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In the Galleries
Lucky circles: they won Joy Kreve’s attention. And
so an entire room of Ellarslie, the Trenton city museum, is filled
with her artful ideas of what can happen to circles — how they
can be decorated, colored, grouped; how they can look lacey, spacey,
and just plain "interesting."
Kreves is one of five featured artists in the TAWA Invitational II,
the second go-round of invitational summer shows by members of the
Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association hosted by the Ellarslie. Kreves
gives a gallery talk on Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m., and the
show remains on view through Sunday, September 15.
The Ewing-based artist, whose last series involved spirals, says she
used to hate circles. They had "seemed so boring, closed, self
contained, not going anywhere." But when you think about something
you dislike, it somehow gets attention it might not otherwise have
received. Before long, Kreves was moving in circles, figuratively
Kreves’ circles, often enclosing other circles, are intricately completed
with wavy lines in varied colors, going in different directions. From
across the room, some circles, or parts of them, seem iridescent;
up close, they are marvels of draftsmanship. To look quickly at Kreves’
work is to do it a great disservice.
Wall labels on many of her works say "hand drawn" — and
this causes puzzlement until the artist explains. Her circles, or
"discs," are not computer-generated. They are one-of-a-kind
drawings, produced by hand with tools such as a compass, a T-square,
and various wavy edges. Her lines are colored with archival gel pens.
Kreves often goes over the edge-drawn lines to thicken them, and for
the occasional smudge or slip of the hand, she might also employ an
electric eraser or a single-edge razor blade.
But there’s no computer-assisted or computer-generated art here. "I
enjoy drawing so much. I love paper, I love my hand on the paper,"
In Kreves’ exhibition room, Ellarslie’s gallery C, her work on paper
and board, in mixed media and porcelain are on display. Everything,
whether two- or three-dimensional, has to do with circles in some
way, much of it linear.
"My work has emphasized linework for the past 10 years or so,"
reads the artist’s statement. "I have been following my lines
. . ."
To begin one of her discs, Kreves uses a compass to make a light pencil
outline of the circle size she wants. Next she decides how many concentric
rings to put inside. Then it’s time to use her variety of edges to
produce wavy lines — in different parts of the circle, they can
be closely parallel or more widely separated.
She makes one decision at a time — first about the space between
each edge line, which she marks in pencil, and then about the color
with which she will draw that line. In some drawings, dots that occur
at the end of a line (like a sentence with a period, Kreves says)
define the perimeter of the disk.
Of the framed pieces, most are on black paper. As with the classic
little black dress, perhaps, Kreves observes that "on black all
colors look great." The black background is "deep space,"
she says, whereas white paper is much more difficult to use for her
On white paper, she explains, it’s easy to make it all about color
and forget the paper, the atmosphere, itself. Experimenting with this
reality, she found that only metallic inks work for her on white.
The gold and silver inks she uses for these discs are so finely applied
they can look incised; sometimes accented with solid white circles
(actually liquid paper), they are subtly elegant.
Side by side on a wide black panel hanging from a handmade black dowel,
two circles — related only in shape and size, but definitely not
in their internal design — nearly vibrate from the gallery’s back
wall. Though clearly Kreves’ creations and related to everything else
here, they are also distant cousins to some of Bridget Riley’s op-art
Kreves wanted to try something unframed, and the shape of the panel
appealed. So she worked through the difficulty of drawing on wood
and her desire to avoid their looking like two breasts (she used more
than three concentric rings), as well as the distraction of moving
away from the mandala-like first circle to focus on the second one.
Originally, she meant to make one circle the opposite of the other,
but then the second disc took on a life of its own.
Mixed media pieces, including textured paper discs with washes and
surface treatment and platters and vessels in porcelain, advance the
circle theme. The porcelain works began as "translations"
of her drawings, Kreves says, but the new medium took her in different
directions. She loves the feel of the "smooth and buttery clay."
