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Phillips Mill

State Museum

Lawrenceville School

In Highland Park

Grounds for Sculpture

Williams Gallery

Princeton University

Marsha Child

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Preview: Painting & Sculpture

A new art season is one thing. A new art season in

a new gallery in a new town — that’s quite another thing. The

questions, the challenges, the hopes — not to mention the


lists — all mount up. Just ask Ruth Morpeth, of the Morpeth



After four years in business on Pennington’s main street, Morpeth

made a big move, to a much bigger space, with all that implies, when

she relocated to Hopewell this summer. Now, having survived a major

renovation of the site, a taxing, premiere group show, and a water

leak from the second floor of her building, she, her business plan,

and a range of art can be found in their spacious new digs at 43 West

Broad Street (also Route 518), connecting Princeton, Lambertville,

and points between.

To describe a gallery as "a great space" is something of a

cliche, but Morpeth Gallery really does give new meaning to the


In this case, it’s true. Across the street from a cemetery, with a

very low skyline, the gallery’s two huge front windows seem even


more dramatic. Outside, tall, unfussy grasses flank the centered door

— decidedly not a frou-frou type herself, Morpeth didn’t want

multi-colored flowers cluttering things up. That approach carries

over inside, where high ceilings, wood floors, and warmly white walls

suggest room for big works, for many focal points, for both art and

conversation groupings. In an old building, Morpeth has wrought a

contemporary gallery.

She calls her current exhibition "a handsome show with a very

modern look." On view through September 24, it pairs Kate


horizontal and vertical painted wood panels that were inspired by

the underground fires of Centralia, Pennsylvania, with sculptural

works by Donna McCullough. In metal, wood, and stone, she makes both

animal figures and winged phoenixes, and has a corset series as well.

Featured September 30 to October 22, representational landscapes and

still lifes by David Shevlino, a graduate of the Philadelphia Academy

of Fine Arts, will display his range of painting styles. Bronze


by Natalie Ferracci, of the Johnson Atelier, and Cranbury artist


Stave’s still lifes and landscapes will be on view at the same time.

From October 28 to November 19, Morpeth Gallery will feature a new

body of work by Bob Beck, who lives in Lumberville, Pennsylvania,

has a new studio in Lambertville, New Jersey, and seems to paint


and everything. This time, it will be new pictures produced in Bucks

and Hunterdon counties, both "Night and Day." Finally, the

gallery’s emphasis will be on crafts — clay, glass, wood, and

metal — during the winter holidays.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,


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

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Other Galleries

In other venues between Philadelphia and Lambertville,

with a possible side trip to Highland Park, highlights of this


art season include "visual variations" from sources as diverse

as "the Japanese da Vinci," Marge Chavooshian, John Lennon

and Yoko Ono, and the Princeton Artists Alliance. The Art Museum,

Princeton University, is under new leadership — director Susan

Taylor took over in August, and New Brunswick’s Jane Voorhees Zimmerli

Museum will re-open in November, following two half-year closings

for extensive renovations and expansion. The Lawrenceville School

will tap classically-inspired art treasures from the collections of

school parents and the artistic talents of its faculty.

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In Philadelphia

Leonardo da Vinci as "the Western Hon’Ami


From a Japanese perspective, that is. In actuality, the major show

this fall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is "The Arts of


Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Master." Koetsu, an early 17th


figure, was master of many mediums — painting, calligraphy,


and lacquer — and his artistic and cultural authority influenced

the very nature of the tea ceremony.

The exhibition opened July 29, and on September 18, about half the

installation will change, to allow rotation and replacement of


scrolls and books. On Sunday, September 24, museum visitors can


a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

at 26th Street, Philadelphia, 215-763-8100. Website:


Museum admission is $8 adults; $5 for children, students, and seniors.

Free on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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From members of the Princeton Artists Alliance, those

wonderful folks who brought you the now-storied "Odyssey"

exhibition at Bristol-Myers Squibb under the old regime, look for

at least 20 new "Visual Variations" in at the Montgomery


Center in Skillman. From September 15 to October 20, the professional

artists’ group will exhibit and demonstrate at the 1860 House,


Cultural Center. A reception is scheduled Sunday, September 17, 1

to 4 p.m., and during "Artists in Action" at the same time

on October 15, members will demonstrate ceramics, papermaking, and

other mediums.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to

3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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Rider University’s art gallery will provide a look at

how a well-known area artist works in its show of paintings, drawings,

and color studies by Marge Chavooshian. An early facet of the


"Eyes on Trenton" festival, the exhibition opens September

21 and runs through October 22, with a gallery talk on Thursday,


5, at 7 p.m. Harry Naar, gallery director and fine arts professor,

expresses pleasure at the variety of work to be shown.

Rider University Art Gallery, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. Located on the Second Floor of the Student Center,


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

5 p.m.

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Phillips Mill

The 71st annual juried Phillips Mill art exhibition, including


sculpture, and graphics, runs September 23 to October 29, in New Hope.

