September 12, 2018

“SUN RIZING”: More than 50 artists who have exhibited their work in small group or solo shows at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie during the past 40 years will be featured in “Pushing 40,” running September 15 through November 10. An opening reception is on Saturday, September 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Trenton Museum Society has announced “Pushing 40,” a “reunion” exhibit celebrating 40 years of promoting fine art by artists in the greater Trenton region. More than 50 artists who have exhibited their work in small group or solo shows at the Trenton City Museum during the past 40 years are returning to the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park from September 15 to November 10. An opening reception is on Saturday, September 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  more

PLAINSBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY ARTS FESTIVAL: Sheela Raj of Plainsboro will again demonstrate painting on textiles at this year’s event on Saturday, September 15 from 12-4 p.m. at the Plainsboro Public Library. Other Plainsboro artists, as well as members of the Plainsboro Library Artists’ Group, will also show their work, demonstrate their techniques, and help festivalgoers develop their own artwork.

You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about fabric painting, Chinese knotting, sketchbook journaling, face painting, henna, Chinese and Marathi calligraphy, clay jewelry, and much more when local artists take center stage at the Plainsboro Public Library on Saturday, September 15, for the library’s annual Arts Festival. The event is scheduled from 12-4 p.m.

A disc jockey will be on hand throughout the festival; and members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North a capella group Out of the Blue will perform, as will the high school’s string orchestra, Nonet.

Funded by the Friends of the Plainsboro Public Library, the festival will take place rain or shine, and will feature Plainsboro artists as well as members of the Plainsboro Library Artists’ Group. In addition to showing their work, they will demonstrate their techniques and will help visitors develop their own artwork.

Celebrate the centennial of Plainsboro Township, which will take place in 2019, by participating in the creation of a centennial banner during the Arts Festival. Plainsboro artist Sangeeta Vinoth will distribute patches on which festivalgoers may write their names in paint, ink, or other media. The patches will be glued to a large banner, which will hang in the library art gallery next May, in conjunction with an exhibit commemorating the centennial.

August 29, 2018

“RAE SEATED (GREEN DRESS)”: This painting by Ben Solowey is one of more than 50 works of American art featured in “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” running September 16 through January 6, 2019 at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa.

Beginning September 16, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., will present “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” a major exhibition of American art that showcases more than 50 works from the museum’s permanent collection and commemorates the museum’s 30th anniversary.  more

August 22, 2018

ACP FALL OPEN HOUSE: The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will host its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, September 8 from 1-3 p.m. Attendees of this free, family-friendly event can expect lots of hands-on activities, including the creation of a community mural. Chris Rollins of Chris and The Crew from 94.5 WPST will also be on hand for the festivities.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will host its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, September 8 from 1-3 p.m. Attendees of this free, family-friendly event can expect hands-on art activities, including a community mural; meet and greet instructors; and learn about the Arts Council’s fall community programs, events, membership, and volunteer opportunities. Plus, meet Chris Rollins of Chris and The Crew from 94.5 WPST.  more

On Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a three-day Unreserved Auction of early 20th century art and design, modern and contemporary art and design, Scandinavian furniture, garden décor, and more. Included are period and modern works of Arts and Crafts design; American and European mid-century furnishings; a broad selection of rugs, lighting, and estate goods; prints, duplicates, and works on paper; and antique and contemporary art glass.

“We are always excited by the diverse mix of property in Rago’s Unreserved Auction,” says Michael Ingham, director of Rago’s unreserved department. “Perfect for that first home or updating your style, all the property is attractively priced and ready to go. We’re also pleased to present a substantial collection of outdoor and garden items at the end of Sunday’s sale. There’s truly something for everyone.” more

This painting by Aileen D. is featured in “Healing in Nature,” an exhibit at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Marie L. Matthews Galleries in the Johnson Education Center at One Preservation Place, Princeton through August 31. The exhibit showcases artwork created by people who have benefited from HomeFront’s ArtSpace program. The public is invited to a closing reception to meet the artists on Tuesday, August 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The reception is free, but rsvp@drgreenway.org to attend.

August 15, 2018

PLANES AT THE PLANT: The former GM Fisher Body Plant in Ewing was converted to build torpedo bombers for the U.S. Navy during World War II. This photo and others are featured in “Changing Face/Changing Place: A Look at the Architectural History of the Trenton Area,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of FVHD Architects-Planners. The exhibit runs September 15 through January 11, 2019 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park.

The Trenton Museum Society and FVHD Architects – Planners have announced an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the full-service architectural design firm founded in Trenton in 1918 by PL Fowler. “Changing Face/Changing Place: A Look at the Architectural History of the Trenton Area,” will feature historical and architectural photographs, drawings, and artifacts from FVHD history. The exhibit will be in the second-floor galleries at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park from September 15 through January 11, 2019. An opening reception is Sunday, September 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. more

“FOUR SHADES OF GREY”: The work of photographer Jamel Shabazz is featured in “Love is the Message,” on display through September 22 at the BSB Gallery in Trenton. An opening reception is scheduled for August 25 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Trenton Downtown Association has announced the third exhibit at BSB Gallery with the launch of “Love is the Message,” featuring the work of photographer Jamel Shabazz. A special opening reception with the artist is planned for August 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Shabazz is also scheduled to conduct an Artist Talk on Saturday, September 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. “Love is the Message” will be on display through September 22.  more

August 8, 2018

“HOMEFRONT ON THE WINGS”: This painting by Stacy D. is featured in “Healing in Nature,” on view through August 31 at the D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center in Princeton. The exhibit showcases artwork created by people who have benefited from HomeFront’s ArtSpace program.

