Art in Town

Art in the Workplace

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Art by the River

Art In Trenton

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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the

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Grand Tour of Group Art

Think of this as your stay-at-home Grand Tour. If a

prime ingredient is places and things of interest, then Ellarslie,

the museum of the city of Trenton, located in Cadwalader Park, and

the Gallery at Mercer County Community College both fit the bill.

And that’s even before you have surveyed the group art exhibitions

on view at each site.

Through April 15, the city museum is literally filled with two-and

three-dimensional art — the work of nearly 100 artists, about

150 pieces were juried into the 19th annual Ellarslie Open. Taking

a page on hanging from the Barnes Foundation, that embattled and

financially-strapped

art collection in Merion, Pennsylvania, the Ellarslie staff evidently

elected an inclusionary approach, if not one featuring ready

visibility.

One room alone holds almost 30 pieces of art, including four

sculptures

on pedestals, one hanging relief, and a soft sculpture at a window.

New, and welcome, the chairs in some rooms allow viewers to sit and

contemplate the works after getting an overview.

Fortunately the museum seems never to be crowded. During a slow walk

through the six high-ceilinged exhibition rooms, all with great

polished-wood

floors and large windows blessedly devoid of any "treatment"

except light streaming through clean glass, only one other visitor

occasionally appeared. If you crave solitude, this is the place to

be on a Friday morning. Juried by artist, teacher, and art historian

Mel Leipzig, the unpaginateded show booklet includes specifications

on each work and a statement from Leipzig.

"Isn’t Diversity Great?" is the ironic title of a watercolor

by Dallas Piotrowski that shows two identical, blue-footed birds

regarding

a third bird, sporting bright pink feet and somewhat different

markings.

Seriously intended, "diversity" could also be the exhibition

theme, ranging as the show does from a large painted tribute to Walt

Disney to "Cocoon Bundle 6," one of two sizable mixed-media

sculptures by the same artist, and to an amazing "Wheel of

Unpopular

Animals" (think tapir, kiwi, dik-dik, aye-aye — or better

yet, use your illustrated dictionary). Mother Nature gets into the

act too: in one room, hundreds of ladybugs crawled on windows and

floors, obviously just hatched and ready to go to work — an

insect-case

of too-early spring.

Arlene Milgram is one of a number of artists represented both at

Ellarslie

and at Mercer College. Here, her abstract, two-piece "Meditation

(by Myself)" has both color and surface appeal within a small

format of cold wax and oil on wood. (She’s represented by three

similarly-sized

blocks, hung vertically, at Mercer College. They explore other color

relationships.) Petro Hul’s two marble sculptures, "Deer"

and "Cat," the former bearing bronze antlers, are smooth,

stylized, and (if it were legal) appealingly pettable.

In a case of not one but two stories to tell,

"Grandmother,"

Matt Lucash’s large oil painting, shows an old woman in a chair,

facing

a reproduction of Andrew Wyeth’s "Christina’s World" on an

otherwise unexceptional wall. Little in this woman’s milieu is notable

or beautiful. What is she thinking? What is her life like? Also

ambiguous,

as well as interestingly textured and spotted, William Knight’s

encaustic,

"Genesis I," presents swirling, amorphous life forms, with

suggestions of evolution underway.

The perennial harvest problem — what to do with all that squash

— is "painted large" in Joseph Mikloucik’s

four-by-five-foot

oil called "Squash," in which one giant specimen in a

crate-like

structure epitomizes the unwelcome windfall. Elizabeth Aubrey’s small

"Turtle" print, though no more explicit than that as to

process,

is charming, and Karen Baczewski’s two oils, "After the Storm"

and "Somewhere in Time" both offer unusual perspectives on

nature in near-monochrome.

In four chrome prints, Ingeborg Snipes makes photographic art. Her

"Boat-Honfleur" is a color close-up of the bright yellow prow

of a wooden boat, bordered in blue and red, and reflected in rippling

water for a near-abstract study in primary colors. Artist Paul

Matthews,

joined by subject Paul Matthews, is represented four times in three

oil self-portraits. (This above all, to thine own self…?) With whorl

and lock images, or suggestions of textured stone blocks, rather than

embedded materials, papermaker Marie Sturken has produced two

uncomplicatedly

lovely "Pyrenees Doors."

