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Passaic Studio

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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.

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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.

Marc Best

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I began photographing with a Brownie Camera when I was just 8 years old.  For the last 50 years I can’t remember when I didn’t have a camera in my hand.  Deep inside I knew that Accounting and IT were not fulfilling but it did pay the bills.  I started studying at SVA and ICP in the evenings while working full time to formalize my craft with some wonderful mentors like Algis Balsys and Jerry Vezzuso. My photography was born on the streets of New York and in the documentary projects and environmental portraits of interesting people who gave me their images. If there is anything I want to do with my retirement it is to share my images with as many people as possible and continue to grow my body of work.

~Marc Best


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Isaac Williams is a painter, illustrator, digital and performance artist from Montclair, New Jersey. Williams earned his BFA at Montclair State University in 2008 and proceeded to further his education, in fine arts, by earning his MFA at Pratt Institute in 2011.

Isaac Williams has exhibited his work in many shows around the Tri-state area, such as the Harlem Arts Festival and the 17th Annual Art in the Atrium, Inc. Currently, he works as an Art Handler in the New York/New Jersey area.

These works are driven by an aesthetic intensity that is meant to ignite and cultivate an awakened emotion. His work reflects his persistent desire to create, express and explore subjects regarding the mind, environment and its relationship to identity.

~Isaac Williams


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“Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Carlos Alva began his career in photography as a hobby in 2011. A passion to capture the missed moments that people failed to recognize as beauty. It also started small. In a living room with movable furniture as people came to his house to shoot. Eventually, taking the name of BlackHill Photography, Carlos pursued his passion wholeheartedly. He has been fortunate and blessed enough to have worked with models and actors of all different experience levels. He has managed to work with models represented by some of the top model agencies in the world. He also had the privilege of working with models who would appear on CW’s America’s Next Top Model as well as numerous TV and screen appearances. Now along with his wife, they have decided to open BlackHill Studios in Passaic, NJ where they cater to aspiring actors and models as well as industry veterans as they continue their journey in the entertainment industry.

~Carlos Alva



Artist Statement

            My paintings have developed from many years of collaging. The use of different materials, layered and juxtaposed found objects, has transformed into larger works. My paintings, mostly with acrylic paint, often use additional media such as oil stick, charcoal and graphite. Lines are evolving from handwriting and calligraphy, while shapes investigate the relationships between positive and negative space. Every canvas starts a journey of its own. Many of my works continue to evolve over time. I consider my works to be “living entities”, which I often continue to discover and change over time. Investigating the space via mark-making is an ongoing process for me. Deconstructing old works and reconstructing them in space provides for new possibilities and unveils new directions.

~Dorit Shmuel

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To be given the opportunity to capture THAT moment for you is a privilege, and I am thankful every time I press the shutter. Whether you need to capture your wedding or special event, or are a model/actor looking to improve your portfolio, my services are available to you.

Photography came into my life by pure luck. One day I’m hanging out with a friend who asks me if I can take pictures of her. She gives me her camera and we shoot for the very first time. And the photography bug bit me right there and then. There was no going back.

I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to shoot world-class models, as well as capture the most intimate moments in weddings, birthdays, and numerous special events. AS well as the joys expressed by expectant mothers.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to hear from you soon!

~Carlos Alva


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Artist Statement

My work uses historical references to make commentary on today’s culture. The past becomes remembered in a way to highlight the glorious parts and leave us feeling nostalgic for the way things were when history is much like any fictional narrative. It needs to highlight certain things to make the story work and leave out the undesirable parts. I am embracing nostalgia’s effect on how we remember the past and how our memories can become as wondrous and fantastical as any fairy tale. The role women have played throughout history is not something that is completely irrelevant to us now. I seek to explore what role I feel I have in the world. The narratives I create seek to make the viewer a bit uncomfortable, to make them reevaluate their assumptions, and help them to try to see the dark hidden part of ourselves that tends to get excluded from the history we write down.

~Stephanie Gagliardo

Contact Info:

Natalie Atom

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Hello there!

My name is Natalie and I like to eat pie and paint pictures. Much of my work is experimentation based; I enjoy working intuitively and draw inspiration from books I’m reading, classes I’ve taken, and the variety of people I meet on a daily basis. I believe that observation is important to understanding: the more you look the more you see. Many of the “Tree People” paintings have come from my fascination with the beauty of trees and a desire to capture the majestic stillness which they posses.

I’m a student at Montclair State University and will be graduating this winter (eek!) with a B.A. in Fine Arts as well as a B.A. in Psychology. I hope to make it to graduate school and pursue a career in Art Therapy.

Take a look around and let me know what you think! If you are interested in any existing pieces, commissioning a piece, or have any questions please send me an email at

~Natalie Atom


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NP Studios Passaic is looking forward to getting to know Ron and his robots better! To view his full website and contact info go to:

DisputedTerritories_2013_oiloncanvas_136x90_Sean Sweeny (Sean Catherine) received his MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2014. Sean was awarded the 2012 Victoria J. Mastrobuono Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Eastman-Bolton Memorial Prize in 2009. We are proud to have him a part of the NP crew in Passaic and are looking forward to seeing how these abstract landscapes evolve! To view his full website go to Email:


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