Visiting Novado Gallery for the first time was like entering a magical place akin to Oz for Dorothy or the Wonka factory for Charlie in that I had been privy to the adventure of it long before the opening in December 2016. Anne Novado relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey from Syracuse, New York a year ago with a plan to open the gallery at 110 Morgan Street in the Modera Loft building within three months. That plan took additional time due to paperwork and construction. I had visited Anne twice before in that time; the last time I could only peer in the window to see this vast space (3,000 square feet) and imagine what it might look like filled with art.
And…so, on Sunday evening, I got to experience the full fruition of a dream. A beautifully artful space organized by Anne’s keen eye and aesthetic to deliver the Jersey citizens and surrounding area cool people (including NYC, only a hop, skip and train ride away) with many wonderful options of artwork to buy, enjoy and collect. It is a magnificent space filled with a lot to love!
She and business partner Steve Pearlman plan to have monthly exhibitions, as well as a stable of artists’ and artisans’ work displayed throughout. The current show is called Identity and features work by Lacey McKinney, Carrie Will, David Samuel Stern, Brandy Kraft and Alyssa McClenaghan.
The original opening was snowed out due to a bizarrely timed blizzard. It has been rescheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include food, drink, entertainment and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Fulop in attendance!
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork will be donated to Women Rising, Inc. of Jersey City. Identity runs through March 9, 2017. The next exhibit, tentatively titled The Power Show, will feature Jim Ridlon, Dusty Herbig, Brian Gustafson, Rainer Maria Wehner and Maurizio Zuluaga.
Anne is also a working artist. If she is not drawing or painting, she spends her off-time away from the gallery doing studio visits. If you are a local artist looking for gallery representation or interested in more information about the gallery, you can contact her at (201) 744-6713.
Current gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday 11:00am-6:30pm, Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Saturday noon-5:00pm and Sunday noon-6:00pm and by appointment. The gallery specializes in industrial and live-edge furniture and contemporary functional and decorative ceramics, as well as mixed-media fine art. For more about the gallery visit www.novadogallery.com <3
At the artist reception on Wednesday night at Light Work, I fell in love. Yes! This is something that I seem to do easily lately. I am in love with life, so what can I do?
In this case, the objects of my affection are Ben Altman’s photographs, which are hanging in the hallway of this beautiful venue (316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY). They will be there until July 22, 2016, if you want to see them in person.
Here is a link to the whole shebang on the Light Work website –
Altman uses an old-fashioned camera to take photographs of people using their cell phones to photograph memorial sites around the world. He is sort of a voyeur looking over the shoulders of these tourists to create images that have an eerie-beauty to them. The memorial site is blurred but we can see a part of it through the tourists’ viewfinders.
So, you kind of say – ohhh, that’s pretty – then you read the title and you are looking at a picture taken at Auschwitz or one taken at the site of the Oklahoma bombing. It is just this startling feeling of, like, OMG, I just thought a place of utter sadness was so beautiful. Then you feel totally weird for liking it. So you go back and look again with the new knowledge and feel super weird, because it is still so hauntingly beautiful.
And by you, I mean me.
What a profound experience. The photos are very large. They are all the same size, framed the same way, which alerts us to the fact that they are equally important. I just love the concept, the follow through, the process of capturing frame-in-frame shots that are all different, yet remain in harmony.
Here is his artist statement –
“Tourists at iconic sights almost automatically photograph with their smart-phones and cameras. This act becomes more complicated at memorials, sites, and museums that commemorate episodes of mass violence. Over the past few years I have photographed visitors and their screens at many such places. The people in my images are strangers who are mostly unaware of my intention, even though I use a hand-held 1940’s 4×5 press camera. My vintage equipment fits well with thinking about the present in terms of the past.
“Raising a device between oneself and a site of atrocity can be seen as distancing and reductive. However an impulse to manage and diffuse what these places mean is understandable and perhaps necessary. Often the memorials themselves depict the appalling, chaotic events they represent with unwarranted coherence or with the blankness of preserved artifacts. They invite engagement but also obstruct it. The memorials and the photography each suggest questions: how to see these sites; how to empathize with the unknowable experiences of the people who were caught up in the events; how to understand the ways in which past horrors configure our present world; how to live with our knowledge.
— Ben Altman, March 2016″
When I was in Jersey City, NJ, I took a picture at the memorial they have honoring the New Jersey residents who died in the Twin Towers. It is two walls of granite with names on each side and when you walk through towards the waterfront, the Freedom Tower sits between them in your sight line. It is an emotional experience to stand there and witness. As a tourist, I took a picture exactly the way Ben Altman explained in his statement. But my photographs contain my own reflection. I guess in this way, I become one with my empathy and that is a good thing. Altman’s detachment invites the viewer inside in a way that allows us to see the light of beauty in darkness.
For more information on Ben Altman, find his website here.
Anne Novado will be opening a new gallery in Jersey City, NJ. The building is currently under construction/being renovated.
