Monday, January 7, 2019

New ways of looking at art featured in January programming for both children and adults at Morven

Morven Museum & Garden rings in the New Year with programs featuring new ways of looking at art for both children and adults. 


Gallery Walk with renowned trompe l’oeil artist Gary Erbe
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton

“Touring Morven’s Masters of Illusion exhibition with Gary Erbe is a treat for both the art connoisseur and anyone newly exploring ‘fool the eye’ imagery of trompe l’oeil,” Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry remarked recently.  Erbe’s coffee table book, FOOTPRINTS: THE ART AND LIFE OF GARY ERBE, will be available for purchase and signing following the walk. 

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Life Inside John F. Peto Studio Museum
 Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton

Meet John F. Peto Studio Museum Curator Harry Bower as he explores life inside Peto’s studio with an illustrated lecture and discussion. Bower will be in the exhibition beforehand for informal conversation.  John Frederick Peto, recognized as one of America’s most accomplished trompe l’oeil artists, is featured in two galleries of the exhibition. 

ADMISSION: The Erbe and Peto events are each $10 for Morven members; $15 for the public.


Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton
ADMISSION: free with Morven membership; $10 for the public

Local historian John Baxter presents his  thought provoking research regarding Richard Stockton’s  portrayal in John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence painting. One of Trumbull’s versions of the iconic painting is in Morven’s first floor gallery  and Baxter’s talk explores the “Politics behind the Painting” and his interpretation of the  interwoven personal stories of Stocktons and Trumbulls.

Still Life Stew Storytime
WHEN: Thursday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton
ADMISSION: free with Morven membership (up to two adults and 4 children per ticket); $10 for the public.

Rounding out January’s programming is Still Life Stew Storytime for ages 3 to 6. Helena Clare Pittman and Victoria Raymond’s picture book and the Masters of Illusion exhibition will inspire young artists as they hear the story, view still life paintings in the exhibition, then create still life watercolors to take home, along with a stew recipe. 

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ,  is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, free for children 6 and under and free with Morven membership. Docent-led tours of the first floor galleries are offered at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Tea & Tour is available by reservation on Wednesdays starting January 16, 2019: $18 for Morven members; $22 for the public. For reservations call 609.924.8144 ext. 103.

For additional information or to purchase program tickets visit, email, or call 609.924.8144 ext. 106


For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is  the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood “The General” Johnson Jr., and eventually five New Jersey governors, three generations of enslaved families, respective domestic workers, and staff.