Art in Town

Area Museums

Art by the River

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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the July 4, 2001

edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

In the Galleries

It’s a spare exhibition — both dramatic and


Walk into Artworks, and the first thing you see is "The Agony

of Addiction," a welded-steel figure in the throes of wanting

and withdrawal. Skeletal fingers rake the eyes, and jagged, curving

perforations in the metal define the ribcage of the life-size


The mouth is open wide, issuing a scream you can almost hear.

Richard Gerster’s sculpture is perfectly positioned for maximum effect

in "Splinter and Spark," the juried show of wood and metal

art at Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts school and gallery, through

July 26. Gerster’s single entry joins the work of 10 other artists,

who are showing a surprising range of sometimes-quirky art beautifully

spaced for viewing in the white-walled gallery.

Wendy Most’s "Fiesta Chair," one of a few pieces of painted

furniture on view, is truly too pretty to think of sitting on. Green

and yellow are the prevailing hues, and fruit and checkerboard motifs

accent the central image: standing between two palm trees, an


island woman walks on leashes a pink pig and a big green lizard, each

sporting a big bow-tie.

Three tables by Glen Yerkes showcase beautiful woods — American

wild cherry and black walnut; and sycamore burl — as well as


workmanship. His designs, with an untrimmed or "free-edge,"

suggest an homage to the George Nakashima tradition. Smoothly sinuous,

sculptures by the late Jessica Holden are made from exotic woods such

as olive (with wonderful, almost filigreed grain patterns), ebony,

and rosewood. Her four abstract pieces are particularly caressable

— but don’t even think about it.

Heather Massinger’s "Focus Device," with silver claws, or

sharp metal petals, is a beautiful curiosity. "In a ferocious

yet elegant manner," the artist says, it provides an unusual and

decorative means for eliminating outside distraction. That’s for sure.

Which brings us to Kenneth MacBain’s pair of napkin rings.


and studded with jewels, they are palace-ready. But what sort of


could ever deserve such a splendid holder? What sort of meal could

ever live up to them? Answer: none. But buy them anyway, display them

on your best table, serve pizza — and frisk your guests as they


Very much in the quirky department: John Nicolai’s two tables of cast

iron and slate — don’t worry about meeting them coming and going.

He started with long slate slabs marked with faintly incised designs,

paint splatters, and other signs of use that were salvaged from houses

marked for demolition. These became table tops. Then he fashioned

legs from cast iron for tables that won’t quit, ever.

Beth Linnerson-Daly, on the Artworks staff for the past year as


of the Outreach Education programs, has moved into the job of


director. Her arts experience includes working with the Pennsylvania

Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey departments

of education, and teaching art in this area. She also directed a


art center in Minneapolis and served as a resource professional at

Lincoln Center.

— Pat Summers

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


and Spark," a juried exhibition of works by Jessica Holden, Robin

Lutsey, Ken MacBain, Heather Massinger, Julianna Molchanova-Menna,

Wendy Most, and Glen Yerkes. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. To July 26.

At Morpeth Gallery

For more quirky art — summer’s the time for it —

Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, features "Contemporary Primitive"

through July 14 — and actually into mid-August for unsold pieces

and supplementary work. Anat Klebanov’s bright and whimsical paintings

of animals and settings we only dream of; Bob Justin’s masks made

from found objects; and Dick De Groot’s eerie urban landscapes with

isolated buildings and surreal light — these are attractively

on view in the spacious gallery. Wall pieces are punctuated by massive

tables, some with metal trim; pottery; and unusual jewelry that’s

displayed in beds of black or white beans.

— Pat Summers

Morpeth Gallery , 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


"Contemporary Primitive" to July 14. Gallery is open Wednesday

to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Art in Town

Cranbury Station Gallery , 28 Palmer Square East,


609-921-0434. Exhibition of prints dating from the 1940s by Princeton

University’s Print Club. On view are prints by commissioned artists

John Taylor Arms, Charles Locke, Leonard Pytlak, John Menihan, and

George Jo Mess. Images include such campus sights as Clio Hall, Dillon

Gym, Stanhope Hall, and Lake Carnegie. Through August.

Historical Society of Princeton , Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Today’s News, Tomorrow’s


a show celebrating 18,000 photographs taken by the Princeton Packet’s

photographers and donated to the Historical Society’s permanent


The collection documents more than 25 years of development, sprawl,

historic preservation, education, celebrations, and festival, with

images of Princeton’s Latino population, Asian Indians, Southeast

Asians, and Chinese Americans.

Marsha Child Contemporary , 220 Alexander Street,


Summer group show features gallery artists Georges Mazilu, Andrei

Zadorine, Alexi Raveski, and others. Show continues through July.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Princeton Jewish Center , 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100.

