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Artistic Challenge in Philadelphia
This article was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on February 4,
1998. All rights reserved.
The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, at 709 Catharine
Street in Philadelphia, is known as the country’s oldest and largest
tuition-free visual arts program for adults and children. Founded
in 1898 as the Graphic Sketch Club, it provides instruction,
and interpretation of its historic buildings and permanent collection.
The Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Shows is a juried exhibition
featuring 12 artists each year in a season of four, three-person
This year’s competition attracted a field of 320 applicants. The
show features Princeton photographer Susan Hockaday, with sculptor
Cynthia Porter and painter Anna Kuo. The show opened January 23 and
continues to February 21. Artist and critic Mary Murphy leads a
TalkAbout" discussion of the show in the gallery, Thursday,
5, at 5:30 p.m.
Photographer Susan Hockaday uses her work as a tool for exploring
the natural world. Fragments of plant details are collected and
in layers. Her piece, "Off the Beach," reveals layers of these
fragments that form spiral webs giving us a view of a larger, but
strange reconstructed landscape. Hockaday received her degree at
College and studied at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in
and at Pratt Graphics Center in New York.
Street, Philadelphia, 215-922-3456. Hours are Monday through Friday,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m. Critic
Mary Murphy leads a free gallery "TalkAbout," Thursday,
February 5, at 5:30 p.m.
609-799-6706. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" a group show
featuring paintings by David E. Gordon, Ed Hicks, Sydney Neuwirth,
and Virginia Wise, with sculpture by Doug McIlvaine. To March 18.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
609-452-7800. "Purely Abstract," an exhibition of abstract
watercolors, by Pat San Soucie. To March 14. Gallery hours are 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
"Scenes from Israel" by photographers Gilda Aronovic, Robert
Garber, Jerry Kurshan, Maia Reim, Aviva Reim, and Robin Wallach. To
Beth Parsell and Carlene Kuhn. To March 19. Show is open daily, 8
a.m. to 7 p.m.
609-921-2330. "Outputting," an exhibition of student art made
on computers, with video and movie clips made with Hyper Studio.
is not about itself, it’s about other things," says gallery
Madelaine Shelleby, "it’s about bringing things together, making
connections." Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6
Gowin: Aerial Photographs," 30 images of the American West. Also
on display "Photographs by Robert Adams" and "Photographs
by Thomas Joshua Cooper." All three shows continue to March 22.
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. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours are given every
Saturday at 2 p.m. Free.
Not housed in the museum but part of the collection is the John B.
Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of 20th-century sculpture, with works
by such modern masters as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso
and George Segal located throughout the campus.
609-258-4790. Bill Gregory, an exhibition of 40 photographs including
portraiture and works made during travels in this country and abroad.
Artist’s reception is Sunday, February 8, at 5 p.m. Show continues
to February 28.
National Drawing 1998, the juried show featuring 50 works by
46 artists. Winning selections come from Trenton and 18 other states.
Top purchase award went to Mary Dolan of Princeton for her drawing,
"Circus Patrons." Juror is Dot Paolo of the Rabbet Gallery,
New Brunswick. To February 18. Gallery hours are Monday through
noon to 3 p.m.; also Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Second Floor, West Windsor, 609-586-4800. "James J. Colavita
one of five area shows celebrating the late sculptor’s work. To
26. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
and Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Call extension
908-218-8876. John Atura’s "No Apologies," an exhibition of
paintings and drawings with Surrealist sources. To February 12.
609-397-0275. Susan Darley, "In Side Out," an exhibition of
photo collages that continues to February 16.
A self-taught Princeton artist, Darley has been creating photo
since she was a child. She describes them as "visual recollections
of the events of my life. Like a jigsaw puzzle, each collage reveals
its meaning to me only when the work is completed. I am always
by what is expressed." Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1
to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed
609-397-2226. Wildlife paintings in watercolor and gouache by Beatrice
Bork. Her work is featured in the recent book, "The Best of
Art." To March 14.
The 18th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Lambertville Historical
Artists awarded cash and purchase prizes include J. Ken Spencer,
Van Emmerik-Finn, Joahn Sacalis, Josef Barrett, Helen Gallagher, Ron
Lent, Robert Sakson, and Vincent Caglia. Show continues to March 15.
609-397-2300. Retirement Sale. Mann liquidates his handpicked art
collection valued at $2.5 million. Gallery hours are Wednesday through
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Line Road, 609-252-6275. "Off to the Cinema," a show of 45
original poster paintings created by Batiste Madalena, from 1924 to
1928, for George Eastman’s Rochester movie palace. On loan from
& Adler Galleries, New York, the one-of-a-kind gouaches feature such
silent movie greats as "The Road to Mandalay," "Ben
and "The Ten Commandments." To February 22.
