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In the Galleries
She was still in her teens when Joy Lober Anderson hit the road with
the Glenn Miller Band as the proverbial "girl singer." She roamed the
world with the band, loving every moment of it – except for the
over-protection of the band members. "They were worse than my
parents," says Anderson a lifetime later. "I couldn’t do anything
without one of my self-appointed ‘big brothers’ saying no!"
Singing and performing have been as natural to Anderson as breathing
for as long as she can remember. Her gene pool may explain why. Her
father, Joey Lober, was a child star who worked with Red Skelton; her
paternal grandmother, Edie Lober, played piano for silent films.
"Ironically, my own parents weren’t happy with my show business
career, which started when I was a child growing up in Philadelphia,"
Despite that, Anderson was driven to pursue performing. When she
returned from touring the world, from Australia to Japan and New
Zealand with the Glen Miller band, she headed for New York. Before
long, she was one of the leads in "Company" on Broadway, directed by
Jerry Adler, now of "The Sopranos" fame. Then, in her mid-20s, she was
cast as Evita in the national tour directed by Hal Prince.
"It was pretty exciting stuff for a very naive kid from Philly,"
recalls Anderson, who also sang with the New Christy Minstrels, and
performed for Presidents Nixon, Carter, and George Bush the elder. But
there came a time when Joy Lober Anderson, who married music
director/producer Gary Anderson in 1986, felt the need for something
different in her life.
"My twin passions had always been performing – and designing," says
Anderson. "I decorated every single one of my friends’ apartments in
Manhattan and loved it. I began to sense that my spirit was truly in
the visual aesthetic. It felt like a calling."
Anderson sensed that something was out of balance when she found
herself happier in New York’s famous D&D Building, the Mecca for
designers, than at auditions.
When the couple left Manhattan with their then-infant daughter and
moved to Skillman, Anderson backed off from performing, doing only
occasional gigs, and continued designing informally. But she also knew
it was time to get serious about the work she loved. In 1996 she
opened her own design studio/showroom in Blawenburg, one mile north of
Princeton at the intersection of Route 518 and the Great Road,
juggling her designer life with motherhood.
But Anderson is not one to rest on her laurels. "I guess the world of
show business has made me a bit driven," she admits. "I’m high-energy
and I need to keep things interesting not just for my clients, but
also for me!"
So after expanding her space three times, Joy Anderson has decided to
refocus her design work, with art as mainstay. While she will continue
her design work for private and corporate clients, she is launching
the renamed "For the ART Of It," using the same 3,500 square foot
space at the same location to display the works of national artists,
particularly contemporary ones. Arizona artists will be a specialty,
and so will authentic antique French posters from the Carrandi Gallery
of New York City.
Along with the art, Anderson is returning to her musical roots and
vast network of contacts, and adding ongoing jazz and other musical
performances as part of the ambience. A white baby grand piano is
positioned in the gallery window, giving new meaning to the term
On the gallery’s official opening weekend, November 20 to 21, for
example, entertainers include well-known jazz trumpeter Terell
Stafford, the head of Temple University’s jazz department, and South
American guitarist Arturo.
On the roster for future appearances are Lou Soloff, one of the
original members of Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lou Marini of the original
"Blues Brothers" film, and Kevin Kuhn, who was featured as Pete
Townsend in "Tommy, The Musical."
To add to the blended visual and auditory attractions, Joy Lober
Anderson herself will entertain gallery visitors with her singing. "I
still love to sing, and at this stage of my life, I hope to reach back
to that part of myself and share it with others," said Anderson. "If
music is my gift, I want to give it to others."
Also on tap down the road is the designer/singer’s hope that the
gallery will be used by private groups and organizations for
fund-raising events focused on art. Free Sunday musical brunches are
also on Anderson’s future menu for her "For the ART of It."
"I guess some people would say that this is all a bit wild, this
combining of art, design, and music," say Anderson. "But I think – and
hope – that visitors will appreciate having so many pleasures combined
under one big roof."
– Sally Friedman
Blawenburg. 609-466-0881. Opening weekend, Saturday, November 20, from
noon to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 21, from noon to 6 p.m. Jazz,
Latin jazz, and percussion throughout the weekend; fine art and
vintage posters on display. Light refreshments. No charge.
