The Art House luxury rental building in Jersey City’s historic Powerhouse Arts District will be open to the public on Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th in celebration of the Jersey City Artist and Studio Tour (JCAST), the largest annual cultural event in the Hudson County City.
The special event will take place on both days from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours will showcase the creative work of local Jersey City artists exhibited on each floor of the 12-story building located at 148 First Street.
The Shuster Group, the local developer of The Art House, has worked with Jersey City Curator Jim Pustorino to create additional displays of area artists at its expansive gallery space located at 109 Christopher Columbus Avenue, right around the corner from the Grove St. PATH Station.
The exhibition at both sites reflects The Shuster Group’s commitment to the arts in Jersey City and is the latest installment of The Art Project, a collaboration of The Shuster Group, The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and the City of Jersey City to promote local artists by displaying and selling their works to help inspire underserved youths through advanced visual courses. Seventy percent of all sales proceeds will go directly to the artists, with 30% donated to the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation to help fund visual art classes.
“We launched The Art Project earlier this year to both showcase the extraordinary talents of area artists and to help generate the resources needed to inspire a new generation of creative minds,” said Eyal Shuster, Owner of The Shuster Group. “We’re delighted that our efforts have already
funded a number of visual art classes for aspiring artists, and we’re thrilled to be participating in this weekend’s JCAST which will shine a spotlight on the local arts community.”
Exhibited in the gallery spaces at 109 Christopher Columbus Avenue will be color-saturated, gestural paintings by Glenn Garver and Gail Winbury, triptych art works from Eileen Ferara, paintings from Macedonian artist Maria Pavlovska, and dramatic photographic images of a China landscape from Edward Fausty. Also featured will be Margaret Weber’s series of cup forms in rich, dense drawings; William Stamos’ surreal paintings with layers of dripped color and texture, Peter C. Emerick’s Koan photo series of street-side objects, and Deirdre Kennedy’s sumie ink paintings. The exhibition offers a beautiful oasis of creative imagery; an alternative to the busyness and bustle of Columbus Ave.
“This exhibition is all about creating many moods through color and gesture, and we selected works from several artists who have a long history in Jersey City,” says Mr. Pustorino, who worked closely with Shuster Development’s Director of Marketing Leah (Pninit) Almog Arazi to introduce the exhibits. “The works range from pure color abstract painting to large-scale photographic prints, but the differences in media only amplify the similarities in feeling and intent.”
Celebrating its 24th year, JCAST is a three-day event where attendees can visit open studios or see group shows highlighting multiple local artists. JCAST serves to showcase the talents of Jersey City’s diverse artistic community in mediums that span from paintings to performance with an eventful weekend packed with celebrations throughout Jersey City.
For more information on the JCAST event, please call (201) 332- 2449, or visit http://www.TheArtHouseJC.com.