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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
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
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:
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works. Gallery
is open noon to 9 p.m. daily.
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.
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
Don Jordan’s solo exhibition, "Organic Mosaics." To September
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.
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
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
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. "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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
"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 www.princetonol.com.
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.
Princeton High School Cafeteria, Walnut Lane, 609-683-1101. In-person
registration Tuesday, September 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
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.
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
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.
backgrounds, Equity and non-Equity. Auditions are by appointment,
Saturday, September 8. Contact Casting/Passage Theater, Box 967,
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.
volunteer positions for its 23rd season featuring works by Bach,
Ray, Hogan, and Mendelssohn. For appointment, call 609-683-5122.
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
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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