To quote the inimitable Rastafarian Bob Marley – “Iron. Lion. Zion.” As we cross into August under the steam of Leo’s hot, fixed fire, it’s all we can do to lay low, stay cool and keep the panting, humid breath from robbing our bountiful oasis of its pride and joy. The tools we choose to achieve that beauty are as telling as the end result, and indicators of its potential to become a promised land in everbloom. Cultivated slowly, nurtured by hand, and tended by generations, our sacred city will flourish without wilting, holding weight against the oppressive heat. The same cannot be said for the nervous, defensive cat who fears the flames, rushes to the hose and smothers the garden because the temperature continued to rise.
Friday Aug 2:
First Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
Interwoven: From functional craft, to fine art, InterWoven features fiber and textile works in exciting and unexpected ways! The exhibit features regional area fiber artists, highlighting the various skills and versatility of the fiber community. Artists Include Felicia V. Bland, Agathe Bouton, Layo Bright, Samantha M. Connors, Patricia Dahlman, Kate Eggleston, Robyn Ellenbogen, Anna Fine Foer, Katte Geneta, Heidi Hankaniemi, Julie Harris, Beverly Keese-Kelly, Krystle Lemonias, Jolanta Michalska, Ann Marie Miller, Tatiana Oles, Theda Sandiford, Sarah Schwindt, Ayala Shimelman, Rachel Blythe Udell, Dominique Vitali and Joanna Wallace. BSB Gallery, 143 E. State St., Trenton, 4-8pm, facebook.com/events
The Figure a Portrait Makes: This exhibit will feature work by Ramie Ahmed, Timothy Dill, John Labaw, Elizabeth Mayer, Isaiah Mcrae, Julia Pfaar, Regina Ritter, Danielle Rackowski, Zac Santanello, and Grace Spencer. Each artist has been selected for their contemporary interpretation of the genre of portraiture. In conjunction with the MCCC Summer Jazz Institute, the JKC Gallery will host a reception for this show as well as jazz performances in the student parking lot across the street. There will be food trucks and musical performances by students and faculty throughout the afternoon. JKC Gallery, N. Broad St., Trenton, 3-6 pm, facebook.com/events
Second Annual Resident Show: Artists this year include Clive Campbell, Trudi Gilfillian, David Robsinson, Marelyn Rivera, Alex Torpey, and Theresa Wells-Smart. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, 6-9pm, facebook.com/events
First Fridays on Front Street: Hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, this month’s celebration features House Music and R&B hosted by Comedian DeeKay w/ DJ Slow Ice. Vendors, Raffles, Food and Drink Specials, Double Dutch, Face Painting and Hula Hoops for Kids. Corner of Warren and West Front St. 5-10 pm, taacf.com
Mel Leipzig: In honor of Trenton Social’s 100th First Friday, we’re proud to present The Centennial Show, featuring one of Trenton’s most prominent artists, Mel Leipzig. This special two-month-long exhibit will showcase a collection of Mel’s work entitled “Homage to Trenton: The Trenton Graffiti Artist Series.” Born in Brooklyn in 1935, resides in Trenton, N.J. He was a Professor at Mercer County Community College where he taught Painting and Art History until his retirement from teaching in 2013. He has had over 40 one-man shows, including shows at museums, art centers and university galleries in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum inNew York City and New Jersey State Museum, and many others. Leipzig received a Fulbright Grant to Paris (1958-59), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1959-60), and four grants for painting from the New Jersey Council on the Arts (1982, 1986, 1992, 2002). In 1980 he was the first recipient of the Mercer County Community College Distinguished Teacher Award, Gold Medal and in 1996 was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 7 pm, facebook.com/events
Haley Manchon & Heather Palecek: Haley’s current body of work is concerned with the overwhelming influx of information available today through technology, and more specifically the frustration associated with navigating this information to find some sort of truth within a mass of fiction and bias. Heather’s enduring obsession with Pinhole Photography involves hiking deep into wooded areas, strapping handmade cameras to trees & hoping they’re still there weeks (or months!) later, resulting in super-long exposure shots. It’s set to be a show full of intrigue, talent and the usual intelligentsia of the Trenton arts community. Base Camp Trenton, 247 E. Front St., Trenton, 5-9pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday August 3
Wellness Walks: Co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands and RWJ Hamilton. Better health may be just a walk in the park! Enjoy an even bigger boost to the natural mind-body benefits of walking by doing it outdoors. Each guided walk will explore a different part of the Abbott Marshlands and will begin with a gentle physical warm-up provided by a fitness professional. This week’s walk will cover the Island Trail. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Wescott Ave., Trenton, 10am-Noon, Free and Open to the Public, All ages are welcome. AbbottMarshlands.org facebook.com/events
Jamaican Reggae Festival: Featuring ‘Burnsider Reggae’ and ‘Beats a Unity’, Food, Dancing, Vendors. Mill Hill Park,165 E Front St., 3-8pm, Free and Open to the Public
American Steel Forever – Train Art in America: Curated by Leon Rainbow, American Steel Forever is a celebration of American train art and culture going back to the early 1900’s with Hobo Monikers, The 1970s-90 with NYC subway graffiti and the 1990s to present with the freight train movement. This exhibit will feature a selection of this rich history including HO / G Scale Model Trains painted/ weathered by artists, Hobo moniker art, Customized Railroad signs, Original Artwork with Installations of a Model Railroad Set, Mock Train with Logos and Graffiti and Photo Exhibit by Benchers. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7-9 pm, facebook.com/events
Sunday August 4
Trenton House Music Festival: Trenton House Heads United Party in the Park hosted by Gary Ponder/MC Ras Anthony: Trenton House Heads United ™ is love, peace, and House Music. All is welcomed. DJ Beloved, DJ Kevin McAllister, DJ Naeem Johnson, DJ Shino Black. Mill Hill Park, 165 E Front St., Trenton, 12-8 pm, facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: “Untitled” by Ramie Ahmed is on view at the JKC Gallery’s “The Figure a Portrait Makes” featuring works by MCCC photography students.