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New Jersey City art space to have opening reception during JC Fridays


Phoenix by Nathanael Cox, 2020, photography on acrylic, 16 × 24 × 1/2 in | 40.6 × 61 × 1.3 cm.


March 1, 2023 by David Mosca


There’s a new art space in town. The grand opening of The Box Gallery will be held on Friday, March 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the first JC Fridays event of 2023.


JC Fridays offers visual art exhibitions, music performances, studio tours, and more hosted at local businesses, galleries, and arts organizations throughout the city, all free to the public.


The current JC Fridays lineup includes 175 2nd St., &CO, X Rita Jimenez Collab, the Art House Gallery, Bill Rood, Bruno Nadalin, Drawing Rooms, Dvora Art House, Elevator Open Studios, Evening Star Studio, Grayscale Studios x Golden Light Poetry, Green Pear Heights, Guaicora Studios and The Juice Box, Hamilton House, Irma’s Cafe, McGinley Square Pub, NJCU, The Oakman, Outliers Gallery, Pro Arts Jersey City, Project Greenville, Saint Peter’s University, Sharon (sharex) Sinton, SMUSH Gallery, Speakeasy Studios JC, The Statuary, and Theda Sandiford among others.


An interactive map is available online at www.jcfridays.com to help patrons find artists and venues and create their own schedule. A printable event listing can be found online at https://bit.ly/3xIoeFl.


Located in Jersey City Downtown’s Powerhouse art district, The Box Gallery is a partnership between Guaicora Studios and the Juice Box, with art curation by Alexandra Alvarez.


Alvarez says “My mission is always to connect people’s lives through art. It is also to support and promote emerging artists with the vision of generating promotion, sales and recognition for them. We hope to become a new destination for the arts in the heart of the Jersey City Powerhouse Arts District while educating potential young collectors from the town.”


The opening reception will include a diverse lineup of artists including Amy Burns, Christine DeFazio, Olga Nenazhivina, John Guevara, Ovi Paulter, Valter Guevarra, Emily Linares, Tali Rose Krupkin, Nathanael Cox, Kristian Battell, Ry An, Ayiana Porter, Othman Hagdi, and DARKRECONSTRUCTION.


The opening also will include complimentary refreshments, music, and a chance to meet the artists.


The Box is located at 150 Bay St., Jersey City, main entrance and wheelchair ramps at the corner of Provost and First Street. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from noon to 7 p.m.


A closing party for the exhibit is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the planned art crawl event.

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