January 22, 2019 Share

Common Threads 7: Sanctuary Opens January 24th

“Common Threads 7: Sanctuary,” tells a story of American artists, who were not born in America, but instead chose to become American citizens. Common Threads 7 is a celebration of the rich tapestry of immigration and the American story. C.a. Shofed’s Common Threads was established in 2013, to showcase the work of Trenton area artists and artists influenced and inspired by the Trenton art scene. It was forged to empower these artists to build bridges beyond Trenton’s borders and to foster economic development and prosperity. The exhibit will open on January 24, 2019, and run through February 23, 2019. An opening reception featuring food vendors and various artisans selling their merchandise will be held on January 26th from 11am to 5pm. The BSB Gallery is located at 143 E. State Street in Trenton, NJ.

Participating artists in the exhibit include Daniele Ballerini, Alia Bensliman, Chee Bravo, Daniela Brozkova, Brigitte A. Calderon, Amy Louise Lee, Vinita Mathur, Kata Mejia, Abelardo Montano, Abbas Wiswall. A panel discussion featuring participating artists will take place on February 9, 2019, from 1pm to 3pm. BSB Gallery has partnered with Artworks Trenton for this very last rendition of Common Threads. Each of the exhibiting artists will also be featured in the ArtLab Gallery of Artworks in tandem with our exhibit at BSB Gallery.

Curator Margaretta Frederick put it perfectly in her 2016 article titled Art in America is a Story of Immigration, Cultural Exchange. “The only true American art form is jazz. Visual art, such as photography, sculpture, architecture, and painting have all been influenced by foreign countries or immigrant populations yearning to breathe free.”
We welcome “Common Threads” to the BSB as another example of why the Capital City has established itself as an arts destination. The Trenton Downtown Association opened the BSB Gallery to support Trenton’s Creek to Canal Cultural District and provide a platform to showcase all the amazing Trenton artists,” stated Tom Gilmour, Executive Director of the Trenton Downtown Association.

The Trenton Downtown Association is a special improvement district that manages the BSB Gallery and is engaged with so many other organizations in repositioning the city for revival. The new gallery is supported by grant funding generously provided by the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation and Isles, Inc. BSB Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. “Common Threads 7: Sanctuary” will be on display Thursday, January 24th until Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. For updates:www.BSBGALLERY.com, Facebook/bsbgallery or bsbgallery@trenton-downtown.com.

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