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This article by Pat Summers published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on

November 3, 1999. All rights reserved.

East (Pakistan) meets West

Bangladesh? On the map, it’s to the right of the


subcontinent, above the Bay of Bengal. Formerly part of Bengal, it

became East Pakistan when India achieved independence in 1947. After

civil war with West Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh formed a separate

nation, with Dacca (or Dhaka) as its capital and largest city. It

is in the same latitude as Egypt, south Florida, and the Gulf of


and its current population is about 126 million. It’s a long, long

way from exotic-sounding, tropical Bangladesh to a suburban,


street in West Windsor, New Jersey, and it’s even longer with an


stopover in Colorado.

Painter Zakia (Za-KEY-a) Aziz Sayed, described as "Bangladesh’s

most prominent contemporary woman artist," has come that distance.

And now, a wife, mother and area resident, she is poised to make her

East Coast debut as an artist. Starting Saturday, November 6, Sayed

will exhibit her oils, watercolors, and mixed media works at the West

Windsor Library Lobby Gallery. Although large, expressionistic


street scenes, domestic scenes, and portraits predominate, some of

Sayed’s images of Native Americans — drawn from memories and


of her sojourn in Fort Collins and Denver — will also be on view.

Painting these scenes from the American West, she says, caused her

to move away from the blue and green tones that are "her natural

choices" to warmer shades. So the colorful garb and jewelry of

American Indians are shown with a predictably bright palette that

is softened through somewhat abstracted shapes in thin paint layers.

Even in her portrait paintings, Sayed conveys posture, body language,

and clothes, though not facial details. A mixed-media portrait of

a young girl, in watercolor, colored pencil and pastel — or


as she liltingly puts it in her animated English — is the


a finely wrought picture of a young woman with long, light hair and

delicate features.

For a recent interview at her home, Sayed dressed in traditional


style: a soft, green-toned "shalwar kamiz" that included a

shawl and pants, with her bare feel in sandals. Her dark and wavy

shoulder-length hair was pulled back, showing jeweled earrings and

a sparkling nose stud. She may be petite, but her smile is far from

that, and she speaks in a bubblingly confident manner.

Born in Pakistan in 1958, Sayed was the third of five children. Her

homemaker mother raised the family, while her father was in charge

of ground training for pilots with the country’s airline. The family

moved to Bangladesh in 1973. Although she was academically successful,

she eschewed the science and technology paths toward medicine and

engineering ("I thought, `This is very boring.’"), opting

instead to study at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka,

Bangladesh. Her experience there provided the first formal art study

for the young woman.

"I was the one who used to draw, also making some kind of crafts

when I would have time. On my own I would get some clay from the


— if it was available in the market to be used, I didn’t know

because in my family nobody was an artist."

One of few women in the Institute program, she studied in the


of painting and drawing, and was first in her class by the time she

earned a BFA in 1978. She remembers the college as "very modern,

with instructors from all over the world, and just like colleges


When by popular demand the institute developed a master’s program,

Sayed was ready. She had tried the workaday world: "I started

to work for two months. It was commercial, and I said no, this is

not for me. I knew I’m not happy there. Since morning till evening,

making some sort of design." Her dip into commercial art convinced

her that fine art was where she wanted to be, so she returned to the

Institute, earning one of the earliest MFAs it awarded, in 1983.

Even before finishing her graduate program, Sayed had

her first solo exhibition, a notably successful one, in Vienna,


where two of her siblings then lived. There, she showed the village

scenes, landscapes, and portraits that characterize her work and


a sense of her country’s culture. Although over time she has moved

from darker, textured canvases to lighter tones in thinner layers,

her subjects are essentially unchanging.

She has "always been fascinated by the beauty of the


she says, recalling childhood train trips to her grandparents’ village

and "the green landscape!" That affinity with nature, coupled

with her sympathy for Bangladesh’s working class people — "80

percent of the people are poor, so poor" — helps explain the

popularity of her paintings, which sell out each time she revisits

southern Asia, something she may do again as soon as next summer.

