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Portrait of a Newly Minted Artist

She speaks of her work with the fervor of the person

who has landed her dream job. Which is exactly what has happened,

finally, with fiber artist Carol Sara Schepps. Until a few years ago

— or May 20, 1993, to be exact — she was doing what she had

done for almost 20 years: designing and making custom clothing. When

one day she realized she was tremendously unhappy at this, she gave

herself permission to stop, immediately.

There’s no enthusiasm like that of a newly-minted artist doing what

she loves to do. Schepps enjoys all she does in her new career —

things like framing and taking photos of her work — and she is

learning to do still more, such as transporting pieces, and reaching

out to other artists for practical advice and support. Her exuberance,

and artistry, are on view in her exhibit, "Fabrications,"

at Doral Forrestal, Princeton, until January 3. An artist’s reception

is Sunday, November 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Some time after dropping out of clothes-making, Schepps visited a

juried exhibition sponsored by Quilt San Diego, an organization dedicated

to quiltmaking as a fine art form. At once, she knew this was what

she wanted to do, and she set her sights on having her work accepted

in the next show, two years away. Then she set out to learn all about

the process, and proving to be a prophet with honor in her own country,

she was represented in "Visions," Quilt San Diego’s bi-annual

juried exhibition in 1998. Her art quilt, "Hammers," was one

of 80 finalists out of 900 entries. Last May, Schepps showed her work

at Snyderman/The Works Gallery, in Philadelphia.

Nearly 20 in number, Schepps’ works at the Forrestal are both abstract

and figurative — from landscapes to still lifes to a Cadillac.

She says she does whatever suits her fancy at a given time. Some pieces

are mounted on silk and handsomely framed, while others hang free

and look more like quilts — but like no quilt you ever saw before.

A sunset scene includes an appliqued sun that is then repeated in

watery reflections. The still life "Glassware" incorporates

an overlay of chiffon that effectively darkens the fabric shade under

it. Schepps’ "Perfume Bottles" are brilliantly prismatic,

suggesting in a way the provocative scents they may contain. And the

Cadillac? She saw a stylish image of one and thought it would be fun

to execute in cloth.

Whether "pictorial" or abstract, all these works include surface

stitching in myriad patterns — straight lines and curving curlicues

of all sorts that complement the shape of the fabric piece or of neighboring

colors. This stitching is Schepps’ final, finesse step. Some fabric

is left unstitched, except for its invisible connection to nearby


Not just because one of them is the largest piece in the show, but

because they suggest so much, Schepps’ abstract circle series are

particularly appealing. Any of them would win this viewer’s "If

I could have any one work in this show, this would be it" prize.

"Circles within circles" (within squares), are vivid and varied

reminders of the power of color in its myriad combinations. Although

Schepps has executed these circle pieces in a range of sizes, they

all sing the same siren song.

Early in the show sequence are a few irregularly shaped abstract works

in signature colors. Noting she can’t live with these bright hues

exclusively, the artist points out an occasional muted piece —

a vase of flowers in earth tones, or a study of glassware in shades

of gray and black. She is also showing two different takes on groups

of paint brushes: one in faceted black, white, and grays, and the

other, multi-colored. In both cases, fittingly, the brush bristles

are actually painted in.

The influence of her art training is evident in Schepps’ "Fabrications,"

and that, combined with her sewing machine savvy, conveys a spirit

of utter derring-do. When asked if she makes preparatory shape or

tonal sketches for her abstracts, she laughs merrily before describing

her piece-by-piece approach. The landscapes usually are preceded by

drawings with color notations.

A native of Morristown, where she was born in 1953, Schepps started

at Hofstra University as a math major — a nod to her father, a

Bell Labs engineer — and in 1976, she earned her BFA from Pratt

Institute. Schepps lives in Princeton Junction with her husband, Jonathan,

a Sarnoff engineer, and their two teenage children. In a recent feat

close to home, she designed costumes for the West Windsor-Plainsboro

High School marching band and made the drum majors’ uniforms.

Over the years, different areas of the Doral Forrestal site have been

used for art display — currently it’s back in the east lobby.

So now, a few of Schepps’ vivid abstract pieces serve as beacons for

the unfolding exhibition, brightening the quiet brick walls while

they’re at it. Art becomes the Forrestal.

