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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.
paintings by Gennady Spirin and Charles Santore. Gallery hours are
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
New oil paintings by Andrei Zadorine. Gallery hours are Tuesday to
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To July 3.
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
"Visions of Place," a group show of recent works by Ahni Kruger,
Susan Dry Boynton, and Nanci Hersh. To June 11.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
609-737-2610. Ewing Art Group Members’ Show: works in oil, acrylics,
watercolor, and mixed media. To June 29.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
732-257-4340. Sculpture exhibited in natural outdoor installations.
Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m
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.
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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