WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- "Channel Traces" featuring works
by Jean Burdick and Catherine R. Watkins will be on display at The
Gallery, Mercer County Community College, through Dec. 20, 2006.
show features recent paintings, collages, prints, and assemblages
by the two women. "Both of these artists combine an elegant,
intelligent approach to the art-making process with an intuitive
use of materials and design," says Tricia Fagan, Gallery director.
"Although they are each concerned about exploring different
issues in their work, they share a curiosity about relationships
-- both obvious and hidden -- and mysteries of the lives we live.
They also share a love of color and surface that makes this a really
Jean Burdick, a Yardley, PA. resident, has been an art instructor
for more than 25 years. She currently teaches for the West Windsor-Plainsboro
school district, and for the past two years worked as a continuing
education instructor for MCCC at ARTWORKS. Burdick has an B.F.A.
from Pratt Institute, an M.Ed. from Kutztown University, and an
M.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has
also pursued postgraduate work at the School of Visual Arts in New
York City and the Fashion Institute. Talking about her work, Burdick
observes, "Textures and colors from microscopic organisms,
botanical references, topographical maps and aerial views influence
my thought and working process as I develop a drawing, print, or
Watkins has been a resident artist and teacher at the Peddie School
since 1989. She received a B.A. in art from Yale University and
an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. She has also done
graduate work in painting at the Maryland Institute, College of
Art, and the Vermont Studio School. Watkins has exhibited in numerous
venues throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, including
annual participation in the Peddie School Faculty Exhibition. Describing
the large collaged paintings included in Channel Traces, she says:
the work is almost universally propelled by autobiographical
the nostalgic significance of place, the unwinding
of family psychology, the uneven (and unreliable) terrain of childhood
hours for this show are Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m..; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.;
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gallery at Mercer County Community College is located on the
second floor of the Communications Building, at 1200
Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Call 609-570-3588.