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Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The school's current president is Dr. Patricia C. Donohue


1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor


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Mercer County Community College is one of five venues in this region participating in the yearlong exhibit series, �Concentric Circles of Influence: The Birth of Artists� Communities in Central New Jersey,� organized by Ilene Dube and Kate Somers. Last week�s column spoke of the exhibits at the Princeton Arts Council, Princeton Public Library and Princeton Historical Society. Beginning Feb. 15, the New Jersey State Museum will host �Artists of Roosevelt.� The Mercer County College exhibit, curated by Tricia Fagan and Mel Leipzig, features works by what exhibition materials describe as the �pioneering artists� of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA). An essay titled �TAWA and Mercer County Community College: The Early Years� by Leipzig is available at the exhibition. In it, Leipzig tracks the evolution of the college from its beginnings as Trenton Evening Drawing School, through its development, growth and name changes up to 1967, when it became known as Mercer County Community College. Works by 52 artists in a variety of media are on display, along with seven by artists who are now deceased: Anne Bobo, Jimmy Colavita, Lou Draper, Julia Weber Gordon, Frank Greco, Thomas Malloy and Molly Merlino. Holding a dramatic place in the central gallery is the Colavita�s iconic figure standing on a three-wheeled cart. �Inferno,� a smoke-fired stoneware sculpture, is on loan from the Mercer County Community College Art Collection. Several historic pieces are on loan to the exhibition. One is Fagan�s �Orange Likes Green,� a lively acrylic abstract on paper on loan from the Collection of Margaret K. Johnson. Another is by the �Dean of Trenton Artists,� Malloy. Loaned by Mary and Paul Goepfert, it is a watercolor, �Cathedral in Trenton, c. 1985,� done in a limited palette of soft siennas and gentle blue. An etching, �Winter Lingers in the Lap of Spring,� is on loan from Mary Yess and David Orban. Yess served as TAWA�s president in its early days, and in 1982 she became director of the Princeton Art Association, which later became Artworks, Trenton. Orban also served at president of TAWA. Leipzig�s large acrylic painting, �The Meeting (with Mary Yess),� painted in 1980, appears to be the anchor piece in this exhibition � and rightfully so, because he was there at the beginning when the groups were beginning to form and is still an active and motivating voice in the art community�s continuing growth. His painting is on loan from Gallery Henoch, New York City. Terri M. McNichol is exhibiting her recent watercolor, �Starburst,� in which a woman wearing a flowered garment becomes one with the flowers that surround her, filling the picture plane. McNichol, an early member of TAWA, served as director of Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in the early 1990s and is now an adjunct art instructor at the college. Another art force in the early days of the Trenton City Museum, TAWA and arts in the city of Trenton, was Merlino. On loan from the collection of Sally Lane and Sam Graff is her �Museum in the Park,� a print done in 1986. Gifted photographer Aubrey J. Kauffman, who served as president of TAWA for 10 years, is represented in this show by his pigment inkjet print, �Brick, Curb and Shadow.� Randal Salewski, who also served as president of TAWA, is exhibiting his clay wall piece, �Rocks and Sea,� on loan from the collection of Linda Osborn. Another clay piece on display was created by Alan and Rosemary Bennett. Called �Leafy Sea Dragon,� it is displayed with its blue leaf like appendages making their whimsical way up the gallery wall. The antithesis of the Bennett�s whimsy is Joan Wood�s �Dead Cat Bounce,� a shaman�s bundle made of handwoven linen, feathers, hair, photographic negative, beads and a fossilized cat displayed on a nearby pedestal. But returning to a lighter note are Thomas Kelly�s painting �Helping With the Dress,� in which a man is seen pulling up the back zipper of a woman�s blue dress, and Dallas Piotrowski�s �Spring Mosaic,� Gloria Wiernik�s �Garden Harvest� and Marge Chavooshian�s �Riomaggiore ca. 1982,� which are simply feasts of beautiful color and expert painting. Displayed in close proximity to one another are works by three of the area�s most accomplished artists. There�s Judith K. Brodsky�s intaglio, �How Does The Brain Work?�; Marie Sturken�s �Aftermath,� a painting on her handmade paper, and Margaret Kennard Johnson�s original relief print, �How Small We Are.� Anyone who has been part of the growth of this region�s art community all these years will enjoy spending time in the gallery. It�s like being surrounded by old friends. For those new to the region, the exhibit offers a tantalizing taste of the richness and variety of art that was, and is, created here. A panel discussion and conversation about Visual Arts Trenton from 1979 to 1999 will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gallery. At 7 p.m. Feb. 19, the gallery will host a viewing of Brodsky�s home movies of the TAWA/Soviet Exchange trip, and a conversation with the coordinators of the exchange, which covered a period of more than two years starting in 1989. �Left of Central: Later 20th Century Visual Arts in the Capital City� When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Feb. 20 Where: The Gallery, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor

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Mercer County Community College is a comprehensive, publicly supported two-year institution focused on learning and student success. The college welcomes students of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities, interests, levels of education, and economic circumstances to a challenging and supportive environment dedicated to meeting the educational needs of 21st century global citizens and lifelong learners. Mercer responds to a broad array of community needs, offering programs and services for employers, continuing education and training for the workforce, enrichment for youth, and cultural opportunities for people in the region.



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