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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the March 7, 2001

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Painter of Everyday Life: Tom Malloy

Through the Years in the Trenton Community," Tom

Malloy’s exhibition of watercolor paintings on view at Capital Health

System at Mercer, is an aptly-titled community affair: most of the

38 works by this long-time city resident feature the city of Trenton,

and they appeal to people of all ages and persuasions.

Witness the security guard, who at first called out to visitors

looking at the paintings, and then moved away from his reception

station to point out specific elements and reminisce about the places

and events pictured. A family initially there to visit a new baby took

an appreciative look on their way to the elevator, and a former state

government employee who happened by recognized the artist’s name, then

his work. She doesn’t miss her job, she said, but it was nice to

revisit city neighborhoods and landmarks through Malloy’s images.

Born in Dillon, South Carolina, in 1912, Malloy was the oldest son

of sharecroppers who settled in Trenton in 1923. He graduated from

Trenton Central High School and attended the Art Students League in

New York, and the Trenton Industrial School of Arts. He began painting

in the 1950s and married Dorothy Buck, a nurse, in 1965. It was not

until 1970 that, encouraged by his wife (who died in 1990), Malloy

took up painting fulltime. Since then, his work has become a pleasing

staple of art shows having to do with Trenton scenes and Trenton


Hanging in the main lobby and corridor, areas of the Mercer building

that are always open, Malloy’s paintings come in all sizes and frame

styles. The unifying thread is the work itself — usually familiar,

often nostalgic, and sometimes surprisingly colorful, given its


nature. Malloy’s buildings look like Trenton at the same time as they

idealize the city: his tan tones and brick fronts; his use of telling

details where they occur at all; his practice of specifying only the

key elements, instead of showing everything. He knows when to suggest,

while still leaving no doubt as to locale.

Malloy has captured a mix of Trenton landmarks, both past and present.

"The Trenton Capital" features the golden dome seen from the

river side, with houses — once there, but now gone — hiding

much of the building, and the Battle Monument prominent in the


"Armory After Fire," offered the helpful security guard,


a colossal blaze in Trenton’s history, one that pulled in fire


from all over — ultimately in vain. All that remained was the

shell of a large, red-brick building, surrounded by lurid sky, which

Malloy painted. Today, the site of the blaze has mutated into a


lot behind City Hall, at East State and Stockton Streets.


is Malloy’s fond look at the former mansion that is now the Trenton

City Museum in Cadwalader Park. He suggests with color more than line

the look of the elegant old home, with dark skies behind it.

Malloy’s skies have it — often the color purple.

His proclivity for expressionistic skies that are, if not


cloudy, gray, and/or blue, adds interest and appeal to his paintings.

With just the right shade of green trim, he pins down the look of

a corner house in "Cityscape," and his clay tones for


House" on State Street are as right-on as the brick hues and


suggestions he includes in "Roebling Wire and Cable," a


that also exemplifies Malloy’s tendency to detail the foreground and

suggest the background.

"South Olden Avenue" is so true to life — the fronts of

the row houses, the brick-handling, again — that a viewer can

almost hear the street traffic. His wide-angle "General


picture is pure nostalgia. Malloy’s Trenton scenes are definitely

his most distinctive, and distinguished works. Forget the two flower

paintings, and don’t get into "Ancient Barn" and "Rural

Delight" — they could have been painted anywhere. Even


Day in Mill Hill" (park), a local venue, is wishy-washy without

his trademark buildings.

Small figures, including men who invariably wear hats, are darkly

smudged into Malloy’s scenes when they appear at all — maybe


to suggest an inhabited area. Most "Malloy cars" are long

and boxy even after they were likely to be, as with "Perry


In prevailing gray shades, "Corner Historic" shows a dark-hued

frame building with some suggestion of brick nearby. A horse and


possibly a milk wagon, figure in the foreground. Since most of the

works are undated, viewers can only guess at the period.

Nancy Schlitter, CHS director of volunteer services, expresses


at the interest shown in Malloy’s work. As the hospital’s liaison

to a 20-member art selection committee, she coordinates eight shows

a year, all intended to enhance the institution’s public areas for

patients, visitors, and staff alike. She mentions, with pride, that

some 5,000 people a week walk through the exhibition area, and that

this gallery was the first such space in Mercer County.

Many of Malloy’s works are on loan from private collections, although

about 10 are for sale through Schlitter’s office (609-394-4023). She

also expects to have additional unmatted and unframed paintings


for purchase soon. Income from sale of works is used to purchase art

for the CHS collection — which boasted two Malloy paintings to

start with, and since the February 12 opening, has grown to four.

