November 6, 2019

MARKING A MILESTONE: The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present a concert titled “Appear and Inspire: 100 Years of Singing” on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

The Westminster Choir will present a concert titled “Appear and Inspire – 100 Years of Singing” on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and are available by phone at (609) 921-2663 or online at rider.edu/arts.

Led by conductor Joe Miller, the concert will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding in 1920, and it will feature repertoire rooted deep in the Westminster Choir’s history. A highlight will be Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, reflecting Westminster Choir’s spirit and mission as it has “appeared and inspired” thousands of choral musicians over the past century. The program will also include the premiere of Psalm 96 “Sing to the Lord a New Song,” composed by Westminster Professor Christian Carey to celebrate the ensemble’s 100th anniversary. Speaking about the new work, Carey said, “It seemed to be an especially appropriate text to celebrate the college’s rich tradition of music-making and express hope for its continued vitality.” more

“LOTUS SHADOWS SHALLOWS”: This painting is featured in “Shallows: Recent Paintings by Léni Paquet-Morante,” on view November 11 through December 20 at the New Jersey Artists Series Gallery at Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick. The Mercerville artist also has a studio at Grounds For Sculpture.

Twenty years after her first solo exhibition in the J&J Artists Series Gallery, “Shallows: Recent Paintings by Léni Paquet-Morante,” on view November 11 through December 20 at the New Jersey Artists Series Gallery at Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick, offers a series of large format paintings inspired by tidal flats, flood plains, and estuaries.

Receptions are scheduled for December 6 and 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. more

“EIGHTY THREE”: This oil pastel on paper by Nicole Michaud is part of “Transient Brevity,” on view through December 19 at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. The exhibition features the works of five Philadelphia artists representing a variety of media. A community reception is November 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The surreal, the ephemeral, and all that is fleeting awaits visitors to The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for the exhibition “Transient Brevity,” on display through December 19.

A community reception with the artists is November 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in The Gallery.

“This exhibition examines the notion of ephemerality and how each of the artists chooses to represent that which is fleeting,” said Alice K. Thompson, director at The Gallery at Mercer. “The ephemeral quality of the work displayed varies from artist to artist.”

Five Philadelphia artists, representing a variety of media, take part in the exhibit. The intent of the show, Thompson said, is to bring works together from a cross-section of the visual arts community that speak both singularly and collectively. more

“IDEALIZED SCHOOL”: This work by Louis Kahn is among more than 100 objects from 25 collections featured in “Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey,” on view November 15 through May 10 at Morven Museum & Garden. An opening reception is November 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Morven Museum & Garden explores the history and culture of Roosevelt, N.J. — from an experimental immigrant utopia to artist colony — with more than 100 objects from 25 collections shown together for the first time in “Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey,” on view November 15 through May 10, 2020. An opening reception is November 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 55 Stockton Street.

“Roosevelt, New Jersey is an interesting iteration of the American story,” said Morven Executive Director Jill Barry. “Started as a government experiment to improve the lives of city-dwelling factory workers, the idea of a farming/factory communal utopia quickly soured, and in its place an artist-led Eden emerged. The unique canvas of a constructed modern community fostered the blossoming of a dynamic creative class in the 1950-60s that continues to echo through to modern day.” more

“ARCTIC PLANES”: This tapestry by Mary-Ann Sievert is part of “For the Love of the Loom – The Fine Art of Weaving,” on view at the New Hope Arts Center November 16 through January 5, 2020. The exhibition also features woks by Rita Romanova Gekht, Bojana Leznicki, Susan Martin Maffei, Ilona Pachler, Armando Sosa, and Betty Vera.

Seven contemporary fiber artists will be featured in “For the Love of the Loom – The Fine Art of Weaving” at the New Hope Arts Center from November 16 through January 5, 2020.

The artists — Rita Romanova Gekht, Bojana Leznicki, Susan Martin Maffei, Ilona Pachler, Mary-Ann Sievert, Armando Sosa, and Betty Vera — work with a variety of techniques, from traditional to experimental.

