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Art by the River

Art In Trenton

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Space, Time, and Light

Philadelphia-area painter Randall Exon says his desire

to make paintings "has always come from my intense fascination

with the land and the evocative effects of light." The solo exhibition,

"Randall Exon: A Quiet Light," opens at the James A. Michener

Art Museum on Saturday, January 11. Exon gives a slide lecture and

gallery talk on Sunday, January 12, for the show that will remain

on view to April 27.

Part of the Michener’s ongoing series of contemporary masters of landscape

painting, the show features some 35 Exon landscapes, interiors, and

still lifes which are often characterized by such words as "moody,"

"passionate," and "evocative." Centering on the landscape

and the figure in the landscape, Exon explores the ways in which memory

and imagination inform us about how the land and realities behind

appearance.

"My desire to make paintings has always come from my intense fascination

with the land and the evocative effects of light," says the artist.

He describes his "realism" tends towards evocation rather

than accuracy as its primary goal. Many of Exon’s "realist"

scenes are fictions made up entirely form personal experience and

memory, a combination of past and present impressions. He is interested

in creating the kind of scene which, as he says, "doesn’t really

exist outside my painting."

Born in South Dakota and raised in Kansas and Oregon, Exon received

his undergraduate degree from Washburn University in 1978 and earned

an MFA at University of Iowa in 1982. For the past 16 years he has

been a professor of studio art at Swarthmore College.

As a boy in South Dakota, Exon spent long hours on his

grandparents’ farm. "Looking back on it now, it seemed a place

out of time," he says. "Theirs was a way of life that was

much more about the 19th rather than the 20th century. When I make

paintings today, I am often drawing upon my memories of their farm

and the landscape of the upper Midwest." His evocative realism,

however, stems from more than sentimentality. "Nostalgia does

not interest me at all," he says. "The kind of landscapes

that interest me are those that combine elements of my past with the

present."

"Space, time, and light: three words that come to mind then I

think about Randy," writes the show’s curator, Brian Peterson,

in his catalog essay. "Some landscape painters use space as a

way of filling up the gaps between events. But Randy doesn’t think

of space as empty. Even his indoor paintings feel roomy. But in the

landscapes, space becomes the main character on the stage… Space

is a living thing in these paintings — a tangible, palpable presence."

Highlighted in "A Quiet Light" are several works created by

Exon during a 1997 painting fellowship to County Mayo on the coast

of Ireland.

"Randy is not the first painter who fell in love with light, time,

and space," writes Peterson, who cites Martin Johnson Heade, Fitz

Hugh Lane, Daniel Garber, and George Inness as some of Exon’s notable

predecessors. "Go back a little further, and the glowing interiors

of Vermeer come into view," he adds. "The light in his paintings

does more than just define forms — it’s a quiet light that comes

from someplace other than the sun."

Randall Exon: A Quiet Light, James A. Michener Art

Museum , 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800. First

day for the solo show. Slide lecture and gallery talk Sunday, January

12, at 3 p.m. Admission $6 adults; $3 students and children. Show

runs to April 27. Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m.

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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 on the history

and creation of the canal, the life of death of its workers, and recent

environmental and preservation issues. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon

to 4 p.m.; through March.

Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100.

Landscapes and floral works in watercolors, acrylic, and pastel by

Phyllis Lifschutz. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday

and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. To January 26.

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Art in the Workplace

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4023. "From the Woodcut to the Gene," woodcuts,

glass etchings, and drawings by Walter Culbreth. Open Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Show runs to January 24.

Area Galleries

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. Princeton Photography Club’s second

annual juried exhibit of color and black and white photography. Subject

matter includes classic, landscapes, portraits, and abstract. Gallery

talk Sunday, January 12. On view Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To January 26.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. Annual juried members show featuring

award winners Erena Roe, Gary Briechle, and Liz Mitchell. Juror was

Barbara Madsen of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Gallery

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

to 4 p.m. To January 18.

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Campus Arts

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

in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection,"

an exhibition of 16 rarely-seen works on paper by the precursor of

modern painting. Organized by Laura Giles, associate curator of prints

and drawings, the exhibition celebrates the publication of the first

scholarly catalog on these watercolors which span the entire range

of Cezanne’s career. On long-term loan to the museum since 1976, the

works are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. To January

12.

Also "Beyond the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to

January 5. "Lewis Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an

exhibition of recently acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz;

to January 19. "Earth’s Beauty Revealed: The 19th-Century European

Landscape;" to January 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2

p.m.

Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University,

609-258-3184. "Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders, and Book

Designers," a Milberg Gallery exhibition curated by Rebecca Warren

Davidson. To March 30.

Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, 609-258-1651. Photographs by Larry Fink that highlight the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Program.

Created to recognize contributions of unsung health leaders across

the country to community health and health care, the show features

Arlene Goldsmith of New Alternatives for Children and Reverend Kenneth

Robinson M.D. of St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church. Open

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 24.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Pentimenti: A Decade of Paintings,"

an exhibition of magic realist works by Eileen Kennedy-Dyne inspired

by illuminated manuscripts of the 13th and 14th centuries. Open Monday

to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To January

24.

"Even though my style is undeniably linear, my work plays games

with space," says the artist. "I put figures and objects into

spaces that might suffocate a live person, leaving them barely room

to breathe."

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Paul Signac: A

Collection of Watercolors and Drawings"; to January 19. "Russian

Cover Design, 1920s to 1930s: The Graphic Face of the Post-Revolutionary

and Stalinist Periods"; to March 30. "Sergei Paradjanov Off

Camera: Collages, Assemblages, and Objects," to March 16. "Yurii

Dyshlenko: Abstraction, Modernity, and Mass Media;" to January

12.

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

noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission

$3; under 18 free; and free on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art by the River

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

"Traditions, Old and New," an exhibition of recent paintings

by Colette Sexton and Norine Kevolic. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon

to 5 p.m. To January 13.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804.

Annual holiday show featuring paintings by Katharine Steele Renninger

and watercolors by Barbara Watts. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

To January 12.

Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Holiday invitational show of gallery artists including

Ed Baumlin, Ed Bronstein, W. Carl Burger, Christian Corey, Nessa Grainger,

Carol Ross, Rhoda Yanow, and Frank Zuccarelli. 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 January 30.

Papier Sun Art Gallery, 39 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-9022. "Inverted Year: Winter Landscape Paintings of the

Delaware Valley." Susan Twardus, curator and contributing artist,

says the same light and scenery that drew the painters of the New

Hope art colony a century ago, continue to inspire. To January 31.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Holiday

exhibition of works by art school faculty members including Gail Bracegirdle,

Micheal Madigan, Charles Viera, and others. Open Monday to Friday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To January 17.

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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,"

recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian

Americans who 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 Vincent

Korda. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Through April.

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.

To May 30.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway,

732-745-3030. National touring exhibit, "Preserving Memory: America’s

Monumental Legacy," telling the stories behind America’s outdoor

sculptures.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan

and Jan Berenstain," the storybook authors’ first museum retrospective,

organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and curated by David Leopold.

The show coincides with the publication of "Down a Sunny Dirt

Road: An Autobiography"; to January 12. $10; $7 child.

Also "Retreating to Ideal Environments," works from the New

Hope colony by Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge, Robert Spencer, and others;

to February 2. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and

Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing

Face of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey

barns and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape photographer

Louise Rosskam. To January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. In the Museum, new work by glass artist Dale Chihuly,

to April 6. In the Domestic Arts Building, work by winners of 2002

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, to

January 10.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday

is Members Day. $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday;

and $10 Sunday.


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