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In the Galleries
At the Rider University Art Gallery, gallery director
Harry I. Naar has selected Adolf Konrad, considered by many to be
one of New Jersey’s foremost living figurative artists, for a solo
exhibition of still-life paintings that he titles, "Moments of
Vision." An accompanying catalog, written in dialogue form between
Konrad and Naar, chronicles Konrad’s creative life in art. Konrad
will give a talk on the show on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. And
the following week, on Thursday, April 18, the artist is further
by Westminster Choir College pianists Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis
Alpert Lehrer, who have devised a concert program that illustrates
the influence of music on Konrad and his art.
Hailed by a New Jersey governor as "one of New Jersey’s finest
natural resources," an immigrant who earned the moniker
laureate of Newark," Konrad was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1915,
and it was there he developed his passion for the world of art. As
a youngster, he was strongly influenced by Jan Specht, his first
At age 10, Konrad and his family emigrated to the U.S. Settling in
Newark, Konrad studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial
Arts where he discovered his passion for surrealist art, a point which
opened his mind to new possibilities regarding poetic content and
new concepts of painting space.
By 1935, Konrad was experimenting with cubism. The following year,
he won a scholarship to the Cummington School in Massachusetts where
he studied painting and also the cello. One of his paintings is named
for the musical composition that inspired it, "Homage to Ernest
Chausson." His other musical favorites range from Bach to Mahler,
Shostokovich, Stavinsky, and Paart.
Asked by Naar how a show of still life work differs
from his better known cityscapes, Konrad says: "No matter what
series of paintings I have been engaged in, I have always painted
still life as a means of experimenting with processes of painting,
perspective, compositions, and mediums, and the possibilities of wit
and playfulness, as well as pure visual delight. The earliest
in the exhibition reflect my debt to the Cubist influence. There was
a greater emphasis on shapes, awareness of the flatness of the surface
and disregard of conventional Western perspective, until my paintings
reached a state of near abstraction."
Center, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Artist’s gallery talk
in conjunction with "Moments of Vision." Gallery hours are
Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. for
the show that continues to April 21. Free. Thursday, April 11,
Student Center, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. Pianists Ena
Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer in concert. Free with
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Van Dyck: `Ecce Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ.’" Also, "In
the Mirror of Christ’s Passion: Images from Princeton University
To June 9. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to
5 p.m. Tours of the collection every Saturday at 2 p.m.
Also "Anxious Omniscience: Surveillance in Contemporary Cultural
Practice," to April 1. "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in
the Age of Expressionism," an exhibit of prints and drawings that
comprises an overview of late 19th and early 20th century German art,
to June 9. "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty
China;" to August 31.
609-258-3184. "Not for Myself Alone: A Celebration of
Writers," the debut show for the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Collection
of Jewish-American Writers that ranges from the early 19th century
to the present day and includes Yiddish-language writers as well as
writers in English. A two-volume catalog accompanies the exhibition.
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 21.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Meeting Stone," an exhibition
of sculpture by Caroline Fenn. "Carving reveals what is hidden,
in stone, in the sculptor, and finally in the viewers who make of
it what they will," says the artist who has studied at Smith
Yale, and Union Theological Seminary. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To April 12.
609-771-2198. "The Ancient House," an exhibition that
the grandeur of ancient Greek and Roman homes with actual and
ancient artifacts from the collections of the Princeton, Glencairn,
Newark, and University of Pennsylvania museums. Gallery hours are
Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and
1 to 3 p.m. To April 3.
West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Mercer County Artists
2002," the annual juried show of works by Mercer County artists
selected by John Franklin of the Johnson Atelier. Gallery hours
to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.;
evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To April 4.
"The Eden Series II," an exhibition of paintings by Gilda
K. Aronovic. Artist’s reception is Sunday, April 14, for the show
that runs to May 21. Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays.
"The Colorists," paintings and drawings by contemporary
Caroline Bailey, Marj Bond, Herb Murrie, and Charles MacQueen. Gallery
is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 30.
609-397-0275. "Songs of the Earth," an exhibition of pastels
and drawings by Joyce Sanderson. Gallery hours are Monday and
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 April 26.
Shared show by Merle Citron and Paul Mordetsky. Citron, a member of
the Philadelphia Sketch Club, focuses on New Yorkers painted since
9/11. Mordetsky, painter and educator, focuses on the landscape.
hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To March
908-996-1470. "Paintings from Here and There" by Trenton
Marge Chavooshian. Gallery is open Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
To March 31.
an exhibition of art work from third, fourth, and fifth graders in
the Learning Through Art Education outreach program. Conducted with
the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, it brings area artists and
classroom teachers together to reinforce core curriculum concepts
through visual arts experiences. The children’s work will go to the
Guggenheim for exhibit later in the school year. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 5.
