Add gallery art to your collection: Newark’s Aljira gallery is having an affordable art sale, and we have the password

Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, is extending its affordable art sale until September 20. Those interested in purchasing the works at a discount should mention the "Squeeze Summer" promotion to receive an additional 15% off pieces from the gallery's fine art collection.

Prospective customers can view work for sale at Aljira on weekdays (except Monday) from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Aljira says they'll reinvest proceeds from the sale back into the art exhibits, programs, teen instruction, and emerging artist support that constitute their core mission. The Center is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year.

Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, is located at 591 Broad Street.

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Updated: Newark mural program organizers solicit community input ahead of mural creation

Updated 8/8/2014:

The organizers of the Newwals Newark have slightly postponed the start of the project in order to solicity more ideas about its direction from the community. Here's the latest information:

Newwalls Headquarters will open on August 11, 2014, where community members are welcome to visit and learn about the project.  This common ground will be a place for discussions to take place, and input and commentary is welcome from the community.  Conversations like these ensure the success of public art projects by defining the community being served, and the aesthetic needs of the community. More information about slated murals and programming may be found here.

The City of Newark wants to make sure that the above community conversations take place prior to the commencement of the mural project, in order to ensure its success. Once approved by representatives of the City of Newark’s Arts, Cultural Development, and Tourism Department, the project will resume its originally planned execution of ten new murals in the business improvement district in downtown Newark.

Originally posted 8/4/2014:

The Newark Downtown District (NDD) will launch "NeWWalls Newark" this month to promote, educate, and change perspectives about public space in our communities through street art.

Building on the momentum of an already existing artist community, murals will act as catalysts to both promote local talent and establish Newark as a destination for high-caliber muralists. The program will kick off with an inaugural conference that will be the platform for a much-needed dialogue in the city through street art. The conference will also provide momentum and excitement for a sustainable, long-term program.

Led by local curator Rebecca Jampol, director of both Solo(s) Project House and The Gateway Project, and Newark-based lead muralist, Lunar New Year, the conference, titled “City as Archive”, will begin with ten murals being simultaneously executed in downtown Newark. Conference artists include Lunar New Year and Newark artists NDA, and Mataruda; Montclair arist Joe Iurato; Brooklyn-based artists Cake, Sonni, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Rubin415, Baltimore-based artist Nanook; and two international artists: Decertor of Peru, and 2501 of Italy.

This project is being funded by the non-profit NDD, the special improvement district for Newark's central business area whose mandate is, in part, to establish Newark as the epicenter of public arts in New Jersey through creative programs like the mural conference. Those interested in more information can contact newwalls@downtownnewark.com.

New residential development downtown Newark attracts ‘price refugees’ from the region [Video]

 

The Madison, a new residential development on Market Street, recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. Harlem resident Alan Williams tours the loft apartment in this video:

Alan Williams is excited about moving from Harlem to Newark.

Williams, who works in Brooklyn, is ready to leave his “very small apartment with very few amenities” and a “very high price tag” behind to move downtown, where he said he’ll enjoy more space at reasonable prices and zero change in commute time.

In the video above, Williams takes a tour of loft apartments in the 48-unit Madison building, the latest phase of Fidelco Realty and Hanini Group’s $38 million, mixed-use development on Market Street. The building had its ribbon cutting ceremony nearly two months ago.

This phase of the development also includes the launch of four new retailers: Krauszer’s Food Stores, Mercato Tomato Pie, Novelty Burger & Bar, and Chipotle, which opened its doors last week.

“Newark has always been on the cusp of sort of the revitalization, new urbanization, mass transit – all those things. The elements that go into redevelopment have always been there. It just never crossed, sort of, the finish line,” said Josh Sternberg, VP of Fidelco Realty. The group, along with its partners, completed The Columbian, which includes 22 loft apartments and a Dinosaur Barbeque on the ground floor, in late 2012. That was preceded in 2011 by the Bowers Building, which includes 11 loft apartments and a Rita’s Water Ice on the ground floor. All of the developments are on Market Street between Broad and Mulberry Streets.

Sternberg said he’s seeing interest from people he calls “price refugees”, or people currently residing in New York, Hoboken, and Jersey City that are frustrated with rents that have risen well above market rate.

Williams is a textbook example of that trend. He said moving downtown would confer a dual benefit, allowing him to both enjoy more space and save money. “Savings I would spend on furnishing the place, because you actually have room to furnish,” he said.

“I foresee myself moving as soon as my lease is over,” he continued.

– Andaiye Taylor