September marks a swift change, and as the temperature gets cooler, the new art season heats up. In a rich cultural area such as ours, there’s plenty to see. The following is a quick guide of offerings by both major and smaller venues and exhibitions with subjects that range from a retrospective of a Princeton-based international figure to first offerings of emerging area artists.

Grounds For Sculpture

Internationally renowned architect and designer — and Princeton resident — Michael Graves is the subject of the retrospective “Past as Prologue,” on view from Saturday, October 18, through Sunday, April 5. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the architect’s design firm and features design work and original art.

Grounds For Sculpture coordinators note that it also reflects “the evolution of Mr. Graves’ core design principles and how the past influences the present, setting the stage for the future. In addition to an extensive collection of Graves’ architectural models, products, furniture, paintings, sculptural pieces, and photos of built projects from around the world, some of his never-before-seen drawings will also be on view, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the design process from original concept to the final product or project.”

Also on view at GFS’s Education Gallery is “Reflections — Creative Works by the Metheny Arts Access Artists,” running Sunday, September 21, through Sunday, November 2. The exhibition highlights paintings, sculptures, short films, and written work by artists who participated in the program at the Summit Medical Center. The work was created with the assistance of neutral facilitators, arts professionals who have been trained to be the arms and legs of the disabled clients.

Princeton University Art Museum

Rarely seen art is making a stop at this area jewel of a museum. First up, “Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan,” going on view Saturday, October 11, through Sunday, February 1. Chigusa is the name of a Southern Song or Yuan dynasty (1260-1368) stoneware tea-leaf storage jar. Museum press information says although the jar was made in China it spent several hundred years in Japan where it acquired multiple dimensions of significance. “Through the example of Chigusa this exhibition will, for the first time in an American museum context, reveal how tea practice in Japan created a performative culture of seeing, using, and ascribing meaning to objects.”

“Kongo across the Waters” follows and opens on Saturday, October 25, closes Sunday, January 25, 2015. The exhibition — a joint project organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida in Gainesville, and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium — shows “the rise of Kongo as a major Atlantic presence and the transmission of Kongo culture through the transatlantic slave trade into American art.

Drawing from the incomparable collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, including masterpieces that have never before been seen in the United States, this groundbreaking exhibition investigates how the Kingdom of Kongo in West Central Africa evolved over five centuries and contributed to the cultural life of enslaved Africans and their descendants in North America. Manuscripts, maps, engravings, photographs, and videos provide contextual information, and the accompanying 448-page catalog further explores the art of the Kongo and of the Kongo diaspora.”

“The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980,” will be on view from Saturday, February 21, to Sunday, June 7, 2015. The exhibition “focuses on how photography was used by architects, filmmakers, artists, urban planners, and activists to project images of the future city” and “captures the complex social, conceptual, and aesthetic engagements with the city by some of the most important artists, planners, filmmakers, activists, and architects of the era, from architect Paul Rudolph to performance artist Allan Kaprow.”

NJ State Museum

For its upcoming exhibition at the Trenton-based museum, contemporary artists from New Jersey are presenting works that define and depict America in the way most appropriate to their own personal ideology, style, and convictions. The exhibition includes painting, prints, drawings, sculptures, and photographs created by members of the Princeton Artists Alliance and invited artists. The exhibition goes on view in Saturday, October 18, and continues to Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Zimmerli Museum

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick continues its current exhibition, “Odessa’s Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth,” through Saturday, April 19, 2015. This exhibition continues the museum’s focus on art of the Soviet Union and explores the unofficial art created from the 1960s to the 1980s “that helped to constitute Odessa’s image and mythography. Themes range from a revival of interest in avant-garde traditions of the early 20th century to the transformation of cultural life in the city through intricate networks of apartment shows and underground-though public-exhibitions.”

Professor Olga Litvak (Clark University) presents the lecture “Inventing Odessa: Jewish Culture on the Edge of the Russian Empire,” Tuesday, September 14, 3 p.m. and guided exhibition tours are available at 2 and 4:15 p.m. Advance registration is requested by contacting csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2033.

