March 22, 2017

“UNTITLED”: This photograph is from Ricardo Barros’s exhibit “Figuring Space.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton on Monday April 3. The event is free and open to the public.

In his most recent work, noted photographer Ricardo Barros tackles the inexpressible — the abstraction that is space itself. Barros will be giving a lecture on his portfolio “Figuring Space” on Monday, April 3 for the Princeton Photography Club at the D&R Greenway. more

March 8, 2017

I have no idea who I am. — James A. Michener (1907-1997)

Exactly when or where the novelist James Michener came into the world has never been officially documented. Which is why I’ve never had a satisfactory answer to the question I’ve been asked most of my life the moment people hear my last name:

“Any relation to the author?”

Perhaps the most remarkable instance of this perennial minor dilemma occurred recently at the Doylestown museum that bears Michener’s name. Although I’ve been showing my press card at the admission desk for 13 years in the course of covering close to 30 exhibits, this was the first time I’ve been asked the any-relation question. I gave my usual answer: “Well, uh, um, no, not really, but —”

If I have time or energy for the conversation that often follows, I’ll offer the standard storyline, which is that the famous, fabulously successful author was a foundling taken in by a distant cousin of mine, Mabel Michener, a Quaker woman in Doylestown, Pennsylvania who raised him along with a coming, going brood of as many as 13 homeless children.  more

March 1, 2017

YOUTH ART: This drawing by Shannon Boyle is among the works selected for the upcoming art show at the Gourgaud Gallery. The exhibit showcases artwork from Cranbury School students of various ages in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

In celebration of National Youth Art Month, Cranbury School student artists will be featured at the Gourgaud Gallery at Town Hall in Cranbury. The show will run from March 7 — March 30.  more

“A LENS ON THE SEASONS”: The upcoming exhibition of Frank Sauer’s photographs of The Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve show our town’s beauty in all four seasons. Pictured here is a photo by Sauer entitled “Dogwood.”

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) is sponsoring an exhibit of photos taken in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve by long-time Princeton resident Frank Sauer. The exhibition, titled “Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons,” includes both color and black-and-white photographs and will be shown at the Arts Council of Princeton. more

February 15, 2017

“BREAKING POINT”: Starting February 28, this piece by Kahlilah Sabree will be on display at the Prindiville Mohey Gallery at Artworks Trenton. “Explorations in Geometry,” an exhibition of prints by Bill Brookover will open the same day in the Artworks Community Gallery.

Artworks Trenton presents two exhibitions opening February 28, 2017. There will be an opening reception March 11, 6-8 p.m. for both exhibitions. more

“CONCRETE REEF”: This photo by Valerie Chaucer-Levine is part of the “Cell Phone Images Only” art exhibition on display in the Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton from March 3– April 13. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. and the Gallery Talk on Tuesday, March 7, 1-2 p.m.

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart announces the spring exhibition in the school’s Considine Gallery will feature works from the Princeton Photography Club. Over 25 photographers are represented in the innovative exhibition, “Cell Phone Images Only,” which runs March 3 — April 13, and is made up entirely of images taken on cell phones. The opening reception is Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 p.m. There will be a gallery talk with the artists on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-2 p.m. The gallery is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, when school is in session.  more

February 8, 2017

“WITHIN THE LIGHT TENT: A SELF- PORTRAIT”: This photo by Shana Mimnaugh ’17, will be a part of Princeton Day School’s upcoming exhibit, “Identity.” The student artwork explores the individual identities of the PDS community and will be on display from February 13 until March 8.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present an exhibit titled “Identity,” on view from February 13 to March 8. Entirely composed of work created by Princeton Day School students in all three divisions, the exhibit centers around individual identities and the diversity of the PDS community. The artists reception will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

February 1, 2017

“FACES”: This oil and gold leaf on linen by artist Phyllis Plattner is from the “Chronicles of War” series, 2014. Two of Plattner’s most recent series are on display at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery.

Artist Phyllis Plattner’s two most recent series, “Legends” and “Chronicles of War,” are open at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit, “Gods of War,” will be open to the public through March 2, 2017. The exhibit and reception are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. more

“FALL FISHING”: Watercolorist Robert Sakson will be showing his work at the Hopewell Valley Bistro and Inn until March 3. The opening reception for the exhibit, “Through My Eyes” will be held February 3. Pictured here is one of Sakson’s paintings, which will be available for purchase.

