PARTICIPATE IN THE ART MAKING: At the Princeton Arts Council’s Fall Open House on Saturday, September 18, budding artists contributed a new mural, made clay sculptures, attended a capoeira show and cheered for the first Pottery Throwdown while learning about upcoming events. . Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.
The New Jersey State Museum is open to visitors to explore exhibits that preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity. Of note are the two short-term exhibitions that have been extended – “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner Portraits of a National Treasure” and “Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse” – so that visitors have the opportunity to browse the galleries and see the exhibits in person.
Visitors can also browse the “American Perspectives: The Fine Art Collection” galleries for changes to the works on display, including several new acquisitions. The museum operates on its regular schedule, Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 4:45 pm Masks are mandatory for all visitors over 2 years of age and social distancing is encouraged.
“Preserving the Pinelands: Portraits of a National Treasure by Albert Horner” will remain on view until January 2, 2022. The exhibition features images by photographer Albert Horner that capture the tranquil beauty and intimate landscapes of the National Wildlife Refuge. Pinelands of New Jersey. A number of artefacts and scientific specimens from the museum’s collections help tell some of the stories of the land, animals, people, and industries that make this unique region a national and national treasure. “Preserving the Pinelands” is located in the East Gallery of the museum on the first floor.
“Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse” will remain on view until March 6, 2022 in the Riverview Gallery on the second floor of the museum. This exhibition brings together nearly 200 rarely seen artifacts to explore the status of our feathered friends as an ecological pillar and their historic role as an inspiring design force, or muse., for New Jersey artisans. Ceramic sculptures by renowned artist Edward Marshall Boehm, original prints by John James Audubon, hand-carved duck decoys, scientific specimens and other artifacts tell the story of our fascination with birds.
There have also been some changes to the “Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey” gallery, in particular the installation of the almost complete Hyposaurus rogersii skeleton, a prehistoric crocodilian that lived in what is now Gloucester County about 65 million years ago.
The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in the State Cultural Complex in Trenton. For more information, visit statemuseum.nj.gov.