Ya gotta have art
A walk along Washington between Second and Third streets reveals a bright spot among some dreary vacant stores available for rent. The former home of Itty Bitties with its for rent sign among them, also reveals a sandwich board advertising an art gallery. Just opened, inside you’ll find an array of varied art; paintings, digital collages, wood cuts, prints and more.
The proprietor, James Stephenson, says he started the store in reaction to the current economically distressed times. A Hoboken resident, James describes his goal as promoting local artists with ‘affordable art.’ To that end the gallery features work by local artists, many from Hoboken: Molly Emmons, Joe Velez, Becci Mason, Francine Demeviwaere and Betsy Ely, as well as his own paintings. The gallery plans to rotate their efforts so visitors can almost always expect to see something fresh.
The gallery is open seven days a week, at 206 Washington Street from 3 – 9 pm, until the store is leased to a more permanent tenant. At that point, the hope is to move, though he isn’t sure where. Until then he hopes that people will notice the positive change of the Washington St. storefront and curiousity of a “walk by” will generate walk in business.
Story and photos courtesy of Davidd