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…

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…

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Ellarslie Roebling exhibit highlights Trenton’s greatest enterprise

  One hundred ago, Trenton was a center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and skilled employment, and a new exhibit at Ellarslie, the City Museum in Cadwalader Park, highlights the accomplishments of the City’s greatest enterprise – the John A. Roebling Son’s Company The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, July 17, from 6 to 8…

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…

Unknown Pleasures: The Artist’s Hand

  Why do artists create? Why do we feel compelled to bring art into the world? The why of making art has been endlessly discussed and debated. There are as many reasons why artists create as there are artists. But what of the question of what guides our hand when we create? It can be…

Unknown Pleasures: The Power of Racial Diversity

Chalk up another hugely successful, and just plain huge, Art All Night. More artists than ever before, more people than ever before, people all having fun together. Big fun. On Sunday afternoon, after Art All Night had wrapped, and artists were picking up their pieces in an atmosphere of tired, satisfied calm, I was speaking…