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In the Galleries
Just as Thanksgiving brings "Black Friday"
to the world of retail, so the first weekend in December brings a
bright rainbow of art openings and receptions to the galleries.
This year is no exception — the artists are out in force,
their efforts (probably not by coincidence alone) in the nick of time
for the holiday shopping season. Below is the line-up of events
just in the coming week:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, 609-584-6581. A
demonstration and gallery talk by Robert Sakson in conjunction with
the 31st annual juried exhibition. Show runs to December 8. Free.
Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. Opening reception for
a month-long show of works by members of the Hunterdon Watercolor
Society. To January 5. Free. 6 to 8 p.m.
Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Jewelry, clothing, cards, ceramics,
and other imaginative holiday gifts created by area artists. Also
Saturday, December 2. Also "Fantasy and Desire," a seasonal
group show by TAWA artists, features a 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception.
Free. Noon to 7 p.m.
609-258-3788. "Rendering Faith: George Inness and
in American Art" presented by Mark D. Mitchell, graduate student,
Department of Art and Archaeology. 1:30 p.m.
Street, 609-683-4480. Grand opening of a student-run professional
gallery run by a student team of 17 Esthetics Club members under the
direction of John Kavalos. Opening show features Princeton
Ricardo Barros with an exhibit of works from "Sculptors,"
a series of environmental portraits of artists currently being
as a book. All profits from sale of works go directly to PHS art
Show runs to January 5. 3 to 5 p.m.
Numina, a Latin word that means "sacred space," is
a gallery space salvaged from a neglected and under-used space
the school’s visual arts studios. Kavalos, in his fifth year teaching
at PHS, says his own high school education deprived him of the art
education he desired. "The visual arts faculty at PHS does not
want our students to have that disadvantage. We want to satisfy all
of their needs to fulfill their obligations to their love of art —
in any and every possible way."
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.; and by
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
609-773-0881. Opening reception for the December group show featuring
clay by Hannelore Devlin, jewelry by Diane Contine, and paintings
by Gale Shanks Scotch, James Lucas, Judith Shaw Hoctor, Alex Bacon,
Cheryl Raywood, Edie Sharp, and Ty Hodanish. Holiday music by Liz
Bowman. Show continues through December 31. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.
Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Eagle Fire Company Hall, Route 202, New Hope, 215-297-5880. Preview
reception for the 19th annual juried show of works by 40 wildlife
artists that includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture,
and jewelry. Meet the artists and refreshments. $12.50 includes
and tickets to the show that continues Saturday and Sunday, December
2 and 3. 7 to 9:30 p.m.
159 Van Dyke Road, Hopewell, 609-466-0877. Ceramics by Beatrice
is featured. Also Sunday, December 3. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
609-921-1142. First day for "The Familiar and Not So
an exhibit of works by digital artist Roman Verostko that includes
traditional landscapes and still lifes to futuristic visions of space
and nature. Show continues to January 27. 11 a.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
gallery will be closed for the holidays, December 23 to January 2.
Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. Opening reception for "Handcrafted
Gifts, Small Works," ceramic, fiber, metal jewelry, glass
and handmade objects of art, on exhibit through December. Also group
show of small works, paintings, and works on paper. Free. Noon
to 8 p.m.
Street, Lambertville, 609-397-1006. Artist’s reception for
Skin," an exhibition of light boxes and collages by Rebecca
Show continues to December 31. Free. 5 to 7 p.m.
287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. Opening reception
for a shared show of multi-media artist Angela Del Vecchio’s big
paintings on a "Wheel of Chance" theme, and paintings by Bill
McNamara. Show continues to January 2. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.
House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. First day for the
Artists Group’s holiday show of watercolors, pastels, oils,
and photographs. Portion of sales benefits the 1860 House. Show
to January 26. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.
, 609-258-3788. "Rendering Faith: George Inness and
in American Art" presented by Mark D. Mitchell, graduate student.
Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place, 609-497-7990. Gallery talk
and reception for the group show, "Witnessing to the Word,"
featuring the work of sculptor Patrick Birge, potter Patrick Caughy,
and painter Patrick Ellis. The artists met through a consortium of
theological schools. Show continues to January 5. Free. 4:30
440 River Road, North Branch Station, 908-725-2110. First day for
the annual members’ juried show that runs to January 10. Free. 11
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Communications Center, West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Gallery
talk for a show of recent works by artist Jordin Isip and sculptor
Helena Lukasova. The show runs to December 21. Free. 7 p.m.
