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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the June 5, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Colored Glass Meets Its

This is a story of "stained glass serendipity."

It’s about two artists who met and then merged their individual artistry

to produce stained glass in countless applications: windows and doors

of all sorts, sidelights, transoms, and of course, pendants and panels

to hang in the light — good news for the world of stained glass.

Individually, the names Kurki and Osler, of Osler-Kurki Studio, could

suggest different forms of art: long a professional illustrator, Kim

Kurki is known for her finely-detailed commercial designs, as well

as drawings and paintings. Bill Osler has been associated with found-object

sculptures along with his work in glass.

Each is strong solo, but together, the two (a couple for about 12

years) make beautiful stained glass music. When her drawing, detail-orientation,

and special interest in the natural world link up with his long-honed

skill at working with glass, the result is symphonic stained glass

art. Between them, they handle the broad continuum of operations that

go into making a notable stained glass object — from its original

design to selection of colors and glass to be used, and from cutting

the glass pieces to installing the finished product.

Stained glass works from Osler-Kurki Studio will be part of the June

members’ group exhibition at the Artsbridge Gallery, Lambertville.

An opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., launches

the show that runs through June 30.

"Wildflowers," at two-by-four feet, is possibly the largest

glass piece that will be shown and most representative of the couple’s

work. It’s a heroic stained glass sampler, in which Osler-Kurki’s

myriad complementary artistic contributions are on display — as

is the range of glass, colors, and techniques it employs.

For those who may associate stained glass only with church windows

from their youth, or colored glass in the transom at Aunt Violet’s

old house, or even with the ubiquitous Tiffany-style lamp shades —

there’s a growing field of stained glass art — a medium that can

embody the elements of color, form, line, and texture as artfully

as a painting, a mobile, a mural.

And since both the art and craft of making stained glass objects go

back to the Middle Ages, there may also be some doubt about how it’s

done. It’s not glued in or poured between "lines" of lead,

nor is it fashioned from found or broken glass.

A visit to the Osler-Kurki Studio, in Penns Park, Pennsylvania, near

the intersection of routes 413 and 232, permits a step-by-step that

is — shall we say, illuminating? It starts on the walls of the

studio building, where finished pieces of all sizes and designs hang

at the windows. Outside the serious work area, the pair’s stained

glass is profusely displayed.. This richness serves to acquaint the

prospective customer with Osler-Kurki’s wide range and encourage further

ideas and variations. Their handy photo album showing residential

and public commissions only adds to that.

A stained glass work could more accurately be called "leaded glass"

after the strips of lead that hold glass pieces — only some of

which may really be "stained" — in place. Every work in

stained glass starts with a paper design. (There is no doodling or

sketching with the raw materials in this art form; they must conform

to an image the artists and [optional] customer have decided on.)

After the first step on the production continuum — Kim Kurki’s

full-scale drawing, possibly with color and with each designated piece

numbered — comes glass selection. At the ready are sheets of colored

glass as well as scraps of all sizes, many organized by hue in boxes

and cans. Although color is paramount, glass texture matters too.

The shape for each piece of glass is traced from Kurki’s drawing onto

stiffer pattern paper and cut out with special scissors that leave

room for the lead strips into which each piece of glass will be fitted.

(These soft lead strips, available in different thicknesses for various

parts of a stained glass work, are easy to bend, and, judging by Bill

Osler’s dexterity, to cut. Each end is shaped like an I-beam, with

the glass locking into its channel on each side.)

Osler also makes glass-cutting, including smooth curves,

look easy — although it decidedly is not. His hand tool requires

both strength and steadiness, which he applies to fashioning each

piece of glass from its pattern. After incising the glass, he knows

when to snap it with his thumbs or tap the surface and break out the


On a Homasote board, Osler assembles the work: piece by glass piece,

each delineated and held in place by lead strips that he winds around

them and cuts at their junctures with other lead pieces. He uses small

nails to hold the frame tight while he puts it together.

Soldering — or melting the lead at all its meeting-joints —

comes next, and like the cementing step that follows, it must be done

on both sides of the stained glass object. (To recall old stained

glass windows that bowed and eventually broke is see the effects of

lead’s inherent softness: over time and through varying temperatures,

lead loses its shape, relaxes. Now, the "lead" strips Osler

uses are alloys — for greater strength..)

