Sculpture Day at Jersey City’s Mana Contemporary.

SculpThis past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Sculpture Day at Jersey City’s home of the arts Mana Contemporary. Since moving in next door in August I’ve had the pleasure of visiting numerous times.           Most notably, the         Open Studio Tour and this particular opening. While I’ve been a part of many shows and exhibits as a photographer. Art has always had a way of leaving me both speechless and humbled. Being able to see how someone else interprets art and beauty is one of life’s greatest gifts. Listening intently while holding back your own words and endless array of questions while an artist describes his or her art and the things that make them so passionate about taking that emotion out for a creative walk is what I’d consider a life skill.

Artist Carole A. Feuerman
Artist Carole A. Feuerman

As I entered the building and observed some of the sculptures. I was greeted by Carole A. Feuerman.    I was asked  “Are you the photographer?” before being ushered on to the elevator and towards her 4th floor studio.           Her work, as well as the work of other artists were breathtaking and real. Along the way, I made friends with a fellow photographer who shared the same given names as well as interests. I really appreciated Carole’s energy, warmth and courtesy. I broached the idea of doing an interview with her for this blog when she returned from Italy. She seemed open to the idea, but I won’t push the issue. I can’t begin to describe the benefits of having such an abundant amount of energy and creativity thriving right next door to me. It’s a constant inspiration, as well as a reminder to stay creative and live an artful life.In the end art is community and community is art. Plant the seeds and let it grow.

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The Company You Keep

I felt very grateful to be a part of this past weeks Jersey City Artists tour. What made it even more rewarding was having the chance to display a couple of my own recent photos in the lobby here at Canco Lofts. Since I’ve already included both of my images they included in the exhibition in prior posts. I figured I would share some of my favorites from some of the other artists residing here.


The View from the Inside

Since early August, when we first moved to Canco, I’ve taken a lot of photos of the yet to be restored and renovated building next to where I reside. I’ve also taken my share of pictures of the old factory building I now know as Mana Contemporary. And though I’ve shot these beautiful urban landscapes from many degrees and angles. Being able to do so from the inside of Mana Contemporary gave me a serious rush of adrenaline.  With mana’s impressive five floors. I was able to shoot at the best levels possible thus far. Since I was a pre- schooler going to the junkyards behind Flushing’s Shea Stadium. I’ve had an appreciation for things of beauty that so many others find ugly and disposable. For me personally, they hold a sense of character and history. Telling a story about the people that were there before. Their live, their struggles and the work they did.    I really feel at home here. In a sense, the best of both worlds.       I can’t get enough and I hope to stay awhile.

Upcoming Event

I’m excited to announce two of my images will be hanging in the lobby of Canco Lofts at 50 Dey St. in Jersey City.                 This will coincide with the Jersey City artist tour. I was notified of my inclusion late Sunday and had to scramble to have the two images they chose printed. My original choice to have metal prints made had to be scraped due to time constraints.       Instead I will be featuring framed 16X20 poster boards.           Be sure to check your local listings for participating galleries and local businesses. If by chance you’re in the area, stop by Canco Lofts and check out the great community we have her. Dey St. is local to Journal Square, Rt. 1&9, 7, 139 and Kennedy Blvd. See you there.