The very popular mile-square city tradition was in full swing on Oct. 20. Thousands of residents and out-of-towners walked all over the city admiring works from more than 100 artists. and City Hall was transformed into a giant art gallery for the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour.
"This event was perhaps one of the best ever we've had since I've been involved," said Hoboken's Cultural Affairs Director Geri Fallo. "We are always pleased with the people who come to Hoboken to enjoy what the artists offer."
Artist Martin R. Delossantos showcased his interior design installation at 351 First St. during the tour. Delossantos, a Hoboken resident, is an interior and exterior designer. His pieces included metal sculptures and the remodeling of a bathroom complete with a fountain and a fiberglass ceiling.
"The tour has been a great venue for me to display my talents," Delossantos said.
The free self-guided event was sponsored by the city of Hoboken, the <i>Hudson Reporter</I> newspaper chain, the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs, and the PATH train system. More than 8,000 people flocked to the city, according to Fallo.
One of the highlights of the tour was a work-in-progress by renowned artist Tim Daly at his studio at 300 Observer Highway. His works consisted of a series of mural paintings commissioned by NJ Transit to be installed in the South Mezzanine of the Secaucus Transfer train station next year. The paintings are realist landscapes along New Jersey's rail lines. They will cover part of two 90-foot long walls, with two paintings between each window.
Other events included a display of the works by members of the Hoboken Homeless Shelter on 300 Bloomfield St.; the one-year anniversary at B.A.M.A. Galleries at 946 Bloomfield St.; and the works of several artists in the lofts at 720 Monroe St.
Jason Walker was at the Gaslight Restaurant on Adams Street displaying his photographs. His black-and-white images were of a man in a comic book store, a row of buses, a woman signing a wall at Ground Zero, and landscapes.
"I'm just excited to be taking part in this studio tour," Walker said. "The turnout was better than what I expected."
Public transportation was made available by Light Rail train (which travels from Bayonne through Jersey City to Hoboken), PATH trains, NJ Transit trains and buses, and NY Waterway ferries from Manhattan.
For further information on next year's tour call (201) 420-2207 or visit www.hobokenculturalaffairs.com.