Fall 2018 Open House


Sunday, October 14th

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, RSVP HERE: manacontemporary.com/openhouse

Visitors to Mana Contemporary will enjoy the unveiling or continuation of major projects by six canonical art-world figures—John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Arnulf Rainer, Fred Sandback, and Andy Warhol—alongside a major exhibition of Minimalist works on paper and a dazzling variety of activations, open studios, and special exhibitions by artists working at or associated with Mana’s extraordinary Jersey City campus. Continue reading

JCAST HQ Group Exhibition & Activities


Thursday, October 4th from 6 PM – 9 PM at 84 Sip Ave

Start your journey through the 28th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour at JCAST HQ, a premier pop-up gallery featuring new and traditional media created by local and regional artists, as well as the main JCAST information hub. https://www.thejcast.com/jcast-events/

JCAST HQ 84 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
…steps from the Journal Square PATH station. Parking is available in the JSQ PATH garage, accessible via Summit Avenue.

JCAST Kick-Off Celebration
@ JCAST HQ | 84 Sip Ave
October 4, 6-9 PM
This event is free and open to the public.

* Kick-Off Celebration: Thursday, October 4, 6-9 PM
* Open Gallery: Friday, October 5, 12-8 PM
* Open Gallery: Saturday, October 6, 12-6 PM
* Open Gallery: Sunday, October 7, 12-6 PM

JCAST HQ is FREE and open to the public for the Kick-Off Celebration and during Open Gallery hours. Select artwork will be available for sale.

Amanda Thackray | Andre Russell | Angela Costanzo Paris | Ben Weathers | Brendan Carroll | Chris Lesnewski | Daren Kendall | Dylan Egon | Emily Knowles | Enrique Figueredo | Esteban Jimenez | Fabricio Suarez | Gale Sasson | Gocha Tsinadze | Jane Westrick | Janet Jeun-Gourley | Jaqueline Arias | Jasmine Hsu | Jerome China | Jesumar Legada | Joachim Marx | Jong Henry Kim | Ken Huston | Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger | Lawrence Ciarallo | Loren Abbate | Lorenzo Irico | Michael DiFeo | Nabilia Dadabhoy | Natalee Cayton | Niccolo Baldi | Norm Kirby | Nyugen Smith | Paul Federico | Ray Arcadio | Simon Rigg | Swati Rastogi | Vidhi Mehrotra

Curated by Tina Maneca
Special thanks to Mike Grabowski for helping us light the show!



*Artist Meet-and-Greet: JCAST HQ participating artists will be on-site to talk about their artwork, the artistic process and more. Stop by, say hi and buy some art! FRI, SAT & SUN

*JCAST HQ Promenade Live Art: GET CREATIVE! Bring paint, Sharpies or any other media and get arty on the white boards lining the walkway along the JCAST HQ. All are welcome to participate! THUR, FRI, SAT & SUN

*We Are with Krishna Chavda: Krishna, of Nanu Illustration, will be out on the JCAST Promenade painting live portraits. Jump on in and color in your own portrait, contributing to a community painting. SAT & SUN 12-4 PM

*Henna Art: Artist Swati Rastogi will be hand-painting gorgeous henna tattoos in a mix of traditional and new styles. FRI 4-7 PM | SAT 2-5 PM

*Silkscreen Pop-Up Shop: Artist Andre Russell of Rated Real Clothing will be on-site hand screening shirts and other textiles made-for-order. FRI 12-8 PM | SAT 12-6 PM

*Hear it Whisper: Veteran Jersey City curator & artist Brendan S. Carroll will premiering the launch of his new book Hear it Whisper, an 84-page Polaroid documentary-style telling of Jersey City. Brendan will be selling signed copies of the limited-edition press. SAT 1-5 PM

*JCAST Kids: All weekend, there will be hands-on activities for the youngsters and those young at heart. Featured activities include the Newell creativity table, Harmony of the Spheres interactive art exploration with Janet Jeun-Gourley, paint a leaf interactive tree art with the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and more. Check out the
JCAST Kids tab for other activities taking place across Jersey City. https://www.thejcast.com/jcast-events/

*Curated Tours: Hop on a JCAST Curated Tour for a customized JCAST experience. The Curated Tour Bus Depot is located on the corner of Sip and Bergen Ave, adjacent to JCAST HQ.

*Yelp’s Photo Tour of Jersey City: Stroll on over to the JSQ Plaza to check out a super rad photo installation created by Yelp featuring photos by locals of local spots. It’s groovy!

A big shout out to the Jersey City Department of Public Works for helping us transform 84 Sip Ave into a stunning gallery space. Thanks to the Journal Square Special Improvement District for providing plants, beautifying the JCASt HQ Promenade.


There Goes the Neighborhood Opening Reception


Sunday, September 30th from 3 pm – 7 pm at 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace

Opening Reception for There Goes the Neighborhood
Curated by Ryan Bonilla

Featuring artists:
Dan Ziv
Maria de Los Angeles
Rebecca Johnson
Susan Sechler Luss
Ray Sunwoo
Angel J. Davila
Christa Pratt
James Gortner
The Dixon’s
Zoe Sua Kay
Irving Rodriguez
Sarah Faux
Buket Savci
Tina Sarno
Spenser Zalkin
Camille Hoffman
Chris Dunn
Gillian Wainwright
Kate Kaiser
Robert Buckminster Kaiser
Ron Ferguson
Austin Baehr
Michael Steele
Brittany Pellon
Meghan McKee
Dan Bassini
Jesse Caldwell
Sureshot Skateboards

