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This article by Bart Jackson was prepared for the October 15, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Joseph Petrovics’ Homage

In Jaszdwnyazaru, a rural village in northeast Hungary,

a small boy wanders out to the river bank and stares at the forests

and cloud-swept sky that make up his home. Instinctively, he sticks

his hands into the thick, moist clay at water’s edge and begins molding

it into figures. In the early 1960s, this was a daily routine for

young Joseph Petrovics. He finished by presenting the figures to his

father, a cobbler with the unusual talent of designing and making

all his own tools. "It was an absolutely pure life," Petrovics

recalls from his home in Blawenburg today.

A substantial body of Petrovics’ sculpture can be seen at the Museum

of the American Hungarian Foundation at 300 Somerset Street in New

Brunswick through Sunday, November 9. The thematic show, "Homage

to the Skyscrapers," includes work covering 15 years that began

upon his arrival in America in 1988. Its complement of works seamlessly

blend the horizons of both the artist’s native and adopted lands.

Sculpted in bronze, woods, and a variety of stone, the exhibit of

21 works in Petrovics’ Skyscraper Series sharply contrast yet meld

a series of vertical and horizontal planes that keep the eye and mind

in motion. The bold works give evidence of the visual impact of the

New York skyline on the newly arrived immigrant.

"As I commuted from New Jersey to New York City every morning,"

he explains, "I saw dark, heavy clouds settling down on the skyscrapers.

Their tops poked through the clouds like knives. I could almost feel

the pressure on my skin. The experience was both frightening and gorgeous

at the same time."

Works in the exhibition range in size from two Volkswagen-size freestanding

oaks, to some smaller alabaster, soapstone, and granite works that

would nicely decorate a desktop. Yet in each, one discerns Petrovics’

adherence to his "organic method" of sculpting.

If you are in the habit of rising early and prowling Princeton University

maintenance sites (for which the artist has a permit), local construction

dumpsters, or forests where large trees have been selectively timbered,

you may spy an ancient, brown, battered pickup, whose bearded driver

is examining the detritus. This is Petrovics taking his first step

in what he terms the direct carving process. He carefully selects

his wood or stone according to its organic shape. "I never force

the material beyond its own nature," he explains.

If the piece speaks true, the sculptor will load it into his truck

and drive it to his Blawenburg studio, located behind his house on

Route 518. Here he will begin making the initial shapings. He carves

quickly, striving to keep his hand guided by that original, fresh


This mind-to-hand rapidity comes from decades of intense training.

In 1972, Petrovics was accepted into that rarefied arena of Hungary’s

top fine arts high school. During those four years he created over

100 pieces.

"We were young and eager," he remembers. "We would spend

all day in the studio, sometimes turning out two sculptures a day."

Upon graduation, the young sculptor’s unique talent was recognized.

He became one of four Hungarian artists to receive acceptance in the

University of Budapest Academy of Fine Arts.

Only two artists were selected for the university’s master’s program.

Petrovics was one. Upon graduating he received the singular honor

of a three-year scholarship as a state artist. With a large stipend,

many commissions, and enormous creative freedom, the sculptor Joseph

Petrovics’ place was assured. This young man had carved his way to

the top of the pyramid.

Through it all, his heritage and mentoring showed. "Look at the

precision of this bronze," says Patricia Fazekas, curator of the

American Hungarian Foundation museum that is hosting the exhibit.

"Partly it is the training of central Europe and partly the late

1970s, but you can see how this artist was strongly grounded in classical

realism. No matter how far he ventures into the abstract or figurative,

he always holds that ability to create an exact, realistic model."

Fazekas, herself a watercolor artist and teacher, has seen that most

artistic training in America today emphasizes feeling over form. Artists

are encouraged to put forth their feelings, but frequently lack the

finely-honed skills to make their medium come alive. It’s like trying

to write a novel about your lost generation’s rage using only a fifth

grade vocabulary.

