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Sunday Afternoon

November 19, 3-5 pm

The Trenton Museum Society is honored to present a group of six distinguished artists in an exhibit of unusual and intriguing works on paper.


Paper is the utterly familiar and ordinary material used by each one of us throughout our lives, from earliest crayon scribbles to highly sophisticated professional documents, to unique and personal works of art. This selection of artworks on paper includes several sophisticated processes: collagraphs and digital prints, shaped paintings on paper, watercolor collages, very fine graphite drawings, etching, and mixed media.


Eliz Mackie skirt transformed # 6Elizabeth Mackie, Skirt Transformed # 6
Elizabeth Mackie is a Professor of Art at TCNJ who has exhibited her extensive body of works on paper in national and international venues, including Europe, Australia and Latin America. She has been awarded several grants from the NJCouncil on the Arts for. At Ellarslie, she has installed her wig series, a gallery of digital prints that reflect upon artificial standards of beauty in our contemporary Western culture.

Karen Titus Smith shows her dynamic and engaging series of shaped paintings on paper; these pieces express the artist’s process of journeying inward: first drawing with oil stick on large sheets of paper, then deepening the image with paint, defining the shape she is seeking, then cutting the shape with scissors and mounting it on a wooden support.  Karen is a popular teacher of painting at the Princeton Arts Council.

Maybe a Moon Shining ShellabyMaybe a Moon Shining, Madelaine Shellaby

Madelaine Shellaby, formerly a teacher of studio art at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, has had the opportunity to develop her personal artistic vision during many artist residencies: in France, at the Headlands Center in Marin County, and the Virginia Center for the Arts.   A longtime affiliate of the Princeton Artists Alliance, Madelaine  has exhibited her work extensively in the Princeton area, as well as in most of the museums of NJ.  Her large graphite drawing  “Jizo Garden” depicting a unique Buddhist memorial garden evokes the memory of lost children.  Another graphite drawing “Inside of Stone” is inspired by a Charles Simic poem.

Nest #6 in Paynes Grey, Robin DintimanNest #6 in Paynes Grey, Robin Dintiman

Nature is the driving force in Robin Dintiman’s series of “Nests,” collagraphs, with etching and photogravure processes.  Robin is on the faculty of the Manhattan Graphics Center; her exhibition record includes the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Art Museum, among a long list of other museum and gallery exhibitions.

Arlene Milgram, a painter and mixed media artist, says of her prints, “Mark making is the most basic, personal and individualistic action. It is the connection of hand, mind and emotion, reflecting the energy, speed and tools with which the marks are made. Marks can be sparse, layered, scarred, scratched or incised. They can be slow and deliberate or forceful and fearless. They are generated by a personal rhythm that is as natural as breathing.”   Throughout her long career as an artist and art teacher, Arlene has exhibited her work extensively throughout the area including at the Silva Gallery in Pennington, at Artworks, and at Ellarslie

Jon Taner is associated with Studio Montclair; two of his artworks were recently juried into the Viewpoints 2017 an international juried show at Aljira in Newark   Jon’s watercolor collages are a process of discovery, both for him as artist and for the viewer: he launches his creative journey from the familiar into the unpredictable, taking his very own shapes in space filled with light, color, and movement to unexpected and lyrical destinations.  Jon is also a Certified Fine Art Appraiser Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) certification

DrawCutShootPrintAssemble is curated by sculptor and Trenton Museum Society Trustee, Susan Hogan.