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Candy Crush; New Works by Photographer Beth Achenbach Capture the Joy of Sweets  

By Sally Deering

 Girl with Bubble Beth AchenbachGood n’ Plenty, Pixy Stix, Zots, Necco Wafers – these are just some of the candies kids snacked on back in the day and that still evoke childhood memories in adults of all ages. People seem to connect through the shared experience of reminiscing about candy; everyone knows someone who can wax poetic about wax lips.

PixyStix by Beth Achenbach in NOSTALGIA  River View Observer  Double Bubble Bubble Gum, Bon-o-mo Turkish Taffy, Lemonheads, Dots, Pop Rocks, Candy Buttons – the candy list is endless – and photographer Beth Achenbach of Jersey City believes her photographs of candy will help people make happy connections at her upcoming exhibit NOSTALGIA at the Mary Benson Gallery in Jersey City. Continue reading Candy Crush; New Works by Photographer Beth Achenbach Capture the Joy of Sweets  

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LANDSCAPES, SCULPTURES AND SKYLINE PHOTOS AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASA COLOMBO

Three Artists Exhibit Personal, Playful Works at CACC in Jersey City

 

By Sally Deering

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Abbey Levine and her whimsical wood sculptures
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Jacqueline Falconi and her painting
“Explosione in Ble”
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Alina Oswald presents her work at Casa Columbo

Three women artists make the walls of the Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo in Jersey City their own in OF THE MIND, an exhibit of dreamy Italian landscapes, whimsical wood sculptures and moody photographs of the Manhattan Skyline.

Artists Abby Levine, Alina Oswald, and Jacqueline Falconi’s art works reflect their personal interests, things that inspire them and that also have a little whimsy, like Levine’s painted wood sculptures. Levine, who resides in Union City, is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and has exhibited her art work throughout the U.S.

Continue reading LANDSCAPES, SCULPTURES AND SKYLINE PHOTOS AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASA COLOMBO

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100 Artists to Show their Work at Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour 2014

artwork by Robert Piesanti
Artwork by Robert Piesanti

SHOW AND TELL

By Sally Deering

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Home Plate by Joyce Finn map of US crates with souvenir plates for all 50 states

A 10-foot map of the U.S. made of souvenir plates from all 50 states; candy-colored 1960s-inspired pop art paintings; spray painted murals; all this and more goes on exhibit this weekend at the Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour.

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Artwork by Lou Carbone
will be featured at the Hoboken Historical Museum

The Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour is a free, self-guided walking tour of artists’ studios, galleries and group exhibitions that begins Fri, Nov. 7 and runs through Sun, Nov. 9, with more than 100 local artists participating. City Hall, Monroe Street Arts Center, Hoboken Historical Museum and Maxwell’s bar and restaurant are some of the 24 venues where artists will be exhibiting their work. Many will share their process; others will share interesting conversations; it’s all what makes this yearly event so interesting. (Jersey City had their studio tour last week!)

Continue reading 100 Artists to Show their Work at Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour 2014

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POP UP ART SHOW — Bayonne: The Peninsula (Water Colors)

Digital photograph  “Purple Haze” by photographer Sidney Montanez of Jersey City will be on exhibit at “Bayonne:  The Peninsula (Water Colors)” art show on Sat, Oct. 25 at the Bayonne Museum.

Photograph by Patricia Mulligan for "Bayonne: The Peninsula (Water Colors).

Photograph by Patricia Mulligan for “Bayonne: The Peninsula (Water Colors).

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Bayonne Museum 229 Broadway, Bayonne

 More than 30 Artists to Exhibit at Bayonne Museum – One Day Only

By Sally Deering 

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Artist Bill Zbylut will exhibit his oil paintings like the two picture: “Jackie Gleason as the Man from Space” and “My Back Porch”.

 For one day only, the work of more than  30 artists pops up at the Bayonne Museum in “Bayonne: The Peninsula (Water Colors)” art show where each artist has a 4-foot display area to make their own.

On Sat, Oct. 25, from 1-10 pm, some pretty terrific painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists will display and sell their works, many depicting Bayonne’s beautiful vistas. The exhibit is a joint venture between Deb Peveler and Lou Segura of All Fit Studios in

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Artist Bill Zbylut will exhibit his oil paintings like the two picture: “Jackie Gleason as the Man from Space” and “My Back Porch”.