“Bugs & Frogs & Toads! Oh My! Original Children’s Book Illustrations by Nancy Winslow Parker” continues through Saturday, June 21, 2015. This exhibition includes 40 illustrations that “introduce children (and the young at heart) to the amazing world of insects and amphibians. There are captivating scenes of everyday encounters with bugs, frogs and toads, as well as accurate drawings that appeal to budding scientists and curious nature enthusiasts.” Parker, born and raised in New Jersey, is a successful children’s book illustrator and has produced 50 fiction and nonfiction books for children.

“Sports and Recreation in France, 1840-1900” runs through Saturday, January 11. “Commemorating the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights’ first season of competition in the Big Ten, this exhibition of French prints, drawings, photographs, and posters reveals the growing interest in competitive and recreational sports in France during the second half of the nineteenth century. “

Michener Museum

The Michener Art Museum steps forward with two photography exhibitions. “Wendy Paton: Nuit Blanche,” running now through Sunday, December 7, consists of two bodies of work: “Visages de Nuit,” a collection of 51 black and white candid night portraits shot between 2006-2012 in various international cities, and “Reclaiming Dignity,” a portfolio of “abstract portraits, faces and bodies of neglected cars, once coveted for their style, beauty, speed and grace,” acording to the museum’s press statement.

“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” — opening Saturday, November 1, and continuing to Saturday, February 8 — approaches astrophotography as an art genre, features more than 100 images by 35 artists from around the world, and includes historically significant photographs such as the first successful image of the solar analemma (the path of the sun seen over a year from earth) .

Morven Museum

‘Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860,” running Friday, October 3, through Sunday, March 29, is the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. Featuring 150 works, the exhibit is organized geographically and features works from every region of the state. The curators write that the exhibition will highlight aspects of the educational environment, social class, and familial situation experienced by young girls in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in some cases, reunites needlework created by the same girl, sisters, cousins, schoolmates, and other close relations. A Needlework Symposium is set for Sunday, October 5.

Ellarslie — Trenton City Museum

There is still time to see the exhibitions “Trenton Then and Now,” the first floor exhibition of work by accomplished Trenton artists that closes on Sunday, September 14, and the upstairs exhibition on Trenton’s rich history, “Early Catholic Trenton,” on view through Sunday, October 12.

Then the museum goes wild with “Abbott Marshlands — More Than Meets the Eye,” opening Saturday, September 20, and continuing through Sunday, November 16. The exhibition — which involves regional artists — puts a spotlight on the marshlands between Trenton and Bordentown — a region that boasts major archeological sites and a rich historical legacy.

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Arts Council of Princeton

The Princeton Artists Alliance commemorates its 25th anniversary with an exhibition, opening on Saturday, October 11, at 1 p.m., and on view through Wednesday, November 26. PAA comprises established New Jersey Artists who work with a variety of media, technique, style, and subject matter. Members include Hetty Baiz, Joy Barth, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Charles and Lucy McVicker, Harry Naar, Madelaine Shellaby, Marie Sturken, and others.

The B Home exhibition — structures by area artists and designers Pete Abrams and Graham Apgar — also opens on Saturday, October 11, at 7 p.m. on the terrace. The structures built from discarded materials and designed for alternative or disaster relief dwellings will be on view until Monday, April 20, 2015.

West Windsor Arts Center

‘Nine Blinks: The Human Body” — opening with a free reception on Sunday, September 14 (4 to 6 p.m.), and continuing to Saturday, November 8 — shows how nine artists perceive and recreate the human form in their work.

