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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the November 15, 2000 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Showtime for YWCA Crafters’ Marketplace
How typical is Maya Bohler of the craftspeople at the
YWCA Princeton Crafters’ Marketplace this coming weekend? For her,
what started as a hobby became a second career about 25 years ago.
Now she works full-time and happily in her studio near Flemington,
producing hand-painted porcelain trays and bowls, and realistic stoneware
vegetables. She has been part of the Y’s benefit crafters’ event "for
many years now," and has built a following of return buyers there.
On Friday evening, November 17, Bohler will set up her display area,
unpacking and arranging her work. No more "schlepping" of
ceramics until the marketplace closes Sunday afternoon — and at
that, she’ll probably return home with far fewer pieces than she transported
A native of Switzerland, Bohler came to this country to work at the
United Nations. At one point, she decided to take evening classes,
and the rest is — pottery.
"My work is all nature-inspired," she says, explaining how
she draws inspiration from her own garden for the fruit and vegetable
motifs that distinguish her trays and bowls. Setting off her designs
in a uniquely textured way, she has developed her own approach to
the popular Majolica style (named for the Mediterranean island where
it originated). Bohler paints on built-up glaze layers before high-firing
the pieces, both atypical techniques, she says.
"The colors come out in the firing," she says. Hues can sometimes
surprise, as can the effect of painting between layers of the glazes
that she makes herself. "It’s all estimation, experience, and
luck," she adds, covering just about all the variables vital to
a good crafter. She also shapes bowls and other forms from soft clay
into which she has pressed actual leaves to pick up their outlines
and veining before firing.
Inspired as a spinoff on her own name, Maya, and fed
by travels in the American Southwest, Bohler years ago grew interested
in native cultures and came up with a series of Mayan-inspired work.
In shades of sandstone, her bowls, wine coolers, and vases feature
"glyphs" (Mayan symbolic writing characters) found during
her research, which she scratches or paints on the surfaces.
Bohler will be one of almost 140 professional artisans, all of whose
creations were juried by submitted slides, joining for the YWCA Princeton
Crafters’ Marketplace, a holiday-season event since 1963. Besides
pottery, their wares range from hand-dyed clothing to hand-painted
metal ware; from polymer clay ornaments to handmade paper; and from
heirloom quilts to jewelry, much of it silver.
Running Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the John
Witherspoon Middle School, 217 Walnut Lane, the Crafters’ Marketplace
attracted more than 5,000 visitors last year. Besides the artisans’
work, the event also features a series of demonstrations at half-hour
intervals. For instance, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., origami by Wenning
Han; at 1 p.m., teddy bear construction by Connie McChesney; and at
2 p.m., techniques with polymer clay by Susan Kabota. On Sunday at
12:30 p.m., crewel by Barbara Pinkham; and at 1:30 p.m., weaving by
The marketplace will include two venues to sustain visitors and buyers:
staffed by members of the Newcomers, a get-acquainted group for new
area residents, the cafe will offer coffee, cocoa, bagels, and donuts;
and sandwiches, soups, salad, and fruit. From the newcomers’ graduate
group, visitors can buy spiced nuts, soup mixes, pies, cakes, and
cookies. Plentiful parking and handicapped accessibility are assured.
As always, proceeds from the Crafters’ Marketplace benefit the YWCA
Pearl Bates scholarship fund. Named for an active volunteer and established
in 1963 by her colleagues at Educational Testing Service, the fund
allows participation in Y programs by women and children in the community
who otherwise could not afford to do so.
— Pat Summers
Middle School, 217 Walnut Lane, 609-497-2100. The 27th juried craft
show with pottery, glassware, jewelry, woodwork, children’s and adult’s
clothing. $6. Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, 10 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
New paintings by visiting artist Andrei Zadorine, who was born in
Belarus and now lives in the Netherlands. Drawing inspiration from
childhood memories, he creates evocative paintings in an earthy palette
of browns, golds, and auburns, that unite the real and the imaginary.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To
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.