She is looking for artists to feature – here is something the gallery just posted on Facebook-
ARTISTS IN JERSEY CITY, BAYONNE, NEWARK, HOBOKEN, WEEHAWKEN, BROOKLYN & MANHATTAN: We are beginning to look at work for our new gallery at 110 Morgan Street. We are interested in working with emerging and established artists whose work shows a maturity of vision, a fresh approach and can include a creative use of materials-traditional or otherwise. We like humor, mystery, surprise, energy, beauty and seriousness. We anticipate our walls will be at minimum 10′ high and ceiling 12′. Email links of your website or PDF’s to our interim Gmail account: NovadoGallery@gmail.com (“artist submission” in subject line) For more clues if your work might be a good fit, a few of the more known artists we like include: Tony Ourlser, Tara Donovan, Wim Delvoye, Jim Campbell, Vija Celmins, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Dine, Wolf Kahn, Beth Cavener, Mary Shaffer, Richard Wright, William Wegman, Fred Tomaselli, Mary Borgman, Lori Nix, Jill Greenberg, Romare Bearden, Bansky, Mark Wagner, Anselm Kiefer, Pat Steir, Bernar Vene
A spring 2016 opening is in the works. Of course, today is the first day of spring, but Easter is next week and Orthodox Easter isn’t until May 1st, so that is all relative. I think she and business partner Steve Pearlman are targeting a May opening. It will be called the Novado Gallery.
See the New York Times article about the building here.
I loved walking around that area, which is what we did last weekend. I think I have only been to New Jersey once before and that was for something at the Meadowlands. Oh, and all the times I landed in New Jersey and took the bus into the city. I mean by plane. Despite what my students may or may not think about me, I am not actually a witch or an entity who can literally take flight using other-worldy powers, lol.
It is near the waterfront. Loved seeing the New York skyline from across the river. So close you could practically reach out and touch it and yet, you could get around effortlessly by car in Jersey City. That was really cool. Not at all what I expected.
Anne took me to this big warehouse thing-a-ma-gig called Mana Contemporary (888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306). It houses art studios and galleries, and is open to the public – free admission on Saturdays. They have studio tours and open houses. The artists take turns opening their doors, like every other week or something. www.manacontemporary.com
Last Saturday, architect and artist Richard Meier exhibited a collection of mixed media silk-screen works on the second floor. Gary Lichtenstein did a demonstration of silk screening techniques – with giant-sized silk screens (like six feet square)! And in the first floor gallery, there was an exhibition of artwork by the late Anthony Quinn!
I had no idea he was an artist. This was an incredible show. According to the information provided by the venue, “The T’ang Horse: Anthony Quinn, is an exhibition of Anthony Quinn’s own art, accompanied by a selection of pieces from his vast personal collection that he acquired throughout his life and travels.” The show is curated by Ysabel Pinyol.
Included in this exhibit is a Paul Gauguin, a self-portrait with his Yellow Christ in the background. This was such a thrill for me to see because Yellow Christ is one of my favorite paintings and it almost looks like a selfie, as if it is saying, look at me with my painting! OMG!
Quinn played Gauguin in the film Lust for Life (starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh).
There were some Henry Moore sculptures and then Quinn’s own sculptures that looked very similar. So much to see in this exhibit! He sculpted, painted and even created a hooked rug. A man of versatility.
What a spectacular gallery space!
Quinn was born in 1915. According to the literature, he was born in Mexico, mentored as a child by Frank Lloyd Wright, and never wanted to be an actor. He thought he would be an architect or a painter. He broke his foot during the making of the movie Zorba the Greek and so he performed the dance slowly, which has since become a legit part of the dance, as though he invented it.
As an actor, his accolades include two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He starred in almost two hundred films!
The man had quite the zest for life. He is considered a creative genius. In 2011, the Anthony Quinn Foundation began awarding scholarships to students and has since helped over sixty young artists.
If you wish to donate to this amazing organization, contact the Anthony Quinn Foundation at P.O. Box 539, Bristol, RI 02809. It is a donor funded 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and the donations are 100% tax deductible. www.aqfoundation.org
Mana Contemporary is open for tours Monday through Friday 11:00 am-3:00 pm and Saturdays noon-3:00 pm. The next quarterly open house is on May 1, 2016. This promises to be a big event where you can see it all – all studios open and all exhibits too! They are on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, if you wish to further connect.
Just got home from an amazing business/fun trip to Jersey City, NJ. Now I am in my PJs with my cat on my heart thinking about what I will wear to work tomorrow.
Here are my looks from the past couple of weeks.
The weather is getting warmer here but for a while it will be darker and probably colder in the mornings because of Daylight Savings Time.
My new Michelle DaRin choker is currently in heavy rotation, lol. I have been wearing a lot of pink because of it.
All of my clay projects are drying and the 5th grade wood sculptures are glued (will need to put all the boxes away!). Am going to be doing some painting in some classes starting tomorrow, so I will need to compensate by wearing short sleeves.