In the large wooden piece that was one of Petrovics’

first in the Skyscraper Series, one absorbs well this blend of precision

and power. This untitled work (as are many) consists of several slender,

curving pyramids. Each thrusts its blade-sharp point through two offset

slabs of oaken cloud, hewn to a ribbon-like flow. It is abstract,

but the surfaces roughed and smoothed to a precisely intended finish

— not to mention the sheer mechanical fitting of the buildings

and clouds — exhibit the artist’s craftsmanship.

No young Hungarian artist ever proved more appreciative of all this

enviable training lavished on his behalf, nor more diligent in his

study. But a seed of restlessness had been planted. Prior to entering

Budapest University, Petrovics joined the staff of the National Museum

and became responsible for exhibiting collections from all over the

world. Later he traveled through Greece and Turkey, experiencing the

achievements of Phidias and the great classicists. "Suddenly,

I became aware that so much more was out there," he says. "The

Greeks were just amazing — ideal. I wanted to find the very best."

After earning his master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, Petrovics

continued to work and gain success in Budapest. Then, with two years

left on his commission, he knew it was time to leave. "It wasn’t

the communism," he states, "actually Hungary was artistically

very liberal. It was just growing small." On a quick trip to America,

Petrovics had been feted and honored by both New York and the tri-state

art community. Certain Rutgers professors had assured him a lucrative

position in teaching. America seemed right, but risky.

His announcement of his intention to leave Hungary totally astounded

his wife, Judith. She tried to persuade him that his homeland had

laid carpets at his feet; he had security, success, even a small,

growing kernel of fame. But Joseph was persistent, and in 1988 the

Petrovics landed in America. Instantly, the jobs and promises evaporated

and the family found themselves living in the refurbished barns of

art entrepreneur and foundry owner Alexander Ettl on his Princeton

farm. Ettl had turned the farm into a small artists’ colony where

Joseph, Judith, and their two daughters were crammed with other artistic

families into tight, but homey quarters.

Petrovics earned money with several realistic portraits, including

a 37-foot statue of the Iwo Jim flag raising, commissioned by the

Veterans of Iwo Jima. (Petrovics used the same scene and poses shown

in Joseph Rosenthal’s famous photo, but unlike the crescent-shaped

sculpture created from the photo in l954 by Felix de Weldon for Arlington

cemetery, Petrovics made his scene into a dynamic wedge-shaped profile.)

In between commissions, Petrovics devoted his mind and chisel to the

Skyscraper Series and other personal works.

Slowly the artist and his works winched their way into the limelight.

In 1992, when Ettl died, Petrovics bought a Blawenburg home and studio

that overlooks a broad sweep of sloping farmfield. In this setting,

he continues to invent his interplay of natural spaces. The Newington

Cropsey Foundation became impressed with both the art and the artist.

They hired him to instruct the best and the brightest young sculptors

from the Pratt Institute and other top schools. He still maintains

this job, commuting to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where in two

days, he crams over 30 hours of instruction. The rest of the week

he sets aside for designing his own tools and employing them to sculpt

his personal creations.

Petrovics’ works are critically acclaimed and sales, while not brisk,

are substantial. Yet the New York art scene remains as cutthroat as

its stock market. Back in 2000, Petrovics displayed his work to famed

architect Frank O. Gehry. Gehry seemed particularly fascinated with

the skyscraper works currently displayed at the Hungarian Foundation

Museum. Then in 2001, Petrovics happened upon Gehry’s plans for the

Guggenheim Foundation’s refurbishing of its Manhattan landmark museum.

Beneath a label of "Skyscraper Shrouded in Clouds," stood

what the artist considers a grandiose imitation of his work. "He

not only stole the figures," notes Petrovics, "but he took

the title and then had the nerve to exhibit his as `Inspiration.’"

Petrovics’ only satisfaction came when the Gehry plan was turned down.

After September 11, 2001, when New York and its skyline crashed, Petrovics,

like so many of his colleagues, found creation impossible. He spent

much of the year, perhaps tellingly, building a magnificent stone

wall across the front of his Blawenburg property where it meets Route

518. Today, his gradual transition out of the slump can be witnessed

in that part of the museum exhibit entitled "Colliding Skyscrapers."

These smaller, mostly stone pieces display both abstractly and in

harsh realistic imagery the fragility of our monuments and ourselves.

