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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the October 18, 2000

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Meet the Mighty `Mutts’

From the self-important way Earl barks at the FedEx

man, you would think he was famous. His New Jersey house-mate, the

rising comic strip star Patrick McDonnell, sounds like a much more

humble fellow. And although this is supposed to be Patrick’s phone

interview, the little dog chimes in with a high-pitched

bark-bark-bark.

"Sorry, you’re going to hear a lot of barking," says the

soft-spoken

artist apologetically. "You’ve hit mail time at the McDonnell

house."

Although McDonnell’s well-loved strip "Mutts" is a relative

newcomer to the comic pages — it has only been around since 1994

— he has already won the National Cartoonists Society’s highest

honor, the Reuben Award. Industry awards and accolades have their

place, of course, but for real proof of "Mutts" success, look

elsewhere — on desks, bulletin boards, and refrigerators around

the nation, in Europe, and Japan.

McDonnell will meet area readers and sign copies of "Our

Mutts,"

his fifth comic collection (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2000,

$9.95), at Barnes & Noble in North Brunswick, on Saturday, October

21, at 2 p.m. Recognized for work to help raise awareness of the

plight

of homeless pets, McDonnell has invited Petfinder.com to share the

event. The New Jersey-based business that runs a national Internet

directory of homeless pets will be on hand, with a laptop computer,

to help match needy shelter pets with good homes.

For those who have yet to become acquainted with McDonnell’s

"Mutts,"

Earl the dog lives with (and adores) the dark haired, mustachioed

Ozzie (who looks a bit like McDonnell’s press picture). Earl’s friend

and neighbor, Mooch the cat, who speaks with a comical lisp, lives

with (and tolerates) Millie and Frank (also known as

"whats-his-name").

Unlike most comic strip animal characters, McDonnell’s "Mutts"

get their charm from acting more like pets than people. Neither Earl

nor Mooch aspire to be human — with lives that revolve around

eating and sleeping, they know full well how sweet it is.

"Mutts" also features two outsize outdoor pets, Sourpuss,

a big tomcat, and Guard Dog, a big bull terrier condemned to life

on a chain. Among the occasional visitors is Shtinky, the little

orphaned

tiger-striped cat, who has singlehandedly tried to save endangered

tigers. Once or twice a year McDonnell writes a series of "Shelter

Stories" to encourage readers to take in a homeless pets.

The original Earl who has never come to terms with the mail man is

a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier. A more recent addition to the

McDonnell household, Meemow the cat, was rescued from a parking garage

as a feral kitten. "We had Earl for nine years before we brought

a cat into the house. It’s been three years now and he still hasn’t

got used to it," says McDonnell.

But he doesn’t want to overstate the problem. Of course cats and dogs

can live together happily, he insists. "It’s just that Earl gets

unbearably jealousy if I show Meemow any affection whatsoever."

Meemow maintains his silence throughout the interview.

McDonnell’s strip is just six years old, but he fixed on his vocation

at the tender age of four. "When I was four years old, I knew

I wanted to be a cartoonist," he says. "I grew up in the early

’60s and I was totally immersed and in love with `Peanuts’ — it

was love at first sight. We also had Walt Kelly and Jules Feiffer

books in the house. I can remember poring over them and not be able

to read the words. Cartoons probably helped me to learn to read

too."

This pattern is not so rare. "At the cartoonist society’s annual

meeting two years ago, 10 of us did an online chat and we were asked,

When did you know you wanted to be a cartoonist? Every single one

of us replied four or five years old," says McDonnell. His hero

Charles Schulz is in this category too.

"If I had had any idea how hard it was when I was four years old,

I would have changed my dream," McDonnell adds (but you can tell

he’s joking). "One of the first questions I asked Charles Schulz

when I finally got to meet him was, `Does it get any easier?’ He

answered

right away: No."

"Charles Schulz was always disappointed that comic strips in

America

were considered below burlesque," says McDonnell. "But it’s

like jazz, American doesn’t embrace its own art forms that well. For

me I’m fascinated by the medium. I like the newspaper strip, the haiku

of four little panels. You have to get down to its essence real

quick."

