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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Thrillers in Word & Image

Some bibliophiles believe there’s a circle of Hell

reserved for those who write in the margins of books. And for those

who dismember them — something worse. But this doesn’t worry the

14 artists being showcased at Rider University in the exhibition "Altered

Books: Spine Bending Thrillers," in the University Art Gallery,

Thursday, February 6, through Thursday, March 6. The opening reception

for the show is Thursday, February 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Curated by Karen McDermott of South Orange, the exhibit features artists

from across the country all united by their interest in using commercially-produced

books as a medium for art. The show includes works by Sarah Stengle

of Princeton, Maria Pisano of Plainsboro, and Liz Mitchell of Pittstown.

Also featured are Maria Anasazi, Harriet Bart, Doug Beube, Kerrie

Carbary, Patricia Carter, Byron Clercx, Beth Cote, Penny Dimos, Sandra

Jackman, Liz Mitchell, Pamela Paulsrud, and Miriam Schaer.

In a telephone interview from her home studio, McDermott describes

herself as an artist and educator who has become immersed in all manifestations

of book arts. She has taught bookbinding, calligraphy, and book design,

as well as printmaking and courses on creating artists’ books. McDermott

is founder and director of the Book Arts Roundtable, a 140-member

group that meets monthly in South Orange to make books, share workshops,

teach classes, and work on collaborative books with a theme. "We

are here for anyone who can’t resist the feel of paper, the wonder

of books, and the excitement of creativity," she says.

This is the first show in the area devoted exclusively

to the altered book that McDermott she knows of. An accompanying catalog

includes introductions by McDermott and Rider University gallery director

Harry Naar, as well as an image and statement by each of the show’s

14 artists. Rider students from Naar’s gallery management course have

also been involved in the exhibition process, helping to select and

hang the exhibition.

"With `Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers’ I wanted to bring

together a group of artists working with the book in unique and wonderful

ways," says McDermott. "The 14 artists presented here all

work with books that have been discarded or forgotten and abandoned.

The books have become their canvas, or framework, manipulated and

changed to tell another story. Sometimes the story relates to the

text already provided and sometimes the book is used as an object,

the raw material for a sculptural work."

Although artists’ books are a more familiar art genre, McDermott says

she wanted to focus only on altered books.

"To alter the book — to take the book apart and re-make it

— is something quite recent." She traces a key moment to a

1966 project by British artist Tom Phillips. "Although it has

been done for 20 or 30 years, there is much more activity recently

focused on taking the abandoned book using it to create a work of

art," says McDermott, who reports that a Yahoo internet group

called "Altered Books" currently has more than 2,000 members.

"A lot of people can’t fathom the idea of taking a book apart,"

she continues, adding that viewers’ reactions may range from shock

to mystification. For this reason she asked each participating artist

to respond to the thought that, while the book has been around for

hundreds of years, why are we now using the book as medium of expression?

The results that will be seen in the exhibition range from small,

portable artworks to the big installation piece by Doug Beube that

comprises hundreds of loose signatures spread out like dominoes on

the gallery floor. The seven-foot long work is called "Tract"

and, as McDermott notes, "it has a gastrointestinal feel to it."

What do we do with the plethora of unwanted books, asks Beube. "As

an inexpensive medium, the hardcover and pocket book, objects that

are familiar and unadorned, are transformed into something useful

again bookworks."

Miriam Schaer of Brooklyn writes in her gallery statement: "Books

are routinely transformed in ways more destructive than anything artists’

commit. Publishers shred mountains of remaindered volumes, best-sellers

included, they can no longer sell. Libraries de-accession or discard

books they can no longer house. Pulped fiction is the end product

of too many Pulp Fictions."

Artist Sandra Jackman was warned by her mother to never mutilate a

book, but this was a rule, she says, "that fell on deaf ears."

Her imperative as an artist is "to take something made for the

masses and transform into a unique art object."

Maria Pisano bases her "Requiem for the Book" on an old encyclopedia,

"a discarded book of knowledge. . . This old friend is now outdated

but not dead," she writes. "I commiserate the destruction

of these books by reinterpreting and paying my respect to that artifact

we have all grown up with — the book. . . I have given the book

a new identity and imbued it with a new aura and new meaning."

