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Friday January 19, 2018


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PDS Presents "Past Looking Forward" - Works by Charles Bryan and Diana Weymar

On view from January 8 through February 1, 2018

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present "Past Looking Forward" featuring the work of artists Charles Bryan and Diana Weymar, and on view from January 8 through February 1, 2018. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, January 12 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

"Past Looking Forward" explores the personal narratives of two accomplished artists working in different mediums. Charles Bryan uses oil on canvas to portray his personal stories and assimilate cultural history. He cites the strong influence of the Renaissance masters on his work and notes, "Working in a traditional painting style and median and rendering artworks that reflect my life experiences and perceptions makes my works sincere in purpose.... I believe it was Matisse who argued that to be a good artist, the art should reflect the time of one's life." Charles Bryan's work beautifully echoes our world and helps us to understand our social values and cultural history.

Diana Weymar's studio work is based in the traditions of writing, text, textile, handmade objects, and storytelling. She is the creator of Interwoven Stories, a community textile project developed during her Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residency at The Arts Council of

Princeton. Initially a small project, the project grew in Princeton, and has now traveled to the University of Puget Sound, the Nantucket Athenaeum, the Peddie School, Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), and Build Peace Bogota, Columbia. She has worked on community-based projects in Cyprus, Switzerland, and Canada in addition to Interwoven Stories.

"Past Looking Forward" featuring the photography of Charles Bryan and Diana Weymar is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the school is in session and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery, please call Jody Erdman, Art Gallery Director, at 609.924.6700 x 1772 or visit www.pds.org.



PRINCETON, Dec. 6, 2017 – Princeton Montessori School announced that Eric Swartzentruber has joined the school’s leadership team as Director of Enrollment. A native of Princeton, N.J., Swartzentruber recently moved back to the area after nine years in New England, where he served as Director of Admissions at an independent boarding school for girls. At Princeton Montessori he will direct enrollment and admissions operations and act as liaison with the greater Princeton community.

“We are pleased to welcome Eric to our administrative team,” said Michelle Morrison, Head of School. “For fifty years, Princeton Montessori School has offered an exceptional Montessori education. With the addition of our pending International Baccalaureate authorization at the middle school level, our school is positioned to ensure students are prepared for the demands of a 21st century world. Eric's experience with both of these outstanding philosophical frameworks to education ensures the Princeton area will come to know and understand the unique value of our progressive model of education.”

“My daughters attended a Montessori School and I have always admired the Montessori philosophy,” said Swartzentruber. “I helped bring the International Baccalaureate to my last school, where both of my daughters greatly benefitted from the program. The notion of having Montessori and IB working together in one school was perfect for me. Then, I met the extraordinary school community and I knew I had made the right choice.”

Prior to his time in New England, Swartzentruber directed admissions and development offices at other independent schools in Princeton. He and his wife Johanna are proud parents of two grown children.

Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).