Schulz’s Snoopy is a dog we have come to know as smart and literate,

prone to fantasies about his life as a World War I flying ace. And

there are no cats to be found in "Peanuts." McDonnell’s Earl,

on the other hand, is all dog. He’s not exactly dumb, but once Mooch

arrived on the scene, Earl’s doggy intelligence can seem, shall we

say, limited. In one strip, Earl is a little outraged that Mooch shows

no remorse after breaking a vase. Mooch invites Earl to demonstrate

some doggy cringing; it’s so effective, Earl gets the blame.

McDonnell thrives on comics, both contemporary and historic. He names

as his strongest influences Schulz’s "Peanuts," E.C. Segar

of "Popeye" (and Olive Oyle and Brutus) and George Herriman,

author of the "Krazy Kat" strip that ran from 1911 until

Herriman’s

death in 1944. McDonnell and his wife co-authored the book, "Krazy

Kat: The Art of George Herriman," published by Abrams in 1986,

and still in print.

"One of the things I admired about `Krazy Kat’ was how George

Herriman used to change his title panel," he says. "I always

admired the variety he brought to them. So I did one, then another,

and it was sort of like potato chips — now I’m stuck with it."

McDonnell’s inspired title panels evoke any number of pop culture

icons from pet mug shots to pizza boxes. Some strips employ lots of

words, but some of his best are purely pictorial. "I like when

concepts are funny," he says. "Sometimes in my work, some

of the funnier things happen in the middle of the panel, not at the

end. I like it to be funny in different places. I think the trouble

with many comics today is that they’re nothing more than a set up

for a punch line."

Born in 1956, McDonnell grew up in Edison with two

brothers

and a sister, and continues to live in New Jersey. His parents, now

retired, met at Cooper Union, New York’s prestigious free art school.

His mother became a teacher of fashion design and an assistant

superintendent

of schools, and his father became a beer salesman. A beer salesman?

"A family comes along and sometimes its hard to make a living

at an artist," he says, adding, "you could say they’re

enjoying

my art success more than anybody."

McDonnell’s wife Karen O’Connell works at a computer job ("I don’t

do computers," he notes) and teaches yoga. "Many moons

ago"

they used to be in punk band together, the Steel Tips. "I still

fool around on the drums," he says, "And she sings around

the house."

As a child, McDonnell’s household contained plenty of drawing

materials

and more. "Most important was the encouragement," he says,

"encouragement for my drawings and encouragement to keep drawing.

We had art on refrigerator and plenty other places, too." Today

he has a brother in the music business and one in video. Their sister

is married and raising a family.

McDonnell majored in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in

New York City, graduating in 1978, but concentrated on fine arts

classes

which he found more interesting. "When I was at School of Visual

Arts I took one cartooning class with Will Eisner. But as a kid I

was always doodling and drawing cartoons, in college I was egotistical

enough to think they didn’t have anything to teach me."

When he graduated from SVA, he took his portfolio to two cartoon

syndicates.

"I showed things in my portfolio, but I had such a bad reaction

that I thought maybe I’m not going to be doing comics." Instead

he landed a weekly job with Russell Baker that provided "a weekly

paycheck and great exposure." He kept at it, adding a complement

of magazine jobs, until Baker retired 10 years later.

"The whole time I was doing magazine illustrations, it was like

a comic strip in my head," says McDonnell. "I was using the

same characters in a lot of my illustrations, and sometimes I even

used word balloons." Ten years after his first try, McDonnell

took his portfolio around again and was hired by the King Syndicate.

"As soon as I tried the strip, I felt I was home," says

McDonnell.

Next came the slightly terrifying process of learning on the job.

"This is my sixth year and I feel like I’m just starting to know

what I’m doing."

"The original concept was to have the dog go out and have little

adventures. Then I decided to have him meet a cat, since that’s what

dogs do. But when Mooch came into the strip’s life he never left.

Just like a cat. Mooch is definitely the star" — and, we add

editorially, he knows it.

McDonnell’s line of work, and its relentless deadlines, is constantly

challenging, but not everyone appreciates all that goes into the

popular

art form. "Most people think you sketch those little doodles in

five minutes," he notes, " — and they wonder, What’s your

other job?"