— Pat Summers

Carol Sara Schepps, Gallery at Doral Forrestal,

100 College Road East, 609-452-7800. Artist’s reception for "Fabrications."

To January 3. Free. Sunday, November 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777.

"Collecting the World," Mollie Murphy’s mixed-media installation

show. To December 12. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to

5 p.m.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.

"A Moment in Time," an international group exhibition of new

works by gallery artists includes Georges Mazilu. To December 5. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Firebird Gallery, 15 Witherspoon, 609-688-0775. Original

watercolors by the Russian-born illustrator Gennady Spirin from his

new picture book, "Jack and the Beanstalk," re-told by Princeton

author Ann Beneduce. To November 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

Medical Center at Princeton, Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192.

Pastels art show by Kathy Shumway-Tunney, to November 18. In the Merwick

Unit Library, landscapes and house portraits by Betty Hirschmann,

to December 9. Part of proceeds benefit the medical center. Open 8

a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Main Street Gallery, Montgomery Center, Route 206, 609-683-8092.

Showing works by area artists Patrice Sprovieri, Wayne Mathisen, Annelies

van Dommelen, and Susan Setteducato. Also exhibiting Hsu Dan, Tom

Chesar, Larry Chestnut, Calvin Hart, Clem Fiori, Leslie Neumeyer,

Leyla Spencer, Janet Landau, Jacob Landau, Ellyn Gerberding, and Marge

Levine. Also posters and limited edition etchings, lithographs, and

serigraphs. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday

to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, The Great

Road, 609-924-6700. Lore Lindenfeld’s, "A Journey in Fiber Art:

Design at Black Mountain College and Beyond." A small retrospective

that spans four phases of the fiber artist’s career: from design and

color studies for courses taught by Josef and Anni Albers at Black

Mountain College to Lindenfeld’s work in the fashion industry. More

recent works include woven wall pieces and multimedia fiber compositions.

To November 19.

Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377.

"In Ascension," a show of recent paintings by Kevin Patrick

Kelly, to December 5.

Stuart Country Day School, Norbert Considine Gallery,

1200 Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Mysteries," an exhibition

of sculpture by Peter E. Smith tracing his artistic odyssey through

the Mediterranean world. As part of the gallery theme of the millennium,

Smith’s sculptures in marble, limestone, wood, gold, and terra cotta

evoke the distant past. To CKTK.

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

Thomas George, a recent series of abstactions in oil and watercolor.

To November 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. Website at

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Art On Campus

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

Lear’s Greece," an exhibition of watercolors, sketchings, and

letters from the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical

Studies in Athens, Greece. Also "The Trappings of Gentility: 19th-Century

British Art at Princeton." Both shows to January 2. Also, "Contemporary

Photographs, new acquisitions and photographs from the permanent collection;

to January 9. 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.

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.

Bucks County College, 434 Swamp Road, Newtown, 215-968-8432.

"Art Faculty Biennial," group show featuring the works of

26 faculty artists. Media include painting, drawing, photography,

sculpture, glass, wood, and electronic imaging. To December 14. Gallery

is open Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday,

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, 609-771-2198.

"Mercer County Photography Exhibition," an all-county show

juried by Susan Fenton. To December 8. Gallery hours are Monday through

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

Described as a "must see" exhibition, the show comprises 40

pieces by 29 artists, selected from a total of 180 works submitted.

Selections include silver prints, color, hand-tinted black and white,

Polariod, photocollage, books, and digital transfer. Award-winning

artists include Emerald Ong, best in show, and Stuart Goldstein, Princeton

Photography Club award. Other winners: Christopher DeLisle, Amanda

Eckert, Beth Gross, Paul Kallich, Judith Kennerk, and Laurie VanSant.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800. "Odd Bedfellows," an exhibition

of paneled painting collage constructions by Ani Rosskam, whose sources

include primitive art and African artifacts. To December 15. Gallery

hours are Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings

from 6 to 8 p.m.

A resident of Roosevelt, Rosskam has won three artist’s fellowships

from the New Jersey Council for the Arts. "My work is a play on

the abstract relationship between found objects, painting, and the

resulting dynamic when they are combined," she says. "As I

build layer upon layer, the significance of the piece finally emerges."

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. "Camera Work: Photographs by William Vandever."

To December 15. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to

noon, and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to

noon. Gallery is closed for fall break November 19 to 28.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 609-497-7990.

