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Page 24 Thursday, September 16, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


Arts Arts Arts Arts Arts & & & & & Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment “A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it

stops to think. Music is immediate. It goes

on to become.” -W. H. Auden, Poet

Edvard Munch (18631944)


“Young Girl on a Jetty” by Edvard Munch

A bewildered man bellowing from a bridge in the famous painting “The Scream” is the image that comes to mind when hearing the name, Edvard Munch. Coffee mugs, mouse pads and inflatable replicas of the painting have become trendy in recent years.

Artist, painter, lithographer, etcher and wood engraver, Munch, can aptly be called trendy and modern. Despite bouts with alcoholism and turbulent love affairs, Munch became fueled by these tragedies and became known for his “convulsed, tortuous” art.

“We want more than a mere photograph of nature. We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawingroom walls. We want to create, or at least lay the foundations of an art that gives something to humanity,” Munch once revealed. “An art that arrests and engages. An art created of one’s innermost heart.”

Norwegianborn Munch was the son of a military doctor. His mother died of tuberculosis at the age of 30. His sister inherited the same disease and died at half of her mother’s age.

Munch decided to pursue engineering at college, but turned to painting and left college at the age of 17. After painting his first selfportrait and exhibiting work in student shows, Munch continued to display his pieces in larger venues.

Throughout his life, Munch suffered from influenza, bronchitis and exhaustion. However, he remained prolific, composing murals, paintings and becoming a member of some of the most notable artists’ associations of his time.

After his death in 1944, he bequeathed 1,000 paintings, 15,400 prints, 4,500 drawings and watercolors and six sculptures to the city of Oslo, Norway.

FRIENDS TO THE END... Christine Ebersole as Mame and Kelly Bishop as Vera Charles sing “Bosom Buddies” in the Mame production at Paper Mill Playhouse.

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WESTFIELD – Pots of blossoms and climbing vines of flowers have sprouted up on the back door alleyway of Juxtapose Gallery in Westfield. And they don’t require a drop of water. The mural artistry is the work of Westfield resident Kathi Olsen.

“A mural for our back door was a project we had been considering for

many years. When I mentioned my idea to my friend Kathi Olsen, she was receptive and enthusiastic. She came up with a preliminary design and we decided to go ahead,” revealed Gerri Gildea, owner of Juxtapose Gallery on Elm Street.

Ms. Olsen told The Westfield Leader and The Times that her concepts for the mural design originated from a trip she took to Tuscany, Italy where she also purchased some unique terra cotta pots, which are depicted in the mural. She noted that she used the same design to paint her exercise room at home.

The mural boasts of gray and tan brick walls upon which a small terra cotta pot is brimming with salmon flowers shaded with white. A mediumsized pot embossed with a shell follows with a climbing plant of dramatic purple flowers that extend over the back door of the gallery. The bunches of purple blossoms droop like clumps of grapes, ripe for the picking.

On the other side of the door, a small pot of violets and variegated leaves of pink and green flow about, while the tiniest pot holds a bunch of purple flowers with veins of white. At the far end of the mural are two large bushes of orange and gold tiger lilies.

Finally, a quaint note designating the gallery is painted on the back door – threedimensional and lifelike, it looks as if it could be peeled off the door.

“A little surprise like this around town is great. It makes people smile

all of a sudden,” beamed Ms. Olsen, who later added that she will soon return to Italy to restock her supply of inspiration.

She noted that while she was painting the mural, teenagers would take a few minutes to stop by, offer suggestions and tell her that her artwork “brightens everything up.” Ms. Olsen added, “So many people thanked me for helping to beautify

the town.” “It really made an ugly spot beautiful,” stated Ms. Gildea. “The project had a slow start as we tailored the design to what would work for this particular wall with its angles and lighting. It is still a work in progress and we are now deciding what to do with the windows,” the gallery owner said.

Ms. Gildea and Ms. Olsen added that they are considering whether or not the two mediumsized windows should have shutters, lattice work or additional blossoms painted upon them. Ms. Gildea extended an open invitation to the readers of The Leader

and The Times to give their input on the creative matter.