“Whether a quick, gestural charcoal of a torso, or a detailed, photo-realistic portrait of a face, this exhibition demonstrates the diversity of mediums focusing on the body. Janet Hautau explores through photography the ways in which water highlights and reflects female curves while Costanza Musumeci deconstructs the female form in fashion magazines in her collage,” according to an exhibit statement. “Hetty Baiz’s human-scale forms force the viewer to question whether the body is evolving or devolving, while Paul Matthews’s work deftly examines the changing face of one man during his lifetime. Both Michelle Post and Jonathan Shahn select and then frame fractions of the body, creating new relationships with space and other objects.” Heather Christensen curated.

Artworks

One of Trenton’s cultural hubs, Artworks’ main gallery schedule starts off with “Hands on Photography — Alternative Process,” opening with a reception Saturday, September 13, 6 to 8 p.m. and continuing to Saturday, October 4. The show features work created by a small group of photographers/artists who have been studying alternative processes at Mercer County Community College and employing the latest techniques used by contemporary artists working in historic photographic processes.

Other Artwork exhibitions include “Art of Darkness,” opening Saturday, October 11, and running to Saturday, November 1: the annual show of Halloween-flavored work selected from submissions (deadline Sunday, September 21) and featured at the annual Monster Ball set for Saturday, October 25. The “Art All Day” exhibition opens Saturday, November 8, and is on view to Saturday, November 29. Created in conjunction with the Art All Day activities around the capital city on November 8, the exhibition highlights the range versatility of the city’s artists. And the 10×10 Exhibit, opens Saturday, December 6 and closes Saturday, December 27. It is the annual Artworks fundraiser that involves over 150 Trenton regional artists who submit 10” x 10” canvases to be sold for $100 each.

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Lewis Center for the Arts

Held in the Lucas Gallery, the exhibition “Photography: Before & After” opens with a reception on Wednesday, September 17 (5:30 to 7 p.m.) and continues through Saturday, October 4.

The project is designed to “explore the nature of photography by focusing on the medium’s changing issues in a digital age” and features work by six artists with ties to Princeton University: alumni Lily Healey and Carlos Jimenez Cahua, post-doctoral fellow Sara Sadri, faculty member Deana Lawson, Hodder Fellow Miko Veldkamp, and Princeton resident Adam Ekberg.

Rider University Gallery

The first in Rider’s new exhibition season is “Landscape: Social, Political, Traditional,” opening with a reception on Thursday, September 18, 5 to 7 p.m. Accomplished photographer, teacher, gallery manager at the Mason Gross Galleries of Rutgers University, and U.S. 1 contributor Aubrey Kauffman is the guest curator.

As gallery director Harry Naar notes, “This exhibition brings together four documentarian photographers: Josh Brilliant, Annie Hogan, Joshua Lutz, and Wendel A. White. Their vision is directed towards the landscape and how selected images presented in a very particular way can move the viewers’ ideas away from thinking about the landscape as a pastoral image. Their interests are concerned with land and buildings as strong metaphors for experiences related to racial segregation, loneliness and tragedy.” A gallery talk is set for Thursday, October 2, at 7 p.m.

College of New Jersey

‘A Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrators” opens Wednesday, October 22, and continues to Sunday, December 14, in the college’s gallery. The exhibition uses 60 original works of art to examine the media and styles artists use to illustrate children’s books.

Artists include Mary Azarian, Eric Carle, Floyd Cooper, Gerard DuBois, Antonio Frasconi, Trina Schart Hyman, Steve Jenkins, Leo Leonni, Ted Lewin, E. B. Lewis, Emily Arnold McCully, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Peggy Rathmann, Jan Reynolds, Faith Ringgold, William Steig, Duncan Tunatiuh, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wisnewski, and Paul Zelinsky.

Mercer County College Gallery

Mercer County Community College Gallery starts its season with the opening of the photo exhibition “Pannaroma” on Thursday, September 4, 5 to 7 p.m. The show continues to Thursday, September 25. Other exhibitions include “Playful Transcendence: Unveiling Digital Interactivity,” Tuesday, November 11, through Thursday, December 4; the annual Mercer County Artists Exhibition, on view Monday, February 2, through Friday, February 27, and “Frank Rivera, a Retrospective: Selected Works, 1944-2015,” beginning Monday, March 16, and closing Friday, April 3.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communication Building on Mercer’s West Windsor campus, at 1200 Old Trenton Road. 609-586-4800 ext. 3589 or gallery@mccc.edu.

Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University

Institute for Women and Art, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, is in the process of presenting the first of two exhibitions called “Momentum: Women/Art/Technology.” The initial installment features the work of visiting artist Grimanesa Amoros, a Peruvian-born interdisciplinary artist exploring social history, scientific research, and critical theory. Events include a public lecture by Amoros and reception on Tuesday, October 28, at 5 p.m. The exhibition continues to Saturday, November 8.

The second installment follows on Tuesday, January 20, and continues to Friday, April 17. Featuring the work of Emilia Forstreuter, Jennifer Hall, Claudia Hart, Yael Kanarek, Ranu Mukherjee, Mary Bates Neubauer, Camille Utterback, Adrianne Wortzel, and Janet Zweig, the exhibition uses “technology as a tool to invent new contexts for engagement in the realms of biology, cultural and environmental conditions, language, daily life, time, and human movement” and who “work with technology and challenge gender-biased notions of who employs technology, and showcase women artists’ ability to break new ground.”

A 5 p.m. reception and artist conversation is set for Thursday, March 26.

Bernstein Gallery — Princeton University

Bernstein Gallery — housed in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School — follows its mission to mount “exhibitions that stimulate thinking about contemporary policy issues” with six exhibitions.

“ACLU,” uses life-size photographic collages on fabric to illustrating important ACLU cases, on view now through Thursday, October 23.

“South Side of Chicago: Photography by Jon Lowenstein” examines the photographer’s commitment to social justice and the creation of work that “challenge the accepted notions about community, poverty, and the legacy of violence and segregation.” Saturday, November 1, through Thursday, December 4.

“Airborne” is Andrew Ellis Johnson’s cycle of digital collages, of images within images, exploring the visibility and invisibility of communication via the personalized icons of the cell phone and dust mask. “Saturday, December 13, through Thursday, January 29, 2015

“Society in Upheaval: Three Artists Respond,” features the work of Raul Gonzalez, Edward Monovich, and Karen Moss whose work examine political themes such as social problems, environmental devastation, and economic disparities. On view from Saturday, February 7, through Thursday, March 19.

“Mary Beth Edelson,” an exhibition highlighting the work of one of the founder’s of feminist art — an artist who combines political theory with Jungian psychology, and, as one critic notes, uses various media to blend “touches of anger, aggression, and the kind of humor intended to tweak.” Saturday, March 28, to Thursday, May 7.

Samira Abbassy’s “The Eternal War,” the Iranian-born artist’s examination of the mythologies of past and current Holy Wars. Saturday, May 14, through Thursday, August 14.

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The Gallery at Chapin

The gallery located in the private school has already started its season of solo show exhibitions with one by Jean Burdick (see article, page 36), on view through Friday, September 6. The schedule of artists exhibiting is as follows: Sculptor Clifford Ward, opening with a reception on Wednesday, October 1, and closing Friday, October 31; painter Joy Barth, opening with a reception Wednesday, November 5, and continuing to Friday, December 12; photographer Martha Weintraub, opening reception on Wednesday, January 7, and closing Friday, January 30; photographer Mary Leck, opening on Wednesday, February 4, and continuing to February 27; and painter William Hogan, opening Wednesday, April 1, and continuing to April 30. Opening receptions are between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Silva Gallery of Art

The gallery at the Pennington School features a solo show by a well known area artist. “Ken McIndoe Paintings,” on view now through, Friday, October 3. A reception with the artist set for Friday, September 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