— Nicole Plett

Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers, Rider University

Art Gallery , Student Center, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5589. Opening

reception for exhibition of "Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers,"

curated by Karen McDermott. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday,

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March

6. Free. Thursday, February 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Art in Town

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, Great Road,

609-924-6700. "Water," a show featuring the work of Princeton

photographer Susan Hockaday. The large abstract, color photographs

feature subject matter from the landscape in Nova Scotia, where she

lives in the summer. She photographs drawings under water in tidal

pools to produce meticulously printed photographs that become a lyrical

pattern of shimmering light. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To February


Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. "At

Last, Memory Yields," an exhibition of photography and mixed-media

works by artist and architect Christopher Becker. Open by appointment

during school hours. To February 7.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4000.

Traditional and contemporary Chinese paintings by Seow-Chu See. A

member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, her work has been shown

in group and solo exhibits throughout the area. To March 19.

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Art in the Workplace

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

609-252-6275. "Hidden Threads," a show featuring six New Jersey

textile artists, each working with the medium in a different way.

Soyoo Park Caltabiano, Nancy Staub Laughlin, Patricia Malarcher, Joy

Saville, Armando Sosa, and Erma Martin Yost are featured. Open Monday

to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. To March 16.

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Art by the River

Belle’s Tavern, 183 North Union Street, Lambertville,

609-397-2226. "Simple Pleasures," a solo exhibition of etchings,

engravings, watercolor illustrations, pen and ink and tile by Carol

Chernack. Dinner served Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays to 10 p.m. Open Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m. To February


Coryell Gallery & Lambertville Historical Society, 8 Coryell

Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. Lambertville Historical Society’s

23d annual juried art exhibition, "Lambertville and the Surrounding

Area." Juror is Mel Leipzig. The show’s eight award-winning artists

are Tom Birkner, W. Carl Burger, Vincent Ceglia, Marge Chavooshian,

Alexander Farnham, Bryan Fisher, Robert Sakson, and Luiz Vilela. Gallery

hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To March 16.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300.

Exhibition of new oils by Jan Lipes of Solebury. Gallery hours are

Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To

February 9.

The Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library,

6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. Show celebrates the re-naming of the

former ABC Gallery. "Works by Michael and Peggy Lewis: From the

1940s to the 1980s" features paintings and drawings by 84-year-old

Peggy Lewis and the late Michael Lewis. 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 February 7.

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Campus Arts

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

the Unseen: Abstract Photography, 1900 to 1940," to March 23.

"The Arts of Asia: Works in the Permanent Collection" to June

30. 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. "Africa’s Lunatics," a photography show

by French photographer Vincent Fougere that depicts how Africa cares

for and treats its mentally ill. After a childhood spent in the Ivory

Coast, Fougere spent eight years traveling across Africa to photograph

its bruised souls. Opening reception is Friday, February 7. Gallery

hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 21.

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

609-771-2198. The juried National Printmaking 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 February 19.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Organics," a shared

show of recent works by Illia Barger and Jim Toia. The artists have

created a collaborative installation work in the gallery. Open 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 February 20.

Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Gallery, "Crossing Borders: The

Photographs of Barbara Beirne," on view to March 4. Opening reception

is Friday, February 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours, Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.

to noon.

Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550.

Solo show by Matthew Bakkom of Amsterdam. Open Monday to Friday, 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. To February 14.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Fabrications," an exhibition

of textiles by fabric artist Carol Sara Schepps. Reception February

21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To March 14.

"My artwork examines the light, reflection, and complex elements

that make up otherwise common objects," says the artist. "By

unfolding the relationship of lights, darks, and color, I break down

an image and translate it into a melange of fabric and construction


Raritan Valley College Art Gallery, Route 28, North Branch,

908-218-8876. "Five Artists: New Jersey State Council on the Arts

2002 Fellowship Winners from RVCC" featuring visual artists Christopher

Koep, Jennifer Mazza, Larry McKim, Lynn Mullins, and Gary DiBenedetto,

who teaches music technology. Artists’ talk and reception is Friday,

February 14, 5 to 8 p.m. Open Monday 3 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, noon to

3 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. To February


Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "George Segal: Sculpture, Paintings,

and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio;" to May 26. Also: "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. 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 adults; under 18 free; and free on the first Sunday of every month.

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Art In Trenton

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

Three-man show features woodcuts and intaglio prints by Wendell Brooks,

and sculpture by Johnson Atelier staff member Michael Gyampo, and

his son, Michael Gyampo Jr. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3

p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To February 23.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Museum, new work by glass

artist Dale Chihuly, to April 6. In the Domestic Arts Building "Focus

on Sculpture 2003," an annual juried exhibition of photographs

by amateur photographers. Juror is Hope R. Proper of the Perkins Center

for the Arts. On view to April 6.

