The first weekend in April begins with a New Moon in Aires, providing an inky background for the spring starscape. It is a month often associated with the Goddess Venus/Aphrodite, who scorned the many potential suitors who fell for her beauty. As a punishment her vanity, she was forced to marry Vulcan, the God of Fire who was rough in nature and deformed from a fall. But he was also a gifted metalsmith who built stunning palaces of gold for the Gods and crafted the arrows with which Venus’ son, the cherub Cupid, would pierce lover’s hearts. As the blossoms spring forth from forsythia vines and fruit trees in the coming weeks, I foresee an opportunity to honor the makers and builders who conjure beauty and forge the divining rods that spark passion and romance.
Friday, April 5
First Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
609 Worldwide: Artwork by Kate Graves and Bill W Dume. A Dope Live Set By Ant-Live (Ramir Richards) An Amazing DJ Set By The Incredible: DJ Flea Market (Kelvin Smith), Hosted By The Man In The Streets And In Your Face: Unc Elroy, Drinks Being Slung By The Amazing: MondayNight OpenMic, Delicious Free Vodka Rig Prepared By The Illustrious: The Mill Hill Saloon. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, (609) 815-1343, facebook.com
Consciously Two: Lori Johannson and Katja Veleur: “Consciously Two isn’t just a play on words, it’s an exploration into color, shape, pop culture, and community by two women who are in-sync with their immediate environment.” says curator Edwin J. Torres. “Whether It’s Lori and her close work in the Trenton community or Katja and her connection to family, history, and the news environment, both demonstrate a tremendous ability to connect and make socially conscious work.” Lori Johansson is a multimedia artist living in Trenton, New Jersey. She draws creative inspiration from her environment, compelled by nature and concepts of humanity to create art. Her work varies in materials, but she is currently focused on spray painting, acrylics, and watercolors. Katja Valeur is based in New Brunswick and works with a variety of materials on canvas, wood or found substrates. She also makes frequent use of hand‐cut stencils, which appear in multiple pieces. Valeur draws inspiration from her immediate surroundings, including conversations, news, history, nature, and her four children. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, facebook.com/events, roeblinggallery.org,
Kathleen Hurley Liao – “Form and Void”: Kathleen Hurley Liao is a mixed media abstract artist who incorporates automatism, rhythm, and expressionism into her work. “Form and Void” considers the intangible nuances that exist between musical notes, words, emotions, and natural energies. It is also a tribute to the electricity of the Trenton Art Scene where all types of art such as poetry, music, dance and theatre connect and reinforce each other. Kathleen is the recipient of the Outstanding West Windsor Artist from the West Windsor Arts Council and Best in Show, Printmaking awards from the Trenton City Museum’s Ellarslie Open. She is a partner in Visual Stream Gallery Collective, Lambertville, and maintains a studio in Hightstown. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 7 pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday, April 6
The Art of the Spray: First in a of a series of weekly workshops that will run new sessions monthly. Graf Classes taught by Leon Rainbow, Mek, Gentrifried, Ras, Azma, and Invited Guests (TBA). Indoor: Brand New Tattoo & Gallery, 1509 Pkwy Ave, Ewing Township. Outdoor: TerraCycle, 121 New York Ave, Trenton. Session 1 classes run April, 6, 13, 20, 27, 10-11:30 am; Sessions 2 and 3 starting the first Saturday of May and June. $180 Session 1-3 (pre-registered), $70 1 Session (pre-registered) / $20 each class (day of). Does Not Include Price of Supplies. Some Supplies may be donated, we will have markers., etc for sale on site. For more information and to register: jerseygraf.com
First Ladies and Their China: Sponsored by the Potteries of Trenton Society, Ellen Denker, a museums consultant and independent scholar, will explain the history, use and preservation of White House china from Martha Washington to Melania Trump. Her lectures often include interesting stories sprinkled with anecdotes. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, Free and open to the Public, but seating is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with name & number in party.Free parking in riverside lot; handicapped parking on West Lafayette Street side of War Memorial, potteriesoftrentonsociety.org
Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Vinyl, Vintage Gear, Original Art, Horror Memorabilia, Handmade Jewelry, Vintage Toys, Food Trucks and More! TPRFM Live Music Stage 12pm – 3pm (BOTH DAYS)! The live music stage will be poppin’ (BOTH DAYS) and will be hosted by Russo Music Hamilton! Live Tattooing w/ Brand New Tattoo (BOTH DAYS): The amazing crew at Brand New Tattoo & Gallery are back again with 2 days of live tattooing! $50 gets your choice from their custom flash that will be designed specifically for the TPRFM. First come, first served, no appointments. Meet & Greet w/Mark and Mark of Weird NJ (BOTH DAYS): Our friends Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, publishers of the Jersey-centric magazine, Weird NJ will be in attendance with a slew of great Weird NJ merch and will also be available for book signings, photo ops and more! Old Timey Tintype Portraits (BOTH DAYS): CJ Harker will be with us once again and armed with his 100+ year old camera rig and will be taking these classic-type portraits all day long. For a minimal cost you can also buy a real tintype print… processed like they did well over 100 years ago. Roebling Market, 675 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton, 10 am-5 pm, $5 (good for both days); facebook.com/events/trenton-punk-rock-flea-market
Sunday April 7
The Mystery of the Shoe in the Roof – Panel Discussion: Join experts on concealed objects, Early American shoes, and the architecture of the Trent House will gather to explore why, when, and how a shoe was hidden in the House roof. In February of 2018, workers repairing the Trent House cornice discovered this shoe inside – but Why?! — It was a common custom, to hide talismans, such as shoes and written charms, in the fabric of a building, to protect the occupants from evil. Discoveries in the United States, mostly in New England and the Northeast, have been found in chimneys, fireplaces, under floors, above ceilings, in roofs, around doors and windows, under stairs and among foundations. They have been found in many different types of buildings including cottages, town houses, manor houses, hospitals, work houses, public houses, and factories. All the experts we consulted agree that the shoe is 19th century, but the cornice materials where the shoe was found were determined to be original from the time that the House was built in 1719. Were there repairs to the House roof or cornice that might have provided an opportunity for the shoe to be placed there? At least one expert says that this type of shoe would not have been worn by the rich, which brings up another question; How did such a shoe end up in the cornice of a building that was always occupied by the wealthy? William Trent House, 15 Market St., Trenton, 2-4 pm, $12 for Trent House Association Members and $15 for general admission. williamtrenthouse.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Tintype by CJ Harker at Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market