D&R Greenway

‘People of Preservation,” on view from Friday, September 12, through Wednesday, November 5, is a tribute to individuals who labored to save and preserve open space. Dana Koeppel is the guest curator of a show that includes works by a number of regarded artists in the region, including Joan Needham, Juliet Martin, Marie Sturken, and Ray Yeager. A free and open celebratory reception is set for Friday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Other exhibitions include: “Botanicals Illuminated,” November 10 through December 30, involving new representations and interpretations of plants that call New Jersey home. Images were created through a cooperative of professional Princeton-regional artists, professional botanical illustrators, and Princeton’s Art + 10. Diane Moore is the curator. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“From Vision to Book,” art for children by author/illustrator Kim Kurki, illustrator of “World of Birds, a Beginner’s Guide,” for National Wildlife Federation, on view from Wednesday, October 15, through Thursday, November 21.

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Gallery 14

Gallery 14, the fine art photography collective, begins its season by featuring two members: Carl Geisler and Charles Miller. The exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, September 5 (6 to 8 p.m.);, with an additional reception on Sunday, September 7 (1 to 3 p.m.), Works are on view through Sunday, October 5.

Red Filter Gallery

Red Filter Gallery in Lambertville, the region’s only curator owned fine arts photography gallery, opens the exhibition “And Here We Are …” on Tuesday, September 9, and continuing to Sunday, November 2. The joint exhibition, touted as “a study in monochromatic contrasts,” features the work of Kelli Abdoney (Newtown, Pennsylvania) and Sandy Alpert (New York City).

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Morpeth Contemporary

Morpeth Contemporary presents “Memory Terrains” new paintings by Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi. On view from Saturday, September 20, through Saturday, October 18, the Gandolfi’s work “uses geological, geographical and architectural imagery to navigate through a web of memories that blurs the line between political boundaries and personal stories. This abstract series, which uses a variety of painting and printmaking techniques, connects and reconstructs the factual and the imaginary into new narratives.

Art at Straube Center

Art at Straube Center presents the Allegory Lab Art Collective — with artists Melody Saccone, John Saccone, Bobby Bates, and Addison Vincent — and its “Alpha Genesis”: the first exhibition in a four-year, four-part series of works that will culminate into one massive body by 2017. “The purpose of working in yearly segments is to foster growth as artists through both personal and collaborative exploration and experimentation.” The exhibition continues through Friday, October 17.

Alfa Art Gallery

108 Church Street, New Brunswick, 732-296-6720, www.alfa­art.org

Photostyle: Bulgarian. Opening reception. On view to Saturday, September 13. Saturday, September 6.

Artists’ Gallery

18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588, www.lambert­ville­arts.com

Flight/Patterns. Opening reception for a shared exhibit of works by Beatice Bork and Jennifer Cadoff. On view to Sunday, October 5. Saturday, September 6.

Arts Council of Princeton

102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Creature Comforts. Opening reception for exhibit featuring works by the members at 3 p.m. Will “Kasso” Condry and James “Luv 1” Kelewae of Trenton’s S.A.G.E. will paint a mural inspired by the Underground Railroad spanning two small brick walls behind the building. On view through Tuesday, September 30. Sunday, September 14.

Artworks

19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436, www.art­works­trenton.org

Hands on Photography — Alternative Process. Opening reception for exhibit by a small group of photographers/artists that have been studying alternative processes at Mercer County Community College. Through Saturday, October 4. Saturday, September 13.

Art of Darkness. Reception for show of Halloween-flavored work. Through Saturday, November 1. Saturday, October 11.

Art All Day Exhibit and Reception. Showcases creativity in Trenton throughout day, followed by gallery and reception. Self guided tour of open studios from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main gallery reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Through Saturday, November 29. Saturday, November 8.

10×10 Exhibit. Opening reception for annual fundraiser involving more than 150 Trenton area and regional artists submitting 10” x 10” canvases open for purchase from the community. Through Sunday, December 27. Saturday, December 6.

Bernstein Gallery

Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, wws.princeton.edu/bernstein.

ACLU. Life-size photographic collages on fabric illustrating important ACLU cases. Through Thursday, October 23.

