November 29, 2023

TEAM WORK: Collaboration is key at HomeCare Veterinary Clinic. Veterinarians, vet technicians, and all the staff work together to ensure the best care for their patients at this private practice. “Many veterinarian practices are corporate-owned today. I wanted to have a private practice, which offers a more personal approach for patients and clients,” explains owner Dr. Patti Maslanka, VMD. She is shown at right in the foreground, with staff members, including Dr. Meredith Schepp, DVM, third from left, and Dr. Amy Schein, DVM, fourth from left. Luna, the 8-year-old pit bull/cattle dog mix, is a welcome visitor.

By Jean Stratton

When you share your home with a companion animal, it can provide great happiness, along with infectious, ongoing fun. There are challenges too. Puppies love to chew just about anything, including your favorite shoes! Cats enjoy appropriating the furniture as their preferred scratching post, in addition to climbing up the curtains for further entertainment. True animal lovers tend to take such exploits in stride.

And there can be illnesses and injuries, requiring capable and compassionate care. Having the services of qualified and experienced veterinarians is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. more

November 22, 2023

CONFIDENT COMMUNICATION: “I am seeing more people who want and need to sharpen their communication skills. Confident communication is not merely about eloquence; it’s the foundation upon which leadership is built,” says Priya Kartik, founder and CEO of Enspire Academy. “The transformative power of effective communication and purpose-driven leadership is not just a belief — it is the cornerstone of our philosophy.”

By Jean Stratton

Expressing oneself clearly, sharing ideas easily, concisely formulating and presenting your thoughts: all of these are important to avoid misinformation and misunderstanding. Valuable both in one’s professional and personal life, they are essential tools to acquire.

Helping people to develop such communication skills is the mission of Enspire Academy. Founded by Priya Kartik 20 years ago, the Academy is located at 4 Market Street in Plainsboro Village Center, Plainsboro.

Inspiring individuals to gain confidence and hone their communication skills has been Kartik’s goal for many years. Growing up in India, she focused on education, initially receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, and in 1997, she began her career in the manufacturing industry.

Her ability to communicate easily inspired her to assist others, she recalls. “I enjoyed helping other people to communicate better. At first, it was a hobby. I could help my colleagues when they had to give a presentation at work, go to an interview, or if they had to speak at a conference.”


November 1, 2023

TEAM WORK: “People know they can count on us. Our reputation for experience, quality work, and service is well known.” Shown are members of the Black Bear Builders team, from left, project manager Rob Burke, owner Matt Bonacci, and designer Shelby Tewell.

By Jean Stratton 

Back Bear Builders is ready to turn your vision into reality! This respected design-build remodeling firm, headquartered in Pennington, has a long history of quality construction projects. Residential remodels and additions are its specialty, with a priority on first-rate service.

“We feel that our people and process differentiate us from our competitors,” says owner Matt Bonacci. “Having talented carpenters who are respectful and communicative is only the first step in running a successful renovation project. By focusing on cleanliness, communication, and setting realistic expectations, we hope to make what is inherently an inconvenient process more palatable.”

Bonacci’s introduction to the design-build business stemmed from his early interest in drawing, he reports. “When I was a boy growing up in Titusville, I liked to sit down and draw windows. That was fun.” more

October 11, 2023

“HAVE YOU ANY WOOL”? The sheep at the Woolverton Inn in Stockton enjoy strolling the grounds of this impressive country bed and breakfast. They are admired by the guests who visit the inn from all over the area and beyond.

By Jean Stratton

Are you looking forward to a change of scene? A chance to relax and leave that to-do list behind? To spend time in a setting free of the all-consuming technology that commands so much of your time today?

If that is on your wish list, the Woolverton Inn is the place for you!

A remarkable bed and breakfast in Stockton, it is situated on 10 acres and surrounded by 300 preserved acres of rolling farmland and forest. Its handsome stone manor house dates to 1792, and features eight splendidly restored guest rooms. Six cottages offer additional gracious accommodations.

Its setting overlooking the Delaware River adds further charm to this special place, with its spacious grounds, serene walking paths, biking trails (bikes are provided), and water features. In addition, its proximity to Lambertville and New Hope, Pa., provides opportunities for dining, shopping, exploring art galleries, and theater. more

October 4, 2023

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: “We love our work. We get great joy from it, and we help people fulfill their dream. When we show our clients how their house can be transformed, it really is a dream come true.” Stan and Susan Gulati, owners of Luxe Home Company and experts in interior design, are shown in their spacious showroom.

