While people look to ground hogs on Staten Island or Pennsylvania as a sign of the coming of spring, a more dependable sign of the change of season is JC Fridays.
Jersey City is gearing up for the return of these days of art, music, dance, photography, theater, and spoken word at various locations throughout the city. This seasonal event is a chance for artists in all media to get out and show their stuff.
JC Fridays are held roughly just ahead of each of the four seasons, and came about in response to the closing of 111 First St. in Jersey City in the early 2000s.
Artists who had displayed work in what has become a legendary arts venue came together with the idea that they might be able to build an audience and at the same time find venues to display or perform their work.
Presented by Art House Productions, JC Fridays have become a staple for nearly all of the arts groups in the city, and a premiere quarterly arts festival featuring events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood in the city.
JC Fridays will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public.
The sponsors for the March event include Harrison Rand, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs, Historic Downtown SID, and JCEDC.
Funding comes through a number of sources, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, administered through the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs.
While there are way too many events to go into detail about in print, some there are some significant highlights.
Events held at Art House, located in the Cast Iron Lofts, 262 17th St. (between Coles Street and Jersey Avenue) include an exhibition of art called “Slow Fast,” from 6 to 9 p.m. The show includes new work by international abstract artist, Serena Bocchino, who explores the Greek concept of Kairos, or the opportune time for an event or action to occur. This will be a preview event with the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A performance piece by The Passion Project called Brando/Capote will be featured on Art House’s main stage from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a work in progress by Ried and Sara Farrington and runs about 30 minutes. It is based on Truman Capote’s 1957 profile of Marlon Brando.
For information about either event call 201-918- 6019.
Sample offerings from around Jersey City
New Jersey City University’s Art Department will present an exhibit called “Costality: MFA” which highlights multivalent talents of graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program.
More information about the show can be found at https://www.njcu.edu/center-arts/visual-arts.
In historic downtown, Silverman and the Majestic Theatre Condominium Association will host Diane Cabrone’s art exhibit, “Bloom: Images of Spring,” at 222 Montgomery St.
In the Powerhouse Arts District, The Oakman presents “The Art Project” from 6 to 8 p.m. which includes works by 14 artists. This is located at 160 First St.
In the Exchange Place area, Panepinto Galleries presents “Something Blue” in conjunction with Spear Street Capital from 7 to 9 p.m. This is located at 70 Hudson St. entrance on the waterfront walkway.
In the Hamilton Park area, Hamilton House presents “The Art Project,” a tour of seven solo-artist lobbies from 7 to 10 p.m. This is located at 255 Brunswick St,
In the Heights, Prime Gallery presents “Urban Youth,” an exposition by a local high school featuring authentic works of art of various mediums including fine art, film, and music at 614 Palisade Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hudson County Community College presents “Notes and Tones Closing & Teacher as Artist Reception for Jesse Wright” from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dineen Hull Gallery (6th Floor) 71 Sip Ave.
In the McGinley Square area, Fine Arts Gallery at St. Peter’s University presents “From Here to Where” from 1 to 7 p.m. featuring photographer Daryl-Ann Saunders’ explorations of the underground world of the NYC subway system.
Jordan P. Smith, saxophonist, will be performing classical works at 1 p.m. at 47 Glenwood Ave, 5th floor.
In the Bergen Avenue area, the Arts at St. Paul’s & the Incarnation presents “When March Is Scarcely There” at 38 Duncan Ave.
In the Greenville section, Project Greenville presents “The Glass Hurrah: Rich Roberts Fused Glass Work with Studio Photos by Jim Legge” from 4 to 7 p.m. 128 Winfield Ave.
The Triangle Park Community Center presents “Black Lives Matter/ Justice,” artworks that explore topics related to the BLM movement, such as honoring the lives of activists, fallen victims, or people who have made a difference from 4 to 9 p.m. at 247 Old Bergen Road.
For a full schedule of events go to https://www.jcfridays.com/