Art in Town

Art in the Workplace

Art In Trenton

Area Galleries

Art by the River

Area Museums

Campus Arts

Auditions

Call for Entries

Participate Please

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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the May 22, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

In the Galleries

A new art gallery in town is one thing. A gallery featuring

Caribbean art, with an ambiance visible and audible from the street

— that’s quite another. So some Friday or Saturday soon, drive

up or down Alexander Street to No. 286, park along the street, and

walk toward what until very recently was a dignified old house.

Now that house has figuratively ripped off its jacket and tie and

kicked back with a rum punch. Its green porch columns are festooned

with brightly-colored fabric, the sign on the front lawn is multi-colored,

and the music you hear will probably be the sound of steel drums.

A few trees made of wire and branches, and decorated with unusual

ornaments and lights, sit on the porch.

These are "SweeTrees," and this is "SweeTree Gallery,"

the new Caribbean kid on the block and the right-brain child of Pamela

Groves, a Princeton resident who was born and grew up in Jamaica.

Open since May 10, SweeTree is offering "a festival of Caribbean

art" exhibit, through mid-June, and more of the same after that.

Open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and other days "by

chance or appointment," the gallery welcomes visitors to multi-colored

rooms where two and three-dimensional island art is displayed: oils

by Etzer Desir, originally of Haiti and now a Trenton resident; pictures

by Canute Caliste, an 88-year-old self-taught artist with a mermaid

muse who lives, paints, and plays the violin in Carriacou, Grenada;

Angold Thompson’s acrylics on canvas; and ceramics by Jamaican Marjorie

Keith.

"Everything has just fallen into place very easily," says

Groves, as she looks around her gallery. She is artistic if not an

artist herself — witness those wall and floor shades, her novel

window treatments, her wall and handout signage — and she has

artist friends and relatives. "Part of what I think I do well

is create beautiful things using inexpensive materials," she says.

She notes how Third World citizens have few resources, yet still manage

to make art.

Only last summer, Groves started making her "SweeTrees,"

each one different and all personalized to celebrate various occasions

in their buyers’ lives. "They did so well from October to December

that I thought it would be nice to have a gallery for the trees. Then

I thought, why not have art."

It all came together last February, when Groves and her family visited

Trinidad at Carnival time.

"The whole idea of Carnival arts came up, and that’s very exciting,"

she says. "I knew I wanted to do a big theme around Carnival,

so I thought I could just celebrate it in Princeton later this year."

After Groves returned from Trinidad with a big, beautiful green feathery

headdress, things started to happen. She knew immediately she wanted

to line up Etzer Desir, whom she already knew, and then the contacts

with other artists "just sort of happened," thanks to Groves’

local and island networks.

Desir, whose Princeton show a few years ago was a virtual sell-out,

is represented at SweeTree by 11 oil paintings, including his own

take on "Field of Dreams," a lushly lovely "Corn Field,"

and his large "Eden," with a flora and fauna cast of thousands.

The story of Canute Caliste, 88-year-old Grenadian artist, is every

boy’s dream. At an early age, he met a mermaid who gave him the gifts

of art and music. With that, he quit school to concentrate on painting

and playing the violin. He still lives near the sea in Carriacou,

where he fishes and builds sailboats, gardens and tends to his animals.

A self-taught artist, he began making images with house paint, and

over many years of work, has been credited with chronicling Carriacouan

life — its work, play, and worship. Characterized by titles written

across the lower margin, often with idiosyncratic spelling, his paintings

are appealingly child-like, ranging from a line of children flying

kites to people dancing, and from fantastic demons to a mermaid wearing

what resembles a zip-up tail. (When mentioned in a title, the mermaid

is invariably "the maid.") Caliste has 23 children and more

than 200 grand and great-grandchildren, and he is reported to paint

every day.

"The Mermaid Wakes: Paintings of a Caribbean Isle" (The art

and life of Canute Caliste) was published in 1989 by Macmillan in

London, and a copy is on display at the gallery. It was adapted into

a musical produced in New York in 1991, with music and direction by

Elizabeth Swados. Caliste’s music has been recorded, and he has produced

cover art for a record album. His work has been widely exhibited and

collected.

