Over the weekend I ran a 24 hour ultramarathon. I’ve received many comments on Facebook and just had to share this one:

I’m so proud of you. I told my son what you’ve been doing. He asked if you’re a hero just practicing. I said practicing for what? He said heroes practice just to practice because heroes make us want to be better like them.

That was so touching to read and really kept me going during the race. It made me think of the 2nd time that I did the Spartan Race World Championship in Killington and my friend sent me this message later:

Impressive! And you still had the spirit to smile at us as we passed over you on the gondola as you were decending from that hellish summit. *my son* said “John is my best friend” several times this weekend.

It feels so good to be an inspiration to these kids. Motivating them to go outdoors and be active and enjoy nature makes me feel so great. Our planet is beautiful, I wish that I had spent more time enjoying it as a child, but I feel even better inspiring other kids to do just that. Go outside!


Movis – Maverick Parallels

May Exhibits at Artworks

May Exhibitions at Artworks

May – June 2015

Main Gallery

Movis – Maverick Parallels

May 6– June 13  (Opening Reception – May 9, 6-8pm)

For this exhibition, the artists of MOVIS find expression in 2 and 3 dimensional works, as well as sound pieces, using a wide range of materials including paint, photography, bronze, steel, wood, video, knitted fiber, masking tape, hand-made paper and mesh.  John Goodyear offers a kinetic construction in which the images appear and disappear on rotatable parallel slats;  Margaret Johnson’s elegant prints show evidence of the hand moving in parallel gestures;  Eve Ingalls works across 2 and 3 dimensions in her large constructions that juxtapose the parallel prongs of a tuning fork and the scattered energy of the city;  Berendina Buist uses thread and fabric with parallels running across the rows and up and down the panels;  Rita Asch, MOVIS’ composer/musician, creates a lyrical sound piece inspired by the song of the thrush allowing the trills of the thrush to interact in parallel with the digitally-generated sound of the flute and the human voice;  photographer Frank Magalhaes creates a video stream of enhanced photographic images comprising a fantastical, parallel view of Umbria;  Susan Hockaday presents a parallel version of the Dymaxion World Map created by Buckminster Fuller, substituting botanical imagery for the usual land masses.; and Marsha Levin-Rojer offers a work from her Mandala series comprised of wooden beads suspended in parallel, as well as a tape installation where a set of parallel lines seems to remain constrained as long as it can before breaking out into a burst of energy.

Guest artists include Dana Stewart, whose carefully positioned animal sculptures create strong visual parallels; Jim Perry, whose tall wood totems gracefully and elegantly carry the parallel concept vertically from floor to ceiling; and Jerry Hirniak, whose photographic assemblages and video presentation offer parallel views of an historic 10 day period involving the civil rights movement.

Featured Artists

Rita Asch

Berendina Buist

John Goodyear

Susan Hockaday

Eve Ingalls

Margret Johnson

Marsha Levin-Rojer

Frank Magalhaes

Guest Artists

Jerry Hirniak

Jim Perry

Dana Stewart

e pluribus unum



e. pluribus Unum – Susan Hockaday





Community Gallery

VSA of NJ – Art Par Excellence

May 6 – June 13  (Opening Reception – May 9, 6-8pm)

Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibition featuring two dimensional artwork by students through age 21 with disabilities. All schools in the state were invited to submit two works. Selected artists will have their works displayed in the Community Gallery.

To find out more about VSA NJ, CLICK HERE.

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ArtLab Gallery

Ede Sinkovics – Upcyled Art

May 16 – June 13


Ede Sinkovics, resident artist at TerraCycle, will be showcasing his upcycle artwork in the ARtLab.  Come see how our everyday trash can be transformed into something with value, like art!

Artworks 50/25 gala


Artworks 50/25 Gala 

Celebrating 50 Years of Service – Connecting Community, Culture and Creativity Through the Arts

Friday, May 8th

6:30 pm Cocktail Hour, 7:30 pm Dinner

$125. a person*

Wyndham Garden Inn 1 W Lafayette St, Trenton, NJ

Artworks has been a part of the cultural landscape in Trenton and throughout Mercer County for 50 years, providing programming including Art Exhibitions, Adult Education, Youth Education and events such as “Art All Night” and “Art All Day”. These programs have provided a community building bridge between the city and its surrounding suburbs, offering creative outlets for residents as well as attracting people into the city for diverse and uniformly positive arts events.

Please join us for a wonderful evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and artistic entertainment while helping Artworks continue providing a variety of programs that reach well over 30,000 individuals each year.  Together we can help connect creativity and culture within our region, and reconnect participants to a Trenton filled with energy and possibility.


