Restaurants, galleries, stores, event spaces in almost every neighborhood. You name it and Art House Productions most likely has lined it up for the fall edition of JC Fridays. The city-wide celebration of art and culture returns to Jersey City on Friday, Sept. 6.
JC Fridays is Art House’s seasonal multi-arts festival that is free and open to the public, with visual and performing artists of all types, be it musicians or individuals with unique talents that are given the chance to show off their latest projects and works. Events will be taking place all over Jersey City and if one doesn’t strike your interest all that much, there’s bound to be something else that you will love.
Events at Art House include a preview of “Big Mouth,” a new body of work by visual artist Theda Sandiford. The work presented is a collection of one sided conversations when someone may say something incorrect or insensitive. Art House productions is located at Cast Iron Lofts, 262 17th St. (Coles St/Jersey Ave).
Sandiford will also be presenting “I Am My Hair: Yarn Wrapping," an interactive art installation that explores identity through our relationship to hair. Attendees can be a part of this educational exhibit from 8 to 10 p.m. at 150 Bay Street, PH9. Marin Blvd.
The Village West Gallery, 311 Newark Ave. (4th and Merseles), will be presenting Stories from the Sea from 5 to 9 p.m. A part of the 2019 Teacher as Artist group show, Jersey City public school art teachers examine narratives, visual symbols, and painting/mixed media techniques while drawing inspiration from the sea.
“Of Myths and Monsters" is just another one of the exciting happenings taking place during this JC Fridays as Jersey City Writers will have an evening of readings featuring selected horror short stories and poems submitted by the public. The stories are inspired by their favorite myths, legends, fairy-tales, and folklore. A short trivia contest will be held during the event with prizes awarded, and it will all take place at Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Ave.
The photo montages of Kay Kenny’s “The Stone Goddesses” remembers the fall of the great empires of the past with images of the Greek and Roman sculptures visiting the Earth in its time of environmental and political vulnerability. The montages can be seen at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St.
Wine Tasting and Art at Riverview Wine & Spirits, 43 Bowers St., will offer a free wine tasting and the work of artist Tavi Malushte. Her series on elephants portrays the human condition and how faith translates our love for nature.
Drawing Rooms will also be hosting The Art Project at the following locations from 6 to 8 p.m.: Hamilton House, 255 Brunswick St.; Art House, 148 First St.; and The Oakman, 160 First St. Guests can tour several floors of exhibits featuring the works of artists like Sandra DeSando, Bryant Small, Gregg Rosen, Roger Sayre, Cathy Diamond, Linda Gottesfeld, Richard White, and Jean Paul Picard among others.
Events will also take place in Journal Square, Hamilton Park, Exchange Place, McGinley Square, Communipaw, Greenville , and Van Vorst Park. Information about JC Fridays and a full list of participating venues and exhibits can be found at jcfridays.com.