Bayonne and Patty Mulligan and the grassroots group Beautify Bayonne, along with the support of Mayor Jimmy Davis and his new administration.

“Bayonne is a peninsula city at the southern end of the Gold Coast,” Mayor Davis says.  “Our community’s location and natural surroundings provide great inspiration for artistic expression.” Continue reading POP UP ART SHOW — Bayonne: The Peninsula (Water Colors)

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2014 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour East Coast’s Fastest Growing Art Scene Features Hundreds of Artists and Exhibitions, Galleries, and Live Entertainment

A FREE Self-Guided Tour All Weekend Click this link to find out all you need to know about the Jersey City Artist Tour   thejcast.com

Read what is happening at jcast this weekend!

 JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs present the 2014 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, a FREE self-guided tour featuring more than a 130 galleries, artist studios and pop-up exhibition spaces. The tour will take place from 12 pm to 6:00 pm throughout the city on Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th.

The 24th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is a weekend celebration of Jersey City’s diverse and burgeoning art scene that features over 600 artists and venues that include galleries, studios, public art, live music and performances, food, drink and parties. This year’s exhibitions include visual art, multimedia, film, music, performance and everything in-between.

Every year the tour attracts thousands of visitors during its two-day run. The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is New Jersey’s premier art and cultural event, and is free and open to the public.  Continue reading 2014 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour East Coast’s Fastest Growing Art Scene Features Hundreds of Artists and Exhibitions, Galleries, and Live Entertainment

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Bayonne: Water Colors-   Artists Invited to Exhibit at Bayonne Museum  

Deb Peveler and Lou Segura of All Fit Studios and Beautify Bayonne invite artists of all media to participate in the art exhibit “Bayonne: Water Colors” at the Bayonne Museum, 229 Broadway, on Sat, Oct. 25, from 1-10 pm.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Bayonne has a great story to tell through the arts,” Peveler says. Continue reading Bayonne: Water Colors-   Artists Invited to Exhibit at Bayonne Museum  

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Jersey City Artist Peter S. Bill Turns Two-Dimensional Shapes into Swirling, Twirling and sometimes Glowing Illusions

Playing in Color Gradations

   By Sally Deering

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Artist Peter S. Bill outside an exhibit

British artist Peter Bill is a color illusionist and his paintings can be found in homes throughout the U.K., and U.S., and in many instances, the homes of other artists. Using subtle gradations of brilliant color, Bill can turn a color spectrum into spirals, fans – you name it, the shapes are endless, and the images seem to lift off the page like a 3-D movie but without the goofy glasses.

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Peter S. Bill Design in Pink

Bill has exhibited locally in several galleries including LITM and Cooper Gallery in Jersey City; HBO’s corporate headquarters and the Puffin Room in Manhattan; and at City Without Walls in Newark. For years, motorists have driven by the 17-foot by 15-foot peace sign he painted in the mural on Observer Highway in Hoboken. His early career work as a graphic artist can be seen in the book “The Collected Writings of Sir William Churchill,” and the three fonts he designed – Starlight, Starlight Display, and Uranus Bold – are still used today. Continue reading Jersey City Artist Peter S. Bill Turns Two-Dimensional Shapes into Swirling, Twirling and sometimes Glowing Illusions

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Hoboken’s Barsky Gallery celebrates Super Bowl’s visit to New Jersey with new exhibit

 

Barsky Gallery Celebrates the SuperBowlJanuary 15, 2014 – Hoboken, N.J. – Art and sport come together this month at theBarsky Gallery in Hoboken, where “Art’s Salute to Football” welcomes visitors with an exhibit celebrating America’s greatest game.

The exhibit, which runs from January 25 through February 8, 2014, aims to connect the local art community with the more than 100,000 Super Bowl fans expected to descend upon the area. The game’s defining feature, the humble football, becomes a canvas for the artist to embellish, adorn, and otherwise enhance, creating reimagined sculptures that resonate with football and art enthusiasts alike.

