A new month means new art happenings in Hoboken and Jersey City, brought to us by Chris Coleman, director of HobokenArts™ Community Art News. From art galleries to art shows, and even festivals, there’s a lot of exciting art events happening in both Hoboken and Jersey City this month — check out the September 2018 list of art gallery events below:
Two Visionary Guys — August 24th through September 22nd
There’s still time to catch the work of Don Sichler and Rich Roberts—two visionaries in their own right—at hob’art gallery in Hoboken at The Monroe Center for Art at 720 Monroe Street in Suite E208. Don Sichler is an artist who uses a camera and a computer as tools. As he puts it, he doesn’t create art, rather he discovers it, “My camera records what I find and the computer is used to develop and expose it.” He records with his camera what most people look at but do not see. Rich Roberts discovered kiln-formed glass late in life. His art and life is an ongoing experience of unplanned encounters. His work in fused glass is is very different from traditional stained glass. Pieces are fired in an electric kiln several times up to 1,500 degrees. Each heating-cooling cycle takes about 18 hours. The colored glass and small pieces are completely melted (fused) into each other to create his art. Their closing party is Saturday, September 22nd from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Find out more information here.
Presence — September 20th through November 3rd
Field Colony, a shared creative community space for entrepreneurs with a rotating art gallery, presents the exhibition Presence, paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Aaron Boucher and Jeankarlos Cruz. Aaron Boucher is a multidisciplinary conceptual and figurative artist whose works include mixed media works on paper, canvas, and sculpture. His use of symbolism and allegorical minimalist compositions illustrate complex ideas that establish a paradigm for societal identity. In his latest series Presence (2018), Aaron’s opens a dialog with the perception of self and its relationship to humanity.
Jeankarlos Cruz, an abstract and conceptual artist whose works include mixed media drawings and paintings, constructs an abstract vocabulary to investigate and communicate the essence of the environment both physical and intangible dissolving immediate associations and meanings. His process of forming, finding, and deconstructing the image requires manipulation of surface to communicate meaning in social struggles, ancestry, and the placement of objects between. Stop by for the opening Thursday, September 20th from 7:00PM-10:00PM at 1001 Bloomfield Street in Hoboken. The show runs through November 3rd. Find out more here.
Return From Space by Garrett Wayne Walters — September 22nd
On September 22 from 7:00PM-10:00PM be sure to check out the new work by the multitalented musician, surfer, and fine artist Garrett Wayne Walters in his second annual solo show — Return From Space at Roig Collection + Red Lion Frame Shop at 252 First Street in Hoboken. See his newly evolved style in his original paintings on canvas. Join in the great energy of this fun art-filled night. Find out more here.
Hoboken Art & Music Festival — September 30th
Celebrating its 25th year, the Hoboken Art & Music Festival is taking place September 30th from 11:00PM-6:00PM, on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street. The event showcases over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, and local businesses, as well as activities for children on 3rd Street which include rides, games, crafts, face painting, and performances. There will be three stages of live music with performances by The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshal Crenshaw, Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, The Rock n’ Roll High Fives, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Maxima Alerta, Sylvana Joyce + the Moment, Zydeco Revelators, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso, Songs for Seeds, Garden St. School of the Performing Arts, Michael from Michael & the Rockness Monsters and more. Admission is free and will go on rain or shine.
JCAST Preview — September 3rd-30th
This month, the Rotunda Gallery is set to feature installments from artists participating in this year’s Jersey City Art & Studio Tour. An art reception will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on display in downtown Jersey City, at 280 Grove Street, in City Hall’s 3rd floor John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery starting September 3rd-30th. Get more info here.
Women of Wonder at LITM — September 4th
Mixed media artist Theda Sandiford has been working on her latest series exploring the women she admired as a tween/teen for the past year. (The work is) “A pure celebration of expression, music, femininity, and belief in oneself. A confirmation of life repeated as a canon of ‘I am who I am.’ There is a place for all of our being; the sexy, the demure, the loud and the reticent. On our own terms of being in our own skin when and how we need to be: Ella, Eartha, Grace, Diahann, Billie, and Nina (YES! Nina) taught us and made way for the Cardi’s, Beyonce’s and even Nikki’s of this world. We all fit and there is plenty of room for us when we make room for ourselves.” The collection will be on display this September at LITM, steps away from the Grove Street PATH station at 140 Newark Ave, in Jersey City. Don’t miss the opening reception on Tuesday, September 4th from 7:00PM-10:00PM where you can meet the wonderful artist of this solo show! Find out more here.