It has got to be a Herculean task to hang such as show as Ellarslie’s,

in six rooms on two floors. So we won’t quibble too much about a

missing

label or a couple others with typos, or wish the exhibition booklet

had page numbers (instead of "VISA/MC") and consecutive

numbering

of works. And having to circumnavigate Cadwalader Park before reaching

the museum will become more pleasurable as spring progresses.

Similarly,

the long walk from the Mercer County College parking area to the

Communications

Building and the upstairs gallery amounts, literally, to a wake-up

call, with tree- and people-watching an added attraction.

From about 200 entries, juror Kate Somers chose nearly 80 works by

almost 70 artists for the "Mercer County Artists 2001" exhibition

on view at Mercer County College to April 5. Nearly one-third of those

represented are returners to this show, while close to another third

are new to it. In contrast to Ellarslie, where a few artists are

represented

by three or four works, no artist has more than two pieces included

here — which seems like a good idea if overcrowding is to be

avoided.

Michael Ramus, long a luminary in New York’s illustration field, then

a Princeton Artists Alliance member and maker of whimsical works —

a cunning papier-mache chimp comes to mind — turns up at Mercer

with one of his giant playing-card paintings trimmed with real

pennies,

tokens, and yellow paper clips coins. The king of spades has probably

never looked so enticing. Is Ramus’s oil and collage "Playing

Card Variations 4" a harbinger of things to come? And which came

first,

Barbara Osterman’s title, "Meditation," or the black, calligraphic

stroke that seems to kneel?

Rosemary Blair’s watercolor, "Canal Reflections," is

riotously,

delightfully colorful, with vivid autumn tree hues and trunks doubled

by reflection in the water. Another watery scene is Judity Nahmias’s

oil, "Calm Brook:" a drear scene, with leafless trees and

wintry water winding through them; sky and water combine for a

silver-gray

monochrome. "The Pink House" of Joseph Gyurcsak is a softly

hard-edged street scene showing parts of four houses and all of the

title home, with white wash hung out here and there, and utility wires

looping across the top of the picture.

With his untitled hanging sculpture made of bright yellow urethane,

Clay Ervin ties with Dahlia Guzik, whose mixed media painting,

"The

Birth," also raises more questions than it answers. If there were

such a thing, these two would share my "penny for your

thoughts"

award. Suffice it to say that Ervin’s cylindrical work, some six or

eight inches long and maybe four inches around, includes a couple

of seeming-buttons and the look of fabric here and there. Guzik’s

piece includes at least six women’s figures, all in different colors,

snakey forms, a fish face, and a pattern of rats, or squirrels —

besides a floating baby with umbilical cord still attached.

The most surprising entry at Mercer is "Rocking Horse," a

very new-age steed made partly from the base of a rocking chair, and

moving upward to an abstracted curving back that might be a strip

of Lucite, with other recognizable horse-elements cleverly suggested

with other materials This "mixed media construct" is the work

of Deborah Hockstein, a printmaker of note, and here obviously

indulging

her whimsy. Pierre Bonnard would feel a kinship with Lucretia

McGuff-Silverman

whose "Interior," in dry pastel, looks to be a chromatic

homage

to the French artist.

A variety of sculpture adds interest to this show. Side by side, two

of them represent three-dimensional opposites: Jonathan Maley’s bronze

"Good Form" is massively simple and smoothly rounded, while

Mark Fredenburg’s "The Director," appropriate in granite,

is a series of boxy gray graduated steps, or layers, topped with the

head of an impersonal automaton.

There’s much more to see at both venues, each one an attractive

destination

all its own. With a change-of-pace lunch in between, you can make

a day of it. So this grand tour is not just fairly local, but fairly

short as well. You’ll be home in time for dinner, with lots to talk

about.

— Pat Summers

Ellarslie Open XIX, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum ,

Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. www.ellarslie.org. Show runs

through Sunday, April 15.

Mercer County Artists 2001, Gallery at Mercer County

College , Communications Center, West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext.

3589. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Thursday

evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On

view through Thursday, April 5.

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,

609-924-8777.

"Annual Small Works Show." The juried show is on view in the

WPA Gallery, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 30.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings,"

a major exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history,

jointly presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton.