Her drawings in particular require ordered precision and neatness;
Kreves says she pours the neatnik side of herself into her work. But
at least one piece betrays — subversively or deliberately —
her other side. An innocent-seeming white disc on tan paper looks
at a glance like an ordered, balanced circle. Then you notice that
the design on each side is different, and in its open center there’s
a squiggling thread of white, unraveling.
A little anarchy now and then is good for the soul.
— Pat Summers
Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. Exhibit, selected by Donna Gustafson
of the Hunterdon Museum of Art, features Rob Greco, Frances Heinrich,
Loring Hughes, Joy Kreves, and Terry Rosiak. Museum hours are Tuesday
through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., for the
show that remains on view to September 15. Gallery talk by Joy
Kreves is Saturday, September 14, 2 p.m. Free.
Summer group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton
and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition on the history
and creation of the canal, the life of death of its workers, and recent
environmental and preservation issues. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon
to 4 p.m.
Art of the Caribbean diaspora. Gallery hours Friday and Saturday,
1 to 6 p.m.
Jazz and celebrity paintings by James Lucas of Cranbury. To September
"One Woman’s One Man Show," an exhibit of sculpture and photography
by Linda Ogden. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. To August 29.
609-586-0616. Summer Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts Buildings:
Tri-State Sculptors’ Guild, recent work by 35 artists of North Carolina,
South Carolina, and Virginia. New additions outdoors by Walter Dusenbery,
John Henry, Hartmut Stielow, Rhea Zinman, and others. Regular park
admission $4 to $10. To September 29.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday
is Members Day. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7
Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Individual memberships start
609-586-2366. "The Figure in Bronze," a group show of 40 figurative
sculptures by artists Itzik Benshalom, Bright Bimpong, Noa Bornstein,
Leonda Finke, Gyuri Hollosy, Barbara Lekberg, and others. Store hours
are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 15.
New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"
recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian
Americans who 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 Vincent
Korda. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Show runs to April, 2003.
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.
TAWA Invitational II selected by Donna Gustafson of the Hunterdon
Museum of Art. Selected artists are Rob Greco, Frances Heinrich, Loring
Hughes, Joy Kreves, and Terry Rosiak. Tuesday through Saturday, 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To September 15.
908-735-8415. "Post-Systemic Art," an exploration of current
trends in geometric abstraction. Also, "Meghan Wood: Recent Sculpture,"
constructions in fabric, buttons, and thread. Open Tuesday to Sunday,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 15.
215-340-9800. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," the 1930s collaboration
by James Agee and Walker Evans. Show features 76 Evans photographs,
prose from Agee, along with letters and notebooks documenting their
process. Admission $10; $7 students. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday to
9 p.m. To October 13.
Also "Michael A. Smith: Landscapes," 13 works from the recent
acquisition of 40 prints by the self-taught Bucks County photographer,
to October 6. Five large-scale granite and marble sculptures by Harry
Gordon are in the Outdoor Sculpture Gardens, to October 27.
"Homer’s Odyssey," a group exhibit by the Princeton Artists
Alliance, on view in the Community Gallery. The exhibition of mixed-media
works was developed by 25 artist members of PAA to create reflections
on Homer’s epic poem. Opening reception Sunday, September 8, 2 to
4 p.m. Museum open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To October
Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing
Face of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey
barns and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape photographer
Louise Rosskam. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.
609-292-6464. "River of Leisure: Recreation Along the Delaware,"
to November 3. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You
Can See," to November 10. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to
4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. "A
Decade of Collecting, Part 1," to January 5.
Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Sandra Nusblatt are on display
in the cafe gallery. Sales benefits New Jersey State Museum. To September
West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:
Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural
History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,
to January 5, 2003.
Studio and gallery of William B. Hogan, watercolors, acrylics, and
bas-reliefs; and wife and fellow-artist Susan W. Hogan, oils, mixed-media,
and ceramics. Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
609-397-0275. Paintings and monoprints by Laura Blasenheim, an artist
who began her career 20 years ago as a partner in the area furnishings
shop "Designing Women." In 1979, an auto accident left her
disabled and she turned to drawing and painting as part of her therapy.
