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In the Galleries
Wanted: Risk-takers — Those who experiment, those
who don’t repeat themselves. For what field, you ask? Exhibiting
As juror Frank Rivera, an art critic and teacher, saw it, 10 members
of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) made the cut for
invitational exhibitions at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum, this
summer. Bodies of work by five TAWA artists are on view through
July 29. Then, starting August 4, five more members will each have
a room in which to show their stuff.
Angela Barbalace has populated a second floor room with watercolor
paintings of birds and fish, but her "Pink Flamingoes" is
the most unusual of the lot: Standing in what looks like a barren
lunar landscape, they appear almost to be abstract pink and white
shapes, except for their standard flamingo poses. In dark-water shades
on paper that had first been crumpled, "The Deep" suggests
just that: the ocean’s thick opacity — all spotted and
fish to the contrary.
Abstract acrylic paintings by Florence Moonan fill a first floor room
with earth and water tones. Mostly diptychs and triptychs in either
of two series — "Xing" and "Mesa" — the works’
textured surfaces result from layering and rubbing. Some elements,
like red-checkerboard areas, are repeated and varied throughout the
series, all with appealing color juxtapositions.
Figurative, hanging, and floor-based sculpture; a few unique prints;
and a number of woven collagraph prints represent George Olexa’s
entry, occupying a sweep of the first floor. The print collages might
glitter from a distance, but in any case, both colors and layout
are interestingly used. The strips in "Rush" show nearly
people, more or less in swimsuits, and if not that, skin. His hanging
"print sculpture" synthesizes much of the surrounding work
in both its materials and motifs.
Barbara Osterman’s abstract watercolors, sometimes involving handmade
paper and colored pencil, suggest both head space and outer space.
"Deep Meditation" seems an apt title for her painting in brown
and mauve-toned cloud suggestions, with three enigmatic yellow lines
painted or scratched on. Hung side by side, "Seeking" and
"Marriage" each suggests a novel’s worth of story via muted
background and a few lines. Which came first: the work or the title:
Ranging from 1974 to the present, Edward Ward’s work is mostly
or tree-scapes, to be precise, as well as a few abstract pieces. His
"Pre-Dawn" series of intaglio prints conveys the coming of
daylight. At first, stars glitter in a dark sky and trees in the
are barely visible. Then, gradually, light and soft morning colors
become visible. Ward’s acrylic painting, "Tree of Life," is
comparatively angular and stylized — like life, sometimes a
Secluded in Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, Ellarslie is reached via a
winding road, with parking across from the building. Riotously-hued
summer flowers line the walk to the mansion’s entrance.
— Pat Summers
"TAWA Invitational," the first of two summer shows featuring
five artists of the Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association. 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. Website:
To July 29.
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.
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.
Summer group show features gallery artists Georges Mazilu, Andrei
Zadorine, Alexi Raveski, and others. Gallery hours are Tuesday to
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Show continues through July.
609-252-6275. "Off the Wall," an exhibition of works by 27
sculptors affiliated with Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts,
curated by Kate Somers. Works installed on the grounds, on the rooftop
garden, and in the gallery. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 9.
Service, Carter and Rosedale roads, 609-921-9000. In the Conant
Hall Art Gallery, 17 disabled artists from the Philadelphia and New
Jersey region present an exhibition of 40 works in all media,
oil, pencil, photography, watercolor, and mixed-media. All works are
for sale and proceeds go directly to the artists. Show continues to
NuVisions is a nonprofit organization that helps artists with
to keep creating art and remain self-sufficient. It was founded in
1984 by artist Kay Schonbach who, after an accident prevented her
from continuing to create the art she knew, found success with a new
medium and new subjects.
"Dealing with illness, especially chronic illness, is so
she says. "Our art lifts us up above the strains and challenges
of everyday life, and frees us in a way that’s almost impossible to
describe with words."
732-524-6957. In the New Jersey Artist series, an exhibition of
works by Iris Kufert-Rivo that explore art historical icons and pop
culture images. A Jersey City resident, Kufert-Rivo has her MFA from
Bard College and works at P.S. 20 in New York. Free by appointment.
To August 21.
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. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To
Acquisitions" features 30 recent gifts and purchases spanning
two millennia. Works on view range from ancient Chinese Han dynasty
funerary figures, the 1968 collaborative Chinese painting
in Justice," pre-Columbian ceramic figures from the burial island
of Jaina, and George Segal’s "Wall Relief: Torso" (1972);
to September 16.
Also "A Tapestry by Karel van Mander" to August 12.
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. Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours are every
Saturday at 2 p.m.
"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. 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. To October 7.
609-397-0275. "Images in Cut Paper," an exhibition of
collages by Dar Hosta. The daughter of an artist and a former English
teacher, Hosta takes her inspiration from children’s illustrators
such as Leo Lionni and Eric Carle as well as from the cut paper works
of Matisse. Monday and Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. To August 10.
"Point & Counterpoint," a shared show by Gail Bracegirdle
and Ruth Laks. Bracegirdle works from life to create bold,
watercolors. Laks works in oil pastel and pencil to create abstract
works based on visual cues in her environment. Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To August 5.
609-773-0881. Members’ show features Louis Fatta, winner of the
2001 Gallery Award for Sculpture, with Neil Berstein, Ingeborg Snipes,
Michael Teters, J.C. Turner, and Robert Virgadamo. Gallery is open
Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To July 29.
"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.
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 England 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
and Spark," a juried exhibition of expertly crafted functional
objects in wood and metal. Exhibiting artists are Jessica Holden,
Robin Lutsey, Ken MacBain, Heather Massinger, Julianna
Wendy Most, and Glen Yerkes. Objects include furniture, jewelry, and
"more obscure devices." Gallery hours are Monday through
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. To July 26.
"Take Your Life Back," a group exhibition of abstract
drawings, and paintings by James Howell, Doug Signorovitch, Robert
Strang, and Benjamin Keating. Opening reception is Saturday, July
21. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To August
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: www.njstatemuseum.org.
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."
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.
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
215-340-9800. "George Nakashima and the Modernist Moment,"
a major exhibition that aims to recontextualize the work of George
Nakashima within the practice of European modernism. Long recognized
as a major force in the American craft movement, guest curator Steven
Beyer re-evaluates 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.;
& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.
$5 adults; $1.50 students. To September 16.
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, to July 28.
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.
Regular museum hours are 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 month.
"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.
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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