South Side of Chicago: Photography by Jon Lowenstein. Through Thursday, December 4. Saturday, November 1.

Airborne. Andrew Ellis Johnson’s cycle of digital collages. Through Thursday, January 29, 2015. Saturday, December 13.

Chapin School

4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, 609-924-7206, www.chapin­school.org.

Shared Terrains. Reception for works by Jean Burdick. On view to Friday, September 26. Wednesday, September 3.

Communion I. Opening reception for exhibit of sculpture and wall art by Clifford Ward. On view to Friday, October 31. Wednesday, October 1.

College of New Jersey

Art Gallery, Ewing, 609-771-2585, www.tcnj.edu

Alumni Art Exhibition. Opening reception for works by 30 alumni. On view to Thursday, October 9. Wednesday, September 3.

A Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrator. Opening for exhibition of 60 original works of art that examine the media and styles artists use to illustrate children’s books. Through Sunday, December 14. Wednesday, October 22.

D&R Greenway

Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-924-4646 or www.drgreenway.org/art_galleries.htm.

People of Preservation. Tribute to individuals who labored to save and preserve open space. Opening reception Friday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Wednesday, November 5. Friday, September 12.

Botanicals Illuminated. New representations and interpretations of plants that call New Jersey home. Opening reception Friday, November 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Tuesday. December 30. Monday, November 10.

From Vision to Book. Art for children by author/illustrator Kim Kurki. Through Thursday, November 21. Wednesday, October 15.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum

Cadwalader Park, 609-989-1191, www.ellarslie.org

Abbott Marshlands: More Than Meets the Eye. Opening reception for exhibit of art, artifacts, and nature. On view through Sunday, November 16. Saturday, September 20.

Gallery 14

14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511, www.photo­gallery14.com

A Tree in the House. Opening reception for exhibit of works by photographer Carl Geisler. “Elements of Clifford” by Charles Miller is in the Jay Goodkind Gallery. Meet the photographers on Sunday, September 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. On view to Sunday, October 5. Friday, September 5.

Gourgaud Gallery

23 North Main Street, Cranbury, 609-395-0900.

Art Exhibit. First day for an exhibit of works by Dan Thomas. On view to October 26. Sunday, October 5.

Grounds For Sculpture

126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616, www.grounds­for­sculpture.org

Seward Johnson: The Retrospective. More then 287 works by the founder of Grounds for Sculpture. On view through Sunday, September 21.

Past As Prologue. Michael Graves retrospective. Through Sunday, April 5, 2015. Saturday, October 18.

Hickory Corner Library

138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, 609-448-1330, www.mcl.org

Art Reception: The Way I See It. An exhibit of 30 pieces by the Artists Collective of ARC Mercer. Register. Wednesday, September 17.

Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers

Douglass Library, Rutgers University, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, iwa.rutgers.edu

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology. Work of visiting artist Grimanesa Amoros, a Peruvian-born interdisciplinary artist exploring social history, scientific research and critical theory. Through Saturday, November 8.

Lakefront Gallery

RWJ University Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 732-422-3676.

Subway to Gallery: The Street Artists. Opening reception for exhibit featuirng works by the graffitti artists of the Trenton area. On view to Thursday, November 13. Thursday, September 18.

Main Street Highland Park

Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, 732-838-8444, www.shophighlandpark.com

Arts in the Park. Annual outdoor juried art show and street fair, music, and food. Sunday, September 21.

Material Culture

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road, Princeton, 215-438-4700, www.materialculture.com

The Silver Shop of Princeton. The entire contents of the Princeton shop specializing in silver for more than 75 years will be sold. Exhibition of silver, estate and vintage jewelry, watches, holloware, porcelain, glass, and more. Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Auctions in Philadelphia on September 27 and 28, and October 11 and 12, both at 11 a.m. Also Tuesday, September 23. Monday, September 22.

