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In the Galleries
Plein air painting, that is to paint on location, is
my favorite way to work," artist Marge Chavooshian tells Rider
University curator Harry I. Naar. "When traveling, especially
abroad, I’m never without a sketch pad and ink pen, capturing the
charm of the old world at a cafe, at dinner while it’s being prepared,
or at the airport waiting to take off. I have, on occasion, used the
drawings as the basis for a painting."
Chavooshian’s exhibition, "Drawings and Paintings: From Here and
Abroad," with an accompanying catalogue that features Naar’s
with Marge Chavooshian," is the season-opener at the Rider
Art Gallery, in the Student Center on the Lawrenceville campus. Naar
says the exhibition presents a unique point of view because it focuses
not only on Chavooshian’s finished paintings, but also on drawings
and watercolor studies that have become an important part of the
Chavooshian’s show, part of a larger arts series titled "Eyes
on Trenton," sponsored by the Trenton Artists Workshop
is on exhibit through Sunday, October 22. Chavooshian gives a talk
about her work at the gallery on Thursday, October 5, at 7 p.m.
Born in 1925 and raised in New York City, Chavooshian was educated
at the Art Students League, where she studied with Reginald Marsh
and Mario Cooper. Her mother was Armenian, and taught herself the
art of embroidery, before the family was driven from their home by
the Turks in 1915. Art and music were important in Chavooshian’s
years in New York. Her father sang and both parents belonged to an
Armenian Thespian group. The young artist also studied piano
wrote music and lyrics, and, at 14, even dared to send copies of her
compositions to Irving Berlin for his comments.
Street scenes, facades, and cityscapes are Chavooshian’s signature
subjects. "As I continue to focus on this subject matter,"
she tells Naar, "I begin to recognize the way sunlight and shadows
help emphasize the geometrical structure of shapes, which ultimately
becomes the basis for my work. I’m drawn to geometric shapes created
by sunlight and shadows. In a sense, it’s the abstraction, not the
objects that are my concern."
Student Center, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Artist’s talk in
with "Drawings and Paintings: From Here and Abroad." Gallery
hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to
5 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m.
The gallery celebrates its move across Witherspoon Street with an
exhibition featuring illustrations by Russian-born artists Andrej
and Olga Dugin from their forthcoming edition of "The Brave Little
Tailor." Now living in Western Europe, the couple is following
in the artistic tradition practiced by their mentor, Gennady Spirin.
Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. To October
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, coinciding with the Jewish Center’s 50th anniversary.
addressed include early arrivals, family life, social organizations,
work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.
"Alchemy and Magical Landscapes," a shared show of watercolors
by Simon Palmer and collagraphs by Brenda Hartill. Palmer’s
enigmatic paintings pay homage to the scenic Yorkshire dales where
he has lived most of his life. Hartill, also based in England, creates
abstract prints that derive from her love of the land, rock
and mineral elements. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. To October 14.
show by Dutch Artist, Rolf Weijburg entitled, "L’Afrique
Atlas" or "Journey around Africa." To October 14. Gallery
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photographs Look Like," a teaching show for Art History 248,
recent and historic photography gems from the permanent collection.
Daguerreotypes dating back to photography’s inception in 1839,
tintypes, stereographs, and cartes-de-visites are featured, together
with contemporary dye-transfer, Cibachrome, Polaroid, and digital
prints; to October 15. Also, "Life at the Fin de Siecle:
of Toulouse-Lautrec," through October 29. Tuesday through
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. Free.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Niches" by sculptor Thomas
a contemporary exploration of such biblical subjects as the
and the Visitation. McAnulty is chair of the sculpture department
at Adelphi University. Gallery hours are 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 November
"In my work I deal a lot with simple forms, timeless in their
simplicity yet unexpectedly complex in their imaginative
says McAnulty. "I have discovered that putting the figure in an
environmental niche not only becomes a way of isolating the figure,
but also of emphasizing a gesture with a sense of intuitive
609-896-5168. Charlotte Sommer-Landgraf’s exhibition, "Computer
Images, Computer Persuasions," sponsored by the Straube Center
in Pennington. The artist gives a joint presentation with her husband,
Guenther Landgraf, former president of the Technical University of
Dresden, on Wednesday, October 11, at 5 p.m. Guenther Landgraf
the mathematical formulas for printing Sommer-Landgraf’s computer
art. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To October 13.
Recent paintings by Mike Filipiak whose subjects include scenes of
Maine and Hunterdon County. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the show that runs to October 30.
Annual Fall Exhibition featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and
by Charles R. Ross. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Show continues to November 12.
609-397-3939. "From Our Point of View," an exhibition of
drawings, sculpture, and hand-carved frames by Susan Twardus & T.
Hugo Williams. Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.;
Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 15.
609-397-1006. "All Chairs: Designs for 2001 and Beyond," a
show by the architect Matthew Huey. On view, Thursdays through Monday,
noon to 5 p.m., through October 30.
