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Sawadee Thai Restaurant and Gallery Presents: “Man Meets Machine”

December 28th, 2013

Born in St Petersburg, Russia and a long time resident of Jersey City, AKA999 specializes in Video Game Design, Computer Programming, and 3D Model Creation. The Artist uses acrylic paint and 24kt Gold to compose graphic imagery that fuses ancient human and advanced modern technology.

137 Newark Avenue
Downtown, Jersey City, NJ
Friday, December 6, 2013
6:30 – 8:30pm

*Specials on appetizers and spirits will be available during the event. Come for the art, stay for dinner.

Curated by JoanMarie Palmer



Alley Arts, Leona Strassberg-Steiner, Charles Steiner

August 9th, 2013

Alley Arts Offering Apprenticeship-Style Classes in Arts, Gardening
By Summer Dawn Hortillosa • Aug 9th, 2013
Kids (and adults) can learn a variety of skills from filmmaking to gardening at new Downtown Jersey City arts education program Alley Arts.
Husband and wife Charlie Steiner and Leona Strassberg-Steiner started running the program out of their studios in the alleyway between Coles and Monmouth and between Third and Fourth streets earlier this year.
“We’ve always been teachers. I taught dance for many years and my husband taught video and TV production in high school, this is is a natural development,” says Strassberg-Steiner. “(It was challenging) getting this off the ground because it’s just me and my husband. It took me a whole summer just to move things out, repaint it and get it ready, but when it was, it was really reward to see. read more:

“Our goal for the fall is to not have more than six students in each class so each student gets the full attention they deserve in order for us to totally carry them to create what their vision is.”

Classes start Sept. 9. For more information, visit the Alley Arts website.

The Feathered and the Field: Birds of Autumn

July 11th, 2013

12 works in encaustic and mixed media by

Francesca Azzara
You are invited to the opening of
The Feathered and the Field: Birds of Autumn
Thursday August 15, 5:30 to 7:30
D and R Greenway Trust
1 Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

The show runs from August 5 thru October 5

       Coming Home 2  azzaza, francescaBrown Paper BagHouse

Aileen Bassis invites you to view her work in Al-Mutannabi Street starts here

July 5th, 2013

a books arts project with work by over 260 artists, displayed in 5 exibitions opening this month, sponsored by The Center for Book Arts, in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts,
Columbia University Libraries, International Print Center NY, and Poets House.
My work will be at Columbia University, Butler Library, 535 West 114th St., NYC
July 16 – September 21, 2013
Join me there at the Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 16, 6 – 8 pm

Also, I will be on a panel featuring artists from the exhibition,
at The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Wednesday, July 24th , 6:30 pm
$10 suggested donation/ $5 members

Riverview Arts District: Representatives: Ann Lepore & Peter Basso; Art Eat-Up 2013

July 2nd, 2013

Title of project: Gate Murals

Project Summary:

In the Riverview Neighborhood of Jersey City Heights, especially along Palisade Avenue, the security gates of many businesses have become marked with graffiti tags. The tags on area gates not only look bad, but in places where they’re not removed or painted over immediately, the building walls near these gates, and sometimes even the sides of houses quickly also become painted with tags or slogans such as “Crack” or “Herb”. These areas often become crime “Hot Spots”

Residents and business owners alike want our neighborhood to feel safer, more welcoming. The Riverview Neighborhood Association has, through its board and Clean Up Committee, organized ways to fight crime starting with small things like garbage and graffiti. We have noticed that in other areas where security gates have been painted by artists, the artwork usually remains untagged. As a community of artists, we are eager to use this approach toward fighting vandalism and empowering our young local talent.

So far, five local owner-operated businesses have asked us to help them replace their graffiti with murals. We have three NJ artists ready to work, but we are looking for money for Rustoleum paint, brushes, rollers and a small stipend for the artists involved. Ideally, after completing these first three pieces we would have examples to use for further fundraising, outreach and communication about the next batch of Gate Murals which would cover the focus on the younger artists in our area (high school and college age).

How will you use the grant towards your project (about $500-$1000?):

  • -PAINT minimum 2 gallons per mural at $35 per gallon, 3 murals = $210- $320
  • MATERIALS brushes, rollers, tape, drop cloths, pans, solvents, gloves, masks  = $70
  • $35.00 per square foot 
  • -STIPEND $75- $150 per artist   $225- $450     When hiring artists to paint murals, $35/square foot is an appropriate price which includes materials. Because this is a pilot, we’re using generous volunteers, and paying for their supplies, we are in this instance, only offering a stipend

Total $505-$840

How will this project manifest itself in the 2013 Studio Tour (encouraged) and at the next Art Eat Up?

This would be public art available for anyone to see after business hours and would be found on the Public Art section of the 2013 Studio Tour map.  We would love to help match future Art Eat Up applicants with mural locations in the future.

Why is this project critical?

Security Gate Murals are not only essential to our community crime-fighting strategy, they work to highlight and empower the bright, young, talented next generation of Jersey City Artists.