Mercer County College Gallery

Communication Building, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-586-4800 ext. 3589 or gallery@mccc.edu

Pannaroma. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Through Thursday, September 25. Thursday, September 4.

Playful Transcendence: Unveiling Digital Interactivity. Through Thursday, December 4. Tuesday, November 11.

Mercer County Park

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, 609-303-0704, www.mercercountyparks.org

Voices for the Abbott Marshlands. Opening day for photography exhibit. Saturday, October 11.

Merwick Center

100 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-853-0141, www.windsorhealthcare.org

Birds and Sky and Water: The Beauty of Nature. First day for photographic exhibit by members of the Princeton Photography Club. On view to Saturday, December 13. An opening reception will be held on Monday, October 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Sunday, September 21.

Michener Museum

138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800, www.michener­art­museum.org

Out of this World: Works by Steve Tobin. An installation of the sculptor’s work in the galleries and outdoors. Through Sunday, October 26.

Wendy Paton: Nuit Blanche. Selections from the fine art photographer’s “Visage de Nuit” and “Reclaiming Dignity.” Through Sunday, December 7.

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography. More than 100 works from 35 international artists. Through Sunday, February 8, 2015. Saturday, November 8.

A Sense of Place: Paintings by Ranulph Bye. Works by the Princeton-born watercolorist inspired by Bucks County landscapes. Through Sunday, March 1, 2015. Saturday, November 8.

Morpeth Contemporary

43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393, morpethcontemporary.com

Memory Terrains. New paintings by Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi. Through Saturday, October 18. Saturday, September 20.

Morven Museum and Garden

55 Stockton Street, Princeton. 609-924-8144, www.morven.org

Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860. 150 needleworks created by schoolgirls in or from New Jersey prior to 1860.Through Sunday, March 29, 2015. Friday, October 3.

Nassau Club

6 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-0580.

Landscape Vistas. Reception for exhibit of watercolors by Gloria Wiernik. On view to November 2. Sunday, September 7.

New Hope Art League

Rolling Green Barn, Route 202 and Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA, 732-862-9606, www.new­hope­artleague.com

Small Works Show. Opening reception for show featuring two dozen New Hope Art League artists. All works are for sale. On view to Friday, October 3. Friday, September 5.

New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery

2 and 2A Stockton Avenue, New Hope, 215-862-4586, www.nhside­tracks.com

Naked in New Hope ‘14. Opening reception for group show celebrating the human body featuring works by 100 artists. Two different venues include the gallery on Stockton Avenue and the first floor of New Hope Arts at 37 West Bridge Street. The street will be closed to traffic for the reception to provide space for outdoor refreshments and conversation. On view to Saturday, October 25. Saturday, September 6.

New Jersey Water Color Society

Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, 609-386-5482.

Juried Exhibit. Opening for the 72nd Annual Juried Open Exhibition. On view to Sunday, October 26. Monday, September 29.

New Jersey State Museum

205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464, www.nj.gov/state/museum.

Artists depicting America, opening Saturday, October 18, and continuing hrough Saturday, March 28. .

Phillips Mill

2619 River Road, New Hope, PA, 215-862-0582, www.phillips­mill.org

Annual Juried Exhibition. Featuring artists of the Delaware Valley. Oils, watercolors, prints, mixed media, drawings, and sculpture. Through Saturday, October 25. $5. Saturday, September 20.

Plainsboro Library

9 Van Doren Street, 609-275-2897, www.lmxac.org/­plains­boro

Festival of the Arts. Artists demonstrate various art forms and visitors are invited to create art. Reception in the art gallery with a discussion on abstract art titled “My Kid Can Do This” led by artist Tatiana Sougakova. Three small abstract paintings will be raffled off at the end of the reception. Saturday, September 20.

Princeton Day School

The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700, www.pds.org

Currency and Costume in Pre-Colonial Africa. Opening reception for exhibit of cultural objects from Nigeria, Kenya, and Cameroon. On view to Thursday, October 2. Friday, September 12.

