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In the Galleries: Area Museums
Ellarslie Open XXI, the annual juried show. Distinguished juror Robert
Sakson selected 85 works by 72 artists from the 310 entries submitted.
Awards for "Best in Show" in painting, sculpture, printmaking,
mixed-media, and photography. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to
3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To June 15.
A vital member of the Trenton art scene for over 40 years, juror Robert
Sakson is a member of almost every outstanding watercolor society
and painting group in the U.S. His work is in the permanent collections
of the Princeton University Art Museum, Ellarslie, Avon Corp, AT&T,
609-292-6464. "Taking It Personally: Selected Paintings 1962 to
2003" by Paul Matthews continues in the museum’s Cityside Gallery.
These large-scale figurative oils address issues of time and transience,
aging and mortality. Political messages, human vulnerability in the
form of nudity, and the natural process of childbearing are all depicted.
To July 27.
Matthews studied at Cooper Union in New York where he received the
highest achievement prize. He has had more than 25 solo shows, receiving
the Best of Show at the Ellarslie Open in 1999 and 2002, as well as
First Award at the Philadelphia Sketch Club in 2000 and 2003. Exhibit
catalog includes an essay by Russell Banks.
Also "Cultures in Competition: Indians and Europeans in Colonial
New Jersey," a show that traces the impact of European settlement
on the native Indians’ way of life after 1600. On extended view: "Art
by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection;" "New
Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;" "Delaware
Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection of North American
Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire;" "Neptune’s Architects;"
"The Modernists;" "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass
and Iron;" "Historical Archaeology of Colonial New Jersey;"
"Washington Crossing the Delaware."
215-340-9800. "Six Continents of Quilts: The Museum of Arts and
Design Collection" features 30 vibrant and colorful quilts by
contemporary fabric artists from New York to Japan to South Africa;
to July 6. Summer hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday
noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6 adults; $3 students and children.
Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "George Segal: Sculpture, Paintings,
and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio," a major traveling exhibition,
to May 26. Also: "June Wayne: Selected Graphics, 1950 to 2000,"
a show celebrating Wayne’s recent appointment as a research professor
at Rutgers and the establishment of the June Wayne Study Center and
Archive; to June 29. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours Sundays at 2 and
3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; and free on the first Sunday
of every month.
609-773-0881. Monthly show features George Golia, photographs; Beth
Pituch, abstract works in encaustic, wax, and oils; Jim Lucas, celebrity
portraits in acrylic; Cathy DeChico, acrylic paintings; Janet Waronker,
watercolors; and Judith Hoctor, jewelry. To May 31.
Spring exhibition featuring watercolors, oils, and mixed-media by
W. Carl Burger, and oil paintings by Colette Sexton. Gallery hours
are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To June 1.
908-996-1470. "Passionately Pastel" invitational show brings
together 13 signature members of the Pastel Society of America, each
with technical virtuosity, many exhibiting in Frenchtown for the first
time. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 26.
908-281-1855. "Spring for Art," group show features Jane Adriance,
Susan Antin, Connie Gray, Betty Klank, Mary Kramarenko, Diana Patton,
Darlene Prestbo, Seow-Chu See, Patrice Sprovieri, Colin Throm, Gloria
Wiernik, and Lorraine Williams. To May 17.
Paintings and pastels by Helen Post. A graduate of Pratt Institute
and Rutgers, artist and educator Helen Post has works in the collections
of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and many private collections.
To May 31.
Shared show features "Transformations" by Rhoda Kassof-Isaac
and "Windows and Reflections" by Frank Magalhaes. Gallery
hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
To May 25.
609-620-6026. "Seeing: Selections from Collection Dancing Bear"
featuring 70 intriguing works focusing of eyes from the photography
collection of W.M. Hunt ’64. Hunt is a New York-based collection,
curator, and champion of photography. He is director of photography
at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea. Open Monday to Friday, 9
a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to
noon. To June 7.
609-921-3272. The 34th annual Garden State Watercolor Society members
juried exhibition and sale. Jurors are Judy Antonelli and Herbert
Appleson. Artists’ reception is Sunday, May 4, for the show that continues
to June 1. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1
to 4 p.m.
New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"
recent additions to the museum collection featuring works by Hungarian
American artists who emigrated to the U.S. between 1920 and 1957.
Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and Elena De Hellenbranth,
Sandor Zugor, Janos Antal Kurz, Lajos Szanto, Vincent Korda, Emil
Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor Gergely, and Zoltan Poharnok. Museum
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to
4 p.m. $5 donation. To May 18.
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.
To May 30.
Sculptures by Kristin Gudjonsdottir. A native of Iceland, Gudjonsdottir
graduated in 1995 in sculpture and glass from the California College
of Arts and Crafts. She has shown in galleries and museums in California,
Idaho, Washington, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and in Iceland.
In 2001 she won the best in show purchase award at Rocky Mountain
Arts Center. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 9.
"First You Must Take Direction," functional artworks by Boris
Bally created from traffic signs, including serving trays, bowls,
chairs, key chains, and pins. Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday,
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 10.
"Past Made Present: The Paintings of Ilona Zaremba," solo
exhibit by the Polish native now living in Canada. Her richly textured
mixed-media compositions are included in many corporate and private
collections, including that of actor Steve Martin. Four of her paintings
appear on screen in Martin’s new movie, "Bringing Down the House."
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To May 26.
"Art First!" International juried exhibition and sale of art
and fine crafts by professional artists with physical and mental disabilities.
Over 300 pieces are mounted throughout the public corridors of the
Medical Center; on view to May 18.
Jurors include Anne Reeves, executive director Arts Council of Princeton;
Rebecca Sender, associate director Princeton University Art Museum;
and Margaret Kennard Johnson, former art instructor at the Museum
of Modern Art. Michael Graves is the honorary chair.
Paintings, prints, and drawings by Jennifer Cadoff. The co-curator
of the Jewish Center Gallery is showing her work there for the first
time with a show whose connecting thread is nature, particularly flowers
and landscapes. Part of sales benefits the center. Open Monday to
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed
Saturdays. To May 16.
J. Simchock’s exhibition of travel photography, "Vagabond Vistas."
The images were captured during the artist’s three-year journey through
five continents. To May 15.
"Chickens to Go," hand-made chickens by artist Maria del Fabro,
who awoke one morning and started making chickens. Her chickens come
out of handwork traditions passed down to her from her Italian ancestors;
they are made of wool, cotton and other natural fabrics. A portion
of show’s proceeds will be donated towards efforts for peace. Also
on exhibit, "Art from the Caribbean." Open Fridays and Saturdays,
1 to 6 p.m. To May 24.
the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered," a show featuring new work
by artists Sanford Biggers, Anne Chu, Ellen Harvey, and Zhang Hongtu,
inspired by the museum collections, curated by Eugenie Tsai, to June
29. Also "The New Vulgarians: New York Pop," an exhibition
of 18 works that seeks to reposition pop in such away that its challenging
and discomforting aspects can be perceived again; to July 13. Also
"The Photographs of Edward Ranney: The John B. Elliott Collection,"
an overview of the artist’s career from 1970 and 1999; to June 7.
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.
Also "The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy," celebrating
the contributions of Swiss engineers to structural design in the 20th
century. Robert Maillart, Othmar Ammann, Heinz Isler, and Christian
Menn are among the designers featured; to June 15. "In Pursuit
of the Past: Provenance Research at the Princeton University Art Museum,"
an exhibition organized to provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes
look at the research methods used to trace the history of works of
art. Focusing on issues related to ownership and collecting, the exhibition
will present the results of research on eight paintings in the museum’s
collection of European painting; to August 10.
School, 609-258-1651. "Ricanstructions," a selection of works
by Puerto Rican artist Juan Sanchez. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.. To June 7.
"Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children’s
Library," an exhibition that fills the library’s main gallery
and the Milberg Gallery upstairs.
609-771-2198. Annual Senior Fine Arts Exhibition. Gallery hours are
Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday,
1 to 3 p.m. To May 16. @LT = Gallery at Mercer County College,
Communications Center, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Visual Arts Student
Show, the annual show highlighting work by MCCC visual arts students
studying with faculty that includes Mel Leipzig, Joan Needham, Frank
Rivera, Yevgeniy Fiks, Tina La Placa, Eric Kunsman, and Michael Welliver.
Open Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6
to 8 p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To May 15.
609-252-6275. "Outsider Art: The Inner Worlds of Self-Taught Artists,"
an exhibit of 75 works by 30 international artists referred to as
self-taught, visionary, and intuitive. Aloise Corbaz, Bill Traylor,
and Adolf Wolfli, historical figures whose works helped define the
category, are represented. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 15.
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