After melting the solder material with a heated iron, Osler applies

what looks like melted tinsel to the joints, carefully covering the

lead cuts he had made. "I try to make all my joints real neat,"

he says, "because they’ll show up brighter than the rest of the

lead." His approach is skilled, workmanlike; he would probably

gasp at some casually-made stained glass "sun-catchers" around,

with their oversized, thick globs of solder.

At this point, the result can look, and act, like a jig-saw puzzle,

he says. If you picked the piece up after soldering only on one side,

it could fall apart. Even lifting it to turn it over and solder the

other side can be risky business; the pieces still rattle.

Next comes the cementing process. Putting a gob of his aromatic, homemade

mix of whiting, linseed oil, and blacking on top of the stained glass

piece, Osler uses a brush to cover the surface, pushing the cement

under the lead and generally filling any cavities. Then he sprinkles

powder over all to blot up the oil and clean the glass before allowing

it to "set up" for a few days, after which he repeats the

process on the other side. By that time, the lead is darkened and

the piece is waterproofed, as well as significantly strengthened.

But a stained glass work is usually more than colored glass within

lead strips. Beautiful as that can be — and the best, such as

those by Louis Comfort Tiffany, are typically praised for their clear,

jewel-like colors, there’s more. To the repertoire they already offer

— designs ranging from colonial to Victorian and arts and crafts

to contemporary; both representational and abstract styles — Kurki

and Osler have added "painted glass," which really means painting

on glass.

Using pigment and fine ground glass, Kurki uses a line drawing technique

to add details, shadows, shading. This must all be done before a stained

glass work is assembled because any hand-painted pieces must be separately

fired to fuse the "paint" with the glass.

Still other techniques and types of glass can be found in Osler-Kurki’s,

"Wildflowers." It includes both line work and subtle shading,

with some flowers boasting lead-outlined petals while others have

drawn ones. This dual handling, Kurki explains, avoids too many "lead

lines" that could clutter the surface of the piece.

Special glasses are also incorporated: "flash glass" has more

than one layer of color and can be cut through by sand-blasting or

acid-etching; in opaque "art glass," developed by Tiffany,

the colors have a mottled effect and can vary depending on the number

of hues added to sheet-glass before it cools. Altogether, "Wildflowers"

conveys both Kurki’s abiding love of wildflowers and wonder at the

natural world, and Osler’s expertise with myriad facets of glass work.

Their current glass project is an awesome sounding five-foot octagonal

window that will be back-lit in a two-story-high ceiling. Not only

was the design an artistic challenge — it will be an antique map

with a parchment look, "scrolly writing," and sea monsters

— but both transporting and installing this work presented hurdles,

as did maneuvering on the high platform Osler had built to install

the frame with six sections. That was actually the hardest part; now

the panels can simply rest in the frame.

"Restorations," or repairs, are a regular part of glass working

for Osler. Part of the fun is trying to match the old glass that might

partially remain in damaged works. One wonders what he would think

of the massive job of restoration performed on priceless stained glass

work by Tiffany. In 1957, a catastrophic fire at Laurelton Hall, his

home near Oyster Bay, Long Island, seemed to have irretrievably destroyed

much of the work housed there — until a philanthropic couple from

Winter Park, Florida, undertook a rescue. The glass fruits of their

largesse can be seen at Winter Park’s Morse Museum.

Lacking that level of restoration work to occupy them, Osler and Kurki

have the time to make their own leaded glass pieces — much to

the good fortune of anyone who sees or owns them. When not joining

forces on stained glass, each of the pair does individual art things.

Kurki, with a BFA from Kutztown University, trained

as an illustrator and has more than 20 years experience in the stationery/giftware

industry, with her decorative tins, greeting cards and stationery,

and product packaging published and distributed worldwide. Her "fine

art" drawings and paintings — like her stained glass designs,

both stylized and influenced by natural forms and botanical subjects

— have been show in numerous juried exhibitions.

She says she "loves detail, but it also drives me crazy,"

happily reporting the stained glass work forces her to simplify. Even

so, Kurki’s illustrations and designs are testimonials to her ever-accumulating

research findings; she talks easily about historical and mythological

sources apparent in her varied projects, and says, "I like rhythmic

natural cycles and using symbols."

