We enter into the first weekend in November on the heels of a powerful cleansing wind that blew through All Hallows Eve and Samhain, delivering us to the day we honor the Dead and All Souls. On the Mayan calendar it correlates with Kej, the deer, and is a sacred day for spiritual guides. Drawing on wisdom from the four corners of the universe and the elements, they are intelligent and astute problem solvers, finding purpose as astrologers and diplomats. They are translators of the unseen, keeping the balance between our learned behavior and our spiritual nature by revealing the path that accommodates us all. On this day in Trenton, they will materialize as artists and mapmakers whose reading of the stars and signs creates a framework for navigating the complex intersection of our celestial visions, urban challenges and human bodies.
Art All Day, Nov. 2, Noon-6pm, Locations Citywide, Free and Open to the Public
Trenton’s annual open studio tour is BACK! Visit scores of artist studios, pop-up galleries, and businesses that contribute to the creative community for a fun day of art in all its forms. Hop on a trolley, join a walking tour, bring your bike for the epic Art All Day bike tour, or just grab the map and explore Trenton’s hidden art treasures!Everything starts & ends at Artworks, where you’ll also find everything you’ll need: maps, food trucks, tours, trolleys, and plenty of space to park. Every participating artist also has a piece in the group show. Artist & site listings, map, activities, and tour schedule will all be posted at www.artallday.artworkstrenton.org , facebook.com/events
Opening Receptions at ArtWorks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 6-8pm,
Art All Day Group Exhibition: Join us for the opening reception of the Art All Day Group Exhibition. This is a great way to see all of this year’s participating artists all under one roof. If you are coming for the event, it’s a great way to see which artists you want to make a point of visiting during the day. Darkest Before Dawn: A solo exhibit by photographer/ artist Habiyb Ali Shu’Aib (beloved1) documenting some of the abandoned spaces in the city of Trenton, New Jersey. He says, “Trenton was once a city of thriving businesses, but in the last 2 decades there has been a noticeable decline. Most of the businesses have closed down or moved out of the city, leaving vacant buildings behind in their place. A change is coming to our city (Trenton) for the better. With so many new businesses popping up, and a renewed interest in the city, many of the old buildings I documented are still standing here empty. That is slowly changing as we speak. A majority of these spaces will be changed to living and commercial spaces to get Trenton moving in the right direction. We wouldn’t appreciate the light if it wasn’t for the dark. Sometimes we have to go through the worst of moments to realize that we came out better and stronger than we ever thought we were. It’s chaos, but it works. It’s usually darkest before dawn.” Community Gallery through November 23. facebook.com/events
Art All Day Tours: artallday.artworkstrenton.org/tours
Bike Tour: With over 100 artists and lots of cool new creative stuff around the city, there is no better way to take it all in than the Art All Day Bike Tour, now in its eighth year!Get the off-the-grid, under-the-radar, through-the-alley insider’s tour of all the Art All Day sites, public art, and more, led by Wills Kins, resident expert on the city of Trenton’s art and cycling scenes. Tour Art All Day art sites as long as you wish, then return to Artworks. BYOBike and helmet. Departs from Artworks, Noon. facebook.com/events
Walking Tour: A guided walking tour around the many AAD sites and endless public art within easy walking distance of Artworks. Walking tour around the Creek to Canal Creative District, Downtown, and Mill Hill. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for detours! Departs from Artworks, 1:30-3:30 pm
Guided Bus Tours: Join Artworks’ amazing AAD tour guides for this two-hour guided bus tour. You’ll visit a curated selection of sites and public art, meet the artists, see their process, and appreciate the diversity of Trenton’s arts community. Seats are first-come, first-served – book online to be guaranteed a spot! Be sure to arrive for your tour 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to depart, or your spot will be opened up to standbys. Departs from Artworks, 12:30-2:30, 1:30-3:30, 2:30-4:30, 3:30-5:30
Trolley Loop: To help you see the art near Artworks, we run a mini-transit system with two vintage trolleys. The trolleys circulate on a continuous loop that goes by 14 sites, and gets you very close to several more. Check out the map, hop on the trolley, get off at any site, and have fun!– then hop on the trolley again when you’re done. You can linger at one site, or walk around a cluster and catch the trolley at a different spot than where you got off. The continuous trolley loop has a staff member on it to help direct you, but they won’t get on and off with you. Trolleys depart from Artworks on a 20-30 minute schedule from 12-6 pm.
Photo Scavenger Hunt: Back by popular demand the Trenton Photo Club is going to have a Photo Scavenger Hunt at Art All Day again this year! Several days before the event we will share the list of point earning photographic objectives. On Art All Day take that list and your camera and explore all the amazing sites. To enter the contest all you need to do is create a public folder titled “Art All Day 2019 Scavenger Hunt” and share it to the group. Adding a picture of your checklist with the objectives you completed checked off will help us score your folder. A limited number of Art All Day Photographer lanyards will be available to pick up at Artworks that day! Noon-6pm facebook.com/events
Nam June Paik’s PBS: Pioneering video artist Nam June Paik created his monumental public art installation, “PBS (1963-2000)”, at the former NJ Network building on Front Street as part of New Jersey’s Arts Inclusion Program in 1992-3. Known as “the father of video art”, Paik is considered one of the most innovative artists of the 20th Century. “PBS (1963-2000)” features massive wall panels filled with neon and 54 19” televisions streaming video created by Paik, as well as live feeds of NJN programming. Over the years, the piece fell into disrepair — but was restored earlier this year under Artworks’ leadership, with support from the NJ State Council on the Arts, and with the expertise of Trenton’s master signmaker George Zienowicz, whose legendary sign shop can also be visited during Art All Day. This hour-long walking tour and talk is led by Artworks Director Lauren Otis. It will focus on the sculpture and its restoration, as well as Trenton-area contributions to technology that fed into the work — like the invention of color television at the nearby Sarnoff Center. Tour departs from Artworks, 4-5pm
Live Interactive Experiences: artallday.artworkstrenton.org/live
Launch of Freedom Skate Parks 2019-2020 Season: The first Open Skate event of Freedom’s 2019-2020 Trenton Winter Skateboarding Program! Advanced skateboarders will skate alongside other participants at the indoor park – New Jersey’s only indoor skate park, right at Roebling Wire Works. Take in the tricks from a safe distance — and borrow a helmet and board if you feel inspired to participate! Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton, noon-6pm
Cass St. Extravaganza – A musical showcase organized by Nikki Nalbone at the new One Up One Down Coffee Roaster space! Slow Art Studios 750 Cass St., noon-6pm
Mural Making and Live Painting – Leon Rainbow at Zienowicz Signs 202 E. Canal St., Lori Johannsen & Liz Amaral at Slow Art 750 Cass St, Mini Graf Jam at Terracycle 120 New York Ave, noon-6pm
For Kids: Sustainable Garden at Roberto Clemente Park 250 Academy St., Paint Your Own Birdhouse at TASK/A-Team Studio 51 N. Stockton St., noon-6pm. Paper Picado at NJ State Museum 205 W. State St., noon-4:45pm
To add your events to our community calendar, visit our calendar submission tab at planettrenton.org. Event listings are free and with our new calendar system, it only takes a minute or two to add events. You can also customize your listing with a photo!
Photo/Artist Credit: Photographer/ artist Habiyb Ali Shu’Aib’s solo exhibit, “Darkest Before Dawn” is on view at Artworks Community Gallery through Nov. 23 with an Opening Reception on Nov. 2 as part of Art All Day.