The “Concentric Circles of Influence: The Birth of Arts Communities in Central New Jersey” project mixes past, present, and future with the program “Intersecting Circles: Artists Connect,” set for 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, at the Arts Council of Princeton.

The event opens with a showing of arts writer Ilene Dube’s short film “Queenston Press: Birth of an Art Community,” an overview of a regional arts movement that spanned the 1960s and 1970s and is the subject of exhibitions currently on view at the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Public Library, and Princeton Historical Society’s two venues: the Bainbridge House on Nassau Street and Updike Farm on Quaker Road.

The film features interviews with the artists of Queenston Press: Judy Brodsky, Trudy Glucksberg, Louise Sue Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Marie Sturken, Joan Needham, and Helen Schwartz. Dube will be on hand to comment on the film.

The remainder of the program features observations by and discussions with artists involved in regional arts organizations including Jay J. Brandlinger, Princeton Photo Club; Will “Kasso” Condry, Sage Coalition; Derrick Branch, A-TEAM; Andrew Wilkinson, Trenton Slow Art; Liz Aubrey (wife of U.S. 1’s Preview editor), Trenton Artists Workshop Association; Marsha Levin-Roger, MOVIS; Shellie Jacobson, Princeton Artist Alliance; and Jeannine Honstein, Art + 10.

Regional artist Madelaine Shellaby moderates. In addition to being involved with several area arts organization, Shellaby curated the “Circles of Influence: Contemporary Works” on display at the Arts Council of Princeton through Sunday, March 8.

“Concentric Circles” is the effort of Dube and Kate Sommers, curator of the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University.

The project began in January with the launch of the Queenston exhibitions and was followed by an exhibition highlighting the Trenton Artists Workshop Association members at Mercer County Community College. “Circles” continues at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton with “The Artists of Roosevelt,” a 42-work exhibition that highlights an ongoing arts community that began in late 1930s and has included important state artists Ben Shahn, Jacob Landau, Bernarda Bryson, and others. The exhibition closes Sunday, May 25.

The Queenston Press “Women’s Portfolio” exhibition at the Princeton Public Library (65 Witherspoon Street) closes Tuesday, April 15. The Princeton Historical Society exhibitions — “Bicentennial Portfolio” at the Bainbridge House (158 Nassau Street) and “Ten Crucial Days” portfolio at Updike Farmstead (354 Quaker Road) — close on Saturday, July 12.

Originally from Brooklyn, Ilene Dube is well known to the region as an arts writer for U.S. 1 and other publications and creator of the Artful Blogger site. She is also a painter and filmmaker. For “Concentric Circles” Dube wrote an overview of the project and an important piece of regional history — an untold story that is beginning a new chapter. You can read it on the U.S. 1 website at

Or you can hear about it from the filmmaker/writers and members of the arts community at “Intersecting Circles: Artists Connect,” Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. The event is free but attendees are welcome to contribute to the pot luck reception.

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