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Casting a Spell at Peddie

At the Peddie School’s Mariboe Gallery, a national

juried group exhibition is being presented under the title "Art

and Math." But a close perusal of the single large room elegantly

hung with a dozen works by six selected artists, causes one to wonder

if "Art and Magic" might not be a more apt title. With one

or two bona fide mathematically-derived works, at least three artists

use images of numbers and computation to conjure the furtive,


anxious process of casting a mathematical spell — perhaps to


the future.

The show was devised and juried by the four-member Peddie visual arts

faculty: Kathy Robohm Watkins, Tim Trelease, Deirdre McGrail, and

Ken Weathersby, who also directs the gallery. Publishing a call for

entries under the title "Mathematical Operations as Method and

Subject for Art," Weathersby says more than 100 entries were


from which the six participants were selected. A juried show on a

similar theme was presented by Peddie in 1997, curated by Watkins.

Jeffrey Heyne, Boston; Brian Lytle, Hoboken; James Mai, Iowa; Carol

Myers, New York; John O’Connor, Westfield, Massachusetts; and Laurann

Szpak, Bradford, Massachusetts, are each represented by just two or

three works. Yet there is much to be learned about each in the useful

eight-page accompanying brochure of artists’ statements.

Weathersby’s guided tour of the carefully chosen show reveals a


of approaches. Now in his second year as gallery director, Weathersby

teaches painting, studio foundations, and digital graphics — among

other things. Born and raised in Mississippi, he earned his MFA at

the Cranbrook Academy in Detroit, and has worked at the Guggenheim

Museum in New York in conservation, and as editor of the artists’

magazine Hootenanny. His own painting ( his current work is inspired

by the concept of mazes as well as his close study of the art of


Jensen) is also related to the show’s theme.

The room is dominated by John O’Connor’s large (5-by-8-foot) drawing,

"Untitled Z," in oil stick, ink, and pencil. A lustrous series

of colored oval forms is surrounded by areas of dense computation,

number series, and diagrams, including erasures. Here diagrammatic

systems are presented in an earnest, but suspiciously manic way.

Brian Lytle of Hoboken calls his studio Fractal Lab, where he uses

tanks of water to explore fluid dynamics by phenomenological means.

"Rapture," the most striking of three elegant, graphic


works, features feathery dancing white forms on a black field. The

recognizable organic sources for these decorative patterns are


reminiscent of plant life, they are apparently the result of chemical


James Mai is an artist who does use structural and systematic


to create his color abstractions. In his accompanying notes, he


the evolution of purpose of the radiant and provocative "Cohabit

(Equal Areas)," a vertical group of six square grids in six hues

derived from the color circle. More striking, however, are the


implications of his house-like forms that trigger thoughts of homes,

neighborhoods, and communities.

Laurann Szpak’s "Untitled (Tally)," a pair of relief etchings

bound into a book, resembles a prisoner’s diary in its unrelenting

series of scratch marks. Jeffrey Heyne measures time as well as water

depth in a beautiful trio of gem-like images, built over photographs

of Hoover dam, lusciously glazed and embellished with ruby-red


And Carol Myers, in her lovely, multi-layered mixed media "The

Heart is a Mathematician," again includes numerals and number

series to suggest the possibility of getting your way through math.

— Nicole Plett

Art & Math, The Peddie School, Mariboe Gallery,

Hightstown, 609-490-7550. To February 18. Open Monday, Tuesday,


Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Art in Town

The Gallery at Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike,


Storybook illustrations by Russian-born artist Gennady Spirin. Open

by appointment during school hours. To February 13.

Spirin was born in the small town of Orehknov-Zuyevo, near Moscow,

and received his art training at the Surtkov School of Fine Arts,

the Academy of the Arts in Moscow, and the Stroganov Institute. His

style combines traditional Russian techniques with the great


of the Renaissance.

Pringle International Art, 8 Chambers Street,


"International Print Show" with collographs by Brenda Hartill,

wood engravings by Peter Lazarov, and etchings by Max Werner. Schmitz.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To February 26.

Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.


Art and Technology in the 21st Century: Leaders of Innovation,"

featuring artists George Cramer, Susumu Endo, and Roman Verostko.

To February 26. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. Website at

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Art On Campus

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


Contemporary Art by African-American Artists," to March 5. Also

"Transfer: Large Format Prints of the 1960s and 1970s,"


to April 2. 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.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,


"Picture Trenton," a major exhibition of art in all media

with views of Trenton as the subject, co-sponsored with Artsbridge,

Artworks, and TAWA. To February 20. Museum hours are Tuesday through

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts

Building, "Beverly Pepper," one-artist show. On the mezzanine,

a thematic photography show, "Focus on Sculpture." Shows


to April 16. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m., and by appointment.

New additions to the 22-acre landscaped sculpture park include works

by Michele Oka Doner, David Hostetler, J. Seward Johnson Jr.,


Leiro, John Martini, and Joseph Menna.

