"Channel Traces" at The Gallery Through Dec. 20

Works by Jean Burdick and Catherine R. Watkins


"Elementals" by Catherine Watkins

"Isoetes I" by Jean Burdick

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.

The 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 beautiful exhibit."

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 painting."

Cathy 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 obsessions…the nostalgic significance of place, the unwinding of family psychology, the uneven (and unreliable) terrain of childhood…"

Exhibit 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.

The 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.