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The Art of Overcoming Obstacles

Princeton native Beth Livingston, 39, was on top of the world when she

graduated with an art education degree in 1989 from Bank Street

College in New York after earning a BFA from Parsons. She and her new

husband moved near Bozeman, Montana, to start married life surrounded

by majestic mountains and natural splendor.

Three months later, at age 24, Livingston was driving into town with

her shepherd dog, Grover, when she veered off the road toward a deep

irrigation ditch. The car flipped over and she was trapped. Grover

escaped and blocked the center of the road, barking and howling until

someone stopped and followed him to the overturned vehicle.

The verdict? Livingston was paralyzed from the waist down. But that

hasn’t stopped Livingston from pursuing her artistic dreams. (She is

also a mother and an award-winning Paralympic cross-country skier, who

was profiled on the Oxygen television network.) Her sculpture,

"Firefly," is among the more than 275 works by 79 artists with

disabilities in the third annual ArtFirst! exhibit at the University

Medical Center at Princeton. The exhibit, mounted throughout the

hospital’s main floor corridors, opens with a patrons’ reception, open

to the public, on Sunday, March 6, where many of the mid-Atlantic

artists will be in attendance.

"Firefly" started with a walk in the woods. On a trek along the

Yellowstone River last year, Livingston and a friend discovered a

remarkable piece of wood. "A beaver had gnawed it in three pieces,"

she says, "but it was all connected. This wood was destined for

sculpture. I never know what will evolve when I begin, so I just

started painting and working. Suddenly a wonderful bug appeared before

me. I named in Firefly." The piece won second prize in the ArtFirst!

sculpture category. Another Livingston piece, "Fairest of Them All," a

bejeweled mirror, captured first prize in crafts.

ArtFirst! includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media,

sculpture, photography, jewelry, mosaic, scrimshaw, handcrafted

baskets, and other fiber art. All works are for sale, and range in

price from $100 to $4,000, with the artists receiving 80 percent. The

remaining 20 percent, as well as proceeds from the patron’s preview

party, will benefit the University Medical Center at Princeton Breast

Health Center.

Other artists represented in the show include oil painter Karen

Baszewski, a resident of Robbinsville who suffers from a debilitating

muscle disease and loss of vision; Edward Farese of Whiting, an

accomplished painter who had to learn to paint with his left hand

after suffering a stroke; watercolorist Anthony J. Zaremba, also a

resident of Whiting, who rediscovered art after multiple sclerosis

forced him to retire from a career as a dental technician; and Raymond

Hu, a California artist who has been featured on public television and

who began studying Chinese brush painting on rice paper at age 14,

despite Down syndrome and problems with fine motor skills.

Livingston’s parents, Albert C. Barclay, an independent attorney with

offices in Kingston, and Marge Barclay, who has a license with Peyton

Associates and buys and renovates homes, then resells them, still

reside in Princeton. Their daughter sums up how her art has enhanced

her life because of, or perhaps in spite of, her disability, by

quoting Helen Keller: "The richness of the human experience would lose

something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome."

Livingston, who recently opened her own art studio in downtown

Bozeman, is currently planning an adaptive outdoor program in Sun

Valley, where she will teach eight Iraqi war veterans with

disabilities how to downhill and cross-country ski.

ArtFirst!, a juried exhibition and sale of original art and fine

crafts by professional artists with physical and mental disabilities,

open free to the public, Monday, March 7, through Friday, April 15.

Patrons preview party, Sunday, March 6, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets, for $50,

$100, $150, and $250, are available at the door, and proceeds benefit

the University Medical Center at Princeton Breast Health Center. A

fashion boutique, featuring "art to wear" by knitwear designer Sandy

D’Andrade, will take place during the party. 609-497-4211.

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Art in Town

Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The recently

opened Chinese antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series,

"Last Dynasty," oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist

and owner, Lu Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western

watercolor. Also, Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing

dynasties. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to

6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street,

609-921-6748. "Princeton Recollects" exhibition was organized to

celebrate the accomplishments of the Princeton History Project. In the

1970s and 80s, the project was dedicated to collecting and preserving

memories, and publishing "The Princeton Recollector," a monthly

magazine. The exhibition includes original letters, documents, and

artifacts. Free. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192. Exhibit of works by cartoonist Bob Heim. On view to

March 2. Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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Area Galleries

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

Lambertville Historical Society’s 25th annual juried art exhibition,

"Lambertville and the Surrounding Area," and selected by juror Frank

Rivera. Among the nine artists awarded cash prizes are Ed Adams, James

A. Hamilton III, Judith Sutton, Beatrice Bork, Joanne Augustine,

Barbara Watts, Vincent Ceglia, and Michael Budden. To March 20.

Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-393-8998. "Cabin

Fever." On view through April 1. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday

through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Shared exhibits,

"Us," by Harold Schrader, and "Faces and Folk Art of Ghana," David

Miller. Exhibits on view through March 13.

Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor,

609-606-9001. Gallery of photographer Richard Druckman, a freelance

photographer for Associated Press. Over 250 photographs of

professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and Olympic events.

Photographs for sale are matted and framed and in a variety of sizes

and prices. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. An

outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring the ISC Outstanding Student

Achievement Awards Exhibition. "Twisted Logic" by Patrick Dougherty,"

Earthwords and Geoglyphs" by Australian artist Andrew Rogers. Show

continues to May 1. "Focus on Sculpture 2005," a juried exhibition of

photographs by amateur photographers and the figurative sculptures of

contemporary Norwegian artist Nicolaus Widerberg, in the Domestic Arts

Building to May 1. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November

to March; open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April to October.

La Principessa Ristorante, Route 27, Kingston Mall, 609-921-3043. "La

Dolce Vita, " a collection of original photographs by Ed Tseng. The

exhibition remains on permanent display. Restaurant hours are Tuesday

to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday,

4:30 to 9 p.m.

Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman,

609-921-3272. "Express Yourself: The Culture of Our Generation," an

exhibition of work by area high school students. Through March 25.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349.

Second Annual Works on Paper Show. Through March 3. Gallery open

daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Taste of the Town, 5 Railroad Place, Hopewell Borough, 609-466-3666.

"Reflections of Italy," an exhibit of photographs by Michele Bartran

Mosner. Through April 14.

Windrows Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 732-422-0700. Robert DeChico

and his photographic impression show, "Celebration of the River

Towns." Buildings, canals, towpaths, and the river are featured. On

view through March 2.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Medieval, Renaissance,

and baroque galleries are open. The museum’s galleries are open

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours

are given on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

College of New Jersey Sesquicentennial, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

Ewing, 609-771-2198. Circa 1855: International Art Exhibit featuring

French, American, British, and Japanese works from 1835 to 1875. Works

include Ames, Cotot, Daumier, Homer, Pissaro, and Whistler. Closed

from March 6 to 13 (spring break). Through March 30. Gallery hours are

Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and

Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. "The Past Through

Tomorrow," an exploration of medieval armors and various metal

techniques by metallurgical artists, Jeff Brunner and Dave Rylak.

Through March 11. Gallery is open by appointment during school hours.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center, 609-586-4800,

ext. 3589. "Mercer County Artists 2005," an annual juried exhibition

open to all artists living, working, or studying in Mercer County.

Donna Gustafson, director of exhibitions at the Hunterdon Museum of

Art, is curator of show. Opening reception is Wednesday, March 9, 5 to

7:30 p.m. On view through April 1. Gallery hours Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1

p.m.; Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and

Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington,

609-737-6128. Exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the fire that

destroyed the school’s O’Hanlon Hall. Artifacts,news clippings, and

photographs assembled by archivist Mary Alice Quigley. The building,

built in 1900, was the largest building in Pennington Borough when it

burned to the ground in a fire on January 16, 1980. Through April 15.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9

a.m. to 4 p.m. in accordance with the school calendar.

Silva Gallery of Art, Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue,

Pennington, 609-737-8069. "Nature and Nurture" Feminine Explorations

of Form," an exhibit of paintings by Caroline K. Hall and Kerri M.

Williams. Through March 10. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon

to 5 p.m. Special hours for this exhibit, Wednesday to Saturday, March

2 to 5, 4 to 7 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place,

609-497-7990. "Quatrains and Other Works on Paper" by Princeton artist

Sarah Strengle. Her drawings are assembled into structures. On view

through April 3. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Also see art listings at www.princetoninfo.com in the events database.


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