Painting the Town
Hoboken is bursting with art galleries
by ARLENE PHALON BALDASSARI
Jun 12, 2013 | 3053 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you’ve just enjoyed an enormous brunch. Why not walk off some of that bacon and enjoy Hoboken’s art scene? In conjunction with the City of Hoboken, several of our local galleries have organized Hoboken’s Gallery Walk, which takes place every third Sunday from 2-6 p.m. You might come across live music, a wine reception, or an art happening. Your first stop is virtual: Visit hobokengallerywalk.com, which details artists, exhibits, events, receptions, and scheduled closings. Special thanks to Al Barsky and Lena Marchese of Barsky Gallery for the map and the wonderful website, which also provides click-throughs to the individual businesses.

BAMA Gallery
946 Bloomfield St.
(201) 659-8873


Owner, painter, and poet Chris Burkhardt has exhibited such artists as Francine K. Affourtit, Nat Bard, Joe Borzotta, Lou Carbone, Mark Davis, Marco Lopez, Robert Piersanti, Michael Sarno, and Cliff Tisdell. BAMA also hosts art and wellness classes, including Beginner Painting, Drawing from Life, Pilates, Yoga, and the popular Salsa On Sundays.

Barsky Gallery
49 Harrison St.
201-465-4949


Hoboken’s newest contemporary art destination, Barsky Gallery’s collection features works of artists from around the world. Albert Barsky, the gallery’s owner and curator, brings together a roster of talent across a diverse range of media. The gallery focuses on original works in both abstract and representational styles in an environment that welcomes the casual browser as well as the seasoned collector. The gallery provides fine-art services to designers, real-estate developers, and corporations, as well as a venue for private events, while supporting the community through event sponsorships and charity fundraisers.

D’s Soul Full Café
718 Willow Ave.
201-604-0054


This unique sandwich shop shows local artists such as Jessica Butler, Lloyd Hazel, Justin Rivenbark, and Barbara Schaefer. Musicians who have played here include the Aster Pheonyx Project, Chris Butler, Karyn Kuhl, Rob Nicholas, Debby Schwartz, and many more.

Gallery 1200
1200 Washington St.
201-468-5428


Gallery 1200 is a gallery and community space sponsored by the Mason Family Civic League. Recent artists who have exhibited here include Liz Cohen, Cid Mendez, Laura Renee Meyerson, Ibou Ndoye, Roslyn Rose, Don Schler, and Sterne Slaven. Last winter, Gallery 1200 presented the Courtroom Art exhibition, which showed the courtroom drawings of Aggie Kenny and Elizabeth Williams, capturing scenes from trials such as those of Oliver North, Son of Sam, Martha Stewart, and the Watergate defendants.

hob’art Gallery
Monroe Center
720 Monroe St.
Second Floor, E208
(201) 707-6107


This cooperative gallery provides a forum for expression in genres, including visual, tactile, and spoken. More than 50 artist members collaborate to present creative experiences through exhibitions, workshops, film nights, and slide shows.

Hoboken Historical Museum, Upper Gallery
1301 Hudson St.
201-656-2240


The Hoboken Historical Museum, which was established in 1986, collects and displays artifacts in themed exhibitions on Hoboken history. It also offers educational programs, lectures, and tours, and hosts films and plays. Exhibits have included those on Hoboken’s relationship with the Hudson River, its role as a sweets producer, shipping history, an anniversary of On the Waterfront, the city’s contributions to the world of music, and the city’s struggle and revival through the 1970s. The upper gallery features six local artists’ work each year. The museum occupies the former Bethlehem Steel machine shop, now known as the Shipyard.

Issyra Gallery, the Hoboken African Art Gallery
313 First St.
(917) 922-2690, (917) 587-8678


This gallery suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy. A grand reopening event was scheduled for May, which will launch a new line of interior-design products called Issyra Design. Check its Facebook page for the latest updates and call for private appointments.

MackeyBlue
1200 Washington St.
Entrance on 12th Street
201-469-6947


MackeyBlue is a boutique that features fun, vintage home goods, personal sundries, paper ephemera, and textiles. Owner Karen Marsh has shown the works of local artists Bill Curran and Frank Hanavan, as well as photographers Adam Gallagher, Lynn Hofher, and Carl Posey.

PVA Gallery
49 Harrison St., First Floor
(201) 448-7870


PVS Gallery is the home of Harrison Street’s first gallery, formed to help promote emerging artists. For more than three years, it has been hosting solo and group shows, as well as music events, screenings, open mics, readings, and artist talks. Artists in residence include Jay Boucher, who specializes in drawing, illustration, and digital art; Laura Gravenstine, whose services include life casting, mold making, and sculpture; and photographer Virginia Kamenitzer. Figure Drawing Tuesdays features music, as well as models.

Right Angle, Downtown
320 Washington St.
201-420-8262

Right Angle, Uptown
1108 Washington St.
201-942-9220


Right Angle, owned and operated by Pablo and Daniela Godoy, has been framing since 1983. It does museum-quality conservation framing and restoration, and regularly exhibits the work of local artists. Featured artists have included Tim Daly, Michelle Doll, Tom James, Chris Kappmeier, Susan Mark, Lisa Palumbo, and Laura Renee.

Starbucks
314 Washington St.
(201) 222-2491


As part of an ongoing commitment to connecting and giving back to each neighborhood where a Starbucks is located, the Washington Street store has partnered with local artists such as Nina Nemeth and Anju Saran. A portion of sales of the works are donated to a community initiative. Future exhibitions will include work by Hoboken photographers and high-school students.

Urban Consign and Design
38 Jackson St., Second Floor
(201) 921-6800


This family-owned, high-end furniture consignment gallery specializes in furniture resale and art for the home. A supporter of local artists, it has exhibited the photography of Richard Satz, the sculpture of Gabriel Paccheco, and the oil portraits of Laura Bochet.—07030

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