Stubborn, headstrong Taurean energy is vibrating at a high level this first weekend in May, as the waning crescent gives way to a New Moon on Sunday. On the Mayan calendar, this Sunday correlates to Kame, the Great Horned Owl, who at its best is a wise and skilled clairvoyant that communicates messages for the benefit of humanity. They can visualize the future, connect us to our ancestors and provide passage from life to death. But like the bull, when its power manifests negatively, Kame can become reactive, obstinate, aggressive and intent on doing that for which it is not cut out. In ceremony, it is called upon to protect us from accidents, death, and mistakes, but when the hot-mess version shows up, its all insecurity, meltdowns and contempt for those who trust its guidance. If there is an intention to be set around this it is to remain open to the hope of enlightenment and progress, while being wary of owls making promises, threats and filing lawsuits on the taxpayers dime.
Friday, May 3
First Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
609 Worldwide “The Art of Pork Roll and Mother’s Day”: Artwork by Sophia Louisa, C.A. Shofed, JennaLea Polascak. Alpha Rabbit Plays Acoustic, 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, 6-9pm, facebook.com/FirstFridaysMillHillSaloon/
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, 6-9pm, facebook.com/events, roeblinggallery.org,
Hulya Guler – “Real and Imaginary”: Born in Turkey, Hulya Guler moved to Canada at the age of twelve. In love with art and fascinated by science, she decided at the age of seventeen to pursue a career in physics. She received her A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at M¯anoa in 2008. She then spent three years in Switzerland as a post-doctoral researcher on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Guler returned to art in 2014 after brieﬂy working as a software developer for a small consulting ﬁrm in Princeton, NJ. For the past ﬁve years, Hulya Guler has been working in two distinct modes: from life and from imagination. In analogy with “real” and “imaginary” numbers in mathematics, she likes to whimsically call these works “real” and “imaginary”. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 7 pm, facebook.com/events
Art Against Police Brutality: A group show featuring established Trenton based artists and activists coming together to think and talk about what happens to people in this city at the hands of some of those trusted to serve and protect. Featuring the amazing and powerful work of Freda Williams, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Leah Piotroski, and Caitlin Fair. Champs, 931 Chambers St., Trenton, 8-10 pm, facebook.com/events
Trenton Community A-Team: Base Camp Trenton’s opening show features the 31 active members of the Trenton Community A-Team, a local non-profit organization that supports, develops, and promotes self-taught artists in the Trenton community. The TCAT team and artists believe “art can be transformative by reframing artists’ connectedness to self and others.” Base Camp Trenton, 247 East Front St., Trenton, 5-8 pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday, May 4
Artworks Opening Receptions: Artworks 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7-9 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Main Gallery – “The Shared Table”: Food has been a source of artistic inspiration throughout history, but at this point in time, food has become a heavy presence in our culture and our individual cultural identity. Featuring the work of Alia Bensliman, Christine Cleary, Jeffrey Cobbold, Lora Marie Durr, Kathleen Eastwood, Mel Leipzig, Niki Ciccotelli, Stewart Andrew Wilkinson and Courtney Young, The Shared Table invites viewers to explore your relationship with food through art created from 8 very different vantage points. Curated by Lora Durr, the collection of artists was carefully selected to represent a diverse outlook on the singular topic of food. The selected works and artists can be compared to a fantastic dish that hits every flavor note – from sweet to salty, sour to bitter and umami – your eyes and ears will explore food from all angles and we aim to leave you feeling satiated .
Community Gallery -“All In the Family”: This exhibit focuses on art as a family endeavor and the roles that both artists and their family members play in the art community. As visual artists, our work is displayed, examined, judged, and awarded in large part because we have a strong support system in our families. Their encouragement, advice, and business support gives us the ability to pursue our passions and inspires us to strive for excellence. Curated by Laura Beard and featuring artwork by Laura and Noah Beard, Richard and Sarah DeFalco, Vinita and Gazal Mathur, Ivia Yawelow and Joy Kreves, this exhibit seeks to honor the art life within our families and the larger art community created by our joint families.
Ellarslie Open Public Reception: Over the years, the Ellarslie Open has become a significant exhibition, drawing from the work of professional artists while encouraging and recognizing the work of emerging artists. The 36th annual Ellarslie Open broke all records for submissions in 2019, with 520 pieces submitted by 281 artists from the Delaware Valley and beyond. Nearly one hundred artists were first time applicants to the show. From the wide array of work by so many talented artists, the juror Liz Kelton Sheehan created an exhibition unlike any previous show, with a strong contemporary graphic component contrasted by more abstract works and highly-detailed still lifes. Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 6-8:30 pm, Pay what you Wish, ellarslie.org
Westminster Choir – Path of Miracles: A pilgrimage through composition, Path of Miracles takes listeners on a journey. Titles of four movements — Roncesvalles, Burgos, Leon and Santiago — are the four main posts along the Camino de Santiago, one of the most taxing pilgrimage routes in Roman Catholic tradition. Using selections from the medieval texts Codex Calixtinus, Miragres de Santiago and Roman Catholic liturgy, Path of Miracles incorporates musical styles ranging from the Taiwanese Bunun people to the pilgrims’ hymn Dum Pater Familias and is sung in Greek, Latin, Spanish, Basque, French, English and German. Joe Miller, conductor. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, 3 pm, $20 adults/$15 students and seniors; rider.edu/wcc
Sunday, May 5
May Tea Fundraiser at the Old Barracks: This semi-formal tea service will include a variety of teas, finger sandwiches, and pastries. This fundraiser recalls the Pink Tea, a fundraiser of the Old Barracks Association in 1901. An entertaining discussion of the history of the Officers’ House and the women who called it home will enliven the afternoon! There will be a silent auction to give you the opportunity to bring home a prize and further your support of the Old Barracks Museum! Tickets include all refreshments and a tea cup to take home with you! Brunch attire is suggested. All proceeds benefit the operating expenses of the Colonial Summer Camp which is offered via scholarship to Trenton students in conjunction with the Nicky Fifth Foundation. Old Barracks Museum, Barracks St., Trenton, 11 am, 2pm, $25-$30, Ticket includes Tea Cup, Order Tickets online, tickets not sold at the door, barracks.org
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo: Hosted by City of Trenton, Department of Natural Resources and culture, Latino Merchants Association, Mariachi, Food, Music, Dancing, Vending. Agabiti Plaza (Chorritos Plaza), corner of Roebling and Whittaker Aves., Trenton, 2-7pm, Free and open to thePublic, trentonnj.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Katie Valeur, The Trickster, Acrylic & collage on canvas. On View at the Roebling Gallery’s exhibit “Consciously Two”