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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the December 11, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Arts Pros Await Their Secret

Well what would you wish for, if you could request

any arts gift — real or fanciful — this holiday season? And

the sky is not the limit, because, who knows, you might crave an outer-space

still life.

At this time of year, you can get so bogged down in things to do,

bake, and buy, that you may not find time for wishful thinking beyond

a desperate, "Come, January!" And yet, as a reader of the

U.S. 1 arts and entertainment section, you must have hidden somewhere

deep in your heart of hearts, your secret wish for . . .

‘Fess up: what would it be, and why?

Would it be something personal, for display in your home? Something

practical, yet tied to the arts? Work-related? Altruistic? Would travel

be necessary, or desired? There are no wrong answers here.

I posed this arts gift question to a number of area arts figures —

some of those I had written or thought about during the year. Their

responses are as varied as the group: poet and professor; art gallery

and bookstore owner; and others who run museums, curate shows, write

or sell books — as well as working artists in a mix of media.

From a rare and ascetic state of being, a couple of people say they

simply don’t want anything. A noted collector of Asian art wishes

only for good health; a Princeton paper artist craves a hand-knitted

sweater like the beauty sometimes worn by a friend who knits.

Then there was Marie Sturken, whose wish for "a small

Joan Mitchell" painting that she had seen earlier this fall at

New York’s Whitney Museum, prompted the question that led me to this

story.

Sturken, an active artist and papermaker, now says she would love

a gift certificate for a week in Paris. Feasting on her favorite museums,

art, and architecture in that unique city would invigorate and inspire

her for the rest of the year.

Debbie Pringle, who this year changed her art gallery

venue from Nassau Street in Princeton to 323 Arch Street, Philadelphia,

makes her wish for a place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s "Behind

the Scenes Weekend." She describes the $12,500 program as a wonderful

— and pricey — opportunity to learn about everything that

goes on at the museum and about the upcoming Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.

Program information (price does not include hotel or air fare) can

be found on the Web at www.metmuseum.org.

Travel would also be in artist Madelaine Shellaby’s plans.

She would fly first class to the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum,

on an island in Japan’s Inland Sea, to the Benesse Foundation’s secluded

art collection. The setting — "buildings by outstanding architect

Tadao Ando and surrounding open spaces with expansive vistas to the

sea" — is just the beginning. In this peaceful place, she

would have meditative time with the work of artists she considers

her friends and mentors, even though she has never met them.

Having once worked in a museum where she could view the art after

hours, Shellaby, a digital artist and teacher, recalls having much

stronger and more worthwhile experiences with the art there than is

possible when jostled and disrupted by the rest of us.

Photographer Sally K. Davidson would stay closer to home,

choosing to spend a weekend at the Jersey shore with eight notable

women photographers, from the 19th to 21st centuries. They would rent

a large house together, have meals catered in, "and spend a couple

days talking about and comparing notes on our experiences in all aspects

of photography."

Davidson begins with two women she knew in Illinois in the 1960s,

Gretchen Garner and Esther Parade, who pursued academic careers while

building bodies of work. Davidson also lists 19th-century British

portraitist Julia Margaret Cameron, as well as today’s working artist

France Scully Osterman (who uses 19th-century wet plate collodion

processes to produce contemporary images), as invitees who together

would assure lively, costumed entertainments.

Add Gertrude Kasebier, whose work was featured in Alfred Stieglitz’s

first issue of Camera Work in 1903, and Frances Benjamin Johnston,

who delights Davidson because of her self-portrait as a "new woman"

(c.1896): she sits by a fireplace holding a cigaret in one hand, and

a mug in the other; she has arranged her skirt to show her stockinged

legs and petticoat! — for what Davidson calls "the most `in

your face’ pre-feminist image" she has seen.

Finally Davidson would invite German-born Hilla Becher for her ongoing

teaching impact on younger European photographers, and Anna Atkins,

a 19th-century English scientific illustrator, for her historic significance.

And let the good times roll!

Retired Bristol-Myers Squibb curator Pamela V. Sherin

would require time-travel if her wish were granted for "a casual

hang-out day with one of the following: Joseph Cornell, Paul Klee,

Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray together, or Agnes Martin." Although

the last on this list is the only one still living, Sherin prefers

this to be just an informal visit, talking and eating together ("I

think that’s very important") with the artist, and coming to understand

the motivations, and passions, behind the work.