Capital Health System at Mercer is on Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, and

can be reached from the Cadwalader Park side of town, or via Calhoun

Street. A roomy, economical parking lot faces the building entrance,

offering one additional incentive for visiting: the cryptic sign


on the exit booths for as long as this visitor can remember:


do not put ticket in mouth." Tom Malloy’s paintings are sufficient

reason to see this show, but the chance to see, and ponder, this


sign is still another inducement.

— Pat Summers

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4023. "Through the Years in the Trenton


an exhibition of works by Tom Malloy, artist and Trenton resident

since 1923. In the main lobby gallery that is always open. To March


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Art in Town

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


of photography by Aaron Usiskin, a Chapin School alumnus who earned

his MA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. To March 9.

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


On view through March.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,


Dining room exhibition features works by Watercolorists Unlimited,

an artists’ group whose members include Phil Aklonis, Peggie


Betty Whelan Donovan, Vera Harrop, Betty Klank, Elizabeth Roedell,

Patric Spovieri, and Lorraine Williams. Part of the proceeds benefit

the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To March 14.

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, The Great

Road, 609-924-6700. "Mel Leipzig: A Realist’s Vision of Family

Life," an exhibition of paintings. Leipzig is a professor of art

and art history at Mercer County Community College whose paintings

are in collections at the New Jersey State Museum, Yale Art Gallery,

Newark Public Library, and the White House. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 9.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Reflections," works by sculptor

Lynda Juel. A graduate of University of Minnesota, Juel’s playful

yet serious pieces include brooms and vacuums, empty dresses and


that comment on the everyday life of women. Gallery hours are 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 March 30.

Stuart Country Day School, Norbert Considine Gallery,

1200 Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Within the Material World:


Artists From India," a group show featuring 14 contemporary


from India. Curated by Steve Pacia of Bose Pacia Gallery in New York,

the show’s diversity of styles and languages belong to the spirit

of India that recently celebrated 50 years of political and cultural

independence. All profits from sale of the artwork will be donated

to the earthquake relief effort in India. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To March 30.

The Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.

"Ancient Cultures Revisited: Etchings by Jorg Schmeisser, Painted

Panels and Sculpture by Sally Spofford," a presentation of works

reflecting civilizations in Cambodia, Central America, Greece, Japan,

Morocco, Russia, and Turkey. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 24.

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Campus Arts

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

Corbusier at Princeton: 14 to 16 November 1935," an exhibition

of sketches and works related to the French architect’s Princeton

residency; to June 17. Also "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying

in the Arts of China," an exhibition of Chinese art; to July 1.

"Great Impressions: Art of the Print in the Western World,"

to March 19. 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.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,


ACM Siggraph’s Traveling Show, "TechnoOasis," an exhibit of

digital paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and Web-based

projects by artists throughout the world. Gallery hours are Monday

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

3 p.m. To March 28.

A panel discussion is scheduled in conjunction with the show on


March 14, at 7 p.m., featuring three TechnOasis artists, Linda


Majzner, Thomas Porett, and Francine Bonair.

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Other Museums

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


215-340-9800. "The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz" Georgia

O’Keeffe’s Enduring Gift," a major retrospective of the influential

modernist’s owm works drawn from a major collection given by O’Keeffe

to the George Eastman House in Rochester. To May 20.

Stieglitz was an eloquent proponent of art photography, as artist,

writer, publisher, gallery director, and entrepreneur. The show spans

a multitude of genres, from cloud studies and landscapes, to gritty

and poetric depictions of New York City, to the famed extended


series of his wife, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Also, "Carved, Incised, Burnished and Gilded: The Bucks County

Framemaking Tradition," featuring 50 objects that tell the story

of the region’s well-regarded group of frame artists led by Frederick

Harer and Ben Badura, to March 18. Museum admission $5 adults; $1.50

students. 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.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street,

New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. The newly expanded and renovated museum

features: "American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian

American Art Museum," to May 20. "The Exotic Flower:


of Femininity in Late 19th-Century French Art," to May 20.


Sum is Greater than the Parts: Collage and Assemblage from the Dodge

Collection," to May 6. "Confrontations: Selections from the

Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to June 17. "Switch

on the Night: The Amazing Art of Leo and Diane Dillon," to April 1

"Traffic Patterns: Images of Transportation in American Prints

between the Wars," to June 3 "Opening Up: A Half-Century of

Artistic Dialogue between Japan and the West," to April 15.

"A World Of Stage: Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance from

the Riabov Collection," to March 31.

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


and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open

free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight Tours

every Sunday at 2 and 2:45 p.m.