Depending on jurors and other vagaries, this show has been known to

surprise both its visitors and the artists who submit work for


No sooner does someone say, "It’s usually this," then it


becomes that. Even so, bet on Bucks County landscapes.

Phillips Mill, River Road, Solebury, 215-862-0582.


$3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 students. Gallery hours are Sunday to


1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m.

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State Museum

Moving on from its Russian extravaganza last year, the New Jersey

State Museum has mounted three exhibitions, all opening this month.

Essentially amateur photographs with professional effects, "Click:

The Marvelous in American Vernacular Photography," will showcase

75 images dating from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries

in the traditional genres of still life, portraiture, and documentary.

In "Recreating Flowers: the Glass Wonders of Paul J.


the museum acknowledges the Wenonah resident who is probably the


premiere glass artist. His paperweights, encapsulating seemingly real

flowers, are collector’s items. And the museum draws on its


for "Woven by Tradition and Design: American Indian Weavings,

Textiles, and Baskets." All three shows will be ready in time

for the museum’s open house on Sunday, October 1, and they will run

until or into the new year.

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

609-292-6464. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday

noon to 5 p.m.

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Lawrenceville School

Pieces of Roman glass and a Greek krater, true classical antiquities,

and a contemporary photograph of a statue of Dionysus — these

examples suggest the range of "Classical Inspiration:


Parents Collect." Works from the classical period or somehow


by it will be on view in the Hutchins Rotunda Gallery of the


School from October 13 to December 6. This exhibition runs


with a faculty show in the adjacent Marguerite and James Hutchins

Gallery, both in the school’s Gruss Center of Visual Arts. A reception

on Friday, October 20, 6-8 p.m., is open to all.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts,


609-620-6026. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; except Wednesday

and Saturday, to noon.

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In Highland Park

Offering a possible change of venue for readers, B. Beamesderfer


at 6 North Second Avenue, Highland Park, will show Marge Levine’s

"Pastel Journal" from September 17 to November 4. Levine,

also a printmaker and book illustrator whose meticulous line can


both whimsy and telling detail, also records soft pastel impressions

of her travels. An artist’s reception is Sunday, September 17, 1 to

4 p.m.

B. Beamesderfer Gallery, at 6 North Second Avenue,


Park, 732-249-6971.

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Grounds for Sculpture

At Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, the fall-winter exhibition that

opens to the public on October 10 runs through Sunday, April 8, 2001.

In the museum, "Elements" is a three-person show by artists

who structure their works from repetitions of the component materials

— Del Geist, Brower Hatcher, and Tim Prentice. The ground floor

of the Domestic Arts building will house recent abstract works by

James Dinerstein, a New York artist who works with pigmented cement

or cast bronze. On the mezzanine, works by 22 winners of the


Sculpture Center’s annual award, given to outstanding undergraduate

and graduate students. Outdoors, pieces by Robert Cooke, Daniel Goode,

Robert Ressler, and Isaac Witkin will be added to the sculpture park.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. The park and galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday,

from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; the Museum building is open from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public tours are offered Saturday mornings at 11


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Williams Gallery

Ten days before John Lennon was killed in 1980, Allan Tannenbaum,

then covering the entertainment beat for the Soho Weekly News, made

a series of photographic studies of Lennon and Yoko Ono. Now, 20 years

later, a new series of digitally enhanced, color images that he has

created, together with several of the earlier black and white


series, will be on view at the Williams Gallery, Princeton, November

11 to December 9.

Echoing "Double Fantasy," the Lennon-Ono album prompting the

1980 publicity that included Tannenbaum’s fine-art photographs, the

exhibition is called "John Lennon and Yoko Ono — a Double

Fantasy: New Work by Allan Tannenbaum." Mary Lou Bock, of the

Williams Gallery, describes the images as "a contemporary profile

of these colorful and renowned musical figures."

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

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.wmgallery.com

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Princeton University

At the Art Museum, Princeton University, a show and a symposium


food for thought in October. Sharing the title "Surviving the

Photograph," she show that opens October 17 (and continuing to

November 19), and the two-day symposium, October 20 and 21, examine

the photograph and the modern art world. The interdisciplinary


organized by graduate students and faculty, promises to look closely

at all aspects of photography. It features keynote addresses by Allan

Sekula and Molly Nesbit, and papers by such prominent critics such

as Benjamin Buchloh, Nancy Armstrong, Geoffrey Batchen, Kobena Mercer,

Hal Foster, Carol Armstrong, Eduardo Cadava, Laura Kurgan, Peter


Michael Jennings, Mark Hansen, and Bill Gaskins. The conference


is at www.princeton.edu/~survival/photodescr.html

Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. Free tours

are every Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Marsha Child

Featured at Marsha Child Contemporary this fall is a solo exhibition

of new paintings by visiting European artist Andrei Zadorine. The

show will be accompanied by a retrospective color catalog. Born in

Belarus in 1960, and trained in the Soviet art academy, Zadorine now

lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two children. Childs says

the artist draws inspiration from childhood memories. Opening


is October 20.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street,


Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

— Pat Summers

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