WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Art
All Over opens June 3 at Mercer County Community College's
(MCCC) Gallery and runs through July 3. The exhibit "celebrates
the exuberant 'art spirit' that motivates human beings to adorn,
appropriate, change, embellish, color, and re-create the objects
and environments that define their lives," says Gallery Director
Tricia Fagan. "Many, if not most people, leave that energy
behind in childhood when they take up the serious business of being
A reception is set for Saturday,
June 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m., and a Gallery Conversation takes place
Wednesday, June 18 at noon. The Gallery is located on the second
floor of the Communications Building on MCCC's West Windsor campus
at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Admission and all programs at The Gallery
are free and open to the public.
"The seven artists in this exhibition can't help themselves,"
Fagan says. "Although their personal visions and choices of
medium vary wildly, they share an artist's eye, a crafts-person's
mastery of material, and a restless, endless need to create."
Featured artists are Michael Haleta, Bob Justin, and Jet Weston
of Hamilton, Jo Millner of Trenton, Sally Stang of Lambertville,
Ed Wilcox of Philadelphia, and Joan Wood of Lawrenceville.
Media used by the artists includes
everything from embroidered fiber and ceramics to Barbie-doll heads
and manipulated Nancy cartoons. Some works, including Joan Wood's
beautiful garments and Jo Millner's fascinating ceramics, share
a shamanic - almost ritualistic - sensibility. Bob Justin's found-object
masks also share a kinship with 'primitive' or indigenous cultures;
although their elements are very much part of 20th century culture.
Artist Jet Weston, who is also a musician, is drawn to the look
and feel of a particular time - late 50s to early 60s - of U.S.
20th century culture drives him to adapt, design, appropriate, and
adorn almost every element in his home (and in his band) to reflect
his unique take on that time. Michael Haleta has taken one of his
own beloved icons -- the superhero comic book -- and created dense,
meticulous, obsessively interwoven "objects" on paper,
using hundreds of pieces of comic book pages as his media.
Unlike Haleta, Sally Stang (perhaps
better known as a jeweler to the area art community) actively disliked
one of her inspirations - Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strip -
until her tongue in cheek manipulations of the strips opened her
eyes to the theatrical genius of Bushmiller's spare pieces.
Ed Wilcox, although better known
regionally as the drummer for the indie-rock band Temple of Bon
Matin, has never stopped creating visually. His training at the
Pennsylvania Academy left him with a lifelong love of drawing --
a love that he pursues while touring. Wilcox is often inspired by
his own creations: Hideho, his massive rhododendron-root marionette,
is displayed with three of the many drawings for which Hideho is
Gallery Hours for Art All
Over will be Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.;
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.