Philadelphia sculptor Nena Bryans, an inaugural show in the remodeled

art gallery at the Erdman Hall Conference Center. Titled "Giving

Shape to Faith," her exhibit of 14 works continues to December

6. Exhibit hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays

to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 2 to 9:30 p.m.

Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5588.

"Louis Finkelstein, Paintings 1971 to 1999," a retrospective

show by the veteran artist and art educator. To December 12. Gallery

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

5 p.m.

Born in New York in 1923, Finkelstein studied at Cooper Union, the

Art Students’ League, and Brooklyn Museum Art School. An instructor

at Yale University, Philadelphia School of Art, and Queens College,

he has also had his writings published in Artforum, Art News, and

the Magazine of Art.

"My involvement in painting is in the exploration of painting

language, not simply in making products," says Finkelstein. "I

think the whole question of what painting is and can be is a very

open one, and more than anything else, that’s what I would like the

viewer to get."

The Peddie School, Mariboe Gallery, 609-490-7550. Faculty

show featuring Tim Trelease and his Weird Mole series; Deirdre McGrail

and her film "Rabbitman"; mixed-media works by Catherine Robohm

Watkins; and paintings by gallery curator Ken Weathersby. Show runs

to December 3. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

"Partners," an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Chrisa

Craig and Charles Kumnick, partners and members of the College of

New Jersey art faculty. In the upstairs galleries, a juried show,

"The Best of Mercer County High Schools." Both shows continue

to January 2. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to

3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

"As partners, we enjoy sharing many things," write artists

Craig and Kumnick, "a barn building that houses each of our studios,

a comfortable if slightly eccentric living space, a love of animals,

of food, teaching art, and each other."

Dana Stewart & Jacqueline ter Kuile, Extension Gallery,

60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville, 609-890-7777. "Recent Work,"

an exhibition of sculpture and jewelry by Dana Stewart and jewelry

objects in gold, silver, and precious gems by Jacqueline ter Kuile.

Show runs to December 9. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts

Building, "Beverly Pepper," one-artist show. On the mezzanine,

a thematic photography show, "Focus on Sculpture." Shows continue

to April 16, 2000. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m.

New additions to the 22-acre landscaped sculpture park include works

by Michele Oka Doner, David Hostetler, J. Seward Johnson Jr., Francisco

Leiro, John Martini, and Joseph Menna. The park is on the former state

fairgrounds site, with indoor exhibitions in the glass-walled, 10,000

square foot museum, and the newly-renovated Domestic Arts Building.

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

609-292-6464. "New Jersey, A Sense of Place," the 30th anniversary

Garden State Watercolor Society show, juried by Leah Sloshberg, director

of New Jersey State Museum, and Margaret O’Reilly, assistant curator

of fine arts. The Dagmar Trebble Memorial Award goes to Elizabeth

Lombardi for her painting, "Cecelia: Telling the Story." To

January 2. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also, "The Modernists," an exhibition of gems from the permanent

collection by Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Harley, Georgia

O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Helen Torr, and others, to January 23.

"The Regionalists and Precisionists," with works by Thomas

Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Francis Picabia, and

George Ault, to January 30.

On extended view: "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through New Jersey’s

Piedmont"; "Amber: The Legendary Resin"; "The Moon:

Fact & Fiction."

Urban Word Cafe, 449 South Broad Street, Trenton, 609-989-7777.

Alan Taback’s "Dance Rhythms," a series of paintings based

on music and dance. The Trenton-based artist has been painting and

exhibiting for the past 20 years.

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Art in the Workplace

Theater of the Night: Film & Dreams, 1900 to 2000, Gallery

at Bristol-Myers Squibb , Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275.

An exhibition marking the centenary of the publication of Freud’s

"The Interpretation of Dreams," featuring stills from dream

sequences in 20th-century films and an hour-long video of the film

clips. The show links the 1899 Freud publication with another key

event of the 1890s, the invention of movies. To December 12.

Throughout the 20th century, filmmakers have claimed that their medium

is best able to present the symbolic distortions and displacements

of time and place that characterize dreams. Viewed in darkness, both

film and dreams appear in the "theater of the night." Highlighted

films include Buster Keaton’s "Sherlock Jr.," Bunel’s "Un

Chien Andalou," and Hitchcock’s "Spellbound." Gallery

hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday to 7 p.m.;

weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.