"Helena and Jordin share a remarkable artistry as well
as an almost mystical sensibility," says gallery curator Tricia
Fagan. Each draws inspiration from a broad pantheon of folklore,
and contemporary art sources, and then infuses their work with his
and her own thoroughly modern sensibilities.
Lukasova, currently in the certification program at the Johnson
Atelier, has worked extensively in various sculptural and installation
techniques since completing her M.F.A. in sculpture at the Academy
of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her work has been
exhibited throughout Europe, New York City and New Jersey; and
include frescos and Roman style mosaic floors in Italy, a bronze
in her hometown of Brno, Czech Republic, and an outdoor statue in
Lukasova explains that in her work she attempts to "explore
the relationship between these two worlds: the mortal and the eternal,
the lost and found, the known but invisible, dead yet alive."
Isip, a New York City native living in Brooklyn, is not only
a mixed media painter, but also an internationally known illustrator.
The distinctive works of this Rhode Island School of Design graduate
are often seen in publications ranging from The New York Times and
Time Magazine to Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice. Isip’s
work has also been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada,
and was featured earlier this year in an exhibition in Rome, Italy.
In addition to pursuing his own art work, Isip also teaches at the
Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the School of Visual Arts
in New York City.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and
Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 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
Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social
work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.
Dining room exhibit of works by Pennsylvania resident artist Susan
Ketcham. She has been an instructor at the Doylestown Art League Day
Workshops and a member of the Doylestown Art League. Her solo exhibits
have been in Doylestown, Phillips Mill, and Philadelphia. Part of
the proceeds benefit the Medical Center. On view 8 a.m. to 7 p.m daily
to January 18.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Witnessing to the Word," a group
show featuring the work of sculptor Patrick Birge, potter Patrick
Caughy, and painter Patrick Ellis. The artists met through a
of theological schools. Gallery talk and reception is Monday, December
4, at 4:30 p.m., for the show that continues to January 5. 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.
Language: Small-Scale Sculpture after 1950," an exhibition that
complements the newly-dedicated Richard Serra sculpture on the
campus, selected from the permanent collection by professors Peter
Bunnell and Hal Foster, and museum director Susan Taylor. Artists
include Alexander Calder and Kenneth Snelson, Leo Steppat, Jasper
Johns, Barry Bertoia, Poly Bury, Anthony Caro, George Segal, Jonathan
Shahn, Claes Oldenburg, and Christopher Wilmarth; to December 30.
On extended view in the Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s "Weight
and Measure" etchings. The museum is open 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.
Also "American Drawings from Copley to O’Keeffe," to December
30; "Contemporary Photographs," to January 7; "Dutch
in the Golden Age, an exhibition of Old Master drawings, to January
Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait
of the spirited, affluent Parisian society manifest in the printmaking
technique known as "pochoir." The show features 100 color
prints, including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of jazz,
tango, high fashion, and modern art. On view to April 8.
The Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the
"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. To April 8.
"What a Combo!," a shared show by Mel Leipzig and Vince
Leipzig is a professor of art at Mercer County Community College and
his paintings are in collections at the New Jersey State Museum, Yale
Art Gallery, Newark Public Library, and the White House Collection.
Ceglia is retired from 28 years teaching at MCCC and Trenton Junior
College; his paintings can be found at Penn State University, James
A. Michener Art Museum, and Educational Testing Service. To January
A husband and wife exhibition of recent sculpture by Joseph Menna
with paintings and hand-painted furniture by Julianna
Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To December
609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:
"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast
"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
through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Annual
start at $45.
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.
Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21."
"Woven by Tradition and Design: A Selection of American Indian
Weavings, Textiles and Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum
to December 31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul
J. Stankard," to January 7.
A shared show featuring industrial landscapes and figure paintings
by Marc Reed and interiors and street scenes by Ruth Laks. Gallery
hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To December
"Barry Snyder," an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and
sculpture. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..
To December 4.
Holiday show features watercolors by Lucy Graves McVicker and casein
paintings by Katherine Steele Renninger. Gallery hours are Wednesday
to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 14.
