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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the August 7, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Quilted Images from 9-11

Twenty Ulysses butterflies, native to the Australian

tropical rain forest, rise from jagged tongues of fire and float up

toward a starry sky. Made of fabric from that country, the butterflies

commemorate the lives of 20 Australians lost in the Twin Towers on

September 11, 2001. This vertical image by Carmel Bird also includes

an excerpt from a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca, written before the

tragedy, yet painfully apt now.

The maker of another vertical image joins innumerable others in

creating

a variation on the twin tower theme. In lieu of columns, she shows

two American flags with elongated stripes; above and between them

are what looks like a blizzard of falling sheets of paper. At the

bottom of the image, a placard reads "Tribute to the Twin Tower

Tragedy. In Memoriam Cousin Bennett Fisher and Friend Ulf Ericson,

both of Greenwich, Ct. Designed and made by Harriet Goetz Holly, Boca

Raton, Florida."

The comprehensive book on Americans’ reactions to the 9-11 terrorist

attacks is yet to be written. And it may never be — the

aftershocks

are still being felt; the reactions are still happening, and they

are likely to continue indefinitely.

Right now, though, an early chapter of that encyclopedia-to-be can

be "read" in the main gallery of the Montgomery Center for

the Arts, 1860 House, Skillman, in the form of 16 quilts memorializing

the people and the events of September 11. Open since July 28, the

exhibition runs though Sunday, September 1.

Modeled after the AIDS Memorial Quilt, "September 11 Quilts"

was conceived and organized by a New Yorker to help people mourn the

tragedies and losses that occurred in New York, Washington, and

Pennsylvania. Drunell Levinson lives about a mile from Ground Zero,

and on that horrific day she was already at her office.

She was able to walk home, and then, like so many of us, she became

fixated on media coverage and her own grief, fear, and disbelief.

Soon, though, this artist, educator, and folk art scholar decided

to use public art as a form of grieving by inviting people to design

and make a "mourning quilt."

A specialist in both quilts as art and so-called "women’s

work"

in art, Levinson began single-handedly to build a collection of

quilts made by caring people the world over. Even now, she still does

the bulk of the work, although friends help occasionally and Verne

MacDonald, the quilt site’s webmaster, seems never to quit, she says.

Readers who are quilt-makers or connoisseurs might like to know that

Levinson’s quilt specifications require participants to use

non-stretch

materials such as cotton, satin, or wool; allow them to employ such

techniques as applique, patchwork, or piecing, as well as incorporate

objects or mementos that can withstand folding and travel; forbid

glue and make batting optional. This and more — including a

gallery

of quilts in the collection — is part of the website: www.

september11quilts.org.

Now numbering 60 completed quilts, with a projected eventual total

of at least double that, the collection is available for exhibitions

at community events, museums, galleries, and quilt shows. Each quilt

is either 3 feet by 6 feet (running horizontally or vertically), or

3 feet square, and all have been finished to allow them to be joined

and displayed on the ground or hung separately on walls. Quilt makers,

mostly individuals but a few groups, come from as far away as Korea,

Australia, and England, as well as all over the US.

"September 11 Quilt" exhibitions are scheduled through the

end of this year in locations ranging from Fort Washington,

Pennsylvania,

to Santa Clara, California, and Yokohama, Japan, and Levinson expects

them to travel until December, 2003. Possible sites in New York are

being explored, and longer range, Levinson hopes the memorial quilts

will find a museum home.

The square quilt that Linda Krause made shows the lower Manhattan

skyline at sunset, when she likes it most. She uses dreamy pastel

colors for the sky around the Twin Towers, silver columns in the

cityscape

that she calls "Twin Towers (`Connais-tu le pays?’)."

Looking at a glance like a "traditional" quilt, Marie

Annoual’s

"Shock and Hope" comprises nine squares, with the three each

on left and right cut diagonally into two designs with a connecting

motif. Stars, stripes, and flags prevail in these squares. The three

middle squares include a picture of the World Trade Center, a heart

in a star, and a USA/flag pairing. As with most of the quilt

reproductions,

this one is accompanied by a statement by its maker.

Together, the quilts and the statements make affecting viewing and

reading. They surely gave solace to their makers; may they do the

same for others.

— Pat Summers

The 16 selected "September 11 Quilts" remain on view

through Sunday, September 1 at the Montgomery Center for the Arts,

124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. 609-921-3272 or

www.MontgomeryCenterfortheArts.org.