At one end of the long gamut of Kurki’s recent solo work is a series

of very large, multi-panel illustrations for a Philadelphia pharmaceutical

company. At the other end is a book about wildflower folklore she

has written and illustrated, and she hopes will soon be published.

Osler entered the world of glass right out of high school, working

for about 13 years in a stained glass studio before establishing Osler

Studio, specializing in custom leaded glass. His designs may be geometric

or abstract, with softly curvilinear shapes that are especially appealing.

His work has been included in exhibitions at Phillips Mill, Morpeth

Gallery, and Wheaton Village.

A self-taught and intuitive sculptor, Osler might use stone, bone,

wood, papier mache for his pieces, sometimes symbolic and other times

seeming artifacts. They may draw on mythology and often convey gentle

humor. He also makes garden sculptures, which are easy to place, given

the couple’s extensive property — highlighted by the art-full

house (yet another story) they built together from plans that Kurki’s

architect father gave them..

The best order a client can give to the Osler-Kurki stained glass

duo is "free rein." They have no fear of artistic license,

liking most to collaborate on their joint inspiration for beauty in


Group Show, Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North

Union Street, Lambertville, 609-773-0881. Opening reception for the

monthly group show that includes 10 stained glass pieces from Osler-Kurki

Studio. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; show continues

to June 30. Free. Friday, June 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Area Galleries

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

"Day Work" and "Dream Time," sculptures by New York

artist N.H. Chechen featuring figurative compositions in bronze, wood,

and copper. The artist is a graduate of the University of Baghdad

who earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 1984. He founded and operates

the Fine Art Studios Sculpture Center in Orange County, New York.

Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To July 3.

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

"Ellis Island, the Sad Side" by Robert Borsuk, and David Miller’s

"Take a Walk on the Boardwalk." Open Saturday, 11 a.m. to

5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 23.

Borsuk’s images of Ellis Island were taken in 1998 and ’99 inside

the abandoned buildings where thousands of immigrants and future Americans

passed. Uninhabited since 1954, Borsuk finds beauty among the ruined

interiors. Miller sees the boardwalk as a magical summer place where

people come to see and be seen, to play, and act out their fantasies.

His Seaside Heights photographs are of both the pleasure seekers and

the loneliness of the immigrant concession workers.

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

Solo exhibition of Sandra Nusblatt’s watercolors, "From Hopewell

to the Jersey Shore." Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To June 28.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. "Ed X 3," an exhibit by painters Ed Baumlin,

Ed Bronstein, and Ed Letven. 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 June 10.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.

Rachel Bliss, "Portraits," figurative works that come from

her life experiences living for the past 15 years in an urban community

in North Philadelphia. Gallery talk is Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To June 8.

Parachute Modern Art Gallery, 10 South Pennsylvania Avenue,

Suite 208, Morrisville, 215-295-8444. Group show by William Taylor

and staff members of Taylor Photo in Princeton. Parachute is an artist-run

gallery featuring innovative art in all media. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. To July 15.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Artist to Artist: Berlin to New

Jersey," an exhibition of works by more than 25 artists of the

12 Months/12 Originals Printmaking Collective of Berlin, Germany,

and the Printmaking Council of New Jersey. Gallery hours are Wednesday

through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To July 20.

South Brunswick Arts Commission, Wetherill Historic Site,

Georges Road, South Brunswick, 732-524-3350. "Art Smart,"

an exhibit to celebrate artist-educators in South Brunswick with work

by visual artists Rajini Balachandran, Stephanie Barbetti, Michele

Eagle Diatlo, Steven Levine, Joan Mintz, Helen Post, and Maxwell W.

Nimeck, and by poets Edward Belding and Joyce Greenberg Lott. On view

Fridays to Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., to June 30.

Washington Township Arts Council, Washington Township

Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502.

Fourth annual art exhibit selected by Terri McNichol, artist and teacher

at Mercer County Community College. To June 21.

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ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "2002 Boxes," an exhibition of assemblages by

Ann Thomas. Works that begin with ephemera, become small narratives

that make a dramatic impact. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday,

1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 to

5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To June 29.

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

"Savoring Summer," an exhibit of recent paintings by Lisa

Mahan and John Schmidtberger. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To July 8.

Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4590. Solo exhibition of silver prints by multi-media artist

Victor Macarol. "My images are gently humorous, often ambiguous,

vignettes on the foibles of humans and other living creatures who

are desperately fighting for survival in an impersonal world,"

says Macarol. The artist is recipient of a New Jersey State Council

on the Arts distinguished artist award. To June 15.

Lee Harper Gallery, 12 West Mechanics Street, New Hope,

215-862-5300. "Figure and Ground: Work by Jonathan Hertzel,"

a show of works on paper and figurative sculpture. Gallery is open

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

and by appointment. To June 29.

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

Still life oil paintings by Barbara Hayden Lewis. Gallery hours: Tuesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. To June 30.

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CG Gallery Ltd, 10 Chambers Street, 609-683-1988. "Glass

Works," an exhibit of over 100 pieces by American and international

glass artists. Some subdued, some in bright hues, the limited edition

pieces are signed and numbered. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 5:30 p.m. To June 30.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton

and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition that looks

at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its

workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

HomeFront, 43 Hulfish Street, 609-989-9417. The annual

show and sale of Shona stone sculpture of Zimbabwe to benefit area

homeless families. More than 600 works are on exhibit and available

for purchase. Civil unrest in Zimbabwe makes future exhibits uncertain.

Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; Sundays, 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. To June 16.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192.

In the dining room, exhibit of paintings by Doris Keller Terris, a

member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor,

and American Artist Professional League. Part of proceeds benefit

the Medical Center. Show may be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To June 27.

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

Monotypes and handmade paper collage by Priscilla Snow Algava. Her

work was exhibited in March at the So Hyun Gallery in New York. Artist’s

reception is Sunday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., for the show that

runs to July 2. Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-924-8665.

"A Festival of Caribbean Art" featuring works by Canute Caliste

of Carriacou and Haitian-born Etzer Desir. Caliste is a father of

23 who paints vividly of his island home. Desir’s faux-primitive style

depicts everyday life in his native land. Open Friday and Saturday,

1 to 6 p.m. To June 16.

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Campus Arts

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

Woodblock Prints," a 16-print survey from Suzuki Harunobu (1725)

to Hiroshige (1850s); to September 1. "Anthony Van Dyck: `Ecce

Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ’" and "In the Mirror of Christ’s

Passion: Images from Princeton University Collections," to June

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

p.m. Free highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. New website:

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American Landscape."

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Natural Rhythms Stilled," an

exhibition of photographs by John Hess, a photographer and biology

professor at Central Missouri State University. Monday to Saturday,

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To June 28.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Annual exhibition of works by Rider

students in all mediums. Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to

Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To August 11.

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Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Mind-Body," an invitational group exhibition

of works by artists who explore the subject of science and medical

technology using such tools as MRI, X-rays, and microscopic photography.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends

and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 23.

Exhibiting artists from New Jersey are Abbie Bagley-Young, Catherine

Bebout, Janet Filomeno, Eileen Foti, Frances Heinrich, Maria Lupo,

Tim Trelease, and Debra Weier. Also featured: Rick Bartow, Justine

Cooper, Irina Nalchova, Fredericka Foster Shapiro, Marina Guitierrez,

Jeanne Jaffe, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle.

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Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, Trenton, 609-497-9288.

Princeton Photography Club exhibit of both color and black-and-white

photography including nature photography, double exposures, still

life, landscapes, and portraits. In the main lobby, to June 14.

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

Ellarslie Open XX, the 20th annual Ellarslie juried exhibition, selected

by Anne Fabbri, founding director of the Noyes Museum and now director

of the Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University of the Arts.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. To June 16.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Tenth Anniversary Year Spring Exhibition features artists

who have had one-person shows at Grounds for Sculpture over the past

decade. In the Domestic Arts Building: Richard Wright, photography.

Regular park admission $4 to $10. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10

a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day. Admission $4 Tuesday

through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Shows run

to July 14.

Represented by one sculpture each, some created especially for the

anniversary show, are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bill Barrett, James Dinerstein,

Leonda Finke, Red Grooms, William King, Wendy Lehman, Robert Lobe,

Marisol, Jeffrey Maron, Robert Murray, John Newman, Beverly Pepper,

Andrzej Pitynski, Robert Ressler, Michael Steiner, Dana Stewart, Strong-Cuevas,

Jay Wholley, and Isaac Witkin.

