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12/27/2018 4:22:00 PM
Winter art exhibit at Stuart invites viewers to look to future
Works by the Princeton local artists’ collective Art+10 will be exhibited in the Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. “Portals/Unfolding the Future” invites viewers to think about their local and global community and feel inspired to dream of a new world.  Artwork in photo – top row from left: Betsy Curtiss, Charlotte Bialik, Deborah Land, Gail Bracegirdle. Bottom row from left: Priscilla Snow Algava, Heather Barros, Katja De Ruyter and Ryan Lilienthal. Courtesy photo

Works by the Princeton local artists’ collective Art+10 will be exhibited in the Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. “Portals/Unfolding the Future” invites viewers to think about their local and global community and feel inspired to dream of a new world.  Artwork in photo – top row from left: Betsy Curtiss, Charlotte Bialik, Deborah Land, Gail Bracegirdle. Bottom row from left: Priscilla Snow Algava, Heather Barros, Katja De Ruyter and Ryan Lilienthal. Courtesy photo


Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, is hosting a winter gallery exhibit beginning Jan. 11.

“Portals/Unfolding the Future” invites viewers to think about their local and global community and feel inspired to dream of a new world. The exhibit will feature works by local artists’ collective Art + 10, the members of which created paintings, drawings and photographs that represent a cultural fusion of past, present and future. The artists expressed their ideas through abstract compositions, humor, architecture, environmental plans and portals into the future.

“We seek to bring artwork to Stuart that can have an impact in the way students learn and open a dialog about the future of the world,” said Lower School art teacher and gallery director Andres Duque. “If our girls can see aspects of design solutions to problems and environmental ideas that can be implemented in the future, this will open their minds and influence their own works as leaders.”

The exhibit will be open to the public Jan. 11-March 8 in the school’s Considine Gallery. The gallery, located at 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, when school is in session. All the artwork is on sale, and a percentage will be directed for school programming.

An opening reception will be held Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A gallery talk with the artists is scheduled for Jan. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.

About the Art+ 10 Artists:

Priscilla  Snow Algava (www.priscillaalgava.com) conceived and organized Princeton's first pop-up gallery WOW.  Her works are in corporate collections and exhibits here and abroad.  She received a master’s degree at DePauw University in Indiana.

Heather Barros is the director and teacher at Art Collaborations (www.artcollaborations.net), an independent art school in Princeton. Her work has been shown in independent and group shows. Barros studied with artist Gregory Perkel for 10 years.

Charlotte Bialek is a sculptor and photographer currently working as an abstract painter. Her figures connect with the environment, and her photography focuses on street art from her travels and in cities. She studies at the Art Students’ League in New York.

Gail Bracegirdle (www.gailbracegirdle.artspan.com) is a graduate of the Moore College of Art. Her 20-year career in textile design changed to watercolor painting. As a teacher at ARTWORKS in Trenton, her work is familiar in Bucks County, Pa. She is a member of The Artist Gallery in Lambertville.

Betty Curtiss (www.bettycurtiss.com) is the co-founder of Art + 10. She went from a career in acting to art when she studied at the Glasgow School of Art. An award-winning artist, she paints from life, finding sources on dairy farms, butcher shops and boardwalks.

Deborah Land (www.deborahland.com) is a fine arts photographer seeking to merge the beauty of the earth with the eternal qualities of God's revelations of his Spirit. She uses technology to create timeless images. Land lives and works in the Princeton area.

Ryan Lilienthal is an artist who chronicles the scenes of Princeton in large canvases. His background includes studies at the Boston Museum School, The Arts Council of Princeton and Torpedo Factory in Virginia. He is currently a middle school art educator at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Katja de Ruyter (www.katjaderuyter.com) was born in Holland and studied painting for two years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She came to the United States as a French professor and has studied with realist painter Mel Leipzig. Her current focus is portraiture.  

For more information about the exhibit, contact Risa Engel at 609-921-6015 or rengel@stuartschool.org.






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