609-895-7307. "Flowers: Views from the Garden," a group show
featuring paintings by Mark Davis, Thomas George, Lucy McVicker, Paul
Resika, Ralph Rosenborg, and others. To April 10. Gallery hours are
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
J. Colavita Retrospective," one of five area exhibitions
the life and work of the late sculptor, a Lawrenceville native and
MCCC professor of sculpture and ceramics. To February 28.
Center), 446 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, 609-394-4095. "Ten From
Bordentown," featuring Al Barker, Michael Bergman, Michael Budden,
Juanita Crosby, Eva Palfalvi, Louis Panagini, Don Poinsett, Jack
Kathy Shumway-Tunney, and Claudia Teal. Watercolor, pastel, oil,
and photography. To February 27.
Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 609-989-3632. "James J. Colavita
one of five area exhibitions celebrating the life and work of the
late sculptor, a Lawrenceville native and professor of sculpture
and ceramics. Housed in the former "Monkey House," this show
highlights the artist’s animal sculpture. To March 1. Hours are
to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition on view in the museum and newly
renovated Domestic Arts buildings: "Stone: a Group
featuring works by Paul Bloch, Michael Braden, Susan Crowder, Horace
Farlowe, Yongjin Han, and Jill Sablosky. To February 28. Gallery and
outdoor hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
609-292-6464. "Terry Adkins: Distant Mirrors," a sculpture
show by the artist and jazz musician who uses found materials and
objects to create installations with an African-American presence.
To March 22. "James J. Colavita Retrospective," one of five
area exhibitions highlighting various aspects of the late sculptor’s
career. To March 15. "Nikon Small World," winners of the 1997
international Small World competition of photographs taken through
light microscopes. To February 22.
Also "The Glitter and the Gold: Fashioning America’s Jewelry,"
the story of Newark’s jewelry industry resplendent with more than
300 pieces of jewelry. To April 5. From collar buttons to lorgnettes,
from lace pins to gold brooches, jewelry made in Newark between 1850
and 1950 was sold in virtually every jewelry store in America. By
1890, nearly 100 jewelry manufacturers were operating there, employing
3,000 workers, with $8 million in annual revenues.
Newark’s specialty was "fine jewelry" in 14-carat gold, set
with seed pearls, diamonds, and colored gemstones. Such items
jewelry-wearing in America from a privilege of the elite to a
flourish to the appearance of the growing middle class. Organized
by the Newark Museum, items have been drawn from museum and private
collections, arranged thematically to trace the stylistic changes
over the course of a century.
609-599-5659. "Western Scenics" by Evan G. Lindner, black
and white photographs of the American West. To April 10.
609-298-6970. Showing works by Boris Vujovich, Kathy Shumway-Tunney,
Eric Sparre, and Dan Finaldi through February.
Bronze sculptures, paintings, and porcelain by Hungary’s Laszlo
whose works can be found in the Vatican, the Smithsonian, and the
White House. Also bronzes by Charles McCollough, and paintings by
Malcolm Kornegay. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m,
Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Karen Pauline and Christine Kirk, a shared exhibition. To February
13. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday
to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Krista Van Ness, mixed-media assemblages by the Pennington artist.
Van Ness explores the possibilities of illusion by placing common
objects in exaggerated and provocative situations. Her glass,
set" environments show scenes of insects and small animals
in fantastical rituals. To February 27.
908-725-2110. "Figures of Earth," an exhibition of
oriented prints and drawings by Bernarda Bryson Shahn. With her late
husband, Ben Shahn, Bryson Shahn was among the first residents of
the WPA model town, Roosevelt, New Jersey. Gallery hours are Wednesday
to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To February
streets, New Brunswick, 908-932-7237. "The Great American Pop
Art Store: Multiples of the ’60s," to February 22. "Word and
Image: Contemporary Prints, Portfolios, and Artists’ Books," to
March 1. "Riding the Wave: The Japanese Influence on the Depiction
of the Sea and Water in Western Art," to July 5. "Drawn from
Memory: Kisses from Rosa by Petra Mathers," to March 1.
as Seen by Foreign Travelers" to July 31, 1998.
Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
$3 adults; free for members, children under 18, and Rutgers students,
faculty, and staff. Free on the first Sunday of each month.
215-340-9800. "Masterpieces of Photography from the Merrill Lynch
Collection," an exhibition of 50 photographs from masters of the
late 19th and 20th centuries including Ansel Adams, Margaret
Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand.
Also featured, "Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and
Artists," an interactive exhibit honoring 12 maverick Bucks County
figures that include Oscar Hammerstein, Pearl Buck, and Dorothy
Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Adults $5; students $1.50; children
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