Trenton arts community opens up to Art All Day

The scene at a past Art All Day reception at Artworks,

The scene at a past Art All Day reception at Artworks,Trenton’s annual Art All Day returns on Saturday, November 3, with open artists’ studios, gallery exhibitions, tours of city art and architecture, and musical and theater performances.

Produced by Artworks Trenton and supported by Wells Fargo & Company, the seven-year-old citywide event involves roughly 100 artists at 25 sites.

Trenton’s artistic community ranges from nationally known established artists to young innovators. And the city’s cultural resources include a major art collection, public art by American masters, new gallery spaces, a professional theater, a symphonic orchestra, a circus school, a Revolutionary War museum, and a nationally connected indie-rock and jazz scene.

Community participants can plan their own citywide tour by stopping at Artworks Trenton’s headquarters at 19 Everett Alley to obtain an Art All Day site map or join scheduled trolley, bike, and walking tours. Visitors can also go to the event’s online directory at

Open studios, demonstrations, and tours are scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. An artist and community reception follows 6 to 8 p.m. at Artworks.

Trenton photographer C.a. Shofed in his studio, right.
Here’s a peek at some of the day’s offering, starting with artists exhibiting as several established venues:

Artworks Trenton: Exhibiting artists include Tunisia-born area artist Alia Benslimane’s “Mind Stroll,” drawings reflecting the current state of our society and various political issues; the Six Oh Nine Project’s photographs by Trenton teens showcasing the beauty of the city; a Moms Demand Action community art project started at Art All Night that asks visitors to “imagine a world free of gun violence”; and an exhibition by Artworks studio artists Jean Bickal, Khalilah Sabree, Suzanne Dinger, and others. 19 Everett Alley.

1719 William Trent House Museum: The Colonial-era mansion becomes a venue to exhibit mixed media art and photography, sculpture, jewelry, and contemporary furniture. 15 Market Street.

New Jersey State Museum: Visitors can see an exhibition of recent acquisitions, explore the permanent collection of works by state and national artists, or participate in the interactive art making activities for children. 205 West State Street.

Trenton Free Public Library presents the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) featuring Trenton area artists Liz Aubrey, Marge Miccio, Terri McNichol, Mary Yess, and Jadwiga “Heidi” Wroblewska-Jedrzejczyk. 120 Academy Street.

‘Sunset at Sea’ by Polish-born Trenton artist Jadwiga Jedrzejczyk,
At new nonprofit or emerging independent galleries:

A-Team Studio, the converted horse carriage turned art center used by the regionally known collective of self-trained or outsider artists, 51 North Stockton Street.

BSB Gallery, the Trenton Downtown Association’s new gallery in the historic early 20th-century structure recognized as the capital city’s first skyscraper. The exhibition is “C.a. Shofed — the Collaborators,” where the Trenton photographer created works in collaboration with 13 area artists: Will Kasso, Tamara Torres, Laura Beard, Jessica Klein, Alia Bensliman, Phillip McConnell, Addison Vincent, Antoinette Marchfelder, Brigitte Aflalo-Calderon, Meredith Remz, Erica Rachel, Vinita Mathur, and Jennifer Hill. On view to December 1. 143 East State Street.

Orchid House is a community education and cultural exchange center located in the city’s Creek 2 Canal cultural district. On view are furniture and consumables made by hand and using reclaimed or recycled materials and artist Walter Roberts’ “Faces of Old,” portraits of people and places and in the immediate Trenton neighborhood. 134 East Hanover Street.

Roebling Gallery. Located in a newly renovated 1917 factory building, its focus is on new and emerging artists, such as Trenton-based fine arts photographer S. Bola Okoya whose exhibition, “Big City State of Mind,” is on view through November. 71 Clark Street.

S.L.O.W Art Studios is on the top floor of the former Polish Falcons Club of Trenton. Today its second story is the studios of artist Andrew Wilkinson and artist and Art All Day founder Lauren Otis. The bottom floor is occupied by Trenton Coffee House and Roasters, also a center for music and art. 750 Cass Street.

One of Trenton’s working blacksmiths.
Several city businesses and social organizations are also involved:

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is opening its new home at the historic In & Out Club and hosting artists Tamara Torres and Ivelisse Ojeda Nieves. 714-716 South Clinton Avenue.

Natural Edge, the woodworking studio of artisan David Robinson, who will show his art work, commissions, and landscape constructions. 2 Pearl Street.

Zienowicz Sign Co. features the sign work of craftsman, musician, and neon artist George Zienowicz. There is also a pop-up gallery for noted Trenton street artist and muralist Leon Rainbow. 202 East Canal Street.

The day also includes several demonstrations and live performances that include the following:

1 p.m.: The Trenton Circus Squad, Roebling Wire Works building, 675 South Clinton Avenue.

3 p.m.: Family-friendly staged play-reading with puppets of “The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas,” Passage Theater, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street.

4 p.m.: Sprout U School of the Arts students perform, Artworks, 19 Everett Alley.

All day: Demonstrations of 18th-century tailoring, Old Barracks, 101 Barrack Street.

Blacksmithing demonstrations, Blacksmith of Trenton, 334 North Olden Avenue.

Analog Trenton records local singer-songwriters with analog equipment live, Trenton Coffee House & Records, 750 Cass Street.

Art All Day, Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley. Saturday, November 3, noon to 6 p.m. Most events are free, but some may request donation or small fee.