By Jean Stratton

We all need personal shelter, of course. Once that has been accomplished, the opportunities and choices to create a home that is a haven are limited only by imagination. Style, size, textures, and colors as well as subtle nuances all combine to bring to life a home environment that reflects the owner’s personal taste and lifestyle.

Stan and Susan Gulati know all about this. Owners of Luxe Home Company in Princeton Forrestal Village, they are experts in helping homeowners achieve their dream house. As designers, they can direct customers to the desired result, and as owners of the handsome spacious showroom at 126 Village Boulevard, they provide 12,000 square feet filled with an array of furniture and accessories.  more

September 27, 2023

POSITIVE CHANGE: “Our dedicated staff specializes in comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological testing and treatment for school age children and adults of all ages. We believe in a personalized approach, which is direct, problem-oriented, and solution-focused, and which can be individualized and/or family oriented.” Shown, from left, are Bridget Mayer, Psy.D.; Kaitlin Riegler, Ph.D.: and Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph.D. of the Princeton Neuropsychology at RSM-Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey.

By Jean Stratton

Winter blues, ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic headaches, autism, learning and memory difficulties, dementia, concussions, difficult behaviors, and personality changes — all of these conditions may be related to neuropsychological problems. And they are all the types of disorders that can be assessed and treated by the Princeton Neuropsychology at RSM-Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey.

Located at 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard, Suite 210 at the MarketFair Mall, the center focuses on evaluation and treatment of a very wide range of cognitive, emotional, and physical disorders that are often inter-connected.

Established in 1999 by Director Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph.D., it offers the hope of positive change for people of all ages who are coping with many mental and physical challenges. more

September 20, 2023

FINANCIAL FOCUS: “We work with clients to help them make sound financial decisions. We are advocates for them, and we have long-term relationships. Underlying everything is our desire to help people meet their financial goals.” Shown, from left, are financial advisors Michael G. Petrone, CFP, JD; Thomas M. Petrone, CLU; and Andrew Petrone of Petrone Associates Financial Advisors, the longtime family business founded by President Thomas M. Petrone.

By Jean Stratton

For 53 years, Petrone Associates Financial Advisors has been helping clients navigate their finances and guiding them to a successful outcome and future.

Such important work has become even more necessary today as people are dealing with challenges on many levels. Recovering from the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic, coping with inflation, uncertainty over taxes, worries over technology, and climate change are all foremost.

On a more personal level, it can include anxiety over the next paycheck, protecting income, funding college costs, long-term health care planning, or anticipating retirement needs.

Whatever one’s financial status, these are all concerns that require careful attention. more

September 13, 2023

PLANT-BASED: “The vegan diet is plant-based with no meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products. Interest is growing, and I thought there was a need for it in Princeton. There is really nothing like our restaurant, a full-scale vegan restaurant, in the area.” Chef Omer Basetemur, owner of Planted Plate, is shown in front of the restaurant’s colorful full-size mural, featuring a rain forest/jungle background and the Princeton tiger looking on.

By Jean Stratton

If dining out is on your menu, and you are ready to experience a variety of new tastes, the Planted Plate restaurant can become your new “go to” eatery.

Located at 15 Spring Street, this vegan restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and takeout with wide-ranging culinary choices. it was opened in 2021 by owner/chef Omer Basetemur, and it has consistently increased its customer base as more and more people are enjoying its intriguing variety of plant-based options.

Basetemur is especially happy to have opened Planted Plate in his hometown. “I grew up in Princeton, and I really liked the idea of having a restaurant here. Princeton is a good match for a vegan restaurant,” he says.

Bastemur’s culinary history has an interesting origin and evolution. After graduating from Princeton High School, he headed to the Jersey Shore, where he worked in a vegetarian restaurant. Not a practicing vegetarian at the time, he began to appreciate its benefits. “I saw its healthy aspects, and it became part of my diet,” he explains. more

August 23, 2023

NATIVE AND NATURAL: “I design and regenerate garden habitats for native pollinators and wildlife that are an essential part of the natural foundation that stabilizes the structure of the earth’s environmental system. Nature thrives in interactive systems, and that is how I create gardens,” explains Judith K. Robinson. The owner of Our World Our Choices, she is shown laying out a garden design with native plantings

By Jean Stratton

A garden is a gift from nature.

