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.
But with city art events also set for Friday and Sunday, it’s actually art all weekend.
On Friday, November 2, several city venues are hosting their monthly “First Friday Art Openings.” That includes Trenton Downtown Association’s BSB Gallery at 141 East State Street. On view is “C.a. Shofed — the Collaborators,” where the Trenton photographer created works in collaboration with 13 area artists, on view through Saturday, December 1. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m.
The Roebling Gallery, located at the newly renovated 1917 factory building at 71 Clark Street, is opening photographer S. Bola Okoya “Big City State of Mind” on view through November. And Trenton Social Restaurant at 449 South Broad Street is also preparing a new art show, 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s Art All Day event — produced by Artworks Trenton — features roughly 100 artists at 25 sites throughout the city. Venues range from the city’s oldest, the 1719 Trent House Museum, to recently opened Orchid House, a young community education and cultural exchange center located at 134 East Hanover Street, in the city’s new Creek 2 Canal cultural district.
Visitors 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.
Activities are mostly free and set from noon to 6 p.m. An artist and community reception at Artworks follows from 6 to 8 p.m.
Among the highlights are the reactivation of “PBS,” the monumental electronic sculpture by innovative American artist Nam June Paik. It was created in 1992 for the New Jersey Network building and features 52 video monitors and neon-fashioned linguistic symbols.
Performances and demonstrations include the 1 p.m. presentation by the Trenton Circus Squad, in the Roebling Wire Works building at 675 South Clinton Avenue; and the 3 p.m., family-friendly staged play-reading with puppets of “The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas” by Passage Theater in the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street.
Also he 4 p.m. Sprout U School of the Arts student performance at Artworks; and the all day demonstrations of 18th-century tailoring at the Old Barracks, 101 Barrack Street, and blacksmithing at the Blacksmith of Trenton, 334 North Olden Avenue.
For a full schedule, list of free and pay events, and to find out who’s who in Trenton arts, go to www.artworkstrenton.org/artallday.
On Sunday, November 4, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park keeps the weekend moving with two public events accenting its current exhibition, “Pushing 40,” featuring 56 regional visual artists working in a variety of media.
Part of the Trenton Museum Society’s 40th anniversary series, the exhibition looks back on the importance of the museum on their careers and the organizations that supported them. That includes Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) — currently hosting a November exhibition — and Art All Day stop — of five area women artist at the Trenton Free Public Library.
Fagan, a past TAWA president, moderates a 1:30 p.m. panel discussion, “Tawa@Ellarslie: The Early Years.” Participating TAWA veterans include nationally known painter and founding member Mel Leipzig, photographer and past-president Aubrey Kauffman, and painter and first president Mary Yess.
A gallery talk follows with participating artists and past TAWA members Jeff Epstein, Elizabeth McCue, David Orban, Terry Rosiak, and Nancy Zamboni. Admission is free. 609-989-3632 or www.ellarslie.org.