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When Art Nourishes, Literally

For once cake represents not the finale but the

kick-off

to a visual and gustatory feast — a sequence to gladden the heart

of the avid dessert-eater. And in this case, the devoted videophile

too. Starting this month and extending into November, the Arts Council

of Princeton has come up with a varied menu of seven courses for its

third annual Fall Festival of Art and Culture, this year focusing

on food and film.

Through seven different events, from October 13 to November 12, the

festival explores food and film connections. To accomplish this, three

classic films will be screened and a toothsome array of desserts and

meals will be shared. The first event, an art show, is free. Proceeds

from the remaining six events will go toward the Arts Council’s

operating

and programming expenses.

"Citizen Cake," on which only the creator of the iconic

"Citizen

Kane" might cast a sardonic eye, is the exhibition theme in the

Arts Council’s WPA Gallery. Artists were invited to submit a

rendering,

in any medium, of a subject connected to food — and not only cake.

Put yourself in their place: you can call up a fondly remembered snack

or a favorite food scene from another medium. What will it be?

It might be a very large picture of a little girl dressed up as a

ham for Halloween. That would be Scout, in a frightening sequence

from Harper Lee’s novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," that became

the memorable film starring Gregory Peck.

Juried by Kristina Johnson, a folk art expert, about 30 works —

including assemblages, collages, drawings, photographs, and sculptures

— will be on view in the gallery. The opening reception, Friday,

October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., will include continuous film clips about

food, and complimentary desserts: cakes from area bakers. "Let

them eat cake," the cruel remark erroneously attributed to Marie

Antoinette (when told that French citizens lacked bread), is here

transformed into a meaningful invitation.

The next afternoon, the festival hosts a cooking school from 1 to

5 p.m. A foie gras demonstration and sampling, a wine tasting with

hors d’oeuvres, followed by espresso, will make up the food component,

accompanied by the screening of an excerpt from Gabriel Axel’s 1987

Oscar-winning (in the "foreign" category) film, "Babette’s

Feast." Foie gras features prominently at Babette’s table, too.

The cooking class convenes at Miele Corporation, in the yellow edifice

designed by Michael Graves on Route 1 North. Ariane Daguin, of

D’Artagnan

Foods, will present the foie gras session, while sommelier Geralyn

Brostrom, of the Princeton Corkscrew Wineshop, will lead the wine

tasting. Miele will serve complimentary espresso while Daguin signs

copies of her book,

Another feast is scheduled for Sunday, October 22, when Ang Lee’s

"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" is screened in Princeton University’s

new Frist Campus Center. Audience and gourmands will proceed to King’s

Castle in Princeton Shopping Center where the Arts Council will host

a traditional six-course Chinese banquet and tea-tasting. Paul Shu,

owner of Nassau Street’s Holsome Teas and Herbs, will provide rare

tea and commentary to accompany each course.

Children step into the limelight on Saturday, October 28, with a

family

arts and cooking event, considered one of the highlights of the

festival,

that will take place at the Arts Council building on Witherspoon

Street.

Children can choose one of three sessions (10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.)

to watch William Wegman’s 30-minute film, "Alphabet Soup,"

in which dogs teach children their ABCs while making pots of soup,

sandwiches, and late-night snacks. After the film, kids and adults

will be guided by Lynn Ringland, known as Martha Stewart’s "cookie

decorator extraordinaire," to decorate, and then eat . . . well,

though it seems a strange return, they can eat dog-shaped cookies.

With event number five, a new element comes into the

picture: "Sex, Food, & Videotape" is booked for Thursday,

November 2, in the Arts Council’s Loft Theater. Albert Sonnenfeld,

author and food scholar, who has studied aphrodisiacs and whose book,

"Food: A Culinary History," was published last year, will

show a selection of film clips accompanied by anecdotes about food

and film. A wine-tasting reception will follow the program.

On Sunday, November 5, the penultimate festival event is a grand

"Patrons’

Feast" that will replicate, in spirit if not in menu, the feast

in Luis Bunuel’s 1972 "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,"

an Oscar-winner for best foreign film. Michel Reymond, chef at the

Institute for Advanced Study (also the site of the meal) and guest

chef Jonathon Waxman will produce this not-so-discreet extravaganza,

for which different levels of support are available. All patrons

receive

complimentary admission to the next and last event.

A "community film screening" on Sunday, November 12, wraps

up the art and culture festival. A newly remastered print of Bunuel’s

masterpiece, produced to mark the centenary of his birth, will be

shown in the Frist Campus Center at 3 p.m. Albert Gabriel Nigrin,

of the Rutgers Film Cooperative and curator of the New Jersey Film

Festival, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

This event was to have coincided with the re-opening of the renovated

Garden Theater, but no one who has renovated or remodeled any part

of their own home will be surprised that the premises will not be

ready in time.

