Mercer County Artists 2007 at The Gallery Through Feb. 16

Show Celebrates 35th Year


WEST WINDSOR, NJ: The Gallery at Mercer County Community College is exhibiting Mercer County Artists 2007 now through Feb. 16. This is the 35th anniversary of the annual exhibit, a collaboration between the college and The Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Each year for more than three decades, Mercer County Artists has featured some of the region's most talented artists. Works in all media are exhibited, by both well-established and emerging artists. (Photography is featured in a separate county show.)

This year the highly esteemed art critic, Burt Wasserman, served as juror. A well-established artist in his own right who taught fine arts and art appreciation courses for many years at Rowan University, Mr. Wasserman presently writes for the Philadelphia-based art newspaper, Art Matters. Mr. Wasserman selected several works for Honorable Mention, and one piece, Harry I. Naar's "Cadence," for the Utrecht Best in Show award. This is the second year that Utrecht Art Supplies has underwritten this prestigious award.

The county's director of the Division of Culture and Heritage, Idamis Perez Margicin, and her staff selected three works for the Mercer County Purchase Awards. Those works will become part of the county's permanent fine arts collection, housed in the McDade Administration Building in Trenton.

The Gallery is located in the Communications Building, second floor, on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. For additional information and Gallery hours for this exhibit, e-mail or call 609-570-3589.

This exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, through a grant from the County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.



Harry Naar's etching "Cadence" won "Best in Show."
Arlene Milgram's work "Behind the Blue" won an Honorable Mention and a Purchase Award.
Elm sculpture "Jersey Girl" by Charles McCullough won the Juror's Choice award.
Teresa Prashad's "Short Break" won a Purchase Award. Above is Justin Jedrzejzyk's oil painting "Green."
Salvatore Damiano's "The Minotaur" is hand-built, painted stoneware. Above is Janis Purcell's stoneware and white ash sculpture "Lyrical."
Kuen Liao won a Purchase Award for his watercolor "Natural Rock Bridge." Denis Gallagher with his pastel "Lee Cove."
Barbara Fine with her acrylic painting, "Hideaway." Graziella Smith with her acrylic painting, "John."

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