Trenton, 609-394-4000. Garden State Watercolor Society Members Juried
Exhibit 2002. Jurors are watercolorist Denise DeNault Croft and Mary
Chandor, assistant curator of education at the National Gallery of
Art, Ontario, Canada. In the main lobby gallery, open daily, 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m. To April 18.
A shared exhibition by painter Tomi Urayama and sculptor by Gyuri
Hollosy. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 14.
609-292-6464. "Images of Americans on the Silver Screen,"
to April 14; "Jacob Landau: A Memorial" to May 5; "Women’s
Works: Fine Art from the Museum’s Collection," to May 12; "Art
by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection" to August
18; "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the State
Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. Tuesday
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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."
State Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Anne-Marie Belli.
A graduate of Princeton University in art history, Belli has worked
at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim, and an American art gallery.
Sales benefit the State Museum collections and publications. Show
runs to May 12.
Museum , Department of State Galleries, 225 West State Street,
609-292-6464. Memorial kiosks and the Memory Wall from Liberty State
Park provide the central focus of "9.11 NJ: Response and
an exhibit augmented by materials related to New Jersey’s relief
an immediate and moving tribute to those lost at the World Trade
on September 11. Galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.
to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. On exhibit to May 12.
"Red Skies, Yellow Trains and Blue Bottles," an exhibit of
hand-painted double exposure prints by Rhoda Kassof-Isaac. Also
of Two Shores," coastal landscapes of the Maine and Hampton
by E.J. Greenblat. Gallery hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To March 31.
Road, 609-921-3272. "Images in Motion," an exhibit of
from the Trenton Educational Dance Institute, the dance project for
inner city youth. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to
3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To March 29.
609-924-6055. "The City Speaks," photographs by Coleen Marks
including a series of 16 images of American flags taken in Manhattan
on November 9. Artist talk is Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Exhibit
open Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. To April 5.
Geore Street, New Brunswick, 732-524-6957. "The Fabric of Jazz:
A Tribute to the Genius of American Music" by Lauren Camp, fabric
artist. Her original art quilts include tributes to Louis Armstrong,
Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. By appointment. To April 20.
clear and rough vocals. If you can write music or play another
it is a bonus. Call 609-298-3845 or e-mail email@example.com
area singers the opportunity to perform a wide variety of music from
both the sacred and secular choral repertoire. The Chorale is actively
recruiting new members for the final concert of its season. Open
will be held on Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 9, from 7:45
to 10 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1475 West
Front Street, Lincroft. All voice parts are being recruited and
is open to all who meet audition requirements. Call auditions chair
at 732-776-5276; or website, www.shrewsburychorale.org.
An entry fee of $25 for up to three prints or slides, and $5 each
for up to two additional prints or slides, must be received by mail
between Wednesday, May 1 and 15. Call 215-891-0214 or website:
submissions for its 2002 edition. The review accepts short fiction,
poetry, essays, samplings of novels, black and white line drawings,
and cartoons. Writers or artists must live or work in Mercer County.
The deadline for submissions is May 1. Typed, double-spaced
should be sent to Robin Schore, editor, Kelsey Review, at Mercer
Community College, PO Box B, Trenton 08690. A self-addressed, stamped
envelope should be enclosed. Published annually in September, the
Kelsey Review is distributed free at libraries and bookstores. Call
609-586-4800, ext. 3326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
artists for short and long-term residencies, school events, and
demonstrations. Call Yvonne Love at 215-996-1583.
Waltz, and Latin dancing taught by Candace Woodward-Clough begins
Thursday, April 11, at 112 Etra Road in Hightstown. $110 per couple.
Preregister at 609-443-8990.
and crafts programs including puppetry, jewelry, and needlework. Call
609-497-2100 ext. 317.
annual "Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service
as a Volunteer." Nominees must be at least 60 years of age and
residents of East Windsor. Deadline is April 15. For nomination form,
call 609-443-4000, extension 237.
the 25th reunion to be held on the weekend of September 28. E-mail
Kim Cromwell at email@example.com for details.
and accessories for local, disadvantaged teens. Needed are new and
gently used formal dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, new stockings,
and new makeup. Bring donations to the school at 376 West Upper Ferry
Road, Ewing. Call Anne Skalko at 609-882-1700, ext. 24.
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