Mr. Stave was a prolific and highly respected painter. He was born July 29, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. After growing up in Salinas, CA, he returned to Los Angeles at the age of 17 as a scholarship student at the Chouinard Art Institute. In his early 20's Mr. Stave worked as a set painter in the art department of Paramount Studios and as a painting instructor at the Jepson Art Institute. In 1949, he moved to Paris where he studied painting at the Academie Julian. Mr. Stave was awarded a Fulbright Act grant in 1951 for a year's study in India and then traveled throughout Southeast Asia and Japan, where he studied and collected art. In the mid 1950s he returned to New York where he was a student of the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell at Hunter College. A member of the United Scenic Artists union, he worked for most of his career as a set painter for NBC Studios and later, Lincoln Scenic Studios, in New York.
In 1958, he and his wife Mahbubeh Stave moved to Cranbury from New York City.
This is Mr. Stave's third exhibition in the Gourgaud Gallery. He was actively involved in saving the building that houses the Gourgaud Gallery from demolition in 1966 and he and his wife served on the committee that chose to use the space as a gallery. Mr. Stave first showed his work in the inaugural exhibition in 1976 and then again in 1981.
The exhibit is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The pieces in the exhibit will not be available for purchase, and the exhibit will be removed that evening to allow for the upcoming exhibit of Watercolorists Unlimited to be displayed for their regular Sunday opening on June 3.