Ellarslie Open XXIX and the Salon at Artworks

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Ellarslie Open XXIX and the Salon at Artworks
Juried Exhibit
April 23, 2011 – June 12, 2011
Opening Reception April 30 ~ 5-9 pm
Accepted Works

A Short History of the Ellarslie Open
During the early years of the museum, the focus was on acquiring items to expand the decorative arts collection. Museum director Ben Whitmire (1978-1988) changed the focus to include temporary exhibitions of contemporary art with an emphasis on Trenton area artists. In 1982, he established the Ellarslie Open to encourage local artists to submit their work for judging and display. Since then, the Trenton City Museum has displayed the work of over five hundred local and regional artists, many selected on the basis of work they submitted to the Ellarslie Open. Today, the Ellarslie Open has become a significant exhibition in its own right, drawing on the work of professional artists from all over the tri-state region and beyond, while encouraging and recognizing emerging artists.

The Salon at Artworks
We began the tradition of displaying selected works as part of the Salon with the 25th Anniversary of the Ellarslie Open. We continue that tradition with the Salon at Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, off of Stockton Street between Front and Market Streets in the Mill Hill Historic District of Trenton, New Jersey. As the jurors make their selections, they distinguish which pieces are for the Salon at Artworks and which are for display at Ellarslie.


Thur, Mar 17

Fri-Sat, Mar 18 – 19

Fri, Mar 25

Sat, Mar 26

Tue-Sat, Mar 29 – Apr 2

Fri, Apr 22

Sat, Apr 30

Sun, Jun 12

Sun, Jun 12

Tue-Sat, Jun 15 – 18

Submission of 3-dimensional work, 12 – 7 p.m.

Submission of 2-dimensional work, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Posting of accepted works on www.ellarslie.org, after 6 p.m.

Pick up of unaccepted work, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pick up of unaccepted work, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Opening reception at Artworks, 6 – 9 p.m.

Opening reception at Ellarslie, 5 – 9 p.m.

Exhibition at Ellarslie closes

Exhibition at Artworks closes (art will be moved to Ellarslie)

Pick up all art work at Ellarslie, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Note: No Sunday pick-up of artwork

Lonn Braender – Two Dimensional Work
Lonn Braender, a painter, photographer and graphic artist, is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a BA in Art. He has studied painting with Philadelphia Watercolorist E.B. Lewis, with Hamilton, NJ artist M. K. Brauer, and, most recently, with Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art Professor Beverly Fuller Garnett and at the Artist Student League in NY. As proprietor of BOI’s of New Hope art gallery, he has introduced many well-known national and international artists to the local art scene. Braender has been involved with The Trenton Artists Workshop Association, has judged many TAWA exhibitions, and continues to work with them finding exhibition and network opportunities. He is also works with the New Hope Fine Arts Festival and has curated local and regional shows.

Dave Carrow – Three Dimensional Work
Sculptor David Carrow worked from mid 1981 to January 2004 at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ. He was continuously involved in the growth and development of that facility. Born in New York City, DC attended Columbia U., The NY Studio School, received an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, is a Navy veteran, has work experience as an ironworker, steel fabricator, and a college teacher He assisted three notable sculptors; Seymour Lipton and Peter Agostini as a student, and in recent years Mel Edwards. He had a one person show at the University of Georgia in 1998, and a two person exhibition Syzgy At BaseKamp, Philadelphia PA, with Marina Borker in 1999, One person show at the Clay College, Millville, NJ 2009.

Dave has exhibited new work in each of the 5 Highwater Sculpture Invitational that he and Michelle Post co-curate that is hosted at different locations each year. David Carrow received a 2001 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and participated in numerous group shows in 2002 and 2003.

