The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ)
Windows of Hope to bring art and a semblance of normal life
LAWRENCEVILLE >> Art returns as a major attraction as pandemic restrictions lift and life reclaims normalcy.
An interesting exhibit entitled Windows of Hope (June 12-July 10) finds origination in the historic district windows of Lawrenceville Main Street and Gordon Avenue.
A press release notes the event combines the elements of a traditional exhibit, public art installation and “phantom galleries.”
Lots on exhibit as 52 talented artists and 70 2-D and 3-D artwork contributions display from a broad spectrum of community creators.
Presentations include HomeFront ArtSpace artists who will display at The Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor with artists from the Lawrence Township Senior Center.
“It’s an interesting time, coming out of the pandemic. Good that we’re back in the mix, so to speak,” said Ruthann Traylor, director of HomeFront’s ArtSpace/SewingSpace initiatives. Traylor agreed adversity can exist as cultivation for creation.
Traylor contributed insights during preparation conversations for Windows of Hope.
Traylor praised this first art exhibit as “very community oriented”.
Eight Main St. businesses will host artworks — Vintage Treasures, The Village
Barber Shop, The Gingered Peach, DiMatteo
Chiropractic and Pilates, The Purple Cow, 2681 Main Street, Starbuck’s Lawrenceville, and Chambers Walk Café.
Two-dimensional threedimensional artwork will be displayed in the interior windowpanes of these historic buildings facing outward for all passersby to enjoy.
For select businesses whose interior spaces remain closed, there will be “phantom galleries” with artwork illuminated and displayed on ledges with easels, also visible through the windows.
Windows of Hope will also host an event Flickr page where all submissions will be featured online.
Artists can sell and retain
100% of the revenue from the sale of their work.
Window exhibition maps where artwork is featured
will also be available at each participating business with a QR code to “swipe” for artwork description, pricing,and artist’s contact information.
Prizes will be awarded including the public being able to vote for an interactive People’s Choice Award.
Windows of Hope is being generously sponsored by Westgate Management Company, Incorporated, a Lawrenceville-based business.
The exhibit’s mission is to benefit the Lawrenceville community, improve the appearance of the historic Village, enable residents to enjoy art while outdoors, and assist local artists who have struggled during the Covid-19 shutdown.
In addition, the art show will draw visitors who can also support Main Street’s local merchants by dining and shopping.