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Three Artists’ Visions

Sub(Urban), the city and suburbs in landscape,"

now at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College, really begins

at the parking lot — if not the college entrance. As anyone who

has visited the gallery knows, the ride into campus is long and

scenic,

and so is the walk to the building that houses the gallery.

At the time of the opening reception earlier this month, long, steep

banks of burning bushes, glorious in autumn color, faced the

Communications

building from across the quad — both reward for the walk and spur

to see more landscapes, of the two-dimensional variety.

And "variety" is the right word, for as one viewer put it,

this show is the same thing three different ways. In the gallery

(interestingly

shaped like an I-beam), Jeff Epstein’s views of suburbia fill the

long center space — an appealing suburban sprawl — while

Violet

Baxter’s softly colorful visions of downtown New York City croon from

the left room, and Ken McIndoe’s painterly images, also of New York

City scenes, call noisily from the right. Rather than the city

surrounded

by suburbs, here the ‘burb views are framed by city pictures.

Jeff Epstein, an artist who also teaches at Mercer, says he prefers

suburban settings because, in contrast to "vertical,

in-your-face"

cityscapes, they allow for softening foliage and can be lyrical and

mysterious. Of the 15 or so paintings he is showing, many are night

scenes, and none include people, although human presence is implied

in the pictures — for instance, by the lights left on in an empty

room.

Light, in fact, is one of the landscape elements that most interests

him. (Color and shape are the others.) Night scenes allow Epstein

to combine natural, sky lights, with interior lights, and to juxtapose

fluorescent coolness with the warmth of incandescent lights. In

conveying

the angles and planes of buildings, and often just parts of buildings

— a corner, a side — along with rooms filled with light,

Epstein

approaches abstraction in these figurative works.

Outside steps with a metal railing at the side of a house; parts of

two windows in an apartment building, with yellow foliage nearby;

details of schools and supermarkets — these are Epstein’s

subjects.

Some of his paintings derive from photographs, and he does the smaller

pieces, often on aluminum, outdoors at night — with a flashlight

hung around his neck. Surprisingly, Epstein claims not to mix his

colors ahead of time, though he carries more than a dozen tubes with

him. Could these facts contribute to his seeing in his work a movement

"toward brighter and looser"?

Reflecting vistas from her former studio near Union

Square, New York, Violet Baxter makes aerial views of street scenes

in both pastels and oils. Her titles tell the story, although it takes

the pictures to do them justice: "Union Square Summer Market,"

"Broadway from 17th at Night," "Greenmarket,"

"16th

Floor View." Her picture of night-in-the-city

"Entertainment"

shows a bandstand and throngs of tiny figures.

Baxter, who was moving away from abstraction when she first occupied

the New York studio, found herself fascinated by both the shapes and

the interior and exterior lighting of buildings she could study from

it. Now working in Long Island City, she says she often draws on

memories

from that time.

Often handling the same subject matter in drawings (which she

describes

as her "special love") and paintings, she may borrow details

from one for the other, moving back and forth between mediums as mood

and convenience dictate. She remarks on the many ways a given subject

can be handled — and demonstrates that variety in

"Sub(Urban)."

Baxter mentions "fragility" as a concept she’s now engaged

with — as it pertains to either individuals in a crowd, or people

in the city who are surrounded by, yet seemingly unaware of, fumes

and smoke all around them.

Further exemplifying the myriad ways the same subject might be

handled,

Ken McIndoe goes to the streets for summertime plein air painting

in Manhattan, usually Times Square and south. His swirling scenes

may be mostly palette-knife productions after some brushwork to get

the colors going, he says.

Ah, colors. McIndoe says he hates gray, a city color, and his urban

images prove it. They are raucous with vibrant hues, and his thick,

whirling paint obscures the vista up close, although from a few feet

back, the picture is wholly clear — alive, almost moving, and

sometimes olfactory too. An element such as color acts according to

certain visual rules, he knows, and the viewer’s eye picks up those

visual clues and completes the image.

