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Hopewell Valley Vineyard Announces 2nd Annual Common Threads Art Show February 1, 2014

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Hopewell Valley Vineyard Announces 2nd Annual Common Threads Art Show February 1, 2014
Wonderland3 by Jamaila Hernandez

 On February 1st 12pm – 5pm with the help of curator Lauren Otis, assisted by Burgess Ekman the 2nd annual Common Threads art show returns to Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington ( Common Threads will again feature 6 artists influenced by or tied to the Trenton NJ art scene.

Join Artist C. A. Shofed and his guest artists Rory Mahon, Robert Lowe II, Will Kasso, Jamaila Hernandez and Marisa Benson as they present their art at Common Threads 2: Trenton Inspires the World Takes. This year the artists have been asked to show a piece of work that they have not shown previously or that has taken their vision to an unexpected place.

About the Artists

Rory Mahon grew up in NYC and attended The Cooper Union where he received his BFA. Rory worked at The Johnson Atelier from 1976 to 2004. Since then Rory has pursued his teaching aspirations at several area educational facilities teaching secondary level students and adults. He has conducted sculpture workshops, lectures, and demonstrations around the globe in countries such as Ireland, France, and Canada. Rory Mahon’s photography is in many private and public collections and can be seen locally on the walls of Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, NJ. Rory currently runs his own Sculpture Foundry and Photography studio from home in Hopewell Township, NJ.

Robert Lowe II enjoyed a successful and varied career serving individuals with developmental disabilities, and a lifelong practice of photography, Robert turned his interests to other mediums. Having grown up in the New Hope/Lambertville area and having studied Art History while attending Swarthmore College, Robert found that he was strongly influenced by the American Impressionists. Presently he concentrates in Oils and Watercolors, although he continues in photography and periodically works in Pastel and other drawing mediums. Robert is an associate member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and maintains pieces at the Farnsworth Gallery in Bordentown, NJ.

KASSO was born Willie Condry Jr. and was raised in Trenton, NJ. He first noticed graffiti art at the age of 7 when graffiti artists from North Jersey and New York were creating murals for local businesses in Trenton. KASSO went on to study Fine Arts and Illustration at the College of New Jersey, where he excelled in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture. He furthered his education under the tutelage of legendary graffiti artist, teacher, and mentor Daniel "POSE 2" Hopkins, where he mastered the fine art of aerosol painting. Today KASSO is primarily known for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol based murals. He is a pioneering force in the Trenton, NJ’s art scene and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations. Along with S.A.G.E. Collective and the Vicious Styles Crew, KASSO has produced dozens of murals throughout the city of Trenton and across the east coast. He has also been commissioned to produce fine art for numerous celebrities and avid art collectors. His goal is to keep producing art by any means and to keep pushing the limits of what art can conceive and achieve.


Jamaila Hernandez was born and raised in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. She currently lives in Franklin Park, New Jersey. She is a graphic designer/artist. She loves to draw, sculpt, illustrate and she is currently experimenting with watercolor painting. Jamaila's been active helping her family and friends who have lost homes due to Typhoon Haiyan. She uses her artwork to raise funds for them to get back on their feet. Her creative talent is also able to help other non-profit organizations design campaign t-shirts, redesign logos, etc. to bring awareness of those who are suffering in the Philippines.


Marisa Benson is an American hip-hop and spoken word performance artist and lyricist, with a degree in Diplomacy. She was born and raised in New Jersey and has been writing and performing music since the age of 12. She has performed in open mic venues throughout New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New Jersey, and the African continent. Her music content focuses primarily on international issues and relationship issues that are not often discussed. Marisa views music as "the best platform to effectively address issues in a way that can resonate with audiences and communities." Her influences include Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Eve, Salt~n~Pepa, Zap Mama, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jill Scott, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan and Bjork. In addition to her music, Marisa is an international arts consultant and has managed a diverse range of cultural and academic programs.

C.A. Shofed was born in Fort Dix, NJ. In high school, he studied Graphic Arts at Assunpink Vocational School, moving into Advertising Design in college. It was college that first exposed him to what now is his love for photography. Although C.A. Shofed’s early professional life has focused on technology, he maintained an interest in photography, always carrying his camera with him, taking photographs whenever the opportunity presented itself or whenever a particular scene or object inspired him. In recent years he has made the transition to digital, although he still prefers film. C.A. Shofed occasionally dabbles in other mediums, acrylics and mixed pen and inks. Increasingly his work seeks to bring attention to objects in an urban landscape.

C.A. Shofed’s art has been described has “industrial meets nature”. C.A. Shofed’s work is in private collections located throughout the Mercer County region including Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design and The Wellness Center of Lawrenceville.


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