Ever wonder where an artist gets ideas or how the creative process works?

At “Square 1,” the Plainsboro Library Artists Group’s annual exhibition — which runs from August 27 through September 21 – you will find answers to some of your questions. Local and regional artists who are members of the group will each display a favorite work. It could be a painting, a drawing, a print, a collage, a ceramic piece, or an example of mixed media. Displayed beside each work will be a QR (Quick Response) code, a two-dimensional label consisting of black and white squares. QR codes often store URLS, which the camera on a smartphone can read.  In “Square 1” the QR codes will contain information about the artwork with which they are associated.

Viewers can research each artist’s “Square 1,” or starting point, by reading the relevant QR code. They may discover a rough sketch, materials used to create a work, a YouTube video of the artist’s process or initial concept, a poem, an artist’s statement, or perhaps the location of a landscape.

Viewers who do not have reader capability for QR codes on their smartphones will have no trouble installing it. Search for “Free QR code reader” in your apps and join the party! A list of URLS for those without smartphones will be available in the gallery.

A gallery reception with the artists will take place on Monday, September 12, from 6 to 8 pm, in connection with the regular monthly meeting of the art group. The public is warmly invited to attend.

Participating artists include, from Plainsboro and West Windsor: Liz Adams, Susan Freeman, Patrick Goldsmith, Lavinia Kumar, Vinita Mathur, Sweety Mehta, Sandhya Modi, Sheela Raj, Pratibha Raju, Murali Sappa, Donna Senopoulos, Allison Singer, Tatiana Sougakova, Mary Ann Weisser. Also entering works are Susan Berke and Margo Condon of Cranbury; Joelle Hofbauer of Kendall Park; Nancy Scott of Lawrenceville; David Bavati, Art Lee and Adrian Nicoara of Monmouth Junction; Lonni Merrill, Annette Newmark, and Evie Sutkowski from Monroe; and Lynn Cheng Varga of Yardville.

The Plainsboro Library Artists’ Group meets monthly for a friendly critique and networking session, and is open to all adult artists. They meet on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. September’s meeting is held the 2nd Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

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, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library