"What’s hard is to look at a white piece of paper and get an idea.

The pressure of the deadline and trying to do your best every day

is hard. I’ve awakened at 3 a.m. with some of my best punch

lines,"

he says.

"I have a bad habit of doing a Sunday page, of loving the concept

of it, but not knowing how it ends. And that’s a dangerous thing to

do, because you may have put in a day’s work of nothing." These

are the times, he says, when putting his subconscious to work on the

problem can pay off.

"When you do it every day, it’s hit or miss. Some days I’m in

the writing mood; other days, it’s like pulling teeth. The longer

stories take longer to write. You’re trying to write a little novel.

I really enjoy doing those."

McDonnell’s Sunday funnies, collected in the book "Mutts

Sundays"

and published last year, have made him especially popular with art

lovers. He has created visual puns and fond tributes to artists from

Matisse and "La Danse" to H.R. Rey of "Curious

George."

Look closely and you may find an Andy Warhol Brillo Box, a pair of

Raphael angels, or a Mondrian abstraction.

Whether or not Americans respect comics in general, comics artist

Charles Schulz became a national hero at the end of his career.

"He deserved it," says McDonnell. "He is true piece of

Americana, right there with Mark Twain and Aaron Copland. He did touch

people’s lives. And what was really sweet about it was that he lived

to see it. The outpouring of affection came when he announced his

retirement, and he got to enjoy it. And not just in America. It’s

amazing how he touched the world. I must have got calls for 10

interviews

after his death, most of them from other countries."

And Schultz did it all without a cat. Take a glance at the funny

papers

these days and you’ll find cats in abundance, from Garfield and

Pickles,

to Robotman’s hairless cat, and Catbert, Dilbert’s evil H.R. director.

Such species imbalance leads inevitably to a nagging, overarching

question: Are cats funnier than dogs?

"I do cats and I do dogs, and I have to contend with both

factions,

so I can’t answer that," says McDonnell with mock caution.

"It’s

a delicate line I’m on. My reply has to be, `No comment.’"

— Nicole Plett

Patrick McDonnell, 732-545-7966. The creator of Mutts

signs copies of his new book, "Our Mutts" (Andrews McMeel,

2000). Petfinder.com will be there to help match shelter pets with

good homes. Free. Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.

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Art On Campus

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

"Surviving

the Photograph," in conjunction with a two-day symposium, Friday

and Saturday, October 20 and 21, in which scholars discuss the

evolution

of the photograph and the modern art world; show continues to November

19. Also: "Material Language: Small-Scale Sculpture after

1950,"

to December 30. "Life at the Fin de Siecle: Lithographs of

Toulouse-Lautrec,"

through October 29. "Dutch Prints in the Golden Age," with

prints by Rembrandt and other Old Masters, to November 5. Tuesday

through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours

every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free.

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

"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections

of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main

exhibition

gallery to November 5.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Niches" by sculptor Thomas

McAnulty,

a contemporary exploration of Biblical subjects. Monday to Friday,

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m.

To November 3.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

609-771-2198.

"Black Box Video Shorts," a show highlighting the present

and future of video art features video artist Pipilotti Rist and her

video installation "Sip My Ocean." The show, which offers

a timeline and text on video art, also features work by Penny Ward,

Judy Lieff, Bonnie Mitchell, Wolfgang Staehle, and Alan Moore. Monday

through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 3 p.m.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Crossing Over:

Computer-Inspired

Art," an exhibit of computer-generated and computer-inspired art

by MCCC faculty members Anne Bobo, Yevgeniy Fiks, and Lou Draper,

and guest artist Kin Plett. Curator is Tricia Fagan. Gallery talk

is Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m., for the show that runs to

November

2. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays from 7 to 9

p.m.; and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,

609-924-8777.

"Citizen Cake," a juried gallery exhibit that is part of the

Fall Festival of Art and Culture. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 20.

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

Children’s

Book Illustrators features six children’s book authors and

illustrators:

Kim Adlerman, Denise Brunkus, Carol Camburn, Deborah Clearman, and

Jill Kastner. To November 11.

Firebird Gallery, 16 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-0775.

