For 30 years, Hoboken artists have made names for themselves painting, molding and sculpting pieces that equal or accede the quality of work done across the river in Manhattan. While most of their work tends to take place behind closed doors, visitors are invited to take an up-close look at the artists and their work one-day a year during the Hoboken Art Studio Tour, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Pieces of more than 80 artists will be displayed in artists’ studios, in local businesses and in City Hall this year. Maps of locations displaying the works will be available at City Hall, the Hudson Reporter and other business around town in the week leading up to the event. On the day of the tour, maps can also be picked up at City Hall. Visitors can pop into any studio they want and take a look for free.
The event is co-sponsored by the Hudson Reporter newspaper group.
“We are encouraging people to make a day of this,” said Geri Fallo, the city’s cultural affairs director. “You can come and see some art, maybe go out to brunch.”
This year’s featured art includes some unusual works, like the photography of the Bloomfield-based magazine and web site known as Weird New Jersey. The multi-media company seeks out the wacky, strange and horrific. Several of their pieces will be hung at Maxwell’s on Eleventh and Washington streets. There will also be a father-daughter team involved. Valerie and Ray Smith will display their art at the Barnes & Noble on Washington Street.
Many of the pieces displayed will also be for sale.
“What better way to get a good deal on art,” said Fallo. “No middle man. Go directly to the source.” For more information on the tour, contact 420-2207.