This article originally ran in the Hudson Reporter on June 2, 2020.
Art House Productions is pleased to announce “Virtual Access JC Fridays,” on Friday, June 5 at 7 – 9:30 p.m. online via Zoom. Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, and educational demonstrations from 14 participating venues. The online event is free and open to the public.
Access JC Fridays focuses on inclusion and encourages participants to present work from artists with disabilities and/or work that celebrates disability in any of its many forms, including, but not limited to: cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and sensory disabilities. The event will feature live ASL interpretation and Closed Captions. For questions about accessibility and patrons services, please email email@example.com.
Admission is free, advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register, please visit www.jcfridays.com.
JC Fridays is sponsored by Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs, Historic Downtown SID, JCEDC; New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and supported by Art Fair 14C.
Support for Access expenses on this production provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).
“From art tutorials and studio visits, to live music performances and the premiere of the Jersey City Community Poem, Virtual Access JC Fridays is the perfect showcase of the diversity within Jersey City’s arts community,” says Producing Director Courtney Little. “By moving the event online and making accessibility a priority, participants will have the unique ability to experience and interact with every venue and artist!”
“I get immense joy making my art with other people. During the pandemic this is not a thing,” says artist Theda Sandiford. “I am grateful for the opportunity afforded by Virtual Access JC Fridays to build with my community again. We may be separate but we are not apart.”
“I am thrilled that Art House Productions accepted the momentous undertaking of a Virtual Access JC Fridays. Katia Bulbenko’s show opened right before the “Shelter in Place” went into effect. Virtual Access JC Fridays allows us to reach a broader – and hopefully – a new audience. We are so grateful to be able to participate!” says Kristin J. DeAngelis, SILVERMAN Building Curator for Katia Bulbenko ‘Fragments/Reassemblage”.
7:00pm-8:05pm Silverman/Majestic Theatre Condos Jersey City Writers Ed & Mary’s Theda Sandiford Project Greenville Art House Gallery Jersey City Community Poem Premiere 8:05pm-8:10pm – Intermission 8:10pm-9:30pm SMUSH Gallery The Art Project Matheny Arts Access Dineen Hull Gallery at Hudson County Community College No Dominion Theatre Co Pro Arts JC Art House Productions
FULL EVENT LISTINGS
SILVERMAN and the Majestic Theatre Condominium Association present: Katia Bulbenko Fragments/Reassemblage Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis. The Virtual Tour will be open to you 24/7 via the website: www.deangelisart.com – scroll to Virtual Tours.
Jersey City Writers presents “Limitless” Short pieces that are written by Jersey City Writers and performed by Jersey City actors with the theme “Limitless.” www.instagram.com/jcwriters
Ed & Mary’s A small neighborhood bar/restaurant offering friendly service, craft beer, classic cocktails and cozy bar food for takeout. www.edandmarys.com
I Am My Hair Studio Visit with Theda Sandiford Theda Sandiford makes art in community, under lock down, she has been working alone. Have a glass of wine with Theda while she previews several 3D soft fiber sculpture works in progress. Learn to wrap and hitch knot yarn, ribbon, sequins and beads onto rope. She will demonstrate how she uses a crochet hook and knot by hand. The process is a vibe; meditative and relaxing. Join in. www.thedasandiford.com
Project Greenville presents Donchellee Fulwood Join Project Greenville and local artist Donchellee Fulwood as she discusses her work which is filled with pattern, color, texture, light and beautiful stories and sentiments to share! Project Greenville is happy to host local Greenville artist Donchellee Fulwood as she–and Project Greenville organizer Elizabeth Deegan–discuss Fulwood’s work, their hopes for the neighborhood and what is next for both. Fulwood will have artwork on hand to share with the JC Fridays audience and Deegan will give a brief introduction of Project Greenville for those who have yet to visit; or those who simply miss being there! www.facebook.com/Project-Greenville-106544679416087/
Art House Gallery presents: Kelly Ann Burns, Abstract Expressionism Kelly Ann Burns is an Abstract Expressionist painter. She is also a person living with a disability. Kelly’s art is a result of her true passion and drive to express herself without using a vocal language. www.arthouseproductions.org
Jersey City Community Poem Over the last 3 weeks, Art House Productions collected submissions of poetry that speak to our current experience with quarantine and social distance. Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright curated the pieces into one crowdsourced, community poem called “Just Breath.”
