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Carole Feuerman's studio. Photo by Esther Montoro.

Mana Contemporary hosts a festive weekend of art beginning with a kick-off party for the 21st Annual Jersey City Artists Studio Tour on Friday, September 30 from 6 – 10 p.m. The party will take place in our Beer Garden gathering Jersey City artists, neighborhood groups, politicians and art enthusiasts for food, drinks, and music performed by bands from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

During Jersey City’s biggest weekend of open studios, gallery exhibitions and film screenings, Mana Contemporary’s doors will be open Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, from 12 – 6 p.m. both days.  In addition to Saturday’s kick-off for Videoart.net’s 2011 Video Art and Experimental Film Festival on the 6th Floor,  Mana’s resident artist studios will be open throughout each day on the 4th Floor.

Mana Contemporary’s studios are bright spaces with soaring ceilings and windows that allow for exceptional natural light. Each studio is custom-designed for each artist, providing an optimum working environment. The accomplished artists who work at Mana Contemporary include Lili Almog, Carole Feuerman, Yigal Ozeri, Eugene Lemay, Doug Argue, Virginia Martinsen, Trudy Benson, Shen Wei, Ziv Yonaton, Lily Rattok, and Stanley Casselman, among others.

And throughout the weekend, be sure to catch the ongoing Photorealism exhibition, Our Own Directions, at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation on the 6th Floor.

 

Carole Feuerman with sculpture. Photo by Tema Stauffer.

Carole A. Feuerman is known around the world for her hyper-realist resin sculptures painted in oil.  These figurative works present life-like people of action in repose – female nudes, swimmers, surfers or athletes.  Her figures frequently appear with their eyes closed in a state of inward serenity and tend to cause viewers to linger gazing at these faces and forms.

Doug Argue's studio. Photo by Tema Stauffer.

Doug Argue with studio visitors. Photo by Tema Stauffer.

Doug Argue makes highly detailed, abstract oil paintings that depend on huge studio space to accommodate their large scale.  Doug frequently works on a ladder to reach the higher regions of his canvases.  One wall of his studio under the windows is lined with art books, and the other side of the room is used for storing his paint brushes and canvases.  His works-in-progress hang on walls of both sides of his studio.

Lili Almog's work-in-progress. Photo by Tema Stauffer.

Lili speaks with visitors at her studio. Photo by Tema Stauffer.

Photographer Lili Almog recently moved into a new studio at Mana Contemporary.  Her previous work includes a series, The Other Half of the Sky, documenting women of diverse backgrounds and societal roles in different parts of China shown at Andrea Meislin Gallery in 2009 and published in a book.  Lili is currently working on a new body of work shot at the site of a kibbutz burned in a forest fire in Israel.  Her photographs examine the charred exteriors and interiors of these former residences, and also focus so closely on details of blackened walls and fixtures that some of her images approach abstraction.

Trudy Benson in her studio. Photo by Helene Forbes

Trudy Benson’s work makes use of bold color and form in her large-scale paintings.  Her solo exhibition, Actual/Virtual,  presented by Mike Weiss Gallery, opens October 13th and was recently highlighted by The Village Voice as a Fall Art Pick.

Virginia Martinsen's canvases in progress. Photo by Helene Forbes.

Eugene Lemay's studio. Photo by Esther Montoro

Stanley Casselman discussing his painting. Photo by Helene Forbes.