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This review by Pat Summers was prepared for the August 22, 2001

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In the Galleries: TAWA at Ellarslie

Five artists and at least as many rooms full of their

work in the gracious Italianate mansion-museum, now in tip-top shape,

in the heart of Cadwalader Park: it’s the second round of TAWA at

Ellarslie, 2001 Invitational. In Part I, earlier this summer, five

other members of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association, also

selected

by juror Frank Rivera, took a room each to show a body of work.

Those with good reason to think Ellarslie, the Trenton city museum,

is at its best in bright sun ought to give it a try on a rainy summer

evening, when its lights glow invitingly and exciting art fills every

room. But since it’s too late to be there and do that for the opening

reception, just get there whenever you can to savor what Eleanor

Burnette,

Rosina Carosa, Don Jordan, Arlene Milgram, and Deirdre Sheean have

wrought.

"A room of one’s own" — both the piece of real estate,

and how her work was hung in it, clearly pleased Arlene Gale Milgram,

whose small, mixed-media abstractions in cold wax and oils on wood

offer lots of surface interest and some chromatic vibrancy. Many

include

a recurring organic shape that turns up in a different context each

time. Her two "heart" pieces share it with "Anxiety,"

for instance. Milgram also shows four charcoal and graphite collages

— possible forebears of her colored work.

Don Jordan shows both large abstract paintings and clay sculptures

in the sweeping area his work occupies. The oil and charcoal paintings

include jagged-edged shapes that can resemble stained glass;

surprising

colors, including a great "L’Arlesienne" yellow in his

"Pterodactyl;"

and suggestions of landscape via color shards — in

"Vistas,"

they are mostly angular blue strips, appealingly positioned alongside

a dominant gold center.

Of Jordan’s clay pieces, "Regeneration" is a mysterious vessel

whose textures include a ribbed section and another looking like

pressed

wire. "Emergence," in sand shades with black accents, is his

most allusive piece.

Eleanor Burnette has furnished her Ellarslie room with a number of

striking paintings and a few bronzes — three-dimensional

realizations

of a recurring motif: the line of small, abstracted, almost skeletal

figures that appears in most of the paintings, both humanizing them

and suggesting stories set amid their vivid color blocks. Only a few

pieces, like "Black Doors" and "Gray Doors," lack

figures. Both "Inner Memory I" and "II" are framed

with material resembling weathered bones.

Upstairs, Deirdre Sheean uses recyclable materials to produce small

works, many with small pieces within grids as frameworks. Her collages

include "The A’s Have It," a composition comprised of the

letter "A" in a variety of type faces. Cut-out images of

familiar

objects might also appear in newsprint or drawn and colored —

then collaged together. Rosina Carosa has filled her room with happy

abstract swirls of primary and secondary colors. Maybe marking the

start of fresh brush strokes, bisecting dark lines seem to lace the

curves together.

On a post-opening visit, price lists were available for four of the

five artists. If only they had all provided uniform information:

title,

medium, and price, size and date optional. Such lists could almost

serve as a catalog: as reminders of what was seen, to annotated at

the time, and later retrieved: instant memory aids.

— Pat Summers

TAWA Invitational, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum,

Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. On the Web: www.Ellarslie.org. The

second summer show featuring five artists of the Trenton Artists’

Workshop Association continues to September 16. Museum hours are

Tuesday

through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Artists’

gallery talks are Sundays at 2 p.m.: Arlene Milgram, Sunday,

August 26, 2 p.m. Eleanor Burnette , Sunday, September 9, 2

p.m.

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Art in Town

Cranbury Station Gallery, 28 Palmer Square East,

Princeton,

609-921-0434. Exhibition of prints dating from the 1940s by Princeton

University’s Print Club. On view are prints by commissioned artists

John Taylor Arms, Charles Locke, Leonard Pytlak, John Menihan, and

George Jo Mess. To August 31.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Today’s News, Tomorrow’s

History,"

a show celebrating 18,000 photographs taken by the Princeton Packet’s

photographers and donated to the Historical Society’s permanent

collection.

The collection documents more than 25 years of development, historic

preservation, education, celebrations, and festivals, with images

of Princeton’s diverse populations. Show runs to March, 2002.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street,

609-497-7330.

Summer group show features gallery artists Georges Mazilu, Andrei

Zadorine, Alexi Raveski, and others. Gallery hours are Tuesday to

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Show continues through August.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

"Phil Aklonis," dining room exhibition of works by the

Franklin

Park resident who has worked in the graphics industry since 1978 and

is now employed as a studio artist with Krell Advertising. Part of

sales benefit the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

to September 19.

