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We’ve Been Nominated In the People’s Choice Awards 2018

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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While our aim is to continue providing quality arts education to the city of Trenton, it's always great to receive recognition for our efforts. That said, we learned this week that we have been nominated in the "Adult Art Class" category in the 10th annual People's Choice Awards!

"Fans of the N.J. arts scene are passionate and loyal, and for good reason," said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 'This program has grown beyond our expectations, and that’s a direct result of the distinctive, thriving arts industry in this state offering high-quality experiences all year round."

While Artworks handles everything from an awesome art gallery for the city of Trenton to the massive Art All Night - Trenton festival every June, Adult Education is one of the cornerstones of what goes on at Artworks. Our Arts Education courses run the gamut, from working in watercolors to full-on figure drawing, and range from beginners courses to classes for more advanced artists.

If you would like to send a vote our way, head on over to Voting began on January 9, and end on February 20, 2018. You can only vote from one email address at a time, and can vote in as many (or as few) categories as you like. Any votes we receive are greatly appreciated, as is the nomination. Thanks, JerseyArts!

And if you want to see why we were nominated for "Adult Art Class," why not check out some of our upcoming Adult Education courses. Here's a look at what we have in store for February of 2018!

#TBT: Art All Night (India) 2017

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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For many out there who are either vain or wanting to keep up with how their brand or work is being talked about on the internet, setting up Google Alerts is a must. Being that my job is a bit of both, I had one set up for Art All Night - Trenton, and in July of 2017, I got a ping from an Indian outlet that reference our annual 24-hour arts and music festival. It spoke about a group called Platform For Artists (PFA for short) that was putting on their own Art All Night event. While they'd put on different "art getaways" before, it was amazing to see that they specifically mentioned how they were inspired by Trenton's own Art All Night in the planning for their event.

We'd inquired about the PFA's debut Art All Night before it went down, and got word back (along with some awesome pictures) about how their first Art All Night went. They even sent some pictures! While time escaped us, we decided to kick off a monthly #TBT series this year by shining a light on the PFA, who has a new event (PFA Art Getaway - Agra) going down from January 26 through January 28, as well as an Art All Night event going on in Chennai from January 20-21!

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First off, can you tell me a little bit about Platform For Artists? How did you guys get started? What are some of the activities and events PFA holds?
Platform For Artists was established in April, 2017 with an aim of building a network among artists from different art and social backgrounds through conducting various art events. As a part of this project, we conduct meetups in different cities where every weekend, artists from that city come together, interact through various art activities and create art collaboratively. We also organize artistic-themed trips to different places once a month and we are planning to conduct an annual exhibition as well.

You mentioned in that article that you were inspired by Art All Night - Trenton -- how did you even find out about Art All Night - Trenton in India?
We constantly research on the art events and fests that happen all over the world. We came across this event and was driven by the uniqueness. As there was so such event conducted in India yet, we planned to host one so that people know about western art culture as well.

What about Art All Night - Trenton stood out to PFA making you want to have your own Art All Night event?
Art All Night – Trenton is the most unique art fest I came across. The idea of thousands of artists working overnight to create and showcase art carries far deep meaning than just attraction. As artists ourselves, many of us think better at night as it flames our creativity. We also scheduled our event on Saturday night because we also want to change the ideology of Saturday night clubbing and partying. Weekends can be spent in a much more productive way and we wanted to implement this here to make people realize this.

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What are some of the highlights of your Art All Night?
We believe that art is more about collaboration rather than competition so we are working on artist collaboration events. We conducted pair and group collaboration activities so that people create something unique pouring their individual art skills and creativity. We also showcased their artwork in the art gallery at the venue which was open for the audience to come and see. We are started with a small number i.e. 40 artists, but we plan to extend this in coming future.

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How important is the arts scene in your community?
In India, the aspiring artists needs a catalyst to their work. And with our projects we want to be the driving force for people to pursue their art and break the barriers of creating art.

Who are some artists that are affiliated with PFA that people should look out for?
Pawan Rochwani (theater artist), Kshitija Sarda (writer), Komal Surve (dancer), and Akshat Palrecha (photographer).