We can embrace and enhance it by our own effort and enthusiasm. Even more important, we can make essential choices that will ultimately benefit our environment and the pollinators necessary to keep it healthy.

This is Judith K. Robinson’s mission. Owner of Our World Our Choices, headquartered in Hopewell, she has set out on a journey to educate homeowners about the importance of native plantings — including trees, bushes, and flowering plants — in their gardens.

Some have called this development in gardens “re-wilding” and “untamed lawns”. more

August 16, 2023

SPECIAL ATTENTION: Arthur, this handsome fellow with tuxedo-style markings, is a favorite “senior” at Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary. He is shown in Quinn’s Corner, the new expanded section for those like him, living with feline leukemia virus (FeLV), who must be apart from other cats.

By Jean Stratton

How to say goodbye and honor a cherished companion animal who is now gone? Some people might write a poem or a little story; others display photographs, perhaps a special dog collar or meaningful cat toy.

Jonathan Rosenberg chose to do something very different. When his 15-year-old cat, Tabby, succumbed to cancer, Rosenberg established Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary. This was to become a haven for special needs cats and those desperate for care, who otherwise faced terrible circumstances and probably would not have survived.

As he explains, “In April of 1999, my wife and I learned that our beloved cat Tabby had untreatable cancer and only months to live. The painful realization of Tabby’s impending death gave me pause to think, ‘What was I doing with my life? Was I really making a difference? How could I honor Tabby, who had spent 15 years with us?’

“I resigned from my job, and committed myself to creating Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary, in memory of our boy. Four years later, Tabby’s Place officially began its mission.” more

August 2, 2023

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOCUS: “Innovative Physical Therapy and Fitness Center provides patients with the highest standard of care and cutting edge techniques that can maximize the body’s ability to move, heal, and perform at an optimal level, and takes a one-on-one approach that focuses on patient education — not only for treatment but also for prevention.” Suresh Babu, PT, DPT, MS, (right) founder and CEO of Innovative Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, and Laura Wong, PT, DPT, clinical director, look forward helping patients regain a full quality of life.

By Jean Stratton

It’s the back; no, the neck. Or is it that troublesome knee, shoulder, or hip?

Whatever the problem and whether it stems from overdoing it on the tennis court, golf course, soccer field, or the myriad other ways one can put too much pressure on all those joints, help is at hand.

Innovative Physical Therapy and Fitness Center (IPTFC) opened at the Princeton Shopping Center in May, and is ready with an expert staff and state-of-the-art equipment to help patients find the road of recovery.

Founder and CEO Suresh Babu, PT, DPT, MS, established the first IPTFC in Edison in 2011, followed by another in Kendall Park in 2012. Princeton is the third location, and he looks forward to a special association with the community. more

July 12, 2023

RECIPE FOR READING: “We are set apart  by our size. We are small, and offer a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. At the same time, we are an up-to-date modern library with the technology of today and the latest books in all areas, as well as local history and genealogical records of Hopewell and an extensive collection of Lindbergh material, all offering interesting research opportunities.” Hopewell Public Library Director Barbara Merry is shown in front of the library’s historic building.

By Jean Stratton

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,

And all the sweet serenity of books.”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sequestered nooks” provides an apt description of what one finds at the Hopewell Public Library at 13 East Broad Street.

It offers a more intimate setting than many modern libraries today, and is filled with many nooks and crannies, offering surprises, and indeed, the “sweet serenity of books.”

However, it is much more.

Libraries open up new worlds — and the books within, opportunities for great adventures. more

July 5, 2023

CREATIVE CHOICES: “There is no other store in the mall like us. Our vibe is different from anything here, and we really fill a need. Customers will find a great eclectic selection — cards, candles, coloring books, candy, kids’ items, and much more. Our motto is ‘Everything you want … and didn’t know you need!’” Bailey Cookman, owner of twine., is shown in the store’s new location in the Quaker Bridge Mall. She is holding Scrabble coasters, made locally by Yardsale Press.