Though equipment may range from manually-operated to computer-assisted looms, each artist approaches weaving as an artistic medium. As vehicles for personal expression, their textiles reflect each artist’s background, influences, and individual artistic vision — whether encompassing ancestral traditions or commenting on contemporary life. more

October 30, 2019

By Stuart Mitchner

The people fancy they hate poetry, and they are all poets and mystics!
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “The Poet”

Three years ago, Ben Lerner published The Hatred of Poetry (Penguin Random House 2016), claiming that “Many more people agree they hate poetry than can agree what poetry is.” Billy Collins took a more nuanced approach in his 2007 collection, The Trouble with Poetry. Two years into this quid pro quo presidency, however, the quasi quid pro quo to hatred and trouble would seem to be Why Poetry? (Ecco paperback 2018) by Matthew Zapruder, who read at Princeton’s Lewis Center October 4.

I found out about Lerner’s book in a New York Times Op-Ed piece by Alissa Quart making a case for why Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is wise to have a poet on her team. Noting that “poetry readership is generally up,” Quart cites a National Endowment for the Arts survey showing that almost 12 percent of American adults read poetry in 2017, up from under 7 percent in 2012.

Love it or hate it or who-cares, poetry abounds this month, beginning with the birth of Wallace Stevens (October 2) and ending with the arrival of John Keats (October 31). Along with Ezra Pound, whose birthday is today, October 30, and whose name was once synonymous with the hatred of poetry, there’s Arthur Rimbaud (October 20), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21), John Berryman (October 25), and Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath (October 27).  more

By Nancy Plum

In a three-concert series entitled “Icons of Song,” Princeton University Concerts is examining both the concept of love and ways to expand the boundaries of chamber music. Composers through the centuries have explored the ups and downs of love through the solo song genre, and in the first of the “Icons of Song” series, Princeton University Concerts presented a program of two song cycles celebrating these very ideas. Accompanied by pianist Brad Mehldau, British tenor Ian Bostridge performed a contemporary song cycle by Mehldau, as well as Robert Schumann’s lyrically Romantic Dichterliebe. Throughout the more than 25 songs which made up the two cycles, the audience at Richardson Auditorium last Tuesday night listened in rapt attention as these two esteemed performers conveyed some of the most formidable yet tender poetry in literature.

A native of London, Bostridge received his musical education in England’s finest institutions, including as a choral scholar at Westminster School and a student at St. John’s College in Oxford and Cambridge. His recordings of both opera and lieder have won major international prizes and have been nominated for 15 Grammy awards. Bostridge and Mehldau have been collaborating since 2015, with Mehldau composing several works specifically for the tenor. Mehldau’s 11-song cycle, The Folly of Desire, premiered just this past January and toured by Mehldau and Bostridge this year, set the poetry of Blake, Yeats, Shakespeare, and Goethe, among others. more

“CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”: Performances are underway for The Pennington Players’ production of “Catch Me If You Can.” Directed by Laurie Gougher, the musical runs through November 3 at the Kelsey Theatre. A bright red sweater is one of many costumes — and personas — worn by Frank Abagnale Jr. (Scott Silagy, center), as he tells the story of his many exploits, with the help of the ensemble. (Photo by Jon Cintron)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

As a con artist, Frank Abagnale Jr. gave the authorities plenty of metaphoric song and dance, so it is fitting that he gets to do so, literally, as a character onstage.

Catch Me If You Can is being presented by The Pennington Players at the Kelsey Theatre. This brash, energetic musical is based on the true story that became a hit Steven Spielberg film in 2002.

