This article was originally published in the May 2018 Princeton Echo.
Inspiration within walking distance
Sometimes all the inspiration you need is right outside your front door. For his current exhibit at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, photographer Dave Burwell captured scenes exclusively within walking distance of his home. Burwell, a long-time resident of Hopewell and Princeton, has turned his attention to photography full-time in the past several years. This show is his first as a member of Gallery 14.
“My love of nature got me hooked on photography. I feel an intense connection with her trees, mountains, waters, and creatures,” he writes on his website, daveburwell.com. “For many years, I carried a pocket-sized camera with me whenever I ventured out.” The show, aptly titled “Walking Distance,” is on view through Sunday, May 20. photogallery14.com
Art +10’s ‘Humanesque’ puts interpretation and memory into play
The artists’ collective Art+10 presents “Humanesque,” an exhibit of “interpretive paintings and photographs as well as themes drawn from memory,” at the Present Day Club opening Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Art+10 consists of Princeton-area professional artists who seek to promote art in the community. This show includes works by Priscilla Algava, Heather Barros, Betty Curtiss, Katja De Ruyter, and Ryan Lilienthal — all Princeton residents — as well as Deborah Land of Rocky Hill and Pennsylvania-based painters Jim Bongartz and Gail Bracegirdle. Madelaine Shellaby served as curator.
The exhibit is on view through June 22. Gallery hours are weekdays, 2 to 4 p.m., except Wednesdays. presentdayclub.org
‘Wade in the Water’ with Tracy K. Smith
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, 2017 Poet Laureate, and Princeton creative writing professor Tracy K. Smith shares her new book of poetry, “Wade in the Water: Poems,” at Labyrinth Books on Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m.
Press materials describe the collection as connecting “America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith’s signature voice — inquisitive, lyrical, and wry — turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence.” labyrinthbooks.com
Poets at the library take cues from a pro
Accomplished and aspiring poets mix and mingle at Princeton Public Library’s monthly “Poets at the Library” event on Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The featured poet is BJ Ward, who has contributed to numerous journals and published several books of poetry, the most recent of which is “Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013.” A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, he is an assistant professor of English at Warren County Community College.
Following Ward’s reading, the floor will be turned over to brave poets in the audience for the open mic portion of the event. princetonlibrary.org
Native son returns
‘Princeton,” says Chris Barron, “is not a particularly cool town.” The lead singer for the Spin Doctors — and 1987 Princeton High School alumnus — made that evaluation of his childhood home in an interview with the Musician’s Ear last year.
But he also acknowledged that his hometown was a hotbed for future rock stars: his contemporaries at Princeton High School included John Popper and rest of Blues Traveler, as well as Trey Anastasio of Phish, who went to Princeton Day School.
The Jersey boy — who dropped out of college after one year to lead the Spin Doctors — returns to the Garden State for two concerts this month, having released “Angels and One Armed Jugglers,” a solo album, in 2017. He performs at the Man Cave in Bordentown on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m., and at the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains on Saturday, May 12, at 9 p.m. mancavenj.com and jccnj.org