As we anticipate a blazing palette of Fall foliage this first weekend in October, let us turn our attention to one of its associated gemstones, the shade shifting Tourmaline. A complex silicate with a distinctive crystalline structure, Tourmaline expresses itself in a full spectrum of colors, sometimes elegantly transitioning from one hue to another. In translucent pink, it is a heart soother, valued for the ability to quell fear, ameliorate emotional pain, encourage reconciliation and promote sympathy for others. Magnetic and pyroelectric in all forms, this magical stone is also a robust shamanic tool attributed with the power to heal trauma, purge depression and provide protection from dark forces. This brings to mind the little known fact that when the Founders were writing the Constitution, they acknowledged there were going to be unforeseen circumstances and divisions that could not find resolution within then limits of our language and laws, which is why early drafts conclude with an Article that states: “When all else fails, break out the crystals”.
Friday, October 4
First FridayFirst Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
609 Worldwide – 1 Year Anniversary Halloween Ripper: The 1 Year Anniversary of The First Friday’s at The Mill Hill Saloon. We first and foremost want to thank all the people that get down with us on the regular. And a big thank you to all the new people who come check us out and have there minds blown by the cool people that kick it over here. We are all about that good life. Providing an atmosphere for maxing and relaxing, art, music, friendly people is the type of shit we are on. And we only do it because we love you. Featuring Artwork by Tony Goggles, LANK (Jonathan Conner), Brass Rábbit, Howard Michaels, Chris Marinari, Billy Dee, Habiyb Shu’Aib (Beloved1), Kate Graves, RAS (Dean Innocenzi), Andrew Wilkinson, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Mike Portlock Leah Piotroski & KPH, Jennalea Polascak, C.a. Shofed, Sophia Louisa, Scott Miller, Dave Bauer, Leon Rainbow, MEK (Dave MekOne Klama), A Very Special Live Performance By: NOTA G, An Amazing Acoustic Set By: QuintinTarantina, 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, Delicious Free Vodka Rig Prepared By The Illustrious: The Mill Hill Saloon. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St.,Trenton, 6pm. facebook.com/FirstFridaysMillHillSaloon/
Chaos Anthology by Phillip McConnell: Roebling Gallery presents our next show Chaos Anthology by artist Phillip McConnell, Chaos Anthology is a collection of recent works depicting McConnell’s experience of religion, pop culture and self-expression. Theme-less, unorganized and sporadic, Chaos Anthology creates a gateway into McConnell’s inner workings and the basis of his creative process and work. Phillip McConnell is a glitch artist with a focus on abstract, surrealist digital art. McConnell creates his work by manipulating image code to rearrange pixels and change perspectives. Phillip McConnell is a Trenton based artist and is a member of OMN7 Arts Collective. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, 6-9pm roeblinggallery.org,
First Fridays on Front Street: Hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County – Old School Jams w DJ Master Books Vendors, Raffles, Food and Drink Specials. Corner of Warren and West Front St. 5-10 pm
Lisa Fulton: Lisa’s inspiration comes from family, friends, life, magazines, photos and enjoy representing them in colorful, culturally ambiguous renderings. Starbucks Trenton Community Store and KJL Art Sanctuary, 102 S Warren St., facebook.com/events Lookup:#lookup is a photo exhibition by Beth E Jarvie. The #lookup series of images are an invitation to tilt your head and appreciate the intersection of sky and architecture; nature and humanity. a reminder to look up from technology and see the beauty which surrounds us each day, to keep your chin up in life, embrace a positive attitude, and enjoy the happiness these moments can kindle. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 5 pm, facebook.com/events
“The Way We Live” : This exhibit showcases the work of the artists of Prindiville Moher Gallery and features pieces that speak to the outer and inner narrative of our lives. Whether the subject is architectural, geometric, or iconic, the human narrative is fully on display in this diverse collection. From abstract to realist, photograph to optical illusion, there is something for everyone. Featuring artists Sean Carney, Chris Ernst, Katelyn Liepins, Abelardo Montano, Khalilah Sabree, and curator, Laura Beard. Base Camp Trenton, 247 East Front St., Trenton, 5-8 pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday October 5
Fiber Arts Festival at Mill Hill Park: BSB Gallery is proud to present The Fiber Arts Festival right in our backyard of Mill Hill Park! Curators Christy O’Connor and Aine Mickey planned this event and more to celebration of all creative avenues for fiber based arts, from knitting, weaving, to public art installations and more. We wanted to highlight and connect the amazing Knit & Stitch / fiber based communities in the Trenton and Mercer county area to introduce and involve the public to this vibrant art form! Using the squares, patches and other fiber works created during our summer fiber programming and fiber bombing open call, participants can sew and stitch their work around trees to create a vibrant fiber pop up installation in Mill Hill park. 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. It is the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art. Mill Hill Park 165 E Front St Trenton, 11am-5pm , free and open to all, facebook.com/events
Spectrum and the Philly Pops: Classic Music of the Motown Era and More will be brought to life by The world renown Philly Pops Orchestra and internationally acclaimed, award-winning, Las Vegas vocal group Spectrum. Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Way, Trenton, 7:30-9:30pm, $35-$90, facebook.com/events
Sunday October 6
Fidel Funes y FM de Zacapa: Marimba Orchestra for more than 3 decades. Coopers Riverview, 50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, noon-3pm, $25, facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: “Her” by Abelardo Montano is on view at Base Camp Trenton’s First Friday Exhibit, “The Way We Live”, opening October 5.