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Weekend Artoscope – Predictions and Picks August 23-25

Naim June Paik, “PBS (1963-2000),” a neon and video installation on E. Front St that has been dormant for several years was activated and made the focal point of a tour explaining its history and plans for restoration during Art All Day 2018. Registration for Artists/Host for Art All Day 2019 is currently open through Sept. 20.

The gentle but tenacious grace of Virgo shifts our attention towards the organization and preparation that begins with Summer’s end. Optimistic and kind, the Virgin of Mutable Earth is hardworking and practical, moving things along, getting the paperwork done and taking care of everyone’s needs. As a result, she is also referred to as the Goddess of Disappointment, as her agenda for the good of humankind is often met with the apathy, disinterest and ingratitude of actual humans. Keep her spirit close in these waning days of August, when our patience is thin, the humidity thick and the threats of power outages challenge us forget the potency of our inner light.

Friday August 23

BSB Gallery Open Calls: For more information and entry guidelines: bsbgallery.com/call-for-art

The Surreality of Fear: From the bizarre to nonsensical, BSB Gallery is seeking artwork for our G2 Space that calls to mind the fantastic and irrational motifs of surrealism in all mediums. Throughout time, fear has inspired artists to pull from their unconscious minds to create purely original art with complexity and depth. We’re seeking work centered around the surreal experience, depiction, and over-exaggeration of fear. Curated by Christy O’Connor & Aine Mickey. All forms of artwork will be considered. BSB Gallery receives a 30% commission on all sales. All 2-D artwork must be framed and wired in the back. No saw tooth hangers or hooks. Work must not exceed 36″ in any direction. Deadline: Wednesday, September 4th @11pm, Exhibition Dates: October 3rd-26th. To apply email us at bsbgallery@trenton-downtown.com, Email Subject Line: The Surreality of Fear Open Call. In the email body list the following: Artist Name/Title/Medium/Approximate Dimensions/Price. You may attach up to 3 images for consideration. Fiber Bombing in Mill Hill Park: Join us October 5th from 11am-5pm for the Fiber Arts Festival as we commemorate all of our summer programming, classes, and fiber art exhibit with a public yarn bombing in the heart of Downtown Trenton! Throughout the day, participants will install their fiber creations on the trees of Mill Hill Park alongside food and fiber craft vendors and live local music! Fiber Bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted or other fiber rather than paint or chalk. If you would like to participate in the Fiber Bombing, register below! Space is limited! All participants must be mindful of their environmental impact while installing their work. Participants must not use any materials that may harm any structures in any way (metal, screws, paint, etc.) All artwork on display must be appropriate for all ages. All ages are welcome to participate! Parental supervision is required for children under 12. Children under 18 need proof of permission from parent or guardian. Once completed, the Fiber Bomb will be up and on display for 2 weeks for the Trenton community to enjoy! Online Registration ends Wed. Sept. 11th bsbgallery.com/fiber-bombing Every Ghetto Every City Exhibit Call For Art: Seeking artwork that examines city life, from corruption to inequality and the communal spirit of perseverance and strength within our urban communities for our December 2019 group exhibition. Selections are made by the BSB Gallery Exhibition Curators, Aine Mickey and Christy O’Connor. Selections are based on aesthetic merit, technical skill and conceptual strength. All mediums of work will be considered for this exhibit, including 2-dimensional art, photography, video installation, sculpture, performance, etc.. BSB Gallery takes a 30% commission of all sales. All 2-dimensional artwork must be properly wired and framed, or it will not be accepted at art intake. All artwork submitted must be original works from the artist and available for the duration of the exhibit. BSB Gallery will not take any substitution for the originally accepted artworks. Deadline: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, Exhibition Dates: December 13th, 2019 – January 4th, 2020. To Apply: forms.gle

Saturday August 24

The Girls Are Alright -Third Annual Curate Your Life Summit: A day of Social Justice, Activism, and Advocacy. Workshop #1 will be hosted by our co-sponsors from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice which will examine youth incarceration and the youth facilities that operate in NJ, specifically the Hayes Correctional Facility for Women/Girls in Bordentown, NJ. Participants will look at campaigns in place to end youth incarceration in NJ. Workshop #2 focuses on ARTvism. Art as a tool for social justice. Workshop #3 focuses on reproductive health and rights in NJTarget age group 10 and up. Mercer County Community College, James Kearney Campus, 100-134 N. Broad St., Trenton. 9am -1 pm, Free and Open to the Public. For more Info and To Register: facebook.com/events

Sunday August 25

Art All Day Registration: Each year, scores of artist studios, pop-up galleries, and businesses that contribute to Art All Day, Artworks Trenton’s annual open studio tour. It’s a day where the creative community opens to the public for a day of art in all its forms and Trenton comes alive with its hidden art treasures. It’s many people’s favorite way of discovering art in the city with Trolley tours, walking tours, and a bike tour take visitors around, though many adventurers grab the print or online maps and explore on the own. Everything starts & ends at Artworks, where you’ll also find everything you’ll need: maps, food from our participating food trucks, tours, trolleys, and plenty of space to park. Every participating artist also has a piece in the group show. Each year dozens of sites and over 100 artists showcase their work during Art All Day. Artists that don’t have a studio in Trenton will be paired with a pop-up exhibit space. Sign up and be part of the magic that 2000+ visitors experience! Early registration ends Aug 26. Regular registration ends Sept 20. facebook.com/artalldaytrenton/; artallday.artworkstrenton.org

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Artist Credit: Naim June Paik, “PBS (1963-2000),” a neon and video installation on E. Front St that has been dormant for several years was activated and made the focal point of a tour explaining its history and plans for restoration during Art All Day 2018. Registration for Artists/Host for Art All Day 2019 is currently open through Sept. 20.

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Amy Brummer is an operations professional who has followed a non-linear career path in the visual and culinary arts for more than 25 years. A tenured Trenton tax-payer, concerned citizen and political observer whose personal and professional interactions span the course of four administrations, she is tapped into the city's cycle of fortune and failure. Ms. Brummer is the founder of the Berenson Fund for Photography at the Arts Council of Princeton and hosts an annual new citizen's swearing-in ceremony in Trenton's City Council Chambers. She currently serves as COO of PTPVentures, Inc, an interventional business consulting agency based in Trenton.

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