"Afternoon 8th Avenue" pairs wondrous sky — a classic

landscape element that could roll on forever — with earthbound

vertical buildings; "Red Buildings" is the subject of a

dramatic

tonal study; "Pig ‘n Whistle" captures the excitement, and

practically the smells of a crowded street, its traffic and

multicolored

awnings. McIndoe shows three images of Times Square, each with its

own amazing colors.

To encounter two artists whose subject is New York City without

wondering

how the events of September 11 affected them and their work would

be impossible in these days filled with "Where were you when?"

conversations. And then, to look at their urban landscapes in this

period of shattered worlds and debates about rebuilding makes it

imperative

to ask.

Baxter lives in Manhattan, and she was home, where she could see the

smoke, when the attack occurred. Much of her day was taken up with

phone calls from Australia, London, all over. Her friends around the

world reported that people were crying in sympathy for America.

"So much seems trivial now," she says, predicting that artists

may do some soul-searching in light of the changed world.

"Silliness"

characterized a lot going on in art during the last few years; it

was too ironic, too clever for words. Now art viewers’ responses may

change, she says; they may want to see more substance.

As for her own art, Baxter says she’s seeing things from a different

perspective. For at least two weeks, her ability to concentrate was

lost; the utter destructiveness was incomprehensible. Only when she

could turn back to her creative work — what she calls the

antithesis

of the destructiveness around her — could she begin to feel whole.

McIndoe, who teaches at the Art Students League two days a week, was

in a classroom on 57th Street when it happened. His first thought,

he says, was "let me go have a look. Then I realized it was such

an enormity — and I didn’t want to see that." He joined the

great number of people who were walking, eventually getting a ferry

to Weehawken and making his way home to Hopewell from there. "It

was one of the most beautiful, clear autumn days imaginable,"

he remembers, although later, like Baxter, he was to see the billowing

smoke.

McIndoe says he’ll keep going in to New York and doing his art. Next

summer, he intends to resume his street painting.

At Mercer’s gallery, Baxter, Epstein, and McIndoe have represented

their subject areas with images made in an era we may come to know

as "B.A." — before attacks. It’s worth wondering what

their landscapes will look like a year from now.

— Pat Summers

Sub/Urban, Gallery at Mercer County College,

Communications

Center, West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Gallery hours are

Tuesday

to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.;

Thursday

evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To November 8.

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Campus Arts

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

"Empire

of Stone: Roman Sculpture in the Art Museum" and "Pliny’s

Cup: Roman Silver in the Age of Augustus;" to January 20.

"Camera Women," a selective survey of the history of

photography

from the perspective of the woman photographer, organized by Carol

Armstrong. Drawn from the museum’s collection, it includes works by

Julia Margaret Cameron, Anna Atkins, Gertrude Kasebier, Tina Modotti,

Sherrie Levine, Cindy Sherman, and others. To January 6.

Also "What Photographs Look Like," the annual teaching show

for Art History 248, to November 11; "Seeing Double: Copies and

Copying in the Arts of China," an exhibition of Chinese art, to

November 4. 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 every Saturday

at 2 p.m.

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

609-771-2198. Mercer County Photography Exhibition. Gallery hours

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

Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. To November 7.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts,

Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. Annual faculty exhibit featuring Brian Daniell, Jamie

Greenfield, Amanda Kamen, Ed Robbins, Allen Fitzpatrick, Leonid

Siveriver,

William Vandever, and others. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; except Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

To November 16.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Sub/Urban: Landscapes

of the City and Suburbs," with works by MCCC faculty member Jeff

Epstein and guest artists Violet Baxter and Ken McIndoe. Gallery hours

Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8

p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To November 8.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Unlimited Possibilities: Jacob

Landau

Works on Paper, 1950 to 2000." The internationally-known

illustrator,

printmaker, painter, and stained glass designer is professor emeritus

at the Pratt Institute. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30

a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. To December 7.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street,

New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "A People Cried Out: The 1956