Confluence: Contemporary Indian Arts. Opening reception for exhibit of young artists painting in India today. On view to Thursday, November 13. Tuesday, October 14.

Jerrry Hirniak. Film drawings and a continual film screening. On view to Thursday, December 18. Monday, November 24.

Princeton University

185 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-258-1500, www.princeton.edu/­arts.

Photography: Before and After. Opening reception for exhibition exploring the photographic medium in a changing digital era. Work by alumni Lili Healey and Carlos Jimenez Cahua, Princeton resident Adam Ekberg, faculty member Deana Lawson, and others. On view to Saturday, October 4. Wednesday, September 17.

Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton campus, 609-258-3788, artmuseum.­princeton.edu

Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan. First day for exhibition that explores the appreciation, display, and documentation of the tea-leaf storage jar. Produced in China in the late 13th or 14th centuries, it spent the next 700 years in Japan. On view to Sunday, February 1, 2015. Saturday, October 4.

Kongo Across the Waters. First day for exhibit featuring archaeological finds, sculpture, carved tasks, musical instruments, baskets, and textiles from Kongo and the Americas. Alongside these pieces there will be contemporary works of art by Steve Bandoma from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Edouard Duval-Carrie from Haiti and the United States, Jose Bedia from Cuba, and Renee Stout and Radcliffe Bailey, both from the United States. On view to Sunday, January 25, 2015. Saturday, October 25.

Red Filter Gallery

74 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 347-244-9758, www.redfiltergallery.com.

And Here We Are. First day for exhibit of photographic works by Kelli Abdoney and Sandy Alpert. On view to Sunday, November 2. Tuesday, September 9.

Rider University

Luedeke Center, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu/arts.

Landscape: Social, Political, Traditional. Opening reception for exhibit featuring works of documentarian photographers Josh Brilliant, Annie Hogan, Joshua Lutz, and Wendel A. White. On view to Sunday, October 12. Thursday, September 18.

Bill White. Opening reception. On view to Tuesday, November 25. Thursday, October 23.

Silva Gallery of Art

Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-8069, www.pennington.org

Paintings. Opening reception for exhibit featuring the works of Ken McIndoe of Hopewell. On view to Friday, October 3. Friday, September 12.

Straube Center

One Straube Center Boulevard, Pennington, 609-737-3322, www.straubecenter.com/art-at-straubecenter.

Alpha Genesis. First exhibit in four-year Allegory Lab Art Collective project. Through Friday, October 17

West Windsor Arts Council

952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-716-1931, www.west­windsor­arts.org

Nine Blinks: Narrating the Body. Opening reception for exhibition curated by Heather Christensen that explores the range in which nine artists perceive and recrate the human form in their work. Artists from Princeton, Lawrenceville, Roosevelt, Millville, New York, and South Carolina. Artists talk. On view to Friday, November 7. Sunday, September 14.

Wheaton Arts

Millville, www.wheatonarts.org

Art NJ: A Sculpture Invitational. Opening reception for a showcase by 11 artists. Le Corbeau, also known as Francois Guillemin, has two works in the exhibit. A resident of West Windsor, he is the owner of Firedance Studio in Hopewell. He has been creating lighting, furniture, and other decorative metal projects for more than 30 years. On view to Sunday, October 5. Sunday, September 7.

Zimmerli Art Museum

George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237, www.zimmerli­museum.­rutgers.edu

Odessa’s Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth. The unofficial art created from the 1960s to the 1980s in the Soviet Union. Through Saturday, April 19, 2015.

Bugs & Frogs & Toads! Oh My! Original Children’s Book Illustrations by Nancy Winslow Parker. On view to Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Sports and Recreation in France, 1840-1900. On view to Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light. On view to Wednesday, December 31.

Jesse Krimes: Apokaluptein:16389067. On view to Sunday, December 14.

A Place in America: Celebrating the Legacy of Ralph and Barbara Voorhees. On view to Sunday, February 8, 2015. Saturday, September 20.

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