Glass-blowing demonstrations, filmmaking, Arabic calligraphy, live music, food, beverages, professional art and refrigerator doodles — it’s all part of the scene at the seventh annual Art All Night festival this weekend in Trenton.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 24-hour gathering at the Roebling Wire Works this Saturday and Sunday that has become one of the top annual events in the city.
“Art All Night-Trenton is a chance for artists to see their work displayed in a show of unprecedented scale,” said Joseph Kuzemka, planning committee chairperson and creative director for Art All Night. “We transform a historic 50,000-square-foot industrial building into a pop-up gallery for 24 hours, and more than 20,000 people come to take it all in. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for artists to have their work seen, and even sold.”
Artists can drop off a piece of art to display tonight, Friday, June 14 between 5 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Last year almost 1,000 pieces of art were on display.
This year, Art All Night will feature a 24-hour glass blowing demonstration, several other interactive exhibits, a film festival, and 20 master classes. For a full schedule of events visit the Art all Night website.
Artist Jake Moskowitz will mold and form molten hot glass into vases, figurines, and more. The Dueling Muralists, Jon Connor and Jim Lemyre will be back to create large-scale murals in front of the crowds. They will tag team with local artists Dave Klama and Will Kasso to complete two huge Edgar Allen Poe-themed murals. The Grounds for Sculpture will host The Park & Re-Creation Project where guests can create miniature sculptures out of clay and place them in a replica of the Grounds for Sculpture park. Stoop Theatre will feature members of Passage Theatre’s State Street Project writing, performing and reciting poetry and scenes live at the event. Guests can also create images in the Light Painting Lounge, watch local artist Wills Kinsley demonstrate bike welding, and take in the display Windows of Soul.
Master classes, open to everyone, include introduction to independent filmmaking with filmmaker Jeff Stewart, exploring Arabic calligraphy and art with Faraz Khan, and a 20th anniversary showing of the documentary film “Now You’re Set For Life” , featuring Roebling Company oral histories. The 5:15 p.m. film screening and discussion Saturday will be led by historian and Princeton resident Clifford Zink. Dick Blofsom of Telequest also will participate in the film discussion. Zink will lead a tour of the Roebling Works Sunday at 11 a.m.
Art All Night also features live music on three stages, including everything from rockabilly and reggae to rock, jazz and more. A total of 50 bands will perform, including rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Danielia Cotton from Hopewell, Philadelphia-based Among Criminals and Chalk & The Beige Americans.
Art All Night runs from 3 p.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday at the Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton. The festival also features an outdoor food court that includes a variety of food vendors. Beverages are also served at the event. Art All Night is free but donations are accepted at the door.