When she married Sayed Ahmed in 1986, Zakia appended his first name

to her full name for her "nom de brush." Ahmed is a


with Cyanamid, and the couple’s son and daughter, Rayyan, 11, and

Sabaha, 9, Ahmed, attend West Windsor’s Upper Elementary School. Now,

while she hopes the library exhibition will lead to area gallery


for her work, Sayed still does the traditional wife, mother, and


things before getting to her painting. And, as she is multi-lingual,

she also cooks in a few cuisines — Bangladeshi, Indian, and that

familiar local specialty, busy-family food.

After about a year in West Windsor, Sayed gives thought to the here

and now. Where can she show her work? How should she price it? How

does she break into the art scene, as she did during the time she

lived in Colorado — even with time out for visits to Bangladesh?

Committed to two very different parts of the world, she’s juggling,

balancing. Her debut at the library gallery signals the start of her

New Jersey art career — one, she must hope, that will win her

a level of acclaim comparable to her artistic celebrity in Bangladesh.

— Pat Summers

Zakia Aziz Sayed , West Windsor Library, 333 North

Post Road, Princeton Junction, 609-799-0462. In the library’s lobby

gallery, an opening reception, slide show, and discussion with Zakia

Sayed, one of Bangladesh’s best-known artists. Show continues to


30. Free. Saturday, November 6, 2 to 4 p.m.

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Art in Town

Chapin School , 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-921-7206.


Illustrators," a show featuring several national children’s


events, original illustrations, and prints by seven children’s book

illustrators. Artists represented are Dyanne Di Salvo Ryan, Caldecott

Medalist John Shoenherr, Thomas Sperling, Karel Hayes, Ponder Goembel,

Charles Santore, and Michael Dooling. To November 11.

DeLann Gallery , Princeton Meadows Shopping Center,


609-799-6706. Group show featuring Inga Shteinberg, David Thurlow,

Maina Kalinovsky, Apo Torosyan, and Sydney Neuwirth. 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.

Firebird Gallery , 15 Witherspoon, 609-688-0775. Original

watercolors by the Russian-born illustrator Gennady Spirin from his

new picture book, "Jack and the Beanstalk," re-told by


author Ann Beneduce. To November 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

Medical Center at Princeton , Witherspoon Street,


Pastels art show by Kathy Shumway-Tunney, to November 18. In the


Unit Library, landscapes and house portraits by Betty Hirschmann,

to December 9. Part of proceeds benefit the medical center. Open 8

a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Main Street Gallery , Montgomery Center, Route 206,

609-683-8092. Showing works by area artists Patrice Sprovieri, Wayne

Mathisen, Annelies van Dommelen, and Susan Setteducato. Also


Hsu Dan, Tom Chesar, Larry Chestnut, Calvin Hart, Clem Fiori, Leslie

Neumeyer, Leyla Spencer, Janet Landau, Jacob Landau, Ellyn Gerberding,

and Marge Levine. Also posters and limited edition etchings,


and serigraphs. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to 9 p.m.;

and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anne Reid Art Gallery , Princeton Day School, The Great

Road, 609-924-6700. Lore Lindenfeld’s, "A Journey in Fiber Art:

Design at Black Mountain College and Beyond." A small


that spans four phases of the fiber artist’s career: from design and

color studies for courses taught by Josef and Anni Albers at Black

Mountain College to Lindenfeld’s work in the fashion industry. More

recent works include woven wall pieces and multimedia fiber


To November 19.

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

Thomas George, a recent series of abstactions in oil and watercolor.

Show runs to November 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11

a.m. to 5 p.m. Website at

"From the beginning, mountain landscape, the sea and the sky have

been the primary sources for my abstract paintings," says the

internationally-recognized artist. "The color and structure in

these works come out of studies done from nature in places as diverse

as Norway, China, and the United States. The canvases in this


are a further step along a road fueled by a preoccupation with the

natural landscape which for me lengthens and grows with the


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Art In Trenton

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

Gala Exhibition," the annual exhibition of work by area artists

and supporters for its gala auction set for November 6. Gallery hours

are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 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, 2000. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m.

