“I was spending a rainy day in Princeton and had heard of D&R Greenway’s walking trails and art exhibits. I found my way to the Johnson Education Center. Inside a beautifully restored barn I found an exhibit of nature photography and paintings. What an uplifting experience and a great way to spend an hour on a rainy day!” -Hugh L. Evans
Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except for holidays. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.
The Marie L. Matthews Gallery
About the gallery
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 and was very active in community philanthropy. A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College, Marie belonged to many Princeton area boards and supported local and national causes. Her family named this gallery to honor Marie’s generous spirit and love of art and nature.
The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection
About the 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.
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, Jay selected D&R Greenway as a recipient of his gift 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.
Return to the River
Ducks, Decoys and the Delaware
Olivia Rainbow Gallery
About the 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 feature nature through the eyes of children and showcase art from local schools and partner organizations.
“All in the Family”: Multi-media Art: Olivia Kuenne, in whose memory this gallery is maintained, and of her late mother,
Dec. 23 through Feb. 6.
Curators: Lisa Granozio, Carolyn Edelmann
Prize-winning Nature Photography by Stony Brook Garden Club
– of which Leslie Kuenne was a valued member –
Feb. 10 through March 13
Curated by Garden Club Members and Judges