CG Gallery, 10 Chambers Street, Princeton, 609-683-1988. Exhibit by
Shelly Lependorf and Stan Shire. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Through November 30.
Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The Chinese
antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series, "Last Dynasty,"
oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist and owner, Lu
Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western watercolor. Also,
Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing dynasties. Tuesday through
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street,
609-921-6748. "Princeton Recollects" exhibition was organized to
celebrate the accomplishments of the Princeton History Project. The
exhibition includes original letters, documents, and artifacts. Free.
Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330. Group
exhibition of art by new artists from The Netherlands, Argentina, and
the United States. Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and
by appointment. Through November 30.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-0103.
"Images," an exhibit of photographs and drawings by Janet C.
Eschenlauer. Through December 5. Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and
2 to 4 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100. An exhibit
of abstract acrylic painting inspired by flowers and gardens by
Princeton resident Gilda K. Aronovic. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Friday until 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed
Saturdays. Through December 5.
Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. Exhibit of
oil and acrylic canvasses created by Princeton resident Jannick
Wildberg. Through December 7.
The Williams Gallery, 6 Olden Lane, 609-921-1142. Exhibit features the
works of a selection of artists from Japan, Australia, Germany, The
Netherlands, and the United States. Through November 27.
The Artful Deposit Gallery, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,
609-298-6970. "Against the Grain," an exhibit of woodcuts and
paintings by Thomas Kelly. Tuesday through Sunday to November 21.
Babbet Gallery, 120 Georges Road, New Brunswick, 732-828-5150. Group
exhibition featuring art work by the Princeton Artists Alliance in
honor of the gallery’s 20th anniversary. Artists with works on exhibit
include Joanne Augustine, Hetty Baiz, Anita Benarde, Clem Fiori, Carol
Hanson, Shellie Jacobson, Margaret K. Johnson, Nancy Lee Kern, Marsha
Levin-Roger, Lore Lindenfeld, Elizabeth L. Lombardi, Pat Martin,
Charles McVicker, Lucy Graves McVicker, Ruane Miller, Harry I. Naar,
Barbara Osterman, Tina Salvesen, Madelaine Shellaby, Marie Sturken,
and William Vandever. On view through November 19.
Family Framers Art Gallery, 15 East Railroad, Jamesburg, 732-605-7900.
"Out of the Ordinary," a group photographic exhibit with works of
Vincent Valle, Brett Klersfeld, and Teddy Ehmann. Valle from
Princeton, exhibits his recent photographs of natural abstract.
Through December 31. Gallery hours, daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sundays.
Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown, 609-298-3742. A show
of artwork by gallery owner Eric Gibbons, and his great aunt, Anita
Gish. Through December 18 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the
Also, "Wizard of Oz Exhibition," a show of photographic monoprints by
Eric Gibbons from the movie. Each image is unique, un-repeatable, and
have a dreamlike quality. On view through December 18. All work is for
Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor,
609-606-9001. Newly-expanded gallery of photographer Richard Druckman,
a freelance photographer for Associated Press. Six rooms and over 250
photographs of professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and
Olympic events. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury Town Hall, Schoolhouse Lane, Cranbury,
609-395-0900. Exhibition of mixed media entitled "Eclectic
Expressions" by Allentown artist Susan Winter. Works include oil,
pastel, and watercolor renditions of local scenes and people. To
November 28. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 3
Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616.
Woven Metal featuring sculptures by David Paul Bacharach and Vesna
Yankovich. The Philadelphia Quilt Series, fabricated by Bacharach,
features woven and folded steel and copper wall hangings. Yankovich
created basket creations woven on a fabric loom and then sewn
together. Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the Toad Hall
Shop and Gallery through December 31.
Also, a seasonal outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring the ISC
Outstanding Student Achievement Awards Exhibition. "Twisted Logic" by
Patrick Dougherty,"Earthwords and Geoglyphs" by Australian artist
Andrew Rogers. Show continues to May 1, 2005.
Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lily Street, Lambertville,
609-397-0275. Opening reception for the first solo exhibition for
artist Bette Baer, "Diversity: Recent Paintings and Ceramic Art,"
revealing her whimsical works of paint and clay. Through November 20.