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. The 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, A Sense of Place," the 30th


Garden State Watercolor Society show, juried by Leah Sloshberg,


of New Jersey State Museum, and Margaret O’Reilly, assistant curator

of fine arts. The Dagmar Trebble Memorial Award goes to Elizabeth

Lombardi for her painting, "Cecelia: Telling the Story." To

January 2. Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon

to 5 p.m.

Also, "The Modernists," an exhibition of gems from the


collection by Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Harley, Georgia

O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Helen Torr, and others, to January 23.

"The Regionalists and Precisionists," with works by Thomas

Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Francis Picabia, and

George Ault, to January 30.

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.

Alan Taback’s "Dance Rhythms," a series of paintings based

on music and dance. The Trenton-based artist has been painting and

exhibiting for the past 20 years.

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Art On Campus

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

Lear’s Greece," an exhibition of watercolors, sketchings, and

letters from the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical

Studies in Athens, Greece. Also "The Trappings of Gentility:


British Art at Princeton." Both shows to January 2. "What

Photographs Look Like," to November 14. 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.

Gallery at Mercer County College , Communications Center,

609-586-4800. Frank Rivera & Joan Needham, an exhibition of recent

work by two members of the MCCC faculty. To November 5. 8 p.m.

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Art in the Workplace

Capital Health System , Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4095. Physicians’ exhibition features works by CHS

physicians Anthony Chiurco, Joseph Eberhart, Leon Fraser, Jay


Robert Gould, Alfred Monkowski, Horace Shaffer, Iradj Sharim, Richard

Siderits, Joseph Wood, and Lee Yazujian. Lobby gallery is always open.

To November 12.

Educational Testing Service , Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Conant Gallery Lounge B: Gary Peterson and Roger

LaPelle, oil paintings, to November 19. In the Brodsky Gallery of

the Chauncey Conference Center, charcoal drawings by Alexandra Sax,

to November 29. Exhibits are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery , New Brunswick,

732-524-3698. "Work from the Art Centre of New Jersey," a

group show of oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics, to November

30. In the New Jersey Artist Series, "Portraits" by Nicole

Maynard-Sahar, an exhibition of expressionistic portraiture, to


4. Free by appointment.

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

609-896-9060. "Departures," an exhibition by the Art Group,

featuring Princeton area artists Liz Adams, Nadine Berkowsky, Eva

Kaplan, Edith Kogan, Judith Koppel, Stephanie Mandelbaum, Helen Post,

and Gloria Wiernik, and curated by Gary Snyder of Snyder Fine Art.

In the reception area galleries to November 12. Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summit Bancorp Gallery , 301 Carnegie Center at Route 1,

609-987-3200. "The American Indian Artists’ Exhibition," a

group show that continues to November 29. Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 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. To January

31. 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.;


v to 4 p.m. $3 donation.

Zimmerli Art Museum , George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "A Sense of Wonder: African Art from

the Faletti Family Collection." Show features 80 works, dating

from the 15th to early 20th century, presenting an overview of the

variety of style and sensibility in African art. To November 24.


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

5 p.m.

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Other Galleries

The Artful Deposit , 46 South Main Street, Allentown,


"Cats," a group exhibition with works by artists including

Bill Giacalone, Hanneke DeNeve, Elizabeth Lombardi. Gallery is open

Tuesday through Sunday (call for hours) and by appointment. To



Firehouse Gallery , 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown, 609-298-3742.

The gallery celebrates its fourth year and a new exhibition season

featuring 12 gallery co-op members presenting shows that change


Working with owner Eric Gibbons are curators and artists Beverly


and Lana Bernard-Toniolio.