At SweeTree Gallery, new this year on Alexander Street, the

motto is "artistic expression is the key to our humanity."

Not surprisingly, owner Pamela Groves wishes for "the gift

of gathering together many self-taught artists from around the world

so that they could work, play, and eat together and have the opportunity

to share with us and learn from each other." Self-taught artists

have an unquestionable impact on society, says Groves, and her efforts

aim to generate more appreciation for them and their work.

Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, who now runs the Nakashima furniture

business in New Hope started by her famous father, George Nakashima,

has clear-cut, related holiday wishes for both this year and next.

First, she wants to finish the final draft of her book about her father;

by a year from now, she hopes it will be published. This, she says,

will be the "culmination of a long, hard journey through ever-changing

vistas of discovery" — and will allow her to do other things

with her life.

Also bookish, Aline Lenaz, owner of the Cloak and Dagger

mystery bookstore on Nassau Street, would like to receive all the

first editions of the original Nancy Drew mystery series. "Good

old Nancy Drew was the first sleuth that I read as a young child.

Because of her, I became fascinated with the mystery genre, and we

all know what that has led to here at the Cloak and Dagger!"

"My passion is performing at a high level in challenging

situations, and I love going off and painting things where and when

they are happening," says Robert Beck, Lumberville resident

and Lambertville studio artist. Recent forays include painting aboard

a Mississippi River towboat and from balloon-level at this year’s

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. "These moments are when I do my best

work and when I am most alive." He would like the gift of "privileged

access to an extraordinary place or happening to paint, like the Oval

Office, or the flight deck of a 747, or a heart operation. Give me

the access and I’ll take it from there."

Pat Martin, New Hope-based abstract painter, dreams of

"a studio of her own," to these specs: large, maybe a whole

floor, in a factory building in one of the river towns where her family

and friends live. It would be a no-fuss, well-lit space with concrete

floors and room to paint and store large paintings; separate areas

for works on paper, photographing, and storage would also be nice.

She puts this wish before trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, Spain, and Morocco,

or Turkey.

Nancy Nicholson, community relations manager at Barnes

& Noble, MarketFair, would like her entire home furnished with authentic

Art Deco antiques. She believes "the Art Deco period marked the

height of glamour in the art world and society," and it’s been

downhill ever since — witness the plastic ugliness of the ’50s

and the ’70s, when even clothes were plastic, and art was uglier still.

Wishing to "acquire and admire authentic glamour" when she

can," Nicholson says, "If life and art are not beautiful now,

we can at least go back in time."

The opposite of glamour may just be giant slabs of rusting steel,

and James Dickinson, full-time sociologist and occasional art

gallery curator at Rider University, wants to share some of it with

the city of Philadelphia. To be specific, he wants Santa to bring

him Richard Serra’s monumental steel sculpture, "Tilted Arc,"

installed (1981) and then, amid a firestorm of controversy, removed

(1989) from Manhattan’s Federal Plaza. Since its removal — or

to Serra, its destruction, for this was a site-specific work —

"Tilted Arc" has been relegated to the oblivion of storage

in Brooklyn.

Dickinson would like to have "Tilted Arc," but not for home

use. Because it’s "rather big (12-feet high by 120-feet long)

and somewhat brutal," he would donate the work to Philadelphia

for re-installation in Municipal Plaza, described as similar to Federal

Plaza: "a desolate, wind-blown pedestrian wasteland surrounded

by government offices."

Failing that, Dickinson will settle for Robert Smithson’s "Spiral

Jetty," the iconic earthwork semi-submerged in Great Salt Lake,

Utah. And, yes, he’s got a spot picked out at Rider that’s just right

for it.

While we’re in the altruistic department, Brooke Barrie, director

and curator at Grounds for Sculpture, would like an arts patron or

donor (or two or three or more of them) to help establish an endowment

fund that would safeguard the future of the Hamilton sculpture park

and assure its self-sufficiency.

For the Arts Council of Princeton, executive director Anne

Reeves hopes for "a small gem, a little jewel of an arts center."

Stressing that "we don’t need it to be too big," she points

out Princeton’s "wonderfully creative community: writers, musicians,

film buffs, artists, architects, dancers, weavers, and thinkers"

— all, along with their audiences, needing to be served.

