HOBOKEN AND BEYOND -- The mysterious invitations started arriving in April, in embossed envelopes closed with a glossy, colorful sticker. "Suckerpunch" was coming to Hoboken, announcing an opening reception on June 18.
But what exactly was Suckerpunch? The initial invites didn't say.
As it turns out, Suckerpunch is an art gallery -- with successful marketers, actors, and other creative professionals lending their name and expertise to the endeavor.
The gallery will open to the public on June 21 in one of the most southwest locations in Hoboken -- 38 Jackson St., near the Jersey City border at Observer Highway -- proving that even the most industrial corners of Hoboken are attracting new ideas and development. The gallery will be viewable by appointment only.
Artists showing in the first exhibit include Stephen Byram, a Guttenberg resident who has done art for rock album covers and record labels; David Changar, who creates art in stoneware and porcelain; and visual artist Robert Coto and photographer Jamie Miller. That exhibit runs through Friday, July 9.
The gallery is located on the fifth floor of the "Chambord Building," which contains Chambord, Inc., a prints/design company that creates wallpaper, textured papers, and other items.
The managing partner of the gallery is Wayne Martin, who has managed musicians taught marketing at NYU. His partner in the venture is Mark Rosenthal.
In a recent press release, they described their gallery as "One part a visual artists' representation initiative, two parts an art gallery complete with quarterly exhibitions and temporary retail pop-ups, and just a dash of home accessories online retailing that incorporates fine art and photography." It will be a "partner retail establishment" for their online business, www.suckerpunch.com, a "a fine art, handmade decor, and inspired design ecommerce web destination scheduled to launch early summer."
A more detailed story will appear in the Hudson Reporter newspapers soon, as well as online at www.hudsonreporter.com.