The 25th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) weekend kicks-off tonight Friday, October 2 at the Lakawana Center, 234 16th Street, from 6:00-11:00 pm. You may or may not have noticed that the name of the tour was changed from the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour (or Jersey City Artists Studio Tour depending on who you ask) to the Jersey City “Art” & Studio Tour. The logo, branding, and map for the tour was also revised and updated with a new look.
The tour is presented by Mayor Steven Fulop, the JC Municipal Council and primarily organized by the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs. The Lakawana Center will act as the tour’s flagship location. The immense space of 60,000 square feet will feature more than 200 artists including visual artwork, installations, sculptures, films, live music and murals. The kick-off party is FREE and open to the public. Ample on-site parking is available in adjacent lots on 16th and Grove Street as well as the lot at 18th Street between Grove and Jersey Avenue. Complimentary shuttle busses will run on the half hour between 7:00-11:00 pm to and from the Grove Street PATH Station.
Bring the kids along to enjoy interactive activities by Paintbugs, Young Rembrandts, and Hudson County Art Supply. Film screenings will be presented by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival. Enjoy tapas, light bites, beer, wine, and cocktails provided by a variety of local bars and restaurants. And also be sure to pick up the JCI Fall print issue (which is hot off the presses) during the kick-off party!
Featuring over 800 artists, the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, is a two-day free self-guided tour (October 3 and 4), and includes work at galleries, private studios, murals, group shows and pop up exhibition sites throughout the city. Free shuttle buses, including ADA-accessible vans, will provide transportation during the weekend. Shuttle busses will start at City Hall and run on both days, Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00-7:00 pm on three different routes. The Barrier-free tour busses will run only on Saturday, October 3rd from 12:00-7:00 pm on two separate routes. Tourgoers can also experience a guided bike tour on Saturday from BikeJC, which will host one long and two shorter bike tours. This year, with Citi Bike locations throughout the city at 35 docking stations, anyone wishing to cycle between tour stops can easily do so.
The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour has grown to be the state’s largest annual art event that provides opportunities for artists of all disciplines to showcase their work as a community. More than 20,000 Jersey City residents and visitors alike are expected to immerse themselves in the arts over the tour weekend; experiencing film, dance, performance, visual arts, installations, public art, music, and more.
Art by John Fathom
An official map of the stops included on the tour can be found online at the JCAST website. Print maps will be available for pick-up in the City Hall vestibule at 280 Grove Street, the Lakawana Center, and at participating venues. Both the website and the print map categorize stops by neighborhood, making it easy to view more art in the same area. Stops are also coded with colored triangles to indicate the type of medium the artist(s) work in. A new addition to this year’s map is a listing of all the outdoor murals created under the Jersey City Mural Arts Project.
Artist David Lavernia interacts with a resident while working on the mural he created depicting Nelson Mandela, located at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Oak St.
Please note: The Artist & Maker Market scheduled for Saturday at the Grove Street Path Station is cancelled due to inclement weather. Saturday’s BikeJC tours are still expected to take place. In the event of heavy rain, the tours will be postponed until Sunday. Be sure to check their Twitter page for updates.
The tour map lists 171 stops plus 50 mural locations scattered throughout the city this year. Here are a few locations not to be missed!
Located less than a block from the Grove Street PATH station, view the large-scale photos of Beth Achenbach currently on view at LITM, 140 Newark Avenue. In it’s final weekend, the exhibition titled “THAW”, is a series of still life photographs taken of objects frozen in cold stasis. Achenbach will be present all weekend from 12:00-6:00 pm to discuss her art and greet tourgoers. On Sunday, jewelry artist Andrea Artemis Morin and upcycle artist Stephanie Romano (Full disclosure: This is a personal plug as I am the artist behind TRAASH.) will be joining Achenbach for a mini market. Stop by to purchase petite prints by Achenbach, stunning handmade jewelry by Morin, or unique wallet and pouches made from reused outdoor vinyl signs by me.
