In addition to the Salon Art + Design fair taking place in the Park Avenue Armory this weekend, the Jersey City Armory is hosting the 4th edition of Art Fair 14C. The name “14C” is a wink to the “which exit? (on the Turnpike or Garden State Parkway)” joke about New Jersey, but the goal is to strengthen and support local artists, arts organizations and businesses, according to the 14C website. The fair opened Thursday night with a VIP reception, and continues open to the public through tomorrow, November 13th.
I have to admit, I’m a little confused by 14C’s stated mission of promoting the local arts scene, considering that over the past couple of years, they’ve expanded their reach to include galleries from around the country and world. This year’s roster of exhibitors includes galleries from Brooklyn NY, Kensington MD, San Anselmo CA, and Cleveland OH, as well as international galleries from Australia, Greece, and Brazil. I remember once reading about a goal of getting art lovers used to only being in NYC to take a PATH train across the Hudson River to see that there’s also a thriving art scene in Jersey City – and it certainly still has that ambition, but at any rate, let’s not spend too much time on this geographical debate. The art at this fair is engaging, no matter where it comes from.
Below are two examples of booths at this year’s fair: at left, Levitate Creative Services from Jersey City, featuring art by Mustart; and at right, paintings by French-born, NY-based artist Marie Seguret.
There’s plenty to see at Art Fair 14C, and I’ll be back with more pictures and info about some of my favorite artists in the show, but in the meantime, if you’d like to try to get there to see the show this weekend, you can get more information here on show hours, location, and directions on how to get there.
Pictured below: paintings on book covers by Mary Jean Canziani, click here to learn more about this artist and this group of paintings.