Paintings on Old Testament themes by Tom Sommerville. An adjunct


at Mercer County College and College of New Jersey, his paintings

are in the public collections that include the Sao Paulo Museum of

Art, Brazil. Part of proceeds benefit the Jewish Center. To July 7.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation , 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Art of Baron Laszlo Mednyansky in

Context: Works from the Salgo Trust for Education." An exhibition

of works by the turn-of-the-century aristocratic artist who disguised

himself as a pauper to paint grim images of the underbelly of society.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. Donation $5. To September 16.

Hunterdon Museum of Art , Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "National Juried Print Exhibition," selected

by Anne Steele Marsh, printmaker, painter, and museum founder, and

by artist Mohammad Omer Khalil, whose works are in Metropolitan Museum

of Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of African Art, and the


Institution. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To July


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


215-340-9800. "George Nakashima & the Modernist Moment," a

major exhibition that aims to recontextualize the work of George


within the practice of European modernism. Long recognized as a major

force in the American craft movement, guest curator Steven Beyer


the designer from a European perspective, using the works of Finn

Juhl, Carlo Mollino, Alexandre Noll, and others, to demonstrate that

Nakashima is an important figure in international modernism. 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. Admission $5


$1.50 students. To September 16.

Zimmerli Art Museum , George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Continuing exhibitions include: Selected

artists from Mason Gross School of the Arts Graduate Program


curated by Lynne Allen, Judith K. Brodsky, and Jeffrey Wechsler, in

conjunction with SummerFest 2001. "New Acquisitions from Central

Asia: Selections from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet

Nonconformist Art," to July 31. "The Exotic Flower:


of Femininity in Late 19th-Century French Art," to July 31.


Uncommon Vision of Sergei Konenkov (1874-1971)," to November 14.

"A World of Story," to July 31. "Japonisme: Highlights

and Themes from the Collection," ongoing.

Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. Call for summer hours. Admission $3 adults; under 18

free; museum is open free to the public on the first Sunday of every


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Art by the River

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,


"A Moment of Pause," a four-artist show featuring new


and pastels by Albert Alexander, Susan Stuart, Mike Filipiak, and

Paulette Lidert-Groves. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To July 30.

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,


"A Moment of Pause," a four-artist show featuring new


and pastels by Albert Alexander, Susan Stuart, Mike Filipiak, and

Paulette Lidert-Groves. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To July 30. @LT = Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street,

Lambertville, 609-397-0804. The gallery celebrates its 21st annual

summer exhibition featuring the paintings and drawings of National

Academy artist Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973), an artist raised in


who settled near New Hope in 1935. Also included in the summer show

are gallery artists Joanne Augustine, Gabrielle Baumgartner, Albert

Bross, and Marge Chavooshian. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To August 31.

Gratz Gallery , 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope,


"Leonard Nelson: A Life in Art," works by New York School

artist Leonard Nelson (1912-1993), and a new catalog by art historian

and critic Sam Hunter. Nelson, who has been called a bridge between

modernism and Abstract Expressionism, was born in Camden and studied

at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The show is a benefit for

the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Gallery hours are Wednesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To July 8.

Greene and Greene Gallery , 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7774. The eighth annual Discoveries Exhibition featuring 100

limited edition and individual jewelry pieces in gold, sterling, and

fine metals with precious and semi-precious stones and gems. Artists

include Sarah Graham, collaborators Steven Ford and David Forlano,

Elaine Unzicker, Nina Mann, Larry Seiger, and Debbie Tuch. The gallery

also features contemporary furniture by Jeffrey Greene. The gallery

is open Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11

a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 3.

Urban Series 2001 , In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church

Street, Lambertville, 609-397-1006. "Urban Series 2001,"


by Reinaldo Sanguino are featured. Gallery hours are Thursday through

Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. To July 31.

Riverbank Arts , 19 Bridge Street, Stockton, 609-397-9330.

Exhibition of recent work by James Feehan continues at the Stockton

gallery through July. The gallery represents over 100 area artists.

Gallery hours are Monday to Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10

a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. To July 31.

Tin Man Alley , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,


"Mournful Remembrances" featuring limited edition silk screens

and new prints of posters by Frank Kozik, "the king of the modern

day rock poster." His bands include Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Pearl

Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins. Curated by Jonathan Levine. Gallery hours

are Friday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To July 31.

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Area Shows

South Brunswick Arts Commission , Wetherill Historic Site,

Georges Road, South Brunswick, 732-524-3350. Five prominent South

Brunswick artists share a show titled "Five Artists, Five Mediums,

One Township," featuring sculpture by James Barton, cardboard

construction by Gregory Perkell, photography by Harry Rubel, oils

by Ludvic Saleh, and collages by Rena Segal. One view Thursday through

Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. To July 8.