Now she offers a vision of the world that is both vibrant and moving.
Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.;
and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 27.
"Fruit, Butterflies and Reptiles," oil paintings by John Murdoch
and James Freeman. Murdoch is a graduate of the American Academy of
Art in Chicago; Freeman graduated from the Savannah College of Art
and Design. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. To September 1.
Group show by abstractionists C.M. Gross, Don Jordan, Florence Moonan,
and Mitchell Yarmark. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to
5 p.m. To September 23.
609-397-2226. Solo exhibition of watercolors by Jo-Anne Osnoe.
Annual summer group show by more than a dozen artists that highlights
works by the nationally-recognized Trenton-born artist and muralist
Charles William Ward (1900-1962). Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to
5 p.m. To September 8.
609-397-7774. Ninth annual Discoveries Exhibition featuring jewelry
pieces in gold, sterling, and fine metals with precious and semi-precious
stones and gems. Artists include Karen Bachmann, Sarah Mann, Donna
D’Aquino, Margaret Ellis, and Debra Lynn Gold. Monday to Friday, noon
to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 2.
609-397-1006. A shared show features paintings by Ed Adams and ceramics
by Reinaldo Sanguino. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, noon
to 5 p.m. To August 31.
908-996-1470. "Abstractions and Reflections," a group show
by area artists including Ed Baumlin, W. Carl Burger, Sonya Kuhfahl,
Nadine and Nancy Synnestvedt, and Barbara White. 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 September 18.
Hope, 215-862-2112. "The Early Paintings" by Gordon Haas,
an exhibit of 40 paintings with subject matter ranging from harness
racing and wildlife to landscape and city scenes.
"Gods and Guerrillas," a three-person show of new paintings
by Ron English, Lisa Petrucci, and Dalek. Open Thursday through Monday,
noon to 7 p.m. To September 30.
Shared photography show features M. Jay Goodkind’s black-and-white
prints "From the Garden," and Rhoda Kassof-Isaac’s hand-colored
double exposures, "About Color." Open Saturday, 11 a.m. to
5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 15.
Road, 609-921-3272. "September 11 Quilts: An exhibition of memorial
art quilts" curated by Drunell Levinson of New York. Gallery hours:
Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. To
Summer group show. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Food Chain," an international
juried group show that looks at the relationship between food and
survival. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1
to 4 p.m. Reception is Sunday, September 8, for the show that runs
to September 14.
Deities, and Sages in Chinese Painting," to September 1. "Japanese
Woodblock Prints," a 16-print survey from Suzuki Harunobu (1725)
to Hiroshige (1850s), to September 1. "Guardians of the Tomb:
Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China," extended to September 29.
"Photographs from the Peter C. Bunnell Collection," to October
27. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to
5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. www.princetonartmuseum.org.
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.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Celebration," paintings by Lee
Rumsey inspired by music, dance, and photography. Gallery hours are
Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m. To
Lawrenceville, 609-896-5325. Garden State Watercolor Society 33d annual
juried members’ exhibition. Jurors are Joe Frassetta and Donald W.
Patterson. Opening reception and awards ceremony Saturday, September
21, 2 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, August 31,
and September 14, from noon to 4 p.m. To September 27.
dance for roles in the musical, "Sweet Charity." Auditions
are Monday, August 26, at 7 p.m., at 475 Demott Lane, Somerset. Call
for choral, instrumental, and theatrical community ensembles. To schedule
auditions, call 609-921-7104. The Westminster Community Chorus and
Chamber Choir auditions is Saturday, August 31. Auditions for the
three children’s choirs, for students in grades 2 to 8, are Saturday,
September 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Call to schedule an audition with
the Westminster Community Orchestra, the Actors Company, Youth Chorale,
and the Junior Actors Company.