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. Individual memberships start

at $55.

Area Galleries

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

Shared show features "Along China’s Silk Road" by David H.

Miller, and "October in Provence" by Ingeborg Snipes. Gallery

hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

To February 9.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0817.

Wildlife and nature photographs by Andrew Chen, a veteran nature photographer

whose work has been published in "North American Birds." To

February 23. @HEAD 14 = 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.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "2003 Annual Members Exhibition," juror Rocio

Aranda-Alvarado of Jersey City Museum. "Drawings by John Patterson:

Process, Reveries, and Accumulations." Open Tuesday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 8.

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

609-292-6464. "Cultures in Competition: Indians and Europeans

in Colonial New Jersey," a show that traces the impact of European

settlement on the native Indians’ way of life after 1600. On extended

view: "Art by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection;"

"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;" "Historical Archaeology of Colonial

New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Randall Exon: A Quiet Light," a solo show by

the Philadelphia-area painter and Swarthmore College professor; to

April 27. "A Home of Our Own," a show that commemorates Levittown’s

50th anniversary featuring the contemporary photographs of Jean Klatchko

and vintage objects from the State Museum; to April 13. Winter hours:

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission $6 adults; $3 students and children.

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Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions

for its 2003 summer season featuring "The Comedy of Errors"

and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (June 27 to August 16), on

Saturday, February 15, from noon to 7 p.m. E-mail your photo and resume

to or fax to 609-921-3962; actors will be contacted

with audition appointment and location. Prepare two 90-second monologues,

one classical comic and one contemporary. Company seeks experienced

classical actors with strong comic instincts. Also seeking versatile

actors who sing and dance hip-hop, jazz, free-style, and acrobatics.

Those actors should prepare a song and be ready to move. Minority

actors strongly encouraged to apply. Housing available. This call

is for non-Equity actors only. (Equity auditions take place on date

in February TBA.) Equity actors please submit your photo and resume

to e-mail above or mail to Princeton Rep Company, One Palmer Square,

Suite 541, Princeton 08542. Phone 609-921-3682.

The Roxey Ballet Company of Lambertville has company auditions

for its 2003/2004 season on Saturday, February 22, at 2 p.m., at 243

North Union Street. Roxey is offering professional and apprentice

contracts for a 30+ week season. Contracts awarded in May will begin

in September, 2003. RBC repertory includes 30 original works. Professional

artists interested in auditioning should forward a head shot, resume,

video, and two letters of recommendation to Box 251, Stockton, 08559.

Phone 609-397-7616.

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Call for Entries

Lawrence Township is celebrating the diversity of cultures

and arts in its community with the second annual Lawrence Arts & Music

Festival, Saturday, May 10. Professional and amatuer artists, musicians,

dancers, sculptures, actors and playwrights, and poets are invited

to apply. Call Steve Groeger, recreation director, Lawrence Town Hall,


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Participate Please

Millstone Valley Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International,

offers Singing Valentines at home, office, restaurant, or group meeting

on February 11 to 15, for $50. Price includes two songs in four-part

harmony, Valentine card, chocolate treat, silk rose, and photo of

the recipient with the quartet. Call Anita Barry, 908-874-3079.

VSA Arts of New Jersey has parent/child workshops in music

and movement and art for children with autism or autistic behavior

beginning on Saturday, February 8, in New Brunswick, Morristown, and

Waldwick. There is no cost for the ten weekly sessions. Call Karen

Singer at 732-745-3885.

Princeton Theological Seminary has a two-day theology and the

arts program with lectures, discussion, and concert, for those interested

in the interplay between music, Scripture, and poetry on healing and

wholeness. Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1. $80. Call


American Cancer Society Daffodil Days advance orders taken

until Friday, March 7. Fresh-cut bunches of daffodils are $7 and the

official Daffodil Days Vase is $8. Pick-up is during the week of March

24 at Princeton Flower Shop, 231 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrenceville.

Free delivery is available for orders of $100 or more. Call 800-ACS-2345.

Hadassah Cancer Research Group has a gift wrap booth on

Monday to Friday, February 10 to 14, at Quaker Bridge Mall. Call 609-799-8177.

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Friends of the International Center at Princeton University

seek volunteer tutors to help foreign graduate students, visiting

scholars, and their spouses improve their conversational English.

Tutors are matched for at least one year and meet for an hour a week.

Call Hanna Hand at 609-258-1170.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families for New York City children

during the summer. For information visit or call


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