The fourth annual Common Threads art show will kick off with a reception from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Hopewell Valley Vineyards.
“Common Threads 4: Power of Woman” showcases the work of women artists.
This year’s theme came to founder C.a. Shofed when he heard a recent NPR story on how the community of women artists is under-served and under-promoted.
“I found myself surprised by this. After all, the artists who surround me daily tend to be mostly women,” he said. “I’m surrounded by women who have shaped my life—many of my best friends, my mother, my grandmother, and my amazing sisters. Therefore, the story’s premise that women are at a disadvantage in the art world struck me as astonishing. Was I naïve? Perhaps.”
“I can’t pretend to understand the social or economic reasons why women do not get the same treatment as men in the art world, as well as the greater world at large,” Shofed said. “But what I can do is share, promote, and give an audience to the powerful women artists by whom I’m inspired.”
Common Threads started in 2013, primarily to showcase the work of Trenton area artists and artists influenced and inspired by the Trenton art scene. Common Threads was created to empower artists to build bridges beyond Trenton’s borders and to foster economic development.
Artists are offered the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art and the local community has the chance to engage with them. Twenty-five artists have participated and had the opportunity to sell their work.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards is located at 46 Yard Road in Pennington. Visitors to the opening reception can meet the artists. Vendors will also be participating in the event and food and wine will be available for purchase.