Author Archives: ilenedube

The Good Earth

New York City’s newest park, Freshkills – site of the former garbage dump – will soon be covered with native plants. The seeds for the wildflowers are being grown at St. Michaels Preserve in Hopewell. When Olmsted and Vaux carved … Continue reading

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Chronicling New Jersey with a Paint Brush

After more than 40 years at Mercer County Community College, Professor of Fine Arts Mel Leipzig can claim a large swathe of the population as students. Many have gone on to successful art careers, citing him as a major influence. … Continue reading

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Happy Stories, Told with Pictures

Whether he’s painting or writing, Tom Kelly is telling stories. Even when he gives directions to his home, there’s a story element. “Turn left when you get to the big tree…” He hasn’t yet painted Hamilton Township’s big tree, but … Continue reading

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1913: The Year of Modernism

One hundred years ago, the U.S. Post Office sent its first parcel post, Kafka stopped working on “Amerika,” Jim Thorpe relinquished his 1912 Olympics medical, Grand Central Terminal opened, the National Institute for Arts and Letters was founded, the first … Continue reading

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Women Artists Making Their World

Philadelphia artist Linda Lee Alter paints bright cheerful scenes of disturbing situations. With degrees in art education and art therapy, the septuagenarian created whimsical fabric wall hangings early in her career, influenced by folk art and her seamstress grandmother. When … Continue reading

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Kafka-esque Puppets Perform at Arts Council

It’s a rainy winter day, and when Princeton Community TV Operations Manager Sharyn Alice Murray takes off her headphones she can hear the drip-drip-drip behind her. A black plastic waste bucket is catching water from a perpetual leak in the … Continue reading

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Satisfy Palate and Soul at Asian Bistro

Asia is the new Europe when it comes to cuisine, according to a recent NPR article. And Korean food is the star at Asian Bistro, which also offers Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Asian Bistro has become my away-from-home … Continue reading

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Sanctuary in the Pine Barrens

New Jersey may be the most densely populated state, but it’s also home to the largest tract of undeveloped land between Florida and Maine. At 1.1 million acres and covering 1,875 miles, the New Jersey Pine Barrens occupies almost a … Continue reading

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Around the World in Books and a Box

In the 1950s, when Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, the idea of desecrating a book was sacrilege. No dog earing the pages, we were taught; no scribbling. But books aren’t what they used to be. Artists paint over pages and … Continue reading

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Looking Back at Avant-Garde

Overheard at the Princeton University Art Museum: “It’s more conceptual than his usual stuff; there are no hanging things.” Robert Rauschenberg’s “Plank” is overpowering in size, and if you’re here in search of “hanging things” your eye may drift toward … Continue reading

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