SMUSH Gallery Make Your Own Zine! Tips & How-To You are a zinester… or you could be really soon! Join SMUSH for a how-to zine making workshop and tips for expanding your practice. Bring paper and pen! www.smushgallery.com
The Art Project at Dvora Gallery The Art Project creates exhibit opportunities for artists in Jersey City. Featuring works by Bruce Halpin, for his upcoming exhibit at Dvora Gallery, “Constructed Paintings”. The Art Project is a collaborative program of Victory Hall Inc. and Shuster Development, in downtown Jersey City. Over thirty-six artists from Jersey City and beyond are currently exhibiting in the forty lobby areas in the four public and residential buildings that the company has built or renovated since 2014. The goal of the project is to support and promote the artists in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District by selling their creations. All proceeds directly benefit the artist, and a meaningful portion goes back into the community for arts programming. www.dvoragallery.com
Arts Access at Matheny Arts Access empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, clients can take part in the visual, performing, and literary arts. We invite you to learn more about our program and how our artists create their work, as well as a brief look at past performances and upcoming exhibitions. www.artsaccessprogram.org
Dineen Hull Gallery, Hudson County Community College: A Director’s Tour of Online Exhibitions HCCC’s Department of Cultural Affairs will continually provide art information and activities for all ages to enjoy whether you are working remotely, learning from home or just want to connect socially with people in our community. Our focus now is the same as it’s always been — ensuring you are experiencing a variety of arts-related educational programs that help unite our greater community. We will continue to provide social interactive experiences by establishing a grander arts online presence during this time while our department and the Dineen Hull Gallery remain closed to the public. www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs/exhibition
No Dominion Theatre Co. presents Story Slam: In Transit! For Access JC Fridays, No Dominion Theatre Co. will present storytellers who share their own personal stories based on a chosen theme. This theme is In Transit! We all have our own stories of commuting, and we all know it can either be a blessing or a nightmare. When an hour commute turns into 6 hours, or bumping into an old friend that turns out to be exactly what you needed that day. All you have to do is log on and listen along, and let the storytellers tell you their tales. www.nodominiontheatre.org
Pro Arts Jersey City Presents afloat afloat – a visual arts exhibition of work created by 40 members of Pro Arts Jersey City that reflects upon this time of the 2020 pandemic. Curated by Kerry Kolenut. afloat – The start of this new decade, has plunged us into what once seemed unimaginable, forever changing the way we think about ourselves, the world and how we occupy it. We have been forced to think, act and interact in new and different ways. Pro Arts asked their members to examine the impact on the world, country, environment, people, and themselves and to create art that reflects upon these times. Participating artists: Howard Berelson, Miriam Bisceglia, Sunny Chapman, Dorie Dahlberg, Peter Delman, Jim Fallon, Paul Federico, Hao Feng, Eileen Ferara, Jodie Fink, Jim Fischer, Bennett Gewirtz, Trish Classe Gianakis, Allan Gorman, Suzan Globus, Cheryl Gross, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Megan Klim, Robert Kosinski, Stephen Krasner, Charles Lane, Terry Lively, Juliet Martin, Rajendra Mehta, Charlann Meluso, Jake Miller, Alpana Mittal “Tejaswini”, Patricia Mulligan, Harold Olejarz, Jean-Paul Picard, Carol Quint, Philip A. Robinson Jr., Vincent Salvati, Gale Sasson, Francisco Silva Joel Simpson, Brad Terhune, Mollie Thonneson, Alan Walker aka Buzz Baby Jesus, Bill Zbylut. www.proartsjerseycity.org
Art House Productions: Songs of Hope Art House Productions presents Songs of Hope, featuring musical performances by Shannon DeVido, James Ian, and Kiersten Kelley.
Zoom is an online video conferencing software that allows you to virtually interact when in-person meetings and events aren’t possible. Participants must have wifi, download the application on a computer or smartphone, and sign up for a free Zoom account to participate. The Art House staff are available to help troubleshoot registration and download; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, Manhattan Building Company, and CoolVines.
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Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, arts events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods