Over 100 local artists and eight galleries will be featured in this year’s Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour, hosted by the city and organized by the city’s Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo.
The self-guided walking tour will expand to two days this year, on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 from 12 to 6 p.m.
According to Fallo, artists, galleries, and visitors requested the expansion.
“There are so many locations that most people can not see everything in one afternoon,” she said.
It features local artists’ studios, galleries, and group exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from sculptures to photographs to paintings.
Visitors will have a chance to meet the artists, photographers, sculptors and artisans and witness the creative process at work.
Mayor Ravi Bhalla said he believes art to be “extremely” important, stating it “fosters creativity, encourages innovation, and defines culture.”
Liz Ndoye, of hob’art Cooperative Gallery, said art is a form of communication that bridges cultural, religious, and language differences: “Sometimes we live in an ugly world and art can provide a beautiful contrasting message to that. “
She said events like the tour help her and other artists share what they do in a relaxed setting. “I think it’s the best arts event Hoboken holds,” she said.
This year the tour includes several special events.
Barsky Gallery at 49 Harrison St. will host a special reception Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring “Rhythms,” a new exhibit by artists Karlee Mariel and Jorge Caligiuri in mixed media. It will include a musical performance by the founder of Golden Artist Colors, Tom Golden.
Those interested in ceramics can view a Raku Ceramics demonstration by Nick De Pirro of Project Studio at Proto Gallery on Sunday at 2 p.m., while those interested in fashion may be more interested in the ongoing shoe making demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday by Brooklyn Shoe Factory, 66 Willow Ave., B10.
Film buffs shouldn’t miss a short film about artists Bill Curran by David Gross, “What Aristotle Said,” which will be shown both days at 100 Bloomfield St., Apt. 1.
Music and movement lovers can check out 720 Monroe St., The Monroe St. Movement Space. It will have live music with Beeman & Bannon and Faust & Reynolds both days. They will also demonstrate parent and child dance and adult movement classes.
Aspiring illustrators and authors can learn about the process from local children’s book author and illustrator Patricia Keeler. She will display her new book, which is currently in development, and conduct an ongoing step-by-step demonstration of how to create a picture book. She will also talk on how to obtain a picture book agent and sell a book to a publishing house. It will take place both days at 907 Willow Ave. Apt. 3.
Come to the tour
The tour is free. Maps with a listing of galleries and artists’ studios will be available for download on the City of Hoboken website beginning Nov. 1 at www.hobokennj.gov/events/artists-studio-tour-2018. They will also be available for pick up at City Hall and several galleries.
Galleries include Alex Morales Atelier and Art Gallery at 365 First St., Barsky Gallery at 49 Harrison St., Field Colony at 1001 Bloomfield St., hob’art Cooperative Gallery at 720 Monroe St., Suite E208, Issyra Gallery at 300 Observer Hwy., PROTO Gallery at 66 Willow Ave., and Roig Collection at the W Hotel 225 River St. and at 252 First St.
For more information about the tour or the special events taking place during the tour, contact Geri Fallo at (201) 420-2000 Ex. 5100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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