The light and air have begun to shift as we enter the second Decan of Virgo and embrace the first weekend of September like the return of a familiar friend. Under the patient influence of Saturn and a waxing moon, we are primed to exercise a combination of unwavering passion and practical discipline that allows us to create effective systems to promote sustainable growth over resource depleting stagnation. As many of us know, even with the planets aligned in our favor, the hardest part of organizing to influence structural change with enduring impact is just getting started in the first place. But once the framework emerges, habits take hold, and its life force builds organically, we suddenly find ourselves living in a city energized by the results of consistently determined enthusiasm that beget recurring art exhibits, annual parades and the optimism of invested futures.
Friday Sept 6
First FridayFirst Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton: 5-10pm, Hours Vary by Venue, Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public — 609 Worldwide Presents: Live Performance, Art Exhibits, Dj, Food and Drink specials, The Mill Hill Saloon. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, facebook.com/FirstFridaysMillHillSaloon/
Annual Resident Show: It’s the Second Annual Resident Show at Roebling Lofts! Join us this Friday for the opening reception, meet our residents, and check out their art. Artists this year include Clive Campbell, Trudi Gilfillian, David Robsinson, Marelyn Rivera, Alex Torpey, and Theresa Wells-Smart. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, roeblinggallery.org, facebook.com/events
First Fridays on Front Street – Back to School Edition: Hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, this month’s celebration features Comedian Deekay and DJ T-Bone, Performance from our talented community. Jazz, Jax the Genius , Modern Dance Crew, Jersey Divas with a few other surprises Double Dutch, Hula Hoops, Face Painting; Vendors, Raffles, Food and Drink Specials. Corner of Warren and West Front St.
Siri Om Singh: SiriOm Singh is a visual artist, musician and yogi. An abstract impressionist, SiriOm uses acrylic and collage, utilizing special layering techniques, primarily with pallet knife, to create landscapes and abstract paintings that are intended to help the viewer experience inner peace, love and unity with the divine, with humanity and with the world. Starbucks, 102 S. Warren St., Trenton, facebook.com/events
Delgira Samtonova – Feminine Energy: Delgira Samtonova is a self taught artist NJ at the age of six from Kalmykia, Russia. Her art is influenced by Kalmyk culture where Buddhism is practiced and this philosophy of self and life are meaningfully infused into her paintings. Primarily using acrylics and watercolors, she finds enjoyment in playing with light and shadows in her portrait paintings, many of which capture the empowerment of feminine energy, the beauty of the human form and its interconnection to nature. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 5 pm, facebook.com/events
People and Places: Photographers John Porfirio, Asia Popinska & David Kugey focus on the essence of people (be them family or strangers) that touch our daily lives and the places they dwell in. See unique captures of uncles, neighbors, pastry customers and distracted people on their phones framed by urban landscapes of our capital city streets, New York and everywhere in between. Base Camp Trenton, S. Broad St., Trenton, facebook.com/events
Saturday Sept 7
Re:Partir Opening Reception: Re:Partir is a collection of sculptural works and prints, produced primarily with the use of truck inner tubes, sugarcane, tobacco reduction ink and tobacco stained paper by Cuban-American artist, Nestor Armondo Gil. The ideas in Nestor’s work begin as personal reflections on family histories from which he builds through research and material investigations. Re:Partir centers on communities and migration, the hunger for togetherness, the ever shifting meaning of “home”, and the desire to belong. A resident of Easton PA, he serves on the faculty of Lafayette College as an Associate Professor of Art. BSB Gallery, 143 East State Street, Trenton, 5-8 pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events, bsbgallery.org
Sunday Sept 8
Trenton Puerto Rican Parade: A time to come together to share Puerto Rican culture and traditions with the world and seeing our streets filled with pride and joy. Live Performances by Edwin LeBron, Son 7 Band, Gabriel Munoz and DJ Coqui, Food and Vendors. The Parade route begins on Hamilton Avenue by the Cure Arena (81 Hamilton Avenue Trenton NJ). Turning Right on S. Broad Street. Turning Right on E. State Street, Ending at Trenton City Hall. The Music Festival will take place immediately following the parade in the rear parking lot of Trenton City Hall ( 319 E. State Street). Parade assembles at 10 am; Free and Open to the Public. facebook.com/events; trentonprparade.com
Closing Reception/Gallery Talk with Mel Leipzig Portrait Sitters: Gallery Talk with Mel Leipzig and some of his former portrait sitters, including Joe Gyurscak and Dallas Piotrowski, who will be on hand to talk of their experiences with Mel. Joe Gyurscak – “Mel’s mission is to depict the world of social complexities, bending and transforming those realities into his unique vision.” Dallas Piotrowski: “My sons and I considered it a honor and a pleasure to pose for my former teacher and friend Mel Leipzig. Whenever I see Mel the first words out of his mouth are ‘Are you still painting, Dallas?’” Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 2 pm, Free and
Open to the Public, facebook.com/events, ellarslie.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Photography by Asia Popinska is on view at Base Camp Trenton with an opening reception on Sept. 6 as a part of First Friday.