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Art by the River

Artsbridge Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Route 28, Stockton,

609-773-0881. March group show includes sculpture by Beverly Ardos

Fredericks, oil painting by Ty Hodanish, and watercolors by Monica

Sebald-Kennedy. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

To April 1.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,


"Lambertville & the Surrounding Area," the Lambertville


Society’s 21st annual juried art exhibition. Artist Sally Spofford,

invited to jury the show, selected awards to the following artists:

Marge Chavooshian, Steve Zazenski, Elsa Hermann, Mike Filipiak,


Farnham, Robert Sakson, Vincent Ceglia, George Bramhall, and Ranulph

Bye. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March


Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope,


"Crilley 2001," an exhibition of new oils by Joseph Crilley

with paintings of Italy, England, and Nova Scotia, as well as Bucks

and Hunterdon County. Many works depict familiar country scenes,


local street scenes, and architectural landmarks such as the New


Train Station. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To April 1.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "The Logik of Josh Owen," an exhibition of


furniture and lighting designs. Owen is a 1994 graduate of Cornell

who earned his MFA in furniture design in 1997 at the Rhode Island

School of Design. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to

5 p.m. and by appointment. To April 30.

Owen’s furniture has user-friendly, interactive features such as his

"Occasionally Remarkable Tables" filled with thermochromatic

liquid crystals that change color in response to temperature (much

like mood rings). He is the principal and owner of Owenlogikdesign,

an industrial and graphic design studio in Philadelphia. He also


industrial design.

Owen says his "design strategy anticipates a flexible,


relationship between user and object." His projects are on the

Web at

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


"Kings and Queens," the new gallery’s debut exhibit features

works by Van Arno, Rich Borge, Ron English, Ward Sutton, Eric White,

and Ulana Zahajkewycz. Gallery proprietor Jonathan LeVine says he

strives to link nostalgia with modern taste including toys to harness

your imagination. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.

to 7 p.m. To March 25.

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Art In Trenton

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


Art: An Exhibition of Trenton Students Art Work." Artworks’


Through Art (LTA) and Access to Art are educational outreach programs

for students in the Trenton public schools. LTA, an educational


developed by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, brings artists into

the schools to work with classroom teachers to reinforce core


concepts through art. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To March 22.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,


"Ellarslie Open XIX," the annual juried showcase of work by

regional, state, and nationally known artists. Opening reception is

Saturday, March 10, for the show continues to April 15. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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


"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture."

Show continues to April 8. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to

9 p.m. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday

and Saturday; and $10 Sunday.

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

609-292-6464. "TAWA: Eyes on Trenton," a juried exhibition

of works in all media that focus on the city of Trenton. Juried by

longtime TAWA and New Jersey State Museum member Molly Merlino,


Margaret O’Reilly, and registrar Jana Balsamo, the show features 65

works by 53 artists; to May 10. Museum hours are Tuesday through


9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Area Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. A group theme show, "Bedtime Stories," featuring

works by Antonelle, Lombardi, Levine, Kelly, and others. Gallery hours

are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To March 31.

Gas House Gallery, 40 Broad Street, Hopewell,


A new gallery in the tradition of "Art’s Garage," featuring

the paintings of Hopewell artist Alan Taback. Taback began his career

as a plein-air painter, moved to portraiture, and has most recently

turned to abstract figurative work. The gallery is open weekends,

and by appointment.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


An exhibit by wildlife artist Beatrice Bork. Working primarily with

watercolor and gouache, her art focuses on capturing an expressive

moment in nature by observing the daily struggles that are full of

action, drama, or humor. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To March 30.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Donna Lish: Changing Metaphor," a one artist

show of abstract sculpture built of beads, plastic threads, and found

objects. Also, the "2001 Annual Members’ Exhibition" featuring

work by area artists in all media, juried by artist and arts writer

Carol Rosen. Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both shows run to

March 18.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Recent oil paintings by Don Jordan whose work

has been shown in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Jordan is

a member of TAWA and Artsbridge. To March 23. In the Upstairs Gallery,

"Explorations," a shared show of drawings, paintings, and

wall pieces by Mary Kramarenko and Stefanie Mandelbaum, to March 29.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


"Aisling Gheal" by Micheal Madigan. The title is Irish for

"Bright Vision" reflecting the artist’s plein-air trips to

Ireland. He earned his MFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To April 1. "Ireland

is a land of thin veils," says Madigan. "My sense of time,

or my awareness of the interconnection of time and experience, shifted

there. Each image, in essence, is an amalgamation of memories."

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "Mixed Moxie: Creative Highlights from


Artists." Jurors Idaherma Williams, Cori Haveson, and Jim Jeffers

selected 55 pieces of varied media from students across the country.

Best of show awards presented in categories of mixed media,


and photography. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 7.

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