71st Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, a prominent showcase
for art of the region, with $10,000 in awards. This year’s show
657 entries from 390 artists living within a 25-mile radius of New
Hope. Jurors were watercolorist Nessa Grainger, printmaker Tony
painter Jill Rupinski, and sculptors Phoebe Adams and Harold
Patrons’ Awards go to Behnam Khavaran, Harry Georgeson, and Barry
Snyder. Among the artists also winning prizes are James Feehan,
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.
609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference
the annual high school student Advanced Placement Studio Art Show,
featuring works by 27 students from 12 states. Exhibit is open daily,
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., to October 15.
732-524-6957. Group show by 12 members of the New Jersey Photography
Forum, a non-profit group of professional photographers, photo
and amateurs, to November 16. In the New Jersey artist series, recent
drawings by Barbara Weissberger, to October 13. Open weekdays by
609-895-7307. Garden State Watercolor Society Associate Members Show,
the annual exhibition, juried by Gary Snyder of Snyder Fine Art and
Bernice Kisaday Fatto of Watercolorists Unlimited. Open Monday to
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 26.
"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
and Ivan Valencia. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani.
is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To November 3.
day for the annual faculty and studio artist show featuring recent
work in all media by Carolina Alvarado, Helen Bayley, Robert Beck,
Sarah Bernotas, Gail Bracegirdle, and others. Artists Gallery hours
are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 6.
"Improvisational Bridges," an exhibition of paintings, prints
and computer-generated works by former Trenton native Eleanor A.
She is a professor at Queens College and has taught for over 30 years.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday
2 to 4 p.m. Reception is Saturday, October 7, for the show that runs
through November 5.
"Of One Who Listens to the Stone," a group exhibition of stone
sculptures created by the staff and apprentices of the Johnson Atelier
Technical Institute. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. To October 5.
609-292-6464. "Click! The Marvelous in American Vernacular
an exhibit of found photographs offering a diversity of American
ranging from quirky snapshots to haunting photographic documents.
Curated by Donald Lokuta of Kean University, Robert Yoskowitz of Union
College, and the museum’s assistant curator Margaret O’Reilly, the
show explores how great works of art influenced everyday photography.
To December 31. Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to
4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and state holidays.
Dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the 90 "ordinary
photographs of ordinary people" featured in this exhibition were
found in shoe boxes at flea markets and yard sales or retrieved. Taken
by anonymous photographers, their power may be the result of a lucky
accident or of inspired planning that is reminiscent of such photo
masters as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus. Found
photographs have become a hot new collectible in the art world.
Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21."
"Leonard Baskin, Clarence Carter, Jacob Lawrence, and George
New Jersey Remembers," through October 22; "Woven by Tradition
and Design: A Selection of American Indian Weavings, Textiles and
Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum Collections," to December
31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul
to January 7.
On extended view: "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and
"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."
609-695-0061. Landscape and floral paintings by Susan Weiss, an artist
of strong academic training, inspired by the American Impressionists’
vision of brilliant effects of light, color, and atmosphere. Gallery
hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to
609-298-6970. Pastel works by Dressler Smith and portraiture by Nancy
Goodstein. Also represented, ceramics by the late James Colavita.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m., and by
The gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary year with a a group show
featuring contemporary and classic art featuring artwork by the late
Mortimer Johnson and works by owner, Eric Gibbons. Gallery hours are
Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.
Floral paintings by J.N. Betz, a resident of Kendall Park who studied
at Marymount Manhattan College of Hunter Graduate School. Shop hours
are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To October 7.
"Betz’s paintings have the capacity of bringing the viewer in
direct contact with the full majesty of each bloom at its exact peak
of maturity. It’s an exhilarating experience," says gallery owner
Abby Frantz. Betz work is on display at the corporate office of Jansen
Pharmaceutica, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Dow Jones.
Road, 609-921-3272. Princeton Artists Alliance group show, "Visual
Variation," featuring works by 20 professional member artists.
These include Joanne Augustine, Clem Fiori, Lore Lindenfeld, Pat
Lucy Graves McVicker, and Charles McVicker. Additional artist events
take place Sunday, October 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday,
10 a.m.to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 20.
Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Dust Shaped Hearts," a solo
show by Don Camp in the main gallery featuring casein and earth
monoprints. Also Julyen Norman’s "Ulysses Suite," woodcuts
and linoleum cuts depicting scenes from James Joyce’s novel. Gallery
hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1
to 4 p.m. Both shows continue to October 14.
732-257-4340. The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "New Artists,
New Ideas, New Season" show, featuring work by more than 100
in natural outdoor installations. Featured artists include Sarah
Charles Welles, and Liz Whitney Quisgard. Gallery hours are Friday
to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Then and Now: Recent Museum Acquisitions
of Art and Folk Art," Extended to November 5. Donation $5. Museum
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to
215-340-9800. "In Line with Al Hirschfeld," a retrospective
documenting Hirschfeld’s life, career, and the history of the
arts. Exhibit, with accompanying lecture, tour, and film series, runs
through February 11. Also an installation by Yardley sculptor
Miller McCue including a life-size sculpture inspired by Monet’s
"Haystacks" series; to October 22. 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. Museum admission $5 adults; $1.50
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