October 12, 2022

“Fresh Art I” Exhibit At Trenton Public Library

“SPROUTING MIND”: This work by Alia Bensliman is part of “Fresh Art I,” her joint exhibition with FlyKickz and Leon Rainbow, on view at the Trenton Free Public Library through October 29.

The Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) and the Trenton Free Public Library present “Fresh Art I” at the Trenton Free Public Library through October 29.

The exhibition features work by three Trenton artists: Alia Bensliman, FlyKickz, and Leon Rainbow. 

Bensliman lives in Robbinsville. She grew up in Tunisia, North Africa, and her work is influenced by North African and Berber art. She works with mixed media on arch paper and has recently started creating her own watercolor palette made of nontoxic pigments. Her work has been shown throughout the tri-state area. Her painting I Am Roebling is in the permanent collection of the new building of the New Jersey Department of Health.

FlyKickz works primarily with sneakers and uses other materials. She has exhibited locally and distributes her work on the internet. “By combining my love of art and sneakers I’ve created a style of art that can be described as a collection inspired by SOLE,” she said. “My concepts are a mesh of boldness, beauty, and fun — a clear reflection of an artist whose creative talents are both complex and changing.”

Rainbow primarily works with acrylic and aerosols. His murals can be seen throughout the Trenton area and on Spring Street in Princeton. He coordinates the yearly “Jersey Fresh” mural painting event at TerraCycle, and has exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum, Ellarslie Museum, Theory Gallery, and Prince Street Gallery in New York City. His style is graffiti art mixed with abstract and pop art with lots of patterns and textures.

The Trenton Free Public Library is located at 120 Academy Street and is in the new Creek2Canal Trenton Arts District. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 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.