JC Fridays 50 — September 7th
On September 7th, 2018, Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will be holding its 50th festival. Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival features art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of Jersey City. This all-day event running from 7am-12pm will showcase a variety of happenings including not only visual art exhibitions, but also live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public. JC Fridays is one of the best times for the artists of Jersey City to share their newest projects and works. Check out the official JC Fridays website for a list of events and their times and locations here.
Chilltown, Layer by Layer by Ricardo Roig— September 7th
Hoboken artist Ricardo Roig will be having a solo show at Prime Gallery in Jersey City Heights at 351 Palisade Avenue. Prime Gallery has offered its first ever solo show to Ricardo and they’re bringing all of his Chilltown-inspired works to JC Heights to share his colorful affinity to this eclectic scene. Exercising the use of the age-old technique of screen printing with modern handmade stencils, Ricardo Roig, a Hudson County local, manages to bring a revived sense of allure through colorful images. ‘Chilltown, Layer by Layer,’ highlights the streets of Jersey City utilizing this masterful technique. Each color is a different stencil that is placed upon one another as the puzzle is pieced together layer-by-layer. The show takes place on Friday, September 7th from 6:00PM-9:00PM in conjunction with JC Fridays. They will also be hosting Primal Souls, a non-profit that helps children in the Hudson County community through the power of the arts. They ask all visitors to bring school supplies to the opening to help their cause. More information about the event can be found here.
Art and Living Energy: Metaphors of Being Paintings — September 7th through January 11th, 2019
In conjunction with JC Fridays is “Art and Living Energy: Metaphors of Being Paintings” by Cheryl Sylivant, a self-described non-linear oil painter who creates “energy paintings” that can be enjoyed as landscapes or as metaphors of consciousness. According to the artist, her works are non-linear maps about energy, humor, overcoming, and love of life amidst the vulnerable chaos This is the second exhibition that is curated by 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace owner Kristin J. DeAngelis for SILVERMAN. It’s opening reception is Friday, September 7th from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Hamilton Square, 232 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. The exhibit will be on view in the building’s lobby through January 11th, 2019.
Reflections & There Goes the Neighborhood — September 8th
If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet their is still a chance to catch the show Reflections at 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace at 107 Bowers Street in Jersey City Heights. Artists featured include: Anthony E. Boone, Gil Grimmett, Yuka Imata, Andrea McKenna, and Ibou Ndoye. The closing reception is Saturday, September 8th from 4:00PM-8:00PM. Later in the month is the opening of There Goes the Neighborhood, a group show curated by Ryan Bonilla. This exhibit features over 20 Jersey City and metro NYC area artists. For more information here.
Creature Feature & The Golem: Objects of Security — September 13th
Head over to Deep Space Gallery in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City at 77 Cornelison Avenue, Jersey City for the Creature Feature — an animal-themed group show — with 14 local and international artists sharing wild works featuring critters of all kinds to fill you up with animal and art appreciation. Artists included in this show are Casey Bolding, Alex Tea, Sea of Doom, Joe Lotto, Mustart, Thomas John Carlson, Andy Plants, Air Rat, Alexis Kandra, Sean 9 Lugo, Evan Lovett, I AM EELCO, Joanna Bavero, and Sam Meyerson. The show is having its closing reception Thursday, September 13th, from 7:00PM-11:00PM.
Following is The Golem: Objects of Security — a solo show with new works by Ryan Bock. This is Ryan’s sixth solo exhibition. Named after the 1915 German Expressionist film of the same name (directed and written by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen), the exhibit will be comprised of a collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture and a short experimental animated film entitled “Objects of Security.” Be sure to catch the opening on Saturday, September 29th, 6:00PM-11:00PM. You can find more info at the gallery’s website here.
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The Magic Carpet Journey — Through September 21st
aking place in the Historic Arts District at 234 York St. in Jersey City is DT 234 Gallery’s “The Magic Carpet Journey” Solo Show featuring the work of Bahar Caglayan. Bahar is a Berlin-based artist who concentrates on the patterns of the Middle East. She describes her journey through her Magic Carpets. Inspired by her Turkish roots, she is bringing back the traditional art from the middle east to the modern world, by combining and merging different textures, traditional geometric and symmetry shapes with her own unique artistic techniques. You can see for yourself the beautiful textures and patterns of her carpets in this show through September 21st. Get more information here.
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