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This article by Pat Summers was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on July 14,

1999. All rights reserved.

Deciphering `Six Points’

You’re into visual arts, and the current Artworks

exhibition, "Ways of Knowing: Six Points of Abstraction,"

sounds like just the thing. Open since Monday, June 28, it runs through

August 15, with an artists’ reception set for Friday, July 16, at

5 p.m. The newspaper calendar names six artists whose work is included:

Jack Harris, Susan Hockaday, Micheal Madigan, Pat Martin, Mary Ann

Miller, and Ann Starkey.

More than a week after the opening date, you make the trip to Trenton,

expecting both a knock-out show and, with luck, an equally stunning

slice of pizza afterwards. It all starts out so well: You walk into

the high-ceilinged, converted warehouse, with sun pouring down through

the skylights, and a reasonably cool climate going. Immediately, you’re

surrounded by art, and it’s exciting. A small class is in progress

in the front room — the big, white-walled gallery where 22 paintings

and three photographs hang.

Then you encounter the first hitch: the wall labels are just that

— labels. In blue pencil on each one is written a name matching

one of the participating artists. Some labels also include what seem

to be titles. But there’s no information about medium, or when any

work was created, or price. Could this be "new-age gallery style,"

an undeniably arty and throw-away approach to information sharing?

You look around for information sheets about the artists, the work,

the curatorial aims, the curator’s name. No dice. You’re on your own

in figuring out the selections, the connections, the works themselves.

(As far as clues go, this is worse than "Untitled" throughout

a show.)

So you start with the wall on your right, where four paintings by

"Pat Martin" hang. Isn’t she a New Hope-based artist? Wasn’t

she recently one of four featured artists at the elite Michener Museum’s

Bucks County Invitational? "Secrets," one of the two smaller

oils, is muted in tones and austerely interesting, with a worked surface

that includes pieces of fabric, painted lines, a checkered pattern,

and layers of paint through whose scumbled brush strokes underlying

colors are still visible. Much larger and more irregularly patterned,

"Eight" looks black and gray overall, with hints of mauve

and yellow — and explicit repetition of the number eight, in different

iterations that overlap and angle and cover the surface in pleasing

ways. This despite the continuing subterranean question: "Why

`eight’?" except perhaps as ex post facto forerunner to the Beatles’

immortal "Number 9"?

Martin’s work invites long, appreciative looks at its multi-dimensional

surfaces. Sequentially, it is followed by five paintings by the late

Jack Harris, a long-time fine art teacher at Mercer County Community

College. You remember numerous exhibitions of his work that have followed

his recent death. His surfaces are also textured, but in sandy-looking

ways and typically in "industrial" shades of gray and black

and white, with occasional surprising touches of hot pink and fiery

gold.

One of Harris’s two bigger works, "White Light Radiance,"

shows layers of surface distinctly suggesting levels of meaning, overlapping

and fitted together, with bright white shafts before and behind cloud-like

matter. His large "Untitled," in aqua tones with grays, meshes

curved shapes suggesting outer space, with narrow, vibrantly colored

bands that look like service ribbons.

Three of Susan Hockaday’s photographic layered landscapes — double-exposed

studies of waterways in Nova Scotia, where she summers — complete

the right side of the gallery. You recall that in the last year or

so, Hockaday’s work has twice appeared in the Bristol-Myers Squibb

gallery and at Rider University, as well as in Morristown and Manhattan.

Her big, watery compositions merge her photographs of the natural

scene with her own calligraphic additions.

Bridging the center hallway off the gallery, you come to five paintings

by Micheal (an unusual spelling, but he goes by Mike) Madigan. You

know he is a veteran Artworks faculty member and painter whose work

was recently on view at Morpeth Gallery in Pennington. Two of his

lollipop-colored acrylics are framed, one with a startling, wide wooden

window frame painted deep aqua. Once safely past the frame, this picture,

"Wishing on Ashes," is appealingly mystical and seems to radiate

out from its deep purple center. His "First Seen Pass," distinguished

by its orange focus and brightly colored rings.

