Art in Town

Art On Campus

Art by the River

Art in the Workplace

Art In Trenton

Other Galleries

To the North

Other Museums

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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


painting process.

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."

Marge Chavooshian, Rider University Art Gallery,

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.

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Art in Town

Firebird Gallery, 16 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-0775.

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


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, 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.

Pringle International Art, 8 Chambers Street,


"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.

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

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.

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Art On Campus

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

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.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

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


Rider University Multicultural Center, Route 206,


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.

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Art by the River

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,


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.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,


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.

Morning Star Gallery, 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,

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.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

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.

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


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.

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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


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.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New


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



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

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.

Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie Center,


"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.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. First

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.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,


"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.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,


"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.

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

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."

Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,

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

5 p.m.

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Other Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

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


Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,


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 9 p.m.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


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.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

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 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 20.

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To the North

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

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.

Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

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.

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Other Museums

American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New

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

4 p.m.

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


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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