The gallery celebrates its move across Witherspoon Street with an

exhibition featuring illustrations by Russian-born artists Andrej

and Olga Dugin from their forthcoming edition of "The Brave Little

Tailor." Now living in Western Europe, the couple is following

in the artistic tradition practiced by their friend and mentor,

Gennady

Spirin. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday,

noon to 4 p.m. To October 29.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings,"

a major exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history,

jointly presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton.

This is the first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish

community, scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th

anniversary.

Topics addressed include early arrivals, family life, social

organizations,

work and business pursuits, religious traditions, and anti-Semitism.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Organic Movement," a solo exhibition of

paintings

by Monica McNulty about visual movement inspired by nature. 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 16.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Complements," a shared show by watercolorist, Gail

Bracegirdle,

and oil painter, Lisa Mahan. Both artists live in Pennsylvania and

both prefer working directly from life in natural light. Gallery hours

are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To November 5.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

Recent paintings by Mike Filipiak whose subjects include scenes of

Maine and Hunterdon County. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the show that runs to October 30.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Annual Fall Exhibition featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and

watercolors

by Charles R. Ross. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Show continues to November 12.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "All Chairs: Designs for 2001 and Beyond," a

show by the architect Matthew Huey. On view, Thursdays through Monday,

noon to 5 p.m., through October 30.

Kevin Kopil Furniture Gallery, 28-B Bridge Street,

Lambertville,

609-397-7887. "Solitudes," an exhibition of paintings and

drawings by the Belgrade-born artist Bojan Valovic. Trained initially

in the Netherlands, the artist graduated from the Rocky Mountain

College

of Art and Design in Denver, before settling in Washington, D.C.,

where he now lives. Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 12.

Phillips’ Mill, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. The

71st Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, a prominent showcase

for art of the region, with $10,000 in awards. This year’s show

received

657 entries from 390 artists living within a 25-mile radius of New

Hope. Jurors were watercolorist Nessa Grainger, printmaker Tony

Rosati,

painter Jill Rupinski, and sculptors Phoebe Adams and Harold

Kimmelman.

Patrons’ Awards go to Behnam Khavaran, Harry Georgeson, and Barry

Snyder. Among the artists also winning prizes are James Feehan,

Charles

McVicker, Betty Curtiss, Tom Chesar, and Ferol Smith. Gallery hours

are Sunday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission

$3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 students. To October 29.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3349. Recent paintings by Bonnie MacLean. A native of

Philadelphia,

MacLean is known for her Filmore rock posters created in the 1960s

when she was married to impresario Bill Graham. In 1972 she moved

back to Bucks County where she now lives with husband Jacques Fabert.

Show runs to October 26. Gallery is open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

except Tuesday.

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

Oil paintings by Anthony Thompson and pastels and watercolors by

Deborah

Camero. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. To November 11.

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Art in the Workplace

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center,

Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. "Drawings and Paintings: From Here and Abroad"

by Marge Chavooshian. The gallery is located on the second floor of

the Student Center. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.;

Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To October 22.

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

609-252-6275. "Winning: Overcoming Obstacles," an exhibit

of art by 12 artists who also teach in New Jersey schools. The show’s

theme is the ability of the human spirit to overcome daily challenges

in all aspects of life. Participating artists include David Bush,

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Mary Vaughan, Andrieta Wright, William

Vandever,

and Catherine Watkins. It is being held in conjunction with the Susan

G. Komen New Jersey Race for the Cure which takes place at the

Bristol-Myers

Squibb headquarters on Sunday, October 29. Gallery hours are Monday

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

November 8.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New

Brunswick,

732-524-6957. Group show by 12 members of the New Jersey Photography

Forum, a non-profit group of professional photographers, photo

educators,

and amateurs, to November 16. Open weekdays by appointment only.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,

609-895-7307. Garden State Watercolor Society Associate Members Show,

the annual exhibition, juried by Gary Snyder of Snyder Fine Art and

Bernice Kisaday Fatto of Watercolorists Unlimited. Open Monday to

Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 26.

Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie Center,

609-799-6706.

