Art in Town

Art On Campus

Art in the Workplace

Art In Trenton

Other Galleries

Art by the River

To the North

Other Museums

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In the Galleries


A fabulous kite, flying high in the evening sky carries

the Princeton University shield and a date — March 3, 2000 —

the day the Princeton community lost its beloved Mercer Oak. This

is how the renowned Russian-born and trained artist and illustrator

Gennady Spirin has paid tribute to the loss of a beauteous tree and

an historic landmark in his new painting, "The Mercer Oak."

Currently on view at the Firebird Gallery, Spirin depicts the majestic

tree in the golden yellows and luminous greens of autumn. Raised aloft

by a young boy and his mother at play, the kite soars over the familiar

battlefield that is bathed in a mysterious crepuscular light. And

in this distinctly surrealist touch, we ask ourselves: Who can raise

a kite at twilight, a time when birds hush and breezes drop?

Spirin’s painting is to be published as a limited edition print, joining

his earlier tribute to his adopted home, a whimsical and touching

portrait of Princeton University’s Nassau and Alexander halls visited

by a lazy tiger and a hot air balloon.

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

paintings by Gennady Spirin and Charles Santore. Gallery hours are

Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Art in Town

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.

Judah Mears, a merchant of "Prince-town" in 1750, is one of

the earliest known residents; the presence continues with Sarah Marks

Stockton in the 19th century. Profiles in the 20th century include

Albert Einstein and aspects of Jewish life at Princeton University.

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

New oil paintings by Andrei Zadorine. Gallery hours are Tuesday to

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To July 3.

Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, HomeFront, MarketFair,

609-989-9417. The well-loved annual show and sale of Shona stone sculpture

of Zimbabwe to benefit area homeless families. Over 500 works are

on exhibit and available for purchase in a range of prices. The show

is open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To

June 11.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

"Visions of Place," a group show of recent works by Ahni Kruger,

Susan Dry Boynton, and Nanci Hersh. To June 11.

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Art On Campus

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

Window into Collecting American Folk Art: The Edward Duff Balken Collection

at Princeton," 65 paintings and drawings by major 19th-century

figures who include Zedakiah Belknap, Erastus Salisbury Field, Sarah

Perkins, Ammi Phillips, and Asahel Powers. A native of Pittsburgh,

Balken was a member of Princeton Class of 1897 who later became curator

of the department of prints and drawings at the Carnegie Institute.

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. To June


Also, "Photographs by Barbara Bosworth," a survey exhibition

of panoramic photographs and the debut of the 24-print narrative sequence,

"The Bitterroot River," to June 18; "Yayoi Kusama: Early

Drawings from the Collection of Richard Castellane," to July 30.

"The Dawn of Maya Kings: An Exhibition of an Early Mayan Stela,"

to July 30; and "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Painting," to

July 30.

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

"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections

of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main exhibition

gallery to November 5.

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Art in the Workplace

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

609-895-7307. "Optical Illusions: Nancy Laughlin and David Savage,"

works by two artists whose works explore the effects of heightened

color and unexpected formal relationships to surprise and engage the

viewer. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To June 9.

Breakout!, Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie

Center, 609-799-6706. "Breakout!" a group show, curated by

DeLann Gallery, with drawings by Cynthia Goodman Brantley, figurative

sculpture by Bob Mataranglo, oils by Adel Al-Hillawi, and quilts by

Barbara Pivnick. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To June 23.

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Art In Trenton

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

Cross Section," curated by Robert Beck, with works by Colette

Sexton, Susan Roseman, Stephen Kennedy, Mavis Smith, Sandra Flood,

Myles Cavanaugh, Gail Bracegirdle, Beck, and Christine Lafuente. Monday-Thursday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4. To June 11.

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

"Guccione, the Painter," a retrospective show featuring 50

paintings and drawings by Bob Guccione, the founder and publisher

of Penthouse magazine. Guccione started his career as an artist and

gave up painting in 1965 to launch his publishing business. He returned

to painting in 1992 with a show at the Ambassador Gallery in New York

and has since exhibited in galleries across the country. Tuesday through

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. To June 11.

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

"Dream Fulfilled, To God be the Glory," an exhibition of sculpture

by Joseph W. Acquah of Ghana, West Africa. Monday to Thursday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. To June 29.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Spring Exhibition. In the Museum: "Red Grooms: Sculptures,"

40 brightly-painted, humorous sculptures by the New York City artist.

