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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the August 28, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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,"

she says.

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

TAWA Invitational II, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum,

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.

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Art in Town

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.

Summer group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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 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.

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

Art of the Caribbean diaspora. Gallery hours Friday and Saturday,

1 to 6 p.m.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jazz and celebrity paintings by James Lucas of Cranbury. To September


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Art In Trenton

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

"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.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

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

at $55.

Toad Hall Shop & Gallery, 14 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

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.

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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,"

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.

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.

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

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.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

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.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

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.

The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, 800-768-7386.

"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


New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and

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.

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

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.

Also "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the

State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. "A

Decade of Collecting, Part 1," to January 5.

New Jersey State Museum Cafe Gallery, 205 West State Street,

Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Sandra Nusblatt are on display

in the cafe gallery. Sales benefits New Jersey State Museum. To September


New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225

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.

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Art by the River

80 Big Oak Studio/Gallery, 80 Big Oak Road, Yardley, 215-428-2770.

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.

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

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.

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

"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.

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

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.

Belle’s Tavern, 183 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-2226. Solo exhibition of watercolors by Jo-Anne Osnoe.

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

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.

Greene and Greene Gallery, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

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.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

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.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

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.

Premier Fine Art Gallery, 200 Union Square Drive, New

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.

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

"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.

Area Galleries

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

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.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

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

September 1.

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

Summer group show. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

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.

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

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.

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University,

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. "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

October 11.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

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.

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Villagers Theater seeks adult actors who can sing and

dance for roles in the musical, "Sweet Charity." Auditions

are Monday, August 26, at 7 p.m., at 475 Demott Lane, Somerset. Call


Westminster Conservatory of Music is holding auditions

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.

McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, invites boys and

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.

Call 609-258-6505.

Playful Theater Productions has open auditions for "Annie"

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.

Princeton Pro Musica seeks volunteer and paid chorus members

for the 120-voice chorus and the chamber chorus. Call 609-683-5122

for audition appointment.

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The Auxiliary of the Medical Center at Princeton seeks

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.

HomeFront is seeking back-to-school supplies for homeless

families. To donate new clothes, new sneakers, backpacks, and money

for field trips call 609-882-4863 to volunteer.

Ten Thousand Villages, in Princeton Shopping Center, seeks

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.

Breast Cancer Resource Center seeks recipes for the Jane

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 Send paper copies to

BCRC, 914 Commons Way, Princeton 08540 by Sunday, September 15. Volunteers

to work on production and distribution are also needed.

Literacy Volunteers of America in Mercer County also seeks

recipes for a cookbook. Send e-mail submisions to

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.

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The Friends of the New Jersey State Museum host an outing

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.

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Call for Entries

Bucks County Writer Magazine, 4 West Oakland Avenue, Doylestown,

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.

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Volunteer Call

The American Jewish Committee seeks individuals interested

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.

Literacy Volunteers of America announces a fall tutor

training course in the evenings at Hamilton Library beginning Tuesday,

September 24. Call June Vogel at 609-393-8855.

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Participate Please

South Brunswick Public Library offers classes for Citizenship

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.

Bucks County Audubon Society offers training for Audubon

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.

The Lily Schrager Program in Creative Dance for Children

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.

Lawrenceville Main Street will hold its annual Flea Market

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.

Golden Nugget Antique Market offers free outside tables

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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