Trenton Arts at a Glance: Three November Events | Downtown Trenton


Local artist returns home to Trenton Social

“Homecoming” is the name of the Trenton Social restaurant’s solo exhibition by area artist Thomas Kelly, which opens Friday, November 5 and remains on view until November 29.

Thomas Kelly’s painting “The Domino Players”, as part of his “Homecoming” exhibition at Trenton Social.

Kelly notes the following about the name of the exhibit and its personal meaning:

In 1999, when the Trenton Social Space opened as an arts café, bistro-style restaurant, performance hall and art gallery, the owners asked me to show my work in an exhibition during the month of opening. I was just starting to exhibit with a body of work and this would be my second solo show. It was a little intimidating, because it was and is a big space. They liked my job and tried my luck by opening their doors.

My work and coffee were well received and were work in progress. When Brass Rabbit asked me to do a solo show, she didn’t know my history with the building. I am now represented by four art galleries and was happy to have collected over 300 original paintings. When asked to do a show at Trenton Social in November, it was warm and enveloping. I wanted to go home. Back to basics.

“Homecoming”, Trenton Social, 449 South Broad Street. Opening on Friday November 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Art in motion at Artworks Trenton

Artworks Trenton celebrates the completion of two public art projects at the Trenton Transit Center with an exhibition of sketches, initial layouts, models and some completed projects, as well as a meet and greet with the artists and a reception scheduled for Saturday 13 November. , from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The “Stepping Into Tomorrow” project represents one of 16 municipalities funded by a 2020 Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art grant.

George Bates, a New Jersey-based artist who has worked with New York City public art projects, was selected after a jury process and led a team of artists, community members, students and volunteers, on the installation of a Design Street at the Trenton Transit Center (at the intersection of South Clinton Avenue and Barlow Street / Raoul Wallenberg Avenue).

The TRANSTional Art Project was also installed at the same intersection. The project supported by NJ Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts includes 10 outdoor banners, five pieces installed in bus shelters and bike racks created by regional artists. The artists are Liz Amaral, Laura Beard, Leon Rainbow, Chee Bravo, Raphael Ogoe and Wills Kinsley.

Works Trenton, 19 Everett Alley. 609-394-9436 or

Glitch Art arrives at the downtown MCCC gallery

The James Kerney Campus Gallery presents “Analog Surrealism,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Trenton-based digital artist Phillip McConnell. The exhibition curated by photographer and gallery curator Michael Chovan-Dalton runs from November 8 to December 4.

“Analog Surrealism” presents 16 new works that blend photography and digital art and reflect McConnell’s use of Glitch Art.

According to the promotional material, “Glitch Art is the aesthetic of digital errors, created by corrupting image data” and that “Philip sees his work as alchemical in nature as he creates a new image by breaking down two different mediums into their parts. basic. and merge them to create a single merge of an image.

A vernissage and an artists’ conference are scheduled for Monday, November 8 from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

JKC Gallery, James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College, Trenton Hall Annex, 137 North Broad Street. 609-586-4800 or

To learn more about Phillip McConnell, visit


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