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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the November 20, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Magical Glow at Grounds For Sculpture

Glowing glass forms inside and outside the window-walls

light the gray day, reflecting vibrant colors in organic shapes. The

amazing glow is from one exhibit: "Dale Chihuly 2002" at Grounds

for Sculpture, Hamilton. On view through April 6, 2003, the exhibition

made a dramatic entrance on a dark and stormy October afternoon. Imagine

how it looks every night.

The sculpture park’s museum building is devoted to Chihuly’s groundbreaking

— such a heavy word for glass objects! — pieces, many in groupings,

that range from sheer glass "baskets" with glass objects inside,

and tall, red, reed-like structures to massive chandeliers with Medusa-like

curls of multi-colored blown glass.

Chihuly has conceived for his medium a rare elasticity; the exuberant,

wildly colorful, free form-seeming results of his vision give the

lie to the reputation of glass as rigid or brittle. It is as if these

pieces were molded in silly putty or some other pliant, brilliant-hued

material, and only then — shazam! — turned into glass.

A wooden rowboat overflows with organic squiggles and tendrils and

bubbles of glass — each a different color. They hang and dangle

and curl from the boat in a calculated chaos. Personification rules:

this is a life boat overflowing with survivors both lively and beautiful,

tumbling all over themselves and one another to reach safety.

From the ceiling, a Chihuly chandelier, its elements highlighted with

gold and silver leaf, makes a giant festive pendant. Each piece can

be removed from its stainless steel armature for travel; they arrived

at Grounds for Sculpture in hundreds of boxes. Another chandelier,

this one an asymmetrical mix of teal, citron, and amber hues, hangs

over the mezzanine, dangling a looping turquoise tail. All blown glass,


A "sculptural chandelier" rises about 12 feet from the floor,

in twists and curls of lime green, yellow, orange, opaque red. Standing

inside, it is echoed by related parts anchored in the fish pond outside

the window. From either side, one part complements the other.

"Gilded Poppy Red Ikebana with Green Stem and Eggplant Frogfoot."

It sounds almost like a chi-chi restaurant entre, though this is more

delicious: a five-foot tall blown glass sculpture of two flowers in

a vase, handily beating out the other ikebana arrangements on view.

Sorry about that, "Supreme Yellow Ikebana with Brilliant Blue


Chihuly’s work is said to be "really about light" and its

interaction with color. Fancy, then, the windowed-end of the museum

covered with huge exotic flowers, striated and jewel-toned — a

"Persian Window" custom-designed for Grounds for Sculpture.

A 17-foot high chandelier comprising spheres in all sizes and hues

is the show’s only sculpture not made of blown glass; it’s an experimental

plastic material that allowed Chihuly to capitalize on its properties.

The walls of the museum’s internal column are covered with the artist’s

"drawings": vivid acrylic paintings on paper. Separately produced,

they’re hung abutting one another in a dazzling mosaic of design and

color — all unmistakably springing from the same spirited source

as the glass pieces, and often serving as guidelines for them.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly studied at the universities

of Washington and Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design,

where he also started the glass program and taught. A Fulbright Fellowship

allowed study in Venice, and in the early 70s, he co-founded Pilchuck

Glass School in Washington State.

He works in series, with pieces often grouped — in "Macchia

(spotted) Forest," for instance, a stand of furl-edged flowers,

or vessels, or flower-vessels flourishes along one side of the building.

Some are large enough for a child to sit in, and their interior and

exterior colors contrast wonderfully.

Study and projects abroad have added to Chihuly’s glass-blowing

repertoire, and some of the work on view at Grounds for Sculpture

comes from them — the "Jerusalem Cylinders," are described

as a technical feat because it took a half dozen people exerting "just

the right pressure, just long enough" to attach solid glass rocks

to them. "Red Reeds" reflects things Chihuly learned while

in Venice, and "The Boat" drew on experiences in Finland.

Starting with the website,, it’s easy to learn

about the artist; there are videos and DVDs out there, too. Positive

stories about Chihuly as "consummate teacher and mentor" abound.

Phillip Bruno, of Marlborough Gallery New York, describes the artist’s

Seattle studio as "a Renaissance factory of creativity."

More compelling than either myth or reality is the work itself. See

the exhibition — and don’t worry if it’s dark or stormy when you

arrive: "Dale Chihuly 2002" generates its own light.

— Pat Summers

Dale Chihuly 2002, Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds

Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. Solo museum show continues to April

6. Videos about Chihuly and his work run continuously in the Domestic

Arts building. Also in the Domestic Arts Building, work by winners

of 2002 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture

Award, to January 10.

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

is Members Day. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7

Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Memberships start at $55.