D&R Greenway Land Trust has partnered with HomeFront’s ArtSpace program for the first time to present “Healing in Nature,” on view through August 31 in D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. 

This partnership showcases artwork created by homeless people who have benefited from the HomeFront Family Campus in Ewing, where calming influences and a healing garden enable a much-needed break.  more

“CIRKUS DIURNUS”: An exhibit of journals and sketchbooks by cultural anthropologist and trend-spotter Mikel Cirkus will be at the West Windsor Arts Center August 20 through September 7. An opening reception is Saturday, August 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. (Image courtesy of WWAC)

The West Windsor Arts Center presents “Cirkus Diurnus: Sketchbooks of a Traveling Artist,” a playful and profound exhibit of journals and sketchbooks running August 20 through September 7. An opening reception is on Saturday, August 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. 

The Center invites the public to explore the creative process of cultural anthropologist and trend-spotter Mikel Cirkus. From cities around the world, in 63 journals spanning nearly 40 years, Mikel set out to capture moments between the thought, the pen, and the paper — magic that is slipping away from our increasingly digital worlds.  more

August 1, 2018

“HEBRIDES 8”: Artist Malcolm Bray presents a new series of paintings on paper opening August 10 at Galerie Stockton in the Stockton Market. The works are from his “Hebrides” series, inspired by the coastline of Scotland.

Opening August 10, Malcolm Bray presents a new series of paintings on paper at Galerie Stockton in the Stockton Market at 19 Bridge Street. Bray, who was born in England and now lives in the Stockton area, will present a group of large works from his “Hebrides” series, inspired by the coastline of Scotland. Bray writes, “Tucked away on the North West side of Scotland this fractured coastline is littered with islands, some drifting away from history. Celticness is everywhere, superimposed beyond memory…” more

“LOSS EVENT”: Ryann Casey’s photography exhibit, based on the U.S. National Park system, is at the James Kerney Campus Gallery at Mercer County Community College’s Trenton Campus through September 7. Each of her photos features two prints side by side that explore the intersection of personal loss and environmental degradation through the filter of memory and grief.

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) in downtown Trenton has announced the opening of “Loss Event,” an exhibit by photographer Ryann Casey, who has created a series based in the U.S. National Park system. The show runs August 1 through Friday, September 7. A community reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the talk to start at 6 p.m. more

July 25, 2018

“JERSEY SHORE”: This painting by Lynn Cheng Varga is featured in “Celebrations” by Creative Collective Group, at the Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury. The exhibition runs August 4 to 25, with an opening reception on Sunday, August 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Gourgaud Gallery, located at 23A North Main Street in Cranbury, has announced its latest exhibition, “Celebration” by Creative Collective Group. It runs August 5 through August 24, with an opening reception on August 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. and an open studio on August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The Creative Collective Group is dedicated to fostering a creative and nurturing community for artists, artisans, and art lovers in Central New Jersey and beyond. Their goal is to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for inspiration for beginners and professionals as well as supporting the greater arts community through service.  more

MERCER COUNTY SENIOR ART SHOW: A sample of some of the entries in the Drawing/Non-Professional category at the 2018 Mercer County Senior Art Show, on display through August 3 at the Meadow Lakes Gallery in East Windsor. The art was created by Mercer County residents age 60 or older.

The 2018 Mercer County Senior Art Show is on display through August 3 at the Meadow Lakes Gallery in East Windsor.

The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage and the Office on Aging, features original artworks created within the past three years, from drawings to paintings to crafts, by Mercer County residents age 60 or older. more

July 18, 2018

“FISHING ON CARNEGIE LAKE”: This painting by Helene Mazur is featured in “Plein-Air Painters of Princeton,” on view through July 25 at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Evelyne V. Johnson Gallery at 1 Preservation Place in Princeton.

What does Princeton have in common with Giverny? Its own corps of plein-air painters actively immortalizing natural scenes in and around the town. D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Evelyne V. Johnson Gallery shimmers with plein-air art just completed, on view through July 25. more

“Anywhere But Here: Mixed Media Works” by Ilene Dube is on view through August 9 at Northfield Bank, 280 Route 31 in Hopewell. Gallery and bank hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“WANDERINGS & WONDERINGS”: Landscape paintings including “Autumn Memories” by Joe Kazimierczyk, above, and “Red Shed and American Boathouse” by Michael Schweigart, below, are featured in a joint exhibit at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. It runs August 9 through September 2, with an opening reception on August 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville presents new landscape paintings by artists Joe Kazimierczyk and Michael Schweigart in an exhibition of their “Wanderings & Wonderings.” The exhibit runs August 9 through September 2, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 11, from 5 to 8 pm.  more

