Photo Credit: Grounds for Sculpture

On view through April 2, the after-hours, multi-sensory light and sound exhibit “Night Forms: Infinite Wave” is back for a second season.

Designed to engage and highlight the horticultural collections at Grounds For Sculpture, “Night Forms” uses lighting, sound, video, and projection mapping, a process which artistic group Klip Collective pioneered. Building on the success of the first season, some popular works, such as Frog Head Rainbow have returned. The Main Loop path leads visitors through the grounds as more than a dozen installations punctuate the dark. Patterns of light are syncopated to original soundtracks while glitches appear out of the corner of the eye, reminding us that behind every dreamlike visual is an invisible array of computer code. In this way, visitors will be able to analyze what they truly see in unique ways. more

Philadelphia Zoo now presents Lumi Nature — a celebration of plants, animals, and the natural world highlighted by more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones throughout the Zoo grounds, on view through January 7. Recognized as the brightest holiday show in the greater Philadelphia area, the Lumi Nature event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on select days. more

Get ready for the creatively charged Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market (TPRFM) and annual Wreck the Halls Holidays event on December 10 and 11 at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton. This is one of the most unique shopping experiences in the tristate area where over 500 small businesses, artists, makers, and crafters will gather across 40,000 square feet of shopping space. The event will also feature a large food truck selection, live tattooing, live music, and celebrity guest appearances. more

Walk among the dinosaurs on December 17 and 18 when Jurassic Quest, North America’s most popular dinosaur show, stomps through the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This show will excite the whole family with life-like dinosaurs, some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn, a life-size dinosaur skull, a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, bounce houses, and photo opportunities.  more

This holiday season, the Monmouth Museum Train Display will make its much anticipated return, brought to the public by Hackensack Meridian Health – Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The nostalgic display opens November 19 and runs through January 8. It features four Lionel trains winding through an over 30 foot exhibit of towns, mountains, cities, and more. Alongside the trains, the Main Gallery hosts the 20-foot holiday tree and Pat Brentano’s show, “Consider the Trees.” The Nilson Gallery will showcase artwork available for purchase from museum members.  more

Kick off your holiday shopping at the Art’s Council of Princeton’s outdoor Sauce for the Goose Art Market. This one-day event on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Paul Robeson Place (directly next to the Arts Council of Princeton) is a unique opportunity to purchase handmade gifts directly from local artisans and crafters working in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fine art, and more.  more

La Danse (1910)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art now presents “Matisse in the 1930s,” on view through January 29, 2023. 

This colorful exhibit explores changes in the artist’s work across multiple formats, including easel and decorative painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and the illustrated book. The artwork also addresses the methods of working that renewed Matisse’s style, as well as his modern renderings of mythological themes from antiquity, his depictions of female models in the studio, and his partnership with his studio manager and model, Lydia Delectorskaya. more

Founded by the Monmouth County Arts Council in 1979, the “Annual Juried Art Exhibition” has been presented at the Monmouth Museum since its inception. In 2011, the museum assumed complete sponsorship of this annual exhibition. That year, it opened the call for entries to an international audience. As a result, the “Annual Juried Art Exhibition” has become an exceptional representation of the creative talent and contemporary art trends across the United States and the world.  more

Vibrancy and imagination abound at the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. On view through November 13, visitors will observe thousands of carefully nurtured and trained flowers in Longwood Gardens’ Conservatory, including the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single plant bearing more than 1,000 fiery colored blooms on a single stem.  more

Tyler Park Center for the Arts, located at 10 Stable Mill Trail in Richboro, Pa., will host the Crafts in the Meadow Juried Invitational Fine Art and Crafts Show on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $10 (free for members and children under age 12). Pets are not allowed. This event will take place rain or shine.  more

“Lights at Night” by Patricia Allingham Carlson was chosen as the Signature Image of the 93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill.

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association celebrates its 93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, the landmark 18th-century grist mill on River Road just north of New Hope, from September 24 through October 30. 