Colorful and cool, eclectic, entertaining and energetic! This is the new twine. shop, now open in the Quaker Bridge Mall.

Following in the footsteps of the flagship twine. in Hopewell, this new shop offers the signature aesthetic of the original, but with an added sensibility of color, activism, and popular culture. more

June 28, 2023

BBQ BONUS: “The recipe is simple: freshly made food, local ingredients, and special homemade sauces. We are offering great BBQ, inspired by our chef, ‘Mama Sally,’ along with the well-known hospitality that characterizes Local Greek,” explains Tony Kanterakis, owner of Local Greek Restaurant Group and the new Local BBQ in Hopewell. Shown is chef and catering director “Mama Sally” Kornegay.

By Jean Stratton

Tony Kanterakis, owner of Local Greek Restaurant Group, knows what works.

“Food brings people together, and that has always been our target in the Local Greek Family. That is what we want to keep doing by adding Local BBQ.” more

June 7, 2023

MUSIC APPRECIATION: “At our Summer Festival, we try to broaden the participants’ minds by including various speakers and lecturers as well as pianists and piano pedagogues. All classes and events will be open to the public, and we hope everyone can visit us, see the metamorphosis of the young pianists, and experience beautiful music-making with us.” John Perry and Mina Hirobe-Perry, directors of the John Perry Academy of Music, are shown with Seiji, their 6-year-old son.

By Jean Stratton

“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams.”

—Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy

Something special will be available in July for all those who love to make music and for those who may be dreaming of doing so someday.

The John Perry Academy of Music (JPA) is scheduling its International Summer Music Festival July 2 through July 14 at The College of New Jersey, located at 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

It is the first time the prestigious event will take place in New Jersey. After many years in Los Angeles, John Perry and Mina Hirobe-Perry, directors of the Academy, have relocated to Princeton.

“A festival of this type offers the opportunity for the talented music student to immerse himself/herself in an intense music performance program without the distractions of other subjects, other classes, and all other competing demands on their time,” explains John Perry. “There is no question that one walks away from this experience greatly enriched and knowledgeable about the art of music.” more

May 31, 2023

HELPING HANDS: “It’s very important to provide fresh seasonal food to families who need it. This is our mission. Our primary focus is for families with children in Princeton Public Schools.” Shown are the team members who guide and operate the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry. From left are Wendy Wilton, Debbie Bronfeld, Liliana Morenilla, Dafna Kendal, Shilpa Pai, Sharon Litvinsky, Mandy Arshan, Amy Lansky, and Jennifer Lea Cohan. Missing from the photo is Jackie Swain.

By Jean Stratton

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, that’s the only thing that ever does.”

—Margaret Mead

How to translate that conviction into action? Some people see a need and don’t know what to do about it. Some are unaware of the need. Others see the need and find ways to address it.

The last statement is the story of the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry (PMFP) and the remarkable team that created it, and continues to make it happen.

In 2007, Princeton resident and volunteer Liliana Morenilla became aware of students who did not have enough to eat.

“I was volunteering at Johnson Park Elementary School translating for Spanish-speaking parents,” she explains. “There was constant mention of food insecurity in their homes. One day, I had to separate two little ones who were fighting for a granola bar. What started the fight was that the kids never had snacks from home, and were hungry.” more

May 24, 2023

FINANCIAL FOCUS: “We lead with advice and planning, which allows us to understand each client’s full financial picture. With this knowledge, we can act in the most thoughtful way in accordance with each client’s best interest.” Elizabeth Walsh, Princeton regional director for Glenmede Trust Company, looks forward to introducing more clients to Glenmede’s expert financial services and solutions.

By Jean Stratton

These are challenging times in many ways. Peace of mind regarding financial worries, concerns, and decisions is something everyone wants and needs.

Elizabeth Walsh, Princeton regional director for Glenmede Trust Company, works hard to help clients move forward with that all-important peace of mind.

“We can help take that worry away from people,” she explains. “Our Princeton team works mainly with individuals and families. We help our clients wherever they are in life. Young families building their wealth, some setting up college funds, and others planning for retirement.”