Abagnale originally detailed his exploits in his 1980 autobiography, which he authored with Stan Redding. The 2011 musical version has a flippant but amiable libretto by Terrence McNally. The music is by Marc Shaiman, and the lyrics are by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The score by Shaiman and Wittman is characterized by much of the jocularity and musical flavor present in their songs for Hairspray, which also is set in the 1960s. more

CHAMBER CHOIR: Westminster Kantorei, conducted by Jay Carter, presents “An Evening of Choral Evensong” on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

“An Evening of Choral Evensong” is the title of a concert being presented by the chamber choir Westminster Kantorei on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

The program models a traditional Anglican service of choral evensong, aligned with the Feast of All Saints’ Day. It will be led by Kantorei’s new director, Jay Carter. The program will include works traditionally performed for All Saints’ Day, such as William Byrd’s Gaudeamus Omnes in Domino and Justorum Animae, Thomas Tallis’ Te Lucis Ante Terminum and Adrian Batten’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis from his fourth service. more

“ROCKY BROOK”: Landscape paintings by Joe Kazimierczyk and photographs by Joseph Zogorski will be featured in “Quietude,” on view November 7 through December 1 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception is Saturday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, will present “Quietude,” an exhibit of landscape paintings by Joe Kazimierczyk and photographs by Joseph Zogorski, November 7 through December 1. An opening reception is Saturday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m.

“Quietude” is defined as the state of being calm — peacefulness, stillness, tranquility. The artwork of Kazimierczyk and Zogorski embodies this feeling as each artist finds his inspiration in the quiet and serenity of the world around us.

Kazimierczyk’s oil paintings are inspired by the scenes he encounters while exploring the mountains and forests of Northern New Jersey. An avid hiker, his work in this show focuses on the trails, rivers, and streams he finds in parks ranging from the Sourland Mountains to the Delaware Water Gap, and points in between. more

“CROOKHEY HALL”: This color lithograph by Leonora Carrington is featured in “States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing,” on view at the Princeton University Art Museum November 2 through February 2. The exhibition features more than 80 objects from around the world that collectively illuminate the role that art plays in shaping perceptions and experiences of illness and healing.

On view November 2 through February 2 at the Princeton University Art Museum, “States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing” features over 80 objects from around the world — from antiquity to the present — including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and multimedia, that collectively illuminate the role that art plays in shaping perceptions and experiences of illness and healing.

The works of art represent and respond to pandemics and infectious disease, mental illness, the hopes and dangers associated with childbirth, and the complexities of care.

The Museum has collaborated with a diverse range of disciplines, programs, and voices at Princeton — including experts in the fields of infectious diseases, disability, literature, medicine, contagion, psychology, and creative writing — in order to provide multiple points of entry to the objects on view. more

“SOULS OF THE SOIL”: This oil on canvas painting by Marcel Juillerat is featured, along with works by artists Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Ifat Shatzky, and Ziya Tarapore, in “Souls of the Soil: Global Roots in Nature,” on view through November 22 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center. An opening reception is November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

D&R Greenway Land Trust now presents “Souls of the Soil: Global Roots in Nature,” an exhibition multi-media works that explore the importance of nature as manifested in far-flung areas of the globe. It is on view through November 22 at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on business days.

The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, email rsvp@drgreenway.org or call (609) 924-4646.

Artists Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Marcel Juillerat, Ifat Shatzky, and Ziya Tarapore utilize a broad range of materials — from textured fabrics and dyed papers to sculpture and beyond. more

October 23, 2019

By Stuart Mitchner

With the World Series in the air and Princeton resident Mort Zachter’s biography of legendary New York Knicks coach Red Holzman on my bedside table, I’ve been thinking a lot about baseball and basketball this week.

The Open Sesame to Zachter’s book, however, was Holzman’s wife Selma, “a girl from Brooklyn without any pretenses,” who was also “loving, kind, thoughtful, generous, genuine, funny, and interesting,” could “see through phonies, and didn’t suffer fools.” While Holzman “tended to be guarded in what he said publicly, Selma spoke her mind.” Zachter rounds out the chapter starring the coach’s wife of 55 years (“The Best Thing I Ever Did In My Life”) with some anecdotes too lengthy to be quoted here, unless you count the one about how whenever she “learned one of her husband’s Knicks players had a cold, she prepared homemade chicken soup for him.”

