May 22, 2019

“Cultural Heritage Exhibition” at WWAC

“IDLI, SAMBAR AND CHUTNEY”: This painting by Sarasvathy TK is part of the West Windsor Arts Council’s “Cultural Heritage Exhibition,” on display at the West Windsor Arts Center through July 12. The show, featuring the work of 30 artists, seeks to examine the expression of cultural heritage through art. An Opening Reception is Sunday, June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Running through July 12, the West Windsor Arts Council presents 30 artists in “Cultural Heritage Exhibition.” This show seeks to examine the expression of cultural heritage through art. Whether it is the food, textiles, festivals, or family traditions, the art demonstrates how these experiences can be shared through visual art. An Opening Reception with the artists will be held Sunday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. Artists will be on hand at the opening to discuss their work.

The jurors for the show are Maria Naumik and Bethay Wildrich, both active in Middlesex County’s arts community.

The artwork on display depicts the how random the human experience can be: a merging of voices from childhood, religion, gender, values, and the path of each individual. Many of the works examine daily life, including such items as food, family gatherings, and the home as seen in Sarasvathy TK’s Idli, Sambar and Chutney; Ilene Dube’s Dying to Eat; Robert Lowe’s The Porch; and Judith Caccavale’s Step Out. Other artists choose to work with traditions from their past as seen in Jennifer Yuan’s Plum Blossom in the Morning; Carlo Fiorenti’s Ginevra Plays Vitruviola; and Minidha Arvindakshan’s Madhubani; which look to literature, music, painting style, color, and motifs of their heritage. Still other artists in the show represented the decay of material items due to recent weather events as in Martin Graifer’s After the Flood.

Artists featured in the show are Zakia Ahmed (Princeton Junction), Minidha Arvindakshan (Princeton Junction), Gaganpreet Bathla (West Windsor), Judith Caccavale (Dayton), Dr. Thomas A. Chiola (Trenton), Disha Dua (West Windsor), Ilene Dube (Princeton Junction), Carlo Fiorentini (Princeton), Carla Graifer (Monroe Township), Martin Graifer (Monroe Township), Margaret Kalvar Bushnell (Princeton Junction), Beverly Keese-Kelley (Trenton), Eleni Z. Litt (Princeton), Robert Lowe (Trenton), Aarti Mantri (Dayton), Jyoti L Menon (Lawrenceville), Suvarna Nagaraju (Belle Mead), Smita Nedunuri (Kendall Park), Arushi Patel (Plainsboro), Deborah W. Pey (Bordentown), Bill Plank (Lawrenceville), Helene Plank (Lawrenceville), Joy Sacalis (Rocky Hill), Vibha Singh (Monroe Township), Rupali Swain (Princeton Junction), Sarasvathy TK (Princeton), Saima Yousuf (Hamilton Township), and Jennifer Yuan (Princeton).

The West Windsor Arts Center is located at 952 Alexander Road. For more information, call (609) 716-1931 or visit