Stark & Stark , 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two,


609-895-7386. "Art & Animals," a group show featuring the

work of Betsy Regan, Susan Hanna MacQueen, Leo Ward, Beatrice Bork,

Naomi Savage, and Lynn Sulpy. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 7.

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Campus Arts

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

Tapestry by Karel van Mander" to August 12. "Seeing Double:

Copies and Copying in the Arts of China," an exhibition of Chinese

art, to November 4. On extended view in the Bowen Gallery, Richard

Serra’s "Weight and Measure" etchings. The museum is 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.

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

"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Felix

Bonfils, 1868-1887," an historic series of 42 large-format


taken in Beirut by the 19th-century French photographer. More than

800 Bonfils photographs were donated to Princeton in 1921 by Rudolf

Ernst Brunnow, professor of Semitic philology. Coordinated by Don

Skemer, the show is guest curated by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan

University. To October 7. Open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. to 5

p.m.; Wednesday evenings to 8 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m.

Milberg Gallery , Firestone Library, Princeton


609-258-3197. "For the Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and

the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University Library,"

celebrating the 1940 founding of a unique collection. Exhibit


the history and arts of the book through fine examples of printing,

typography, binding, papermaking, calligraphy, and illustration.


include prints by Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt, photographs by

Julia Margaret Cameron, and the illustrated Chaucer printed by William

Morris at the Kelmscott Press.

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School , 15 Livingston Avenue, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7511. "Installed Collections," an art


featuring work from seven private collections ranging from American

prints to contemporary leading-edge artists. The show includes works

by MFA graduates in visual art at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

In conjunction with Summerfest 2001, show runs to July 28.

Area Galleries

Hopewell Frame Shop , 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


"Show Virgins II," featuring watercolors by Gail Bracegirdle

and 17 of her students. Exhibitors include Carol Arnold, Sally


Gwen Bolger, Eileen Borger, Janet Strauss Carlyle, Amy Gimbel, Diane

Koye, and Barbara Krakovitz. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To July 28.

1860 House , Montgomery Cultural Center, 124


Road, 609-921-3272. The first annual Stonebridge Arts Festival with

an invitational exhibit curated by Pamela Sherin and artist Margaret

Kennard Johnson. Exhibiting artists, and future Stonebridge residents

are Mary Bundy, Rhoda Kossof-Isaac, Lore Lindenfeld, Michael Ramus,

and Margaret Johnson. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To July 13.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "Folio: Private Collections Unveiled,"

an exhibition featuring prints by Cindy Sherman, Luigi Rist, Ed

Ruscha, Starn

Twins, Nan Goldin, Ben Shahn, Robert Rauschenberg, and others, on

loan from private collections. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To July 14.

Stony Brook Gallery , Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed

Association, Titus Mill Road, Pennington, 609-737-7592. In the

Buttinger Nature Center, "Small Works of Nature," a juried

theme exhibition. To August 17.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum , Cadwalader Park,


"TAWA Invitational," the first of two summer shows featuring

five artists of the Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association. Featured

are Angela Barbalace, Florence Moonan, George Olexa, Barbara Osterman,

and Edward Ward. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery talks on the show are presented

each Sunday at 2 p.m. To July 29.

Extension Gallery , 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,


"The Sound of Sight," an exhibition of recent sculpture by

Bobbie Liegl. Show features expressive figures and creatures cast

in bronze as well as intricate sculptures constructed from handmade

paper. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To

July 5.

Grounds for Sculpture , 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Spring sculpture exhibition. In the museum: "`Tennis

Anyone?,’ Sculpture by William King." In the Domestic Arts


sculpture by Leonda Finke and a juried exhibition of photographs of

sculpture. New additions outdoors by James Dinerstein, Brower Hatch,

Larry Steele, John Van Alstine, Jay Wholley, and Yuyu Yang. Open


through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day.

Admission $4 to $10. To July 8.

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

609-292-6464. Featured show is "New Jersey, the Garden State,"

an interdisciplinary exhibition of historic tools, prints, and


created in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture’s Farming

Museum. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45

p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website:

Also: "The Art of Giving," to August 26; "Aspects of


to August 26; "The Garden State: A History of Farming in New


to August 31. On extended view: "New Jersey’s Native Americans:

The Archaeological Record"; "Delaware Indians of New


"The Sisler Collection of North American Mammals"; "Of

Rock and Fire"; "Neptune’s Architects"; "The


"New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron"; "Washington

Crossing the Delaware." In the Cafe Gallery: Dorothy Wells


works in watercolor, oil, and pastel, to June 11.

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Villagers Theater announces auditions for "Damn


on Monday, July 16, and Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at Villagers

Theater, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset. Show dates are September 14 to

October 6. Tap dancing and Fosse style a plus. Call 732-873-2710.

