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  • Hob’Art in the Monroe Center: A Co-Operative Gallery

    If you’re like me, a bulletin board chock full of classes, business cards, and other art and event-focused flyers make you a little giddy…and before you know it, you’re wanting to start taking pottery and trying out interpretive dance. That’s how I usually feel looking over the boards at the Monroe Arts Center.

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    Slightly off the beaten path, the beautiful Monroe Arts Center is located at 720 Monroe in Hoboken. Besides housing the Mile Square Theater, the Glam Factory, and Iron Plate Studios as well as many other local small (and artsy) businesses…the Hob’Art Cooperative Gallery is there.

    Hob’art is located on the 2nd floor of 720 Monroe.

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    This month two members of the gallery, Joe Gilmore and Tom Egan, presented artwork in the mediums of painting and photography. The exhibit was open to the public from February 28 to March 24, 2013. In general, gallery hours are Thursday thru Sunday, 1 – 5pm and by appointment.

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    The Brushstrokes and Grain show emphasizes the contrasting styles and mediums, by the two exhibition artists. Joe Gilmore’s paintings are a lighthearted look at physical and spiritual intimacy within the home, inspired by the eight days he spent without power in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. During that time, the artist reflected on two very important lessons: the importance of nesting and what people do during a blackout…which seemed like sex, meditation, and more sex. Not complaining, just sayin’.


    Tom Egan’s photography is part of his long term project to document New York City’s underground club scene, especially the Burning Man subculture. Regular parties that spring up throughout Manhattan and it’s boroughs are showplaces for outrageous clothes, exciting performances and flamboyant personalities. The exhibited images represent a series of moments captured in 2012.

    Both contributors to the gallery had beautifully captured/composed, colorful, and interesting work.  I was quite impressed – and am looking forward to going back soon.

    Gallery information can be obtained on the website and from the Director, France Garrido, 201-319-1504 or

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    The Brushstrokes and Grain Exhibition

     Opening times: Thursday- Sunday  1-5pm
    {open by appointment for all other times}

    Have you been to a Hob’Art exhibit (or this one specifically)? What did you think?

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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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