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ART CITY    Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Weekend kicks-off Sat & Sun, Oct. 8 & 9

Jersey City Art Studio Tour

 

 

 

   A Thousand Artists Display Works in Hundreds of Venues

 By RVO Staff

Art lovers everywhere are invited to share in the love that is the 26th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour where more than 1,000 artists will fling open the doors to hundreds of venues for viewers to see their paintings, sculptures, mixed-media and other exciting works.

The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) takes place Sat & Sun, Oct. 8 & 9, from 12 noon to 6 pm throughout Jersey City. (For a map of who’s who and where to go visit Jersey City Hall, local restaurants, clubs and other business establishments in the city.) The JCAST is presented by Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the JC Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs. Continue reading ART CITY    Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Weekend kicks-off Sat & Sun, Oct. 8 & 9

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JC Mural Arts Program Clarifications

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop’s office, which started the Jersey City mural arts program in 2013, clarified certain points about the program after it was mentioned in a recent story that ran in the River View Observer.

  1. The mural program was started and continues to be executed through the Mayor’s Office under the direction of Brooke Hansson, and all inquiries regarding the program should be directed to her at bhansson@jcnj.org.
  1. The murals program started out as an anti-graffiti project and continues to be an anti-graffiti project which is how it is 100% funded and why it has a graffiti vandal community service component.
  1. The name of the mural program was never changed. The brochures are a street gallery map of the mural arts program.
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SNOW BALL EFFECT- Local Artists support Art House Productions’ at 10th Annual Gala

 

Snowbal 2016 costume winners
Artists and Friends Dress Up (and then some) to Raise Money for Arts Programs

 

 

Jersey City Mayor Fulop at Snowball 2016
Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Board President David Gibson and Executive Director Christine Goodman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 By Sally Deering

 Flowers, feathers and frou-frou from Hudson’s finest dollar stores adorned dresses, hats and other fantastical costumes worn by artists and arts-lovers who braved the blustery temps last Saturday to attend Art House Productions’ Snow Ball in Jersey City.

Held in the non-profit’s black box theater and art gallery on Magnolia Street in Journal Square, the evening gala was the organization’s 10th annual fundraiser for its performing and visual arts programs. The sell-out crowd of artists and supporters didn’t disappoint as they danced, schmoozed and celebrated the arts group’s artistic contribution to the Jersey City community. .

To open the evening, singer Giselle, who received help from Art House to create her new single and music video, sang tunes from her repertoire with guitarist Adam Tilzer before Executive Director Christine Goodman took to the stage to address the crowd.  Continue reading SNOW BALL EFFECT- Local Artists support Art House Productions’ at 10th Annual Gala

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ART & THE CITY-Cultural Affairs Director Elizabeth Cain Taps into Jersey City’s Artistic Soul

Elizabeth Cain Director of Cultural Affairs for Jersey City
Eliazabeth Cain

 JC Street Gallery reaches 67 Murals and Counting

New Artist Mapping Website in 2016

 By Sally Deering

 High up on the 4th floor of Jersey City Hall, the Office of Cultural Affairs lead by Director Elizabeth Cain looks out upon the city’s street life while it oversees the city’s cultural life and the programs that connect its communities beyond brick and mortar.

Cain took over the post in 2014 after working on Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop’s transition team. Prior to becoming the Cultural Affairs department head, Cain served as Executive Director for the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) which sponsors popular community events like Groove on Grove and Everything Jersey City. She worked for developers Paul and Eric Silverman, whose Jersey City properties often include public spaces where local artists exhibit their work. Continue reading ART & THE CITY-Cultural Affairs Director Elizabeth Cain Taps into Jersey City’s Artistic Soul

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ART IN THE CITY-Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) opens Doors Hundreds of Artists to present their Works

 

 By Sally Deering

Map for Jersey City Art Studio tourMore than 800 artists will exhibit their work in the upcoming 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour happening Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4, from noon to 6 pm.  More than a hundred studios, galleries, businesses, public spaces and art pop-ups will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, mixed-media, and art installations..

Artist Joe Waks with his mural
Mural by Joe Waks 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (formerly known as the Artists’ Studio Tour) began 25 years ago when a local newspaper joined forces with several Jersey City artists. What started as a tour of 50 or so studios and public art exhibitions with opening night parties of Blimpie sandwiches and jugs of Gallo – has become a huge city-wide event sponsored by the city of Jersey City. Continue reading ART IN THE CITY-Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) opens Doors Hundreds of Artists to present their Works

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JC JAMS-Get ready for JC FRIDAYS, a Jamboree of Art, Music, Dance and Theater

 Every Jersey City Neighborhood will have Art for a Day 

Logo JC Fridays
JC FRIDAYS September 11th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sally Deering

 Need a little help packing away the swimsuit and flip-flops? Searching for the mojo to help you jump into that crunchy pile of leaves? Well, if you’re a Jersey City resident or city neighbor, then you don’t have far to go to say bye-bye summer and hello fall.

Hackensack Dreaming
Hackensack Dreaming by Nancy Cohen

JC Fridays, a city-wide funhouse of music, art, spoken word, dance, food, arts, crafts and much more fabulousness happens Fri, Sept. 11 with a huge line-up of art shows, music and dance performances, and other events happening throughout the city.

Sponsored by Art House Productions, a Jersey City-based performing and visual arts nonprofit, JC Fridays happens four times a year at the start of every season: March, June, September, and December. (The next JC Fridays will be Fri, Dec.  4th.)

Each neighborhood in Jersey City will be jamming; here’s the lineup:

Continue reading JC JAMS-Get ready for JC FRIDAYS, a Jamboree of Art, Music, Dance and Theater

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ARTIST AFIRE- Artist/Fire Captain John T. Ruddy Exhibits at Raven Gallery

  To open Art Gallery in JC this fall

 

Paintings by John T. Ruddy of Jersey City: PADMA, MATAJI, and NATARAJ.

(PADMA is on display at Raven Gallery and Boutique in Jersey City)

By Sally Deering

 Artist and Jersey City Fire Captain John T. Ruddy has traveled all over the world and the souvenirs he has brought back include exotic images and motifs that influence many of his paintings.

“I studied Renaissance and Classical painting and I’ve traveled to 50 countries,” Ruddy says, sitting at an outdoor café in his downtown Jersey City neighborhood. “I always head for the cathedrals, mosques and temples first, and I ask myself, what does this culture aesthetically offer? Travel has always been a life-long passion.”

Continue reading ARTIST AFIRE- Artist/Fire Captain John T. Ruddy Exhibits at Raven Gallery

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

Playing in Color Gradations

   By Sally Deering

July 15 Peter Bill sitting on chair
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.

July 15 peter bill design in pink
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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JC Artists Studio Tour Saturday, October 5th

Our River View Observer camera was making the rounds today and these are some of the first photos taken
of JC Artists Tour! Check back for more…

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