In the Domestic Arts Building, "Bill Barrett: Sculpture and Painting,"

bronze sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Also, "Andrzej Pitynski:

Partisans-Freedom Fighters," drawings and models of the monumental

bronze sculpture of Polish partisans and freedom fighters installed

near the Hamilton Train Station. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. To July 2.

New work outdoors includes sculptures by Barry Hehemann, Petro Hul,

Sharon Loper, Helena Lukasova, Scott McMillin, and Paul Muick. The

22-acre landscaped sculpture park and water gardens are on the former

state fairgrounds site.

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

609-292-6310. "Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis

Island," Larry Racioppo’s exhibition of the little-known world

of Ellis Island’s abandoned buildings, poignant reminders of their

historical significance and current disrepair. Tuesday through Saturday,

9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. To June 30.

Racioppo has been photographing the physical landscape for nearly

30 years. The son of a longshoreman, he often focuses on the hidden,

forgotten, and disappearing waterfront. "I photograph the things

I feel connected to," says Racioppo: his four grandparents entered

America through the Ellis Island gateway.

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Other Galleries

Hopewell Township Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road,

609-737-2610. Ewing Art Group Members’ Show: works in oil, acrylics,

watercolor, and mixed media. To June 29.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the Main Gallery, "TAG’s 2000 Brushstrokes,"

by the Art Group (TAG), a professional central New Jersey artists’

group; to June 15. Also, "Insights," a shared exhibition by

Jane Garvey Adriance, Dorothy Wells Bissell, and Seow-Chu See; to

June 30.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Preserving the Garden: Saving the

New Jersey Landscape," a national juried exhibition aimed at raising

awareness of the need for environmental protection. Juror is David

Kiehl of the Whitney Museum of Art. Selected New Jersey artists include

Paul Bonelli, Dusan Dry Boynton, Spelman Evans Downer, Alice Harrison,

David Komar, and Charlotte Yudis. Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4. To June 10.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Nature’s Mysteries," an exhibition of oils

by Edith Skiba. A resident of Lamberville since 1997, Skiba teaches

at College of New Jersey and at Rutgers. 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 July 1.

"My art is not just about the things I paint," says Skiba,

"but also about the feelings they awaken. They pay homage to the

mysterious workings of nature and the indomitable human spirit."

Trained as a dancer, Skiba earned her BA in studio art at SUNY’s Empire

State College, and a master’s degree in art history and criticism

from SUNY, Stony Brook.

Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4590. Photographs by New Jersey multi-media artist Victor

Macarol whose work has been shown at the New Jersey State Museum,

Galerie Fink in Paris, and Galerie Mesmer in Basel, Switzerland. Open

Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 21.

Kevin Kopil Furniture Gallery, 28-B Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7887. "Art for Living Spaces" by landscape artist

Jake Geer is featured at the gallery where handcrafted furniture design

is exhibited together with fine art. Geer, whose studio is in Bridgeport,

Vermont, takes as his subjects pastoral vistas, farms and barns, sunrises,

and salt marshes. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11

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

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349.

"Abstraction 2000," a group show curated by Ruth Bloom and

Pat Martin, featuring works by Rochelle Blumenfeld, Stuart Fineman,

Wendy Wilkinson Gordon, Barbara Osterman, and others. Gallery is open

daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Tuesday. To June 10.

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To the North

American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Mihaly Munkacsy in America," featuring

works of the celebrated Hungarian painter who, at the time of his

death in 1900, had become the most famous Hungarian in the world.

His 1890 commission, "The Conquest of Hungary," can be seen

today in the Hungarian parliament building. Museum hours are Tuesday

to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.

To June 18.

Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

732-257-4340. Sculpture exhibited in natural outdoor installations.

Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m

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Other Museums

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Narratives in Thread," Robert Forman’s exhibition

of paintings composed entirely of thread . Also, in the Merck Gallery,

an exhibition of Huichol yarn paintings from northern Mexico, selected

by Forman. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To June 18.

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

215-340-9800. "The Art Gene," the annual Bucks County Invitational

focuses on four pairs of related artists: George and Daniel Anthonisen;

Robert and Jason Dodge; Emmet and Elijah Gowin; and Barbara and Mark

Osterman. To July 2. Also, the new Children’s Gallery, features artwork

by children ages 3 to 12, through June 30.

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

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 adults; $1.50 students; children free. Website:

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