JC Fridays winter edition ends the year on a festive note

Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces will showcase quite a variety, including visual art exhibitions, live music and more.

JC Fridays — winter edition — will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, throughout almost all of Jersey City’s neighborhoods in a celebration of art and culture and a warm up for the holidays.

Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces will showcase quite a variety, including visual art exhibitions, live music and more. 

JC Fridays is a seasonal festival that is run quarterly by Art House Productions. The winter edition this week is hosted by both Art House and FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge. 

In Historic Downtown, SILVERMAN the Majestic Theatre Condominium Association will be presenting “The Unleashing of Nature Remembered Works on Paper and Canvas by Caridad Kennedy” from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a collection of art works that have been compiled over the past several years and will be curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis. The Majestic Theatre is located at 222 Montgomery St. 

In the Newark Avenue area, “Ancien Regime: The Pre-Revolutionary World” can be seen at Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. The art exhibition presents society before revolution and asks questions about social injustice, corruption, despotism, and radicalism among other topics. 

Gia Gelato and Cafe, 281 Newark Ave., will also feature “Transitions,” with the artwork of Catherine Hart from 6:30 to 9 p.m. “Transitions collects pieces that reflect how Hart was inspired by both her internal and external worlds. Hart is also the co-founder of the Jersey City Summer Youth Mural Program. 

In the Heights, the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisades Ave., will have its RJO Jazz release series featuring Alex Clough from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. A pianist, Clough’s new releases will feature all original compositions that reflect his travels and musical experiences. 

Artistic Pride Productions, 1007 D Summit, 61 Charles St, will also have its “Holiday Crafting, Caroling, Celebrating Creativity” event from noon to 9 p.m. From noon to 7 p.m., guests can take part in the craft workshop and make a scarf. You can bring your own needles and yarn or purchase them on site although there’s a limited quantity. A winter fashion show, card making workshop, and singalong will also take place from 7 to 9 p.m. 

In Journal Square, Smush Gallery, 340 Summit Ave., will be having its opening reception for “Soft News.” “Soft News” is a group art show with works that reflect everyday life. Joe Monteleone will also be doing tarot readings, aka, news from beyond. 

The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs will present its Teacher as Artist series with a reception featuring Jill Schifter. Schifter is an artist who teaches at the Learning Community Charter School whose works explore self-image, gender constructs, cultural trauma, and environmental destruction. Her work is created through a variety of media that includes drawing and collage. Lite refreshments will be served. The event will take place on the first floor of the Gabert Library, 71 Sip Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. 

In the Powerhouse District, Panepinto Galleries will present “Something Blue,” which will highlight the artwork of four artists based out of Jersey City and West Orange. The artists, Candy Le Sueur, Shari-Beth Susskind, Stephen Cimini, and Tatsuro Nishimura, use the color blue and various mediums to evoke different sensations and moods and shows how an individual feels about or views color. The artist studio tour will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Panepinto Galleries is located 70 Hudson St. 

Around Bergen Avenue, The Arts at St. Paul’s and the Incarnation will be showing “David Miley’s Art of a Lifetime: Works on Paper.” The psychedelic nature inspired art by they Jersey City based artist includes Miley’s own bound collections and will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Imago Beauty Group at the Basillico, 673 Bergen Ave., will have its “Dreamers” series from 7 to 11 p.m., featuring paintings by Vincent Zambrano. The paintings are Zambrano’s childhood memories of Manta, Ecuador, which were influenced through photographs, movie scenes, and his own dreams. The series also emphasizes Zambrano’s love for water.  

In Greenville, Project Greenville returns with its “Winter Wonderland” from 5 to 8 p.m. Holiday themed group art exhibit will be on display along with interactive community activities, local treats, and a neighborhood raffle. Refreshments will be served as well. The toy donation drop off box will be available for donations. The event will take place at 128 Winfield Ave., between Ocean Avenue and Old Bergen Road, and takes place the same time Saturday. 

Sponsors for JC Fridays include: Visit Jersey City; Harrison Rand; Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs; Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce; Historic Downtown SID; PATH; JCEDC; and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism. 

For more information and a complete list of what’s on view, visit https://www.jcfridays.com/.

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