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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the January 24,

2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Pennsylvania Impressionism

For the past two months and for the future, Bucks

County

is where it’s at — the vistas that everyone loves; the museum,

named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Doylestown native;

and its new, sweeping, and estimable, collection of Pennsylvania

Impressionist

paintings — many of Bucks County scenes.

"The Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism" opened

November 19, so isn’t it time you saw it? On long-term view at the

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, this show, drawing mainly

on a recent bequest, supplemented by some highlights of the museum’s

own noteworthy collection, features 60 paintings by 19 well-known

artists. Altogether the gathering is being described as "the

finest

collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings in public or

private

hands."

Sixty works came to the Michener in 1999 — the gift of F.H.

"Gerry"

Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, who had only started collecting

the work of Bucks County artists earlier in the decade. A pioneering

cable entrepreneur and newly-made billionaire, Lenfest has said he

thought giving the paintings to the Michener was the "right thing

to do."

The gift allowed the Michener, which opened in 1988, to instantly

realize its goal of becoming an important repository for art created

in Bucks County. To accommodate the Lenfest collection, now the heart

of the museum’s permanent collection, the Putman-Smith Gallery was

remodeled, and a custom exhibition design was created by Josh Dudley,

of Ralph Applebaum Associates. This is the same team which earlier

crafted the permanent interactive exhibition, "Creative Bucks

County: A Celebration of Art and Artists," which traces visually

and aurally the impact of 12 Bucks County residents — a group

that includes Henry Mercer, Kaufman and Hart, Jean Toomer, and Charles

Sheeler, on the development of 20th-century American culture,

entertainment,

and thought.

Lenfest grew up on a farm north of Lambertville, across

the Delaware River from New Hope, the renowned art colony where

Pennsylvania

Impressionism flourished in the early 20th century after William

Langston

Lathrop settled at Phillips’ Mill in 1899. A graduate of Columbia

Law School, he practiced in New York before becoming associate counsel

with Triangle Publications, Inc. In 1974, the Lenfests bought a

fledgling

cable company from Lenfest’s employer, publisher Walter Annenberg,

using $2.3 million of borrowed money. Their tremendous gamble paid

off handsomely: Suburban became the region’s largest cable operation,

with more than a million subscribers. Perhaps, too, famed

philanthropist

and art collector Annenberg acted as something of a role model for

the Lenfests own future largess.

When, in 1999, the family agreed to sell its interest to AT&T, this

left Lenfest with other businesses to run, foundations to start, and

billions of dollars. Now around age 70, Lenfest is familiarly known

as "the billionaire next door." Residents of Huntington

Valley,

he and his wife are said to do most of the work around and in their

home, and to give away more money each year than they spend on

themselves.

Reportedly, he brings his lunch to work, and once said, "There’s

nothing like a bologna sandwich."

Focusing on painters who lived and worked in the areas covered by

his company, Lenfest had amassed a distinguished art collection. Talk

about employee benefits; dream about workplace ambiance: Suburban

Cable staff could enjoy the works of painters whose names are

synonymous

with Bucks County art, and whose works have joined the Michener’s

Lenfest collection: Edward Redfield ("The Trout Brook" and

eight others); Daniel Garber (four paintings, including

"Springtime

in the Village"); Fern Copperedge (three, including

"Autumn");

Robert Spencer ("Summertime" and two others, the museum’s

first by him).

Strictly speaking, not all the artists whose works are included in

the bequest are impressionists, although a number of them subscribed

to the impressionist ideals of evanescent light and sparkling color.

Writing at the time of the Lenfest gift, Edward Sozanski of the

Philadelphia

Inquirer (December 19, 1999) observed that having this body of work

in one place will allow viewers to compare it with the more well-known

Connecticut and California impressionists, and the painters of the

Gloucester, Massachusetts, area. Bring them on, he seemed to imply.