At some point, Ms. Gildea noted, the mural may include some gardening gloves, shears and/ or watering cans to add to the vibrant adornment.

Looking to the other side of the alleyway, which includes the wall of The Christian Science Reading Room and the alley between The Brick Oven and The Liquor Basket of Westfield on the other side of Quimby Street, Ms. Olsen pointed out that she would like to see the murals continue throughout such spaces in downtown Westfield.

“Everyone should keep their eyes open. They never know what’s going to pop up,” she concluded.

Ms. Olsen worked with Benjamin Moore Exterior House Paint to create the mural.

Ralph Fanneli, a Cranford electrician, selected the ideal, antiquelook lamp fixture that is perched above the rear door of Juxtapose.

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The Town Book Store in Westfield will welcome Lorraine Bender, author of “’Til Death Do Us Part” on Saturday, September 18, from 1 to 3 p. m. For more information, please call (908) 2333535.

Barnes & Noble in Clark

will hold a Finance Forum with representatives from Paine Webber tonight, September 16, at 7: 30 p. m. A Cooking Demonstration/ Tasting/ Signing with Ron Meyer, author of “The Portobello Cookbook,” will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at 7: 30 p. m. A Seminar/ Discussion on Microsoft Office 2000 will be held on Wednesday, September 22, at 7: 30 p. m. For more information, please call (732) 5741818.

The Somerset Art Association

will hold an exhibit with the work of Westfield artist Gladys Reimers through Monday, October 18, in Bedminster. For directions and gallery hours, please call (908) 2342345.

A. C. Moore Craft Store

in Edison will show crafters how to paint a lawn stake for the fall holidays on Monday, September 20, from 6: 30 to 8: 30 p. m. On Wednesday, September 22, crafters can make a Horn of Plenty Centerpiece. For cost and more information, please call (732) 7772020.

Waterloo Village in Stanhope will host its Waterloo Antiques Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 16 are admitted free. For more information, please call (973) 3470900.

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The Elizabeth Playhouse

on East Jersey Street will present The Time of Your Life

on Fridays and Saturdays at 7: 30 p. m. and Sundays at 2 p. m. through Saturday, October 17. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors and $5 on Fridays. For more information, please call (908) 3550077.

The Crossroads in Garwood will host Sabbra Cadabra, A Black Sabbath Tribute tonight, September 16. Scarlett Lee Moore will take the stage on Friday, September 17. Better Off Dead will perform on Saturday, September 18. A Jazz Jam will be held on Tuesday, September 21 with an Open Blues Jam on Wednesday, September 22. For more information, please call (908) 2325666.

Jersey Jazz by the Lake

will be held at Nomahegan Park in Cranford on September 17 from 5 to 10 p. m. and September 18 from noon to 10 p. m. The Duke Ellington Orchestra will perform, among others.

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10th Annual FestiFall in Westfield will be held on Sunday, September 26 from noon to 6 p. m. in Downtown Westfield. The festival will include music, art, crafts and food. The raindate will be Sunday, October 3.

Fanny Wood Day will be held throughout the borough on September 26 from noon to 5 p. m. The festival will feature music, a pie baking contest, an antique car show and the Little Miss Fanny Wood contest. The raindate will be October 3.

Summit’s Centennial Parade

will be held on September 26 beginning at 1 p. m. The Westfield Historical Society will be participating in the parade. For more information, please call (908) 2732977.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times MAGNIFICENT MURAL… After nearly a decade of consideration, owner of the Juxtapose Gallery in Westfield, Gerri Gildea, decided to have a mural painted in the alleyway of her shop. Her friend and Westfield resident, Kathi Olsen, was more than happy to design and paint the mural. Pictured, left to right, are: Ms. Gildea, Ms. Olsen and Gallery Manager Karen Troiano.


