Unknown Pleasures: Art All Day

Art All Day, Trenton’s own open studio, creative space and public art tour is taking place this Saturday, November 14 from noon to 5 p.m. I founded and currently direct Art All Day, which is in its fourth year. Yes, I’m biased but I do believe that if there is one opportunity to see the…

Unknown Pleasures: Raices Latinos

In a modest second story walk-up space at 222 South Broad Street, an artistic revolution is about to begin. That Trenton has a diverse and vibrant Latino community is a given, with residents from many nations and cultures calling the city their home. That there is a deep well of creative talent within each of…

Unknown Pleasures: Windows of Soul

Sometimes an art project just captures everything you believe the visual arts are designed to do on this earth. For me that art project is Windows of Soul. I find everything about Windows of Soul inspiring, from its name to its aspirations to its lasting impact. Organized by the members of Trenton’s S.A.G.E. Coalition arts…

Unknown Pleasures: The Times They Are A-Changin’
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Unknown Pleasures: The Times They Are A-Changin’

  My friend, the professional photographer and artist Andrew Wilkinson, sprays industrial strength insecticide on my boots, then coats his own, to ward off the fleas inside the ravaged former Trenton Times building on Perry Street. We enter the two-story building with miner’s lights on our foreheads and ascend through it until we climb onto…

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Unknown Pleasures: Trenton’s Tiffany

  The interior of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on North Warren Street is dark and cool on a sunny summer day. Five large stained glass windows glow along one wall lining the nave, but my eyes are drawn immediately to one in particular, with deep saturated hues and a muscular Art Nouveau composition. I immediately…

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Unknown Pleasures: Live Here, Buy Here

An elderly woman enters Porfirio’s Italian Food market and walks up to the counter. She orders cannelloni, meatballs and a container of Porfirio’s marinara sauce, pays for her purchase, and after a brief chat, bids good-day to the men behind the counter before going on her way. What makes this transaction unique is that it…

Unknown Pleasures: Jersey Fresh Jam

August is the height of the dog days of summer, a month when cultural events and festivals in many cities take a hiatus. Not in Trenton. Some of the best-attended events of the year take place in Trenton, yes in August, including the Jersey Fresh Jam, a graffiti-writing festival at the TerraCycle headquarters in North…

Unknown Pleasures: The Little People, Lost and Found

  This is a story about the Little People — the Little People bronzes that is — cluster of small figures that used to grace a public plaza off South Warren Street by the entrance to the state Department of Human Services building, until they disappeared. I enjoyed the Little People a lot. I spent…

Unknown Pleasures: Trenton’s Other Water Works

  One of the great aspects of Trenton is that the present is overlaid on a multi-layered past, a past which is more evident here that in larger cities, where it might have been paved or built over, or otherwise eradicated. Winding its way lazily through the city is a remarkable feat of 19th century…

Unknown Pleasures: Where Are The Artist Spaces?

  “A strong arts community should be fostered in the City of Trenton where artists will live, work, and contribute to the social and economic vitality of the city’s neighborhoods, establishing Trenton as a major arts center and destination…The presence and appreciation of arts and culture in downtown Trenton should be increased and sustained as…