Live Music by Downright Down

Cocktail Hour Body Painting Demonstrations by Leon Rainbow and Cheryl Painter

Painting Demo and Auction by Will Kasso


*We have determined that the estimated far market value of the dinner and entertainment for each ticket is $50.  The balance of the ticket price is a deductible charitable contribution for purposes of federal income tax law.

For more information contact



Top 50 albums of 2014

My favorite albums of 2014 in order from most favorite.

1. Future IslandsSingles
2. Ariel Pinkpom pom
3. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
4. A Winged Victory for the SullenAtomos
5. PlanningtorockAll Love’s Legal
6. Ex HexRips
7. Owen PallettIn Conflict
8. Dum Dum GirlsToo True
9. Peaking LightsCosmic Logic
10. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
11. FKA twigsLP1
12. CaribouOur Love
13. Flying LotusYou’re Dead

14. BeckMorning Phase
15. jjV
16. Timber TimbreHot Dreams
17. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
18. SwansTo Be Kind

19. Broken BellsAfter the Disco
20. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraHang On to Each Other
21. MetronomyLove Letters
22. St. VincentSt. Vincent
23. GrouperRuins
24. The KnifeShaken-Up Versions
25. Laetitia SadierSomething Shines
26. GoatCommune
27. Bombay Bicycle ClubSo Long, See You Tomorrow
28. Mark McGuireAlong the Way
29. ArcaXen
30. Hundred WatersThe Moon Rang Like a Bell
31. The KVBOut of Body

32. ActressGhettoville
33. WarpaintWarpaint
34. The BugAngels & Devils
35. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
36. Dirty BeachesStateless
37. Andy StottFaith in Strangers
38. Ben FrostA U R O R A
39. How to Dress WellWhat is This Heart?
40. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
41. Millie & AndreaDrop the Vowels

42. Alt-JThis Is All Yours
43. MogwaiRave Tapes
44. Wu-Tang ClanA Better Tomorrow
45. FenneszBécs
46. Sunn O)))Terrestrials
47. Avey Tare’s Slasher FlicksEnter the Slasher House
48. Amen DunesLove

49. Current 93I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell
50. AustraHabitat

2014, a kick ass year of kicking ass

I started 2014 off with a PR (personal record) at the annual Hamilton Hangover 5 Mile race on New Year’s Day. Then race after race, I collected PR after PR. In May alone, I ran a 10 miler in 76 minutes, finishing 25th out of 246 racers; a 5k, coming in 9th out of 116 and top of my age group; and another 5k, finishing 42nd out of 1123. They were all a PR! It was great start to the year!

But my record year was derailed at the end of May, when I sustained a serious knee injury playing Ultimate Frisbee. I was on defense when my legs tangled with the receiver. My knee bent outward and sideways and it hurt a lot. My knee swelled and I was immediately out of commission. I could barely walk. I never got it checked out. I feared a torn MCL, or at least a very bad sprain. So I sat. And sat. Icing. Resting. Depression began to sink in. It was the most beautiful time of the year and I could barely walk. I missed a bunch of races that I was looking forward to, and all I could do was show up and cheer on my teammates. It was heart breaking.

After resting and taking it easy for nearly 2 months, I started to get moving again. I ran my first Spartan Race of the year in June. The knee hurt and it began to swell again, so I didn’t push hard. After that I ran my first ultra-marathon; a 12 hour race up and down the mountains of Vernon, NJ. Still in pain, but slowly getting better.

In August, I tried again to run a bit more competitively. My times were still way off, but my first competitive race back I finished 2nd in my age group and won a prize.

Though I still took it easy, I continued to get better, completing two more Spartan Races, while earning my 2nd Spartan Tri-Fecta at the Spartan World Championship in Killington, VT. The 2014 World Championship course was arguably more challenging and more grueling than its 2013 predecessor, and was in much harsher conditions. Despite that, and despite re-injuring my knee early in the race, I finished nearly an hour faster than last year.

I recovered quickly and ran another PR at a local 5k, finishing top of my age group and 10th overall. This time I even won some cash! A week after that I ran my first ever marathon! Not knowing what to expect, I took the marathon on the cautious side and, in retrospect, I wish I ran much harder. I’m confident that I could have taken a half hour off of my time.

I finished with my 23rd and 24th race of the year, a 5k and a 6k in freezing conditions in December. Finishing 7th and 5th respectively, and earning two 1st place medals for best team and tops in my age group.

I can only hope that I have no setbacks from my knee injury in 2015. It’s not great, but it’s a lot better than it has been. Although I’m afraid that the pain will linger for the rest of my life, I will continue to push myself. I will not always win my age group, or even finish well, but I will always try my hardest.