Trenton Arts in Brief: Three Events in November | Downtown Trenton

Local artist comes to Trenton Social

“Homecoming” is the name of the solo exhibition at the Trenton Social restaurant by artist Thomas Kelly, which opens on Friday November 5th and runs until November 29th.

Thomas Kelly’s painting “The Domino Players”, part of his “Homecoming” exhibition at Trenton Social.

Kelly comments on the name and personal meaning of the exhibit:

When the Trenton Social Space opened as an art cafe, bistro-style restaurant, event venue, and art gallery in 1999, the owners asked me to show my work in an exhibition during the opening month. I was just starting out with a number of works and this was going to be my second solo show. It was a little daunting as it was and is a large room. They liked my work and took a risk when they opened their doors.

My work and the café were well received and in progress. When Brass Rabbit asked me to do a solo show, they didn’t know about my history with the building. I am now represented by four art galleries and am pleased to have collected more than 300 original paintings. When I was asked to do a show at Trenton Social this November, it felt warm and hugging. It felt like coming home. A homecoming.

“Homecoming,” Trenton Social, 449 South Broad Street. Opening Friday, November 5th, 5 to 10 p.m.

Art in motion at Artworks Trenton

Artworks Trenton is celebrating the completion of two public art projects at the Trenton Transit Center with an exhibition of the sketches, initial layouts, mock-ups and some finished projects, as well as a meeting with the artist and a reception on Saturday, November 13th, from 18-20 clock

The “Stepping Into Tomorrow” project represents one of the 16 communities funded by a Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Grant 2020.

George Bates, a New Jersey-based artist who has worked on public art projects in New York City, was selected through a judicial process and led a team of artists, community members, students, and volunteers to install a street design at the Trenton Transit Center ( at the intersection of South Clinton Avenue and Barlow Street / Raoul Wallenberg Avenue).

The TRANSTional Art Project was also installed at the same intersection. The project, supported by NJ Transit and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, includes 10 outdoor banners, five pieces installed in the bus shelters, and bike racks created by local artists. The artists are Liz Amaral, Laura Beard, Leon Rainbow, Chee Bravo, Raphael Ogoe and Wills Kinsley.

Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley. 609-394-9436 or

Glitch Art is coming to the MCCC Downtown Gallery

The James Kerney Campus Gallery presents “Analog Surrealism,” a solo exhibition of works by digital artist Phillip McConnell, who lives in Trenton. The exhibition, curated by photographer and gallery curator Michael Chovan-Dalton, can be seen from November 8th to December 4th.

Analog Surrealism features 16 new works that mix photography and digital art, reflecting McConnell’s use of glitch art.

According to promotional materials, “Glitch Art is the aesthetic of digital errors created by falsifying the data of images” and that “Phillip regards his work as alchemical in that he creates a new image by breaking down two different media into their basic elements.” And to merge them into a single fusion of an image. “

An opening reception and an artist talk are planned for Monday, November 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

JKC Gallery, James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College, Trenton Hall Annex, 137 North Broad Street. 609-586-4800 or

For more information on Phillip McConnell, please visit

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