The Bigger Picture

by Mary DeWittJanuary 20, 2015

I started the work that led to the four portraits I have exhibited in “The Bigger Picture” by teaching painting in the state prisons in 1988. The most interested and helpful students were women serving life sentences. I didn’t know until then that they were caught in an unjust system with no visibility. We began classes focusing on portraiture – their self-portraits and my portraits of them. At that time, I could paint them from life and record their thoughts. They could make portraits using

Teaching Tweens

by Megan BeckerJanuary 13, 2015

“And what grade are you in?” I asked one of my students while taking attendance. The class was Fashion Illustration, the first class I had ever taught at the Arts Council. “Seventh,” she replied. “What about you?” “Oh,” I heard myself respond, “well, I’m not in a grade. I’m out of college” Peeling her attention away from the digital lab’s computer screen, she looked at me with a seventh grader’s equivalent of suspicion and asked, “Does that mean you are an adult?” As a recent

Reflections and Transitions

by Jeff NathansonDecember 31, 2014

The end of the year is a time of transition and anticipation. With that in mind, it is my pleasure to announce the “passing of the torch” from ACP President Cindi Venizelos, to Ted Deutsch, who is currently Board Vice President. Our Board of Trustees elected Ted to the post of President at our Board meeting on Thursday, December 18th. At that same meeting, members of the ACP Staff and Board honored Cindi for her leadership and thanked her by presenting her with a beautiful

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

by Lisa PattersonDecember 24, 2014

Am I a bad mother if I tell friends and family to make a contribution to their favorite non-profit organization in lieu of a Christmas or birthday gift for my child? I don’t think I’m depriving my child of anything! If your house is anything like mine, it has that “first world” problem of being filled with too many toys, too much STUFF. So, I’m all in favor of giving a gift that doesn’t take up any space and doesn’t require dusting. Non-profit organizations with

Mystery Shopper Shops Local

by Guest BloggerDecember 17, 2014

It is a Monday in mid-December and the weather doesn’t let on that it is winter, but the Arts Council of Princeton’s Sauce for the Goose surely does. I walk in the double front doors and I am greeted by a friendly woman at the front desk with an elegant silver-blonde bob. Her smile is welcoming and I proceed forward.   I know the space well, having attended many exhibitions here over the years, so I head right into the Taplin Gallery, toward the kaleidoscope

ArtsExchange with Homefront

by Eva MantellDecember 9, 2014

“Shake it out, shake it out, oh whoa.” Florence Welch (from Florence and the Machine) is singing her heart out. We’re in a big circle shaking out our arms to the music flooding through the speakers in the Solley Theater. We spin, jump, chassé and drag the odd herd of imaginary horses across the floor. “Are you having fun?” Kory Geller asks us. Yep. We’re a group of young and old and everything in between, learning the same steps. Twenty-five students from kindergarten through senior

Sauce for the Goose?

by Maria EvansDecember 2, 2014

When I moved to Princeton more than 20 years ago, I spent a lot of time wandering aimlessly around town wondering what I would do here. On one of those wanderings, I noticed a small flyer advertising an artist ceramic sale oddly called ‘Sauce for the Goose.’ I was desperate to meet local artists and connect with people who might hook me up with studio space, new ideas or at least a decent beer. I managed to find the building, and from the looks of

Expressing thanks to William H. Scheide

by Jeff NathansonNovember 26, 2014

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Arts Council of Princeton, it is with deep sadness that we mark the passing of our longtime friend, supporter and fellow art lover William H. Scheide on November 14, 2014. Our hearts go out to his wife Judy, his entire family and staff.   Bill Scheide, one of our region’s most important philanthropists, was born on January 6, 1914 and it was earlier this year that we came together as a community to celebrate his 100th

B Homes

by Peter AbramsNovember 19, 2014

Graham Apgar and I would like to thank the Arts Council of Princeton, the municipality of Princeton, and Golden Blossom Honey for the opportunity to install our B Homes at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Taking local, organic, free-range materials to the sculpture/shelter/seating market, we are pleased to have on display three pieces at present: Peace Bench, BFF and Chess Shack, which were constructed from shipping pallets, Trenton Makes bridge boards and other ubiquitous and generally free materials. These experimental structures are simply

What Fun!

by Kookie JohnsonNovember 12, 2014

If you have attended the Arts Council of Princeton’s major fundraising events—Dining by Design and Pinot to Picasso—in the past, you would have invariably seen my name on perhaps too many letters, emails and posts soliciting your participation and thanking you for your support. As the ACP’s former Director of Development and Marketing, please allow me once again to thank all of you who attended and supported Dining by Design’s “Back in Black.” This year’s Dining by Design was the most fun I’ve ever had