Educational Testing Service, Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Conant Gallery Lounge B: Gary Peterson and Roger

LaPelle, oil paintings, to November 19. In the Brodsky Gallery of

the Chauncey Conference Center, charcoal drawings by Alexandra Sax,

to November 29. Exhibits are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New Brunswick,

732-524-3698. "Work from the Art Centre of New Jersey," a

group show of oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics, to November

30. In the New Jersey Artist Series, "Post-Industrial Paintings"

by Tim Gaydos depicting abandoned factories and other once-vibrant

symbols of human endeavor. To December 14. Free by appointment.

Summit Bancorp Gallery, 301 Carnegie Center at Route 1,

609-987-3200. "The American Indian Artists’ Exhibition," a

group show that continues to November 29. Exhibition is open daily,

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

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To the North

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset

Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Hungarian Spark in America,"

an exhibit highlighting Hungarian contributions to the arts, sciences,

humanities, commerce, religious and civic life in America. To January

31. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. $3 donation. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11

a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $3 donation.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "A Sense of Wonder: African Art from

the Faletti Family Collection." Show features 80 works, dating

from the 15th to early 20th century, presenting an overview of the

variety of style and sensibility in African art. To November 24. Museum

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

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also on exhibit: "Sources of Japonism: Japanese Woodblock Prints

from the David and Ruth Eisenberg Collection"; and "Let’s

Go: On the Move with Children’s Book Illustration." Both shows

to November 24.

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Other Galleries

Gallery at Doral Forrestal, 100 College Road East, 609-452-7800.

"Fabrications," an exhibition of fabric art by Carol Sara

Schepps. To January 3.

A graduate of Pratt Institute, Schepps has been working with fabric

art since 1996. "With textiles and thread as my medium, I have

merged my love of fabric, color, and graphic design," says Schepps.

"My artwork examines the lights, reflection, and complex elements

that comprise otherwise common objects." Her subjects include

"59 Caddy," which features the back end of the popular car,

and "Circles." Schepps’ work has been shown in Philadelphia,

San Diego, and Houston, as was featured in the recent book, "Visions:

Quilt Expressions."

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown, 609-298-3742.

The gallery celebrates its fourth year and a new exhibition season

featuring 12 gallery co-op members presenting shows that change monthly.

Working with owner Eric Gibbons are curators and artists Beverly Fredericks

and Lana Bernard-Toniolio.

Other co-op members are Maura Carey, Sarah Bernotas, Richard Gerster,

Robert Sinkus, Mike Pacitti, Michael Bergman, Jane Lawrence, Charlotte

Jacks, Dorothy Amsden, Carmen Johnson, John Wilson, and Bob Gherardi.

Gallery hours are Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlands Gallery, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate

Drive, Jamesburg, 732-521-0070. "Favorite Things," an exhibition

of watercolors by Joanne Augustine and Barbara G. Watts, both of whom

work with subjects from nature. To January 4.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. "Iron and Ink," an exhibit and sale of

contemporary art from Africa by Kwela Crafts, to December 31. In the

Upstairs Gallery, "Impressions of Nature," new works in watercolor

by Elizabeth Roedell and Gloria Wiernik, to November 30. Gallery hours

are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery, 18 North Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-9313.

"American West," an exhibition of 36 new oil paintings by

Robert Beck chronicling his recent journey from Colorado to Canada,

and from the Western Range to the Rockies. To November 20. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, non to 3


Beck, who lives in Lumberville, was recently recognized by the Michener

Museum in Doylestown where he was one of four contemporary artists

of the region featured in the "1999 Bucks County Invitational."

Pennington Computer School, Straube Center, West Franklin

Avenue, Pennington, 609-730-0746. "Ten Styles," a multi-media

art show by the Art Group. Artists include Adams, Berkowsky, Betz,

Stang Harr, Kaplan, Kogan, Koppel, Mandelbaum, Post, and Wiernik.

Visitor hours are Monday to Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.

to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, Somerville,

908-725-2110. "Viewing Contemporary Culture," a national juried

exhibition of prints and photographs. In the library gallery, works

by Philadelphia artist Kelli Costa. Both shows to November 30. Gallery

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

to 4 p.m.

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington,

609-737-7592. "Vanishing Landscape," an exhibit of oil pastel

and watercolor studies of the region’s fast-disappearing natural landscape

by Dorothy Bissell. To January 8.

