Helping to build Trenton’s proud reputation as a bustling hub for artists and art, the newly-opened Finca Café has begun its “First Fridays” showings with some truly outstanding paintings. Artist Adriana Groza has been in shows at Trenton’s Art All Day and Art All Night and numerous other galleries in the Trenton region, as well as being recently awarded the Woman Artist of the Month (December and January) by Artworks.

Samurai, 24″ x 24″ x 1.5″

She talks about herself modestly, “I am a self-taught artist, born and raised in Transylvania, Romania, currently a Mercer county resident, living and working in the Trenton environs. My work is abstract and created using fluid acrylics, manipulated directly on the canvas by various means, without a brush. I respond strongly to color and I enjoy the type of preparation this type of work requires, often much longer than the execution of the painting itself. During the manipulation of the paint on canvas I react to the initial image and work the painting until I’m satisfied. I very much enjoy the spontaneity of the process and the recognition of new patterns in the painting that emerge as I work.” 

Adriana continues, “My technique and my enjoyment of and emphasis on color creates works that evoke nature and organic processes. As I look at my art in relation to the art of others, both similar and different in techniques, I find that there is no one subject matter or single concept in my work. For me it is the color, dynamism and depth of the painting that define it. My best works are active and imply movement across the space, or they emerge from, or descend into space for the observer.”

Chasing Dreams, 18″ x 24″ x 1.5″

For more information and upcoming exhibits, see Facebook: @adrianagroza4art, or use Instagram: adrianagrozaart. Email: Art for sale is properly certified.

Finca Café is a new coffee shop 862 South Broad Street that is classy and modern, yet welcoming and unpretentious. Trenton is perfect for a cool venue like this, with the neutral, subtle decor and superb coffee(s) as well as other beverages for non-coffee drinkers. The Colombian influence is delightfully noticeable, with items like arepas de choclo on the menu for something special to go along with your coffee. Of course, fresh sandwiches, traditional pastries and natural juices are available too.

Guillermo and Dina, the host-owners, are constantly working on and improving their menu to appeal to the different preferences of their customers, and they have added some unique additions, like their hot banana and strawberry tea to name just one. If you sign up for their e-mails, you can get notices and savings coupons sent to you. Finca Café is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It currently keeps winter hours, with plans to extend them by summer.

They proudly suggest that you “Choose us because we understand the complexities of coffee, the hard work that coffee growers go through, and respect the flavor that can be extracted from each coffee bean.” For more information, visit or call (609) 571-9211.

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