Art in Town

Campus Arts

Art by the River

Art In Trenton

Area Museums

Art in the Workplace

Adult School Set for Fall


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In the Galleries

If you tuned out on sculpture with, say, Henry Moore,

or if Jeff Koons is as wild as you go with this 3-D art form, you’re

due for a refreshing overview of what’s happening these days in


Better yet, how about two overviews, both offered at a single scenic


At Hamilton’s Grounds for Sculpture, now through September 16, you

can see a show of recent work by 22 members of the Sculptors


of New Jersey, and another by 33 members of the National Association

of Women Artists. You’ll see traditional and surprising things, you’ll

learn new art terminology, you may be amazed. Juried by Grounds for

Sculpture staff, these group exhibitions will bring you up to date

in no time.

According to plan, the New Jersey sculptors group offers an eclectic

mix of styles and mediums in the Domestic Arts building. From a


of 25, the 22 exhibiting artists are showing figurative and abstract

pieces that include Miklos L. Sebek’s "Emanation No. 2," a

virtuosic abstract carved wood piece that glows darkly atop its


base of angular granite. The desire to stroke this sculpture may be

compelling, but don’t do it. No matter that this is the most tactile

art form: limit yourself to visual savoring.

Hope Carter’s "Fluid Space" is comprised of numerous


lengths of chain which pool at ground level. Gray screening hangs

about halfway down each chain, resembling a series of flat-furled

umbrellas. Only moving air — unfortunately not present at the

time of my visit — could activate the vertical strips that


make up the screening.

Your impulse may be to give wide berth to Sharon Gainsburg’s


Arch," a scarily awesome marble work with an arch, lovely textures

— and a dangling "arm" of knotted marble that drops below

the base. The work doesn’t fall because a rod connects the wider part

to the pedestal — and, we assume, because the artist calculated

both the weight and scare effects very carefully. Here is a work that

hangs handily between sculpture and theater.

"Them and Those," Linda Handler’s assemblage study of scale,

combines beautifully worked stones in a variety of sizes and hues,

with tiny human figures, all painted white, who look up at, sit on,

and walk among the boulders and monoliths (relatively speaking). The

scene is reminiscent of old engravings that show explorers who have

just come upon ancient standing stones. Works by 18 more members of

this artists’ organization fill the gallery.

In the Museum building, find even more sculptures from the venerable

NAWA — the oldest American professional women’s fine arts


founded in 1889. Here, too, the range of recent work on view is wide

— and sometimes wild. Possibly most astonishing is


on a Lake" by Devorah Sperber, a 3-D landscape "painted"

with 5,760 spools of colored thread, arranged in rows. Placed facing

the work is a pair of binoculars and, when the visitor looks through

them, all is made clear.

Irene Gennaro’s beckoning "Sibyl" is a seven-foot-tall


wood piece. Susan Manspeizer’s "No. 201 The Joy" illustrates

how wood can also be used to look like metal: painted a bright yellow,

these thin strips are bent, folded, and pinched together like seeming

sheet metal.

Other sculptural "ingredients" in this exhibition include

bridal tulle, nails, mirrors, sand, paper, telephone wire, and leather

— besides a range of more traditional and predictable materials.

The work of 30 more sculptors awaits you. And be ready for at least

that many surprises during your walk through the present.

— Pat Summers

Summer Exhibition , Grounds for Sculpture, 18


Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. Show continues to September 16. Hours

are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission is $4

Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday.

Annual memberships are also offered. Website:

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Art in Town

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, historic

preservation, education, celebrations, and festivals, with images

of Princeton’s diverse populations. Show runs to March, 2002.

Marsha Child Contemporary , 220 Alexander Street,


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 to September 11.

Medical Center at Princeton , 253 Witherspoon Street,


"Phil Aklonis," dining room exhibition of works by the


Park resident who has worked in the graphics industry since 1978 and

is now employed as a studio artist with Krell Advertising. Part of

sales benefit the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

to September 19.

Princeton Theological Seminary , Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Spirit States," an exhibition

of paintings by Ben Frank Moss. The artist, who studied at Princeton

Theological Seminary, has an MFA from Boston University and is a


of studio art at Dartmouth College. Gallery talk and reception is

Tuesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m., for the show that runs to October

18. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.;


to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m.

Moss has described his painting as "an act of faith" through

which he finds "a means of objectifying a personal truth, a


way to reconnect with the great ineffable mystery beyond the


Williams Gallery , 16 1/2 Witherspoon Street, 609-921-1142.

Mary Lou and Ernest William Bock celebrate the gallery’s new home

with a "Summer Showcase" of gallery artists that includes

Jerome Collins, Susumu Endo, Richard Erdman, Thomas George, Margaret

K. Johnson, Manfred Mohr, Barbara Nessim, Joerg Schmeisser, Yoshikatsu

Tamekane, Allan Tannenbaum, Roman Verostko, and Rolf Weijburg. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, noon to

5 p.m.; and by appointment. To September 17.