It’s noteworthy that most of the handsome, horizontal bands of clouds,

remain similar to the artist’s pre-9/11 works, suggesting the continuity

of nature in the face of destruction.

Rather than misguided Babels striving heavenward, Petrovics sees skyscrapers

as our culture’s pyramids. "They are our time’s greatest structures,"

he says, "symbolic of all our greatest aspirations and achievements.

They inspire celebration in art, blending both spiritually and physically

with nature."

It is said that when artists dream, they dream of money. And had Petrovics

stayed in Budapest, he probably would have had plenty, at least by

Hungarian standards. Certainly his fame would have been assured. Yet

for this sculptor, America has proved an unqualified success. His

two days teaching in New York allow him a five-day week of total creative

freedom in his home studio that could never have been found elsewhere.

It is that absolutely pure life of his childhood regained.

Both Joseph and Judith Petrovics nod their heads in agreement. Never

would he have created nearly as great a body of work had the sculptor

stayed in his native land. Petrovics has fulfilled that American dream

— freedom to pursue happiness and build as much as your talent

allows. Both his story and his works pay proud homage to his adopted


Joseph Petrovics, American Hungarian Foundation Museum,

300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777.

"Homage to the Skyscrapers," on view to November 9. $5 suggested

donation. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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New Brunswick’s Gallery Gem

Set off from New Brunswick’s better-known artistic centers,

the American Hungarian Foundation is a gem not to be missed. Located

at 300 Somerset Street, several blocks south of the Robert Wood Johnson

Hospital complex, it offers that rare advantage in this town —

its own free parking, located in back, just off Bethany Street. The

main museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The non-profit requests a $5 donation. 732-846-5777.

In addition to a colorful permanent collection, curator Patricia Fazekas

rotates a series of temporary art exhibits that make a delightful

afternoon’s visit for both art connoisseurs and the entire family.

Currently, in addition to Joseph Petrovics’ "Homage to the Skyscrapers"

exhibition, visitors will find a haunting series of Stephen Spinder

photographs, "Through My Lens: Budapest and Transylvania."

Both exhibits remain on view through Sunday, November 9. The foundation’s

mission is to promote the works of native-born Hungarians who have

emigrated and created in America. Yet they occasionally bend policy

a bit for such as Spinder, who loves the country, but has no Hungarian

blood. Opening Sunday, December 7, the museum will display its annual

Festival of Trees displaying Christmas trees trimmed with ethnic decorations

from all cultures.

Upstairs is a fascinating, 17,000 volume research library with books

in both Hungarian and English, along with an equally massive archive.

The collection is linked with the Rutgers University Library database

and provides an excellent launch point for scholars or genealogy seekers.

Invited to browse the rare books, I found to my delight a huge folio

volume comprising a mile-by-mile description of the Danube river from

the 17th century.

Since its birth in 1954, the American Hungarian Foundation has remained

vigorously promoted and governed by its founder, the American-Hungarian

scholar August J. Molnar. Molnar studied at Elmhurst College in Illinois

under Barbabus Dienes in the 1940s. Dienes planted the seed for expanding

Hungarian studies in this country. "Here we strive to bring forth

older traditions that may be forgotten or new ones that may be bypassed,"

says Molnar. Dedicated primarily to art, music, and the sciences,

the foundation is rooted in academe. One of its major efforts is to

promote Hungarian studies at a graduate level throughout American


Yet the society descends very willingly into the realm of fun and

celebration. While talking with Molnar, a call came in. He nodded

for a few moments and hung up. "Good," he announced. "Laszlo

Ispanky, the sculptor from Hopewell, is friends with Burt Reynolds,

that actor. Well, we will be getting him for our next show." Apparently

even scholarship can be served by a touch of show biz glitz.

— Bart Jackson

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Art in Town

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, 650 Great

Road, 609-924-6700. "Maine Land Paintings" by Robert W. Starkey

featuring large oils capturing the colors of the seasons found in

the state of Maine. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To

November 13.

