August 31, 2022

“TAWA Past Presidents” Exhibit At Trenton Free Public Library

“THE WORK PARTY”: This work by David Z. Orban is featured is featured in “TAWA Past Presidents,” on exhibit September 2 through October 1 at the Trenton Free Public Library. An opening reception is scheduled for September 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) and the Trenton Free Public Library will present the exhibition “Tawa Past Presidents” at the Trenton Free Public Library September 2 through October 1. An opening reception is set for Friday, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The opening night for the exhibit will be a part of the city’s First Fridays events.

“Tawa Past Presidents” features work by six former TAWA leaders: Elizabeth Aubrey, Robert Girandola, Aubrey Kauffman, Robert Lowe II, Dave Orban, and Mary Yess.

Aubrey has been president since 2012. She is a Bordentown-based painter known in part for her works depicting abstract interpretations of nature, open space, and industrial sites. She has exhibited at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC, Muse Gallery in Philadelphia, Ellarslie, and The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster. Her work is in private collections and the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Girandola lives in Yardly, Pa., and was president from 2009-2011. He has exhibited at Ellarslie, Artists of Yardley, and the TAWA exhibit at the Prince Street Gallery. A Columbia University graduate, he is best known for his 2006 bronze of NYC Firefighters for 9/11.

Kauffman is a Mercer County-based photographer who focuses on urban landscape and man’s impact on the environment. He was president of TAWA from 1987-1996. His work is included in the collections of New Jersey State Museum, Rider University, and Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick. Kauffman lives in Ewing.

“LOWER FERRY CONRAIL BRIDGE”: This painting by Robert Lowe is part of the “TAWA Past Presidents” exhibit, on view September 2 through October 1 at the Trenton Free Public Library.

Lowe was an active force with TAWA from 2005–2015. He is a Trenton-based painter known in part for his works in watercolors and oils. He has exhibited throughout Bucks County and Greater Trenton Area and is a signature member of the Garden State Watercolor Society. His work is in private collections and the County of Mercer.

Orban, president from 1985–1987, is a Hamilton-based artist who works in oil on canvas or wood. He describes his work as “painterly realism.” He enjoys the juxtapositions of unusual objects and the dramatic effects of theatrical lighting to push the compositions even further into abstraction. His work can be found in the collections of Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey, and Brooklyn College.

Yess was the first elected TAWA president and served from 1979-1983. She is a Hamilton-based artist and works in oil/oil pastel/mixed media Her work focuses on “Old industrial buildings — from all over the U.S., but mostly along the Route 1 corridor near Trenton,” she said. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including Ellarslie/ Trenton City Museum and the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

TAWA is a Greater Trenton nonprofit organization and has a 40-year history organizing exhibits in such venues as the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum, Artworks Trenton, Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and more.

The Trenton Free Public Library is located at 120 Academy Street in Trenton and is in the new Creek2Canal Trenton Arts District. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the library, call (609) 392-7188.

More information on the Trenton Artists Workshop Association can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.