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Campus Arts

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


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," and pre-Columbian ceramic figures from the burial

island of Jaina, to George Segal’s "Wall Relief: Torso"


On view to September 16.

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. Weekdays 9 a.m. to

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

To October 7.

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. To October 7.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center, West

Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Liminal Spirits," a shared

show featuring paintings on paper by Rachel Bliss and Barbara Bullock.

Artists’ reception is Wednesday, September 12, at 5 p.m., for the

show that runs to September 27. Bullock will give a gallery talk on

Wednesday, September 12, at 12:30 p.m. Bliss will speak on Wednesday,

September 19, at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;


from 6 to 8 p.m; and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Art by the River

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,


"Amanuensis and Memory," Linda Guenste’s multi-faceted project

features pairs of large portraits and landscapes that examine the

concept of visual memory. The show includes an audio component by

the artist with Doylestown musician Bob Berry. Thursday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 10.

Hanga , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-7044.

James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works. Gallery

is open noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Lee Harper Gallery , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope.

Etchings and paintings by Patricia Ann Griffin. A graduate of Moore

College of Art and Design, her work has been exhibited in 30 galleries

across the nation. Opening is Saturday, September 8, for the show

that runs to September 30.

Louisa Melrose Gallery , 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Jerry Cable, new works in oil. Wednesday & Thursday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6; and Sunday, noon

to 5.

To September 15.

Nagy Gallery , 16 West Bridge Street, New Hope,


Don Jordan’s solo exhibition, "Organic Mosaics." To September


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


Exhibition features the unconventional graphics imagery of Shepard

Fairey, creator of the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker

campaign, designed to reawaken a sense of wonder about the urban


His San Diego graphic design firm, Black Market, helps clients access

his guerrilla style of marketing to consumers. Curated by Jonathan

Levine. Gallery hours are Friday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To September 30.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum , Cadwalader Park,


TAWA Invitations, the second of two summer shows featuring five


of the Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association. Featured are Eleanor

Burnette, Rosina Carosa, Don Jordan, Arlene Milgram, and Deirdre


Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. Artist gallery talks on Sundays at 2 p.m. To September


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

609-292-6464. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to

4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website:

On extended view: "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The


Record"; "Delaware Indians of New Jersey"; "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals"; "Of Rock and Fire";

"Neptune’s Architects"; "The Modernists"; "New

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

the Delaware."

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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 , 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "The Art of Children’s Books: Illustrators of


County." Also "Jacqueline Ann Clipsham: Forty Years of


a show of ceramics art, bronzes, and works on paper. Museum hours

are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both shows run to September


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


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.

Also: "The Spirit of Abstraction: Contemporary Painting from the

Collection" features paintings from the 1950s and ’60s by artists

including Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Karl Knaths, Alan


and Joan Lindley; to October 7. "The Drawings of Robert


an exhibition of abstract works by the artist (1937-1989); to October

28. "The Sculpture of Fred Schmidt," an outdoor exhibit of

six sculptures created by the late steelworker turned sculptor; to

October 28.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Europe: East," an exhibition

with highlights from fine print dealer Marvin Bolotsky’s personal

collection including etchings, mezzotints, and lithographs by artists

from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia. Open through

Saturday, September 8, when a closing reception will be held from

2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Zimmerli Art Museum , George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. New exhibitions include: "From Whistler

to Warhol: A Century of American Printmaking," to November 25.

"Robert Motherwell: Abstraction as Emphasis," to December

9. "Boxed In: Plane, Frame, Surface," to December 2.


Goose’s Children: Original Illustrations for Children’s Books from

the Rutgers Collection," to December 9. Museum hours are Tuesday

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

5 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open free to

the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight tours every

Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m.

Continuing exhibitions include: "The Uncommon Vision of Sergei

Konenkov (1874-1971)," to November 14. "Japonisme: Highlights

and Themes from the Collection," ongoing.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb , Route 206, Lawrenceville,

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. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9

a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To September


Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery , New


732-524-6957. "Burlington County Art Guild," an exhibition

of works by members of the guild in a variety of media; to September

20. Also "Wounds," a collection of artworks by Anne Dushanko

Dobek designed to evoke the emotional turmoil of psychic and bodily

pain. In the New Jersey Artist series. To September 27. By appointment


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton , Lower

Conference Area, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 609-584-6427.

A solo exhibit of watercolors and oils by Maxwell Nimeck, part of

the hospital’s "Art and Soul Program." A reception and


lecture will take place Monday, September 14, from noon to 3 p.m.

To October 3.