Considered the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the organization was founded in 1929 by William Lathrop and artist friends of the New Hope School including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, John Folinsbee, and Mary Elizabeth Price. Their organization was devoted to exhibiting the works of their day, just as today’s juried show is devoted to the artistic spirit of today.  more

Image Credit: War “Hello” Girls, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540

On Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m., join Monmouth University Professor and former U.S. Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro for a talk on how the U.S. Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI. The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. Their chief operator, Grace Banker, hailed from New Jersey. After the war, the women fought for veteran status, and they are being considered for a Congressional Gold Medal today. more

Aerial view of Grounds for Sculpture

As part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s new ART OF series, the organization presents Art of Horticulture: Exploring the Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture on Sunday, September 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

From collecting art to tasting wine, this series will introduce participants to the endless creativity and innovation within the greater Princeton community. Created by locals, for locals, these all-inclusive experiences require no supplies and no commitment. Just call your friends and the Arts Council will do the rest.  more

On view through September 5, 2022, at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, “The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City!” celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems. This young learner exhibition features best-friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wiley city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! more

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Example of an early cellular telephone in use in 1984. The woman was the vice president of Ameritech, the Chicago-based regional Bell Operating Company that operated the pioneering Chicago cell system. (Image Source: Morven Museum & Garden)

On Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m., spend an evening discovering six episodes of major AT&T innovations (many created in New Jersey), presented by AT&T’s Corporate Historian Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser.

These discoveries include:

The Telephone that started it all (Massachusetts).

The High Vacuum Tube Amplifier (New York), which made it possible to amplify an electrical signal, and thus made transcontinental telephone service possible. It also enabled radio and television transmission. more

The annual Borough of Glass Art Walk and Night Market will take place on Saturday, July 16 in Glassboro Town Square from 5 to 10 p.m. This is a free, family fun event and there is something for any art enthusiast or casual observer to enjoy. Food vendors will be on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. There is ample free parking and signage. This is a rain or shine event. Live entertainment includes glassblowing and circus performances, among others.  more

Musician Elton John will perform live at Met Life Stadium on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $85 and are available through ticketmaster.com. 

This concert is meant to be an electrifying tour de force of John’s greatest hits and a look back on the heels of his 75th birthday.  more

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Lawrenceville, Zuzu Gallery will host a summer opening to celebrate the works of award-winning artist Sherri Andrews on Saturday, July 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. Stop in for food, drinks, chat with the artist and view her mixed media paintings and collages. 

Located at 23 Phillips Avenue (next to Vidalia Restaurant), Zuzu Gallery occupies a charming cedar storefront originally built in 1890. The location plays host to invited artists working in a variety of media, such as painting, pottery, sculpture, and photography.  more

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Join Longwood Gardens on the second Friday of every month throughout Light: Installations by Bruce Munro for a fantastically fun themed Light Nights. Enjoy live music, fountain performances, family activities, and more — all inspired by Light — during these special evenings. more

Princeton Garden Theatre, a nonprofit community arthouse theater located at 160 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton, presents a screening of Beethoven in Beijing on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Dispatched by President Nixon in 1973 to help open the bamboo curtain separating Chinese and American people, the iconic Philadelphia Orchestra now turns to its past as a cultural ambassador to strengthen its future at home. Mixing archival images and audio with present-day observational footage, and enlivened with animation, Beethoven in Beijing dramatizes how the revival of classical music in China is energizing the world of music.  more

The Seventh Annual Nassau Film Festival will take place in person on May 21 and 22 at Princeton Garden Theatre. Attendees can also participate virtually from May 23 through June 8 at nassaufilmfestival.festivee.com.