AT&T’s buy-out of Suburban Cable led to the Lenfest "Beau

Geste"

toward the Michener Museum of Art. Initially the name of his 60-foot

yacht, that expression is quickly becoming his M.O. The 60 gift

pictures

came with a $3 million dollar endowment for operating expenses and

ongoing care of the paintings. Late last year, literally sharing the

wealth, the Lenfests enriched another art institution in the region

with an unrestricted gift of $10 million dollars to the Philadelphia

Museum of Art. One of the largest monetary gifts in the museum’s

history,

it benefits the 2001 Fund, a new capital campaign designed to increase

its endowment and expand its facilities.

Bucks County beauty in a Bucks County museum that specializes in Bucks

County art. One could call this happy homecoming poetic justice.

— Pat Summers

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

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania

Impressionism,"

an exhibit of 60 paintings that tell the story of the renowned art

colony in the early 20th century. Museum hours Tuesday to Friday,

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and

Wednesday

evenings to 9 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $1.50 students. Website:

www.MichenerArtMuseum.org.

Also on view: "In Line with Al Hirschfeld," a

retrospective

documenting Hirschfeld’s life, career, and the history of the

performing

arts. Exhibit, with accompanying lecture, tour, and film series, to

February 11. Jeanne Jaffe, an outdoor sculpture installation, to March

11. "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.

The museum is offering a series of programs connected with the

Lenfest exhibition. Details by phone and on the museum website.

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

paintings and prints by Carrie Patterson. She holds an MFA in painting

from the University of Pennsylvania where she received the Angelo

Savelli painting award. To February 2.

"I paint to give a new form of expression to certain types of

experiences," says Patterson. "My intention is to convey a

particular internal awareness of one’s one body in space by distilling

gesture, movement, and color into smaller components."

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.

On view through March.

Medical Center at Princeton , 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

Dining room exhibition features works by Watercolorists Unlimited,

an artists’ group whose members include Phil Aklonis, Peggie

Cunningham,

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.

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

First day for "The Familiar and Not So Familiar," an exhibit

of works by digital artist Roman Verostko that includes traditional

landscapes and still lifes to futuristic visions of space and nature.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 27.

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Campus Arts

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

Impressions: Art of the Print in the Western World," to March

19. "Contemporary Photographs," to February 25. "The

American

Tradition in Drawings," to January 28. 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.

Free.

The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western

European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.

Collections

of Chinese, Pre-Columbian Mayan, and African art are considered among

the museum’s most impressive. Not housed in the museum but part of

the collection is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of

20th-century

outdoor sculpture, with works by such modern masters as Henry Moore,

Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and George Segal located throughout

the campus.

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

The Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the

exhibition

"A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton,"

an exhibition of more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts

that chronicle the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton. Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

Princeton University , Milberg Gallery, Firestone

Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait

of the spirited, affluent Parisian society of the early 20th century

through "pochoir" (or stencil) prints. The show features 100

color prints, including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of

jazz, tango, high fashion, and modern art. Library is open Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

Lawrenceville School , Gruss Center of Visual Arts,

Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. "The Making of a Monument," an exhibition of

drawings, maquettes, and models for Shahn’s Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorial in Jersey City. The work, which consists of a monumental

bronze bust of the civil rights leader along with bronze plaques

documenting

the struggles and commemorating those whose lives were lost, was

completed

in 1999. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.To February 17.

Commissioned by New Jersey Transit through a public competition, the

monument stands at the new Martin Luther King Drive Station of the

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system.

Gallery at Mercer County College , Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Inclusions," an

exhibit

of prints and handmade paper by Margaret K. Johnson and sculpted paper

by Pat Martin. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3

p.m.; Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m; Thursday evenings from 6

to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gallery talk is

Wednesday,

February 7, at 7 p.m., for the show that runs to February 15.

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Art in the Workplace

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

609-252-6275. "Contemporary Still Life: Vanitas to Veritas,"

featuring works by 13 artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New

York who explore the traditional still-life genre in new ways. Area

artists include Joanne Augustine, Betty Curtiss, Jamie Greenfield,

Wendy Wilkinson-Gordon, and Lisa Manheim. Gallery hours are Monday

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

To March 4.