South Brunswick YMCA seeks performers for the Fifth Annual

Carnival August 14 through 19 at the Crossroads School, Monmouth


Call Maureen DeBlasio at 732-329-1150, extension 206.

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Call for Entries

Mercer County 4-H invites members, their families, and

residents of Mercer County to showcase their talents in arts, crafts,

photography, food, and plants. The annual 4-H Fair will be held at

Mercer County Park on Friday through Sunday, July 27, 28, and 29.

Call 609-989-6833.

New Jersey Race for the Cure is sponsoring the second

annual "Tribute to One in Nine," an art exhibition and sale

in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Friday to Sunday, October

12 to 14, at St. Peter’s University Hospital. Paintings, drawing,

sculptures, poetry, and photographs that express your thoughts and

feelings about breast cancer may be submitted. Call Pam Moore,


New Jersey Festival of Ballooning invites artists to


a work of art on a free-standing port-o-potty. The 10 selected artists

will receive paint, supplies, and a portable toilet to paint on


July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The potties will be on display during

the late July festival. Call Rosica Mulhern Inc. at 201-843-5600.

The Unlimited Potential Theater Company , a project of

VSA Arts of New Jersey, seeks poems, essays, and plays, for its eighth

annual New Jersey Wordsmith’s Competition. Deadline is October 1.

Selected works will be showcased at the New Jersey Readers Theater.

Call Joy Indik at 732-745-3885.

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Summer Activities

New Jersey State Museum offers Kaleidoscope Kids Summer

Academy 2001 to explore ancient and modern seas for children ages

6 to 12. One week session offered Monday, July 9, through Friday,

August 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended day available. Three days in

the museum and two days of field trips each session. $125 per child

per week. Call 609-292-6310.

Princeton Repertory Company , Princeton University Campus,

offers Shakespeare education workshops for children and teens from

Tuesday, July 10 to Friday, August 10. Students present a program

on Friday, August 17. Call Kristen Plyar-Moore at 609-921-3682. @LT

= New Jersey State Library has a Blind and Handicapped Summer

Reading Club for kids ages 5 to 18 who have difficulty reading regular

print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or a physical handicap.

The six-week program includes incentive packets in braille or large

print and prizes are awarded to members reaching their goal. Call

Karen Messic at 609-530-3251.

Fonthill Museum , East Court, Doylestown, offers


camp for students completing grades six to eight in two one-week


scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 9 to 13, and July 16 to

20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art studio camp for middle and high


students is scheduled in two one-week sessions for Monday through

Friday, July 30 to August 3, and August 6 to 10, from 9:30 a.m. to

3 p.m. Each weekly session is $150. Call 215-348-9461, extension 10.

Mercer Museum , Pine and Ashland streets, Doylestown,


a historical crafts summer camps including craft projects, museum

gallery sessions, and games. Camp sessions run from Monday through

Friday, weeks of July 9 and August 17. For students entering grades

2 through 6, cost is $150 per week. Extended hours package available.

Call 215-345-0210, ext. 23.

The Shoestring Players offers a two-week acting clinic

from Monday, August 6, to Friday, August 17, from 9:30 a.m. to noon,

for students entering grades four through eight. The program takes

place on Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick; cost

is $200. Register by Friday, July 27. Call 732-932-9772.

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Guided Trips

New Hope-Solebury Community School offers a day-long


tour of the "Crime of the Century," the 1932 kidnaping of

Charles Lindbergh Jr., on Saturday, July 28. Tour includes a talk

by Detective Joseph Geleta, evidence presented at the trial, lunch

at the Union Hotel, a visit to "Highfields," a tour of the

court house, the homes of trial witnesses. $83; reserve by Monday,

July 9. Call 215-862-3619.

Camp Olden Civil War Round Table and Museum is sponsoring

"A Black History Tour of Southern New Jersey," led by Giles

R. Wright, noted historian and lecturer on African-American history.

Tour bus will leave from Hamilton Township Police department parking

lot on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road on Saturday, September 22, at

9 a.m. The tour through Burlington and Camden counties includes five

known sites along the Underground Railroad, slave importation ports

of New Jersey, and 17 historic sites important in New Jersey’s black

history. The cost of $48 for adults, $35 for students. Deadline for

registration is August 18. Call 609-585-8900.

Trent House Association is sponsoring a trip up the Hudson

River on Saturday, September 29 at 8:15 a.m. The boat and coach bus

tour visit Philipsburg Manor in Tarrytown, once owned by Frederick

Philips, a contemporary of William Trent, and Sunnyside, the


home of author Washington Irving. $80 cost includes transportation

and tours; box lunch is $11. Call 609-989-3027/

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