Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trenton Bike Tour 2012

Trenton Bike Tour 2012

Saturday May 19th several bicycle fans will hit the streets for the annual Trenton Bike Tour.  This ride is organized by TCR-Trenton Cycling Revolution.

In a recent conversation with TCR Chair Dan Fatton he shared the details about the ride including the start time and location; 8:30am at the William Trent House.

The 15 mile ride will be completed in a leisurely manner with escorts by the Trenton Police Department.    

He is expecting to have over 200 riders from a diverse background and skill set.  Although a majority of the ride will done on the streets of Trenton some off road riding will be done so a mountain or hybrid bike would work best.

There will be a rest stop at Columbus Park which will be the midway point.  Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

At the conclusion of the ride Trenton Social will offer a 20% discount to participants.  BTW Social even has a bike rack in the rear of the building.
The weather is looking good, hopefully I will see you and remember to keep the shiny side up!

Monday, May 7, 2012

ART21 viewing

PBS presents
 Art in the twenty-first century

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Episodes One through Four
Trenton NJ — April 29, 2012 — URBAN MISSION CABINET INC. at the former BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 400 Hamilton Avenue, in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access '12 initiative, presents an opportunity to engage local artists and the general public in discussion of artistic concerns and issues in contemporary art after the screening of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. The series will be shown on two Friday evenings, May 11th and May 18th starting at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
On Friday May 11th at 5:30 pm, Episodes 1 Change and 2 Boundaries will be shown at the same time in different screening rooms; there will be a short break and then at 7:00 pm, the Episodes will be screened again so viewers can see both shows. Afterwards a discussion will be led by local Art21 coordinator Elise Mannella and Alyin Green of Grounds for Sculpture. Conversation may continue at Trenton Social.
On Friday May 18th at 5:30 pm, Episodes 3 History and 4 Balance will again be shown simultaneously in different screening rooms, with a switch at 7:00 pm as noted above. Discussion afterwards will be led by local Art21 coordinator Elise Mannella  and Lynn Lemyre of Artworks.
Art21 Access '12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premiered on PBS April 13th with a new episode each Friday during the April and May at 9 pm (check local listings). Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.
“I thought it was important to bring this series to the Mercer County/lower Bucks County  art community,” says organizer Elise Mannella, “because there are few opportunities locally to discuss what is going on in contemporary art. It also stimulates creative thinking and exposure to new ideas—both important for developing a culture of ideas that attracts creative individuals and those engaged in the creative economy. I am pleased that our host for the screenings Executive Director Jacque Howard of Bethany Presbyterian Church is as excited about the series as I am.”
The venue for the viewing is the former Bethany Presbyterian Church, which began as a vision from a local resident who thought there should be a Presbyterian Congregation within walking distance of the “Borough of Chambersburg” in NJ’s Capital City Trenton.  The facility built in 1892 currently functions as a gathering place for worship services, counseling and food services as well as events that showcase the arts and culture in this diverse community. “In my opinion” stated Jacque, “partnering with Elise, Aylin, Lynn and their respective organizations is a win – win for the community on many levels.  I firmly believe arts and partnerships like this could be the catalyst to resurrect urban development!
"Art21 Access '12 provides an opportunity for organizations around the country and the world to experience a central goal of Art21—dialogue inspired by contemporary art and the ideas it expresses," said Susan Sollins, Executive Producer of Art21. "We hope that participating organizations find ways to best utilize the Art21 materials for their respective communities and that audiences will take full advantage of the events in their area and discover the life-changing potential of viewing creative role models at work. Our goal is that these events spark new conversations, and expose all kinds of viewers to the important work of the artists profiled in the series."
More details on each episode is available:
May 11 at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Episode 1: Change
This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie are featured.

Episode 2: Boundaries
This episode presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, and Tabaimo are featured.

May 18 at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Episode 3: History
In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic 'truth', and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramovic, Glenn Ligon, and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.

Episode 4: Balance
Through sculpture, paintings, and installations, the artists in this hour grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation. Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze are featured.

Over the last decade, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art in the Twenty-First Century. The organization has used the power of digital media to expose millions of people of all ages to contemporary art and artists and has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.
In addition to its PBS series and year-round series-based education and public programs efforts, Art21 has expanded its film production and educational efforts in recent years. Several new initiatives have been launched in the past year including New York Close Up, a new documentary series on Art and Life in New York City, and the premiere of Art21's first feature film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. Art21 also offers Art21 Educators, an ongoing professional development program for teachers now entering its fourth year.
Art21 Access '12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access '12 events and venues worldwide can be found at; Find Art21 on Facebook and Twitter.
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Elise Mannella, 609-672-7455
Photos and other materials are available at:   All Four Episodes,, PW: 100artists

Monday, January 30, 2012

George Zienowicz the "Sign Man"

George Zienowicz

We take lots of things for granted as we travel in our busy lives.  Some of them are the signs that let us know what we are looking for.  In the Trenton area George Zienowicz is responsible for A LOT of them.  George has the look of someone who Hollywood would mark as a biker, a Harley guy and he is.  However don’t let that discourage you and lead you to miss out on a local craftsman/artist and businessman.

I had the privilege to meet George a few months ago at his old office.  The location was just off of Hamilton Ave near the Wirerope district.  The red brick building screams character and a perfect fit for George, I thought.  After a brief introduction George let me take a self guided tour around his shop.  I felt like I had the keys to a museum-like storage area for signs.  The tools and equipment are as various as the businesses and organizations George does work for. 

Old wood tables that have produced years of signs, a digital table and hand tools all to help make signs out of practically anything!  Don’t be fooled into thinking only signs, this craftsman is a fabricator and visionary as well.  Ask him to show you a few of his functioning projects for the shop.

Fast forward to Fall of 2011.  George has moved…..WHAT!  Only around the corner though, to a more functional space.  This new location gives the feel of reality show shop space. 

Think of the motorcycle building t.v. programs.  The creativity that happens here is the same that so many have come to expect from George, and I don’t think anything will change in the future. 

In closing, you now know of another member of the Trenton365.  You have seen his work whether you know it or not, now get to know him.  As always thank you for visiting, recommend someone and let the subject person know you saw him or her at
202 East Canal Street 
Trenton NJ, 08609

Monday, January 23, 2012

Who/What/Where/When??? is this Trenton350!

Good day to you all.  Thank you to the brave souls who heard my first introduction about Trenton350, went to the link and started following.

Who is the Trenton350?  A collection of diverse people who want to see Trenton be better, and are willing to act on this belief.  We understand policy is needed, however action is our way.

What is the Trenton350?  The story goes like this, beginning several years ago over a nice pool party a discussion began about positive happenings in Trenton.  This led to a discussion as to why we see the same people all over Trenton doing lots of positive things!  We then thought it's about 350 people in Trenton doing most of those things, and what else could be done if they were organized and focused on a specific project?  This morphed into 350 new residents of each of the following groups; 350 young adults, 350 retirees, etc.  Hey that would be a critical mass.

Where is the Trenton 350?  We are a community!  What community you may ask?  Well our community is anyone, anywhere we come into contact with!

When is the Trenton 350?  Right now, this is the best time of our lives, so we are going to make it work.

Consider these few things;
Trenton is less than 2 hours from the mountains, beach, New York City and Philadelphia.
Trenton has history, it is the birthday place of our country!
Trenton has good housing stock that is below market value.
Trenton has a diverse population.
and on and on.

So what you may say, Trenton is just like any other Post-Industrial city that has faded.  Well knucklehead, this is where I am and where I am willing to try, will you and yours join me?

In closing GIT so we can meet in person, chat about Trenton350 and what our plan is.