La Principessa Ristorante, Route 27, Kingston Mall, 609-921-3043. "La
Dolce Vita, " a collection of original photographs from Italia by Ed
Tseng. The exhibition remains on permanent display. Restaurant hours
are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.;
and Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman,
609-921-3272. Annual juried show of works of art in oil, acrylic,
origami, watercolors, pastels, collages, prints, photographs, and wood
sculpture. Curated by Frances Chaves, the executive director of the
center. Through November 21.
Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. Group
exhibition featuring recent paintings and still life curated by
Lafuente in conjunction with her solo exhibition. Tuesday through
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through November 20.
Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. Murali
Harathi of Plainsboro presents a watercolor exhibit, "Pushing Past:
The Royal Palaces of Hyderabad." Harathi, an architect and
construction engineer, render architectural details of buildings
amidst people and seasons. Art chat on Sunday, November 21, 3 p.m.
Through December 5. Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday to
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North Branch
Station, 908-725-2110. Annual juried members show featuring prints by
31 members. Artworks include woodcuts, etchings, digital prints, and
handmade paper. Through January 22, 2005. Sale through December 18.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Galleries are open
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours
are given on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
"Bringing into Being: Materials and Techniques in American Prints 1950
to 2000," an exhibition of 30 prints exploring American artists to
technical advances in printmaking. Through January 23, 2005.
"Contemporary Photographs from the Museum Collection." Through January
Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,
609-620-6026. "Selections from the Raab Collection," a collection of
original historical documents by Washington, Adams, Jefferson,
Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan, Lee, Grant,
and Churchill. Steven S. Raab graduated from the school in 1967.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4
p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Through December 15
(gallery closed November 23 to 30).
Erdman Gallery at Erdman Hall, Princeton Theological Seminary, 20
Library Place, Princeton, 609-497-7990. Exhibit "The Best of Us, by
disabled artists. Through December 10. Free.
Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, 2083 Lawrencelle Road,
609-895-5588. "Wilbur Niewald: A Retrospective," an exhibit of still
lifes, figures, and paintings. To December 12. Open Tuesday through
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Rutgers University, Alexander Library, 732-932-7505. "The Mask of
Ceremony: Recently Acquired Festival Books," a study of the elaborate
festivals that monarchs and church officials staged in Renaissance
Europe to proclaim their power. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Through November 19.
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
Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville. Two-person show,
"Now and Then: The Art of Merle Citron and B.A. Keogh," an exhibit of
paintings, sculpture, and experimental art. Through November 28.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square
Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture
Exhibition featuring an indoor exhibition of works by 43 nationally
and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show of seven
large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through April, 2005.
Robert Beck Painting Studio, 21 Bridge Street, Lambertville,
609-397-5679. Robert Beck’s "Separate Stories" exhibit, paintings
featuring images painted in Michigan, Maine, the Jersey shore, and the
local Lambertville area. Weekends noon to 5 p.m., and weekdays by
appointment. To November 20.
Travis Gallery, 6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, 215-794-3903. "River
Reflections," an exhibit of recent paintings by Daniel Anthonisen.
Through November 27. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Druch Studio Gallery, 920 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton, 609-394-3698.
"Gleaning DeLight," an oil painting exhibit by Jadwiga Heidi
Jedrzejczyk. Through November 28.
Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. "Blue
Notes: Chronicling the Blues from Polk County to Trenton." Photographs
by Phil McAuliff, Gary Saretzky, Eugene Piere, and Deborah Raven.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Through
The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.
"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old
Barracks," admission to the gallery exhibit 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.
American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New
Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz 1896-1981."
Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1
to 4 p.m. Through February 6, 2005.
Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, 908-735-8415.
Exhibition of unusual, eccentric, and functional furnishings by
well-known studio furniture designers and by emerging artists. Guest
co-curators are Hildreth York and Ingrid Renard. Museum hours are
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show runs to January 9. 2005.
Mercer Museum, Pine and Ashland streets, Doylestown, 215-345-0210.
"White House or Bust," the history of presidential campaigns from
broadsides to bumper stickers. Through November 21.
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 adults; $2 youth. 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.
