Is it cosmic irony or divine confirmation when a symbolic form manifests with a presence that is so overt, its interpretation so cliche, that we are embarrassed by how basic and revealing it is? In this case, the third Decan of Gemini arrives in the form of a Phoenix, an aptly empowering metaphor for renewal and transformation, except in this version, he is standing in a Garden, armored and belligerent, holding a bow and arrow. Ugh- who ordered this? Can we send it back? Or do we embrace its crude obviousness, accepting that despite the stories we craft, our shape-shifting narratives can still refuse to materialize as anything other than their fated form. Because in a moment when Canna-Business celebrates a day in the park, the Art party gets corralled behind a security fence, and the Higbee School erodes with stately decline, the best we can do is tend our sacred spaces, fill them with life and curiosity, knowing it’s uncommon beauty will attract predator and pollinator alike.
Thu. June 13 – Sat. June 15
Art Submission and Intake: Art All Night — Register Artwork and Submit: 3D and Sculptural Works, Thursday June 13 4-10pm; 2D Works, Friday June 14, 4-10 pm, Saturday June 15, 7-10 am. Online Registration Closes June 14. Roebling Wire Works, 637 S.Clinton Ave, Trenton. For more information: artallnighttrenton.org/submitart
Saturday June 15 – Sunday June 16
Art All Night: Artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums submit work and enjoy live music on indoor and outdoor stages, interactive art, art films featuring stop motion photography and animation, lectures about using art to revitalize cities, meaningful kids art activities, interesting food, and plenty of artful surprises! An opportunity for four-year-old refrigerator artists, spirited novices and seasoned professionals to display one piece of art in a gallery like setting and for the public to enjoy that art in a dramatic renovated urban space. Roebling Wire Works, 637 S.Clinton Ave, Trenton, June 15 3pm- 1 am; June 16 7am-3pm, Free and Open to the Public. For More information including Parking, Security and Music Line-up: artallnighttrenton.org
Saturday June 15
CannaBash: Cannabash is Cannabis Culture! For 4 years, New Jersey’s Premiere Cannabis festival has infused, local and national, Cannabis Professionals with Activist and Medical Marijuana experts and patients, all in one location. Vendors, Exhibitors, Music, Arts, Workshops, Medical Experts, Patient Registration, and Networking. Mill Hill Park, Trenton, 11 am-7 pm, Free and Open to the Public, canna-bash.com
Save the Higbee School: The Higbee Street School was the first educational institution that was built specially for the free public education for the African American children in Trenton NJ and among the earliest such schools built in New Jersey. Built in 1856, the Higbee Street School is distinguished among the state’s few surviving schools for the education of Negro Children in the State New Jersey and its progressive design in the state there were only five Greek revival–styled schools in 1857. The event to be held will be in commemoration of the school being one of the first educational institutions built in the State of New Jersey for African American children and a celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the date of June 19, 1865 when the abolition of slavery was announced in the Confederate states. Guest speakers, Food, Games, Music, Historical literature of the Higbee Street School and Visual display of Higbee Street School photography, Literature on the history of Juneteenth and a Juneteenth oral presentation. 20 Bellevue Ave, Trenton, 1-4pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: @aantrenton – “Silent Disco” Art All Night Returns to the Roebling Wire Works June 15-16.