ONE ART HOBOKEN – Opening Reception


Date(s) - 10/05/2019
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Issyra Gallery


ONE ART HOBOKEN – Opening Reception

Event: ONE ART – HOBOKEN: ART OPENING, Music, Poetry

Featuring Art by: Tim Foljahn, Morenikeji Badmus, Christine von Royce,

Music by: Avery Mandeville, SbandM

Poetry by: Sheila Maldonado, Robert Gibbons

Time: Saturday October 5, 2019

Opening Reception: 6 pm          Poetry: 8 pm          Music 9 pm

Where: Issyra Gallery 300 Observer Highway Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone: 917-922-2690

Cost: FREE (but we pass the hat to support the artists and venue

Join us for the opening reception followed by poetry and music


About the artists:


Morenikenji Badmus is a young textile artist and fashion designer from Nigeria. She is the CEO of Moolori Wearable Art which promotes the history and tradition of Yoruba hand design and dye cloths. In this collection patterns from Yoruba life are created to form a cultural point of reference.


Tim Foljahn has been making figurative post-surrealist paintings since the 80’s. He is still dealing with the dream of waking life.


Christine von Royce makes collages using scissors and gluestick. A virtual cavewoman. You can see more of her stuff at @tvbabyred on IG.


Issa Sow was born and raised in Senegal, Africa. He moved to France in the 90’s and then relocated to Hoboken 8 years ago with his wife and children. Issa is passionate about art and aims to support and promote African “living art” and artists. He is heavily involved in the Hoboken education and music and arts scene. Issa works with a wide array of materials in a variety of media. He is the founder and curator of Hoboken’s own Issyra Gallery.


About the musicians:

Avery Mandeville is from the coast of New Jersey. Her debut EP Salty was released in 2017, followed by LP  Happy Birthday, Avery Jane  in 2018. It was ranked the #5 best album out of New Jersey in 2018 by Her unique voice has been compared to Roy Orbison, Angel Olsen, silk taffeta, a river of bourbon, and a car backing out of a gravel driveway. Her music is of personal and political concern, with a penchant for brutal honesty, imagery, profanity, and the taboo. In regards to her lyrics, many old men have said “I don’t get it”. She was named one of 8 New Jersey musicians you need to know in 2018 by the Asbury Park Press.


SbandM is best described as an experimental NJ kraut-pop musical group. Always shifting gears and line-ups, improvisation & spontaneity is at the core of their soundscapes that can simultaneously incite and/or confound.


About the poets:


Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her 2nd publication, that’s what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. She is a CantoMundo fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She grew up in Coney Island. Her family hails from Honduras. She lives in uptown Manhattan where she is working on an ongoing project called bloodletters about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.


Robert Gibbons, a native Floridian, came to New York City in 2007 in search of his muse Langston Hughes and found a vibrant contemporary poetry community. His first book, Close to the Tree, was published by Three Rooms Press in 2012. Robert currently works as a Literature Professor at the City College of New York. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (2019-2021) and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation (2017) and the DISQUIET International Literary Program (2018). Robert lives in Brooklyn and continues to be active in the New York poetry scene. Flight 

(Hoboken’s own Poets Wear Prada Press) is his second poetry collection.


ONE ART: HOBOKEN is a monthly music, poetry, art series that features primarily local (Hudson County) performers the first Saturday of every month at Issyra Gallery. Each event aims to bring together vibrant multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-genre performing artists to Hoboken audiences. ONE ART aims to rebuild the hyper-gentrification Hoboken artistic community one show at a time.


Questions: email Danny Shot at or call at 201-213-8182 (do not publish) or email Issa Sow at or call at 917-922-2690