Admittedly, my chicken-soup soft spot for Holzman’s wife is due to my fondness for her namesake from Queens, who shared the same qualities along with an ability to make the culinary equivalent of a three-point shot from mid-court every time she cooked a meal. Our friend Selma, our son’s godmother, died ten years ago September, a year after Selma Holzman. more

By Nancy Plum

Things must have been lively in the Louisville, Kentucky, home in which Princeton University sophomore Elijah Shina grew up. He may well have been the kind of child that found rhythm in every empty box or can in the house and saw a potential drum on every surface he touched. These are the children who grow up to be great percussionists, and Shina has brought his great sense of inner rhythm to Princeton University and to the University Orchestra’s opening concerts this past weekend. A co-winner of the Princeton University Orchestra 2019 Concerto Competition, Shina showed virtuosic agility on a myriad of percussion instruments in a 20th-century concerto demonstrating a wide range of orchestral colors and effects.

Concertos for percussion were unusual in 20th-century American music. Chicago-born Joseph Schwantner, intrigued by the infinite array of timbres and sonorities available in an orchestral percussion section, composed the 1995 Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra on commission from the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York for the New York Philharmonic’s 150th anniversary. The resulting work, performed by the University Orchestra this past Friday and Saturday nights, was a musical collaboration between soloist and ensemble demanding the highest level of skills and techniques from an entire section of percussionists, not just the soloist. more

“MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN”: Performances are underway for “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Directed by playwright David Catlin, Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production runs through November 3 at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. Mary Shelley (Cordelia Dewdney, left) gazes reflectively at Frankenstein’s Creature (Keith D. Gallagher). (Photo by Liz Lauren)

By Donald H. Sanborn III.

McCarter Theatre is presenting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in time for Halloween. Lookingglass Theatre Company brings its brooding spectacle to Princeton following its premiere in Chicago earlier this year. David Catlin, whose Lookingglass Alice was presented by McCarter in 2007, is the playwright and director.

The title of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein hints at one of the elements that make this version unique: the author becomes a character. Brief glimpses into Shelley’s stormy life are juxtaposed against scenes from her famous novel.

As with McCarter’s production of Gloria: A Life, seats have been placed on the stage, so that the show is presented in the round. Daniel Ostling’s set is covered by an off-white sheet, which is suspended by a brick cubicle. During the opening scene we see the actors through this sheet, which somewhat separates them from us despite the intimacy inherent in the seating arrangement. more

CELEBRATING A CLASSIC: Cellist Pablo Ferrandez is the guest soloist when the Princeton Symphony Orchestra performs Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor on October 26 and 27 at Richardson Auditorium.

On Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) celebrates 100 years of Sir Edward Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 with a performance featuring soloist Pablo Ferrández. Ferrández performed this summer at the Hollywood Bowl to critical acclaim with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Also on the program of late romantic works are Jean Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90. Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts. Both concerts are at Richardson Auditorium. more

“BRIDGE OVER THE TOHICKON”: This painting by Bill Jersey is featured in “Local Flavor,” a joint exhibit with artist SiriOm Singh on view October 24 through November 10 at Cross Pollination Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception is Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Local Flavor,” an exhibition of landscape paintings by local artists Bill Jersey and SiriOm Singh, will be featured October 24 through November 10 at Cross Pollination Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception is Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.

After a 40-year career as an award-winning filmmaker, Bill Jersey moved from Berkeley, Calif., to Lambertville, and from his profession as filmmaker to his passion — oil painting. His local landscapes have won many awards, and are part of numerous collections. more

“ON A SHORT LEASH”: Artist Charles David Viera presents the latest installment of his lifetime of works in “Charles David Viera: New Works 2015-2019.” The exhibition opens November 2 and runs through November 30 at the New Hope Arts Center A-Space in New Hope, Pa.

The works of New Jersey-based artist Charles David Viera will be featured in “Charles David Viera: New Works 2015-2019,” on view at the New Hope Arts Center A-Space November 2-30. An opening reception is Saturday, November 2, from 4-7 p.m.

