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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
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
Rosina Carosa, Don Jordan, Arlene Milgram, and Deirdre Sheean have
"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
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;
colors, including a great "L’Arlesienne" yellow in his
and suggestions of landscape via color shards — in
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
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
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
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
On a post-opening visit, price lists were available for four of the
five artists. If only they had all provided uniform information:
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
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
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
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.
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Today’s News, Tomorrow’s
a show celebrating 18,000 photographs taken by the Princeton Packet’s
photographers and donated to the Historical Society’s permanent
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.
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.
"Phil Aklonis," dining room exhibition of works by the
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.
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
Yoshikatsu Tamekane, Allan Tannenbaum, Roman Verostko, and Rolf
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.
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
in Justice," and pre-Columbian ceramic figures from the burial
island of Jaina, to George Segal’s "Wall Relief: Torso"
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.
"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Felix
Bonfils, 1868-1887," an historic series of 42 large-format
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.
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
the history and arts of the book through fine examples of printing,
typography, binding, papermaking, calligraphy, and illustration.
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.
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
609-773-0881. Eighth annual Artsbridge Small Works Show. Gallery is
open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To August 25.
"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
by the artist with Doylestown musician, Bob Berry. Gallery is open
Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 10.
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.
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.
James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works on
in the Artworks Building. Gallery is open noon to 9 p.m. daily.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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.
609-586-0616. Summer Exhibition. In the Museum, an exhibit by 30
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
outdoors by Joan Danziger, David Allen Devrishian, Leonda Finke,
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
Annual memberships are also offered.
609-292-6464. "New Jersey, the Garden State," an
exhibition of historic tools, prints, and photographs created in
with the Department of Agriculture’s Farming Museum, to August 31.
Also: "The Art of Giving" and "Aspects of
to August 26. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to
4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website:
On extended view: "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The
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
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.
908-735-8415. "The Art of Children’s Books: Illustrators of
County." Also "Jacqueline Ann Clipsham: Forty Years of
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
The Art of Children’s Books exhibition, curated by Ellen Siegel,
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,
Owl Moon;" Lena Shiffman, Flemington, "Playing with
Denise Brunkus, Pittstown, "Chocolatina;" Denise Saldutti,
Milford, "The Moon;" and Richard Egielski, Milford, "The
Also in the exhibit are examples of three former Hunterdon
who are no longer living. Wanda Gag, Milford, "Millions of
Flavia Gag, Milford, "Story of Kattor;" and Kurt Wiese,
"Story About Ping."
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.;
& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.
$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
and Joan Lindley; to October 7. "The Drawings of Robert
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
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.
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,"
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
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
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.
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.
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