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Artful Sampler at Ellarslie
Each room offers up something surprising, workmanlike,
artful, or all of the above — besides sunshine streaming through
windows, the handsome bare wood floors, and the overall attractiveness
of Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum. In hosting the TAWA 2000 juried
open show, featuring work by members of the Trenton Artists Workshop
Association, the museum has collected a convenient summer sampler
by many artists whose work has also appeared elsewhere recently. And
in this case, more is more.
As with David Lee Adams, some of the artists now at Ellarslie were
also represented in this spring’s notable Artsbridge exhibition at
Prallsville Mills. More of Marie Sturken’s handmade paper is on view
in the current show at Summit Bank, Princeton; Deborah Hockstein’s
prints and Gail Bracegirdle’s watercolors are bright fixtures of
exhibitions at Artworks, Trenton; and work by Joy Kreves appeared
here last year, as well as at the ABC Gallery, Lambertville, since
This exhibition, occupying four downstairs rooms at Ellarslie and
two more upstairs, runs through Sunday, September 24, and is
by five Sunday afternoon gallery talks and painting demonstrations.
Three — on nature-inspired art, miniature painting, and landscape
painting — are scheduled next month.
Kristen Accola, whose day job is director of exhibitions and curator
at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, juried "TAWA 2000,"
afterward citing "strong voices in traditional genres," as
well as uncommon "toughness and freshness of vision" in
works, and "quirkiness" that has led to "uniquely
work." A few examples may illuminate her judgments.
Aerially bridging two rooms, Pat Feeney Murrell’s "cocoon bundle
V," of handmade paper, body wrap, bamboo, and photo transfer on
cotton, presents a tangible reason for jurying by slides. This
mummy — maybe — is suspended just high enough to suggest
and to permit walking around it, appreciating its textures and
You know the kind of summer day when it takes just a glimpse of hill
or river with the sun looking a certain way, and it’s unarguably deep
July? That single reminder is enough to let you call up how you felt
— and where you were and even what you wore — the last day
like that. And, probably, months later, and colder, you wish you were
there now. See Joseph Gyurcsak’s "Summer’s Haze," a country
landscape that instantly takes you back.
Deborah Hockstein is showing two small, meticulous, and striking
prints, ""Road Kill I" and "Individual Tuna."
The first, not to worry, is a crumpled beverage can; the second, a
pop-top single-serve can of tuna. Delicious.
Bruce Rigby’s "Wall Series X" took best-of-show award, while
the juror’s choices went to "Port Newark," oil on masonite
by Zenna Broomer, and "Meditation Series: Choices," in cold
wax, oils, and collage, by Arlene Milgram. David Lee Adams, with
Charmer" (painted wood, cord); Yevgeniy Fiks, for "Floppy
Painting 4" (oil on floppy disk and x-ray); Hetal Mistry, with
"Jharukho" (ceramics on terra-cotta); and Dan Zimmerman, with
"Night Shift" (acrylic) merited honorable mentions.
— Pat Summers
Park, 609-989-3632. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m., for the show that continues
Sunday, September 24.
a talk on "Nature-Inspired Art" in conjunction with the
Artists Workshop Association annual juried members show, Sunday,
September 10, 2:30 p.m.
in conjunction with TAWA 2000, Sunday, September 17, 2:30 p.m.
conjunction with TAWA 2000, Sunday, September 24, 2:30 p.m.
Artist’s reception for "Nature and Light," an exhibit of
paintings and still lifes by Linda Bradshaw, Hopewell Valley artist
and art teacher. To September 1.
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
Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social
work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.
Dining room exhibit of watercolors by Princeton artist Elizabeth
president of the Garden State Watercolor Society and trustee of the
Montgomery Cultural Center. Titled "Sojourn," she painted
the series of works last year on a journey through France’s Provence
region. Part of proceeds benefit the Medical Center. Open daily from
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., to September 14.
Watercolors by Gloria Wiernik. A member of the Garden State Watercolor
Society, Wiernik studied at the Art Students League in New York, and
with artists Jacob Landau and Morton Kaish. Part of proceeds benefit
the Medical Center. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To September
"Handmade Paper," a group show featuring Anita Benarde, Joan
B. Needham, Marie Sturken, and Margaret Kennard Johnson, and their
two and three-dimensional works on and of handmade paper. All four
artists have worked collaboratively at the Dieu Donne papermill in
New York. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani. Exhibition
is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through September 1.
Line Road, 609-252-6275. "Fragile Dependencies," a group
that takes a close look at delicate relationships in nature. Featured
artists are Joan Roth and Madelaine Shellaby of Princeton, Susan
of West Windsor, Simon Gaon, Lori Van Houten, Karon Moss, Michael
Zansky, and the late Rachel bas-Cohain. Gallery hours are Monday to
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To
"Space, Time, and Travel," an international show curated by
the Williams Gallery featuring painting by Tanya Kohn of Mexico,
prints by Yoshikatsu Tamekane of Japan, and etchings by Joerg
of Australia. Web site: www.wmgallery.com. Gallery is open Monday
to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 1.
732-524-3698. An exhibition of bold drawings in colored marker by
Echo McCallister that mirrors the artist’s intense and complex life
experiences as a person with autism. Having spent a great portion
of his life in mental institutions, McCallister has earned a national
reputation as an emerging "Outsider Artist." His work is in
the collection of the National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill.