Revolution

and Fight for Freedom in Hungary," an exhibit with photographs

from the Budapest Museum of Military History, curated by Karoly Nagy

Middlesex County College, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the

Hungarian Revolution. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 4.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Compelled," a multidisciplinary exhibition

of sculpture, painting, fiber, and ceramics by artists including

Chakaia

Booker, Ruth Borgenicht, Giovanna Cecchetti, Paul Edlin, Jacob El

Hanani, Jane Fine, Gary Gissler, and Seong Chun. Museum hours are

Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 4.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in

Pennsylvania

Painting, 1950 to 2000," an exhibition featuring the work of

nationally

recognized realist artists and educators who were born and trained

in Pennsylvania, or who spent their professional careers there.

Featured

artists include Diane Burko, Sidney Goodman, Alice Neel, Philip

Pearlstein,

Nelson Shanks, Andy Warhol, Neil Welliver, and Andrew Wyeth. To

January

6.

Also: "Taking Liberties: Photographs of David Graham." The

Bucks County photographer, sometimes called a

"photo-anthropologist,"

has worked for 20 years exploring the nation’s heartland with his

view camera, and lovingly recording the creative and offbeat ways

that Americans mark their territory. To January 27.

Open 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.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Peeling Potatoes,

Painting Pictures: Women Artists from the Dodge Collection," to

November 4. "From Whistler to Warhol: A Century of American

Printmaking,"

to November 25. "Robert Motherwell: Abstraction as Emphasis,"

to December 9. "Boxed In: Plane, Frame, Surface," to December

2. "Mother Goose’s Children: Original Illustrations for Children’s

Books from the Rutgers Collection," to December 9. Museum hours

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

noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open

free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight tours

every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m.

Continuing exhibitions include: "The Uncommon Vision of Sergei

Konenkov (1874-1971)," to November 14. "Japonisme: Highlights

and Themes from the Collection," ongoing.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

The 32nd annual show of the Garden State Watercolor Society juried

by Bruce Currie and Joanne M. Kuebler. Open Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 4.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition. 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. To February 24.

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

609-292-6464. "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of

the State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to December 15.

"The

Farming Landscape," to November 11, "Natural Selections:

Sculpture

by Elaine Lorenz," to December 30. "Art by African-Americans

in the Collection," to August 18, 2002. Museum hours are Tuesday

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

www.njstatemuseum.org.

On extended view: "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"; "Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

Upcoming Exhibitions: "George Washington and the Battle of

Trenton:

The Evolution of an American Image," November 4 to February 24,

2002. "Images of Americans on the Silver Screen," December

1 to April 14, 2002. "Historic Trenton: Exploring the History

of the Capital City."

Area Galleries

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

Show by nine artists of The Art Group, formed in 1992. Shop hours

are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To November 10.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-333-9393.

"Big Skies," a shared show featuring landscape paintings by

David Shevlino and Lisa Grossman. Shevlino’s landscapes are inspirited

by the New England and Delaware Valley, whereas Grossman depicts the

flatlands of the Midwest. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6

p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 17.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road,

Pennington,

609-737-7592. "Sense of Place," an exhibition featuring the

fine art and illustrative photography of Phil Moylan, Andy Chen, Marc

Stempel, and George Vogel. To November 10.

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Art in Town

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. Annual

show featuring six children’s book illustrators: Jeffrey Allon

("Ten

Best Jewish Children’s Stories"), Katya Arnold ("The

Adventures

of Snow Woman"), Bob Byrd ("Finn McCoul and his Fearless

Wife),

Katie Davis ("Who Hops?"), Thomas F. Yetzerski ("Perfect

Puppy"),

and Mary Zisk ("The Best Single Mom in the World") are

featured.

Open by appointment during school hours. To November 9.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street,

609-497-7330.

"The Secret Garden," a solo show of mystical oil paintings

and watercolors by Ukrainian-born Valeriy Skrypka. Open Tuesday to

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To November 24.

Firebird Gallery, 16 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-0775.