Summer Showcase, Williams Gallery, 16 1/2

Witherspoon

Street, 609-921-1142. Mary Lou and Ernest William Bock celebrate the

gallery’s new home with a "Summer Showcase" of gallery artists

that includes Jerome Collins, Susumu Endo, Richard Erdman, Thomas

George, Margaret K. Johnson, Manfred Mohr, Barbara Nessim, Joerg

Schmeisser,

Yoshikatsu Tamekane, Allan Tannenbaum, Roman Verostko, and Rolf

Weijburg.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday,

noon to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. Show runs to September 17.

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Campus Arts

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

"Recent

Acquisitions" features 30 recent gifts and purchases spanning

two millennia. Works on view range from ancient Chinese Han dynasty

funerary figures, the 1968 collaborative Chinese painting

"Revolution

in Justice," and pre-Columbian ceramic figures from the burial

island of Jaina, to George Segal’s "Wall Relief: Torso"

(1972).

On view to September 16.

Also "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying in the Arts of China,"

an exhibition of Chinese art, to November 4. On extended view in the

Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s "Weight and Measure" etchings.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday

1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the collection are every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184.

"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Felix

Bonfils, 1868-1887," an historic series of 42 large-format

photographs

taken in Beirut by the 19th-century French photographer. More than

800 Bonfils photographs were donated to Princeton in 1921 by Rudolf

Ernst Brunnow, professor of Semitic philology. Coordinated by Don

Skemer, the show is guest curated by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan

University. Open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday

evenings to 8 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. To October 7.

Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton

University,

609-258-3197. "For the Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and

the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University Library,"

celebrating the 1940 founding of a unique collection. Exhibit

showcases

the history and arts of the book through fine examples of printing,

typography, binding, papermaking, calligraphy, and illustration.

Treasures

include prints by Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt, photographs by

Julia Margaret Cameron, and the illustrated Chaucer printed by William

Morris at the Kelmscott Press.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

John Murdoch and James Freeman. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday,

and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the shared show that runs to

September

2.

Artsbridge Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton,

609-773-0881. Eighth annual Artsbridge Small Works Show. Gallery is

open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To August 25.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"Amanuensis and Memory," Linda Guenste’s multi-faceted project

features pairs of large portraits and landscapes that examine the

concept of visual memory. The show includes an audio component

engineered

by the artist with Doylestown musician, Bob Berry. Gallery is open

Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 10.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

The gallery celebrates its 21st annual summer exhibition featuring

the paintings and drawings of National Academy artist Harry Leith-Ross

(1886-1973), an artist raised in England who settled near New Hope

in 1935. Also included in the summer show are gallery artists Joanne

Augustine, Gabrielle Baumgartner, Albert Bross, and Marge Chavooshian.

Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To August 31.

Greene and Greene Gallery, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7774. The eighth annual Discoveries Exhibition featuring 100

limited edition and individual jewelry pieces in gold, sterling, and

fine metals with precious and semi-precious stones and gems. Artists

include Sarah Graham, collaborators Steven Ford and David Forlano,

Elaine Unzicker, Nina Mann, Larry Seiger, and Debbie Tuch. The gallery

also features contemporary furniture by Jeffrey Greene. The gallery

is open Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11

a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 3.

Hanga, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-7044.

James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works on

exhibit

in the Artworks Building. Gallery is open noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Jerry Cable, new works in oil. Gallery is open Wednesday

& Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.;

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Morning Star Gallery, 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3939. Landscapes and outdoor scenes by Robert MaGaw and John

McDowell Williams. Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.;

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To August 31.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

Exhibition features the unconventional graphics imagery of Shepard

Fairey, creator of the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker

campaign, designed to reawaken a sense of wonder about the urban

landscape.

His San Diego graphic design firm, Black Market, helps clients access

his guerrilla style of marketing to consumers. Curated by Jonathan

Levine. Gallery hours are Friday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To September 30.

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Art In Trenton

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

"No More In My Head," an exhibition of sculpture by Johnson

Atelier apprentice Charlott Regina Rosengren. Gallery hours are Monday

to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To August 30.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Summer Exhibition. In the Museum, an exhibit by 30

members

of the National Association of Women Artists. In the Domestic Arts

Building, an exhibit by 20 members of the Sculptors Association of

New Jersey, plus a photography exhibit by Michael Bergman. New

additions

outdoors by Joan Danziger, David Allen Devrishian, Leonda Finke,

Sterett-Gittings

Kelsey, Manuel Neri, and Clifford Ward. To September 16.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission

is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10

Sunday.