Thus the Arts Council of Princeton plans to nourish the community

on both fronts. Those whose favorite activities include eating and

going to the movies — and especially those who enjoy doing both

these things at the same time — should be in movie buff hog

heaven.

— Pat Summers

Food & Film Festival, Arts Council of Princeton, WPA

Galleery,

102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777. Call for a complete festival

schedule or to register for any event. The opening reception includes

continuous film clips and complimentary cake from area bakers. Free.

Friday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m

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Art in Town

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

The gallery celebrates its move across Witherspoon Street with an

exhibition featuring illustrations by Russian-born artists Andrej

and Olga Dugin from their forthcoming edition of "The Brave Little

Tailor." Now living in Western Europe, the couple is following

in the artistic tradition practiced by their friend and mentor,

Gennady

Spirin. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday,

noon to 4 p.m. To October 29.

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.

"Alchemy and Magical Landscapes," a shared show of watercolors

by Simon Palmer and collagraphs by Brenda Hartill. Palmer’s

captivating

enigmatic paintings pay homage to the scenic Yorkshire dales where

he has lived most of his life. Hartill, also based in England, creates

abstract prints that derive from her love of the land, rock

formations,

and mineral elements. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. To October 14.

Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142. Solo

show by Dutch Artist, Rolf Weijburg entitled, "L’Afrique

Peripherique

Atlas" or "Journey around Africa." To October 14. Gallery

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Art On Campus

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

Photographs Look Like," a teaching show for Art History 248,

featuring

photography gems from the permanent collection. Daguerreotypes dating

back to photography’s inception in 1839, ambrotypes, tintypes,

stereographs,

and cartes-de-visites are featured, together with contemporary

dye-transfer,

Cibachrome, Polaroid, and digital prints; to October 15. Also,

"Life

at the Fin de Siecle: Lithographs of Toulouse-Lautrec," through

October 29. "Dutch Prints in the Golden Age," with prints

by Rembrandt and other Old Masters, to November 5. Tuesday through

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours are every

Saturday at 2 p.m.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184.

"A Century for the Millennium: 100 Treasures from the Collections

of the Princeton University Library," on view in the main gallery

to November 5.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Niches" by sculptor Thomas

McAnulty,

a contemporary exploration of such biblical subjects as the

Annunciation

and the Visitation. McAnulty is chair of the sculpture department

at Adelphi University. Gallery hours are 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. To November

3.

"In my work I deal a lot with simple forms, timeless in their

simplicity yet unexpectedly complex in their imaginative

suggestion,"

says McAnulty. "I have discovered that putting the figure in an

environmental niche not only becomes a way of isolating the figure,

but also of emphasizing a gesture with a sense of intuitive

rightness."

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center,

Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. "Drawings and Paintings: From Here and Abroad"

by Marge Chavooshian. The gallery is located on the second floor of

the Student Center. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.;

Friday to Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To October 22.

Rider University Multicultural Center, Route 206,

Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. Charlotte Sommer-Landgraf’s exhibition, "Computer

Images, Computer Persuasions," sponsored by the Straube Center

in Pennington. The artist gives a joint presentation with her husband,

Guenther Landgraf, former president of the Technical University of

Dresden, on Wednesday, October 11, at 5 p.m. Guenther Landgraf

developed

the mathematical formulas for printing Sommer-Landgraf’s computer

art. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To October 13.

Charlotte Sommer-Landgraf is a native of Dresden, German and studied

at the Academy of Fine Arts there. She received European-wide

recognition

for her work on the restoration of the Berlin Opera House. Her best

known marble sculpture is "Freeing Oneself," created in what

was then Communist East Germany. The large monument stands at the

Elbe River’s edge since 1990 in homage to freedom. She has been

focused

on creating computer graphics combining her imagination with

mathematics.

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Art by the River

Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

Recent paintings by Mike Filipiak whose subjects include scenes of

Maine and Hunterdon County. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the show that runs to October 30.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

Annual Fall Exhibition featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and

watercolors

by Charles R. Ross. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Show continues to November 12.

Morning Star Gallery, 7 North Main Street, Lambertville,

609-397-3939. "From Our Point of View," an exhibition of

paintings,

drawings, sculpture, and hand-carved frames by Susan Twardus & T.

Hugo Williams. Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.;

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 15.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "All Chairs: Designs for 2001 and Beyond," a

show by the architect Matthew Huey. On view, Thursdays through Monday,

noon to 5 p.m., through October 30.

Phillips’ Mill, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. The

71st Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, a prominent showcase

for art of the region, with $10,000 in awards. This year’s show

received

657 entries from 390 artists living within a 25-mile radius of New

Hope. Jurors were watercolorist Nessa Grainger, printmaker Tony

Rosati,

painter Jill Rupinski, and sculptors Phoebe Adams and Harold

Kimmelman.

