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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the December 10, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

In the Galleries

It’s a tradition that we trace back readily to Leonardo

da Vinci, and certainly much further to the monuments of Mesopotamia

— the wedding of art and mathematics. At the Lawrenceville School’s

Gruss Center of Visual Arts, computer scientist Bahman Kalantari has

brought his two avocations together in a show he calls "Polynomiography:

Mathematical Art." On view until January 24, Kalantari will give

a talk about how work in the Ambrecht Room, Noyes History Building,

on Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m.

Beginning his career with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics,

Kalantari went on to earn master’s degrees in mathematics and in operations

research, and a PhD in computer science. He is an associate professor

of computer science at Rutgers University.

As a mathematician who at one time had contemplated becoming a painter,

Kalantari seems to have found his medium in a unique and vibrant graphic

art of his own invention. No longer just thinking about art making,

his entrance into the art field was inspired by his research in solving

polynomial equations. His new algorithms for solving equations have

resulted in striking visual designs of great variety which he records

in vivid color.

"The `polynomiographer’ can create an infinite variety of designs

and in doing so may go through the same kind of decision making and

creativity as the photographer or a painter: changing scale, isolating

parts, enlarging or reducing, adjusting values and color until the

`polynomiograph’ is resolved into a visually satisfying entity,"

says Kalantari.

Bahman Kalantari, Lawrenceville School, Ambrecht

Room, Noyes History Building, Lawrenceville, 609-620-6030. Bahman

Kalantari gives a talk in conjunction with his show "Polynomiography:

Mathematical Art." Free. Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m.

Although the art remains on view to January 24, the gallery is closed

from December 19 to January 5. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,

and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.; open Saturday, 9

a.m. to noon.

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Art in Town

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, 650 Great

Road, 609-924-6700. "Ikat: Mystical Textiles," featuring two

rare collections of ancient textiles created in the Orient. The ancient

art of Ikat is created by wrapping and dying patterns into silk threads

before beginning the weaving process. To January 8.

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

"Sauce for the Goose," the 10th annual holiday sale of arts

and crafts featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry,

ornaments, greeting cards, furniture, and candles. Proceeds benefit

the Arts Council’s WPA Gallery. Sale hours are Monday through Saturday

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. To December 19.

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. "It’s

a Small World," an exhibit of fanciful oil paintings by Susan

B. Howard. Open by appointment during school hours. To December 19.

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

Holiday group exhibit of paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs,

and art books at the newly renovated gallery. New hours: Tuesday,

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday,

noon to 7 p.m. To January 6.

Hills Gallery, 195 Nassau Street, 609-252-0909. Humorous

photographs by Rico Telofski, a marketing MBA from Rider, that juxtapose

the commonplace with the outrageous. His "Conehenge" series

uses ice cream cones in a whimsical parody of the well-known monument

across the Atlantic. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and

Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To January 1.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit

that explores lost businesses and houses. The historic house also

houses a long-term exhibition about Princeton history highlighting

the Native American occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton

in the 19th and 20th centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday,

noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100.

Deborah Singer Soffen, an exhibition of paintings and drawings. A

pediatrician and mother of three, Soffen is continuing a family tradition

established by her grandfather who immigrated from Russian around

1900. 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. To January 5.

University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon

Street, 609-497-4000. Jane Garvey Adriance. Part of the proceeds benefit

the medical center. On view to January 14.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, McCosh 50, 609-258-3788.

"The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art"

features more than 100 Centaurs, Satyrs, Sphinxes, Sirens, Gorgons,

and other fantastic creatures in ceramic, stone, bronze, gold, and

terracotta. Curated by classicist Michael Padgett, the exhibition

explores the role of the "human animal" in early Greek art.

Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the exhibit will travel to

the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, next year. To January 11. 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. Free admission.

Also "Aaron Siskind at 100," an exhibition of 21 works from

the permanent collection, which contains one of the largest bodies

of Siskind’s vintage prints; to January 4. "The Italian Renaissance

City: Selections from Princeton University Collections," with

rare books and maps that highlight the city that fascinated Renaissance

artists and architects. A symposium is planned in conjunction with

the show; to January 11.

Also "The Arts of Asia: Works in the Permanent Collection"

and "Recent Acquisitions in Asian Art: 1998 to 2003," both

shows to January 6. Also "The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the

Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible," exhibiting the greatest

illuminated French manuscript of the 13th century, to June 6.

Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, 609-258-5566. Exhibition featuring the work of the late Jacob

Landau of Roosevelt, New Jersey. Show features oils, works on paper,

and lithographs. Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To January 23.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Glimpses of America,"

an exhibition of works by 17 contemporary African-American artists,

curated by Larry Hilton. Show features works by Anthony Barboza, James

A. Brown, Eleanor Burnette, Karey Maurice Counts, Adger W. Cowans,

Walter Culbreth, Lamerol Gatewood, Herbert Gentry, Gladys Baker Grauer,

Robert Houston, Norman Lewis, Thomas Mallow, Vivian McDuffie, Russell

A. Murray, Danny Simmons, Siri Om Singh, and Beuford Smith. Gallery

hours: Monday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to

9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 3 p.m. Gallery

talk with artist Russell Murray is Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m.

To December 20.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "In Search of the One: An Exhibition

of Wildlife Paintings based on Scriptural Imagery" by Tyler Hatch.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30

p.m. To December 5.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, 2083 Lawrenceville

Road, 609-895-5588. "Two for the Show," an shared exhibit

of paintings by Princeton artists Charles Taggart McVicker and Lucy

Graves McVicker. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays

from noon to 4 p.m. To December 14.

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Area Galleries

Bordentown Gallery, 204 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-5556. Owned by John and Nina Schroeder, the gallery carries

traditional landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes as well as prints

by artists who include Phil Aklonis, Gerald Lubeck, and Nancy Lubeck.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Fridays until 8 p.m.

Cranbury Historical Society, 4 Park Place, Cranbury, 609-395-0702.

Exhibition of artwork by the "A-Team," artists of the Trenton

Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.). Paintings, photographs, drawings, and

crafts by 13 artists. On view through Sunday, January 3.

Gallery of Fine Art, 201 South State Street, Newtown,

215-579-0050. Seasonal show of fine crafts featuring works by James

Aarons, Nancy Bentley, Bridget Bulle, Elizabeth Fram, Sarah Frederick,

Christina Goodman, Sang Roberson, Osler-Kurki Studio, and others.

Open Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday to

9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To January 11.

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

Solo show of wildlife studies in watercolor and gouache by Beatrice

Bork. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. To December 24.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman,

609-921-3272. Second annual contemporary craft show and sale featuring

one-of-a-kind functional and decorative items. Proceeds benefit MCA

programs. Featured artisans include Clem Fiori, Don Gonzales, Akiko

Collcutt, Naomi Lindenfeld, Shellie Jacobson, Pat White, Sylvia Tu,

Helen Schwartz, Judy Tobie, and jewelry by Jean West and Eve Greiner.

Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4

p.m. To December 21.

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

Holiday group show of gallery artists. Open Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To December 31.

Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897.

Father and daughter exhibit featuring portrait photography by Harry

Rubel and his daughter Sherry Rubel. Show includes portraits of young

and old, men and women, and established and aspiring actors. To December

29.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. The 29th annual juried members show,

juried by Curlee Raven Holton of Lafayette College. Prints, photographs,

and alternative print media. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To January 24.

Studio 120, 120 Georges Road, New Brunswick, 732-828-5150.

An invitational group exhibition featuring work in a wide range of

media open the new gallery in the studio/workshop of artists Dot Paolo

and Kathleen Schulz. Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics,

basketry, and hand sewn crafts for exhibit and sale. Tuesday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and by appointment.

To December 23.

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Art by the River

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

Holiday Show features affordable works by 17 area artists including

Sal Asaro, Merle Citron, Barbara Keogh, Joy Kreves, Marc Reed, Gail

Bracegirdle, and Annelies van Dommelen. Open Friday, Saturday, and

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To January 4.

Artsbridge Gallery, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street,

Lambertville, 609-773-0881. Artsbridge Gallery holiday arts and crafts

show features items priced at under $300. Exhibitors are Judith Shaw

Hoctor, Nora Lewis and Susan Rosetti, jewelry; Colette Sexton and

Damon Cramer, glass; Annelies van Dommelen, boxes; Jeanne Neilson,

ceramics; Ingeborg Snipes, photography; Dani Antman, Valerie Ziegler,

J.C. Turner, Dylan Law, and Bea Burke, paintings; and Nancy Shill,

collage. Open Thursday to Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. To December

28.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

New oils by 83-year-old Bucks County painter Joseph Crilley. For the

past 50 years Crilley has produced 30 to 40 oils each year, exhibiting

them annually at many of the region’s most eminent galleries. Over

the next year he plans to take a hiatus from painting to continue

writing about his experiences as a paratrooper during World War II

when he jumped into Normandy the night before the D-Day landings,

participated in the liberation of Holland, and survived encirclement

by the German Army in the Battle of the Bulge. Wednesday to Saturday,

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To January 4.

Riverbank Arts, 19 Bridge Street, Stockton, 609-397-9330.

Works in bronze by sculptor Kate Brockman are featured in a solo show.

