Plainsboro Public Library – September 2015—Members of the Plainsboro Library’s Artists’ Group hold their 2015 Annual Exhibit, “Local Color”, with a wide array of drawing, painting, dyes, recycled art and sculpture, mosaic, and mixed media. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, September 27, from 2 – 4 pm, where each of the 33 exhibiting artists will cast their vote for a fellow artist to win the “Best in Show”. The exhibit runs through September 29.

As in every artists’ group show, the members bring their individual expertise in various mediums and their unique viewpoints as well. This results in a collection of art that is eye-opening and inspirational; it gives the entire group – and all art lovers – the opportunity to see the different possibilities in interpreting a given theme, and it encourages us to try new things. It is fun as well. Viewers can see paintings of local scenery such as Julia Pankratova’s “Princeton Fall”, and mixed media such as Liz Adams’ “The Preserve”, which uses dyes made from plant sources at the Plainsboro Preserve. Finding new or unusual resources doesn’t stop there, as evidenced by Marcia Tavares’ painting with coffee, “Driving By”. Several pieces focus on color itself, as in Maria Pisano’s “Fall Leaves I” and Sladjana Vasic’s “Exploring Green”. Another celebration of color is Patti Amor’s “Koi”, a lazy susan that is crafted from glass and tile mosaics. Entries also run to the abstract, and include “Local Tonality: In Harmony” a mixed media drawing by Kathleen Liao. Gallery visitors can see a 3D representation of our local farms (“Leena Thakar-Bagawde’s “Harvest Season”) and  a large found object sculpture incorporating race car parts (Russ Rice’s “Just’in Chime”). The library invites all to enjoy discovering these 33 viewpoints.

Exhibiting artists were also given the option to write notes or poetry about their work, in homage to the literary term, local color (loosely defined as writing derived from the features of a certain place or from its inhabitants). Accompanying some of the artworks are Nancy Scott’s Adoption Match Party and Art Lee’s Pockets Full of Local Color. Donna Senopoulos’ “A Day at the Beach” is a watercolor that incorporates journal notes. Liz Adams jots down her notes on the dyes from the Preserve, and Patrick Goldsmith presents a mixed media collage on a beer carton (“Earth Squared”) with commentary on protecting our environment.

From the West Windsor-Plainsboro area are artists Liz Adams, Leena Thakar-Bagawde, Susan Freeman, Patrick Goldsmith,  Olivia Helck, Timothy Helck, Lavinia Kumar, Kathleen Liao, Sandhya Modi, Julia Pankratova, Maria Pisano, Sheela Raj, Murali Sappa, Donna Senopoulos, Tatiana Sougakova, Marcia Tavares (formerly Plainsboro), and Sladjana Vasic. Also exhibiting are artists Elizabeth Peck from Princeton; Russ Rice from Cranbury; Susan Berke from East Windsor; Nancy Scott from Lawrenceville; Art Lee and Aarti Mantri from Monmouth Junction; Patti Amor, Thelma Fried, Marilyn Holland, Lonni Merrill, Annette Newmark, and Evie Sutkowski from Monroe; Joelle Hofbauer and Mohanan Jayamohan from Kendall Park; Elaine Rosenberg from North Brunswick; and Lynn Cheng Varga from Yardville.

The Plainsboro Library Artists’ Group is open to all area adult artists, professional and amateur, and provides an opportunity to critique artwork and to network. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the library.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.  For more information about the exhibit or the artists’ group, contact Donna Senopoulos at 609-275-2897.

Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library, 609-275-2897,