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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,"
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.
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.
"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.
a Small World," an exhibit of fanciful oil paintings by Susan
B. Howard. Open by appointment during school hours. To December 19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Street, 609-497-4000. Jane Garvey Adriance. Part of the proceeds benefit
the medical center. On view to January 14.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday group show of gallery artists. Open Tuesday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To December 31.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $5 Tuesday to Thursday;
$8 Friday and Saturday; and $12 on Sunday. Individual memberships
start at $70.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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