Hills Gallery, 195 Nassau Street, 609-252-0909. Month-long

exhibition of Oriental Art with original art, limited-edition prints,

and shadow boxes in styles from traditional to contemporary. Open

Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To October 31.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit

that explores lost businesses and houses. The historic house also

houses a long-term exhibition about Princeton history highlighting

the Native American occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton

in the 19th and 20th centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday,

noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Williams Gallery, 6 Olden Lane, 609-921-1142. "Travels

to Distant Locations: The Art and Artists of Australia, the Netherlands,

and Japan" features limited edition prints by Rolf Weijburg, Susumu

Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi, Joerg Schmisser, and Yoshikatsu Tamekane.

By appointment through October 31.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, McCosh 50, 609-258-3788.

"The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art"

features more than 100 Centaurs, Satyrs, Sphinxes, Sirens, Gorgons,

and other fantastic creatures in ceramic, stone, bronze, gold, and

terracotta. Curated by classicist Michael Padgett, the exhibition

explores the role of the "human animal" in early Greek art.

Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the exhibit will travel to

the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, next year. To January 11. 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. Free admission.

Also "Aaron Siskind at 100," photography show on view to November

11. "Stranger Than Fiction: 19th-Century Photographs from the

Permanent Collection;" to December 8. Also "The Book of Kings:

Art, War, and the Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible," exhibiting

the greatest illuminated French manuscript of the 13th century. To

June 6.

"The Italian Renaissance City: Selections from Princeton University

Collections," with rare books and maps that highlight aspects

of the city that fascinated Renaissance artists and architects. A

symposium is planned in conjunction with the show; to January 11.

Also "The Arts of Asia: Works in the Permanent Collection"

and "Recent Acquisitions in Asian Art: 1998 to 2003," both

shows to January 6.

Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, 609-258-1651. "Humanity in Action: Resistance and Rescue

in Demark," a show by photographer Judy Ellis Glickman whose focus

is the rescue of Danish Jewry during World War II. Gallery is open

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 6.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-1148.

"Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children’s

Library." To October 26.

Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square, 33 Livingston Avenue,

New Brunswick, 732-932-2222. "Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus,

Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972," a

show that traces the early years of avant-garde artmaking based at

Rutgers organized by faculty member Geoffrey Hendricks, a founding

member of Fluxus. Closing reception is Saturday, November 1, from

5 to 8 p.m., for the show that runs to November 5. Show is open Monday

through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Art by the River

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804.

Annual Fall Exhibition featuring landscape paintings by Albert L.

Bross Jr., Harriet Ermentrout, and Mike Filipiak. Gallery hours are

Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 16.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

"Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle," group show

celebrating the gallery’s three-year anniversary in New Hope.The benefit

exhibition features 18th, 19th and 20th century oils and watercolors

by Pennsylvania painters including Daniel Garber, N.C. Wyeth, Robert

Spencer, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, Cora Brooks, and others.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the James A. Michener

Art Museum in New Hope. To November 16.

The exhibition chronicles a collection of paintings spanning over

two centuries of works by Pennsylvania painters, from Thomas Sully,

Hermann Herzog, and William Lathrop to Harry Leith-Ross, Peter Cook,

and Joseph Crilley. Paul Gratz, owner and head-conservator of Gratz

Gallery, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where

he gained his interest in painters from the Academy and has been collecting

work by Pennsylvania artists ever since.

Image Makers Art Gallery of Stars, 12 West Mechanic Street,

New Hope, 215-862-4858. "Annie Haslam: Dream Expressionist,"

art by the former lead singer of the English classic rock band Renaissance.

To October 19.

Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly

Street, 609-397-0275. "Narration of Boundaries," an exhibit

of paintings and drawings by Brooke Schmidt, a student at Tyler School

of Art. Her works focus on memory and intuition, reminding us, without

telling, a complete story. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,

1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 7.