"The Human Touch" featuring figurative artists Karolina Larusdottir
and Gabriel Schmitz. Larusdottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, completed
her training in the United Kingdom where she now lives. German-born
Schmitz studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and currently
lives in Spain. Both artists’ work has been extensively exhibited
and collected in London, Paris, and Barcelona. Tuesday to Saturday,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 18.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Witnessing to the Word," a group
show featuring the work of sculptor Patrick Birge, potter Patrick
Caughy, and painter Patrick Ellis. The artists met through a consortium
of theological schools. Gallery talk and reception is Monday, December
4, at 4:30 p.m., for the show that continues to January 5. 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.
the Photograph," as exhibition that explores the relationship
between survival and photography, featuring works by Thomas Barrow,
Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Walker Evans, Roger Fenton, Emmet Gowin,
Eikoh Hosoe, Richard Misrach, Fazal Sheikh, and others, to November
19. 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.
Also, "Dutch Drawings in the Golden Age, an exhibition of Old
Master drawings, to January 7; "American Drawings from Copley
to O’Keeffe," to December 30. And "Material Language: Small-Scale
Sculpture after 1950," an exhibition that complements the newly-dedicated
Richard Serra sculpture on the university campus, selected from the
permanent collection by professors Peter Bunnell and Hal Foster, and
museum director Susan Taylor. Artists include Alexander Calder and
Kenneth Snelson, Leo Steppat, Jasper Johns, Barry Bertoia, Poly Bury,
Anthony Caro, George Segal, Jonathan Shahn, Claes Oldenburg, and Christopher
Wilmarth; to December 30. On extended view in the Bowen Gallery, Richard
Serra’s "Weight and Measure" etchings.
609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait of the
spirited, affluent Parisian society through the printmaking technique
known as "pochoir." The show features 100 color prints, including
a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of jazz, tango, high fashion,
and modern art. The prints, featuring vibrant colors and flamboyant
designs, are from the collection of Mitchell Wolfson Jr. On view to
April 8, 2001.
732-524-6957. Group show by 12 members of the New Jersey Photography
Forum, a non-profit group of professional photographers, photo educators,
and amateurs. Open weekdays by appointment only. To November 16.
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.
609-397-0275. "Organic Movement," a solo exhibition of paintings
by Monica McNulty about visual movement inspired by nature. Gallery
hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 16.
Industrial landscapes and figure paintings by Marc Reed and interiors
and street scenes by Ruth Laks. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. To December 3.
609-773-0881. The area artists’ organization opens a new permanent
gallery home in the historic mill. Show features works by Marie Finn,
Peter Defiris, George Hanover, Nina Bolfing, Nancy Shill, Nancy K.
Anderson, Edie Sharp, and Ty Hodanish. Gallery is open Thursdays through
Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. To November 30.
"Barry Snyder," an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and
sculpture. Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To December 4.
609-397-3349. "L’Origine du Monde," mural-size oils on linen
by Illia Barger that depict luscious fruits. A scholarship student
at Bennington College and at Cooper Union, Barger has participated
in more than a dozen exhibitions in New York, Bucks County, and Connecticut.
Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 27.
215-340-9800. "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, runs
through February 11. 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. Museum admission $5 adults; $1.50 students.
732-932-7237. After more than a year of construction, the expanded
and renovated Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers celebrates
its reopening. Inaugural exhibitions include:"Michael Mazur: A Print
Retrospective" covering a 40-year span; to February 16. "Monotypes
in Contemporary American Printmaking" from the Rutgers Archives
for Printmaking Studios; to February 18. "An Arkful of Animals:
Captivating Creatures," from the Rutgers collection of original
illustrations for children’s literature; to December 22. "Realities
and Utopias: Abstract Painting from the Dodge Collection," to
Japan and the West" (ongoing). And "A World of Stage: Designs
for Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection," to
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.