"The moods of nature have always been my primary concert,"
says watercolorist McVicker, who pursued graduate studies at Pratt
Institute and at Rutgers. Her works are in corporate collections that
include Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson. Renninger, a
of Moore College of Art, is known for her paintings that offer
carefully crafted glimpses of Victorian architecture and artifacts.
609-397-4978. "Kentemperere 2000," artist and curator Malcolm
Bray’s sixth annual show of innovative contemporary painting and
by 14 artists. Exhibitors include Jacques Fabert, Pat Martin, Barry
Snyder, Rachel Bliss, Diane Levell, Michael Hale, Stacie Speer-Scott,
Virgil Sova, Dolores Poacillo, Sandra Flood, Annelies van Dommelen,
and Tom Birkner. To December 31.
732-846-5777. "Herend: Hungarian Porcelain at its Finest,"
an exhibition of hand-painted porcelain pieces created since the
founding in 1839. Show runs to February 25. $5 donation.
215-340-9800. The Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism.
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest bequeathed 59 paintings that tell the
story of the renowned art colony, centered in New Hope, in the early
20th Century. 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. Exhibit continues through February 11. Museum admission $5
Also, "In Line with Al Hirschfeld," a retrospective
Hirschfeld’s life, career, and the history of the performing arts.
Exhibit runs through February 11.
New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for 18 and up;
free on the first Sunday of each month.
Inaugural exhibitions include: "Michael Mazur: A Print
covering a 40-year span of the artist’s career, to February 16.
in Contemporary American Printmaking" from the rich resources
of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to February 18.
Arkful of Animals: Captivating Creatures," from the Rutgers
of original illustrations for children’s literature, to December 22.
"Realities and Utopias: Abstract Painting from the Dodge
to January 14.
"Opening Up: A Half-Century of Artistic Dialogue between Japan
and the West" (ongoing). And "A World of Stage: Designs for
Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection," to March
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609-298-6970. Holiday show features works by gallery artists Hanneke
de Neve, Ken McIndoe, Thomas Kelly, and others. Gallery hours are
Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To December 31.
"Now and Then," a retrospective survey of two- and
art by Christina Craig. The artist recently retired following a
teaching career during which she taught for 29 years at College of
New Jersey. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.;
Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. To December 13.
"Silver & Gold," a holiday show featuring work on family and
angelic themes by Christine Parson, Brian Cezario, and Eric Gibbons.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. To December 20.
609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Rotunda: "Classical Inspiration:
Lawrenceville Parents Collect." In the Hutchins Gallery, the
Faculty Exhibition by Jamie Greenfield, Allen Fitzpatrick, Brian
Andy Franz, Leonid Siveriver, William Vandever, Amanda Eckert, and
Ed Stehle. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To December 6.
West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Absolute Music," a
shared show of recent works by artist Jordin Isip and multi-media
sculptor Helena Lukasova. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. To December
Lukasova, a native of Brno, Czech Republic, says her work attempts
to "explore the relationship between these two worlds: the mortal
and the eternal, the lost and found, the known but invisible, dead
yet alive." Currently in the certification program at the Johnson
Atelier, she completed her M.F.A. in sculpture at the Academy of Fine
Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her commissions include
and Roman style mosaic floors in Italy, a bronze fountain in her
Isip, a New York City native living in Brooklyn, is not only a
painter, but also an internationally-known illustrator. The
works of this Rhode Island School of Design graduate are often seen
in publications ranging from the New York Times and Time Magazine
to Entertainment Weekly and the Village Voice.
Road, 609-921-3272. In the Main Gallery: "To Each Her Oeuvre,"
a group show by the Cycles Group, 16 contemporary women artists from
north and central New Jersey who have been meeting and exhibiting
together for two years; to December 2. Gallery hours are Tuesday to
Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
609-896-5168. "Joan Wortis: A Textile Journey Through Asia and
Monoprint Collages," featuring Asian textiles from the artist’s
collection and her own monoprints. Lore Lindenfeld curated the exhibit
that runs to December 2. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to
8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
609-895-7307. A new series of oil on paper and mixed-media paintings
by Wanda Blake, a professional artist living in Morris County who
studied at Newark’s School of Fine and Industrial Arts. Curated by
Gary Snyder Fine Art, gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. To January 26.
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