Joining the firm in 2021, Walsh has had a lengthy career in wealth management, initially in New York City and now for decades in the Princeton area. A Princeton University graduate, she is very happy to be working within a stone’s throw of her alma mater at Glenmede’s 47 Hulfish Street location. more

May 17, 2023

SUCCESS STORY: “I think about who we are and what we offer. We are a place where people can come to be together, find special records and CDs, and talk about music.” Jon Lambert, owner of the popular Princeton Record Exchange, is proud of the store’s extraordinary selection of thousands of CDs, LPs, and DVDs, and of its long history and reputation.

By Jean Stratton

When you come to the Princeton Record Exchange, don’t be in a hurry. Plan to spend some time. It is totally intriguing!

Filled with thousands of CDs, LPs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and more, it offers every category of music, from rock and jazz to classical and country to blues and soul, rap and hip-hop, movie soundtracks, shows, and more. More than 100,000 titles in stock!

This is a special place. It has been rated a top record store in the U.S. by BuzzFeed, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, CNN, USA Today, GQ, and the Wall Street Journal, and featured in many other publications. The New York Times is quoted as saying, “Customers come from as far away as Scotland and Japan or as close as around the corner.”

In this age of online shopping and digital messaging in every way, Princeton Record Exchange (known informally as PREX) is a bricks and mortar, walk-in store. Customers can browse, find something special for their collection, and share information with each other.

As it reports in its mission statement: “Princeton Record Exchange is dedicated to providing an alternative to the streaming services and online stores that have come to dominate the music and movie retailing world. We take pride in our low pricing, the high quality of our merchandise, and the depth of our selection.”


May 3, 2023

FAMILY TRADITION: “We are set apart by our long history and experience, and we are a real family business. I am the third generation to be part of it, and my son Michael is the fourth.” Sarah Conte, owner of Perna’s Florist, Plant & Garden Center, is shown with her son and colleague Michael Conte in the entrance to the garden center amid a display of May flowers.

By Jean Stratton

“I may be an old man, but I am a young gardener.”

These words were written in his later years by Thomas Jefferson to a friend. Always ready to learn more, he knew that gardening could be wonderfully rewarding, and also remarkably challenging.

When planting a garden, whether it is a casual or serious undertaking, relying on the most reliable and experienced helpers to guide the process is a priority.

Perna’s Florist, Plant & Garden Center is such a resource. Located at 189 Washington Road in West Windsor since 1976, the longtime family business dates back even further. George Mazur, grandfather of Perna’s current owner Sarah Conte, opened Mazur’s Nursery in 1931. more

April 26, 2023

ALL DAY DINING: The Nassau Diner is open, and customers are enjoying the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this new establishment on Nassau Street.

By Jean Stratton

The coffee is hot, and the only thing kept in the freezer is our ice cream….Our curated classics are made from scratch, and elevated with fresh, quality ingredients.”

This is the report from The Nassau Diner, which opened last October at 82 Nassau Street. It is the one of the newest establishments owned by Genesis Hospitality Group. Headquartered in Hamilton, the company owns nine restaurants, bars, bakeries, inns, and boutique hotels in the area. In Princeton, the number includes The Peacock Inn, Chez Alice, Bread Boutique, Proof Pizza, and now The Nassau Diner.

“People love diners,” says Genesis director of hospitality Eben Copple, adding that diners bring back memories of fun times, and it is always good to have another informal eatery when you’re in the mood for something casual. more

April 19, 2023

CREATIVE CLOSETS: “We build closets that will make the best use of your space, and we work with closets of all sizes in all rooms in the house.” Rachel Webster, co-owner of Closets Redesigned, headquartered in West Trenton, is shown by a recently designed primary bedroom walk-in closet. A redesign of an existing closet in an older house, it features custom drawers. shelving, and hanging components. (Photo by Karin Belgrave).

By Jean Stratton

Where is that sweater? I need that green handbag — and where are those shoes?

If this sounds like a familiar stressful moment, you are not alone. Spending unavailable time searching for needed items is something that happens to many of us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to clear the chaos and have everything organized in full view so that you can see it when you need it!

Fortunately, Rachel Webster, partner and co-owner of Closets Redesigned, is here to help you declutter your life with customized solutions. In partnership with Brett Margulis, owner of Innovative Commercial Interiors (ICI), she opened Closets Redesigned in 2021.