Besides poetry readings possibly tied in with this year’s Dodge Festival,

and art by "funky twins" Nicole and Sara Funke, SweeTree Gallery

will bring Carnival to Princeton for two weeks of "music, art,

and more" in September. Starting in October, Groves says, she

will focus more on her trees, which are available in three sizes.

Last year, some people bought a trio, or tree-o, of them for unusual

vari-sized Christmas trees or just "a holiday thicket."

Because Groves’ husband, a psychiatrist, uses two upstairs rooms for

his part-time office practice ("We’re never here at the same time,"

she says), Groves hung a sign on the front door announcing that fact

— in bright Caribbean colors. Of SweeTree and Caribbean art and

ambiance in Princeton, Herman Wouk’s book title says it best: "Don’t

stop the carnival."

— Pat Summers

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, Princeton, 609-934-8665.

"A Festival of Caribbean Art" runs through June 16. Gallery

hours Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.; also "by chance or by

appointment."

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777.

Deborah Almeida Land and Madelaine Shellaby, recent work. Land is

an art instructor at Princeton Day School; Shellaby is a printmaker

and art teacher at Stuart Country Day School. To May 24.

CG Gallery Ltd, 10 Chambers Street, 609-683-1988. First

day for "From Fifth Avenue to Harlem," an exhibit of some

of the best known images of New York by photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967).

Educated as an attorney in Germany, he settled in New York in 1941,

where he worked as a freelance photographer until his death at age

58. Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To

May 31.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton

and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition that looks

at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its

workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003. Free.

Phil Kramer Gallery, 72 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-1600.

Photographer Phil Kramer’s benefit show, "Heroes Among Us."

Kramer spent five months traveling around Princeton community photographing

people who give of themselves through humanitarian efforts, philanthropic

actions, or selfless public service. Admission to exhibit is $15,

donated to one of the charities honored in exhibit. To June 1.

Police, firefighters, counseling services, family services, government

organizations are among the groups represented and profiled in the

exhibit. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.

to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192.

In the dining room, exhibit of paintings by Doris Keller Terris, a

member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor,

and American Artist Professional League. Part of proceeds benefit

the Medical Center. Show may be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To June 27.

Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377.

"The SoHo Blues," Allan Tannenbaum’s show of images of Bruce

Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Keith Richards, as well as

his 1980 photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. To June 3.

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Art in the Workplace

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

609-252-6275. "Mind-Body," an invitational group exhibition

of works by artists who explore the subject of science and medical

technology using such tools as MRI, X-rays, and microscopic photography.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends

and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 23.

Exhibiting artists from New Jersey are Abbie Bagley-Young, Catherine

Bebout, Janet Filomeno, Eileen Foti, Frances Heinrich, Maria Lupo,

Tim Trelease, and Debra Weier. Also featured: Rick Bartow, Justine

Cooper, Irina Nalchova, Fredericka Foster Shapiro, Marina Guitierrez,

Jeanne Jaffe, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle.

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Art In Trenton

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, Trenton, 609-497-9288.

Princeton Photography Club exhibit of both color and black-and-white

photography including nature photography, double exposures, still

life, landscapes, and portraits. In the main lobby, to June 14.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

Ellarslie Open XX, the 20th annual Ellarslie juried exhibition, selected

by Anne Fabbri, founding director of the Noyes Museum and now director

of the Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University of the Arts.

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

1 to 4 p.m. To June 16.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Tenth Anniversary Year Spring Exhibition features artists

who have had one-person shows at Grounds for Sculpture over the past

decade. In the Domestic Arts Building: Richard Wright, photography.

Regular park admission $4 to $10. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10

a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission

$4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday.

Annual memberships. Shows run to July 14.

Represented by one sculpture each, some created especially for the

anniversary show, are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bill Barrett, James Dinerstein,

Leonda Finke, Red Grooms, William King, Wendy Lehman, Robert Lobe,

Marisol, Jeffrey Maron, Robert Murray, John Newman, Beverly Pepper,

Andrzej Pitynski, Robert Ressler, Michael Steiner, Dana Stewart, Strong-Cuevas,

Jay Wholley, and Isaac Witkin.

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

609-292-6464. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You

Can See," an introduction to New Jersey’s natural features by

way of the historic waterway. Included are specimens of bears, bobcats,

salt marsh turtles, and ancient fossils; to November 3. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to

5 p.m.