Now executive director of the New Jersey State Museum, Helen

M. Shannon first grew interested in such institutions during elementary

school, with regular visits to the St. Louis Art Museum. Today, she

would like to have enough money so that every New Jersey student could

visit the state museum at least once. There they can have "direct

contact with the many types of objects in our collections: dinosaurs,

fossils, rocks, animals, Native American art and culture, American

furniture, ceramics, paintings, and sculpture." Shannon believes

in museums as "great ways to learn directly about the world around

us, both natural and cultural."

Seow-Chu See, Princeton Junction calligrapher and Chinese

brush painter, would like to find a digital camera, color printer,

and scanner under her (wide) holiday tree this year. Then she could

save her works electronically and create her own cards and invitations.

Poet and journalist John Timpane ("Poetry for Dummies")

wants to acquire an art work made by hand, a "one-of-a-kind something"

for his wife. Expressing the bond between them, it would also be "the

result of a real human being exercising his or her body, mind, and

spirit in the service of art." Most precious to Timpane are gifts

of poetry: "When someone writes a poem for a loved one, it raises

the subject above the ordinary. It reveals what is transcendent and

helps it transcend. And it is a true piece of craftwork with language."

Susan Roseman of Riverbank Arts in Stockton offers consoling

news: gallery owners themselves are not immune from desiring objects

they offer for sale. In her case, it’s "Nova," a four-foot-high

figurative bronze sculpture created by Stuart Mark Feldman. Although

she already sees it for about 30 hours a week at her gallery, that’s

not enough.

In contrast, the tastes of Tricia Fagan, curator of the

gallery at Mercer County Community College, are catholic: she would

happily accept any artwork from a list that reads like an art history

inventory — an illumination from the Middle Ages through a small

sculpture by Giacometti, with contemporary and regional artists unmentioned

only for fear of omitting some deserving individual. A close second

for Fagan would be two days a month to visit fine arts destinations

throughout the U.S. — with someone else doing the planning for

transportation, meals, and some art-loving company.

Marsha Child, of Marsha Child Contemporary, on Alexander

Street, wants nothing less than a miniature masterpiece — Vermeer’s

painting, "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" from Amsterdam’s

Rijksmuseum — and she knows exactly why: "I love the beautiful

earthy tones, the soft glow of the light, the deep emotions, and the

rich mystery of the scene. What news does the letter bear? Is it a

passionate affirmation of love? Routine news from a husband at sea?

A last farewell from a faithless lover? With this little painting

(18-by-15 inches) in my home, I could ponder these questions endlessly

and answer them according to my mood."

Lawrenceville painter Fay Sciarra wishes either for "a

serious patron or collector who would continually buy my work and

keep my money worries away" or a generous grant from an arts organization

for the same purpose. Her would-be travel itinerary includes Paris

(Musee d’Orsay), Santa Fe (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum) or Mexico (home

of Frida Kahlo).

Connie Bracci-McIndoe, ceramic artist and teacher, hankers

for a painting by Gregory Gillespie, although "since he committed

suicide in 2000, prices are astronomical." Gillespie’s work reminds

her of "detailed Renaissance paintings; yet they are loaded with

symbolism, reek of mystery and surrealism, all of which makes you

stand on your toes and shake with excitement."

And for something completely different, photographer Ricardo

Barros wishes for a MIB ("Men In Black") special gizmo

flash for his camera. With this piece of equipment, he thinks he could

fix a cultural mix-up he keeps encountering in the course of his picture-making

activities.

"Our memory can’t compete with mechanical renditions of an event,"

says Barros. "Photographs, film, and video have the power to overwrite

our own, fleeting impressions. So, both because of what we have previously

seen and of what we aspire to be, and because fixed renderings gain

in authority with repeated playback, we accept false accounts to be

genuine recollections of our personal history."

Barros’ solution: that gizmo flash. "I would use it to filter

out our culture’s awareness of media coverage. Hopefully, this would

also erase our desire to be documented in the media. Then we could

all return to the present tense, focus on the flow of our lives, and

simply enjoy each of our experiences as we live them."