A Princeton native, Webster has a long history in design. Her interest in creating personal and inviting spaces began at an early age, she says. “As a young girl, I started to arrange things in my room. I wanted to do my room my way!” more

April 12, 2023

FITNESS FOCUS: “Our personal training options are perfect for those looking to have a workout tailored to their individual needs and goals. Our training sessions are far from cookie-cutter. Whether gaining muscle and increasing stamina or preparing for their first mud run, our clients will find the right class or personal training session to help them achieve their goals.” Alex Obe, owner of Iron Core Bootcamp, looks forward to helping all his clients reach their potential.

By Jean Stratton

Exercise is the foundation of youth!”

“And furthermore, it is never too late!”

These beliefs are integral to the operation of Iron Core Bootcamp, which Alex Obe opened in 2022.

Working hard, meeting challenges head on, and overcoming adversity are all part of his mindset, and he needed all of his stamina and determination to deal with what lay ahead for his new fitness center.

Obe had owned P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness Center on State Road for 13 years when he decided to sell it in 2019.

“I felt it was time for a change,” he explains. “I did want to continue in the fitness field, but just in a different direction.” more

April 5, 2023

OPTIMUM EYE CARE: “We are dedicated to providing each patient with the best care possible and an excellent office experience. We have high end state-of-the-art equipment, and we strive for perfection in every way.” Board certified ophthalmologist David Mostafavi M.D., founder of Mostafavi Eye Princeton, is shown with his wife Rachel Mostafavi, who is office manager and administrator.

By Jean Stratton

The advances in the equipment and technology surrounding ophthalmology care have been truly amazing.

As remarkable as they may be, however, the need for a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced physician at the helm is crucial.

Patients in Princeton are glad to know that board certified ophthalmologist David Mostafavi M.D. is such a physician.

Founder of Mostafavi Eye Princeton, he opened his practice at 300 Witherspoon Street, Suite 203, in August 2022. It is located just to the rear of the popular Homestead Princeton furniture and gift store. more

March 29, 2023

IN THE ZONE: “Our parks are full of one-of-a-kind attractions designed to push your limits, allow you to fly higher, and just have tons and tons of fun! The only way to understand it is to come experience it. So rally your crew and let’s go!” This invitation is from Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Hamilton Township. Shown on the right is a photo of the popular Air Court, where players can practice trampoline-assisted soccer and basketball. This is just one of the many popular activities available every day.

By Jean Stratton

Fun is everywhere at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Hamilton Township. This special place offers opportunities for kids and adults to fly high, float free, and just jump up and down on springy floors and ubiquitous trampolines.

And if that is not enough to keep you moving, you can also climb walls and towers, navigate obstacle courses, hit and miss at classic trampoline dodge ball, drop into thousands of foam-filled cubes, play trampoline-assisted soccer and basketball on the Air Court, and have endless fun with foam-filled Boulder Balls.

An independently owned franchise, Sky Zone opened in 2018 at 17 Quakerbridge Plaza Drive.

“We are set apart,” points out General Manager Joshua Harry. “There is nothing like us in Mercer County, and we have been very encouraged with the response. We see more and more people coming all the time, and we have lots of repeats.” more

March 22, 2023

EXCELLENCE IN ART: “Our mission is to bring exceptional quality instruction to artists working in the classical disciplines of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Our students maintain the link to an unbroken chain of training that began hundreds of years ago, and has been passed from teacher to student for generations.” Anna Neis, right, founder and director of the Princeton Academy of Art, and Kelsey Doherty, Academy manager of operations, look forward to helping students achieve their artistic potential.

By Jean Stratton

Works of art resonate with people in many ways. There is a unique communication between artist and beholder. The artist has sought to express his or her vision, and the viewer’s response and perception vary according to a whole range of life conditions and circumstances. Thus, it becomes a very personal, often thought-provoking, and even challenging experience.

Before an artist can create such a work of art, serious study, training, and application are required.

“Artists need more than surface knowledge to progress beyond natural ability and a sharp eye,” points out Anna Neis, founder and executive director of the Princeton Academy of Art (PAA). “Creativity and self-expression are vitally important forms of communication for an artist, but before reaching the point where they can define themselves with complexity, they have to know the building blocks. Learning visual art is similar to learning a verbal language or how to play an instrument. Students must practice. That is what we are here for.” more