This is the first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish

community, scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th

anniversary.

Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social

organizations,

work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.

On view through March.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

Dining room exhibition of watercolors by Charles E. Person, and

paintings

and pastels by Patrice Sprovieri. Person, a retiree, paints a range

of subjects to reflect his diverse background: carpenter, teacher,

and police office. Sprovieri is the recipient of a Pastel Society

of American scholarship grant. Daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To May

16.

Numina Gallery , Princeton High School, Moore Street,

609-683-4480.

A student-curated show featuring prints and graphic arts by Miriam

Schaer, a New York City artist and teacher specializing in new

printmaking

techniques for one-of-a-kind and limited-edition books. All profits

from sale of works go directly to PHS art programs. Monday to Friday,

3 to 5 p.m.; and by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To April 6.

Princeton Racquet Club , 150 Raymond Road, 732-329-6200.

An exhibition of tennis and baseball images by Ed Tseng. The artist

is a USPTA certified pro and self-taught photographer. His love for

the two games has taken him to tennis courts and baseball diamonds

all over the world, from the Rebound Ace at the Australian Open to

the Merion Bluegrass of Yankee Stadium. To April 25.

Princeton Theological Seminary , Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Reflections," works by sculptor

Lynda Juel. A graduate of University of Minnesota, Juel’s playful

yet serious pieces include brooms and vacuums, empty dresses and

shoes,

that comment on the everyday life of women. Monday to Friday, 8:30

a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m. To

March 30.

Stuart Country Day School , Norbert Considine Gallery,

1200 Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Within the Material World:

Contemporary

Artists From India," a group show featuring 14 contemporary

artists

from India. All profits from sale of the artwork will be donated to

the earthquake relief effort in India. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to

6 p.m. To March 30.

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Art in the Workplace

Educational Testing Service , Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference

Center,

a collection of woodcarvings by New York artist Irene Gennaro. She

says her colorful carvings, ranging in size from 20 to 70-inches tall,

make reference to the human form and to organic forms in nature.

Exhibit

is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To March 30.

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

609-252-6275. "Gold Medal Impressions," a photographic

retrospective

by photographer Richard A. Druckman. In the exhibit of 100

photographs,

Druckman explores athletes and the Olympic experience from the 1984

Los Angeles games to the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. Gallery

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

holidays,

1 to 5 p.m. To April 8.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery , New Brunswick,

732-524-3698. Works in oil by New Jersey artist Rosalie Hettenbach,

working in a style she identifies as Dynakinetic Impressionist Art.

"I want each viewer to feel as if they are enveloped in my

landscapes,"

says Hettenbach, "as if my artwork is jumping out at them

`kinetically.’"

She studied at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit under

S. Allyn Schaeffer. To April 27. Free by appointment only.

Also "The Healing Garden Quilt Show," an exhibit of 27

handmade

quilts depicting plants that are being used or tested for the

treatment

of cancer, created by the Northern Virginia Quilters Group; to May

22.

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

609-895-7307. "Latent Images," an exhibition of photographs

by William Vandever curated by Gary Snyder Fine Art. Vandever works

in black and white, color, hand-colored, and digital photography.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 25.

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Campus Arts

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

Corbusier at Princeton: 14 to 16 November 1935," an exhibition

of sketches and works related to the French architect’s Princeton

residency; to June 17. Also, "A Tapestry by Karel van Mander,"

to June 10. "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying in the Arts of

China," an exhibition of Chinese art, to July 1. On extended view

in the Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s "Weight and Measure"

etchings. 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.

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

The Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the

exhibition

"A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton,"

an exhibition of more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts

that chronicle the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton; to

April 8. Also, James Madison Exhibit commemorates the alumni’s role

in drafing the U.S. Constitution, to April 14. Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to

5 p.m.

Princeton University , Milberg Gallery, Firestone

Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait

of the spirited, affluent Parisian society of the early 20th century

through "pochoir" (or stencil) prints. The show features 100

color prints, including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of

jazz, tango, high fashion, and modern art. Library is open Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

Middlesex County College , 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison,

732-906-2566. "Trees," an exhibit by Sheila Eichenblatt,

featuring

paintings inspired by the Middlesex County area. Eichenblatt earned

her BS and MA degrees from New York University and studied at the

Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum School. Gallery hours are

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 20.

