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ART FAIR 14C MERGES WITH ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Art Fair 14C has merged with Art House Productions effective April 28, 2021 to improve and expand the visual arts opportunities for the Jersey City community and beyond. The merger will allow both groups to better structure resources and to support each other in a more meaningful way. Founded in 2019 and 2001 respectively, Art Fair 14C and Art House Productions both serve artists and arts lovers throughout New Jersey with high quality arts programming. Art Fair 14C Founder, Robinson Holloway, will join the Art House Productions Board of Trustees.

Art Fair 14C is a Jersey City-based visual arts non-profit with a mission to expand opportunities for artists and arts businesses through residencies and exhibitions. The organization’s central program is New Jersey’s only international art fair, providing support and growth opportunities for small and medium sized galleries. With more than 50 exhibitors from around the world, Art Fair 14C annually highlights New Jersey as an exciting destination for high quality fine art.

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, art exhibitions, and provides adult and youth art classes.

Art House, which will move into their new state-of-the-art facility at 184 Morgan Street by the end of 2021/early 2022, brings with it a staff and resources that will help Art Fair 14C on the administrative side in a larger capacity. For arts lovers, the merger means Art House will broaden their services and continue their commitment to the Jersey City arts community and the visual arts by expanding 14C’s core programs and building on Art House’s existing visual arts programs. 

“We’ve long been fans of Art House Productions and its commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement,” says Art Fair 14C founder Robinson Holloway. “A merger can be a business tool for growth, and it’s one that not many nonprofits use. Art Fair 14C and Art House Productions have complimentary missions that serve both artists and audiences, and I think that in combination we can become Jersey City’s strongest and most dynamic arts organization.”

“Art House is committed to broadening our reach in the visual arts in Jersey City and throughout New Jersey. We’re very excited to be merging with Art Fair 14C and we look forward to reopening in-person programming with this year’s Art Fair at Mana Contemporary in October 2021,” says Art House Executive Director Meredith Burns. “Robinson Holloway and her team are integral members of the arts community here and this partnership will further expand Art House’s capabilities in not only the visual arts, but all our programming.”

The merged company will operate as Art House Productions, Inc, but Art Fair 14C will retain its name and identity as visual arts programming within Art House Productions.

Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, The Princeton Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, Masterwork Arts, and Genova Burns. 

Art House Productions is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all public programming. Art House Productions produces work with a shrewd sense of social responsibility. For more information about Art House Productions, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods. To sign up for Art House’s mailing list, please click here: http://eepurl.com/hd1FCj

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ART FAIR HOTEL


Mollie Thonneson, President of Pro Art JC,
with one of her colorful hanging sculptures at Art Fair 14 C

   Art Fair 14C Created Had Big Turnout at The Hyatt in Jersey City

   Two Floors of Art and Hundreds of Art Loving Guests Attended

By Sally Deering

Imagine a high-end hotel transformed into an art gallery with mobiles hanging in entranceways, sculptures grouped on end tables, and paintings draped on easels made of bed pillows. Creativity and artistry practically bounced off the walls at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, last weekend, when artists exhibited their works, and networked with other artists and art-lovers.

On Friday March 15 and running through Sunday, March 17, the Hyatt Regency on the Jersey City waterfront was where 50 galleries booked rooms on two floors of the hotel, hung original art on the walls and flung open the doors to art-lovers. Guests had the opportunity to roam the hotel’s 8th & 9th floor and visit the galleries that exhibited some terrific paintings, sculpture, mixed-media and more in their respective hotel rooms.


Penguins by Barbara Fiore

There was the group of “Penguins” by sculptor Barbara Fiore; the true-to-life “Red Fan” by Christopher Stott, and alcohol art paintings by Bryant Small.  Members of Pro Arts in Jersey City, including president Mollie Thonneson, showed their work including Thonneson’s colorful hanging sculptures that fluttered gracefully when someone walked by.

Linda Streicher, Bryant Small, Mollie Thonneson and Christine Barney of Pro Arts at Art Fair 14C

As groups of art lovers strolled through Pro Arts exhibition, Thonneson said that her experience at Art Fair 14C was extremely positive. She was joined by artists Linda Streicher, Bryant Small and Christine Barney.

Red Fan Christopher Stott
Red Fan by Christopher Stott

The event was sponsored by the Jersey City Arts Council and curated by volunteer Executive Director Robinson Holloway, the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Arts Council who stepped down in January 2019 to run Art Fair 14C. Holloway created and runs two non-profit art galleries – the Gallery at 350 Bleecker in New York City, and Village West Gallery on Newark Ave in Jersey City.

Jersey City artist Theda Sandiford exhibited collages like her “Foxy Brown for President” piece.

Foxy Brown for President Theda Sandiford Jersey city

David Barnett, who creates 2D-and-3D collages and sculptures exhibited several works including a dog with mechanical parts he created as an homage to his pup, Oscar; and a mechanized man in a hat.

Man with a hat
Sculpture by David Barnett

“I like merging the idea of humanity and technology,” Barnett said. “Where one begins, the other ends.”

If you missed Art Fair 14C, check out

http://artfair14c.com for more information.

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