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Exhibit celebrating 40 years of fine art at Ellarslie opens

“Desert Morning” an acrylic painting by William Hogan of Lower Makefield Township will be on view in “Pushing 40” at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion

The Trenton Museum Society exhibits “Pushing 40,” a “reunion”exhibit celebrating 40 years of promoting fine art by talented artists in the greater Trenton, N.J., region.

More than 50 artists who have exhibited their work in small group or solo shows at the Trenton City Museum during the past 40 years are returning to the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, from Sept. 15 until Nov. 10.

A reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, is open to the public. Gallery talks featuring artists and arts administrators spanning the history of the Trenton City Museum are scheduled to take place on Sept. 30, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Check ellarslie.org for information.

For four decades, Ellarslie has served as both venue and gathering place for local and regional artists. In its infancy, while the Trenton Museum Society worked on its historical collections, its leadership forged a special relationship with the newly formed artists’ collective: the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA).

For many now-notable regional artists, their show at Ellarslie was the first official recognition of their role as “artist.”

Pushing 40 is curated by longtime Trenton Museum Society trustee Carolyn Stetson; former Trenton City Museum Curator and Director (1998 – 2011) Brian O. Hill; and former Exhibitions Director for TAWA at Ellarslie (1999 - 2004) Tricia Fagan.


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