Rider University Art Gallery , Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. An exhibition of ink and watercolor paintings by Heng-Yi

Aixinjueluo, grandniece of China’s last emperor, who has won

recognition

and praise in international calligraphy and painting circles. Gallery

hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to

5 p.m. To April 15.

One of China’s preeminent contemporary painters, Heng-Yi has developed

a unique style with Chinese ink and watercolor washes. "Her works

are elegant and graceful, pure and fresh and vibrantly provocative.

Her landscapes and floral still-lifes are detailed and richly

colored,"

says curator Harry Naar, who hopes to heighten awareness of China’s

ancient ink wash art. Heng Yi appears at Rider through the assistance

of professor of communications Minmin Wang.

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Other Museums

American Hungarian Foundation , 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Art of Baron Laszlo Mednyansky in

Context: Works from the Salgo Trust for Education." An exhibition

of works by the turn-of-the-century aristocratic artist who disguised

himself as a pauper to paint grim images of the underbelly of society.

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

1 to 4 p.m. Show runs to September 16. Donation $5.

Hunterdon Museum of Art , Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Melvin Edwards: The Prints of a Sculptor,"

an exhibit of prints and works on paper by the artist best known for

his powerful work in welded steel. Edwards’ work makes metaphorical

references, both personal and historical, to the African-American

experience incorporating cultural references to his extensive travels

in Africa. He has taught at Rutgers Mason Gross School since 1972.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To June 3.

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

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. www.michenerartmuseum.org. "The Photography

of Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Enduring Gift," a major

retrospective of the influential modernist’s owm works drawn from

a major collection given by O’Keeffe to the George Eastman House in

Rochester. To May 20.

Also, "Carved, Incised, Burnished and Gilded: The Bucks County

Framemaking Tradition," featuring 50 objects that tell the story

of the region’s well-regarded group of frame artists led by Frederick

Harer and Ben Badura, to March 18. Museum admission $6 adults; $2.50

students; under 12 free. Museum hours 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.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum , 71 Hamilton Street,

New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. The newly expanded and renovated museum

features: "American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian

American Art Museum," to May 20. "The Exotic Flower:

Constructions

of Femininity in Late 19th-Century French Art," to May 20.

"The

Sum is Greater than the Parts: Collage and Assemblage from the Dodge

Collection," to May 6. "Confrontations: Selections from the

Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to June 17. "Traffic

Patterns: Images of Transportation in American Prints between the

Wars," to June 3. "Opening Up: A Half-Century of Artistic Dialogue

between Japan and the West," to April 15. "A World Of Stage:

Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection,"

to March 31.

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

Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open

free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight Tours

every Sunday at 2 and 2:45 p.m.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery , Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Marks of Industry" by Ryan Brown. Using a

technique

with powdered charcoal, Brown focuses on objects of transportation

common to people living in a city or industrial area to show the

process

of aging. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday

1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 20.

Artists’ Gallery , 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Regrouped," a shared show featuring works by Stacie Speer

Scott and Annelies van Dommelen. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday,

and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To April 1.

Artsbridge Gallery , Prallsville Mills, Route 28, Stockton,

609-773-0881. March group show includes sculpture by Beverly Ardos

Fredericks, oil painting by Ty Hodanish, and watercolors by Monica

Sebald-Kennedy. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

To April 1.

Gratz Gallery , 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

"Crilley 2001," an exhibition of new oils by Joseph Crilley

with paintings of Italy, England, and Nova Scotia, as well as Bucks

and Hunterdon County. Many works depict familiar country scenes,

bustling

local street scenes, and architectural landmarks such as the New

Hope-Ivyland

Train Station. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To April 1.

In Rare Form Gallery , 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "The Logik of Josh Owen," an exhibition of

interactive

furniture and lighting designs. Owen is a 1994 graduate of Cornell

who earned his MFA in furniture design in 1997 at the Rhode Island

School of Design. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to

5 p.m. and by appointment. To April 30.

Riverrun Gallery , 287 South Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3349. "The Nature of Nature," an exhibition of oil

stick and ink drawings on paper by Alan Goldstein, professor of fine

arts at Bucks County Community College. Gallery is open daily, 10:30

a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday. To April 16.

