As we enter the third weekend in May, the moon is full, the veil is thin, and the pollen thick. Like the seasonal allergens that tax our immune systems and leave us with bloodshot eyes, an unsettled energy hangs about the city, leaving us irritated and cranky – not sick enough to skip work, but unwell nonetheless. Yet the full moon encourages us to release and surrender, to let out a cosmic sneeze that disrupts the environment, clears the haze and purges our disease. It is an opportunity that allows us to see all we are capable of, while revealing that which is holding us back, and challenging us to embrace our potential without getting mired in the shame of our failures.
Friday May 17
Scrabble – Every Week, Classics Hosts an Ongoing Scrabble Club. All ages/Skill Levels Welcome. Classics Used Books, 4 W. Lafayette St., Trenton, Free and Open to the Public, classicsusedbooks.com
Saturday May 18
Monthly Artist Meetups at BSB Gallery: A monthly meeting of artists who come together to bond, network, and get out of their heads for a little while. It is a conversation, a support group, sometimes a counseling session, always a networking opportunity, an experimental lab for new ideas, and a place to learn and grow. Arrive on time, Bring 1 or 2 works of art (completed or WIP) and something small to contribute for a pot luck lunch if you can. Participants will enjoy a potluck lunch, discuss each other’s work, give constructive criticisms, and get to know each other a little better. BSB Gallery 143 E. State St., Trenton, 11 am-1 pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Mahlon Stacy – Colonial Pioneer at the Falls of The Delaware: This illustrated lecture will explore what we know about Mahlon Stacy, one of the first European settlers in what is now Trenton. Learn about a Trenton artist’s portrayal of Trent’s purchase of Stacy’s lands, and the upcoming archaeological excavation at what may possibly be Mahlon Stacy’s 1680’s home. William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St., Trenton, 2 pm, Free for Trent House Members, $10 non-Members. Light refreshments will be served. williamtrenthouse.org
Sunday May 19
Gallery Talk with Award Winning Artists of the Ellarslie Open 36: Juror Liz Kelton Sheehan, Independent Curator, selected pieces for the exhibit that establish the wide variety of styles represented by Delaware Valley artists. Ms. Sheehan will lead a discussion of the works with prize winners from the exhibit. “The 2019 Ellarslie Open showcases strength and effort, vision and experimentation, and above all, rewards artists who offered a distinct point of view,” she says. This year, 24 artists won awards in eight categories. Newcomer to the Ellarslie Open, Cassaundra Flor won for Best in Show Overall for her dramatic black and white etching Aeolian Cityscape. Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 1:30 pm, Pay what you wish. ellarslie.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Patrick Seufert, Dual Extension; Mel Leipzig Award for Best in Show – Painting, On View at Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum through July 7.