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5TH Annual Juried Print Exhibition – Call For Art

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Call to Artists, Featured | 0 comments

5TH Annual Juried Print Exhibition – Call For Art



5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition Prospectus


Artworks Trenton is pleased to announce our  5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition which showcases the works of selected artists and printmakers whose works reflect the many mediums of hand pulled printing.   Artists will be selected from all over the country to take part in this exhibition which will be held in our Community Gallery, from March 10th - April 14th, 2018, with a opening reception on March 10th, 2017, from 7-9pm.  

JUROR:  Mike Quinn - Owner/Sole Proprietor at Culture Magnet



•All entries must be original work completed within the last three years and not previously shown in any Artworks Trenton show.

•Copies and reproductions of original works of art, whether embellished or not, are not eligible for submission to this juried exhibition. However, prints such as lithographs, woodcuts, engravings, etching, screen prints, or any other method of hand pulled printing are acceptable.  Digital works, giclee prints, photography are not acceptable.  Editions must be numbered.

•Please be mindful of copyright infringements – BE ORIGINAL!


•A Diptych or Triptych is considered as one submission of artwork and must be priced as one individual piece. It must be submitted, charged, and labeled as such.  The overall maximum size of the triptych or diptych may not exceed 30” x 60”.  Any combination of work greater than these dimensions will not be accepted. Please contact the Exhibition Coordinator to discuss any concerns before submission of work.


•Maximum size for prints ( including frame ) may not exceed 30x60. This rule is to ensure that there is space enough to hang at least one piece from each accepted artist.

•Any entry weighing over 40 lbs. must be handled by the artist and prior arrangements for its placement made with the Exhibition Coordinator.


•All works must be framed. Glass or Plexi must be clean (inside and out), unscratched and intact.

•Frames must be in good condition (no scratches or loose corners).

•Mats must be clean and smoothly cut.

• Screw eyes and hanging wire MUST be attached firmly to the back of the piece. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS!  Works not wired will not be accepted.

•Art work must be completely dry. 


•The Review Committee will inspect submissions for condition and adherence to the above policies

•Inclusion in the exhibit is at the sole discretion of the juror(s), Artworks Exhibition Coordinator, Artworks Education Coordinator, and the Artworks Executive Director.


Work accepted for an exhibition may not be substituted, nor will any be permitted to be withdrawn during the exhibition, except in extenuating circumstances, and then only with the approval of the Exhibition Coordinator.  All works must hang for the durations of the exhibition.


All accepted entries are insured from the opening of the exhibition to the close of the exhibition.  Insurance does not cover damage caused by faulty framing or wiring.  Submission of work to any exhibition constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to the provisions set forth.


- First Prize – 125.00

- Second Prize – 75.00

- Third Prize – 50.00

- Honorable Mention - Artworks Artist Membership ( 50.00 value )


All juried exhibitions require a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00 for up to three submissions.


Artworks Trenton will handle ALL sales.  There is a 30% sales commission to Artworks Trenton.


1. Fill out the online application form.  Pay non-refundable submission fee of $25 (for up to three entries)

2. Send an email with a list of artwork and up to three images attached, NOT embedded and NO links, with PRINT EXHIBITION 2018 (ALL CAPS) in the subject line to Image files should be JPG files, no more than 10” in height or width, and no less than 72 dpi and no more than 300 dpi. Name each image file with first name, last name and title of artwork. (  Jane_Doe_ArtworkTitle )   Each title within the file name must correspond with the title on the entry form.                                                             



Art MUST be dropped off by the artist or a representative of the artist on the designated drop off day(s). If artwork is not delivered on the designated day(s), they will not be included in the exhibition. 

Mailed in works MUST be received by the end of the day on the last drop off day. Mailed in works MUST have return postage sent with the original package.



Art MUST be picked up within one week after the close of the exhibition. If artwork is not picked up on the designated days, fees will incur on a daily basis. {$5.00/day for every business day starting one week after the pick up date, not to exceed two weeks.  After two weeks, works are considered orphaned and become the property of Artworks Trenton. 

Mailed in works MUST have return postage sent with the original package.



