Trenton Then & Now: Contemporary Views

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Trenton Then & Now: Contemporary Views

June 28 – September 14, 2014

Gallery Talk August 10, 2 pm



As part of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary this year, the Trenton City Museum honors Trenton’s long and illustrious history with Trenton Then & Now: Contemporary Views. Nineteen regional artists explore the statewide themes of Diversity, Innovation and Freedom by 19 regional artists. They have interpreted Trenton’s history in surprising ways, using one or more of these themes.

In photographs, paintings, drawings, collages, and sculpture, artists draw upon personal memories and narratives, historical reenactments, places of both the present and past, and objects from the past to connect with Trenton’s history. The featured work is sometimes personal, and often poignant in addressing overlooked aspects of Trenton and its history.

ChestertonJeanne1The 19 artists in Trenton Then & Now are:

Marina Ahun (Princeton), Jean Chesterton (Newtown PA), Karen Cole, Brendan Connors (Woodbury Heights), Suzanne Pitak Davis (Lambertville), Liz Doles (Trenton), Nicola Fiscarelli (Yardley PA), Joe Gilchrist (Hamilton), Kate Graves (Morrisville PA), Kevin Hogan (Trenton), Joe, Kazimierczyk (Hillsborough), Thomas Kelly (Trenton), William Osterman, David Robinson (Trenton), Craig Shofed (Trenton), Elizabeth Sowell-Zak (Lincroft), Andrea Bachike Wallace (Stockton), Paul Wesley (Trenton), Holly Williams.

In the Malloy Gallery paintings, drawings and etchings of Trenton by some of the Capital City’s best known artists from the past and present are displayed including work by Tom Malloy, Robert Sakson, Marge Chavooshian, George Bradshaw and Peggy Peplow Gummere.

The exhibit is curated by trustee Carolyn Stetson and Exhibits Committee member, Elise Manella.

Review by Anthony Stoeckert in TimeOff

Review by Janet Purcell in the Times of Trenton.

Review by Ilene Dube in US 1

Brief video of Carolyn Stetson talking about the exhibit, published in the Times of Trenton.

Article in the Times of Trenton about the Cabaret and the exhibit.

Three events coincide with the exhibit and highlight its themes.

  • July 11, 2014Trenton Then and Now Cabaret featuring the dulcet tones of Tom Chiola with George Sinkler on the baby grand.  The Trenton Museum Society will be serving their signature cocktail and dishing out hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Trenton area restaurants.
  • On Sunday, September 14, the final day of the exhibit, Ellarslie patrons will be treated to Brunch with Barbara (Trent, that is) from 11 am to 2 pm. Barbara Trent is Trenton’s longtime favorite performer and to have her at Ellarslie in the beautiful double gallery will be a treat indeed.
  • Both events are fundraisers to support the collection and the programs of the Trenton Museum Society
  • To kick off the exhibit and the events, Ellarslie trustees are acting as guest bartenders at Trenton Social on South Broad Street on June 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be contributed to the Trenton Museum Society.