Also: "Jacob Landau: A Memorial," a selection of 36 works

from the museum’s holdings, in honor of the New Jersey artist who

died last November; to June 30. "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.

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

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."

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Area Galleries

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

Sculpture, drawings, and paintings by Hyung Jun Yum. Gallery hours

are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 30.

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

"Window Works" by Marilyn Anderson, black-and-white cityscapes

taken in London, Dublin, Rome, Prague, and New York. Also "Thirty

Plus Years of Imaging Snow" by Jay Goodkind, enhanced montage

prints of snowscapes photographed over three decades. Gallery hours

are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To May 26.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.

Solo exhibition of Sandra Nusblatt’s watercolors, "From Hopewell

to the Jersey Shore." Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To June 28.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. "Ed X 3," an exhibit by painters Ed Baumlin,

Ed Bronstein, and Ed Letven. 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 June 10.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Words & Pictures of the Vietnam War,"

a prizewinning exhibition of photographs by the late Steven H. Warner,

a Montgomery resident killed in Vietnam in 1971. Produced by Gettysburg

College and the Pennsylvania Humanities group, the exibit appeared

at the Smithsonian Institute in 1995. In the Upstairs Gallery: Hetty

Baiz, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media. Both shows to May 31.

Warner, whose father was a judge in Montgomery Township, attended

Montgomery and Princeton Schools in the 1960s. After graduating from

Gettysburg College and attending Yale, he was drafted in 1969. During

his three years in Vietnam, he photographed soldiers and wrote about

what he saw; both pay homage to the soldiers there. Warner was killed

in an ambush in February, 1971.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.

Rachel Bliss, "Portraits," figurative works that come from

her life experiences living for the past 15 years in an urban community

in North Philadelphia. Gallery talk is Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To June 8.

Washington Township Arts Council, Washington Township

Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502.

Fourth annual art exhibit selected by Terri McNichol, artist and teacher

at Mercer County Community College. To June 21.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "2002 Boxes," an exhibition of assemblages by

Ann Thomas. Works that begin with ephemera, become small narratives

that made a dramatic impact. Gallery hours are 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 June 29.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588.

"Blood, Sweat and Roadkill," a shared show featuring collages

by Stacie Speer Scott and copper and bronze sculpture by Bernard Mangiaracina.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To June 2.

Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. Group show by Jill Biros, John Boyd, Sheila Coutin,

Catherine DeChico, Marianne Ham, Donald Henderson, Don Jordon, Carol

Magnatta, Jeane Nielsen, and Bill Smith. To June 2. Gallery is open

Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992.

"Layers of Time and Space," an exhibit of works on paper curated

by Barry Snyder and featuring Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi, Margaret K.

Johnson, and Joan B. Needham. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To May 27.

Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery, 1093 General Greene Road,

Washington Crossing, 215-862-2021. "Canal Imperssions," juried

exhibit of art inspired by the Delaware Canal, sponsored by the Friends

of the Delaware Canal. Works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel,

photography, collograph, stained wood, and wood sculpture. Tuesday

through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To May 25.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804.

Annual Spring Exhibition features pastels by Nancy Silvia and watercolors

by Charles R. Ross. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To May

26.

Goldsmiths Gallery, 26 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4590. Solo exhibition of silver prints by multi-media artist

Victor Macarol. "My images are gently humorous, often ambiguous,

vignettes on the foibles of humans and other living creatures who

are desperately fighting for survival in an impersonal world,"

says Macarol. The artist is recipient of a New Jersey State Council

on the Arts distinguished artist award. To June 15.

Lee Harper Gallery, 12 West Mechanics Street, New Hope,

215-862-5300. "Figure and Ground: Work by Jonathan Hertzel,"

a show of works on paper and figurative sculpture. Gallery is open

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

and by appointment. To June 29.

Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibition, River Road, New

Hope, 215-396-7040. 10th annual show, juried by Sandra Davis, Jeff

Hurwitz, and Laurence Miller, features 130 images selected from a

field of 700. Open 1 to 5 p.m. daily. $3. To June 2.

Robert Beck Painting Studio, 21 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-5679. "Light Conversation," an exhibition of new work

by Robert Beck. By appointment to June 2.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-1110.