107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace
107 Bowers Street
Jersey City Heights, NJ 07307

Want more information? Please reach out to:
Kristin J. DeAngelis

JCTC Connection Art Show Opening


Friday, October 5th at 6PM at Jersey City Theater Center

What are the social, political and personal ramifications of hyper-communication? Through technology we can connect with people all over the world, yet why do we so often seem disconnected to our communities, families and each other? Join JCTC as we begin our next series topic “Connection”. Immerse your senses in this collaboration between Kati Vilim (MFA University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary/Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ) and Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Lendvai (MFA SVA).
Oct 5-7 ONLY:
The Connection series opens with an immersive art installation at Merseles Studios in conjunction with the 28th
annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST).
In the Blackbox theater we will have a temporary light installation with projections and sound. DJs, schedule below:
*Fri Oct 5, 6PM – 12AM, Octonomy and DJ Kevin /Dot/ Galaxy
*Sat Oct 6, 5-10PM, Screening of digital animation by Kati Vilim with the music of Nicolas Namoradze
*Sun Oct 7, 1-5PM, DJ Joya Angola Thompson The Wild Woman of House Music
ARTIST TALK Fri. Oct 12, 7-9pm
Installation by Kati Vilim and Thomas Lendvai runs through November 30, 2018

In keeping with the spirit of the studio tour, Merseles Studios resident artists will have their studios open to the public during the JCAST weekend.

50th JC Fridays!


On September 7th, 2018, Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will be holding its 50th festival! Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival features arts events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city. Our 50th 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. As one of the preeminent art scenes in the tri-state area, Jersey City is abound with visual and performing artists of all types, musicians, and individuals with unique talent; JC Fridays is one of the best times for them to share their newest projects and works. Continue reading for full schedule Continue reading

Arts on the Hudson: Adult Summer Classes

36599937_1482217965257332_407124756056244224_nLooking for something fun to do this summer besides the beach and bar?? Sign up for one of Arts on the Hudson’s adult summer classes! Try out something new and creative in a no-pressure environment and connect with other people in our community.

Full course schedule can be found on our website as well as below!
Intro to Classical Guitar with Michael Realista

Tuesdays – July 10th, 17th, 24th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to the guitar, an introduction to music theory, and an introduction to music of the masters of classical guitar. The course meets every Tuesday for three weeks.
Intro to Musical Theatre with Warren Curtis

Wednesdays – July 11th, 18th, and 25th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to musical theatre and jazz, an introduction to jazz dance, and an exploration of how to bring a character to life through dance. The course meets every Wednesday for three weeks.
Intro to Illustration with Leandro Henriquez

Thursdays – July 12th, 19th, 26th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to different fundamental techniques for graphical representation. These skills are applicable across media. The course meets every Thursday for three weeks.
Intro to Making Dances: Improv & Choreography with Katelyn Halpern

Thursdays – August 2 and 9 at 6:30 p.m.

This TWO-part course is an introduction to improvising and composing your way to original choreography. The first class will focus on group exercises that allow you to experiment, collaborate, and learn basic steps. The second class provides opportunities for solo improvisation and exercise. The course meets on Thursday for two weeks.
Intro to Modern Dance with Stacy Collado

Wednesdays – August 22nd, 29th, and September 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Dancing is deep-seated in the human condition and how beings connect. This three-part course is an introduction to modern dance through not only learning movement but also drawing on our lived experiences. Each class will have a different movement concentration related to both physical tendencies of the body as well as what it means to be human.
Yoga for Unleashing Creativity
with Nalini

Thursdays – August 23rd, 30th, and September 6th at 6:30 p.m.

All too often artists can find themselves with a “block” when excessive thoughts and anxieties begin to take over. This open/mixed level yoga class focuses on the benefits of yoga to quiet and focus the artists’ mind to unleash inner creativity. The course meets every Thursday for three weeks.

2018 Jersey City Poetry Festival


The Literary Arts Committee of The Jersey City Arts Council presents the 1st Jersey City Poetry Festival…

This nine day celebration of the written and spoken word is scheduled to take place during National Poetry Month, from April 21 to April 29, 2018 and will be a city wide event with a variety of scheduled readings, performances, open mic, workshops and panels. The focus of the Jersey City Poetry Festival is to bring attention to the thriving Arts community in Jersey City, and New Jersey. The fundamentals of Literary Arts are part of educational, social and developmental aspects of our society. To be able to expand on the essentials in a fun, educational and community driven festival is a groundbreaking effort by the Jersey City Arts Council Literary Arts Committee that is possible with the contributions and involvement of community and business partners.

Full Calendar of events with featured artists, speakers, sponsors and venue information: https://jcpoetryfestival2018.sched.com/

Vigil | Photography by Joe Velez

29177792_10156339590498324_5164155302458687488_nArtist Reception on Friday, March 30th from 7 PM – 9 PM 

389 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey. A hop, skip, and a jump from the Pavonia-Newport Light Rail Station and Grove Street.

Exhibition will be up through April.

• • • Artist Bio
Joe Velez has been a visual artist for almost 20 years. Although his main focus has been painting and drawing, he has recently widened his scope to include theatrical sound design, videography and Photography.

‘VIGIL’ is his first exhibition of photographs since taking up the art form. It includes prints from both digital and vintage film cameras. Joe views photography as an extention of his other work, yet as the antithesis of it. Whereas a painting is an accumulation of the time spent creating it, a photograph depicts an instant fraction of a second. Recorded either electronically or chemically, not by hand, but (to put it somewhat romantically) by the eye itself.