Victorian-era factory where spokes and hubs were made,

the circa 1880 red brick building is vast, with loading-dock doors

and a central freight elevator. Understandable, then, that the second

floor comfortably accommodates more than 90 art works, many of them

sizable.

Now in its sixth year, the exhibition gains cachet with each passing

year. An artist himself, Bray says he identified some of the 13 other

artists involved, and some sought him out. Either way, he stresses

the need for new work, either produced just for this show or not

previously

shown in the area. A lavish opening buffet reception on the huge

second

floor — his erstwhile studio — kicks things off, and then

the place is open every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through December.

Talk about exposure.

Bray’s "Ken-tem-pe-rer’-e 2000," as this year’s show is

called,

features work by 14 artists — not many of them in the "$300

or less range" that we thought appropriate for holiday gift

buying.

But just about everything there is worth seeing. Barry Snyder’s

"floating"

branches hang in curves and loops, sometimes accented with a seashell,

a bead, a piece of metal. His airy grouping that can look calligraphic

includes pieces that are priced from $90 to $450. Stacie Speer Scott’s

always quirky mixed-media pieces range from $175 to $3,000. Rachel

Bliss works in oil and acrylic on photographs to produce images of

grimacing, toothy creatures that cost from $500 to $600.

Virgil Sova uses suitably cool shades for his large pastels, like

"Jazz After Midnight" ($3,200), and Dolores Poacelli makes

vibrantly colored encaustic and collaged abstracts with organic shapes

($1,800 to $4,000). First-time participant Tom Birkner is showing

three tonal figurative paintings ($5,000 and up), while Bonnie MacLean

painted two oil-on-board nudes (each $2,500) for this exhibition.

Surprisingly, Bray says that while his furniture business supports

his annual show, there’s no meshing of the furniture with the art

— people come to the building for one or the other, not both,

despite the fact that visitors walk through the business to reach

the stairs leading up to the gallery space.

At the Coryell Gallery, in the Porkyard, Lambertville,

through January 14, paintings by Lucy Graves McVicker and Katharine

Steele Renninger are featured. McVicker’s titles convey the subjects

of her soft, expressionistic watercolors, if not their look as well:

"Fantasy Forest," "Beach Serenade," "Early

Sunset,"

"Phlox in a Box." Years of painting and experimentation have

moved McVicker’s work into the "realm of the semi-abstract,

depicting

a world both real and enchanting," says Janet Marsh Hunt, Coryell

director. Of McVicker’s 26 framed paintings on view, eight are priced

at $300 or less, and 10 others run from $325 to a top price of $500.

Renninger’s 23 casein paintings range from $900 to $3,200.

Farther along Coryell Street, the cooperative Artists’ Gallery

presents

a "Small Works Exhibition," from December 8 to February 4.

The only time during the year when all 18 members show simultaneously,

this event warrants a cautionary note: it’s really a sale, not a show.

Items that are sold leave with their buyers, to be replaced with other

work. The drawbacks to this arrangement — where ever it happens

— are obvious: presumably, the best work is displayed early, so

woe to the latecomer. And because visitors on different days may see

different work by the same artist, this is no time for word-of-mouth

reports or for getting a sense of an artist’s range.

Driving north out of Lambertville a few miles into Stockton, visit

Riverbank Arts, on Bridge Street. If you know and like Farley’s

Bookstore

in New Hope, you’ll feel the same about Riverbank, a

filled-to-the-brim

gallery that you cannot see in just a few minutes or even an hour

— and that you probably cannot leave empty-handed. Classical music

accompanies browsing, and every wall is crowded with pictures —

a mini Barnes Collection, here comprising the work of myriad, mostly

regional, artists. Where there are no paintings or prints, there are

ceramics and sculptures, once again representing countless artists:

a bonanza for one-stop shopping.

Tread carefully, and be ready to stoop, if not to kneel: paintings

line the floor and are propped against the raised center display area.