"Play It Cool," an exhibition of new and rare prints by California

artist Shag. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to

6 p.m. To May 27.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"

an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring

works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom emigrated to the U.S.

between 1920 and 1957. Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and

Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor Sugor, Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor

Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and Vicent Korda; to April, 2003. Also,

original art and text from the book "Light From the Yellow Star,

A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust" by Robert O. Fisch. To June

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

1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.

Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-4177. "Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra

Cotta Industry," an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral

histories of New Jersey’s once booming architectural ceramics industry.

Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

On view to May 30, 2003.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. Annual National Juried Print Exhibition selected by

Eileen Foti of Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Also

on exhibit, "Eileen Foti: Images of Extinction." Both shows

to June 23. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. Bucks County Invitational V, the annual show of contemporary

works features Vincent Ceglia and Lisa Manheim, paintings; sculpture

by Karl Karhuma; and the photography of Claus Mroczynski; to July

7. Outdoors, a group of minimalist sculptures by Maria A. Hall, to

June 30. Open 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. $6.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "India: Contemporary Art From Northeastern

Private Collections," the largest exhibition of its kind to be

held in an American museum. Show features more than 100 works from

20 collections, with an emphasis on the post-independence era, 1947

to the present. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3; under 18 free; museum is

open free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. To July

31.

Indian artists include members of the Progressive Artists Group, F.N.

Souza, M.F. Husain, Krishna Ara, and Syed Raza. Also first and second-generation

Indian modernists Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, and Ganesh Pyne.

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Campus Arts

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

Van Dyck: `Ecce Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ.’" Also, "In

the Mirror of Christ’s Passion: Images from Princeton University Collections."

Both shows to June 9. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Also "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. "Contemporary

Views: Photographs by Paul Berger, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Ess,

and Ray K. Metzker," to May 26. "American Drawings and Watercolors,"

to July 21. "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty

China;" to September 1.

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, 609-258-3184. "Heroic

Pastorals: Images of the American Landscape."

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Natural Rhythms Stilled," an

exhibition of photographs by John Hess, a photographer and biology

professor at Central Missouri State University. Gallery hours are

Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To

June 28.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Annual exhibition of works by Rider

students in all mediums. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to

8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To August 11.

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Auditions

Bach Ballet (formerly River City Ballet) has auditions

for its pre-professional performing company headed by director Heather

Bach at its studio on South Main Street, Lambertville, on Saturday,

June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dance students age 10 and above, from

any dance school, may take the audition class. Audition fee is $5.

Preregister at 609-773-0099.

Staircase Productions seeks experienced and non-experienced

individuals for crew for the cable TV series, "Kaleidoscope,"

taping in Princeton, weekends and occasional evenings. Crew will be

needed over the summer months into the late fall season. Needed are

those with camera operation (S-VHS) and boom operator experience.

Production and set assistants do not need experience. Tapings occur

on the weekends and there are also occasional early week evening tapings.

Positions are non-paid. Opportunity for student internship, community

service hours, resume credit, or those who want to learn TV production.

Send a letter of introduction, stating your schedule availability,

and a resume highlighting relevant experience to Mala Wright, president,

Staircase Productions, Box 22531, Trenton 08607 or E-mail staircaseproductions@yahoo.com

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Call for Entries

Garden State Horror Writers is accepting entries for its

10th annual short story contest for horror, science fiction, fantasy,

and mystery. Entries must be unpublished, and not accepted by any

publisher at the time of submission; length not to exceed 4,000 words.

First prize is $100 and The Graversen Award; second prize $50; third

prize $25. To enter, submit three copies of the story by mail to GSHW

Short Story Contest, Box 156, Chatham 07928-0156.

Each entry must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope

for score sheets and critiques, and entry fee of $10 per story. Postmark

deadline is August 31; winners announced October 19 at the Monmouth

County Library, Manalapan. Write for guidelines or go to gshwgravesite.tripod.com

or E-mail mlf20@msn.com

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Participate Please

Princeton Photographic Workshops in Belle Mead offers

a workshop in Digital Imaging and Photoshop led by Don Connors and

Tony Kurdzuk on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. Limit 10 participants.

Fee is $295. For information and registration, 908-874-6004, ext.

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