Any exhibiting artist consents to the use of his/her name and the artist’s image(s) for purposes of promotion and advertisement by Artworks Trenton.  The artist waives any claim, including any claim for invasion of the right of privacy of copyright, against Artworks, its directors, officers, employees, and volunteers.



•The Exhibition Coordinator must be notified in advance if an unconventional method of presentation or hanging is required. Policies set forth by Artworks Trenton will prevail.

Once an accepted piece of artwork is installed in a show, please do not ask to change its location.  It is up to the Exhibition Coordinator and/or Curator of the exhibition to place and hang artwork.




Imagine This! The Art of Storytelling

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Featured, Youth Education | 0 comments

Imagine This! The Art of Storytelling

"Imagine This! The Art of Storytelling"

Instructor: Rashad Malik Davis

$5 Material Fee for the Month

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Have you always had a story inside that you knew would make a great book? Can you make up a grand tale right on the spot and have everyone in tears from laughter or hanging on to the edge of their seats? If so, this is the workshop for you! In "Imagine This! The Art of Storytelling" students will learn how to take their story idea and develop it into their very own illustrated and written picture book! Students will learn how to use: creative writing, character design, and fundamental drawing skills to craft a world of their very own for a softcover picture book to have for years to come.

Portrait Drawing: Focusing on Light & Shadow

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Adult Education, Featured | 0 comments

Portrait Drawing: Focusing on Light & Shadow

Portrait Drawing: Focusing on Light & Shadow

Friday, March 2, 6-9pm

The introduction to Portrait Drawing class is appropriate for beginner-intermediate level students.  Utilizing direct observation from a model and structured exercises, students will explore the fundamentals of portrait drawing including lighting, proportion, anatomy, and perspective. Registration is limited, so sign up early!

Suggested Supply List: 18" x 24" drawing paper pad, pen, vine & compressed charcoal, kneaded rubber eraser, drawing pencils (2B, 4B or graphite stick are all fine), variety of drawing material of your choice for experimentation- paper and drawing media are not supplied by Artworks. 

Please arrive 10 minutes early. 

Price: $30.00 

Instructor: Nicole Asay

Register Here

Intro to Mosaics

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education, Featured | 0 comments

Intro to Mosaics

Intro to Mosaic Glass Fusing

Saturday, February 24, 12-4pm

The goal of this workshop is to create a free standing, wave art object, or bowl out of mosaic glass, and to generate interest in all types of glass fusing.  We will cover the basics of glass fusing, which include a description of the firing process. Students will decide which kind of piece they want to make, either a free-standing art object or a bowl, and will be guided in glass cutting and adhering techniques. The pieces made during the workshop will be taken home with the instructor to fire in her kiln and returned to Artworks for pick up.

Instructor: Judy Tyndall

Price: $55

Register Here

Watercolor Anarchy

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education, Featured | 0 comments

Watercolor Anarchy

Watercolor Anarchy

Saturday, February 10 & 17, 10am-1pm

Once titled “Watercolor Independent Study”, this supportive and inclusive group quickly evolved and became known as “Watercolor Anarchy”. This is a great opportunity for those looking to refine their craft and knowledge of watercolor techniques. Set up a still life, use your photos for inspiration - or - experiment with artistic ideas from your inner being.  Work with basic watercolors, textured papers, collage, monoprints or layering and enjoy the flow of watercolor in a supportive and creative group setting. Each week the class finishes with a group critique that the "Anarchists" call ‘show & tell’.

*Please note that materials are not supplied in this workshop. Please refer to the suggested materials list below:

Paint: Winsor-Newton, SoHo or Grumbacher brands are preferred. Be sure to get watercolors and not gouache.

Warm Colors - Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red medium or deep, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Raw sienna or yellow ochre

Cool Colors - Aureolin or Lemon yellow, Alizarin crimson, Antwerp or Winsor (Pthalo) blue, Cerulean blue, Burnt sienna

Palette: Any plastic watercolor well that has wells for paint around the outside with a LARGE mixing area and a lid. A white enameled "butcher" tray or a dinner plate with plastic wrap will work.

Paper: 140lb cold press, suggested brands are Lanaquarelle, Arches and Waterford.

