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The paintings of Judy Schmitt

“Capturing Hoboken – The paintings of Judy Schmitt

Opening this Sunday, May 10th over at the Hoboken Historical Museum (13th & Hudson) is “Capturing Hoboken – The Paintings of Judy Schmitt.”

Judy Schmitt Art Hoboken Museum 1

The accomplished artist Judy Schmitt may be based in Cape Cod, but since her daughter and son-in-law moved to Hoboken 15 years ago, this city has been a second home for her. Inspired by the artistic tradition of Provincetown, Mass., and many of the experienced artists who live there, Schmitt strives to capture the soul of her subjects in her paintings. She will exhibit 14 of them in the Museum’s Upper Gallery from May 10th to July 5th.

Schmitt grew up in the blue collar town of Waterbury, CT, so she appreciates the hidden beauty of the many factory buildings tucked into Hoboken’s cityscape. She is enamored of the beauty and sounds of Hoboken, which she soaks in on walks through the city, or while visiting its parks with her grandchildren. She loves the way the light bounces off the brownstones, and imagines the voices of the families who grew up in them. Her goal is to portray each building’s individual character and charm, using a rich palette of Veneitan red and burnt sienna.

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She starts the paintings in plein air, on the street, taking color notes for the trees, the different red-browns of the bricks and grays of the sidewalks, and finishes the canvases in her studio.

“A major influence was Edward Hopper, who lived and painted in my town,” Judy says, “and I learned about capturing the light, from my mentor, Steve Kennedy, a wonderful plein air artist.”

Living near the sea in New England, Schmitt is especially sensitive to Hoboken’s waterfront and its rich shipping history. She was so struck by the image of an old pier with the “Hoboken” tugboat, that she felt compelled to use a large canvas to convey the scene in all its rich detail, with the New York skyline in the background.

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Spring 2015 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Spring 2015 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival: Sunday, May 3rd

The first of two annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals in 2015 takes place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Streets this Sunday, May 3rd.

Bring your strollers, large dogs and inattentive phone-dabbling friends to wander around the streets from 11am to 6pm to see hundreds of (mostly) out-of-town vendors selling food, artwork, and myriad of other cute things you can exchange monetary units for. Then, you can feed your ego by digitally “sharing” photos with “friends.”

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival May 3 2015Find the “popular” tents by flocking to those with big lines (if people are still spending money this year.)

Three music stages also set up. The main stage is south of the CVS downtown, a kiddie stage at 3rd Street, and a secondary stage at the north end of the festival between 6th and 7th Streets.

Hopefully for festival vendors, the turnout will be good. If the weather is bad, it’ll be a giant bust.

This is a rain or shine event.

Some of this year’s featured musical acts include:

Have fun!

Ricardo Roig Gallery

Grand opening this weekend

In case you missed Ricardo Roig’s opening at The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts this past Wednesday – you can attend his own art gallery opening (252 1st St.) this Saturday, April 18th from 7pm to 10pm!

Ricardo Roig Gallery – 252 First Street

Good news, art lovers! Local phenom Ricardo Roig is planning to open up his own studio at 252 First Street next month!

This is great, because area artists often have to rely on other people to present their works (and either take too much of a cut, or they even go out of business.)

Ricardo says: “My images come from life, dreams, visions, hallucinations, nightmares, but are always experienced through a specific atmospheric space. I attempt to evoke these experiences in my artwork, a representation of my world- through my eyes, mind and heart. My art is my elevated form of communication and allows me to express and understand my emotions in hopes of finding peace. I hope my art uplifts, challenges people to think, and always remind us of our shared humanity in this natural world for which we are all born into.”

Ricardo Roig Gallery Hoboken NJ 252 First Street

Description: Roig Gallery. Art by Ricardo Roig.
Address: 252 First Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (908)447-3928
Email: RoigArt@gmail.com
Online: ricardoroig.com

Gallery at Garden Street Lofts

The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts opening April 15th

The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts, a showcase of local artists, will host a public opening reception will take place Wednesday, April 15th from 6-8pm. The program is an effort to bring art into the home environment, support local artists and create events to bring the local community together.

The Gallery will spotlight a local artist on the walls of the Garden Street Lofts lobby every four months.

For each opening, reception that will be held open to all residents, guests of the artist, and the local community. The first artist to be showcased is Ricardo Roig. He will be exhibiting his Hoboken series of limited edition hand cut paper stencil screen prints. Wine will be provided by Cork Wine & Spirits and hors d’oeuvres provided by Hudson Table. Ricardo’s work will be on display until late August.

Gallery at Garden Street Lofts opening Hoboken NJ Ricardo Roig

The Artist – Ricardo Roig

Ricardo is a 31-year-old professional fine artist who maintains a working studio in Hoboken, NJ. Recently, Roig also opened a gallery space just down the street from the studio at 252 First Street where he can meet his growing collectors in a comfortable and convenient location. He will be showing his work at Roig Gallery and use his showroom to add color to the neighborhood while always giving Hoboken something new to see.

Roig moved to Hoboken in 2009 after attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and initially supported himself by waiting tables at the Elysian Café. Hoboken quickly became his muse. The city’s architecture reminded him of the Belle Époque street scenes and interiors featured in Impressionist paintings, which he admires greatly. Roig uses his art as a vehicle for expression, communication and connection. Sharing his unique view of his surroundings allows his community to see their world differently and in a new way too. This relationship has allowed Roig’s work to continue to thrive for a number of years as his work has made its way into many local homes, businesses and distant locations like London, Toronto, Mexico, Spain, Hawaii, and Germany. The Hoboken Historical Museum showcased his work in 2012 with a very successful exhibit including his Mile Square Series and will be offering him another solo show this September. The works presented here will be a sneak peak for this upcoming exhibit and all works are available for sale through contacting the artist directly.

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Hudson County Art Supply

Hudson County Art Supply – 511 Willow Ave. – Hoboken, NJ

Hudson County Art Supply Hoboken NJNew to Hoboken is a business that we don’t have an overload of: An art supply store! Yay! Recently opened Hudson County Art Supply is located smack dab in the middle of town at 511 Willow Avenue.

Hudson County Art Supply also has a second location at First & Coles in Jersey City, and sells all the basic things any artist could use!

Canvases, paint, brushes, easels, sketch pads, markers, pens and much more. All the major and known brands – and special orders can be made for products they don’t carry on hand.

In addition, we were told that they will expand their KIDS selection of crayons and other kiddie-related merchandise, which will surely make tons of moms happy (and their housekeepers mad!)

Welcome to the neighborhood, Hudson County Art Supply!

Description: Art Supply Store
Address: 511 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)413-0900 (J.C. number)
Email: info@hudcoart.com
Online: hudcoart.com

The Everymen: “NJHC”

The Everymen – NJHC

Since forming in 2009, The Everymen have quickly built a rock solid resume thanks to their tireless average of over 100 shows a year, and a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting live (New Jersey) bands around. As a testament to their electrifying performances on and off the stage, WNYC Soundcheck/NPR said “The Everymen inject each element of their energetic rock with a palpable passion.”

Take a look at The Everymen’s new video for “NJHC” from their latest album “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz.” This track is essentially an ode to the band’s home state of New Jersey (culminating in a list of almost every famous Jerseyan in the process!)

Hoboken has a notable presence in the video. Enjoy!