Goldstein’s new works are based on his experiences in Japan where

he visited monasteries, museums, and gardens. "My work seeks a

Daoist harmony of yin and yang — a balance of forces," says

the artist. "The word `chi’ comes to mind, meaning force or life

force, elan vital."

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Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum , Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

"Ellarslie Open XIX," the annual juried showcase of work by

regional, state, and nationally-known artists. Museum hours are

Tuesday

through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. To April 15.

Grounds for Sculpture , 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:

"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast

bronze;

"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture."

Show continues to April 8. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to

9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $4

Tuesday

through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Annual

memberships

start at $45.

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

609-292-6464. "TAWA: Eyes on Trenton," a juried exhibition

of works in all media that focus on the city of Trenton. Juried by

longtime TAWA and New Jersey State Museum member Molly Merlino,

curator

Margaret O’Reilly, and registrar Jana Balsamo, the show features 65

works by 53 artists; to May 10. Museum hours are Tuesday through

Saturday,

9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Also on view, "Americans on the Silver Screen," an exhibit

of movie posters, press books, and lobby cards dating from 1934 to

1970 that explores the role of movies in creating and perpetuating

stereotypes of ethnic Americans. "Reflections of Cultures: African

Art and Craftwork from the Collections," wooden carvings,

basketry,

textiles, metal work, and a recreation of a Nigerian village in

Thornwood

carvings. On extended view: "The Modernists;" "Fine and

Decorative Arts Collections;" "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver,

Glass and Iron;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological

Record;" "Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire;

New Jersey and the Great Ice Age;" "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks

through New Jersey’s Piedmont;" "Amber: the Legendary

Resin;"

and "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

Friends of the New Jersey State Museum , Friends Cafe Gallery,

205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Gail

Bracegirdle. Portion of sales benefit museum programs. Gallery hours

are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

To April 14.

Area Galleries

The Artful Deposit , 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. A group theme show, "Bedtime Stories," featuring

works by Antonelle, Lombardi, Levine, Kelly, and others. Gallery hours

are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To March 31.

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"A few paintings" by Daniela Bittman, a show of mural-size,

figurative paintings, executed in acrylics and colored pencil. "I

think visually," says the Princeton artist, whose figures may

be imaginary or recreated from memory. "Of thousands of images

floating in my mind, one coagulates and demands to be painted."

Born in Bucharest, Romania, where she received her first art training,

she came to the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Gallery is open Thursday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 23.

Born in Bucharest, Romania, where she received her first art training,

Bittman spent a number of years in Israel where she had solo shows

of her pen and ink drawings. She came to the U.S. in 1984, and settled

in Princeton with her son in 1991. Fluent in six languages, Bittman

studied Classics at Tel-Aviv University. Aside from painting, she

also works in glass and wood.

Gas House Gallery , 40 Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-4672.

A new gallery in the tradition of "Art’s Garage," featuring

the paintings of Hopewell artist Alan Taback. Taback began his career

as a plein-air painter, moved to portraiture, and has most recently

turned to abstract figurative work. The gallery is open weekends,

and by appointment.

Hopewell Frame Shop , 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

An exhibit by wildlife artist Beatrice Bork. Working primarily with

watercolor and gouache, her art focuses on capturing an expressive

moment in nature by observing the daily struggles that are full of

action, drama, or humor. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To March 30.

Montgomery Cultural Center , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the Upstairs Gallery, "Explorations,"

a shared show of drawings, paintings, and wall pieces by Mary

Kramarenko

and Stefanie Mandelbaum, to March 29.

Morpeth Gallery , 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-333-9393.

"Aisling Gheal" by Micheal Madigan. The title is Irish for

"Bright Vision" reflecting the artist’s trips to Ireland.

He earned his MFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Gallery hours

are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To April 1.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "Mixed Moxie: Creative Highlights from

College

Artists." Jurors Idaherma Williams, Cori Haveson, and Jim Jeffers

selected 55 pieces of varied media from students across the country.

Best of show awards presented in categories of mixed media,

printmaking,

and photography. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 7.