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,
215-340-9800. "The Artists Among Us," a permanent interactive exhibit
dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New
Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. It is a permanent
exhibition. Open 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. Museum admission $6.50
adults; $4 students. www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Also, "Edward W. Redfield: Just Values and Fine Settings," an
exhibition of over 50 works created by the 20th century Pennsylvania
impressionist. The exhibit features works from early students
drawings, landscapes painted in France, and some pieces never before
on public view. Through January 9, 2005.
Also, an exhibition, "Selma Bortner: Body of Work," containing
Bortner’s prints from the late 1960s to 2004 including her New Mexico
landscape series. On view to January 30, 2005.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 709-721 Catharine Street, Philadelphia,
215-922-3456. "African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke A
Back," a display of African Art, runs through Jan. 2, 2005.
Also, an exhibit of 88 paintings focuses on Rajput courts of India
from the 17th to 19th centuries. Illustrates themes of pious devotion,
poetic love, the play of Hindu gods, and the pleasures and intrigues
of court life. Exhibit runs through mid-April 2005.
Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick,
732-932-7237. "Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and
Photo-Related Works of Art." Also, "Photo-related Works of Art." Both
through November 28.
"Alexsandr Arefiev and the Artists of His Circle." Through December
31, 2004. "Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance." Through February
13, 2005. "Transcultural New Jersey: Residents and Visitor, Works on
Paper from the Collection of the Newark Public Library. Through
January 2, 2005. Pastels in Paris: From the Fin-de Siecle to La Belle
Epoque." Through January 30. "Beyond the Border: Picturing Mexico in
Children’s Book Illustrations." Through February 6, 2005.
Museum hours are 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 adults; under 18 free. Free admission on the first Sunday
of each month.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
3620 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-898-4000. Australian Aboriginal
Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $8,
adults; $5, students and seniors. Exhibit runs through Sunday,
February 27, 2005.
Pierrot Productions seeks actors for "The Musical Comedy Murders of
1940." Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, December 13 and 14, at 7 p.m.
at Kelsey Theater in West Windsor. The show opens on Friday, February
18. For appointments or questions E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call
VSA Arts of New Jersey invites two-dimensional artwork by students
with disabilities. Age categories are under 12, and 12 through 21.
Selected artists will have their work professional displayed in three
locations through the state. Application deadline is Friday, January
28, 2005. Call Karen Singer at 732-745-3885 for information.
Literacy Volunteers of America in Mercer County has a wish list for
office chairs, plastic floor pads to put under office chairs, and
office volunteers. The group also seeks volunteers for the next tutor
training course beginning Wednesday, February 16, 2005. Call
609-393-8855 for information.
Womanspace is selling luminary lighting kits for the annual
Communities of Light to be held on Sunday, December 19. The project
raises awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in the
community. Kits are available through www.womanspace.org.
Ski Barn is accepting donations of coats through Christmas to help out
area families in need. Bring coats to their store at 2990 Route 1,
Lawrenceville. Call 609-530-1666 for information.
Plainsboro Township Police Department and Police Benevolent
Association will collect Toys for Tots beginning Friday, November 26.
Drop off areas for new unwrapped toys include Superfresh, Plainsboro
Township Police Department, Al’s Sunoco in West Windsor, and Edward
Jones Investments, 109 South Main Street, Cranbury.
Final pick up is Wednesday, December 15. For information call
609-799-23333, ext. 516.
West Windsor Township Police, West Windsor Lions Club, American Legion
Post 76, and Maurice Hawk Elementary School, are accepting donations
of toys for West Windsor families in need of a little help.
New unwrapped toys may be brought to the collection box located in the
police building at the Clarksville and Post roads. For information
call Patrolman Sam Dyson at 609-799-0452.
Middlesex County Public Health Department has an open telephone bank
to pre-register eligible high-risk residents for flu shots. Call on
Monday and Tuesday, November 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the Flu
Hotline at 732-745-4344 for information.
Salvation Army seeks volunteers for the annual red kettle campaign to
man four-hour shifts throughout New Jersey. Donations are used to
provide hot meals, warm clothing, and small toys for children
throughout the year.
Call Tricia Pellegrini at 908-851-8227 for information.
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