Back in November, the first response to this survey I received

came from free-lance curator Kate Somers. Merging her arts expertise

with awareness of current events, she "would commission Maya Lin

to make a War Memorial for the White House lawn with blank spaces

for all the American and Iraqi people who are sure to die if President

Bush persists in taking us to war."

Welcome back to the real world.

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In the Galleries

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

in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection,"

an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. On long-term loan to the museum since 1976, the works

are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. Show runs to January

12. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to

5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777.

"Sauce for the Goose," annual holiday benefit sale of fine

arts and crafts featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics,

jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, furniture, and candles. Open Monday

through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

To December 20.

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

of decorative and functional weavings by Princeton artist Armando

Sosa. A native of Salcaja, Guatemala, Sosa weaves his dreams on handmade

looms creating scenes of soccer games, bullfights, and kite flying.

To December 20.

Cranbury Station Gallery, 28 Palmer Square East, Princeton,

609-924-9529. Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show

of new works by owner Kathleen Maguire Morolda. Open Monday to Saturday,

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thrusday and Friday to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to

5 p.m. To December 31.

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

Landscapes and floral works in watercolor, acrylic, and pastel by

Phyllis Lifschutz. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday

and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To January 26.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

"One World, One Love," a vibrant show of art, crafts, and

jewelry featuring work by two area artists: ceramics by Erica Barton

Haba and glass art by Ed Steckley. Also on exhibit, hand-painted Haitian

silk, paintings, ceramics, and other arts from the Caribbean. Open

Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. To December

24.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jorge Armenteros introduces "Artista Cuba," a show of contemporary

Cuban folk art; on view through December.

Area Galleries

Artful Deposit Gallery, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Group show by new gallery artists Eugene Maziarz, Joe

Kassa, and Ed DeWitt. Open Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m..

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To December 15.

Holroyd Gallery, 35 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0556.

In the Broad Street Antiques Center, a gallery featuring the oil,

pastel, and watercolor paintings of Olga Holroyd. Open Wednesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.

"Sky Flowers," paintings by Hartini Gibson. Open Tuesday to

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To December

24.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Annual Juried show selected by Sam Hunter, professor

emeritus, Princeton University. Award winners are Gilda Aronovic,

Carol Hanson, Anita Benarde, and Connie Gray. In the Upstairs Gallery,

"Oil and Water," an exhibit of watercolors and oils by Diana

Wilkoc Patton and Larraine C. Williams. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. Annual juried members show featuring

award winners Erena Roe, Gary Briechle, and Liz Mitchell. Juror was

Barbara Madsen of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Gallery

hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1

to 4 p.m. To January 18.

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Campus Arts

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

in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection,"

an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. On long-term loan to the museum since 1976, the works

are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. To January 12.

Also "Beyond the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to

January 5. "Lewis Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an

exhibition of recently acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz;

to January 19. "Earth’s Beauty Revealed: The 19th-Century European

Landscape;" to January 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2

p.m.

Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders, and Book

Designers," a Milberg Gallery exhibition curated by Rebecca Warren

Davidson. To March 30, 2003.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Line of Inquiry: Artworks that celebrate

the element of Line." Gallery hours Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to

9 p.m. To December 19.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Gallery, "David FeBland: Paintings."

Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday

and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To December 10.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Lawrenceville,

609-895-5589. "This and That: The Art of Michael Ramus," a

retrospective show featuring the paintings, drawings, and illustrations

of the Princeton-based artist. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday,

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To December 17.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Paul Signac: A

Collection of Watercolors and Drawings"; to January 19. "Russian

Cover Design, 1920s to 1930s: The Graphic Face of the Post-Revolutionary

and Stalinist Periods"; to March 30. "Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne,"

celebrating the accomplishments of the key figure (1885 to 1979) in

the development of 20th-century abstraction; to December 28. "Sergei

Paradjanov Off Camera: Collages, Assemblages, and Objects," to

March 16.

Also "Yurii Dyshlenko: Abstraction, Modernity, and Mass Media;"

to January 12. "The National Association of Women Artists Collection

at Rutgers," to December 8. "Ben Shahn: The Rilke Portfolio,"

to December 31. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every

Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; and free

on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Daughters of Eve," an exhibition of pastels

by Susan Wainter. Open Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to

5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 3.

Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. Holiday group show of art works and jewelery by 25 artists

including Sheila Coutin, Wendy Gordon, Daniele Newbold, Jeane Nielsen,

and Nancy Shelly. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., to December

29.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992.