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

609-292-6464. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You

Can See," an introduction to New Jersey’s natural features by

way of the historic waterway. Included are specimens of bears, bobcats,

salt marsh turtles, and ancient fossils; to November 3. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to

5 p.m.

Also: "Jacob Landau: A Memorial," a selection of 36 works

from the museum’s holdings, in honor of the New Jersey artist who

died last November; to June 30. "Art by African-Americans: A Selection

from the Collection" to August 18; "American Indians as Artists:

The Beginnings of the State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection,"

to September 15.

On extended view: "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."

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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,"

an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring

works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom 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 Vicent Korda; to April, 2003. Also,

original art and text from the book "Light From the Yellow Star,

A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust" by Robert O. Fisch; to June

9. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.

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.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. Annual National Juried Print Exhibition selected by

Eileen Foti of Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Also

on exhibit, "Eileen Foti: Images of Extinction." Both shows

to June 23. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Bucks County Invitational V," the annual show

of contemporary works features Vincent Ceglia and Lisa Manheim, paintings;

sculpture by Karl Karhuma; and the photography of Claus Mroczynski;

to July 7. Outdoors, a group of minimalist sculptures by Maria A.

Hall, to June 30. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m. $6.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "India: Contemporary Art From Northeastern

Private Collections," the largest exhibition of its kind to be

held in an American museum. Show features more than 100 works from

20 collections, with an emphasis on the post-independence era, 1947

to the present. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3 adults;

under 18 free; museum is open free to the public on the first Sunday

of every month. To July 31.

Indian artists include members of the Progressive Artists Group, F.N.

Souza, M.F. Husain, Krishna Ara, and Syed Raza. Also first and second-generation

Indian modernists Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Ganesh Pyne, and artists

who have emerged in recent years such as Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat.

Also "In Context: Patterns in Contemporary Printmaking." "The

Baltics: Nonconformist and Modernist Art During the Soviet Era,"

the first major survey of modernist art produced in Estonia, Latvia,

and Lithuania during the post-Soviet period. "Efim Ladyzhensky."

"By All Means: Materials and Mood in Picture Book Illustrations."

All to July 31.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz has auditions for "The Passion

of Dracula" on Wednesday, June 12 at the Ritz Theater, 915 White

Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Based on the novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker,

production dates are September 6 through October 5. All roles are

open; come prepared with a three-minute monologue. Call 856-858-5230

for appointment.

Princeton Girlchoir has auditions for girls who love to

sing to join the choir for its 14th season, 2002-2003. Remaining audition

dates for girls entering grades 3 to 9 are June, 11, 12, and 15. For

information, or to schedule an appointment, call the PGC office at

609-688-1888 or e-mail The choir presents two major

concerts each year, as well as less formal engagements. Weekly rehearsals

are held Monday evenings at Princeton Day School. Some partial tuition

scholarships are available. The season’s final concert will be June

8, at 6 p.m. at Grounds for Sculpture’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions

and interviews for its RAP/Repertory Apprentice Program, a 10-week

pre-professional conservatory led by master teachers. Program begins

July 1 and runs to September 1. Tuition $1,000. Campus housing available.

For details call 609-921-3682.

Call for Entries

New Hope Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival seeks applications

for the October show. All fine art mediums and artistic crafts are

eligible to be juried. Last year, the festival featured over 160 artists

from 15 states. Application deadline is Saturday, June 15. Call 215-598-3301

or e-mail

Participate Please

Neighborhood Housing Services of Trenton seeks volunteers

for house painting event in Trenton on Saturday, June 8. The project,

"Paint A Bite Out of Grime," will paint and repair several

homes on Klagg Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Call Patrice D’Angelo at

609-392-5494 ext. 204.

Absecon Lighthouse will benefit from the summer excursion

to the Big Apple on Saturday, June 22. Round trip bus transportation

from Atlantic City, tickets to see the hit musical "Contact,"

luncheon, and shopping is $125 per person. Call 609-499-1360.

Kids’ MusicRound will offer free sample music and movement

classes for families with young children, Monday, June 10 to June

24 in Montgomery, Pennington, and South Brunswick locations. These

classes preview the Kids’ MusicRound 6-week summer session that begins

July 8. 609-333-0100.

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