Current Exhibits

 

Main Gallery

INS AND OUTS – Bentrice Jusu, Burgess Ekman, Jade Williams, Thomas Montanari

May 9 – June 3

Reception: May 13, 6-9pm

 

 

“The seed of Ins and Outs began during the summer of 2012 at Trenton Central High School on Chambers Street. One of my former students, Bentrice Jusu was conducting a summer arts enrichment program for Trenton high school students that incorporated several strands; digital photography, dance, spoken word, videography, music, hand work and visual art.  Working collaboratively with all the students on the visual art project a common thread appeared. The students perceived themselves as “The Lights trapped inside The Box” as a metaphor of Trenton itself. Thus began the student’s exploration and process of self-identity.  

Six weeks of intense creativity in hot sweltering classrooms and working out on the streets of the city of Trenton created an amazing body of work. The visual art project resulted in the creation of what became known as “The Assemblage”; a large work of art combining mixed media which the students created collaboratively. It became the visual center piece based upon questioning where do I live and where am I from.

The work from that summer has continued inside and outside of my classroom. An off shoot of the program inspired The Drawing Project which began in 2013. It is ongoing process of visual observation and human connection.

To summarize the overarching theme is best described in this way; human connection, self-identification, self-preservation and perseverance regardless of circumstances and physical condition and location.” – Thomas Montanari

 

The curators would like to recognize the following Trenton restaurants for graciously donating food for the opening reception.

 

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Community Gallery

FINE LINES AND COLORFUL MARKINGS – Scott Madsen

May 9 – June 3

Reception: May 13, 6-9pm

 

This solo exhibition showcases the illustrative works of Scott Madsen.

Varied Illustrations created with pen and ink, pen ink and water color, and fine line complementary markers cross hatched to create tones of grey.

Scott Madsen is a lifelong and proud native New Jerseyian as well as a compulsive serial doodler who can be seen drawing anywhere, anytime, with almost anything.

After a less than stellar academic career in public school and a hitch in the Navy, Scott decided to follow his passion and to see where it would lead. Graduating from The Kubert School in 1985, working freelance on many varied projects and clients until landing a position as Illustrator and eventually lead illustrator until 2000.

Since that time he has been exploring a variety of mediums and techniques pushing his personal boundaries while embracing chaos and welcoming randomness always trying to maintain his basic drawing fundementals and humor.

Never one to buy into the “thinking outside the box” he believes creativity is more like thing with in multiple boxes simultaneously and bringing something coherent together, because to think outside the box one has to know what is in the box.