"Traditions, Old and New," an exhibition of recent paintings

by Colette Sexton and Norine Kevolic. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon

to 5 p.m. To January 13.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804.

Annual holiday show featuring paintings by Katharine Steele Renninger

and watercolors by Barbara Watts. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To January 12.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

"Crilley 2002," annual exhibition of new oils by the renowned

Bucks County painter, Joseph Crilley. To January 5, 2003. Open Wednesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Greene and Greene Gallery, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7774. Holiday jewelry show. Open Sunday to Friday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To December 31.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Holiday invitational show of gallery artists including

Ed Baumlin, Ed Bronstein, W. Carl Burger, Christian Corey, Nessa Grainger,

Carol Ross, Rhoda Yanow, and Frank Zuccarelli. Open Wednesday & Thursday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To January 30.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. Holiday members show. Open Wednesday

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

21.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3349. "Suites," one and two-panel oil paintings by

Paul Rice. The show also includes several small pieces created with

encaustic wax. Open daily except Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays,

noon to 5 p.m. To January 6.

Studio 233, 233 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0818.

Recent paintings by Ellie Wyeth Fox and ceramic work by the gallery’s

resident artist Jim Webb. Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. To December 22.

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

"A Celebration: Our Land and Its Bounty," a one-man show of

watercolors by Don Patterson. The artist has been elected to the American

Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and is an honorary

life member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Open Tuesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. To November

30.

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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,"

recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian

Americans who 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.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-3030. National touring exhibit, "Preserving Memory: America’s

Monumental Legacy," telling the stories behind America’s outdoor

sculptures.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

"Robert Sakson: Alone at Last," a solo show by Trenton’s gifted

watercolor artist, part of the Trenton art scene for over 40 years.

Saxon is a member of the major watercolor societies; his work is in

the permanent collections of Princeton’s Firestone Library, the Ellarslie,

Shearson-Lehman, Avon Corporation, AT&T, and others. Museum hours

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

To January 5.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Earth, River, and Light: Masterworks of Pennsylvania

Impressionism," an exhibition of notable and rarely exhibited

Pennsylvania Impressionist works drawn from the private holdings of

regional collectors. The touring show originates at the Michener and

is accompanied by a new, comprehensive study of Pennsylvania Impressionism

by Brian Peterson; to December 29. $6 adult; $3 child.

Also "The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan and Jan

Berenstain," the storybook authors’ first museum retrospective,

organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and curated by David Leopold.

The show coincides with the publication of "Down a Sunny Dirt

Road: An Autobiography" by Random House; to January 12. $10 adult;

$7 child.

Also "Retreating to Ideal Environments," works from the New

Hope colony by Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge, Robert Spencer, and others;

to February 2. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

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

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and

Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing

Face of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey

barns and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape photographer

Louise Rosskam. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.

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

609-292-6464. "100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints," an exhibition

celebrating 15 years of the New Jersey Print and Paper fellows program

at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (RCIPP). Judith

Brodsky, Rutgers professor emerita, is founding director of RCIPP

which is currently directed by Lynne Allen. Museum hours are Tuesday

to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To January

5.

Also "Cultures in Competition: Indians and Europeans in Colonial

New Jersey." Show traces the impact of European settlement on

the native Indians’ way of life after 1600.

On extended view: "Art by African-Americans: A Selection

from the Collection;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological Record;" "Delaware Indians of New Jersey;"

"The Sisler Collection of North American Mammals;" "Of

Rock and Fire;" "Neptune’s Architects;" "The Modernists;"

"New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron;" "Historical

Archaeology of Colonial New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225

West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:

Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural

History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,

to January 5, 2003.

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Art In Trenton

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

exhibition of works by art school faculty members including Gail Bracegirdle,

Micheal Madigan, Charles Viera, and others. Open Monday to Friday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To January 17.

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

Bronze sculptures by LaRue Harding. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To December 12.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Museum, new work by glass

artist Dale Chihuly, to April 6, 2003. In the Domestic Arts Building,

work by winners of 2002 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary

Sculpture Award, to January 10, 2003. Regular park admission $4 to

$10.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday

is Members Day. Adult admission $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday

and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Memberships start at $55.


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