Free by appointment to September 14.
609-895-7307. "Shapes, Scenes, and Such," a display of artwork
by staff and family members of Stark & Stark. Also, a show of
by Trenton painter Marguerite Doernbach. Show is curated by Gary
Fine Art. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 9.
by Barbara Bosworth," extended to September 3. Open Tuesday
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.
The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western
European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.
of Chinese, Pre-Columbian Mayan, and African art are considered among
the museum’s most impressive. Not housed in the museum but part of
the collection is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of
outdoor sculpture, with works by such modern masters as Henry Moore,
Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and George Segal located throughout
"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections
of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main
gallery to November 5.
"TAWA 2000," the annual members show juried show of the
Artists’ Workshop Association, selected by Kristen Accola, exhibition
director of the Hunterdon Museum of Art. Show features 50 works by
30 artists. Best in Show award goes to Bruce Rigby for "Wall
X." Also Juror’s Choice awards to Zenna Broomer and Arlene
honorable mention to David Lee Adams, Yevgeniy Fiks, Hetal Mistry,
and Dan Zimmerman. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m., the show features artists’ talks every Sunday
at 2:30 p.m. To September 24.
609-586-0616. Summer Exhibition, to September 10. In the Museum and
Domestic Arts Building, "Washington Sculptors Group," a juried
exhibition of 60 recent sculptures. On the Grounds, "Dana
imaginative,mythical beasts in bronze from the New Jersey artist.
New Outdoors, sculptures by Red Grooms, G. Frederick Morante, Kenneth
Payne, and Larry Young.
Grounds for Sculpture recently evolved into a public charitable
the Public Art Foundation Inc., and is now supported by visitors’
admission fees, memberships, patrons, and foundations. The park and
galleries of the Domestic Arts Building are open Tuesday through
from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; the Museum building is open from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public tours are offered Saturday mornings at 11
a.m. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and
Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Annual membership $55 individual; $45 for
seniors & students.
609-292-6464. "The Leah Phyfer Sloshberg Collection of Fine
to September 3. "The Art of Jack Delano," to September 24.
On extended view: "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and
"Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "Of Rock and Fire;"
"Washington Crossing the Delaware;" "New Jersey and the
Great Ice Age;" "Dinosaur Turnpike;" "A Convocation
of Eagles;" and "Amber: the Legendary Resin." Museum
Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
609-695-0061. Group show of painting, sculpture, and photography by
area artists including Marge Miccio, Eric Fowler, Thom Reaves, Tom
Chiola, Marguerite Doernbach, Joseph Menna, and Erica Stanga. Gallery
hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to
609-298-6970. On display and available for purchase, six works in
ceramics by the late James Colavita. Show features his "Portrait
of Susan," a tribute in ceramics to the artist’s wife. Gallery
hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Gallery owner Ruth Morpeth celebrates the opening of her new gallery
location with a group show, "Selected Works by Contemporary
Featured artists include Robert Beck, Micheal Madigan, Paul Mordelsky,
Betty Curtiss, Tomi Urayama, and Ann Ridings. Also Philadelphia area
artists David Shevlino and Christine Lafunente. Gallery hours are
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
609-397-0275. "The Fruits of My Labor," an exhibition of oil
paintings and pastels by Fern Blumberg. Gallery hours are Monday &
Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday
1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 29.
Annelies van Dommelen and Merle Citron share a two-artist show,
Girls and Their Art, Again." Both artists have been part of the
area art world for the past 20 years and share interests in color,
abstraction, and figurative painting, although their styles are very
different. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. To September 4.
609-397-0804. The gallery celebrates its 20th annual Summer Exhibition
featuring gallery artists Augustine, Baumgartner, Bross, Ceglia,
Ermentrout, Farnham, Lennox, Chesar, Miller, Rinninger, Ross, Sakson,
Scott, Silvia, Van Hook, Von Betzen, Dellenbaugh, Douris, Tsubota,
and Watts. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To September 30.
609-397-4590. Photographs by New Jersey multi-media artist Victor
Macarol whose work has been shown at the New Jersey State Museum,
Galerie Fink in Paris, and Galerie Mesmer in Basel, Switzerland. Open
Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 21.
Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Then and Now: Recent Museum Acquisitions
of Art and Folk Art." To September 17. Donation $5. Museum hours
are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
732-257-4340. The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "New Artists,
New Ideas, New Season" show, featuring work by more than 100
in natural outdoor installations. Featured artists include Sarah
Charles Welles, and Liz Whitney Quisgard. Gallery hours are Friday
to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
215-340-9800. "John Goodyear: Thinking into Form, Works
a 50-year retrospective by the Lambertville-based conceptual artist,
curated by Henry Hose. Both painter and installation artist, Goodyear
taught at Rutgers from 1964 to 1997. To September 17.
Also an installation by Yardley sculptor Elizabeth Miller McCue
a life-size sculpture inspired by Monet’s famous "Haystacks"
series; to October 22. Also, "Sublime Servers: A Celebration of
Theatrical Possibilities at the Table," a cornucopia of ceramic
sculpture and vessels by 30 artists, organized by the Baltimore
and curated by Gail M. Brown; to September 3.
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. $5; $1.50 students; children free. Website:
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