NP Studios in Passaic New Jersey, an up and coming, bustling town rich with South American culture. 20 minute commute from Jersey City and Manhattan. Close to shops, restaurants, home depot, grocery stores and more.
Over 9000sqft. divided up to create 22 private studios. This is a well maintained warehouse with exposed brick, heat and industrial fans.
Studios range in size and price starting at $275 a month. All utilities and internet is included.
Centrally located to William Paterson University, restaurants, hardware store and Home Depot. 10 minutes from Montclair State University.
This is a unique and raw space in an old factory warehouse, over 6,000sqft divided to create a total of 16 individual studios.
Growing artists’ community including photographers, sculptors, painters, and printmakers.
All utilities and internet is included.
Irene Costello Brandle is a realist painter working in oil and acrylic. She lives and works in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Irene studied fine art at Montclair State University and the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Museum. After working in a corporate position for many years, she is now dedicated to her art work full time.
For more images and information check out Irene Costello Brandle’s website at:
“The Aqueduct Murals” will feature 14 international artists, who will create large scale murals throughout the interior lower level of the Aqueduct. The Aqueduct is about as gritty and as massive as you’d imagine it to be, and I feel if these works can live and breathe anywhere indoors, this is a great place.
The artists painting include: Logan Hicks, Chris Stain, Faith47, ZED1, REKA, RUBIN, Shai Dahan, Ian Kuali’i, Skewville, JMR, David Flores, LNY, THEN ONE and myself. We will paint through the evenings tonight, tomorrow, and Friday, after hours. A reception/unveiling will be held with the artists on Saturday. We will have a DJ Set, a sponsored bar, exclusive print releases through Freshly Baked Prints, chalk installations by Ellis G, and more.
New York Artist Onyeka Ibe (pronounced ebay) has achieved international recognition for his dramatic approach to painting. Described as one of the most exciting young painters to emerge from Sub-Saharian Africa since the 1990′s, he was awarded “The Best SOLO Artist of the Year 2006″ at the International Art Expo New York. At Business News profiled him as one of Today’s Top Artists. Ibe looks for inspiration in natural and humanistic traditions of contemporary realism and abstraction.
Artists can live without fame. They can even – arguably – live without money.
But one thing artists can’t live without is other artists.
Two artist “communes” in Passaic, NP Artist Studios LLC and The Coat Factory Ceramics Studio, have thrived for reasons that were articulated 69 years ago by writer George Orwell. “Philosophers, writers, artists, even scientists, not only need encouragement and an audience, they need constant stimulation from other people,” Orwell wrote. “[Otherwise] the creative faculties dry up.”
Art, Orwell said, withers away when artists are forbidden to socialize. He was writing about the dictatorships of World War II, but the same thing can happen to any artist, at any time, who becomes isolated.
Maybe that’s one reason so many artists have beaten a path to an old four-story red brick factory building on Monroe Street — which sister and brother Suzanne and Dan Russo have transformed into twin artistic beehives that collectively house some 20 painters, photographers, sculptors, fashion designers, jewelry makers and ceramic artists.
These creative types are looking for stimulation, interaction, a sounding board. That — and low rents.
“I really wanted to have a bunch of people working together, bouncing their ideas off each other,” says Dan Russo, a Saddle River resident. “If you’re by yourself, it’s easy to become stagnant. In this situation, hopefully you get a little bit of the competitive attitude. You push each other a little more.”
You can see the fruits of their collective labors on Saturday, when the studios open their doors for their third annual Open Studio Tour.
Visitors can mill around the individual artists’ cubicles and purchase pieces from the twoPassaic studios as well as from another NP Artists Studio, in Prospect Park, that Suzanne Russo also runs (some proceeds go to Smile, a Passaic charity that provides social services to the urban poor). They can get their portraits done on the spot by resident painter Seth Ruggles Hiler or photographer Mike Reilly. And of course they can get their nosh on – though not with the clichéd wine and cheese, Suzanne Russo promises.
“That’s too obvious,” she says. “I’ve actually got these plastic martini cups to fill with candy, popcorn – all kinds of snacks. It’ll kind of encourage people to walk around, wander and mingle, and not just stuff themselves.”
Guests to the 100-year-old building – it used to be a coat factory — will see exposed pipes and vents, 16-foot-high ceilings and the wood and Sheetrock partitions that divide the 22 cubicles on the second floor. These the artists rent, at prices ranging from $200 to $800 a month – which entitles them to work there at any hour, crash when necessary and do everything but actually move in.
People like Belleville‘s Ibrahim Ahmed, who makes mixed-media pieces of cloth and paint. “For an artist, if you’re part of a community, it helps,” Ahmed says. “You’re able to exchange ideas, engage in conversation.”
Or Weehawken’s Heather L. Johnson, who does embroidered images of motorcycle parts on linen-based burlap. “I really want to be around artists,” she says. “For several years, I worked out of a dedicated room in my apartment. I got a little starved for shop talk, if you will.”
The Russos got into all of this more or less by accident. They grew up in Saddle River — Suzanne now lives in Washington Township — and cultivated different muses. Dan got into ceramics. Suzanne took up photography, sculpture and painting (her desolate landscape, called “Desolate” – not all modern art is ambiguous – can be seen in the studio common area).
But when she graduated with a master’s in studio fine art from Montclair State University in 2008, she found herself missing all of the creative give-and-take.