Brushes: 1" flat brush with beveled handle, #10 or #12 round, #5 or #6 round, 1/2" flat (synthetic or blended is fine)

Miscellaneous: Spiral bound sketchbook with heavier or watercolor paper, pencil, roll of masking or artist tape, sponge, water container (ex. leftover yogurt container), paper towels

Instructor: Gail Bracegirdle

Price: $25 per day

Feb. 10: Register Here

Feb 17: Register Here

Foam Impression Prints

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education, Featured | 0 comments

Foam Impression Prints

Ink & Drink!

Shake off the stress of your workweek and come join us for a relaxing night of “Ink & Drink!” Artworks provides the ink, as long as you bring the drink! The Print Studio at Artworks is hosting a print night on the second Friday of every month, 7-9pm, with a studio instructor to assist you in a fun and easy activity using simple printmaking techniques to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This isn’t your usual “print & sip” folks.

February 9 - Foam Impression Prints  - Register Here

This February it doesn’t matter whether you come solo or with your valentine to print a one-of-a-kind print. We will be imprinting designs on styrofoam and then running them through our very own Charles Brand press. We'll even show you how to use a barren for your printing at home needs. Make unique cards for that special person in your life or just a fun note for a friend.

Instructor: Megan Uhaze

The Print Studio provides all materials. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bubbly or brew. Remember, the more the merrier, so tell a friend! This event is online registration only and limited to 20 participants. Spots fill up quickly so make sure you register online now!

Price: $15 per person

Drawing 101

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Featured, Youth Education | 0 comments

Drawing 101

"Drawing 101"

Instructor: Lori Johansson

$5 Material Fee for the Month

Register Here

These three workshops will inspire youth to draw by encouraging them to pursue their love of art. We will be working on basic drawing techniques, and will focus on items based on the class’ initial skill level and students’ interests. This series aims to captivate the minds of the artists by introducing games, techniques, and exercises.

To start the series, we will explore hand-eye coordination by doing some free drawing warm ups, then we'll begin with drawing geometric shapes. With this exercise, students will learn to look at objects and be able to break them down into easy-to-draw geometric shapes. Once the young artists have mastered drawing objects, the class will move on to shading techniques to make objects appear 3 dimensional. They will be taught to look for light and shadows. The students will conclude the series by drawing a still life using the techniques they learned throughout the workshops.

On the last day of the workshops, the students will bind their own sketchbooks using pipe cleaners, and have the open assignment to fill the entire book with drawings on their own. They will also receive a list of ideas for drawing in their sketchbooks to inspire them and keep them thinking in new ways.

Donate Today

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Donate Today






We hope you remember all the good times you had with Artworks!  From Art Making Day, to Art All Night, and gallery openings like 10x10; Artworks brings culture and fun to Mercer County and Trenton!

  • Art All Night is continually growing, with 30,000 attendees in 2017 , dozens of musical acts, art demos,  and over 1400 pieces of artwork displayed.
  • Art All Day highlights the public art and artists of Trenton, taking attendees out into the neighborhoods of Trenton and showing off the amazing art and culture our city has to offer.
  • Artworks' galleries feature high quality work from many local artists as well as masters from around the world.
  • Our Community Gallery and ArtLab continue to expand and show off new and exciting artists, as well as feature emerging artists.
  • Artworks' youth and adult education programs which excite and inspire not only the novice, but experienced artist.

These are just a handful of the good times we've engineered at Artworks. The best part is - a vast majority of our programming is offered at little or no cost to attendees. If you'd like to keep the fun coming, consider giving a little back to Artworks Trenton, the one Mercer County non-profit arts institution where serious fun meets high art. Even a modest donation to our operating fund helps us continue to offer you creative programming featuring thought-provoking work by both established and emerging artists, on display right here in Trenton at expansive and historic spaces like none other in the region.

As the year rolls on consider making a gift to Artworks. We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, so your entire donation is tax-deductible. Give what you can. We know times are tough, but if everyone gives even a little'll keep us dynamic and growing. We just can't wait to show you all the new things we have planned!


The Artworks Board

ARTWORKS is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation



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