“This exhibit features some incredible works of art, each one unique despite all starting with a basic foundation: the football,” says gallery owner Al Barsky. “It is such a pleasure to showcase the work of talented local artists in this fun exhibit that we hope will draw the interest of community members and the many athletes, media, fans, and others visiting our region for Super Bowl XLVIII.” Continue reading Hoboken’s Barsky Gallery celebrates Super Bowl’s visit to New Jersey with new exhibit

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Behind the Scenes at Art House Productions Executive Director Christine Goodman gives Artists a Place to Shine

 

By Sally Deering

Christine goodmanLike a phoenix rising from the ashes, Art House Productions grew from a post-9/11 open mic night on the top floor of a church, to a respected company of artists performing, exhibiting, teaching and building a creative presence in Jersey City. As Founder and Executive Director of Art House Productions, Christine Goodman oversees INKubator, a play-development program; STAGES, a youth theater program; .JC FRIDAYS, a quarterly arts event held in 50 venues throughout Jersey City; Snow Ball, the non-profit’s annual fundraiser and “THE ART HOUSE TV SHOW” featuring performances by poets, musicians, comedians and performance artists that airs weekly on Jersey City Comcast Channel 51. Goodman’s efforts have been so successful the City of Jersey City gave her the Key to the City in 2007.

Art House Productions began its 13th season this past September and its fall JC Fridays event was just held the first week of December. These days, Goodman is busy getting LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, put on by Art House Productions’ youth company ready for opening night while she plans the upcoming fundraiser Snow Ball to be held January 25th.  She recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Riverview Observer about her role as Executive Director of Art House Productions and the many projects she and her staff oversees.

RVO: Can you tell our readers how Art House Productions came about?

CG: I founded it 2001in response to ‘9/11’.  I wanted to have an event that brought people in Jersey City together that were artistic, I had no idea where to find them, so I held an ‘open mic’ in late September 2001 and that was the first event. In January 2002, we launched our monthly open mic series at Victory Hall, connecting with writers and poets like Reg E. Gaines. (Reg E. Gaines, a Jersey City resident, wrote the libretto and lyrics for the Broadway musical BRING IN DA NOISE; BRING IN DA FUNK.)  And in 2007 we moved into our space on Hamilton Park.  It started with an open mic and a handful of people; now we have things happening year round and we serve over 16,000 people a year through our programs. Continue reading Behind the Scenes at Art House Productions Executive Director Christine Goodman gives Artists a Place to Shine

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“Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita” –New Art Exhibit Opens Sun., Dec. 15, at Hoboken Historical Museum

Hoboken-Based Artist Returns for Second Show at the Museum

 

hoboken museum show dec 15Hoboken, NJ – Dec. 9, 2013 – At first glance, his works appear to be delicately painted in saturated colors and fine lines. The lights of New York City twinkle across the Hudson, a fine tracery of fireworks showers down over the river, tree branches twist in the wind. But step closer to the pictures and you just might be able to detect the sliced paper. In some cases, there might be four or five layers, but he uses fine origami paper, so the surface is virtually flat. It’s a technique known as “kirigama,” in Japan, but is practiced in many forms, including much of Matisse’s late work.

Meet the artist and learn more about kirigama at the opening reception on Saturday, December 15, from 2 – 5 p.m., for Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita, in the Upper Gallery. The event is free. The works will be on view through January 19.

“I always enjoy sketching scenes on the Hoboken waterfront, of people enjoying the outdoors, walking, kids playing, the happy moments,” he says. “Art is communication; I like to share the joy and beauty with other people.”

Hiro Takeshita was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and from an early age was interested in art and American culture. Born two years after the atomic bomb blast in his native city, he can still recall his mother’s searing memories of that day. However, he also recalls the kindness of American soldiers and being captivated by American television shows on television, which ultimately motivated him to move to the U.S. in 1977 after studying art and print-making in Tokyo.

The bright colors of his native city and his fascination with American pop culture led him to admire artists of the post-Impressionist period, particularly Henri Matisse, Abstract Expressionists like Richard Diebenkorn and Pop Artists, especially Andy Warhol. Continue reading “Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita” –New Art Exhibit Opens Sun., Dec. 15, at Hoboken Historical Museum

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