Five paintings by Mary Ann Miller and three by Ann Starkey complete

the six points of abstraction. Starkey’s palette ranges from soft

shades in "Blue Door" through much deeper hues in "Flutters,"

whose waves of color stream over a textured background. Miller works

in washes of either primary colors ("Mercury Seep"), or more

subdued shades ("Sub Acqueo One"), sometimes producing loose,

geometric shapes, with a recurring motif of a stylized fish, or leaf,

shape.

Inarguably, the "Six Points" at Artworks are disparate jumping-off

sites into abstraction. You can’t help wondering how they were selected,

what the artists would say about their own pieces and their interaction

with others in the gallery. You can’t help wishing for more information

about the artists, especially those you weren’t familiar with before

you came to Artworks. This is, after all, a venerable teaching facility,

with extensive outreach and ambitious programs. If only the preparatory

work on "Ways of Knowing" had been completed before it opened

— for your sake and that of other visitors, for the artists involved,

for Artworks.

Oh, well, on to the pizza. No mystery there.

— Pat Summers

Ways of Knowing: Six Points of Abstraction, Artworks,

19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Artists’ reception for the

show, curated by Micheal Madigan, that continues to August 15. Gallery

hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4

p.m. Friday, July 16, 5 p.m.

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Art in Town

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.

"Heart of the Matter: New Abstraction," an exhibition of photographs

by Ray Anderson, sculpture by Lee Tribe, and paintings by Atanas Zgalevski,

Natalia Zaloznaya, and Lucien Dulfan. To July 31. Gallery hours are

Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

DeLann Gallery, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center, Plainsboro,

609-799-6706. "May Bender," the East Brunswick artist’s first

retrospective show, covering the years 1945 to the present. A lifetime

painter, trained as the Art Students League, Bender has produced more

than 350 paintings, working in figurative, geometric, and abstract

expressionist genres. Show features oils on canvas and works on paper.

To August 14. Gallery hours are 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.

Gratella Gallery at Doral Forrestal, 100 College Road

East, 609-452-7800. "Dual Perceptions," a show of paintings

by Joy H. Barth, to July 26. This solo exhibition includes Barth’s

recent works which combine painting, drawing, and printmaking. "Using

the different media, I hope to invent a language that is nature-based,"

says Barth. "The art speaks of the indefinable, that illusive

moment, the passage of wind, or the cadence of rain."

Kwela Crafts, 46 Main Street, Kingston, 609-279-2188.

"Funk-Tional Art," a mini-exhibit of African animal lamps

by Cape Town artists Michael Methven and Mwande Mthini. To July 31.

Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday,

noon to 8 p.m.

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

At the Merwick Unit, paintings by Alice Warshaw, to September 7. Formerly

of Roosevelt, and now residing in Lawrenceville, Warshaw traces her

love of figure painting to studies with Elizabeth Lombardi at the

Arts Council of Princeton. She studied art at the College of New Jersey,

MCCC, and Rider, earning her state certificate to teach art while

working as a porcelain figurine decorator and inspector with Ispanky

Porcelains.

Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377.

"Bill, Hank & Al: Landscapes," an exhibition of paintings

by William Wolfe, architect, and Henry Arnold and Alan Goodheart,

landscape architects, professional colleagues who share a passion

for painting. To August 2.

Says Alan Goodheart: "These landscape paintings are real places

reinvented on location with acrylic colors. The places themselves

are important to me, but the paintings are about something special

that happens `out there.’" Adds Bill Wolfe, who has been carrying

a sketchbook for 10 years: "Whereas photography previously

distracted me, drawing intensified my vision. The natural settings

themselves compelled me to paint, as lines could not suffice. I paint

to celebrate the light, colors, and rhythms of the natural world,

and in particular the various moods of water."

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Art On Campus

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

from the Collection of Dr. M. Jay Goodkind ’49," a show of 39

works of landscape and nature photography collected since 1964, part

of the collector’s promised bequest to the museum. The show includes

Ansel Adams’ "Aspens, New Mexico," 1958, the first work acquired

by Goodkind in 1964, which, together with eight additional Adams photographs,

set the tone of the collection. To September 5.