Patrons’ Awards go to Behnam Khavaran, Harry Georgeson, and Barry

Snyder. Among the artists also winning prizes are James Feehan,

Charles

McVicker, Betty Curtiss, Tom Chesar, and Ferol Smith. Gallery hours

are Sunday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission

$3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 students. To October 29.

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Art in the Workplace

Educational Testing Service, Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference

Center,

High School Student Advanced Placement studio art show, featuring

works by 27 students from 12 states. Exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m.

to 9 p.m., to October 15.

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, to November 16. In the New Jersey artist series, recent

drawings by Barbara Weissberger, to October 13. Open weekdays by

appointment

only.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,

609-895-7307. Garden State Watercolor Society Associate Members Show,

the annual exhibition, juried by Gary Snyder of Snyder Fine Art and

Bernice Kisaday Fatto of Watercolorists Unlimited. Open Monday to

Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 26.

Summit Bancorp Gallery, Route 1 at Carnegie Center,

609-799-6706.

"Latino Artists’ Exhibition," a group show featuring Monica

Camin, Dan Fernandez, Carla Hernandez, Maria Lau, Maria de los Angeles

Morales, Miguel Osorio, Christina Pineros, Orlando Reyes, Gloria

Rodriguez,

and Ivan Valencia. Show is curated by the Delann Gallery Domani.

Exhibition

is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To November 3.

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Art In Trenton

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

day for the annual faculty and studio artist show featuring recent

work in all media by Carolina Alvarado, Helen Bayley, Robert Beck,

Sarah Bernotas, Gail Bracegirdle, and others. Artists Gallery hours

are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 6.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

"Improvisational Bridges," an exhibition of paintings, prints

and computer-generated works by former Trenton native Eleanor A.

Magid.

She is a professor at Queens College and has taught for over 30 years.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday

2 to 4 p.m. Reception is Saturday, October 7, for the show that runs

through November 5.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

"Of One Who Listens to the Stone," a group exhibition of stone

sculptures created by the staff and apprentices of the Johnson Atelier

Technical Institute. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. To October 5.

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.

To December 31. 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.

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."

"Leonard Baskin, Clarence Carter, Jacob Lawrence, and George

Segal:

New Jersey Remembers," through October 22; "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. Landscape and floral paintings by Susan Weiss, an artist

of strong academic training, inspired by the American Impressionists’

vision of brilliant effects of light, color, and atmosphere. Gallery

hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to

5 p.m.

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Other Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. Pastel works by Dressler Smith and portraiture by Nancy

Goodstein. Also represented, ceramics by the late James Colavita.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m., and by

appointment.

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,

609-298-3742.

The gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary year with a a group show

featuring contemporary and classic art featuring artwork by the late

Mortimer Johnson and works by owner, Eric Gibbons. Gallery hours are

Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

Floral paintings by J.N. Betz, a resident of Kendall Park who studied

at Marymount Manhattan College of Hunter Graduate School. Shop hours

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

To October 7.

"Betz’s paintings have the capacity of bringing the viewer in

direct contact with the full majesty of each bloom at its exact peak

of maturity. It’s an exhilarating experience," says gallery owner

Abby Frantz. Betz work is on display at the corporate office of Jansen

Pharmaceutica, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Dow Jones.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Princeton Artists Alliance group show, "Visual

Variation," featuring works by 20 professional member artists.

These include Joanne Augustine, Clem Fiori, Lore Lindenfeld, Pat

Martin,

Lucy Graves McVicker, and Charles McVicker. Additional artist events

take place Sunday, October 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday,

10 a.m.to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To October 20.

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To the North

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Dust Shaped Hearts," a solo

show by Don Camp in the main gallery featuring casein and earth

pigment

monoprints. Also Julyen Norman’s "Ulysses Suite," woodcuts

and linoleum cuts depicting scenes from James Joyce’s novel. Gallery

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

to 4 p.m. Both shows continue to October 14.

Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

732-257-4340. The contemporary sculpture gallery’s "New Artists,

New Ideas, New Season" show, featuring work by more than 100

artists

in natural outdoor installations. Featured artists include Sarah

D’Alessandro,

Charles Welles, and Liz Whitney Quisgard. Gallery hours are Friday

to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

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Other Museums

American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Then and Now: Recent Museum Acquisitions

of Art and Folk Art," Extended to November 5. Donation $5. Museum

hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

4 p.m.

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.

Also an installation by Yardley sculptor Elizabeth Miller McCue

including

a life-size sculpture inspired by Monet’s famous "Haystacks"

series; to October 22.


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