Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center
This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900s restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.
Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except for holidays, and the third Saturday of the month, 10 am to 1 pm. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.
February 8 through March 8, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
This exhibit celebrates birds in flight, examines their migratory patterns, and emphasizes the importance of the native flora of New Jersey that provides nutrients to birds.
Angela Petsis, Nesting
"Wild Designs: Animal Constructions"
March 18 through July 17, 2016
Using the animal architects’ ingenuity for building and constructing as reference, five artists are creating works for this exhibition. It is a departure point; not exact scientific replication of actual animals’ homes. Some of the same construction materials that animals use are combined with traditional art materials and technology in this exhibition.
June 27 through August 26, 2016
Artists examine climate change.
All exhibits are subject to change.
The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.
Olivia Rainbow Gallery
Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.
"Three Generations of Kuenne Artists"
November 20, 2015 through January 15, 2016
The grandfather, mother and brothers of Olivia Kuenne, for whom the gallery is named, will exhibit their paintings and photography. Grandfather Peter Vought's art hangs in private collections, including the American Embassies in Moscow and Dubai, and has been exhibited in museums. He expresses his love of the colors and expanse of nature through abstract acrylic works of the undeveloped American Landscape.
Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012. This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display.
D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.
An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift. He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”
Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways. In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.
Carver Ben Heinemann
Pintail decoy by Ben Heinemann (photo credit: Mary Allessio Leck)
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One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
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