Born in Staffordshire, England, Brockman earned her degree from West

Chester University and a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy

of Fine Arts. Her massive, life-size pieces are modeled in clay before

being cast in bronze by the artist. Monday to Wednesday, noon to 5

p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to

7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To January 31.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3349. New oil paintings by Tom Birkner which he calls "snapshot

visions of American life." Open daily except Tuesday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. To January 5.

"The road plays a central part in my work," says Birkner,

whose American scenes are often seen in passing from the inside of

a car. "Most of our lives are lived in cars. Cars act as alter

egos, adding another presence to the visual scene. We live in a wilderness

of machines and concrete."

Studio 233, 233 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0818.

Digital photographs of coastal Maine by John Chew. A photographer

since 1970, Chew’s studio is in Rockland, Maine, and his influences

include painters and photographers of the Penobscot Bay area. Open

Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. To January

11.

New Hope Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Union Square, West

Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Sculpture exhibition features

the outdoor installation of seven large-scale works at sites around

town. Host sites include Union Square, New Hope Solebury Library,

the Wedgwood Inn, New Hope Historical Society, Golden Door Gallery,

and New Hope Mule Barge.

Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly

Street, 609-397-0275. One-man show of landscape paintings by Roger

Smith. A trained psychiatrist in private practice, Smith began painting

as a self-taught youngster and did not return to his oils until 2000.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday,

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. To December 24.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. "A

Celebration of Light," an art and fine crafts sale presented by

members of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA). Open Monday

to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To December 19.

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

Three-man exhibition features paintings by Jeff Epstein and Thom Lynch,

and whimsical bronze sculpture by Dana Stewart. Open Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To January 4.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Outdoors, the Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic

Arts Building, "Amazing Animal Exposition" features works

by Botero, Butterfield, Grausman, Otterness, Petersen, and Woytuk;

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition;

both shows to April 18. Also "In Search of the Other in the Extraordinary,"

photography by Bryan Grigsby, to January 4.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round;

Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $5 Tuesday to Thursday;

$8 Friday and Saturday; and $12 on Sunday. Individual memberships

start at $70.

The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.

"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the

Old Barracks," a new display in the exhibit gallery is included

in the tour admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

the last tour is at 3:50 p.m.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Everywhere a Foreigner and Yet Nowhere

a Stranger," an exhibition of 19th century Hungarian Art from

the Salgo Trust for Education. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 25. $5 donation.

James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge

Street, New Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens

with the relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show,

"Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists,"

featuring 19th and 20th century painters, writers, composers, and

playwrights. Also on exhibit, "Pennsylvania Impressionists of

the New Hope School." Museum admission $6; $2 youth. New Hope

hours Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Alan Magee: Three Decades of Paintings, Sculpture

and Graphics," a retrospective show curated by Bruce Katsiff and

organized in cooperation with the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland,

Maine ($4 additional fee). Admission $6 adults; $3 students. Winter

hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to

5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Museum admission

$6 $3 students. To January 25.

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, George and Hamilton

streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "Newer Genres: Twenty Years

of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios" and "Selections

of Soviet Nonconformist Prints: A Western Point of View;" both

shows to March 21. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3

p.m. Admission $3; under 18 free. Free admission on the first Sunday

of each month.

Also "Vivat, St. Petersburg! Images of the City and its Citizens

from the George Riabov Collection of Russian Art." Show celebrates

the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding with rare prints and

watercolors; to February 1. Also "The Illustrator’s World: The

Art of Maginel Wright Barney" and "Themes in Focus: Cartoon-ography,"

to January 4.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Correspondences: Poetry and Contemporary Art"

featuring artists and poets Nancy Cohen, Edwin Torres, Jamie Fuller,

Laurie Sheck, Diana Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Pablo Neruda, Gerald Stern,

Robert Mahon, Sheba Sharrow, and others. Also "Sally Spofford:

Ceremonial Vessels & Ritual Objects." Open Tuesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 4.

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Art in the Workplace

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

609-252-6275. "The Fascination of Sun and Shore: Impressionist

Painters of the Jersey Shore, 1870-1940." Curated by Roy Pedersen,

the show features works by 30 artists, members of two successive generations

who made contributions to the uniquely American brand of Impressionism.

Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1

to 5 p.m. To December 7.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120.

Outdoor sculpture show features works by seven prominent East Coast

artists: Hope Carter of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John

Isherwood, Joel Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition

is on view during business hours and will remain in its location for

two years.

The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus,

veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson of the International

Sculpture Center, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the

guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery

in Lawrenceville.

Johnson & Johnson, Administration Building Atrium, Grandview

Road, Skillman, 732-524-6957. Photographs by members of the Princeton

Photography Club are on view in the Atrium of the Administration Building

through January. By appointment, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5

p.m.


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