The Hopewell Valley Bistro and Inn, located at 15 East Broad Street in Hopewell, will premiere the exhibition “Through My Eyes: The Watercolors of Robert Sakson” on Friday, February 3. The exhibit will continue through Friday, March 3, 2017. This is the second installation in a series of artist presentations at the Inn. more

January 25, 2017

“FORMAL PEARS WITH KNIFE”: This somewhat foreboding still-life is included in Allen Fitzpatrick’s exhibit titled “Looking” in the Rider University Art Gallery Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 26. Learn more at www.rider.edu/arts.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition of works by Allen Fitzpatrick titled “Looking” from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 26. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

Artist Josh Rockland is displaying his work at Small World Coffee on 254 Nassau Street through the month of January. On his website, joshrockland.com, he writes: “My paintings have a personal, narrative quality that combines seemingly unrelated objects in an aesthetic and accessible way.” Rockland is originally from Princeton and currently resides in Morristown.

January 18, 2017

The Arts Council of Princeton is nominated for Favorite Gallery, Favorite Adult Art Classes, and Favorite Art Camp in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. Pictured here is their building, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

BURIAL BATTLE: Laertes (Edmund Lewis, on bottom) and Hamlet (Eric Tucker) fight over the corpse of Ophelia (Andrus Nichols) in the graveyard, as Hamlet prepares for his final revenge in Bedlam theater company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 12. (Photo by Elizabeth Nichols)

A New York-based theater company founded in 2012, Bedlam, currently presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Shaw’s Saint Joan in rotating repertory at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, has received much acclaim from New York critics and others for its productions over the past four years. McCarter artistic director Emily Mann saw their Saint Joan a few years ago in New York City, and “was determined to bring Bedlam’s work to Princeton.” more

January 11, 2017

PHS graduate Damien Chazelle met recently with Town Topics film reviewer Kam Williams to  talk about his latest movie, La La Land, which swept the Golden Globes Sunday, winning a record seven awards.

Damien wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories.

In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Previously, Damien wrote Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and co-wrote the horror sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, starring John Goodman. His screenplays for Whiplash and The Claim both appeared on the “Blacklist,” the annual survey of the most liked motion picture screenplays not yet produced.

Damien shot his first feature film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while still an undergraduate at Harvard University. The critically-acclaimed debut was named the Best First Feature of 2010 by L.A. Weekly and was described as “easily the best first film in eons” by Time Out New York. more

January 4, 2017

JEWELS SOLD WISELY: This Cartier diamond, platinum, and onyx pinecone brooch was sold at Rago Auctions for $514,000. Starting on January 10, all are welcome to schedule an appointment or drop in at Morven Museum and Garden between 1–3 p.m. to have their jewelry valuated by an appraiser from the leading U.S. auction house. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of its commission to Morven. 

Starting on January 10, Morven Museum and Garden will host free jewelry valuations by Katherine Van Dell, director of the jewelry department at Rago Auctions and a guest appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. The program continues on February 14 and every second Tuesday of the month thereafter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of its commission to Morven.

“Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition, or more jewelry,” says Katherine Van Dell, “Why not find out what the jewelry you’ll never wear is truly worth?”

“Morven is pleased to partner with our friends at Rago for this special program,” says Barbara Webb, Director of Development at Morven Museum and Garden, “Katherine and her team are uniquely qualified to assist you in understanding more about your jewelry and other family treasures.”

Katherine and her colleagues look forward to meeting clients in Princeton monthly. Call to schedule an appointment from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or, if you prefer, drop by between 1–3 p.m. when no appointment is necessary.

For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact Robin Harris at (609) 397-9374, ext. 119 or email robin@ragoarts.com. Should you wish to have one of Rago’s specialists come to Princeton to evaluate personal property other than jewelry (fine or decorative art, coins, silver, etc.), Rago can arrange that for you, as well, at Morven or in your home.

Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $33 million in sales in 2015. It serves thousands of sellers and buyers yearly with global reach, personal service, and competitive commissions for single pieces, collections, and estates. Rago’s expertise encompasses 20th/21st century design; fine art; American, European, English, and Asian decorative arts and furnishings; fine jewelry, and coins/currency. An internationally known venue through which to buy and sell, it offers free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections), as well as USPAP compliant estate and appraisal services. Rago is located midway between Philadelphia and New York with satellite offices in Westchester/Connecticut.