girls ages 5 to 13 to sign up for the 2002 production of "A Christmas
Carol" on Tuesday, September 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the sign-ups,
which will be held in the theatre’s lobby, children will be screened,
measured and given appointments for the actual auditions. Auditions
will be Monday, September 23 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Callbacks will
be Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2, from 6 p.m. to 10
p.m. Rehearsals start November 15 for the show that runs December
9 to 29. No auditions will be given without a sign-up appointment.
at Mercer College, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Children auditions, for
ages 8 to 13, are Thursday, September 12, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.,
and Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult auditions
are Thursday, September 12 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September
14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Callbacks are Sunday, September 15, from 11
a.m to 4 p.m The show will be directed by Paula Barson, with Mike
Wills as artistic director. For audition appointment call 215-637-1826.
for the 120-voice chorus and the chamber chorus. Call 609-683-5122
for audition appointment.
clothing and household items in good condition for their 84th annual
White Elephant Art, Antiques and Rummage Sale on October 5 and 6.
Collection hours at Princeton House on Herrontown Road, are Tuesday
and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. through September 28. Call 609-497-4069 for information.
families. To donate new clothes, new sneakers, backpacks, and money
for field trips call 609-882-4863 to volunteer.
supplies for school kids including notebooks, pencils, erasers, crayons,
and rulers. The kits will be distributed by Mennonite Central Committee.
For information contact store manager Ingrid Heinrichs Pauls at 609-683-4464.
Rodney memorial cookbook, "In the Kitchen With Jane." Proceeds
will be for community breast cancer programming and the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation’s research programs. Recipes via e-mail (preferred)
should be sent to email@example.com. Send paper copies to
BCRC, 914 Commons Way, Princeton 08540 by Sunday, September 15. Volunteers
to work on production and distribution are also needed.
recipes for a cookbook. Send e-mail submisions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to LVA-MC, 140 East Hanover Street, Trenton 08608 by Monday,
September 30. Cookbooks for $10 may be ordered and ads may be taken.
to the historic, pre-Civil War Red Dragon Canoe Club in Edgewater
Park for a guided tour, and a lobster, chicken, and corn supper on
Sunday, September 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. A ballad singer and storyteller
will be on hand, and there will be decoy carving and fly-fishing demonstrations.
The canoe club, housed in the same building on six acres since 1925,
is the oldest club on the Delaware. Cost is $65 a person, with proceeds
benefiting the collections and public programs of the New Jersey State
Museum. To register, contact the Friends office, 609-394-5310.
PA 18950. Deadline for manuscript, poetry, and art photography submissions
for the January, 2003, issue is September 15. The magazine also welcomes
ideas from writers interested in interviewing and reporting on the
area’s writing and publishing scene. Submissions should be previously
unpublished, and not simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For complete
guidelines call 215-348-1663.
in serving as trained docents during the exhibition "Visas for
Life: The Righteous Diplomats" that goes on display at the Rider
University Art Gallery, from October 2 to 27. The show tells the stories
of diplomats from diverse countries, cultures, and religions, who
risked their lives during World War II to help Jews, gypsies, and
others threatened with extermination by the Nazis. For information
call Ferne Hassan at 973-379-7844.
training course in the evenings at Hamilton Library beginning Tuesday,
September 24. Call June Vogel at 609-393-8855.
Preparation on Saturdays, from September 14 to November 2, at 110
Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction. Basic English skills necessary.
Registration required. Call 732-329-4000, ext. 286.
teacher naturalists at the Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center
every Friday through October 4, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 215-297-0309
to register for the free training.
offers fun and affordable Saturday morning creative movement classes
for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 beginning September 21. Classes are
held in the studios of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department
at Rutgers University, 85 George Street, New Brunswick. For information
contact Anne Marie Francis, 732-932-8497.
on Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to noon (drizzle or shine)
in the parking lot next to Lawrenceville Fuel, 16 Gordon Avenue, Lawrenceville.
Reservations are being taken for vendor spaces; cost is $10.00 per
space (bring your own table). To register, call Joyce at 609-883-2908.
to non-profit groups to hold fundraisers. Tables are available from
November to March and June to August on Wednesdays or Saturdays from
6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 609-397-0811 for information.
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