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MCCC Gallery Hosts 'Mercer County Artists 2017' Feb. 20 to March 23;
Award Winners to be Announced at Opening Reception Feb. 22


"Skinny Dippers and Voyeurs"by Salvatore Damiano

"Teapot with Wooden Flower" by Larry Chestnut

"Pigtails" by James Doherty
“Iris Fantasia” (buttons and beads on canvas) by Helene Plank

West Windsor, N.J. – The talents of 37 Mercer County artists will be on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in "Mercer County Artists 2017," which runs from Monday, Feb. 20 to Thursday, March 23. (The Gallery will be closed during MCCC’s Spring Break, March 13 to 19.) The Gallery at Mercer is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The show features 43 works in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, graphite, mixed media, ceramic, wood and more. Ninety-four artists submitted work for the jurying process.

The community is invited to an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m., with representatives from the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission on hand to present awards. Prizes totaling $1,500 will be announced, including the "Blick Art Supplies Best in Show," plus multiple Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  Artwork selected for Purchase Awards will be added to the county's permanent collection.

“The Mercer County Artists exhibition is always a great sampling of the rich, diverse talent in our community,” said Lucas Kelly, the new director of the MCCC Gallery and a professor of Fine Arts at the college. “This exhibit illustrates the belief that the arts are vital to the human experience. That necessity, of cultural exploration, is evident in the work of all those who submitted,” he said.

In his juror’s statement, Douglas Witmer, an artist and curator from Philadelphia, said, “At the most basic level, when I look at any art, I’m holding out feelers for jolts of compelling visual energy that make me want to engage the piece more. These kinds of jolts come from all over in this show.”

Witmer noted the importance of acts of creativity. “They are transformative. One could say they are revolutionary.This is true even if they are made only with the intent of transforming oneself, and even in the smallest way. I want to thank and congratulate everyone who submitted their work. As a fellow artist, I want to encourage you all to keep following the impulse to make your work, in whatever form that takes,” he said.

Featured artists are: Samita Bhatia of West Windsor, Mechtild Bitter of Princeton (two pieces), Sean Carney of Robbinsville, Larry Chestnut of Hamilton, Sue Chiu of Lawrenceville, Salvatore Damiano of Hamilton, James Doherty of Lawrence, Joseph Dougherty of Pennington, Cornelia Huellstrunk of Princeton, Joy Kreves of Ewing, Phillip Cox Luth of Princeton, Concetta Maglione of Princeton, Arlene Gale Milgrim of Trenton, Lea Novak of Hamilton Square (two), Deborah Paglione of Robbinsville, Amber Palecek of West Windsor, Ken Palmer of Crosswicks, Michael Pietras of Pennington, Dallas Piotrowski of Hamilton, Bill Plank of Lawrenceville, Helene Plank of Lawrenceville, Shoshana Pofelis of East Windsor (two), Libby Ramage of Princeton (two), Meredith Remz of Princeton, Vijay Sawant of East Windsor, Jules Schaeffer of Belle Mead, Maxine Shore of East Windsor, Janet Marion Simmons of Princeton (two), Ruth Strohl-Palmer of Crosswicks, Jenny Sweetland of Princeton, Judy Tobie of Princeton, Megan Uhaze of Hamilton, Ryan Vogen of Plainsboro, Andrew Werth of Princeton Junction, Dylan Wolfe of Ewing, Christina Young of Hamilton (two), and Daniel Zimmerman of Hamilton Square.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m.
The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit The Gallery at Mercer. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at

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