"Latino Artists’ Exhibition," a group show featuring Monica

Camin, Dan Fernandez, Carla Hernandez, Maria Lau, Maria de los Angeles

Morales, Miguel Osorio, Christina Pineros, Orlando Reyes, Gloria

Rodriguez,

and Ivan Valencia. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani.

Exhibition

is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To November 3.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

"Improvisational Bridges," an exhibition of paintings, prints

and computer-generated works by former Trenton native Eleanor A.

Magid.

She is a professor at Queens College and has taught for over 30 years.

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

2 to 4 p.m. To November 5.

Magid was born in Ohio, but lived in Trenton and Pennington until

the age of five. Here she was introduced to the wild at the Cadwalader

Park Zoo and the Ellarslie Mansion "Monkey House." When the

family moved to the Morrisville area, Magid says, "It may be due

to a lack of close human neighbors there and then that I formed up

the habit of drawing plants and other woods life, branching out to

fields, farms, and rural waste places with my mother’s help."

Her father was a ceramic engineer for the American Standard

Corporation

and a member of the American Ceramic Association. "Crossing back

and forth to Trenton accounts for other themes that shaped my interior

life and exterior work: An affinity for the river, bridges, bridge

contours, and their invitation to stretch out and find or make

adaptive

or generous links."

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:

"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast

bronze;

"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture."

Show continues to April 8, 2001. 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.

Annual memberships start at $45.

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

609-292-6464. "Click! The Marvelous in American Vernacular

Photography,"

an exhibit of found photographs offering a diversity of American

images

ranging from quirky snapshots to haunting photographic documents.

Curated by Donald Lokuta of Kean University, Robert Yoskowitz of Union

College, and the museum’s assistant curator Margaret O’Reilly, the

show explores how great works of art influenced everyday photography.

To December 31. Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to

4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and state holidays.

Dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the 90 "ordinary

photographs of ordinary people" featured in this exhibition were

found in shoe boxes at flea markets and yard sales or retrieved. Taken

by anonymous photographers, their power may be the result of a lucky

accident or of inspired planning that is reminiscent of such photo

masters as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus. Found

photographs have become a hot new collectible in the art world.

Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21."

"Leonard Baskin, Clarence Carter, Jacob Lawrence, and George

Segal:

New Jersey Remembers," through October 22; "Woven by Tradition

and Design: A Selection of American Indian Weavings, Textiles and

Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum Collections," to December

31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul

J.Stankard,"

to January 7.

On extended view: "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and

Iron;"

"New Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;"

"Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection

of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire; New Jersey

and the Great Ice Age;" "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through

New Jersey’s Piedmont;" "Amber: the Legendary Resin;"

and "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,

609-695-0061. An exhibition of new work by area artists Eric Fowler,

Susan Weiss, Gloria Wiernik, and Ruth Laks. Gallery hours are

Wednesday

to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Show runs to

October 31.

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Other Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Pastel works by Dressler Smith and portraiture by Nancy

Goodstein. Also represented, ceramics by the late James Colavita.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m., and by

appointment.

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,

609-298-3742.

The gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary year with a a group show

featuring contemporary and classic art featuring artwork by the late

Mortimer Johnson and works by owner, Eric Gibbons. Gallery hours are

Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Princeton Artists Alliance group show, "Visual

Variation," featuring works by 20 professional member artists.

These include Joanne Augustine, Clem Fiori, Lore Lindenfeld, Pat

Martin,

Lucy Graves McVicker, and Charles McVicker, to October 20. Also,

"Viewpoints,"

a shared show with Helen Gallagher, Stefanie Mandelbaum, and Helen

N. Post in the Professional Artists Upstairs Gallery. Gallery talk

is October 21, at 3 p.m., for the show that runs to October 27.

Gallery

hours are 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.

A shared show of paintings by David Shevlino and bronze sculpture

by Natalie Ferracci, an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 22.

Studio Japan, 110 Main Street, Kingston, 609-683-0938.

Annual open house. Ty and Kiyoko Heineken open their studio located

in the only authentic Sukiya style Japanese building in New Jersey.

The exhibition, comprising their collection as field anthropologists

in Japan of tansu traditional cabinetry, folk art, and Mingei objects

from the 400-year Edo through Showa periods. Children welcome. Annual

open house continues daily through Sunday, October 29.


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