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 As Activism:
June 27 –August 26, 2016
Exhibiting artists: Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Susan Hoenig, Bill Hoo,
Joy Kreves, Nancy Lynn Toolan, Tricia Zimic
Friday, July 15, 5:30 –7:30 pm
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.
"Birds of a Feather"
through July 29, 2016
Johnson Park Elementary School fourth-graders studied native birds to create accurate scratch-art drawings viewers will enjoy identifying.
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.
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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