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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Adult School Set for Fall

Registration is underway for the fall, 2001, semester at Princeton

Adult School. Offerings this year include some 125 courses ranging

from the art of Northern Europe and classical music and jazz, to

watercolor painting, swing dancing and financial planning. Students

can register in person on Tuesday, September 11, at Princeton High

School, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Highlights this semester include several new courses and a major

lecture series. The series, "Humans, and How We Got That Way," will be

presented by faculty from Princeton University and the Institute for

Advanced Study, by scientists who are active in the research that is

advancing our understanding of the human species. Among the other new

courses are an examination of the American corporation, a dance class

in Latin Salsa and Hustle, and several cooking courses including

"Cooking with Herbs: The Chef’s Secret Weapon," and Pakistani and

Indian cuisine.

"Every year we aim for the proverbial `something for everybody,’"

says PAS president Nancy Beck, "and I think we’re closer than ever. We

have over 20 new courses including ice dancing and a new version of

`Singing for Pleasure’ called `Sing Out.’ We are especially pleased

that Michael Lemonick, senior science writer at Time Magazine, will

offer another `Trip to the Universe’ — a journey that includes a

visit to the new Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of

Natural History in New York City. And, of course, we continue to offer

our very popular foreign language programs and English for Speakers of

Other Languages (ESOL), as well as our studio arts classes and five

different financial planning courses."

The diverse course listing for the upcoming semester includes 27

foreign language courses, 11 lecture courses, 17 studio arts

workshops, 19 recreation and fitness activities, 8 music classes, 22

courses listed under hobbies and special skills, 5 cooking classes,

and 21 courses addressing business and professional needs. Subjects

range from professional-level classes such Web Page Development to

courses tailored to individual needs like T’ai Chi and a family

genealogy course using the computer.

Classes, which are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Princeton

High School and other locations throughout the community, begin on

October 2 and 4. In-person registration is scheduled for Tuesday,

September 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Princeton High School Cafeteria.

Registration by mail is already in progress. Students can register by

mail using forms in the back of the adult school catalog. Those who

have not received a catalog can obtain a copy at any area public


The entire brochure, including a registration form, is also available

at Princeton Online at

The Princeton Adult school has been offering classes for mare than 60

years. Over the years courses have ranged from bird watching and

gourmet cooking to lectures on the universe by leading

astrophysicists. PAS teachers, who are professionals in their

respective fields and often nationally noted authorities, include

faculty from Princeton and Rutgers Universities. Recent speakers have

included such notables as Neil Tyson, director of the Hayden

Planetarium, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, and historian James

McPherson. Beginning with 20 classes in 1939, the school

offered over 125 different courses in each of two terms last year with

a total enrollment of almost 5,000.

"We are especially pleased with the public’s response to the adult

school," adds Beck. "Last year’s enrollment was one of the largest

we have ever had. In fact, enrolment has recently been so strong that

there are always several courses that are filled before in-person

registration night by those who register by mail. We always have to

turn people away from popular classes with space limitations." Beck

encourages interested learners to register early.

In-Person Registration , Princeton Adult School,

Princeton High School Cafeteria, Walnut Lane, 609-683-1101. In-person

registration Tuesday, September 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

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Pennington Players announces auditions for "The Complete

Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)" on Sunday, September 9, from

3 to 5 p.m., and Monday, September 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Three


who enjoy improv and impressions are needed. Auditions are at Kelsey

Theater, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Call 609-737-PLAY.

Chaos Theory is seeking to replace departing vocalist

Dan Altobelli. The group is holding open auditions beginning September

10. The group will take the months of October and November off to

find and acclimate a new vocalist. Vocalist should have a wide range,

both rough and clear, a good ear for melody, and vocal writing


Call 609-298-EVIL; or visit Chaos Theory on the web at

McCarter Theater invites boys and girls ages 5 to 13 to

audition for "A Christmas Carol." Sign-ups are on Monday,

September 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Children will be screened, measured,

and given appointments for actual auditions on Sunday, September 16.

Call 609-258-6505.

Passage Theater seeks actors, all ages, types, and ethnic

backgrounds, Equity and non-Equity. Auditions are by appointment,

Saturday, September 8. Contact Casting/Passage Theater, Box 967,



Millstone Valley Chorus invites women in all voice ranges

to the women’s chorus singing four-part harmony barbershop style.

Rehearsals are every Monday night at the All Saints Church in


at 7:30 p.m. Call Marty at 732-251-6916.

Princeton Pro Musica has chorus auditions for paid and

volunteer positions for its 23rd season featuring works by Bach,


Ray, Hogan, and Mendelssohn. For appointment, call 609-683-5122.

Westminster Conservatory has auditions for its Choral

Ensembles and Community Orchestra. Choral ensembles include the


Chorus and Chamber Choir for adults; the Conservatory Youth Chorale,

a high school honors chorale; and children’s choirs for grades 1 to

8. Call 609-921-7104.

Call for Entries

Garden State Watercolor Society seeks New Jersey artists

to enter the annual juried exhibition. Entries must be hand delivered

on Saturday, September 8, at the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton’s


Park. Entry fees are $25 for non-members. Call 609-695-8645.

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