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Art in Town

CG Gallery Ltd, 10 Chambers Street, 609-683-1988. "New

Visions" group show by area and international artists features

Pedro Rodriguez. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and

by appointment. To November 30.

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. Exhibition

of decorative and functional weavings by Princeton artist Armando

Sosa. A native of Salcaja, Guatemala, Sosa weaves his dreams on handmade

looms creating scenes of soccer games, bullfights, and kite flying.

Open by appointment, show runs to December 20.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton

and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition on the history

and creation of the canal, the life of death of its workers, and recent

environmental and preservation issues. Tuesday to Sunday, noon to

4 p.m. Show runs to March.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

"One World, One Love," a vibrant show of art, crafts, and

jewelry featuring work by two area artists: ceramics by Erica Barton

Haba and glass art by Ed Steckley. Also on exhibit, hand-painted Haitian

silk, paintings, ceramics, and other arts from the Caribbean. Open

Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. To December


Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jorge Armenteros, owner of Little Taste of Cuba, introduces "Artista

Cuba," an exhibition of contemporary Cuban folk art presented

on the walls of Triumph. Show is on view through December.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Prints, Paintings and Progression," group exhibit

by Bette Baer, Laura Blasenheim, Merle Citron, John Marcus, Lola Wykoff,

and others. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday

1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 22.

Artsbridge, Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-773-0881. November group show by Robert Allen, Connie Campbell,

Sheila Coutin, Wendy Gordon, Daniele Newbold, Jeane Nielsen, Nancy

Shelly, and Sandra Young. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

To December 1.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588.

Shared show of works by artists Peter Petraglia and Leonard Restiva

featuring an eclectic blend of realistic, impressionistic, and abstract

paintings. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m. To December 1.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992.

"Another Woman’s Dream," a group show of works by Stacie Speer

Scott, Kim Robertson, and Angela Del Vecchio. Open Thursday to Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To December 2.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Holiday invitational show of gallery artists including

Ed Baumlin, Ed Bronstein, W. Carl Burger, Christian Corey, Nessa Grainger,

Carol Ross, Rhoda Yanow, and Frank Zuccarelli. Open Wednesday & Thursday,

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

noon to 5 p.m. To January 30.

Studio 233, 233 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0818.

Recent paintings by Ellie Wyeth Fox and ceramic work by the gallery’s

resident artist Jim Webb. Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. To December 22.

Travis Gallery, 6089 Route 202, New Hope, 215-794-3903.

"A Celebration: Our Land and Its Bounty," a one-man show of

watercolors by Don Patterson. The artist has been elected to the American

Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and is an honorary

life member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Open Tuesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. To November


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Art In Trenton

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4023. In the main lobby gallery, watercolors, photographs,

and hand-painted prints by Deborah Paglione. Always open. To November


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

Bronze sculptures by LaRue Harding. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To December 12.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"

recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian

Americans who emigrated to the U.S. between 1920 and 1957. Museum

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

4 p.m. $5 donation. To April.

Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway,

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.

On view to May 30.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-3030. National touring exhibit, "Preserving Memory: America’s

Monumental Legacy," telling the stories behind America’s outdoor


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

"Robert Sakson: Alone at Last," a solo show by Trenton’s gifted

watercolor artist, part of the Trenton art scene for over 40 years. Museum

hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to

4 p.m. To January 5.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Earth, River, and Light: Masterworks of Pennsylvania

Impressionism," an exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionists’

works. The touring show is accompanied by a new study of Pennsylvania

Impressionism by Brian Peterson; to December 29.

Also "The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan and Jan

Berenstain," the storybook authors’ first museum retrospective

to January 12. Special admission $10 adult; $7 child.

Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m. Regular admission:

$6 adult; $3 child.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and

Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing

Face of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey

barns and farmlands. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.

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

609-292-6464. "100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints," an exhibition

celebrating 15 years of the New Jersey Print and Paper fellows program

at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (RCIPP). Judith

Brodsky, Rutgers professor emerita, is founding director of RCIPP

which is currently directed by Lynne Allen. Museum hours are Tuesday

to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To January


New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225

West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:

Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural

History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,

to January 5, 2003.

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Campus Arts

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

in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection,"

an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. To January 12.