The event will screen independent short films and music videos from filmmakers all over the world. Guests can participate in a question-and-answer panel with selected filmmakers. Proceeds go toward the Lisa Goldstein Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarship money from West Windsor-Plainsboro District students attending college. Showtimes vary and ticket prices range from $15-25.  more

Photo Credit: From Wawona Tunnel, Winter, Yosemite, 1935. Photo by Ansel Adams. @The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Works by iconic 20th-century landscape photographer Ansel Adams are now on display at the Galleries at Liberty Hall Academic Center at Kean University. 

The “Early Works” exhibition features 42 original vintage photographs by the master photographer of the American West, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s. It is open to the public with a pay-what-you-wish (PWYW) admission. more

Now on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., “Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy” is drawing visitors from around the region for this intimate and extensive collection of a beloved artist. The exhibit will run through July 31, 2022.

Born in Reading, Pa., and raised in nearby Kutztown, Pa., Haring (1958-1990) developed an early love for drawing, which eventually expanded into paintings, prints, posters, sculpture, and his famous street art. Completely unique to himself, Haring developed a style that became as recognizable as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. Haring’s colorful graffiti, which punctuated New York City’s streetscape, helped to contribute to his meteoric rise.  more

Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton Township will play host to the John Wind Jewelry and Trunk Show on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free with admission to the park (no cost to GFS members). 

Local designer John Wind’s vintage inspired charms and new designs are a sight to behold. The artist will deliver a lecture at 10:30 a.m. in which he will discuss his process, how he was influenced by his mother’s tastes and fashions, and his ideas for new designs. The Trunk Show will follow the lecture, and will be located outside of the gift shop.  more

Visit the world premiere of “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, open now through September 18. Ticket prices range from $30-43 for adults and $30-39 for children. 

This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen in the films and stories of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From the mysteries of Hogwarts castle to the antics of its mischievous yet brilliant students; from daring duels to dragons and Dark Arts; and from glittering Gringotts to the magnificent Ministry of Magic — the exhibition brings magic to life, connects visitors with the larger global community of fans of the Wizarding World, and reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the blockbuster films.  more

On view through March 20, 2022

Fans of Bruce Springsteen are invited to explore 49 years of Springsteen and the E Street Band history through exclusive interviews, iconic performances, and artifacts from the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University. Partnering with the Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center in Newark, the “Bruce Springsteen Live!” exhibit will be on view through March 20, 2022, before traveling to Los Angeles. more

Photo Credit: Rochelle S. Paris

Maura Reilly — a curator, writer, art consultant, and nonprofit leader who has organized dozens of exhibitions internationally that focus on marginalized artists — has been named the new director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Reilly is the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she developed and launched the first exhibition and public programming space in the United States devoted entirely to feminist art. While there, she organized several landmark exhibitions, including the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” and the blockbuster “Global Feminisms” (co-curated with Linda Nochlin), among others. more

Gettysburg Cannon at Sunset (Sept. 2021) by Josh Friedman

Interview by Taylor Smith

Natural beauty is all around us, but how often do we press “pause” to find a change of pace, a new frame of mind, or inner peace?

Bucks County-based photographer Josh Friedman has developed a following for his painterly photographic portrayals of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here, Friedman offers some insight into his own creative process and encourages everyone to find an activity in which they achieve a “flow” state — something that is immersive, yet effortless. An opportunity to lose oneself in an activity while enjoying a fulfilling creative experience. more

Now through April 29, 2022

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park is now presenting an exhibition of paintings by New Jersey native and revered American landscape painter Lois Dodd and artists who have long been a part of her life. Dodd, 94, a co-founder of the legendary artist-run Tanager Gallery, has, for more than 70 years, painted her surroundings including New York’s Lower East Side, rural Mid-Coast Maine, and the Delaware Water Gap. Among her favorite subjects — and the central theme of the exhibition -— is the night sky. more

Giuseppe Penone

March 17 through August 28, 2022

In the spring and summer, The Frick Collection in Manhattan will present a one-room installation by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. Displayed in the broader context of the museum’s decorative arts and Old Master paintings and sculpture, this unprecedented exhibition by the recognized Arte Povera artists is the first to feature his work in the medium of porcelain. more