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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the October 3, 2001

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Phillips’ Mill

People-watching threatened to upstage art viewing as

the Phillips’ Mill annual fall exhibition got underway this year.

For sheer fascination, the Friday, September 21, opening reception

could not be beat. Artists who had submitted work for inclusion,

whether

accepted or not, attended, and their mixed-medium messages rivaled

the eyeful provided by the show.

With 290 works accepted from a total of 606 entries by 374 artists,

the show comprises wall pieces and sculpture. Of that number, about

90 are installed and the remaining 200 presented unframed in bins.

This 72nd Phillips’ Mill edition may offer something for everyone,

though there’s much more for those who prefer traditional figurative

art to abstract art or more contemporary work. Cutting-edge it is

not, by design and execution.

For both the selection process and the show’s 30-plus awards, the

program identifies five jurors: three in painting and graphics; two

in sculpture. Jurors for painting and graphics are Gary Erbe, Michael

Kuncevich, and Rita Smith; for sculpture, Joseph Winter and Isaac

Witkin. While committee members are specified by activity, and close

to 150 patrons are listed, names of participating artists appear under

the cryptic titles "framed," "sculpture," and

"portfolio,"

with (for the first two categories only) titles and prices of their

works — information on medium is, unfortunately, not included.

Some well-regarded area artists could be considered weathervanes or

wind socks as far as this annual show is concerned: if their work

is accepted, that means the jurors have contemporary inclinations;

if not, well, that’s how it goes at Phillips’ Mill. And, knowing all

this, some artists don’t bother entering.

The mill is awash with art installed on three levels, or four if you

count — as you must — the stairs, where two pieces are hung

to good effect: Idaherma Williams’ colorful woodblock print,

"Window

with Aloe Plant," and Ty Hodanish’s "Yarrow on Ice," a

luscious impressionistic snow scene. Just inside the main entrance

is one of the show’s many professionally-executed watercolors. Charles

R. Ross’s "The Hunter," is an archetype of the watercolor

landscape genre, an evening scene depicting a flying predator

camouflaged

against a darkening sky. The comment made by one non-figurative artist

about many works in this show — "They’re all rendered so

well"

— surely applies here.

Known to this viewer for a string of atmospheric night

scenes featuring street and vehicle lights, Valerie Von Betzen has

included both these in "Swing Shift," and thrown in a fillip

of neon, too. Joanne Augustine’s selected entry to this show will

also be familiar to area art watchers. Her "Summer

Remembrance"

is one of her series of carefully observed watercolor studies of dead

or dying sunflowers in all their strange and nearly-spent beauty.

And Mary Blakey, who seems always to represent unusual subjects and

surfaces with watercolor, comes through again with "Misty

Moon."

Tom Chesar, who often works in egg tempera, used gouache to produce

"Curtis Island Light," a marvelously textured scene with rocky

surfaces and blades of grass finely articulated. John Gretzer’s

"Pumpkin

Field," in pastel, is soft where a field should be soft —

in hue, in overall feel. And Edith Skiba’s "Untitled

Landscape"

is refreshingly minimalist, suggesting Asian traditions with its

fragile

strokes of gray and beige.

It might be a good idea for the woman in Sandra Flood’s oil portrait,

"Just Another Day," to talk with "Kate," the subject

of Simon Mauer’s painting, also in oil, for somehow they seem like

kindred, if not particularly happy, spirits. Joan Kopchik’s

"Ginko,"

a lovely wall piece in handmade paper, copper, and wood, is just about

as abstract as you’ll find in this year’s Phillips’ Mill show.

Kathleen

W. Pearson’s non-objective "Long Distance Correspondence"

communes with "Ginko" from across the room, while keeping

close company with Vincent Ceglia’s rolling autumnal layers of

"Hilltown,

Tuscany."

The exhibition’s 22 sculptures include Michael Cooper’s enigmatic

"Better Days Ahead," showing a misshapen hot-water bottle

laced to a bed of heavy needles. Are the needles being comforted,

or does the combination suggest medical contra-indication? "Con

Brio" is a small work that’s a big surprise from papermaker and

painter Anita Benarde, and Raymond Mathis’s forged steel "Process

IV" seems to be a sampler of textures and thicknesses.

And now to the opening party. The Phillips’ Mill affair was not exempt

from the behavior pattern increasingly seen elsewhere. It’s called

piggery, and it looks like this: guest stands at food table stuffing

cheese and crackers and/or fruit into mouth. That’s bad enough. Even

worse is guests staying there and repeating those steps. First, it’s

ugly to watch; second, it’s impossible to get a snack. The waiters

serving snacks on trays never got very far; they were (barely) moving

(and often mobbed) targets. Don’t people eat at home anymore?

