From yoga and photography to paintings and entertainment, the Monroe Center for the Arts is Hoboken's premier institution for artists.
For almost a year, the merchants at the Monroe Center have opened their doors to the public every month for the "First Sundays" series. The next open tour will coincide with the Hoboken arts and music festival on May 4, and it will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
At 720 Monroe St., arts enthusiasts will discover the Michelotti Studio, which specializes in stoneware; fine lingerie from Lola C. & Co.; floral designs from Christina Andersen; health fitness from Take It To The Max; new and used instruments from Golden Age; yoga lessons from Hoboken Yoga; dance lessons from the Monroe Street Movement Space; and children's portraits from Hartshorn portraiture.
"The response we are receiving from the open tours is great," said Mac Hartshorn. "Our open studio tours bring out the best in our community."
Hartshorn has been in Hoboken for almost a year and his studio is located in suite C-513.
Judith Robinson, events coordinator for the Monroe Center, is content with the feedback she is receiving from the open tours. In the near future she said she hopes to bring more live entertainment and artists' participation.
"Right now we are where we want to be. The public is supporting us," Robinson said. "Every first Sunday is a new experience."
The next "First Sundays" will be on May 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The center is located at 720 Monroe St. in Hoboken. For information call (201) 795-3767. - E. Mulero q