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Phillips’ Mill , River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. The

71st Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, a prominent showcase

for art of the region, with $10,000 in awards. This year’s show

received

657 entries from 390 artists living within a 25-mile radius of New

Hope. Jurors were watercolorist Nessa Grainger, printmaker Tony

Rosati,

painter Jill Rupinski, and sculptors Phoebe Adams and Harold

Kimmelman.

Patrons’ Awards go to Behnam Khavaran, Harry Georgeson, and Barry

Snyder. Among the artists also winning prizes are James Feehan,

Charles

McVicker, Betty Curtiss, Tom Chesar, and Ferol Smith. Gallery hours

are Sunday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission

$3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 students. To October 29.

Studio Japan , 110 Main Street, Kingston, 609-683-0938.

Annual open house. Ty and Kiyoko Heineken open their studio located

in the only authentic Sukiya style Japanese building in New Jersey.

The exhibition, comprising their collection as field anthropologists

in Japan of tansu traditional cabinetry, folk art, and Mingei objects

from the 400-year Edo through Showa periods. Children welcome. Annual

open house continues daily through Sunday, October 29.

Kevin Kopil Furniture Gallery , 28-B Bridge Street,

Lambertville,

609-397-7887. "Solitudes," an exhibition of paintings and

drawings by the Belgrade-born artist Bojan Valovic. Trained initially

in the Netherlands, the artist graduated from the Rocky Mountain

College

of Art and Design in Denver, before settling in Washington, D.C.,

where he now lives. Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 12.

Summit Bancorp Gallery , Route 1 at Carnegie Center,

609-799-6706.

"Latino Artists’ Exhibition," a group show featuring Monica

Camin, Dan Fernandez, Carla Hernandez, Maria Lau, Maria de los Angeles

Morales, Miguel Osorio, Christina Pineros, Orlando Reyes, Gloria

Rodriguez,

and Ivan Valencia. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani.

Exhibition

is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To November 3.

Quietude Garden Gallery , 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

732-257-4340. The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "Season End

Sale," Monday, October 16, through Sunday, October 29. Open daily

noon to 5 p.m.

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

Recent paintings by Mitchell Yarmark. A filmmaker by training, Yarmark

started painting in the 1970s; this is his first solo show. Gallery

is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To February 12.

Educational Testing Service , Chauncey Conference Center,

Carter and Rosedale roads, 609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery, a

collection of prints by Wendell T. Brooks that blend athleticism and

African influences. Since 1971, Brooks has works as an associate

professor

of art at the College of New Jersey. Exhibit is open Monday through

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to February 14.

The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western

European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.

Collections

of Chinese, Pre-Columbian Mayan, and African art are considered among

the museum’s most impressive. Not housed in the museum but part of

the collection is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of

20th-century

outdoor sculpture, with works by such modern masters as Henry Moore,

Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and George Segal located throughout

the campus.

Lawrenceville School , Gruss Center of Visual Arts,

Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. "The Making of a Monument," an exhibition of

drawings, maquettes, and models for Shahn’s Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorial in Jersey City. The work, which consists of a monumental

bronze bust of the civil rights leader along with bronze plaques

documenting

the struggles and commemorating those whose lives were lost, was

completed

in 1999. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To February 17.

Morning Star Gallery , 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3939. Paintings and photographs by Peter Petraglia. A graduate

of the Philadelphia College of Art, he has done illustration, graphic

design art direction, and has taught at PCA. He is a former partner

of "Princeton Partners," an advertising agency in Princeton.

A charter member of the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, he is also

showing work at the Melrose Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, and

the Atelier Gallery in Frenchtown. Gallery is open Fridays and

Saturdays,

1 to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To February 18.

Hunterdon Museum of Art , Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Donna Lish: Changing Metaphor," a one artist

show of abstract sculpture built of beads, plastic threads, and found

objects. Also, the "2001 Annual Members’ Exhibition" featuring

work by area artists in all media, juried by artist and arts writer

Carol Rosen. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both shows run to March 18.

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

"Ancient Cultures Revisited: Etchings by Jorg Schmeisser, Painted

Panels and Sculpture by Sally Spofford," a presentation of works

reflecting civilizations in Cambodia, Central America, Greece, Japan,

Morocco, Russia, and Turkey. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 24.


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