The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ)

Windows of Hope to bring art and a semblance of normal life

- By LA Parker laparker@21st-centurymed­ @LAParker6 on Twitter

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.

 ?? SUBMITTED IMAGES ?? Some of the works being displayed at Windows of Hope in Lawrencevi­lle.
SUBMITTED IMAGES Some of the works being displayed at Windows of Hope in Lawrencevi­lle.

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