The celebration of arts and culture is central to any community, and Jersey City is no different. On October 8th, the Cast Iron Lofts II will spotlight works from some of Jersey City’s local mural artists in a pop-up gallery, according to a press release from Cahn Communications. The celebration of local mural artists will be part of the 26th Annual Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST), “the largest annual cultural event in the Hudson County City.”
The pop-up gallery, titled the “Outside/In” Exhibit, will be held in a 15,000 square foot studio space, located at 200 Coles Street. Some of the artists featured include Distort, Hell Bent, Emilio Florentine, John T. Ruddy, and more – a full list of featured artists can be found on the Cast Iron Lofts Facebook page.
JCAST 2016 is a three-day long event where attendees can visit open studios, galleries, and public spaces that hold some of the talent from the local artistic community. All of the works that are displayed as part of the festival will be available for purchase. After the festival, the mural arts gallery is expected to be open to the public on Saturdays throughout the month of October.
Though the Jersey City Mural Program only started in 2013, it has become a way to not only spotlight the burgeoning talent local to the Jersey City arts scene but also as a way to beautify neighborhoods and foster pride and support to the artists and residents. Jersey City, known as a top U.S. urban area for public graffiti and street art, makes it one of the best landscapes for this kind of festival. In fact, more than 50 public murals were created by 35 unique street artists to be displayed in the Mural Arts Program to revitalize Jersey City’s arts scene.