“I feel fortunate to have made a career as an artist and art instructor. The paintings in ‘New Works 2015-2019’ are a collection of images that represent the latest chapter of my life,” says Viera. “They are reflections on moments that I have considered or witnessed over the last four years. I am thrilled to be working with the New Hope Arts Center and for the opportunity to contribute to the New Hope/Lambertville art scene, which continues to be a vibrant and important source of creativity in this area.” more

October 16, 2019

By Stuart Mitchner

Her eye as a writer is both darting and then fixed. Nothing escapes her.
—Colm Tóibín on Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

Several times a day I look out the living room window to see the activity around the bird feeders. It’s become a ritual, even when the only sign of bird life is the slight swaying of the Edwardian feeder. This morning I was seeing the finches and woodpeckers darting to and from that ornate object through someone else’s eyes, having just finished Katherine Mansfield’s “Prelude,” a long story drawn from her childhood in New Zealand. At Labyrinth Books later the same day I bought The Garden Party and Other Stories (Ecco 2016) where Colm Tóibín’s preface, with its reference to Mansfield’s “eye as a writer,” underscores what happened at the window.

In a letter from May 1921, a year and a half before she died of TB and related illnesses, Mansfield observes that the writers “we read as we read Shakespeare are part of our daily lives,” that it doesn’t seem at all strange to be thinking about Othello at breakfast or to be wondering about poetry in the bath: “It’s all part of a whole. Just as that vineyard below me is the vineyard of the song of Solomon — and that beautiful sound as the men hoe between the vines is almost part of my body — goes on in me. I shall never be the same as I was before I heard it, just as I’ll never be the same as I was before I read the death of Cleopatra. One has willingly given oneself to all these things — one is the result of them all.”

I didn’t need the marginal exclamation points in my mother’s copies of Mansfield’s journals and letters to know how passionately she’d have identified with that passage. Besides Ann’s copycat habit of using “shall” in her own letters, and the sense of writerly companionship she found in her New Zealand soulmate, she’d “been there.” Not only did she feel what Mansfield felt when she said the sound of men hoeing in a vineyard was almost part of her body, she’d have expressed it in the same terms and probably taken it to rhapsodic extremes. I knew from experience. I’d grown up in the same house with someone who took Chekhov to bed with her every night, along with her namesake Anna Karenina, and the expurgated American paperback edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. And if she wasn’t reading, she was typing madly away in her tiny study next to my father’s much larger one, inspired by Mansfield’s example, the journal her bedside bible. more

By Nancy Plum

Last year’s 125th anniversary season of Princeton University Concerts — with star conductor Gustavo Dudamel leading the lineup — is a hard act to follow. Princeton University Concerts began its 126th season last week with a well-respected ensemble also celebrating a milestone. New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, marking its 50th anniversary, brought to Princeton a program paying homage to both Americana and the longevity of Princeton University Concerts. Last Thursday night’s “New World Spirit” performance at Richardson Auditorium featured music of four composers who embodied American music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with one work having close ties to the University Concerts series.

Pennsylvania composer Harry T. Burleigh has been well-known in the choral world for his arrangements of spirituals and for bringing African American music to the forefront in this country, also composing a handful of instrumental pieces. A student of Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, Burleigh similarly infused his musical works with American folk tunes and atmosphere. Burleigh’s Southland Sketches for solo violin and piano was comprised of four salon pieces capturing the fresh and open outdoors through broad melodies and bits of familiar tunes. Violinist Chad Hoopes and pianist Gloria Chien showed solid communication and precise timing in performing the four Sketches, with effective double stops from Hoopes adding harmony to the solo violin part and Chien’s accompaniment well reflecting the diverse styles within the music. more

“DAUPHIN ISLAND”: Performances are underway for “Dauphin Island.” Directed by Amina Robinson, the play runs through October 27 at Passage Theatre. Selwyn (SJ Hannah, left) and Kendra (Shadana Patterson) unexpectedly share an intimate moment, but they both face personal challenges that may present obstacles to their ability to build a life together. (Photo by Jeff Stuart)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

Passage Theatre is opening its season with an outstanding production of Dauphin Island. Jeffry Chastang’s bittersweet romantic comedy depicts an unlikely relationship between Kendra Evans, a cancer survivor who lives in seclusion in the piney woods of Wilcox County, Alabama; and Selwyn Tate, an injured stranger who stops at her house, on the way to start a new job.