———

“WASHINGTON CROSSING BRIDGE IN THE WINTER”: This acrylic painting by Marcel Juillerat is currently on view at the Monmouth Museum. Gallery 13 North, in Lambertville, is representing Juillerat in their January exhibit, “Winter Light.”

Swiss-born Marcel Juillerat joins a roster of artists represented by Gallery 13 North in Lambertville. During his 40 years as a painter, Juillerat has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. This solo exhibition, called “Winter Light,” will be a collection centered around winter landscapes of New Jersey, specifically Jacobs Creek, Washington Crossing, as well as Baldpate Mountain area. more

December 28, 2016

“CALIFORNIA DREAMING”: This oil on canvas by Jeaninne Honstein will be on display at Stuart Country Day School’s Considine Gallery for their winter gallery exhibition, “Of Shape and Space.” Honstein, who is a Princeton painter and sculpture, will be exhibiting alongside award-winning architect, artist, and author, Lauri Matisse. The show will run from January 29 to February 21.

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart announces the winter gallery exhibition in Stuart’s Considine Gallery will include the works of artists Jeaninne Honstein and Lauri Matisse. “Of Shape and Space,” a new exhibit at the Considine Gallery in Princeton, explores the spatial relationship between human figures on the canvas and the sculpted forms of painted vessels and urns. The human figures suggest living vessels while the artistic rendering of colorful urns creates warmth and liveliness.  more

PHILLY COMES TO PRINCETON: The January 2017 Meeting of the Princeton Photography Club will include a talk by Philadelphia street photographer, Susan Nam. An example of her work is shown here.

Susan Nam is a documentary and street photographer who has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. Raised by a single mother and growing up as a Korean-American, Nam’s photographs reflect her strong interest and appreciation for different cultures and unique family dynamics. Nam’s work has a huge emphasis and focus on community — not only documenting it, but more importantly being part of it. more

December 21, 2016

TREASURES FROM THE MINOR WHITE ARCHIVE: This picture of two women, taken in 1949 in San Francisco, is among the thousands of images in the archive available on Princeton University Art Museum’s website.

The recent announcement that more than 5,000 images and related material by American modernist photographer Minor White are now available through the Princeton University Art Museum’s website was welcome news, and not just for those already familiar with Mr. White’s groundbreaking work. more

“NATURE’S POTPOURRI”: What do branches, pinecones, roosters, multicolored frogs, perky perched birds, plunging feeding birds, and intricate insects have in common? These natural objects have been transformed into art by students of “Art Collabortions!” in their multi-media exhibit, “Nature’s Potpourri,” on view through January 13. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Hawkins at D&R Greenway Land Trust)

D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Nature’s Potpourri, an exhibit of multi-media works by Heather Barros’ Art Collaborations! students in D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, on view through January 13, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call (609) 924-4646 or visit www.drgreenway.orgmore

December 14, 2016

That’s Gabriella Milley of Feltsu (Artesanía en fieltro) at last weekend’s Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. People who were at the show discuss their favorite things in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Black Violin, a strings-playing hip-hop duo, recently brought their unique sound to the Hun School of Princeton. “They were unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Hun student Delia Lawver ’17, of the band. “They made the violin really cool and modern, and had the whole school up and dancing.” Violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, did a 15-song set for the Hun community as part of the School’s Centennial Speakers Series. The duo, who are classically trained musicians, have performed with Alicia Keys, the Wu-Tang Clan and other stars. They also have collaborated with music world luminaries such as Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty. For more information, go to blackviolin.net.

END OF SEMESTER DANCE PERFORMANCES: The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of showings of new choreography created by students and choreography learned during the past semester on December 14 through 16 and on January 23 in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio and 3rd Floor Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street and New South Dance Studio. All performances are free and open to the public. (Photo Credit: Larry Levanti)

Princeton University students will perform choreography learned and new student choreography created during the fall semester on December 14 through 16 and January 23 in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio and 3rd Floor Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street and New South Dance Studio. more

December 7, 2016

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) brings the beloved classic “Nutracker” to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, new sets, thrilling choreography, and more than 100 performers. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, ARB’s is one of the longest continuously running “Nutcracker” productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. For tickets, visit www.statetheatrenj.org or call (732) 246-7469. (Photo Credit: Leighton Chen)

Simon Morrison was hoping to pursue a career as an orchestral musician when he fell in love with 20th-century Russian music. From that fascination grew an interest in Russian ballet. Soon, these subjects, and their histories, eclipsed his plans to play percussion or tuba in a symphony orchestra. more