Also "Beyond the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to

January 5. "Lewis Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an

exhibition of recently acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz;

to January 19. "Earth’s Beauty Revealed: The 19th-Century European

Landscape;" to January 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2


Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, Robertson Hall, 609-258-1651. "After September 11,"

an exhibition of work by Robert Beck, Eleanor Burnette, Thom Cooney

Crawford, Alan Goldstein, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Amy Kosh, Ken

McIndoe, Barbara Osterman, Margaret Rosen, Ludvic Saleh, Sheba Sharrow,

and Madelaine Shellaby. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To

December 1.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, Ewing,

609-771-2198. "A Painting for Over the Sofa (that isn’t really

a painting)," an invitational exhibition curated by the Bernice

Steinbaum Gallery. Artists represented by paintings and inflatable

sofas include Louise Bourgeois, Rico Gatson, Hung Lui, Pepon Osorio,

Miriam Schapiro, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Deborah Willis. Monday

to Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

3 p.m. To December 11.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Mountain Tops," an exhibition

of miniature landscape sculptures of natural stones and sand by William

Brower, poet, sculptor, and seminary faculty member emeritus. Gallery

hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to

8 p.m. To November 30.

Raritan Valley College Art Gallery, North Branch, 908-218-8876.

Faculty Group Show by 26 faculty members in painting, ceramics, photography,

sculpture, graphic design, drawing, and video. Open Monday 3 to 8

p.m.; Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursday,

noon to 3 p.m. To November 21.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Lawrenceville,

609-895-5589. "This and That: The Art of Michael Ramus," a

retrospective show featuring the paintings, drawings, and illustrations

of the Princeton-based artist. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to

7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To December 17.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Paul Signac: A

Collection of Watercolors and Drawings"; to January 19. "Russian

Cover Design, 1920s to 1930s: The Graphic Face of the Post-Revolutionary

and Stalinist Periods"; to March 30. "Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne,"

celebrating the accomplishments of the key figure (1885 to 1979) in

the development of 20th-century abstraction; to December 28.

Also "Yurii Dyshlenko: Abstraction, Modernity, and Mass Media;"

to January 12. "The National Association of Women Artists Collection

at Rutgers," to December 8. "Ben Shahn: The Rilke Portfolio,"

to December 31. Museum hours are Tuesday through 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; and free

on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art in the Workplace

Doral Forrestal, 100 College Road East, Plainsboro, 609-452-7800.

Watercolorists Unlimited group show through January. members include

Donna Senopoulos, Betty Donovan, Miriam Friend, Harriet Kaftanic,

Virginia Hopkins, and Joan Quackenbush.

Gallery at Bristol-Myers

Squibb , Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275. "Up the River,

Now" an exhibition of works by contemporary painters in

the Delaware Valley area. Artists include Elizabeth Augenblick, Joseph

Barrett, Robert Beck, Malcolm Bray, Tom Chesar, Anne Cooper Dobbins,

Suzanne Douglass, Evelyn Faherty, and James Feehan. Open Monday to

Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To December


Area Galleries

Abud Family Foundation for the Arts, 3100 Princeton Pike,

Building 4 Suite J, Lawrenceville, 609-896-0732. The Abud Family

Foundation for the Arts, established to promote Ibero-American art

in various forms, inaugurates its gallery program with a solo show

featuring 24 paintings by Spanish artist Juan Manuel Fuentes. Show

runs to November 24. Gallery is open to the public by appointment,

Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3


Artful Deposit Gallery, 1 Church Street, Allentown, 609-259-3234.

New works by Bill Giacalone. Open Wednesday through Sunday and evenings

by appointment. To December 1.

Artful Deposit Gallery, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Group show by new gallery artists Eugene Maziarz, Joe

Kassa, and Ed DeWitt. Open Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m..

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To December 15.

Holroyd Gallery, 35 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0556.

In the Broad Street Antiques Center, a gallery featuring the oil,

pastel, and watercolor paintings of Olga Holroyd. Open Wednesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

"Sky Flowers," paintings by Hartini Gibson. Open Tuesday to

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To December


Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Annual Juried show selected by Sam Hunter, professor

emeritus, Princeton University. Award winners are Gilda Aronovic,

Carol Hanson, Anita Benarde, and Connie Gray. In the Upstairs Gallery,

"Oil and Water," an exhibit of watercolors and oils by Diana

Wilkoc Patton and Larraine C. Williams. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

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

"Recent Paintings" by Stephen Kennedy. Apprenticed to internationally-known

Nelson Shanks during the 1970s, the Fort Washington artist is best

known for his commissioned portraits. Gallery is open Wednesday to

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 30.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. Annual juried members show featuring

award winners Erena Roe, Gary Briechle, and Liz Mitchell. Juror was

Barbara Madsen of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Gallery

hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1

to 4 p.m. To January 18.

Triangle Art Center Gallery, Route 1 and Darrah Lane,

Lawrenceville, 609-296-0334. Garden State Watercolor Society sixth

annual Associate Member Juried Exhibition, judged by Betty Stroppel

and Ed Baumlin. To November 22.

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