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Art in Town

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path:

Princeton

and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition that looks

at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its

workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003. Free.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

Family an exhibition featuring Sara and Nicole Funke and their

grandfather,

sculptor and retired DuPont research chemist Robert F. Drury. Twins

Sara and Nicole Funke were born in East Windsor in 1979 and have lived

in the area all their lives. "Funke Fantasies" is the subtitle

of the show featuring paintings of dreams and imaginative fantasies

of mermaids, dragons, and unicorns. Gallery hours Friday and Saturday,

1 to 6 pm, and "by chance or by appointment."

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

Jazz and celebrity paintings by James Lucas of Cranbury. To September

8.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788.

"Immortals,

Deities, and Sages in Chinese Painting," to September 29. "The

Peter C. Bunnell Collection," to September 1. "Japanese

Woodblock

Prints," a 16-print survey from Suzuki Harunobu (1725) to

Hiroshige

(1850s), to September 1. "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts

in Tang Dynasty China," extended to September 29. Open Tuesday

through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. New website:

www.princetonartmuseum.org.

Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American

Landscape."

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168. Annual exhibition of works by Rider

students

in all mediums. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.;

Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To August 11.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Natural Patterns, Natural World," an exhibition

of photographs by Tom Manning and watercolors by Ruth Manning. Monday

to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To August 9.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"Outside In," an exhibit of recent landscape paintings by

Robert MaGaw and Mike Filipiak. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To August 12.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Annual summer group show highlights works by the nationally-recognized

Trenton-born artist and muralist Charles William Ward (1900-1962).

More than two dozen artists represented in the show that runs to

September

8. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Greene and Greene Gallery, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville,

609-397-7774. Ninth annual Discoveries Exhibition featuring 100

limited

edition and individual jewelry pieces in gold, sterling, and fine

metals with precious and semi-precious stones and gems. Artists

include

Karen Bachmann, Sarah Mann, Donna D’Aquino, Margaret Ellis, and Debra

Lynn Gold. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 2.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. A shared show features paintings by Ed Adams and

ceramics

by Reinaldo Sanguino. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, noon

to 5 p.m. To August 31.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. "Abstractions and Reflections," a group show

by area artists including Ed Baumlin, W. Carl Burger, Sonya Kuhfahl,

Nadine and Nancy Synnestvedt, and Barbara White. Gallery is open

Wednesday

& Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.;

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To September 18.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New

World,"

an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring

works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom emigrated to the U.S.

between 1920 and 1957. Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and

Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor Sugor, Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor

Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and Vicent Korda; to April, 2003. Museum

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

4 p.m. $5 donation.

Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-4177. "Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra

Cotta Industry," an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral

histories of New Jersey’s once booming architectural ceramics

industry.

Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

On view to May 30, 2003.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Post-Systemic Art," an exploration of current

trends in geometric abstraction. Also, "Meghan Wood: Recent

Sculpture,"

constructions in fabric, buttons, and thread. Open Tuesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To September 15.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Michael A. Smith: Landscapes," an exhibition

of 13 works from the recent acquisition of 40 prints by the

self-taught

Bucks County photographer. 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. $6 adult; $3 student. To October 6.

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

609-292-6464. "River of Leisure: Recreation Along the

Delaware,"

to November 3. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You

Can See," an introduction to New Jersey’s natural features by

way of the historic waterway, to November 10. Museum hours are Tuesday

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

Also: "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the State

Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. "A Decade

of Collecting, Part 1," to January 5.

On extended view: "Art by African-Americans: A Selection from

the Collection;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological

Record"; "Delaware Indians of New Jersey"; "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals"; "Of Rock and Fire";

"Neptune’s Architects"; "The Modernists"; "New

Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron;" "Historical

Archaeology

of Colonial New Jersey;" "Painting of Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

New Jersey State Museum, Department of State, 225

West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of

Collecting,"

works from the museum’s archaeological, ethnographic, and natural

history collections. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., to

January 5, 2003.

Area Galleries

Doral Forrestal, Gratella Restaurant, 100 College Road

East, Plainsboro, 609-452-7800. Solo exhibition or paintings and

prints

by Plainsboro resident Donna Senopoulos. Through August 30.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

"Watercolor Anarchy," an exhibition by Gail Bracegirdle and

11 of her students. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Saturday,

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To August 17.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road,

Pennington,

609-737-7592. "A Gathering of Baskets," a show of baskets

woven by area artists. Exhibit runs to August 17.


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