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MILLBURN – The glitzy, glamorous and gogetem personality of Mame Dennis is alive and kickin’ in Mame at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn as Christine Ebersole fills the title role

with grace, guts and her trademark Broadwaystyle glory. Ms. Ebersole is certainly not a carbon copy of those who have performed the role before her, actresses such as Lucille Ball or Juliet Prowse. She gives her own brand of flamboyance and joie de vivre to the role of the overthetop auntie of Patrick Dennis.

Her voice echoes the spirit of the Great White Way during songs such as the inspiring “Open a New Window,” the dropdead honest “Bosom Buddies” and the emotional “If He Walked Into My Life.”

South Orange resident Kelly Bishop could not be stopped in her stellar performance as Mame’s lush of a sourpuss sidekick, Vera

Charles. Her expressions were right on the mark and never missed a beat. She was never out of character.

Sandy Rosenberg was killer comedic as Agnes Gooch, Patrick’s straight and narrow nanny who goes astray after a little coaxing

and misguided inspiration from Mame and Vera. The audience roared with laughter during her performance of “Gooch’s Song.”

Patrick Dennis, age 10, was portrayed by Paul S. Iacono and ages 1929 by Ken Barnett. Both Paul and Mr. Barnett delivered strong renditions of the wideeyed Patrick who tries to find his way through life while remaining everloyal to Mame.

Other notable performances included Dan Schiff as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, the Southern charmer who sweeps Mame off to the South and shows her the wonders of the world. Danette Holden was marvelous (or as she would say, “marvy”) in her portrayal of Gloria Upson, the snooty debutante who blinds Patrick with her beauty and dumbwitted affection.

David Murin provided a bounty of brilliant costumes, which kept Ms. Ebersole and Ms. Bishop sparkling throughout every scene. The authenticity of the outfits was right on the mark.

Scenic Design by Michael Anania supplied a great amount of the comic relief in Mame. The decor of Mame’s apartment changed like a chameleon whenever Mame’s eccentric personality stirred her to amend her surroundings.

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Cryptkeepers, Elephants and Heroic Mice: The Saturday Morning Diet for Children

Gone are the Saturday mornings with Scooby Doo and The Flintstones. Instead, television networks are offering “A Monster Ate My Homework” with a skeletal and spooky cryptkeeper as the main character in CBS’s “The New Tales from the Cryptkeeper.” CBS also gives us “Anatole,” a cartoon about two mice in Paris who, in one episode, save their mouse village from a bulldozer. ABC is dishing up “Meme’s Hangout,” a cartoon about a girl who chats with her 5,500 pound cohost, a talking elephant named Jellyroll. The entertaining and educational factors in this programming escape me.

I was raised on a diet of School House Rock, where I learned about conjunctions and sending a bill to Congress. No, Bugs Bunny being hunted down by Elmer Fudd did not enlighten me, but the morbidity of a cryptkeeper was never a factor. If the characters got blasted, they somehow came back to life in the next frame. No worries.

Here is the ray of light: Children are learning about heroism through programs like “The Rescue Heroes” on CBS where no emergency is too big or small and “Science Court” on ABC, which teaches the lessons of inertia, motion, work, gravity and sound, and “Recess,” which depicts the main character learning how to stand up to a bully when the school bell rings. Bravery, heroism, dignity and a little science. Saturday morning programming has some good portions.

The key is to be sure that the mind candy that is being fed to today’s children is not unrealistic (Jellyroll is a good example) or destructive. A healthy dose of “Winne the Pooh” or “101 Dalmatians” is never a bad idea.

NBC has grouped four shows which are considered minidramas for a more teenaged audience, “Saved By the Bell,” “Hang Time,” “City Guys,” and the newest, “One World.” In essence, these programs take a common dilemma such as a broken heart, a friend who wants to do drugs or shoplifting, and within a half hour, a moral can be derived before the credits start rolling. Everything is wrapped up in a neat little package. Realistic? Nothing gets solved that quickly beyond the television screen. However, these NBC shows broach topics that most networks are afraid to touch.

Although Saturday mornings are not what they used to be, with some carefully monitoring they may have the potential to be beneficial. Just keep away from that bony cryptkeeper guy and the talking elephant.

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