Watching the piggery was one sport at Phillips’ Mill. From the sound

of it, backbiting was a related event. Air kiss-greetings followed

by muttered "SOB," or equivalent, were common. So were hardly

sotto-voice evaluative comments about works on display. If whispers

could kill.

Possibly funniest, and most personally humbling, of all was this

sequence:

An artist’s partner, gaily responding to a woman who had greeted him.

Happy exchanges, smiling name-dropping. Then, the same "hail

fellow"

repeatedly muttering "Help me!" to another man he seemed to

know. "Quick, who was that woman?" he said urgently. It was

the wife of the man he had asked. He’ll never forget what’s their

name.

— Pat Summers

Annual Juried Exhibition , Phillips’ Mill, River

Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. Gallery hours are Sunday to Friday,

1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission $3 adults; $2 seniors;

$1 students. Show continues to October 28.

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton , WPA Gallery, 102 Witherspoon

Street, 609-924-8777. "Home," a theme show juried by architect

and designer Barry Richards of the Rockwell Group, New York. On view

weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 19.

Marsha Child Contemporary , 220 Alexander Street,

609-497-7330.

Solo show of new paintings by Belarussian-born artist Igo Tishin,

his first U.S. exhibit. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30

a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To October 14.

Medical Center at Princeton , 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

Paintings by Calvin Cobb Hart. Born into a family of recognized

painters,

Hart studied art at Boise State University and California College

of Arts and Crafts. Part of sales benefit the Medical Center. On view

in the dining room daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To November 21.

Williams Gallery , 16-1/2 Witherspoon Street, 609-921-1142.

"Modernism, Mr. Magoo, and More," featuring new and other

works by master animator, artist, and filmmaker Jules Engel. The

Hungarian-born

artist, who began his career at Walt Disney Studios, and was part

of the team that created 1950s cartoon favorites that include Mr.

Magoo, also created lithographs at the Tamarind Workshop and Tyler

Graphics. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

and by appointment. To October 20.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb , Route 206,

Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Up the River," an exhibition of works by Bucks

County Impressionists and Modernists, members of the New Hope and

Bucks County art colony now regarded as national treasures. Catalog

by Brian Peterson, art historian and senior curator at the Michener

Museum in Doylestown. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to

5 p.m.; and weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To November 25.

More than 40 artists are represented including works by impressionists

Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Walter Schofield, and modernists

Charles

Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, and Lloyd Ney.

Educational Testing Service , Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference

Center,

High School Student Advanced Placement studio art show, featuring

works by gifted students from 15 states, chosen from 15,000

portfolios.

Exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., to October 15.

Stark & Stark , 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two,

Lawrenceville,

609-895-7386. Works by two photographers: Paul Kallich, showing his

Ellis Island Series, and Leo Ward. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 12.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum , 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "A People Cried Out: The 1956

Revolution

and Fight for Freedom in Hungary," an exhibit with photographs

from the Budapest Museum of Military History, curated by Karoly Nagy

Middlesex County College, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the

Hungarian Revolution. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Show runs through November 4.

Donation

$5.

Hunterdon Museum of Art , Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Compelled," a multidisciplinary exhibition

of sculpture, painting, fiber, and ceramics by artists including

Chakaia

Booker, Ruth Borgenicht, Giovanna Cecchetti, Paul Edlin, Jacob El

Hanani, Jane Fine, Gary Gissler, and Seong Chun. Museum hours are

Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 4.

Michener Art Museum , 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in

Pennsylvania

Painting, 1950 to 2000," an exhibition featuring the work of

nationally

recognized realist artists and educators who were born and trained

in Pennsylvania, or who spent their professional careers there.

Featured

artists include Diane Burko, Sidney Goodman, Alice Neel, Philip

Pearlstein,

Nelson Shanks, Andy Warhol, Neil Welliver, and Andrew Wyeth.

Museum is open 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. To

January

6. $6.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Small Impressions," a national

juried exhibition featuring printmaking, photography, and alternative

media selected by printmaker Zarina Hashmi. Reception is Saturday,

October 6, 2 to 4 p.m., for the show that runs to October 27. Open

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

Zimmerli Art Museum , George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Peeling Potatoes,

Painting Pictures: Women Artists from the Dodge Collection," to

November 4. "From Whistler to Warhol: A Century of American

Printmaking,"

to November 25. "Robert Motherwell: Abstraction as Emphasis,"

to December 9. "Boxed In: Plane, Frame, Surface," to December

2. "Mother Goose’s Children: Original Illustrations for Children’s

Books from the Rutgers Collection," to December 9.

