June 23, 2021

“Ellarslie Open” Juried Exhibit Returns to Trenton City Museum

“I GOT MY EYES ON YOU”: This painting by Morris Docktor is part of the “Ellarslie Open” annual juried exhibition, on view June 26 through October 1 at the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park. The show features 137 works of art in varying styles.

The “Ellarslie Open” will return to the Trenton City Museum June 26 with its largest exhibition to date. Sidelined in 2020 by the pandemic, the Museum’s annual juried show will fill five galleries with 137 artworks of varying styles in categories from paintings and sculpture to digital and fiber arts.

Juror William R. Valerio, director of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, selected the show’s pieces over the course of two jurying rounds that began with a record 619 artworks by 316 artists. The result is a layered mix of bold colors and larger-than-life depictions that play off intricate detail and delicate textures to create a layered and surprising exhibition. “It is a visual feast,” said Ellarslie Open Chair Joyce Inderbitzin.

The “Ellarslie Open” goes on view Saturday, June 26, with a VIP Opening Day Reception from 1 to 5 p.m. (prizes announced at 4 p.m.) and a public reception on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Both events will take place on the grounds of the Museum’s Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park.

The exhibit will remain on view in person and online through October 3, with related artist and curator talks to be announced in the summer and early fall. For the accepted artist list, show details, signups, and VIP Reception reservations, visit ellarslie.org/ellarslie-open-2021 or call (609) 989-1191.

Museum hours are Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum offers timed entry for visitors. Parking is available. There is no admission charge, but donations, which support the museum’s mission and programs, are appreciated.