609-292-6464. "Click! The Marvelous in American Vernacular Photography,"
an exhibit of found photographs offering a diversity of American images
ranging from quirky snapshots to haunting photographic documents.
Curated by Donald Lokuta of Kean University, Robert Yoskowitz of Union
College, and the museum’s assistant curator Margaret O’Reilly, the
show explores how great works of art influenced everyday photography.
Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday
noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and state holidays. To December 31.
Dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the 90 "ordinary
photographs of ordinary people" featured in this exhibition were
found in shoe boxes at flea markets and yard sales or retrieved. Taken
by anonymous photographers, their power may be the result of a lucky
accident or of inspired planning that is reminiscent of such photo
masters as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus. Found
photographs have become a hot new collectible in the art world.
Also: "Dinosaurs, Ammonites & Asteroids," to January 21."
"Woven by Tradition and Design: A Selection of American Indian
Weavings, Textiles and Baskets from the New Jersey State Museum Collections,"
to December 31; "Recreating Flowers: The Glass Wonders of Paul
J. Stankard," to January 7.
On extended view: "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."
609-695-0061. "19th to 21st Century Landscapes: From Artists Represented
in the Metropolitan Museum to the Undiscovered." Plus work by
gallery artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 30.
"A Celebration of the Extraordinary Art of George Ivers,"
featured at the gallery’s newly added location in Dayton. Ivers, 77,
is an internationally known multi-media artist, a sculpture, painter,
and printmaker whose works are in museums around the world. A designer
for Lenox China, his art work has been chosen three times by UNICEF
for its holiday card collection. To November 30.
"Silver & Gold," a holiday show featuring work on family and
angelic themes by Christine Parson, Brian Cezario, and Eric Gibbons.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. To December 20.
609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Rotunda: "Classical Inspiration:
Lawrenceville Parents Collect." In the Hutchins Gallery, the Annual
Faculty Exhibition by Jamie Greenfield, Allen Fitzpatrick, Brian Daniell,
Andy Franz, Leonid Siveriver, William Vandever, Amanda Eckert, and
Ed Stehle. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To December 6.
Road, 609-921-3272. In the Main Gallery: "To Each Her Oeuvre,"
a group show by the Cycles Group, 16 contemporary women artists from
north and central New Jersey who have been meeting and exhibiting
together for two years; to December 2. In the Professional Artists’
Gallery upstairs, a shared show featuring "Watercolor Views"
by Gloria Wiernick and "Page I Series," woodblock prints by
Idaherma Williams; to November 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert Beck’s annual show of recent oil paintings of varied subjects
and scenery entitled "Night and Day." Gallery hours are Tuesday
to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 19.
Luther King Boulevard, Newark, 973-596-5566. "The Language of
Michael Graves: Architecture and Product Design," an exhibition
featuring drawings, models, and photographs of buildings throughout
the world, as well as art pieces, and items from the architect’s home
product lines. The renowned Princeton-based architect was awarded
the President’s National Medal of Arts in 1999, and recently honored
by House Beautiful as one of the "Giants of Design." Website:
www.njit.edu. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to
4 p.m; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. To November 19.
"This retrospective recognizes the long-standing relationship
between NJIT and Michael Graves," says Urs Gauchat, dean of the
School of Architecture. In 1991, Graves was awarded an honorary doctorate
by NJIT. Architectural projects featuring in the show include the
Denver Central Library, the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport
in the Hague, and the Miramar Hotel in Egypt. Graves’ work at NJIT
includes Laurel Hall, the newest residence, and a master plan to unify
the design of the campus.
Branch Station, 908-725-2110. A national group show, "Art as Healing,"
juried by Christine Holzer, on view through December 29. Also, Nicole
Maynard-Sahar’s show of recent prints; to November 25. Gallery hours
are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4
609-896-5168. "Joan Wortis: A Textile Journey Through Asia and
Monoprint Collages," featuring Asian textiles from the artist’s
collection and her own monoprints. Lore Lindenfeld curated the exhibit
that runs to December 2. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to
8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
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