That’s when she got the idea for what she calls “artist communities”: first Prospect Park, in 2008, and then Passaic in 2010. She leases the space whole, then sublets it piecemeal to her tenants. Her brother began doing the same thing with his third-floor ceramics studio, Coat Factory Ceramics, this year. “I really am here for everybody in the place,” Suzanne Russo says. “I’m an artist, and the setup is different because of that.”
She and her brother aren’t alone. Old industrial towns, with their disused warehouses and factories, have always been ripe for the picking by artists and bohemians. Another old mill inPassaic was transformed, in 1994, into Streets Studios, a similar communal space for bands and musicians.
The big old buildings, with their metal columns, high ceilings and vast open spaces (NP Studios in Passaic has 9,000 square feet), can be lots of fun to work in. Though maybe a little creepy at night, Suzanne Russo says.
“There’s a lot of spooking each other out,” she says. “In this old warehouse, there’s a lot of noise. If I hear someone coming, I’ll hide behind the wall and scare them.”
I grew up moving from place to place. Dramatic cultural transitions defined each move: Hawaii to suburban Chicago; Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil to Heber City, Utah; Woking, Surrey, England to Houston, Texas. This process, along with an entrenched fondness for long road trips, has inspired my investigation of rootlessness, of moving through space without connecting to it. My work examines spaces from the perspective of an outsider looking in, positioning the viewer to gaze intimately at things that are temporary, generally ignored, or distorted by memory.
Employing a range of media, my work reenacts the act of searching, of hunting for clues from the past to build new connections to the present. Drawing on source material such as maps, engineering schematics, official documents, newspaper articles, internet ephemera, and the personal stories of friends and strangers, I often use labor-intensive processes to render richly layered images of things often forgotten or taken for granted. I look for relationships between different types of experiences, searching for evidence in the landscape of patterns and cycles that reveal our own fragile natures, as humans, in relation to it. It is my hope that the work inspires questions about where we are, physically and psychologically, in relation to what surrounds us.
Born in 1969 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, I have shown my work in galleries, museums and in the public realm throughout the United States, in Europe and in Japan. In 2001, I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and have completed residencies at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Winthrop University in South Carolina. I have curated several exhibitions and collaborative projects, including Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, involving artists from around the world, and most recently, Love Letter, a collection of collaborative site-specific works presented in New York and Paris. Weehawken, New Jersey is my current home.
Life is beautiful. There are obstacles and situations presented in life are not always easy but the very essence of life, the living energy is beautiful. My art is a reflection of the energy in life. Creating and looking at art can provide a much-needed haven for reflection, inspiration, and a plethora of other emotions in an increasingly hectic world. I strive to make art that reflects an energetic allure that immediately seduces the viewer. Ultimately, I want my art to generate heightened feelings within the audience.
Movement and energy are key elements in the creation my work. I feel painting should be an experience and I want my viewers to feel the raw energy that goes into the process. Vivid colors and intended brushstrokes are in my pieces to help the viewer engage in the movement. My marks reflect motions made with my hand, as my body and mind work together in internal balance.
I create art in hopes of inducing emotions in others. I hope to capture the viewer and lure them to experience my vision. Because I believe passion can be rediscovered in this modern world through the arts, I want my pieces to ultimately inspire feeling and thought.
For more information visit Julia Li’s Full website.
2013 Open Studio Tour NP Artist Studios, LLC
183 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
Passaic, NJ 07055
***For Immediate Release***
Third Annual Open Studio Tour at the thriving NP Artist Studios in Passaic, New Jersey.
NP Artist Studios will host their third annual Open Studio Tour on October 26th, 2013 from 2-6pm. This is a time when the Passaic and Prospect Park studios come together to display their work and provide artistic demonstrations to the public.
The tour will feature several new artists and talents ranging from fashion designers to jewelry designers as well as a wide range of fine artists. Our goal is to bring the community of all ages together to meet with local artists, learn about creative techniques and experience live music all while enjoying refreshments and snacks.
This year we will also be working closely with a local charity in Passaic called Smile. Smile is a non- profit organization providing comprehensive social services for the poor urban communities in Passaic County, New Jersey. NP Studios will host an entire show of donated works from current and past NP Studios artists. All funds will go directly to the Smile organization and the children of the community. The children of Smile will be showing and selling their artwork.
Prospect Park studio artist, Mike Reilly will set-up an on-the-spot TFP project, which will comprise of five minute portraits for anyone who is interested. Participants will receive a digital image and anyone who ends up in the final project will receive a free print. Seth Ruggles Hiler’s daily practices consist of creating and recording connections to people and places through painting and drawing. Seth will be painting portraits of visitors during the tour and each painting will be for sale. kevRWK’s work is classified as Street Art, as he uses spray paint and stencils to create intricately detailed portraits on walls and canvases of subjects ranging from friends and family to the famous and infamous. His public work can be seen in New York, New Jersey, California, France, England and Ireland. He has performed live painting at dozens of events, including Van Duzer Days (Staten Island, NY), Jersey Fresh Jam (Trenton, NJ), Fourth Street Art Festival (Jersey City, NJ) and Raw Power (Jersey City, NJ).” He will also be performing at the NP Studios Open Studio Tour.
Another exciting addition to the tour and 183 Monroe Street is the Coat Factory Ceramics Studio located on the third floor. The studio opened this year by my very own brother Dan Russo. He will be providing tours of his space, pottery for sale and a sake tasting. Dan will also set up a table of donated handmade cups. All the proceeds will also go to the Smile Charity.