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

609-292-6464. "Unseen Treasures: Imperial Russia and the New


an exhibit of historic treasures of the Russian empire. The dazzling

collection of 300 art objects and artifacts from Russian’s famed State

Historical Museum and State Archive is displayed in five historical

settings. Show remains on view through April 16. Admission $10 adults;

$8.50 seniors and students; $6 children. Advance ticket purchase at

800-766-6048 or online at Tuesday

to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibition takes the visitor on a unique journey beginning with

the formation of the Russian American Company in 1799 and spanning

a period of 200 years and 6,000 miles.

Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,

609-695-0061. "Art from 19th Century to the Present," plus

antiques and interior design. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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Art in the Workplace

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,

609-895-7307. "Looking at the World: Work by Barry Snyder and

William H. Selesnick." To March 10. Exhibit is open Monday to

Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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To the North

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset

Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Hungarian Spark in


an exhibit highlighting Hungarian contributions to the arts, sciences,

humanities, commerce, religious and civic life in America. Extended

to February 27. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4

p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $3 donation. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $3 donation.

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, 33 Livingston

Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-932-2222, ext. 838. "Printed


an exhibit of drawings and prints by Juan Sanchez, a Latino artist

from Puerto Rico, and his new work "Once We Were Warriors."

Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "The Enduring Figure, 1890s to 1970s:

Sixteen Sculptures from the National Association of Women


Show continues to March 12.

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Other Galleries

DeLann Gallery, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center,


609-799-6706. "Portraits in Other Objects" by Eric Montoya,

an artist who exhibits in Los Angeles and New York. The show features

oil portraits whose forms are comprised of other narrative elements.

Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Main Street Gallery, Montgomery Center, Route 206,


Featuring color and black-and-white photographs by Harry Rubel who

has been making photographs for 45 years. Also, works by area artists

Patrice Sprovieri, Wayne Mathisen, Annelies van Dommelen, and Susan

Setteducato. Also exhibiting Hsu Dan, Tom Chesar, Larry Chestnut,

Calvin Hart, Clem Fiori, Leslie Neumeyer, Leyla Spencer, Janet Landau,

Jacob Landau, Ellyn Gerberding, and Marge Levine. Hours are Monday

through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to 9 p.m.; and Saturday,

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Out of the Blue," an exhibition of new

paintings by the physically challenged artists working with Artistic

Realization Technologies, the brainchild of artist Tim Lefens. To

February 26. Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3


Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road,


"Through the Eye of a Needle: The Lap Quilts of Mo Fleming."

In her quilting, Fleming, former chair of Plainsboro’s Human Relations

Committee, continues a family tradition that spans generations. To

February 29.

Fleming revitalizes the folk art of rag quilting by creating unique

mosaics in fabric fragments. Her work incorporations beads, buttons,

emblems, ribbons, and found objects to express her ideas and


Working with a five-foot-square form, her quilts reflect a deep pride

in African American culture. Her "Black Women Author’s Quilt"

features 18 portraits including Toni Morrison, Iyanla Vanzant, and

Bebe Moore Campbell.

Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5464.

"Grinding the Wind," an exhibition of kinetic sculpture of

Philadelphia artist Alison Kuby Netz, curated by James Dickinson,

Rider professor of sociology. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday,

2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To March 4.

Using casts of real people, Kuby Netz cuts and welds sheet steel to

create life-size figures. These figures are activated by electric

motors, cams, gears, and chains that cause them to crawl, roll,


swing, and hit in repetitive, threatening and humorous ways.

Born in Philadelphia, Kuby Netz received her BA in art from Hampshire

College and an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute

of Chicago. She has worked in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia


bicycles and building theater sets.

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Other Museums

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


215-340-9800. "The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914 to 1940," a


exhibit from the Smithsonian that describes the heady expatriate scene

in Paris between the wars. To April 2. Also, "Let Children Be

Children: Lewis Hine’s Crusade Against Child Labor," an exhibition

of historic photographs from the early 20th century, to February 27.

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hours Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 adults; $1.50 students; children free.

Also on view, an exhibition of figurative outdoor sculpture by


artist Barry Johnston, to March 5; and "Recent Gifts: 19th and

20th-Century Photographs from Alexander Novak and Family," to

February 27.

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Art by the River

Bell’s Union Street Restaurant, 183 North Union,


609-397-2226. Pastel landscapes by Julia Akers Gribbin, to January


Morning Star Carriage House Gallery, 7 North Main Street,

Lambertville, 609-397-3939. "Prayer Flags: Images of Bhutan,


and Bali" by Stockton photographer Ken Wong. The show follows

the spiritual landscapes of Asia, from the lofty Himalayas to the

rain forests of Bali. To February 14. Gallery hours are Friday and

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Wong used two old cameras for this pictorial series: a 2-1/4-inch

Rollei and a 4×5 view camera. His sepia-toned black-and-white prints

document a heritage that is fast disappearing as the modern world

encroaches on these remote regions.

Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street,


609-397-2300. A show of Charles Fazzino’s whimsical, three-dimensional

paper constructions on big subjects that include New York,


sports, and the law. To February 28. Open Wednesday through Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m.

Riverbank Arts, 19 Bridge Street, Stockton, 609-397-9330.

Recent work by James Feehan is featured at the gallery that represents

100 area artists. Gallery hours Monday to Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.;

Thursday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 7 p.m. To February 15.

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