July 11, 2018

“REALISM IN COLOR AND FORM”: The new exhibit at the Pedersen Gallery in Lambertville features paintings by George Stave such as “La Belle Chocolatier,” above, and sculptures by Joe Brown, including “Counter Punch,” below. “Realism in Color and Form” runs July 15 through August 4, with an opening reception on July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Pedersen Gallery in Lambertville presents ”Realism in Color and Form,” featuring paintings by George Stave and sculpture by Joe Brown. The exhibit runs July 15 through August 4, with an opening reception on July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.  more

Grounds For Sculpture’s summer party AFTERGLOW will return on August 11 from 9 p.m. to midnight. This event is hosted by the Grounds For Sculpture Young Professionals, and presents a night of illumination, one-night-only experiences, and revelry, attracting hundreds of young professionals from the tristate area. Secure your ticket at www.afterglow2018.org.

AFTERGLOW attendees will experience the premiere of Social Sparkles – an interactive installation by multidisciplinary design studio Toer (Netherlands), reminiscent of fireflies on a summer night and filling the air with swarms of light that move overhead as guests walk below. Guests will also be among the first to view a new exhibition by artist James Carl, featuring works Carl has created using a remarkably elaborate and mathematical process of weaving lengths of venetian blinds. Guests will explore the grounds to see newly fabricated 26-foot steel sculpture, Dina Wind: Harp of David #1, as well as indoor and outdoor works by stone sculptor Masayuki Koorida. more

Summer Art Camps are underway at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. Camps are available for children ages 5 through teens. In addition, the center will offer Summer Art Camp for children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs on Saturdays in July and August. The Center’s Summer Art Camps are designed to stimulate creative expression through projects and activities. New projects are introduced each week, and all sessions are led by professional teaching artists. There will be a supervised lunch for full-day campers. Children interested in only coming for a morning session or afternoon session can register for half-day camps. For more information or to register, visit www.ccabedminster.org or call (908) 234-2345.

July 3, 2018

“GREEN AND RED”: Works by artist Gary David Fournier will be showcased in “An Eclectic Assembly of Work in Oil, Water Colour, and Acrylic” at Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury. The exhibition runs July 8 through July 27, with a reception on Sunday, July 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Gourgaud Gallery, located in Town Hall at 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury, presents works by artist Gary David Fournier in “An Eclectic Assembly of Work in Oil, Water Colour, and Acrylic.” The exhibition runs July 8 through July 27, with a reception on Sunday, July 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. more

“ELIXIR”: The works of artist Spriha Gupta are featured in a solo exhibition in Small World Coffee in Princeton this July. Gupta uses textures and recycled products to create organic forms on canvas.

The art of Skillman area resident Spriha Gupta is the focus of a solo exhibit this July at Small World Coffee in Princeton.

Gupta is a self-taught visual artist who brings new aspects to the medium of art by using textures and recycled products to create organic forms on canvas. more

June 27, 2018

JONAH HISTORICALLY REGARDED (DOME): Frank Stella (1936 —), hand colored etching, aquatint, relief, engraving, screenprint and stencil on paper, 186.69 cm x 134.62 cm. Addison Gallery of American Art, Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1974-2001 Collection, given in honor of Frank Stella, 2003.44.300 /©2017 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NewYork.

On the hither side of Pittsfield sits Herman Melville, shaping out the gigantic conception of his white whale, while the gigantic shape of Greylock looms upon him from his study-window.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, from The Wonder Book

By Stuart Mitchner

In a December 1850 letter to a friend penned while he was “shaping” the book that became Moby Dick, Melville writes, “I look out of my window in the morning when I rise as I would out of a port-hole of a ship in the Atlantic. My room seems a ship’s cabin; & at nights when I wake up & hear the wind shrieking, I almost fancy there is too much sail on the house, and I had better go on the roof and rig in the chimney.” more

“PORTRAIT OF BEN WHITMIRE”: Elizabeth Ruggles’ painting is featured in “Airing Out the Attic,” an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park. It runs July 11 through September 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

When the Trenton City Museum opened its doors to the public in 1978, it had already acquired a small collection of decorative art and historical objects, and a few pieces of fine art. Over the last 40 years, the collection has grown to comprise nearly six thousand objects including more than 250 works of fine art, both donated and purchased. more

“TANIS” RETURNS: Daniel Garber’s painting has returned to the Michener Art Museum from its home at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and will remain on view at the Michener through December 30. Philanthropists Marguerite and H. F. Gerry Lenfest presented “Tanis” as a gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the stipulation that the painting be returned on loan to the Michener Art Museum every three years.

In 2011, Philadelphia-area philanthropists Marguerite and H. F. Gerry Lenfest presented Tanis as a gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the stipulation that the painting be returned on loan to the Michener Art Museum for three months every three years. This year marks its second return under that agreement. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest are longtime supporters of the Michener Art Museum, which is recognized for its world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings — many of them donated to the museum by the Lenfests — as well as its commitment to preserving and presenting the work of other Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. more