The cool brisk winds forced people to wear their jackets to keep warm, but it did not deter them from experiencing the grandeur and joyous experience that the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour has become.
For more than two decades, artists, crafters, painters, photographers, artisans, and sculptors have opened their doors and welcomed the public into their sacred work space as part of Hoboken's Artist Studio Tour. Las Sunday they did the same. More than 6,000 locals and area residents walked the streets of the mile square city for the self-guided tour.
"The arts are alive in Hoboken," said Geri Fallo, the city's coordinator of cultural affairs.
They were able to stop, look and listen to poetry, dance, and music while strolling the self-guided tour, which included more than 50 locations.
Artist Aida Jones at the Monroe Center at 720 Monroe St. had her studio open all day and welcomed more 40 people throughout the day.
"There was always somebody in the place," Jones said.
She exhibited her acrylic on canvas works of nude female figures and '60s rock icons.
In addition to Jones, other 720 Monroe St. artists included Aliza Augistine, William Baez, David Martin, Laura Alexander, Thomas Egan, Mac Hartshorn, Janet Cuniffe, Nancy Green, Sissi Siska, Mark Davids, and Joe Borzotta. The Monroe Center also has an independent tour the first Sunday of each month. The next event will be Nov. 2.
Another highlight of the event was the work of Frank Hanavan, an impressionist painter who has depicted hundreds of Hoboken images. His work was shown at the Hoboken Historical Museum during the tour.
People found time to sit and relax at places like the Frozen Monkey Café, East L.A., The Goldhawk, and the Madison Bar and Grill. The venues showcased artists' works on their walls.
Fallo curated a show at City Hall, with more than 30 artists. Their works included surreal and impressionist art.
The tour's opening reception last Friday brought hundreds of people to the newly developed Waterfront Corporate Center. Gathering at PNC Bank on River Street, art enthusiasts enjoyed a catered event and a slide show previewing the works of the artists.
"This was a great tour. A true highlight of the year," Fallo said. q