This Weekend: Jersey City Art & Studio Tour {JCAST}

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This weekend is the annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), and so of course we had to share all about it. Basically, you check out the best local art in JC at your own pace — over the course of the whole weekend {by downloading their online map} — and then checking out all of the local business venues and apartments all over Jersey City. This event promotes some of the most underrated talent in the nation and you can even get your hands on some very affordable art to suit almost any taste. You will find contemporary art, graffiti art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, furniture and more!

How to Start Your Self-Guided Tour

Simply download a map online from thejcast.com and check out some amazing local art at different business venues and apartments all over Jersey City. You can even join Bike JC {https://www.facebook.com/bikeJC/} — an amazing advocacy group for a bike-friendly Jersey City — on their bike tour of the event. So fun!

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Where It All Begins

The art festivities begin this Friday at The Official JCAST 2016 Kick-Off Party at 150 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City from 6-9pm. The party will be filled with art, installations, and performers suitable for all ages  {admission is FREE — and JC Day Trippers is offering free rides to the event [more deets here]}. Saturday, the celebration continues at the Grove Street Path Train with a Band Showcase and Indie Makers Market happening from 12-6pm.

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Our Faves

For the JC artist newbies — we’re including a few of our favorite MUST-SEE artists and venues from last year’s JCAST that you must put on your list for Saturday and Sunday.

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First, make sure to hit up the lofts at 150 Bay Street {right by Bucket & Bay Gelato!}. Home to some of Jersey City’s most talented artists, many of these beautiful loft-style apartments will be open all weekend showcasing their unique art. On your way out, grab a coffee and out-of-this-world hummus toast from the Warehouse Cafe next door, where more art will be on display.

Upstairs from Warehouse Cafe is Philip Nickolas {@philipnickolas on Insta} in Studio 134 — who will most likely be displaying romantic abstract paintings as well as handmade furniture and lighting fixtures made from restored wood.

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^yes, that would be a PAINTING.

Joe Velez is another artist that is, hands down, one of the best painters in Jersey City. He teaches portrait classes at Jersey City Art School, and most would say that you have to do a double take as his paintings look like photographs! We’re not sure where he is showing this year, but keep your eyes and ears open — it’s a must-see!

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Matt Colagiuri is another artist and photographer who is housing his sculptural photography at JCAST 2016 at Blue Door Studios {right near Hamilton Park at 7th and Cole Street}.

Again, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so keep in mind that you only really see a fraction of everything if you come for just a few hours, so we suggest taking advantage of both days and seeing as much art as you can!

Who are you excited to see/where will you be headed? Enjoy it and make sure to tag us in your photos — @hobokengirlblog <3

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Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.


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