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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
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
of photography by Aaron Usiskin, a Chapin School alumnus who earned
his MA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. To March 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
"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.
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
Owen says his "design strategy anticipates a flexible,
relationship between user and object." His projects are on the
Web at www.owenlogik.com
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
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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