Right next door to LITM visit Raval for paintings by Robert Piersanti and masking tape art by Kayt Hester. Hester is also displaying animal themed masking tape art in her solo exhibit “Animal Farm” at 9th & Coles Tavern, 174 Coles Street. Visit the tavern tonight for a “JCAST 2015 Kick Off Meet and Greet with Kayt Hester” from 7:00-11:00 pm. A portion of proceeds from this exhibit will be donated by Hester to the 9th & Coles Animal Sanctuary.
JC Fab Lab, a fabrication laboratory located at 195 New York Avenue, for “Lasered and Crafted”. In addition to getting a free tour of their facility, enjoy a showcase of art and laser crafted goods for sale. From 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday artist Janet Jeun-Gourley will be selling her laser cut jewelry and leading a fun craft session with cross stiched laser pendants. RSVP to this event at jcfablab.com.
Bergen-Lafayette’s newest art gallery, Archetype Gallery, located at 660 Grand Street, will feature a group exhibition titled “Martyrs, Mystics and Madmen.” Artists include John Fathom, Yusef Uno, John Ruddy, Luca Cusolito, and others with work on display in a variety of mediums.
The Hewn Arts Center in the Journal Square area will have a variety of events. The exhibition “Girl Power” a show celebrating the work of thirteen amazing artists that have inspired the people in their lives and their communities will be on view all weekend until 7:00 pm. From 12:00-4:00 pm both days the Hudson Flea will be open with a variety of artisans and handmade crafts for sale including Pillow Talk with StaceyRenee Designs.
Project Greenville’s “Show Some Love” group art exhibit and live music event will feature over a dozen artists. Performing live on Saturday at 2:00 pm: Drum and a Tantrum featuring Julian Altbuch and Russell de Moose; at 3:00 pm: the Phonie Bills, cover band of the 60s group LOVE consisting of Jersey City musicians Joe Morris, John Hickman, Kevin Hyland, Dan Hyland, GaryTownsley, Kenichi Sugihara and Chris Garrahan. On Sunday singer/songwriter Glen Coleman performs (right after he performs that same day at Leonard Gordon Park). Project Greenville is located at 128 Winfield Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Old Bergen Road. The exhibit will be open from 12:00-6:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Light refreshments from local Grenville businesses will be served.
Artist Robert Koch
150 Bay Street will feature over 22 artists throughout the building. Element10 Design (Unit 923) will be hosting live music performances by Cris Nyne and Joe AllOne at on both and Sunday. While you are there pick-up a delicious gelato from Bucket & Bay located on the first floor.
865 Gallery, 865 Bergen Avenue, will host a weekend-only pop up shop. Organized by Amy Wilson, the shop will feature handwoven household items and handspun yarn, designed and created by Type A Fibers. View and shop one-of-a-kind rugs, blankets, wall hangings, and other items in their unique showroom setting. Most of the fibers are from local tri-state farms and all of their pieces are handmade right here in JC. The shop will be open until 8:00 pm on Saturday and 6:00 pm on Sunday.
Various ceramics on display at Evening Star Studio
Stop by Beth DiCara’s ceramic studio Evening Star Studio, 11 Monitor Street, for “Animals & Birds & Fish” from 10:00am-4:00pm both days. Red Cat Ceramics artist Robin Rosenzweig Schkrutz will also be exhibiting at this location.
If you are taking photos during your time on the tour be sure to use the hashtag #jcast2015 and if you tag JCI (@jcindependent) in your post we might include it in our follow-up coverage.
The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour will be held Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. The Kick-Off Party will take place on Friday, October 2 from 6:00-11:00 pm at the Lakawana Center, 234 16th Street. For more information and to download a tour map visit thejcast.com.
JCI’s Past Coverage the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour:
- Jersey City Artists Studio Tour Returning This Weekend
- PHOTOS: Jersey City Artists Studio Tour 2012
- Artists and Their Work: A Series of Jersey City Artists Studio Tour Portraits
- Writer Summer Dawn Hortillosa’s ‘first date’ with the tour
- Spectacular Opening Party Reminds Publisher Catherine Hecht of 111 First Street
- Local Artists Banding Together for 22nd Annual Jersey City Artists Studio Tour