Straube Center in the News


PENNINGTON, November 9, 2006   Straube Center’s fall 2006 Art Exhibition Cottage Industries will feature Guatemalan weavings collected by Beth Linnerson-Daly, Nova Scotian folk art imported by Robin Pearse-Drance and Tone Thompson, Southeast Asian scarves and accessories from Anne Sweeney, African inspired paintings from Ruth Councell, plus new photographs by David Simchock. Many pieces will be for sale.

The opening reception will be Friday November 17th from 5 to 8 PM on the second floor of 100 Straube Center Boulevard in Pennington, conveniently located just off Route 31 and West Franklin Avenue. Refreshments will be served and there is plenty of parking. The Straube Center’s Permanent Gallery is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The Exhibition will be open from Saturday November 18th through December 16th Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM,  Sundays 1 PM to 4 PM and by appointment.


All Creatures Great and Small offers a variety of whimsical folk art collected by owners and Pennington residents Tone Thompson and Robin Pearse-Drance during their travels on the back roads of Nova Scotia. The folk artists of Nova Scotia are known for their use of everyday materials, bright colors, and occasionally twisted senses of humor in paintings and sculptures to comment on events from family life to a warm summer day.

Pennington resident Ruth Tietjen Councell has worked in a variety of art forms including botanical art, children’s illustration and graphic design. Recently she has turned her focus to oil painting, exploring color and pattern and taking inspiration from textile designs, primarily those of African origin.

Local art educator Beth-Linnerson Daly of Trenton (formerly of Princeton) discovered Guatemala on a Nassau Presbyterian Church trip.  Ms. Linnerson-Daly has received a National Geographic teacher's grant to develop cultural media with students and curated exhibits at Artworks, Ellarsie, Stuart Country Day School and Princeton Day School. Her visits to Guatemala introduced her to master weavers and the stunning variety of their colorful everyday garb. She has collected and photographed examples of traditional Guatemalan clothing and accessories which will be presented at the Exhibition

Orientations offers unique scarves, bags, accessories, clothing, artwork, jewelry and home accessories from Southeast Asia. Orientations owner and Monmouth Junction resident Anne Sweeney has collected authentic Thai fishermen’s pants, hand-woven silk scarves and bags in ancient Khmer patterns from Cambodia; exquisite wall hangings, bags woven in the intricate and colorful patterns of Thailand’s Hill tribes, one-of-a-kind handbags hand-woven in ripow grass according to an ancient Thai art – these singular pieces are both traditional and fashion forward. 

Award winning photographer David Simchock, currently traveling in Europe and Morocco, has had his work featured in the New York Times Travel section, the Newark Star Ledger amongst many other publications. Mr Simchock’s photographs feature images taken on his journeys around the world and here in New Jersey. He will be giving a Gallery Talk on his latest adventures Friday December 8th at 7:30 PM on the Second Floor of 100 Straube Center Boulevard.

For additional information, please call 609-737-1308.

Picture Caption
Exhibitors at Straube Center Fall 2006 Art Show Beth Linnerson-Daly from Trenton, Ruth Councell. Tone Thompson, Robin Pearse-Drance, all from Pennington and Anne Sweeney from Monmouth Junction with Speedy admire a shirt from Guatemala.







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