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The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. (Facebook Photo.)

The Trenton City Museum opens its new exhibition “Women Trenton Style” this month.

Showcasing work by several noted women artists from the Greater Trenton region, the work was designed and curated by nationally recognized Trenton artist Mel Leipzig.

The artist/curator made the following statement about the exhibition that will be on view through spring 2021:

The idea of this show began with a show I curated for the Center for Contemporary art in Bedminster, New Jersey, of Trenton area women artists who were involved with the arts in Trenton. The show included Priscilla Algava, Princeton; Elizabeth Aubrey, Bordentown; and Marge Miccio, Trenton.Joan Perkes, the president of the board of trustees of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, then kindly asked me at some point to revive the show at Ellarslie.

Silent Enough to Listen to Fragments of Your Soul

‘Silent Enough to Listen to Fragments of Your Soul’ by Tamara Torres is part of the upcoming ‘Women Trenton Style’ exhibit at the Trenton City Museum.

I gladly agreed. I decided to add several more artists: Nora Chavooshian, Cheryl Eng, Tracey Jones, Dallas Piotrowski, Tamara Torres, Khalilah Sabree, Aundreta Wright, and Mary Yess.

Several of these artists were also noted art teachers. Cheryl Eng, who is still teaching during the pandemic and Khalilah Sabree, who is now retired, were important teachers in the art department of Lawrenceville High School.

Aundreta Wright taught the History of African-American Art, a course which she created at MCCC. She also taught art to my children when they were young and attending the Joyce Kilmer School in Trenton. They both still remember her with great fondness.

The late Priscilla Algava, whose works always has a poet quality, was also a highly inspiring teacher and strong advocate for artist in Mercer County. We are grateful to her husband and two daughters for the inclusion of her works in this show.

The Trenton-born sculptor Nora Chavooshian, daughter of the late noted watercolorist Marge Chavooshian, shows in New York where she is presented by the Denise Bibro Gallery.

Tracey Jones, I believe, is one of the finest abstract painters in the state. She and her husband, the painter/pianist Geoff Dorfman, founded the Milton Resnick Foundation, located in Manhattan. Their home/studios are located in the Mill Hill District of Trenton.

Also living in Mill Hill is the wonderful painter March Miccio. Along with her husband, Chuck Wagener, Marge founded Artifacts Gallery in Trenton, which was a source of Trentoniana.

Dallas Piotrowski is noted for her beautiful paintings of flowers and animals. She participated in the founding of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association, was the gallery curator at the Chapin School in Princeton, and exhibited at the Trenton City Museum.

Mary Yess, who the New York Times art critic Peter Schjeldahl fondly called “a quirky artist,” was president of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association. She eventually became the president of the Princeton Art Association (PAA) and is largely responsible for moving the PAAA to the warehouse in Trenton which eventually became Artworks.

The highly individualist painter, Elizabeth Aubrey, who paintings border between abstraction and reality, is the present president of TAWA. It was she who arranged for TAWA artists, including the graffiti artists of Trenton, to have a show of their work at a gallery in New York.

Khalilah Sabree recently moved from Trenton to Columbus, New Jersey. But she still maintains her studio at Artworks, where she creates her beautiful works often with Islamic Themes.

The high inventive photographer/printer Tamara Torres has shown her work at the New Jersey State Museum and at galleries in Europe. Like Sabree, her studio is at Artworks.

The artists in the show were chosen for the high quality of their art and their devotion to art. Their achievements deserve to be seen.

Community programs at Ellarslie are being organized under changing social distancing protocols and will be presented as both hybrid and online events.

For more details and updated information, visit www.ellarslie.org.