Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau, 609-921-6748. Craftsmanship, Comfort, and Elegance: The Architecture of Rolf W. Bauhan, 1920 to 1966, a show celebrating the work of the man most influential in shaping the physical character of Princeton. From the early 1920s to the mid-1960s, he designed more than 70 buildings and renovated or made additions to 150 more. The gracious houses of the Library Place neighborhood, in particular, reflect his style. Show continues to December 31. Free.
Merwick Unit, Medical Center at Princeton, Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192. Alice Skidmore Culbreth, an artist who has enjoyed a career working in advertising and painting landscapes, still lifes, and portraits in oils. Part of sales benefit the Medical Center. To December 11.
Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, 609-924-1014. A solo exhibition by artist and mathmetician Enrico Bombieri featuring landscape paintings of Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Wednesday to 2:30 p.m. Closed weekends. To October 23.
Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. Chosen Colors, Carmela Verna’s show of pastels on canvas. Her work has been exhibited in Vicenza and Florence, Italy. To October 6.
Totally Wired, 134 Nassau Street, 609-279-9500. Ruth Sharon’s ink and watercolor paintings are featured in an ongoing rotating exhibit. Her work has been exhibited at the Pen & Brush in New York, at the Williams Gallery in Princeton, and at the New Jersey State Museum. A teacher of art to children for two decades, she is a practicing psychoanalyst in private practice.
Art On Campus
Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. The fine permanent collection of this small, manageable museum range from ancient to contemporary art with strong representation of Western European paintings. The collections of Chinese and Pre-Columbian art are among its greatest strengths. Africa is well represented also. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tours of the collection are given every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free.
Firestone Library, Main Gallery, Princeton University, 609-258-3197. The Art of Chess. The collection of chess historian and pundit Eugene Beauharnais Cook, Class of 1850, on exhibit with antique and unusual chess sets from the collection of Benjamin Levene. To September 21.
In the Milberg Gallery, Philobiblon: In Praise of Books and Libraries, a pictorial essay on the history of book collecting. Beginning with Princeton’s 15th-century manuscript of the Philobiblon, the classic first treatise on the love of books and their collecting by Richard de Bury, the show presents a pictorial essay on the history of collecting through prints of the world’s great libraries. To September 18. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends noon to 5 p.m.
College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, 609-771-2198. Exhibition by faculty painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, fiber artists, printmakers, and potters. To October 1. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; also Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center, Second Floor, West Windsor, 609-586-4800. An exhibition of sculpture in rock, stone, and metals by Walt Swales in the newly renovated gallery. Swales’ works are sparse representations of life and death: simple images forged in weighty metal that balance precariously on rocks and stones. Artist’s reception is September 24. Show continues to October 2. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art In Trenton
Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. Graham Holmes: Bridging Trenton and New Hope, an exhibition of 30 oils and watercolors by Graham Holmes (1908-1981), the Trenton-born artist and graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, whose works were exhibited there, at the National Academy of Design, and the Albright-Knox Gallery of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Also featured, A Continuing Tradition: Works by Elodie Holmes and Stephen Holmes. Shows continue to November 2. Free. Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-890-7777. Tension, a show of recent painting, drawings, and sculpture by R.J. Runas. With a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, Runas is department head in the ceramic shell department at the Johnson Atelier. Show continues to October 2. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. A select overview of the photographs of Bob Mahon, inspired by John Cage’s theories about chance procedures. Beginning with imagery that includes portrait and landscape, Mahon’s compositions are deconstructed into near abstractions. To October 26. Also, The Flag in American Indian Art, to January 18. 30 Years of Collecting Contemporary Crafts, 40 purchased and donated works in the permanent collection by New Jersey artists. Leonard DiNardo of Lambertville, Lore Lindenfeld of Princeton, and Toshiko Takaezu of Quakertown are among the featured artists. To November 2. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Lunch is served in the Museum Cafe.
Art by the River
ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. Rhoda Kassof-Issac, An Aegean Island Myth, an exhibition of photographs that explore the mystique of an area haunted by a tangled web of history and myth. The artist is an art therapist and Jungian analyst in private practice. Show runs to October 17.
The island, given the Greek name Thera and now known as Santorini, was formed probably in 1500 BC by a volcanic explosion. The explosion destroyed the life and settlements on the island, and led to the end of Minoan civilization on nearby Crete. The Princeton artist began visiting the island 20 years ago, creating a chronicle that captures the emptiness, brightness, shadows, moodiness, and silent vibrations of the Aegean spot. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588. Shared exhibition of works by Marc Reed & Stacie Speer Scott, with gallery artists. To September 28. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bell’s Union Street Restaurant, 183 North Union, Lambertville, 609-397-2226. Sacred Fruit, a series of variations on the theme of the olive, in watercolor, by Stockton artist Florence Moonan. After researching the history of the olive from myth to mouth, Moonan dedicated the first work to the goddess Athena, creator of the olive. From this Ode to Athena, her suite of works evolved. To October 25.
Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. The 17th annual Summer Exhibition features Carkhuff Agin, Ranulph Bye, Marge Charvooshian, Ron Lent, Jeanne Pasley, and Ann Tsubota. To September 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-2300. Another Day, Another Dollar, limited edition, three-dimensional constructions by Charles Fazzino that celebrate Wall Street and the financial world. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown, 609-298-3742. Second anniversary show featuring work by owner Eric Gibbons and staff associates Judith Atchley, Janet Butler, Beverly Fredericks, and Sarah Bernotas. To September 26. Gallery hours are Monday & Friday, 11 a.m. to 5p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday to 9 p.m.; and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Main Street Gallery, Montgomery Center, Rocky Hill, 609-683-8092. An exhibition of paintings by Jane Geayer whose interests are in architecture, geometry, and flat pattern. To September 20.
Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. Peddie Arts Faculty Exhibition by visual arts teachers Deirdre McGrail, Tim Panjabi-Trelease, Cathy Robohm Watkins, and Ken Weathersby. To October 3.
Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. Annual Fall Multimedia show continues to October 11. Also, Joanne Scott’s retrospective show Passages, in the upstairs gallery to September 30.
Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. Second annual Plainsboro Salon Show. Any adult artist may hang one piece only, maximum size 36"x48". Works received on a first come, first served basis, or until the gallery walls and exhibit cases are full. Show remains on view to September 26. @LT = Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, Somerville, 908-725-2110. An exhibition of 22 prints produced by the Artist Proof Studio of the South African Printmaking Guild, Johannesburg, South Africa. To September 27.
The work of the printmakers represented in this collection tends to be exuberant, deeply emotional, and highly spiritual. The narrative quality of the work causes one to stop and experience the images like the cinematography in a good film. These highly professional works of art, produced between 1990 and 1996, include monoprints, woodcuts, etchings, dry point, and linocuts. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
To the North
American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. The museum continues its retrospective show of Joseph Domjan (1907-92), 20th-century master of the ancient art of woodcut. Show includes oil paintings, color woodcut prints, tapestries, and key wood blocks. To January 25. Free. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, 908-524-3698. Walking: Thoughts on Paper, recent works by Rocky Hill artist Leyla Spencer. Featured in the New Jersey Artist series, the show continues to September 26. Also, African Art Today and Yesterday, from the collection of the African Art Museum of the SMA, features sculpture in terra cotta and iron-wood, engravings by Bruce Onobrokpeya, and a Magus figure by Nigerian sculptor Bandele of Olorun. To October 10. By appointment.