A world traveler, Bissell has captured a variety of landscapes around

the globe, but continues to find inspiration in the landscape closest

to home. Her semi-abstract, sweeping renditions of the natural world

are widely shown and collected. She is represented by Jack Koeppel

of the Queenstown Gallery, Pennington.

West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction,

609-799-0462. In the Lobby gallery, an exhibition of recent paintings

by Zakia Aziz Sayed, one of Bangladesh’s best-known artists. Show

continues to November 30.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588.

A shared exhibition of representational riverscapes and still life

in oils by Leonard Restivo, and impressionist oils, or "cerebral

mosaics," by Don Jordan. To December 5. Gallery hours are Friday,

Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bell’s Union Street Restaurant, 183 North Union, Lambertville,

609-397-2226. "Painterly Impressions," an exhibition of watercolors

by Chinese-American artist Oliver Tang, inspired by recent visits

to Venice, Alaska, and the Jersey shore. To December 3.

Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-2300. Charles Fazzino, whimsical three-dimensional paper constructions

on subjects that include New York, Philadelphia, sports, and the law.

To December 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to

5 p.m.

Nagy Gallery, 20 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-8242.

Figurative and landscape paintings in oil by Helen Meyers and David

J. Dincher. To December 30.

Old English Pine, 202 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4978. "Safety in Numbers," Malcolm Bray’s fifth annual

eclectic group show of innovative painting and sculpture that includes

works by Myles Cavanaugh, Annelies van Dommelen, Gareth Evans, Chad

Cortez Everett, Diane Levell, Virgil Sova, Alan Taback, Stacie Speer-Scott,

and Ron Wyffels. To December 31. Open every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Other Museums

Burlington County Historical Society, 454 Lawrence Street,

Burlington, 609-386-4773. "Wildfowl Decoy Exhibit" by master

Burlington carver Jess Heisler (1891-1943), whose best work ranks

among the finest of the Delaware River school of carving, and works

by his friend and pupil John Marinkos (1915-1999). To January 9. Hours

are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Mud Like a Blessing: Elemental Clay Sculpture,"

featuring works by Peter Callas, Sara D’Alessandro, Shellie Jacobson,

Jim Jansma, and Lauren Silver. To January 9. Gallery hours are Tuesday

to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest curator for the show is Michele Mercadal whose concept and title

was inspired by a phrase from a poem by Mary Oliver. "The sculpture

in this exhibit conveys the honoring of clay as a material and the

organic process by which it becomes a sculptural form," says Mercadal.

"The forms carry a contemplative feeling and convey the mysteries

and secrets of combining earth and fire."

Mercer Museum, Pine and Ashland Streets, Doylestown, Pennsylvania,

215-345-0210. "Edward Hicks Country," a companion to the Philadelphia

Museum of Art comprehensive exhibit on Edward Hicks, a show on the

professional and spiritual environment in which the lifelong Bucks

County artist worked. Three related displays explore the 19th-century

craft of ornamental painting, the Quaker meetinghouse environment,

and the iconography of the Society of Friends. To January 3. $5 adult;

$1.50 youth. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday evening to 9 p.m.

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

215-340-9800. "Intimate Vistas: The Poetic Landscapes of William

Langson Lathrop," a major retrospective of more than 50 works

spanning a 50-year career, from 1884 to 1939. Curated by Brian Peterson,

it is one of the Michener’s ambitious scholarly undertakings to date.

To January 9. $5 adults; $1.50 students; children free. Museum hours

are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday evenings to

9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website:

For a 30-year period, from the late 1890s through the 1920s, Lathrop

was known as one of the nation’s premier landscape painters, prominently

association with the Tonalist movement. Essaying to convey the many

and varied moods of nature, the Tonalists often employed a darker

palette than their Impressionist colleagues, and painting in their


Also, "Celebration of American Art" features "An Edward

Hicks Sampler," featuring an 1837 version of "Peaceable Kingdom"

and "The Landing of Columbus." Also, "Picturing Washington:

Icons and Images of America’s Founding Father"; both to January


Also "From Soup Cans to Nuts," an exhibition of prints by

Andy Warhol, on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The artist,

who died in 1987, is best known for his flamboyant, multiple silkscreen

prints that explore icons of popular culture from the famous soup

to Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. To November 21.

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