Unframed work practically tumbles out of the bins situated all over

the gallery. And yet, from out of this welter, co-owners Susan Roseman

and Peter Errico readily answer visitors’ questions, pointing out

a painting by Myles Cavanaugh (featured artist this season), a Ruth

Bloom piece there, and telling a bit about any artist as they go.

This is a congenial place, an ever-interesting place, where you’ll

find countless art buys in the $300 range.

Just up the road apiece from beautiful downtown Stockton is the

Prallsville

Mills complex, where Artsbridge — the group of regional artists

— has established an office and gallery in what began as the

Linseed

House. It’s stone and very Bucks County, and inside it this month,

nine artist-members are showing and selling their work. It starts

with wall pieces by Alex Bacon (landscapes in oil on board); Judith

Shaw Hoctor (abstract watercolors); Ty Hodanish (landscapes with a

Cape Cod school palette); James Lucas (graphic images in acrylics);

Cheryl Raywood (landscapes and figures in oils and drawings); Gail

Shankscotch (oils and acrylics); and Edie Sharp (acrylics on unsized

canvas and watercolor monotypes). Add to that Diana Contine’s fine

metal jewelry and Hannelore Devlin’s clay, fiber, and porcelain

jewelry.

A fine craft table, with wares that just begin with hats, and bins

of Artsbridge members’ unframed work, complete the December picture

at Prallsville. Only the items from these last two sources may be

bought and taken away at once. "It is a show," says Edie

Sharp,

who with Hodanish also co-administers the building, of the two-and

three-dimensional works on view. Accordingly, though with exceptions

for Chanukah and Christmas gifts, buyers will be asked to leave them

on view until the show closes Sunday, December 31.

Crossing over to the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware, the bridge

on Route 32 has been repaired so the troublesome detour that made

New Hope hard to reach for so long is history. But is New Hope ready

for traffic? It’s questionable, based on unreturned phone calls to

a Chamber of Commerce representative and a midday visit during

Thanksgiving

week, when empty storefronts still marked Main Street, and fairly

new fine art galleries were by now either defunct, moved to other

locales in town, or open only on a limited basis. One gallery owner

said there’s talk of starting a "first Friday" event to

attract

visitors, and that sounded like a very good idea.

Still strictly river-side, but now at the Trenton end of the trip,

there’s the New Jersey State Museum. Next to its gift shop,

chock-a-block

full of holiday possibilities, the Friends Cafe Gallery features Marie

Sturken’s handmade paper works, which are also for sale. From the

opening reception on Sunday, December 10, until January 21, visitors

may benefit the museum by buying small works with comparable prices,

including monotypes, made by this artist, whose work was seen a few

months ago at Summit Bancorp.

Finally, and fittingly for the season and the very notion of

gift-giving,

there’s "Fantasy and Desire" at Artworks, the Visual Arts

School of Princeton and Trenton. Open to members of the Trenton

Artists

Workshop Association (TAWA), this multi-media exhibition of more than

70 works runs through Thursday, December 21, when purchases can also

be picked up. "From landscapes to girls in bikinis," as an

Artworks spokesperson put it, with "Cherries Jubilee" in foam

and wax, and a new city icon, a "Trenton Madonna" besides,

the show just may transform some of its visitors into committed buyers

of art.

— Pat Summers

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

Group show with opening reception Saturday, December 9, from 6 to

9 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Holiday show with watercolors by Lucy Graves McVicker and casein

paintings

by Katherine Steele Renninger. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 14.

Old English Pine, 202 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4978. "Kentemperere 2000," artist and curator Malcolm

Bray’s sixth annual show, open every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To

December

31.

Riverbank Arts, 19 Bridge Street, Stockton, 609-379-9330.

Open Monday to Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday, 10

a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; open

Christmas

Eve till 7 p.m.

Artsbridge Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Route 28, Stockton,

609-773-0881. Group show to December 31. Gallery is open Thursday

to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

New Jersey State Museum Cafe Gallery, 205 West State

Street,

Trenton, 609-292-6464. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:45

p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436.