Educational Testing Service , Chauncey Conference Center,

Carter and Rosedale roads, 609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery, a

collection of prints by Wendell T. Brooks that blend athleticism and

African influences. Since 1971, Brooks has works as an associate

professor

of art at the College of New Jersey. Exhibit is open Monday through

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to February 14.

Brooks creates his art through an original technique that combines

intaglio and stencil. He has had exhibitions throughout the U.S. and

abroad. His work is permanently displayed at the Smithsonian and the

Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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

609-895-7307. A new series of oil on paper and mixed-media paintings

by Wanda Blake, a professional artist living in Morris County who

studied at Newark’s School of Fine and Industrial Arts. Curated by

Gary Snyder Fine Art, gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. To January 26.

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Art In Trenton

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

"California

Invasion," an invitational exhibit featuring California artists

Shantelle Julian and Douglas Knight, curated by George Olexa. Monday

to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To February 11.

"These works mix realism and surrealism creating not a dream image

but a physiological disturbance. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes

disturbing,

and always questioning," says curator Olexa. "Unlike Dali

who, at least in his later work, distorted all elements of a

particular

work into a total surreal environment and landscape, Julian and Knight

focus almost exclusively on one element, the human eye. If it were

not for the fact that they are well done, the unblinking relentless

star of these eyes would be threatening. Instead, they seem to be

asking the viewer to solve their plight."

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. 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. "Artists’ Visions, Artists’ Views" to January

30. "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21. Tuesday

through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

On extended view: "The Modernists;" "Fine and Decorative

Arts Collections;" "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."

Also, at the Department of State Building, 225 West State

Street,

Trenton, an exhibit of "New Jersey Artists in the Collection of

the New Jersey State Museum," through January 31.

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To the North

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum , 71 Hamilton Street,

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

features "Michael Mazur: A Print Retrospective" covering a

40-year span of the artist’s career, to February 16. Open Tuesday

to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults age 18 and up; free for children and

students;

admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.

Also on exibit: Works from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of

Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, ongoing. "Monotypes in

Contemporary American Printmaking" from the rich resources of

the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to February 18.

"Opening

Up: A Half-Century of Artistic Dialogue between Japan and the

West,"

ongoing. And "A World of Stage: Designs for Theater, Opera, and

Dance from the Riabov Collection," to March 31.

Area Galleries

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

Recent paintings by Mitchell Yarmark. A filmmaker by training, Yarmark

started painting in the 1970s; this is his first solo show. Thursday

to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To February 12.

Yarmark describes his non-objective canvases as a "stadium"

in which he experiments with media, mixing oil, encaustic, powdered

and metal pigment, gold and other metal leafs. "I like to dig

into the layers to expose what is beneath the surface," he says,

adding that he has turned up "muted figures and portraits, incised

and faded into most of the hieroglyphics of the painting."

Hopewell Frame Shop , 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

"Ink Dance," an exhibition of watercolors and calligraphy

on rice paper by Seow-Chu See. Also on view, "Six Figures,"

sculptures in stoneware by Julie Fox. Both shows to February 10. Open

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

A student of the Lin-Nan styles of traditional and contemporary

Chinese

painting, See has won many awards. She says the artist’s sense of

purpose comes from within. "To me, painting is a way of conveying

and expressing my feelings," she says. "Feelings, happy or

sad, are precious to my being, hence they are beautiful."

Montgomery Cultural Center , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Joel Popadics: Recent Traditional

Watercolors."

Also, the Professional Artists Group’s holiday show. Gallery hours

are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Both

shows to January 26.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "The Senses," a group exhibition of

works inspired by the compound wonders of touch, taste, smell,

hearing,

and vision. Media include photography, monotype, woodblock, and

drypoint

etching. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4

p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To February 17.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery , 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Small Works Show" featuring drawing, painting, photography,

and sculpture by 18 gallery artists including Gail Bracegirdle, Alan

Klawans, Lisa Mahan, Marc Reed, and Annelies Van Dommelen. Friday,

Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To February 4.

7 North Gallery , 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3939.

Dramatic landscape and wildlife photographs by photographer Richard

Demler. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5

p.m. Closed Tuesday and Sunday. To January 29.


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