Awards and Sponsors
Overall Best in Show
Best in Show and Runner Up in Each of Nine Media
Utrecht Award for Excellence in Painting
Boehm Porcelain Award for Excellence in Ceramics
Trenton Museum Society Purchase Award
Director’s Award
President’s Award
Ben Whitmire Purchase Award
Farnsworth Gallery Award
Shoppe 202 Award
Trenton Printing Award
Artful Deposit Award
Trenton Artists Workshop Award


  • Open to all artists eighteen years of age or older.
  • All media may be entered.
  • Works must have been created after March 31, 2009 and may not have been exhibited previously at the Trenton City Museum.
  • All accepted work must be suitably framed and ready for display.
  • No wet works will be accepted. No varnishing or touch-up will be permitted after submission.
  • Two-dimensional work must be properly framed, mounted and wired (use wires only, no “saw tooth” hangers will be accepted).
  • Wrapped canvas is permitted on paintings provided the edges are painted; however, exposed untreated/non-painted edges will not be juried.
  • Multi-panel diptychs and triptychs will be juried as one piece.
  • Art with audio must have volume control. Electronic/digital artworks must have an operating manual submitted with the work AND an extension cord.
  • Heavy sculpture works must be on a dolly to facilitate moving during jurying.
  • All three-dimensional work must be maneuverable by two people, with bases provided by the artist.
  • The Trenton City Museum assumes no responsibility for live plants submitted as part of a work. Artists must maintain any plants throughout the exhibit period.
  • Neither the height nor the width of wall pieces may exceed 72 inches.
  • All works on paper must be under glass or Plexiglas.
  • The museum reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason including, but not limited to, unacceptable matting or framing, unprofessional presentation, excessive fragility or onerous site specific or special handling requirements.

Entry Fee

  • $20.00 for the first entry, $15.00 for each additional entry.
    Members of Artsbridge, Artworks, Artist of Yardley, Trenton Museum Society, or TAWA, and students with college I.D. receive $5.00 off the first entry.
  • Payment by Paypal, cash, or a nonrefundable check or money order made out to Trenton Museum Society/Ellarslie Open, must accompany artwork and entry form.

Entry Procedure

  • Submit a maximum of two entries per medium.
  • Label each work with title, medium, sale price and insurance value, height and width.
  • If the work is not for sale, indicate “NFS” on the registration form and indicate on a separate piece of paper whether “From the collection of (include name)” should follow.
  • Submit a clean reproducible copy of your bio with your entry.

Insurance and shipping
The Trenton City Museum will insure artwork for theft and for breakage caused by patrons or staff, from the time the work is received at the museum until it is picked up by the artist or an authorized representative on the specified pick-up date. The insured amount of the artwork cannot exceed 70% of the sale price. Artists must provide their own insurance while their work is in transit to and from Ellarslie Mansion. It is the responsibility of the artists to deliver their work to the museum and to pick it up at the close of the exhibition. Any artwork remaining at the museum 30 days after the specified pick-up date becomes the property of the Trenton Museum Society. These rules will be strictly enforced.

Results, reception, awards and sales

  • A list of accepted works for the Ellarslie Open XXIX and the Salon at Artworks will be posted on the Trenton City Museum website (www.ellarslie.org) on March 25, 2011 after 6:00 p.m.
  • The Trenton Museum Society will co-host the Salon opening with Artworks on Friday April 22, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Trenton Museum Society will host the opening reception of the Ellarslie Open XXIX on Saturday, April 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at the April 30 reception at about 6:30 p.m.
  • The Trenton Museum Society receives a 30 percent commission on sales of all artwork comprising the exhibition.

Conditions of agreement

  • Work submitted to the Ellarslie Open XXIX must be available for the duration of the exhibit and will not be removed for any reason until June 12, 2011. Do not submit your work if you need it for another exhibit. It will not be released by the Museum.
  • The Trenton City Museum reserves the right to reproduce exhibition entries for publicity purposes.
  • The museum will not be responsible for work remaining after the specified pick-up date.
  • Submission of entries will constitute agreement to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.