"Fantasy

and Desire," a seasonal group show by TAWA artists, to Thursday,

December 21. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m.

to 12:30 p.m.

Hunterdon Society Watercolors, ABC Gallery,

Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. Opening

reception for a month-long show of works by members of the Hunterdon

Watercolor Society. To January 5. Free.

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.

Rebecca Rutstein, In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church

Street, Lambertville, 609-397-1006. Artist’s reception for "[Second]

Skin," an exhibition of light boxes and collages by Rebecca Rutstein.

Show continues to December 31. Free.

Holiday Art Show, Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860

House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. Professional Artists Group’s

holiday show of watercolors, pastels,

oils, mixed-media, and photographs. Portion of sales benefits the 1860

House. Show continues to January 26. Free.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad

Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. "Handcrafted

Gifts, Small Works," ceramic, fiber, metal jewelry, glass ornaments,

and handmade objects of art, on exhibit through December. Also group

show of small works, paintings, and works on paper.

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Numina Gallery, Princeton High School, Moore

Street, 609-683-4480. Student-run professional

gallery run by a student team of 17 Esthetics Club members under the

direction of John Kavalos. Opening show features Princeton

photographer Ricardo Barros with an exhibit of works from "Sculptors,"

a series of environmental portraits of artists currently being

developed as a book. All profits from sale of works go directly to PHS

art programs. Show runs to January 5.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.; and by

appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Angela Del Vecchio & Bill McNamara, Riverrun

Gallery , 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. Shared

show of multi-media artist Angela Del Vecchio’s

big moving paintings on a "Wheel of Chance" theme, and paintings by

Bill McNamara. Show continues to January 2. Free.

Gallery is open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

Roman Verostko, Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street,

609-921-1142. "The Familiar and Not So Familiar," an

exhibit of works by digital artist Roman Verostko that includes

traditional landscapes and still lifes to futuristic visions of space

and nature. Show continues to January 27.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery

will be closed for the holidays, December 23 to January 2.

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Art in Town

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings," a major

exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history, jointly

presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton. This is the

first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish community,

scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th anniversary.

Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social

organizations, work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and

anti-Semitism. On view through March.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192. Dining room exhibit of works by Pennsylvania resident

artist Susan Ketcham. She has been an instructor at the Doylestown Art

League Day Workshops and a member of the Doylestown Art League. Her

solo exhibits have been in Doylestown, Phillips Mill, and

Philadelphia. Part of the proceeds benefit the Medical Center. On view

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, to January 18.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Witnessing to the Word," a group show

featuring the work of sculptor Patrick Birge, potter Patrick Caughy,

and painter Patrick Ellis. The artists met through a consortium of

theological schools. Continues to January 5. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to

9:30 p.m.

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Art On Campus

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

Language: Small-Scale Sculpture after 1950," an exhibition that

complements the newly-dedicated Richard Serra sculpture on the

university campus, selected from the permanent collection by

professors Peter Bunnell and Hal Foster, and museum director Susan

Taylor. Artists include Alexander Calder and Kenneth Snelson, Leo

Steppat, Jasper Johns, Barry Bertoia, Poly Bury, Anthony Caro, George

Segal, Jonathan Shahn, Claes Oldenburg, and Christopher Wilmarth; to

December 30. On extended view in the Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s

"Weight and Measure" etchings. The museum is open Tuesday through

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the

collection are every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free.

Also "American Drawings from Copley to O’Keeffe," to December 30;

"Contemporary Photographs," to January 7; "Dutch Drawings in the

Golden Age, an exhibition of Old Master drawings, to January 7.

Princeton University, Milberg Gallery, Firestone

Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait of the

spirited, affluent Parisian society manifest in the printmaking

technique known as "pochoir." The show features 100 color prints,

including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of jazz, tango, high

fashion, and modern art. On view to April 8.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184. The

Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the

exhibition "A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton,"

an exhibition of more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts

that chronicle the evolution of graduate studies. To April 8.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632. "What a Combo!," a shared show by Mel Leipzig and Vince

Ceglia. Leipzig is a professor of art at Mercer County Community

College and his paintings are in collections at the New Jersey State

Museum, Yale Art Gallery, Newark Public Library, and the White House

Collection. Ceglia is retired from 28 years teaching at MCCC and

Trenton Junior College; his paintings can be found at Penn State

University, James A. Michener Art Museum, and Educational Testing

Service. To January 7.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777. A husband and wife exhibition of recent sculpture by

Joseph Menna with paintings and hand-painted furniture by Julianna

Molchanova-Menna. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. To December 14.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:

"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast bronze;

"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture." Show

continues to April 8. 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. Annual

memberships start at $45.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street,

Trenton, 609-292-6464. "Click! The Marvelous in American Vernacular

Photography," an exhibit of found photographs offering a diversity of

American images ranging from quirky snapshots to haunting photographic

documents. Curated by Donald Lokuta of Kean University, Robert

Yoskowitz of Union College, and the museum’s assistant curator

Margaret O’Reilly, the show explores how great works of art influenced

everyday photography; to December 31. Museum is open Tuesday through

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

state holidays.

Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21." "Woven by

Tradition and Design: A Selection of American Indian Weavings,

Textiles and Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum Collections," to

December 31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul J.

Stankard," to January 7.

On extended view: "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron;" "New

Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;" "Delaware

Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection of North American

Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire; New Jersey and the Great Ice Age;"

"Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through New Jersey’s Piedmont;" "Amber: the

Legendary Resin;" and "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

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Other Museums

American Hungarian Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Herend: Hungarian Porcelain at its Finest,"

an exhibition of hand-painted porcelain pieces created since the

company’s founding in 1839. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11

a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Show runs to February 25. $5

donation.

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

Doylestown, 215-340-9800. The Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania

Impressionism. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest bequeathed 59 paintings

that tell the story of the renowned art colony, centered in New Hope,

in the early 20th Century. Museum hours 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. Exhibit continues through February 11. Museum

admission $5 adults; $1.50 students.

Also, "In Line with Al Hirschfeld," a retrospective documenting

Hirschfeld’s life, career, and the history of the performing arts.

Exhibit, with accompanying lecture, tour, and film series, runs

through February 11.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

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

adults age 18 and up; admission is free on the first Sunday of each

month.

Inaugural exhibitions include: "Michael Mazur: A Print Retrospective"

covering a 40-year span of the artist’s career, to February 16.

"Monotypes in Contemporary American Printmaking" from the rich

resources of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to February

18. "An Arkful of Animals: Captivating Creatures," from the Rutgers

collection of original illustrations for children’s literature, to

December 22. "Realities and Utopias: Abstract Painting from the Dodge

Collection," to January 14. "Opening Up: A Half-Century of Artistic

Dialogue between Japan and the West" (ongoing). And "A World of Stage:

Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection," to

March 31.

Area Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Holiday show features works by gallery artists Hanneke

de Neve, Ken McIndoe, Thomas Kelly, and others. Gallery hours are

Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To December 31.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

609-771-2198. "Now and Then," a retrospective survey of two- and

three-dimensional art by Christina Craig. The artist recently retired

following a 35-year teaching career during which she taught for 29

years at College of New Jersey. Gallery hours are Monday through

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

To December 13.

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,

609-298-3742. "Silver & Gold," a holiday show featuring work on family

and angelic themes by Christine Parson, Brian Cezario, and Eric

Gibbons. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday,

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To December 20.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Absolute Music," a shared show

of recent works by artist Jordin Isip and multi-media sculptor Helena

Lukasova. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. To December 21.

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Art in the Workplace

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two,

Lawrenceville, 609-895-7307. A new series of oil on paper and

mixed-media paintings by Wanda Blake, a professional artist

living in Morris County who studied at Newark’s School of Fine and

Industrial Arts. Curated by Gary Snyder Fine Art, gallery hours are

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 26.


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