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

Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $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 3 p.m.

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Art by the River

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"Sweet Summer," a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Lisa

Mahan. Seaside towns, beach houses, figures, and still lifes are among

the subjests of Mahan’s oils that reflect the moods of the seasons

through color and light. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To October 15.

Coryell Gallery , 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Fall show featuring Mike Filipiak, John Loeper, and Harriet

Ermentrout.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 11.

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Art In Trenton

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

exhibit features Sarah Grove Antin, Helen Bayley, Lisa Fuellemann,

Charles Viera, M.A. Zullinger and others. Gallery hours are Monday

through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. To October

22.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum , Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

The 32nd annual show of the Garden State Watercolor Society juried

by Bruce Currie and Joanne M. Kuebler. Tuesday through Saturday, 11

a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 4.

Extension Gallery , 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

Recent works by Gyuri Hollosy. In his latest series, "Never At

Rest," Hollosy turns his attention to the kinetic rhythm and

energy

of abstract figures in space. Recalling the Baroque sculptures of

Bernini, Hollosy unpacks the subtle, expressive gesture to show how

figures move — through water, air, across the ground —

yielding

to gravity or emotion. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. To October 5.

Grounds for Sculpture , 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition to February 24. 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. "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of

the State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," October 6 to

September

15. "The Garden State: A History of Farming in New Jersey,"

to October 7. "The Farming Landscape," to November 11,

"Natural

Selections: Sculpture by Elaine Lorenz," to December 30. "Art

by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection," to August

18, 2002. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45

p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website: www.njstatemuseum.org.

Area Galleries

Hopewell Frame Shop , 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

Show by nine artists of The Art Group, formed in 1992. Members are

J.N. Betz, Judith Koppel, Nadine Berkowsky, Liz Adams, Seow-Chu See,

Helen Post, Stephanie Mandelbaum, Edith Kogan, Gloria Weirnik, and

Edith Hodge Pletzner. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday,

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To November 10.

Montgomery Cultural Center , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the main gallery: a solo show featuring

paintings

by Gail Bracegirdle, member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society,

to October 30. Upstairs: "Perceptions IV," with colorful,

water-based works by Connie Gray and new travel paintings by Diana

Patton, to October 14. 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.

Michael McGinley’s exhibit of recent paintings that explores issues

of faith and spirituality in contemporary industrial society. Open

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

October 13.

Peddie School , Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown,

609-490-7550. Annual faculty exhibit featuring recent works by Tim

Trelease, Catherine Robohm Watkins, Joan Krejcar Sharma, and Michael

Maxwell. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To

October 12.

Rider University Art Gallery , Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. "Moments of Seeing" featuring the black and

white ink paintings and drawings of artist and medical doctor

Frederick

Franck. Now age 92, Franck’s subjects have included Albert Schweitzer,

Pope John XXIII, and Japanese Buddhist sage Daisetz Tsuzuki. Gallery

hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to

5 p.m. To October 28.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed , 31 Titus Mill Road,

Pennington,

609-737-7592. "Sense of Place," an exhibition featuring the

fine art and illustrative photography of Phil Moylan, Andy Chen, Marc

Stempel, and George Vogel. To November 10.

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Campus Arts

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

Photographs Look Like," the annual teaching show for Art History

248, featuring recent and historic gems from the permanent collection.

Daguerreotypes dating back to photography’s inception in 1839,

ambrotypes,

tintypes, stereographs, and cartes-de-visites are featured, together

with cutting-edge contemporary works in Cibachrome, Polaroid and

digital

formats. To November 11.

Also "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying in the Arts of China,"

an exhibition of Chinese art, to November 4. 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.

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

"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Felix

Bonfils, 1868-1887," an historic series of 42 large-format

photographs

taken in Beirut by the 19th-century French photographer. More than

800 Bonfils photographs were donated to Princeton in 1921 by Rudolf

Ernst Brunnow, professor of Semitic philology. Open weekdays 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Wednesday evenings to 8 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m.

To October 7.

Milberg Gallery , Firestone Library, Princeton

University,

609-258-3197. "For the Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and

the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University Library,"

celebrating the 1940 founding of a unique collection. Gallery is open

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends noon to 5 p.m.

To October 7.

Princeton Theological Seminary , Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Spirit States," an exhibition

of paintings by Ben Frank Moss. The artist, who studied at Princeton

Theological Seminary, has an MFA from Boston University and is a

professor

of studio art at Dartmouth College. Open 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 October

18.


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