Annual memberships are also offered.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "New Jersey, the Garden State," an

interdisciplinary

exhibition of historic tools, prints, and photographs created in

collaboration

with the Department of Agriculture’s Farming Museum, to August 31.

Also: "The Art of Giving" and "Aspects of

Abstraction,"

to August 26. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to

4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website:

www.njstatemuseum.org.

On extended view: "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"; "Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Art of Baron Laszlo Mednyansky in

Context: Works from the Salgo Trust for Education." An exhibition

of works by the turn-of-the-century aristocratic artist who disguised

himself as a pauper to paint grim images of the underbelly of society.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5.

To September 16.

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

908-735-8415. "The Art of Children’s Books: Illustrators of

Hunterdon

County." Also "Jacqueline Ann Clipsham: Forty Years of

Work,"

a show of ceramics art, bronzes, and works on paper. Museum hours

are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both shows run to September

9.

The Art of Children’s Books exhibition, curated by Ellen Siegel,

showcases

nine contemporary internationally-known illustrators who have made

Hunterdon County their home. The artists include Robert J. Blake,

Calfon, "The Perfect Spot;" John Schoenherr, Stockton,

"The

Owl Moon;" Lena Shiffman, Flemington, "Playing with

Dolphins;"

Denise Brunkus, Pittstown, "Chocolatina;" Denise Saldutti,

Milford, "The Moon;" and Richard Egielski, Milford, "The

Gingerbread Boy."

Also in the exhibit are examples of three former Hunterdon

illustrators

who are no longer living. Wanda Gag, Milford, "Millions of

Cats;"

Flavia Gag, Milford, "Story of Kattor;" and Kurt Wiese,

Frenchtown,

"Story About Ping."

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

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "George Nakashima and the Modernist Moment,"

a major exhibition that aims to recontextualize the work of George

Nakashima within the practice of European modernism. Long recognized

as a major force in the American craft movement, guest curator Steven

Beyer re-evaluates the designer from a European perspective, using

the works of Finn Juhl, Carlo Mollino, Alexandre Noll, and others,

to demonstrate that Nakashima is an important figure in international

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

Saturday

& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.

Admission

$5 adults; $1.50 students. To September 16.

Also: "The Spirit of Abstraction: Contemporary Painting from the

Collection" features paintings from the 1950s and ’60s by artists

including Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Karl Knaths, Alan

Goldstein,

and Joan Lindley; to October 7. "The Drawings of Robert

Tieman,"

an exhibition of abstract works by the artist (1937-1989); to October

28. "The Sculpture of Fred Schmidt," an outdoor exhibit of

six sculptures created by the late steelworker turned sculptor; to

October 28.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Europe: East," an exhibition

with highlights from fine print dealer Marvin Bolotsky’s personal

collection including etchings, mezzotints, and lithographs by artists

from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia. Open through

Saturday, September 8, when a closing reception will be held from

2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Continuing exhibitions include: "The

Uncommon Vision of Sergei Konenkov (1874-1971)," to November 14.

"Japonisme: Highlights and Themes from the Collection,"

ongoing.

Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18

free; museum is open free to the public on the first Sunday of every

month.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206,

Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Off the Wall," an exhibition of works by 27

sculptors affiliated with Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts,

curated by Kate Somers. Works installed on the grounds, on the rooftop

garden, and in the gallery. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and

weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 9.

Featured artists include Alice Aycock, Mel Edwards, Lauren Ewing,

John Goodyear, Geoffrey Hendricks, George Segal, Keith Sonnier, Herk

Van Tongeren, and Jackie Winsor. Also Bright Bimpong, Chakaia Booker,

Carson Fox, Harry Gordon, Julia Kunin, Todd Lambrix, and Patrick

Strzelec.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New

Brunswick,

732-524-6957. "Burlington County Art Guild," an exhibition

of works by members of the guild in a variety of media. By appointment

only, through September 20.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two, Lawrenceville,

609-895-7386. "Art & Animals," a group show featuring the

work of Betsy Regan, Susan Hanna MacQueen, Leo Ward, Beatrice Bork,

Naomi Savage, and Lynn Sulpy. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 7.

For the complete calendar of events in central New Jersey, go

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