Other co-op members are Maura Carey, Sarah Bernotas, Richard Gerster,

Robert Sinkus, Mike Pacitti, Michael Bergman, Jane Lawrence, Charlotte

Jacks, Dorothy Amsden, Carmen Johnson, John Wilson, and Bob Gherardi.

Gallery hours are Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlands Gallery, Forsgate Country Club , 375 Forsgate

Drive, Jamesburg, 732-521-0070. "Favorite Things," an


of watercolors by Joanne Augustine and Barbara G. Watts, both of whom

work with subjects from nature. To January 4.

Montgomery Cultural Center , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Iron and Ink," an exhibit and sale of

contemporary art from Africa by Kwela Crafts, to December 31. In the

Upstairs Gallery, "Impressions of Nature," new works in


by Elizabeth Roedell and Gloria Wiernik, to November 30. Public


for both shows is Sunday, November 14, noon to 3 p.m. Gallery hours

are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery , 18 North Main Street, Pennington,


"American West," an exhibition of 36 new oil paintings by

Robert Beck chronicling his recent journey from Colorado to Canada,

and from the Western Range to the Rockies. To November 20. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, non to 3


Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road,


908-725-2110. "Viewing Contemporary Culture," a national


exhibition of prints and photographs. In the library gallery, works

by Philadelphia artist Kelli Costa. Both shows to November 30. Gallery

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

to 4 p.m.

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Bell’s Union Street Restaurant , 183 North Union,


609-397-2226. "Painterly Impressions," an exhibition of


by Chinese-American artist Oliver Tang inspired by recent visits to

Venice, Alaska, and the Jersey shore. To December 3.

Coryell Gallery , 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,


Annual Fall Exhibition features paintings by Albert L. Bross Jr.,

watercolors by Harriet Ermentrout, and pastels by Mike Filipiak. To

November 14. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Other Museums

Burlington County Historical Society , 454 Lawrence Street,

Burlington, 609-386-4773. "Wildfowl Decoy Exhibit" by master

Burlington carver Jess Heisler (1891-1943), whose best work ranks

among the finest of the Delaware River school of carving, and works

by his friend and pupil John Marinkos (1915-1999). To January 9. Hours

are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Mercer Museum , Pine and Ashland Streets, Doylestown,


215-345-0210. "Edward Hicks Country," a companion to the


Museum of Art comprehensive exhibit on Edward Hicks, an exhibit on

the professional and spiritual environment in which the lifelong Bucks

County artist worked. Three related displays explore the 19th-century

craft of ornamental painting, the Quaker meetinghouse environment,

and the iconography of William Penn and the Society of Friends. $5

adult; $1.50 youth. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday evening to 9 p.m.

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


215-340-9800. Celebration of American Art features "An Edward

Hicks Sampler," featuring an 1837 version of "Peaceable


and "The Landing of Columbus." Also an exhibition,


Washington: Icons and Images of America’s Founding Father." $5

adults; $1.50 students; children free. Museum hours are Tuesday to

Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.; Saturday

& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Intimate Vistas: The Poetic Landscapes of William Langson


a major retrospective of more than 50 works spanning a 50-year career,

from 1884 to 1939. Curated by Brian Peterson, it is one of the


ambitious scholarly undertakings to date. Show runs to January 9.

For a 30-year period, from the late 1890s through the 1920s, Lathrop

was known as one of the nation’s premier landscape painters,


association with the Tonalist movement. Essaying to convey the many

and varied moods of nature, the Tonalists often employed a darker

palette than their Impressionist colleagues, and painting in their


A native of Illinois and raised on a farm in Painesville, Ohio,


studied in New York and in 1899 moved his family to Phillips Mill

near New Hope, providing the hub of the growing art colony that became

known as the New Hope School or the Pennsylvania Impressionists. Henry

Snell and Daniel Garber were among the painters who relocated to Bucks

County because of Lathrop.

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


prints that explore icons of popular culture from the famous soup

to Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. To November 21.

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