New Hope Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Union Square, West

Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Sculpture exhibition features

the outdoor installation of seven large-scale works at sites around

town. Host sites include Union Square, New Hope Solebury Library,

the Wedgwood Inn, New Hope Historical Society, Golden Door Gallery,

and New Hope Mule Barge. On view to Spring 2004.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. "Only

Human," an exhibition featuring works by figurative artists Frances

Heinrich, Charles Kumnick, Pat Feeney Murrell, and Susan Wilson. Each

artists employs a different set of materials and techniques to explore

the human form and the frailty and resilience of human nature. Gallery

hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 28.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

Ellarslie 25th season anniversary show features photography by Ricardo

Barros, Phil McAuliffe, and G. Fredrick Morante. Open Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 9.

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

Sculpture and paintings by Ayama Aoyama. Open Monday to Thursday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 30.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Outdoors, the Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic

Arts Building, "Amazing Animal Exposition" features works

by Botero, Butterfield, Grausman, Otterness, Petersen, and Woytuk;

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition;

both shows to April 18. Also "In Search of the Other in the Extraordinary,"

photography by Bryan Grigsby, to January 4.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round;

Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $5 Tuesday to Thursday;

$8 Friday and Saturday; and $12 on Sunday. Individual memberships

start at $70.

The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.

"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the

Old Barracks," a new display in the exhibit gallery 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.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "The Fascination of Sun and Shore: Impressionist

Painters of the Jersey Shore, 1870-1940." Curated by Roy Pedersen,

the show features works by 30 artists, members of two successive generations

who made contributions to the uniquely American brand of Impressionism.

Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1

to 5 p.m. To December 7.

Johnson & Johnson, Administration Building Atrium, Grandview

Road, Skillman, 732-524-6957. Photographs by members of the Princeton

Photography Club are on view in the Atrium of the Administration Building

through January, 2004. Open by appointment only, Monday to Friday,

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Area Museums

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

609-292-6464. "George Tice: Urban Landscapes," an exhibit

spanning the career of the photographer who has been working in urban

and suburban New Jersey since 1967. Tice’s photographs are in many

major collections and he is the author of 12 books, including the

now-classic "Urban Landscapes" of 1975, just re-issued in

a new edition. Show runs to November 30. Open Tuesday to Saturday,

9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and

state holidays. Www.newjerseystatemu

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Stephen Spinder: Through My Lens,

Budapest and Transylvania," a collection of photographs of the

Gothic spires and neo-classical facades of Budapest. Also "Homage

to the Skyscrapers," an exhibition of sculpture by Blawenburg

artist Joseph Petrovics. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Both shows to November 9.

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

908-735-8415. "Correspondences: Poetry and Contemporary Art."

Also "Sally Spofford: Ceremonial Vessels and Ritual Objects."

Artists panel, November 2, 2 to 4 p.m. Museum hours are Tuesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 4.

"Correspondences" artists and poets include Nancy Cohen, Edwin

Torres, Jamie Fuller, Laurie Sheck, Diana Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Pablo

Neruda, Gerald Stern, Robert Mahon, Sheba Sharrow, and others. @LT

= Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, George and Hamilton

streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "Vivat, St. Petersburg!

Images of the City and its Citizens from the George Riabov Collection

of Russian Art." Show celebrates the 300th anniversary of the

city’s founding with rare prints and watercolors. On view to February

1. 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.

Area Galleries

Bordentown Gallery, 204 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-5556. A new gallery in Historic Bordentown City owned by John

and Nina Schroeder. Schroeder, a retiree from the Trenton Police Department,

and his wife have been collecting art for more than 25 years. The

gallery carries traditional landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes

as well as limited-edition prints by featured artists who include

watercolorist Phil Aklonis, painter Gerald Lubeck, and folk artist

Nancy Lubeck. Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday until

8 p.m.

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

Two photography shows: "Glimpses of Brazil" by James Hilgendorf,

and "The Mundane as Art" by Stan Cohen. Gallery hours are

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. To November


Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.

Oil paintings by Betty Dickson. To October 25.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman,

609-921-3272. Garden State Watercolor Society juried exhibition selected

by Domenic DiStefano and Siv Spurgeon. Opening reception is Saturday,

October 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., for the show that runs to November 2.

The center is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays

from 1 to 4 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.

Shared show features landscape and cityscape paintings by Christine

Lafuente and David Shevlino. Lafuente lives in Brooklyn and paints

views from the rooftops as well as rural New Jersey; Shevlino captures

the quiet of Maine and the motion of Manhattan. Gallery is open Tuesday

through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To October 31.