Dauphin Island received a New Play Award grant from the Edgerton Foundation. Its world premiere was at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2017.

“This season’s shows all grapple with the question of where we come from,” promises Artistic Director C. Ryanne Domingues. “Our pasts, our families, and the places we grew up all have a huge impact on who we are and how we shape our futures.” She adds, “Dauphin Island is a refreshing play about what happens when we show a little bit of kindness towards each other.”

On the surface “kindness” initially seems an odd word with which to characterize the relationship between the characters. The edgy, gun-wielding Kendra’s first act consists of shackling Selwyn to the railing of her porch, “so you don’t kill me,” she says. Only then does she bandage his injured hand — with cobwebs. more

On Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m., actress Sutton Foster stars in An Evening with Sutton Foster, headlining the first show of Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and McCarter Theatre Center’s new Princeton Pops series collaboration.

Tony Award-winning singer, actor, and dancer Sutton Foster will perform personal song favorites and Broadway classics including “Anything Goes,” “C’est Magnifique,” “Down with Love,” “I Get a Kick out of You,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” and “Singing in the Rain,” accompanied by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Devlin. Devlin is the former PSO assistant conductor, and is now music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. The performance takes place in McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. more

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra launches its 2019-20 season of chamber music on Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m., in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study. Orchestra members in the ensemble are, top row from left, oboist Lillian Copeland and violinist Ruotao Mao; and bottom row, from left, violist Stephanie Griffin and cellist Alistair MacRae. Music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Britten is on the program. Visit princetonsymphony.org.

“SNOW ON HAWK MOUNTAIN”: Bucks County artist Dot Bunn will speak on “Color Then and Now” on October 17 at 7 p.m. at Prallsville Mills in Stockton. She will also demonstrate the Fletcher System of color management, which she teaches at her studio. The event is part of the Artsbridge Distinguished Artists Series.

The Artsbridge Distinguished Artists Series presents Award-winning Bucks County artist Dot Bunn on Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m. at Prallsville Mills in Stockton. Her talk, “Color Then and Now,” will take attendees at on a tour through art history and the evolution of color. She will also demonstrate the Fletcher System of color management, which she teaches at her Red Stone Farm Studio. While she will demonstrate with oil paints, the system can be used in all color mediums. “It is a teaching system to help artists that are looking to consistently achieve harmony and control in color mixing,” says Bunn. more

“PROCESS: ART + SCIENCE”: Art from the John George Collection of Rube Goldberg, along with photography by Deborah Land, Jessi Oliano, and Andrew Wilkinson, will be featured October 18 through November 25 in the Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. An opening reception is Friday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fall gallery exhibition at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, “Process: Art + Science,” will feature art from the John George Collection of Rube Goldberg and photography by Deborah Land, Jessi Oliano, and Andrew Wilkinson. The show takes inspiration from the 500th anniversary of Leonardo DaVinci’s death and the idea that interdisciplinary projects can create visionary alternatives and open new doors for understanding.

“Our exhibit is inspired by the development of artistic work created in the process of exploration,” said Gallery Director Andres Duque. “We are celebrating Leonardo DaVinci’s 500th anniversary and the roots that bring together the spirit of creation in art and science.”

The public is invited to view the art show, on display in Stuart’s Considine Gallery from October 18 through November 25. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when school is in session.

An opening reception is Friday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a Gallery Talk with the artists is Tuesday, October 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. The public is welcome. more