The Goodkind collection includes images by Edward Weston, Brett Weston,

Bruce Barnbaum, Paul Caponigro, William Clift, Robert Dawson, Dianne

Kornberg, and George Tice, among others. One area of concentration

is the sand dunes of Oceano and Death Valley, California, with works

in the collection by a variety of different artists.

Also "From Ritual Simplicity to Imperial Splendor: Chinese Ceramics

from the Collection of Nelson Chang ’74," to September 26; "Chinese

Painting and Calligraphy: In Memory of John B. Elliott," to September

30.

Princeton University, Firestone Library, 609-258-3184.

In the Milberg Gallery, "Artifacts: The Biographical Object in

the Princeton University Library Collections," to September 15.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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Other Galleries

Highlands Gallery, Forsgate Country Club, Jamesburg, 732-521-0070.

"Panoramas," an exhibition of landscapes and seascapes by

Dorothy Wells Bissell and Eileen Shahbender, is the inaugural show

at Forsgate’s new Highlands Gallery. Anita Benarde is the series curator.

Hightstown Memorial Library, Main Street and Route 33,

Hightstown, 609-448-1474. An exhibition of rock concert photographs

by Joe Ryan featuring the Grateful Dead, Blondie’s reunion tour, and

more. Website: www.gratefuljoe.com. Through July 31.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Tour de France Exhibit" by watercolorists

Ellen Faber, Nancy Jorgenson, Beverly Nickel, and Gail Robertson.

To July 31. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30

p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery, 18 North Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-9313.

Group show of landscape and still life in oils by Stephen Kennedy,

Christine Lafuente, and David Shevlino. To July 17. Gallery hours

are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christine Lafuente paints exclusively from life and is an instructor

and artist-in-resident at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.

"I spend so much time looking in nature for what I paint: images

in life that satisfy an internal esthetic vision I have," she

says. Shevlino, a painter of plein air landscapes, won a regional

NEA fellowship in painting. Kennedy is a graduate of the National

Academy of Design who apprenticed with portraitist Nelson Shanks.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588.

"Mixin’ the Media," a two-person show of paintings by Alan

J. Klawans and collages by Stacie Speeer Scott. Both artists, although

long-time residents of the Bucks County region, represent a contemporary

art approach and use of materials. Show continues to August 1. Gallery

hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Klawans studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, and the

Philadelphia College of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney

Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has

worked as an instructor at the Tyler School of Art and Moore College

of Art.

Speer’s pictures are made of both traditional and found materials

and take on forms appropriate to the materials. She studied with Tom

Bostell in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and teaches at the Intstitute

for Art at the Annenberg Center.

Bell’s Restaurant, 183 North Union, Lambertville, 609-397-2226.

Watercolor and mixed-media prints and handpainted ceramics by Maria

Madonna Davidoff, to July 31.

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

A shared exhibition of wood engravings by Anne Steele Marsh and watercolors

by Charles R. Ross. To July 31.

Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4590. "Silver Prints," an exhibition of photographs

by New Jersey multi-media artist Victor Macarol, to September 30.

"Like a poet whose successful verse relies on descriptive imagery

and creative economy of words, Macarol composes his images with an

exact arrangement of chosen elements," says curator Cynthia Reed.

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-2300. Joan Miro, signed and authenticated color lithographs,

1939 to 1972, by one of the 20th-century masters. To July 25. Gallery

hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Nagy Gallery, 20-B South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-8242.

A landscape painting show by four of Poland’s well-known artists featuring

Jerzy Gnatowski, Jansuz Olszewski, Stanislaw Jan Lazorek, and Anna

Olszewska. The recently opened gallery features Delaware Valley artists

in a variety of creative media including painting, sculpture, photography,

woodworking, blown glass, and stained glass.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. "Ways

of Knowing: Six Points of Abstraction," an exhibition of non-representational

work by New Jersey artists including Jack Harris, Susan Hockaday,

Micheal Madigan, Pat Martin, Mary Ann Miller, and Ann Starkey, curated

by Micheal Madigan, runs through August 15. Artists’ reception is

Friday, July 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.

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

Capital Health System, 446 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, 609-394-4095.

In the lobby gallery, an exhibition of flower paintings in watercolor

by area artists Robert Raphael, Howard Siskowitz, and Yvonne Skaggs.

