D&R Greenway Land Trust
Spirit by William Vandever

Visit the Art Galleries

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, 1 pm to 4 pm, beginning again in May 2016. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.

art opening

The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.
Click here to view archived past exhibits.

Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print

Current Exhibit:

"Wild Designs: Animal Constructions"

"Bee-pocalypse VI" by Linda Gebhard

April 18 through June 17, 2016
Opening reception: May 13, 5:30-7:30 pm

Some of the greatest design work can be found in the animal world--a silkworm secreting a single strand of silk and swathing itself in a cocoon, or a female organ-pipe wasp braiding balls of mud into a tubular nest to nourish her young. In this exhibit viewers are inspired by the ingenuity of animal architects and the wild designs that they create in nature.

Artwork by Harry Bower, Linda Gebhard, Susan Hoenig, Gyuri Hollosy, Joy Kreves, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Preziosi, Libby Ramage and Richard Sanders.

Curated by Donna Payton  ~  Organized by Diana Moore



Brush for the Earth: Local landscapes

by Heather Barros of Art Collaborations! 

April 18 through June 17, 2016
Opening reception: May 13, 5:30-7:30 pm


Art As Activism:
Climate Change
June 27 –August 26, 2016

Friday, July 15, 5:30 –7:30 pm

All exhibits are subject to change.


Marie L. Matthews
Marie L. Matthews

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.

Current exhibit:

"City Sidewalks"
through June 30, 2016

"City Sidewalks"

The Arts Exchange program of the Arts Council of Princeton meets weekly with students whose families are living in transient circumstances, getting assistance through HomeFront, the largest provider of emergency and transitional housing in Mercer County.

On view through through June 30.


Next Exhibit:

"Birds of a Feather"
July 12 through 29
Artwork by Johnson Park School Fourth Graders of Linda Gates

The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection

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. 

Jay Vawter

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.


Current exhibit:

Decoys—Timeline: From Craft to Art

through October, 2016

This exhibit includes a selection of working decoys more than 100 years old. Jay Vawter made a generous gift of his prize-winning decoys to D&R Greenway in 2012. “With this exhibition we want to give a sense of how decoys went from being a hunter’s tool and craft to a fine art,” says Vawter, a retired investment counselor and avid photographer who has traveled the world, amassing his decoy collection. “The first three in the case, on loan from Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, were actually used by hunters to lure birds.”

Renowned carvers represented in this exhibit include Bob Biddle, John English, Lem Ward, Jim Sprinkle, Pat Godin, Bob Guge, Greg Pederson, Elmer Crowell and Ben Heinemann.

Special thanks to Decoy Gallery Curator Jay Vawter, and to Ron Kobli of Frenchtown’s Decoy & Wildlife Gallery, for loans of early carvings from their personal collections. The gallery is open during business hours of business days, through October, 2016. 


Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540


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