Sugar Magnolia

Magnolia Soulangeana Ruby is a very showy spring flowering tree that is hardy to zone 5b. Short,  with large 10-inch dark red to purple with white, saucer shaped flowers in early spring, this is about as luscious as it gets in the world of flowering trees. And Silvere Boureau has made it even more luscious in this painting, at left.

Mr. Boureau, known for his murals and large paintings of unspoiled nature, is donating a portion of the sale of this work to HomeFront as part of Princeton Art Attack, the month-long cooperative gallery of artists who have banded together to fight homelessness in Mercer County. And considering how difficult it is for artists to keep a roof over their heads, this is extraordinarily generous! Just see this video at the New York Times about the new generation of starving artists.

The artists have prepped the space, installed the art, and will staff the gallery. The eclectic group of exhibiting artists includes HomeFront artists as well as local painters, sculptors, and photographers including Peter Abrams, Cindy Besselaar, Lily Downing Burke, Robert Cannon, Will Condry, Chris Harford, Rory Mahon, Eva Mantell, Anna Neis, Robin Resch, Ifat Shatzky, Tom Sheeran, Regan Tuder, Martha Vaughn and Andrew Wilkinson.

An opening reception will be held May 22,  6-8:30 p.m. at 67 Palmer Square West, Princeton. Contact: On the web:

This just in! It was actually Rory Mahon who first told me about Princeton Art Attack! I nearly ran him over in Palmer Square the other day. His photography, “Caution,” appears below, and this,along with his sculpture, will be in the show. Here’s what Rory just e-mailed: .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } “So far it has been a fun project to be a part of. We have all volunteered our time for painting, hanging lights, promotion, staffing, etc. We will be there for a month for sure, and we will see if the landlord wants to keep us on after that… you still don’t have to miss our reception?!?! That’s because, I’m pretty sure we will be doing it again next Friday, and perhaps the Friday after that. I guess when you are only guaranteed life for one month, you party as much as you can… It’s good to have a serious gallery in Princeton again.”

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1 Response to Sugar Magnolia

  1. I would like to be a part of this and would donate a piece to this worthy cause.

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