Local artists receive awards during juried exhibition at Trenton City Museum

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Local exhibiting artists at Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion received awards.

The annual juried exhibition for Ellarslie Open 39 showcased over 160 artworks. Deborah Oliver oversaw the installation of the diverse artwork that fills gallery and display areas throughout the museum. Most of the artwork is available for purchase.

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Category winners were Tasha Branham (digital), North Brunswick; Caroline Feiveson (fiber arts), Princeton; and Michael Pascucci (sculpture), Monroe Township.

Janis Purcell, of East Windsor, received the President’s Award and Yun Li of West Windsor, received the Installation Award.

Juror Walter Wickiser, of New York City’s Walter Wickiser Gallery, said he would have chosen all the entered artists if the exhibition offered unlimited space.

“All had something important to express and were worthy. My choices and awards were no easy task, as I felt for each and every artist and artwork,” he said.

Joan Perkes, president of the Board of Trustees of the Trenton Museum Society, said there’s no other Trenton City Museum that makes her more proud.

“I am deeply indebted to the board and our volunteers for their unflagging support and loyalty to the work of the Museum and to the City of Trenton,” she said

Ellarslie Open 39 will remain on view through Oct. 2. Related gallery talks and events to take place later in the summer and early fall. Trenton City Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. While there is no admission charge, donations in support of the museum’s mission and programs are appreciated. Visit www.ellarslie.org for more information.

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