Art in Town

Art On Campus

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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

to Princeton.

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

Anne Morrison.

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

Crafters’ Marketplace, Princeton YWCA, Witherspoon

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.

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Art in Town

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

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

November 21.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

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.

Pringle International Art, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-9292.

"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.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

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.

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Art On Campus

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

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.

Princeton University, Firestone Library, Milberg Gallery,

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.

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Art in the Workplace

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New Brunswick,

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.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two, Lawrenceville,

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.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

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.

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

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.

Artsbridge Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Route 28, Stockton,

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.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992.

"Barry Snyder," an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and

sculpture. Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To December 4.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville,

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.

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Other Museums

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

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.

Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick,

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

January 14.

"Opening Up: A Half-Century of Artistic Dialogue between

Japan and the West" (ongoing). And "A World of Stage: Designs

for Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection," to

March 31.

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Art In Trenton

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

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.

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

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."

Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette, Trenton,

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.

Other Galleries

Cranbury Station Gallery, 353 Georges Road, Dayton, 732-355-1140.

"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.

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

"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.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

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.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

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.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393.

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.

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Weston Hall, 367 Martin

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.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

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

p.m.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Lawrenceville,

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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