Exhibit of works by Leonid Gervitz, a graduate of the Odessa Art

College

who spent 24 years working and teaching in the Russian realist

tradition

at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Open Tuesday

to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 9 p.m.; Sunday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To December 1.

The Williams Gallery, 16-1/2 Witherspoon Street,

609-921-1142.

"Sights and Sounds of Manhattan and Princeton," a group show

featuring art by Michael Berger, Laury Egan, David Leibowitz, Allan

Tannenbaum, and Rolf Weijburg." Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To November 20.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Up the River," an exhibition of works by more

than 40 Bucks County Impressionists and Modernists, members of the

New Hope and Bucks County art colony now regarded as national

treasures.

Catalog by Brian Peterson of the Michener Museum in Doylestown.

Gallery

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

holidays,

1 to 5 p.m. To November 25.

Artists represented include Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Walter

Schofield, Charles Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, and Lloyd Ney.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, One Johnson

& Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, 732-524-6957. "Laying on

Hands,"

paintings by Jersey City artist David William Cummings. By

appointment.

To November 5.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville,

609-259-3502.

Garden State Watercolor Society, fifth annual associate member juried

exhibition; jurors Gary Snyder and Seow-Chu See. Open Monday to

Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 29.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Urban Scenes," a shared show by B.A. Keogh and Lisa Mahan,

two Bucks County artists working in a representational style. Part

the show sales donated to the New York Firefighter’s Fund. Gallery

hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To November

5.

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"Chaos and Crossroads" featuring paintings by Florence Moonan

and sculptures by Jonathan Hertzel. Gallery is open Thursday to

Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. To November 12.

Robert Beck Painting Studio, 21 Bridge Street,

Lambertville,

609-397-5679. "Road Work: Paintings of American Culture,"

an exhibition of new work by Robert Beck. Through November.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Fall show featuring Mike Filipiak, John Loeper, and Harriet

Ermentrout.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 11.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope,

215-862-4300.

Exhibition and sale of a private collection of Walter Emerson Baum

paintings. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To November 4.

Hanga, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-7044.

James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works on

exhibit

in the Artworks Building. Gallery is open noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Old English Pine, 202 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4978. "Apropos," Malcolm Bray’s seventh annual show

of innovative contemporary painting and sculpture. Artists include

Rachel Bliss, Malcolm Bray, Jacques Fabert, Michael Hale, Diane

Levell,

Bonnie MacLean, Dolores Poacelli, Barry Snyder, Patricia Traub, and

Annelies van Dommelen. Hung upstairs above the antique showroom, show

is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to December 31.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

"Monster Mash," a show of creepy snarling, and bug-eyed

creates

by Dave Burke and Stephen Blickenstaff. Website: www.tinmanalley.net.

Gallery hours are Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To November

26.

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Crisis Ministry Giving

Crisis Ministry of Princeton & Trenton, 123 East Hanover

Street, Trenton, hosts an open house on Sunday, November 4,

from 2 to 4 p.m., to show off its new Trenton office and food store

pantry that it opened in August. The non-profit organization, now

has offices in Princeton and Trenton, and provides food and financial

assistance to more than 1,500 low-income residents of Mercer County.

Open house tours and entertainment by the Trenton Children’s Chorus.

"We have set up a food store pantry here where people select their

own foods based on family size, dietary restrictions, and

preferences,"

says director Sally Osmer. "The response from the clientele has

been very strong." For information on the Crisis Ministry’s

upcoming

Coat Drive (November 11), Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 18), and

volunteer jobs of all kinds, call 609-396-9355.

Drama Auditions

Villagers Theater, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, has

auditions

for the Oscar Wilde comedy, "The Importance of Being Ernest,"

on Monday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. Call

732-873-2710; website: (www.villagerstheatre.com).

Lawrenceville Repertory Company has auditions for two

Frederick Olessi verse plays, "Cleopatra" and

"Phaedra,"

as well as for future community television productions. Also seeking

scene, lights, sound, and costume designers. Call 609-683-3932 for

appointment.


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