To July 23. The lobby gallery is always open.

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

TAWA Invitational juried group show, selected by Brian H. Peterson

of the Michener Museum in Doylestown. Selected artists are Hope Carter,

Michael C. Lees, John MacCalus, Michelle Soslau, and Idaherma Williams.

Show continues to August 1. Free.

TAWA, the Trenton Artists Workshop Association, is a 19-year-old organization

founded to promote the arts in the greater Trenton area. Its events

have included an exchange with Russia, the "Trenton Takes 24 Hours"

photography exhibit and book, and "Eyes on Trenton."

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2

to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. TAWA website is at www.ilovelbi.com/tawa.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

An exhibition of cast bronze and iron sculpture by Colleen O’Donnell.

Artist’s reception is Saturday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., for the

show that runs to August 5. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. at the 22-acre landscaped sculpture park is on the former state

fairgrounds site, with indoor exhibitions in the glass-walled, 10,000

square foot museum, and the newly-renovated Domestic Arts Building.

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

609-292-6464. "New Jersey Arts Annual" featuring Emma Amos,

Miriam Beerman, Wendell Brooks, Marguerite Doernbach, Nancy Lee Kern,

Barbara Klein, Bill Leech, Mel Leipzig, Bob Mahon, George Segal, Debra

Weier, and others. Curators are Alison Weld and Margaret O’Reilly.

To August 29. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45

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

Also "Apollo 11 Remembered," an exhibit of commemorative items,

to January 2; "Sunstruck!" an exhibit that explores the cultural

myths, music, literature, archaeological artifacts, and astronomy

of Earth’s nearest star, to March 12. On extended view: "Dinosaur

Turnpike: Treks through New Jersey’s Piedmont"; "Amber: The

Legendary Resin"; "The Moon: Fact & Fiction."

Urban Word Cafe, 449 South Broad Street, Trenton, 609-989-7777.

"The Boxing Pictures," digital prints by Howard Siskowitz,

to July 31.

An established area artist, Siscowitz specializes in capturing the

movement and drama of the athlete. His work has been shown at the

Sam Dorsky Gallery in NYC and he was an original member of the 41

Union Square New York Artists Open Studio Group. Siskowitz’s commissioned

paintings for NASA will be included in the three year National Touring

Exhibit, "The Artistry of Space," on the Artrain. This exhibit

begins July 20, in Washington, D.C.

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Art in the Workplace

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New Brunswick,

732-524-3698. "Joseph Csatari Retrospective," an exhibition

by the South River artist known as "heir to Norman Rockwell"

runs to August 5. The show includes portraits, watercolors, book cover

art, and commercial illustration. Free by appointment.

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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 America,"

an exhibition highlighting Hungarian contributions to the arts, sciences,

humanities, commerce, religious and civic life in America. To January

31, 2000. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

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

Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

732-257-4340. Contemporary sculpture by 110 artists in natural outdoor

installations. The outdoor venue remains open through October. Hours

are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, 33 Livingston

Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-932-2222, extension 838. "Veiled Time:

Contemporary Artists and the Holocaust," curated by Judith Brodsky,

featuring works by Aharon Gluska, Melissa Gould, David Levinthal,

Zbigniew Libera, Diane Neumaier, Gabrielle Roassmer, Lubo Stacho,

and Murray Zimiles. To July 31.

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Other Museums

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

215-340-9800. "The Philadelphia Ten: A Women’s Artist Group, 1917

to 1945." Show presents work by 30 Philadelphia-based painters

and sculptors to banded together with the sole purpose of "showing

just the work they wished to present, in the most dignified and harmonious

manner." To October 3.

Fern Coppedge and M. Elizabeth Price are among the Bucks County artists

represented. The show was organized by the Moore College of Art and

Design, curated by Page Talbott and Patricia Tanis Sydney. Museum

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

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, "From Soup Cans to Nuts," an exhibition of prints by

Andy Warhol, on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The artist,

who died in 1987, is best known for his flamboyant, multiple silkscreen

prints that explore icons of popular culture from the famous soup

to Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. To September 5.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday

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

Mondays. $5 adults; students $1.50; children free.


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