South Brunswick Arts Commission, Wetherill Historic Site,

269 Georges Road, South Brunswick, 732-524-3350. "Show Us Your

Face: An Exhibit of Portraiture," featuring works by 21 area artists,

and curated by Joan Arbeiter. Exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays,

from 1 to 4 p.m., through October 26.

Washington Township Arts Council, Washington Township

Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502.

Fifth annual art exhibit, juried by artist Marge Chavooshian. Exhibit

is on display Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To October


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<B>Omicron Theater Productions seeks actors, male

and female, for speaking and non-speaking parts. Auditions by appointment

October 10 to 30. Back stage hands will be trained. Call 609-443-5598.

Trenton Film Society and Passage Theater will hold acting

seminars on Saturday, October 25, at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205

East Front Street, Trenton. "The Business Side of Acting"

takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and "Audition for the

Job" is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Both seminars are geared toward non-minors

and both working and novice actors. Panelists include Diane Heery,

Heery Casting; Kendall Chambers, Screen Actors Guild; and June

Ballinger, Passage Theater. Although auditions will not be held,

attendees are invited to bring headshots for the panelists. Tickets

are $15 for both seminars. Purchase at Passage Theater or call 609-396-6966.

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Call for Entries

The College of New Jersey seeks entries for the National

Drawing ’04 and the Mercer County Photography Exhibition. Pieces for

the photography exhibition must be hand delivered to the art gallery

from November 16 to 23. Call for times. Artists must live, work, or

attend school in Mercer County. Entry forms and slides of work for

the drawing contest must be received by November 28. For prospectus

call 609-771-2633.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center hosts the Fourth Annual

Young Artist Talent Search. Applications are available at

or call 973-353-8009. The weekend event, held in March, gives young

people opportunities to audition for more than 225 openings in arts

training programs and scholarships. Applications received before January

1 without a charge. Final applications must be postmarked by March

1, 2004.

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Participate Please

The Cloak & Dagger, mystery bookshop in Princeton located

at 349 Nassau Street, is sponsoring a "Kids Love a Mystery"

celebration. Readers will be rewarded for reading mystery books. Sign

up is free and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, November 1.

E.M. Adams Gallery hosts a Canine Casting Call on Saturday,

October 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Lambertville artist Ed Adams will portray

selected canine models in an art exhibit opening in January. The gallery

is located at 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope. Call 215-862-5667.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra offers free concert tickets

to people with visual impairment. The ticket offer is valid for all

eight venues including Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, the War

Memorial in Trenton, and the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

Call Mark Heimerdinger at 973-624-3713.

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Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation seeks volunteers

to assist at its the annual gourmet gala, scheduled for April 2004.

Princeton’s Taste of the Nation is part of the largest nationwide

benefit to fight hunger and last year raised over $60,000 for local

and national hunger projects. The Taste of the Nation Committee is

looking for help with corporate fundraising, auctions, communications,

publicity, accounting, and organizing the event. Call 609-924-3663.

Bucks County Audubon seeks "Adopt a Highway" volunteers

to clean up litter on River Road in Upper Makefield Township on Sunday,

October 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, call 215-297-5880.

Trenton High School seeks volunteer writing coaches for

its Writers’ Room Program that supports student writing through its

corps of volunteer writing coaches. Training programs are provided

to help volunteers become writing coaches. The only requirement is

an appreciation of reading and writing. Writing coaches work with

students in the classroom and in the computer-outfitted Writers’ Room

dedicated to the advancement of writing proficiency. Coaches are assigned

to particular classrooms and work with students on essays, reports,

and journals. They work collaboratively with classroom teachers to

maximize the effectiveness of the effort. For more information call

Mea Kaemmerlen, Writers’ Room Coordinator, at 609-989-2485.

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Central New Jersey Boy Scouts of America seeks uniforms

for new scouts and scouters. Deliver to the CNJ office, 4315 Route

1, South Brunswick, or call Denise Halpin at 732-656-045

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