MCCC's Gallery Announces Selections for
"Mercer County Artists" 2006


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The artwork of "Mercer County Artists 2006" (MCA) will be on display at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College through April 14. Gallery Curator Tricia Fagan recently announced the winners, selected by juror Julie Mellby, graphic arts curator at Firestone Library of Princeton University.

More than $1,500 in purchase and merit prizes were awarded this year. Mellby selected four Honorable Mentions, a Juror’s Choice, and a Best in Show. This year’s Juror’s Award went to Graziella V. Smith of Monroe Township for her painting, Abe. Honorable mentions were presented for A View by Jacqueline Berkman of Trenton; Black Cat Series #5 by Jennifer Cadoff of Princeton; Ironing in the Nude by Thomas Kelly of Hamilton; and Let it Snow, Let it Snow by Harlan Krakovitz of Yardley, PA.

This year marks the first time that a Best in Show prize was announced. “We’re very grateful to Utrecht Paint Supplies of Cranbury, which donated a $250 gift card for the Best in Show this year,” says Fagan. The prize was awarded to Hamilton resident Nancy Zamboni for her drawing Fresh Start 2. According to Mellby, she selected the piece “…because of its complex study of form and dimension…” which offers the viewer “…delicious pleasure – and surprising drama for such a still composition.”

Ida Perez Margicin, director of Mercer County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission, which sponsors the exhibit in partnership with The Gallery at MCCC, selected five pieces for the annual MCA Purchase Awards: Bird Song by L.D. Cicchini of Princeton Junction; Riverview by Sue DiBattisa of Bristol, PA; Stormy Morning by Ruth A. Kaufman of Princeton; Bazaar by Florence Moonan of Stockton; and Rally in the Rain by Ted Peck of Princeton. The works become part of the County’s permanent art collection. Paul Cerna, president of the West Windsor Arts Council, announced two prizes to this year: to Dianne R. Gozonsky for an untitled mixed media collage and Judy Kaye for her watercolor Enchanted Land. This is the fourth year that West Windsor’s Art Council has presented this award to outstanding MCA artists from the township.

According to Fagan, the exhibit received more than 180 entries. Seventy-nine pieces were selected: ten sculptures and 69 two-D works in various media including watercolor, graphite/charcoal, oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media, silk painting, hand-made paper, prints and pastels.

Mercer County Artists is an annual, juried exhibition open to all artists, 18 or older, who live, work or study in Mercer County. The exhibition is supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission with funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The Gallery is located on the second floor of the MCCC Communications (CM) Building, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Gallery hours for the show are Mondays 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For information call 609-586-4800, ext. 3589.

"Rally in the Rain" by Ted Peck won a Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission Purchase Award.
"Palouse Hills" by Salvatore Damiano
"Abe" by Graziella Smith won a Juror's Choice award.
"Stalking" by Junko Shinsha

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