The Common Art-Hanging Mistakes We Keep Seeing Over and Over


Though I’m a firm believe in the power of doing whatever you damn well want—and in fact applaud design rule breakers—sometimes design “mistakes” don’t make a room feel rebellious. They just make a space seem sad. Read on to see if either of these art hanging no-no’s is currently on display in your home. And then learn how you can remedy and re-hang the situation.

Mistake #1: Hanging art too high

I see this mistake the most often. It seems so trivial, but even a piece of art hung a few inches too high can make a whole room feel “off.”

What do I mean by too high? Because factors are different for every home—where the art is going, what it will be hanging above, how high the ceilings are—there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that can tell you exactly where on your wall an art piece needs to go. But, there are some tips you can remember that might help you remedy this mistake if you’ve realized some of your art is too high.

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2018 Bergen County Artists with Disabilities Art Exhibit


Saturday, February 24th from 9 AM – 4:30 PM – FREE

Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III  The Board of Chosen Freeholders The Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs The Division of Disability Services present the 2018 Artists with Disabilities Art Exhibition. Including artwork from Bergen organizations: The Arc of Bergen and Passaic County, Life Opportunities Unlimited, Spectrum for Living. Mediums include acrylic paintings, photography and collage.

Bergen County Administration Bldg, Multi-Purpose R
One Bergen County Plaza, 1st Fl
Hackensack, NJ 07601

The Community Chest to Celebrate 85th Anniversary With Art Exhibition


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The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization helping people in need in eastern Bergen County, celebrates its 85th anniversary with a series of featured events and activities in 2018.  Celebrate with The Chest its first event Still Lifes, an art exhibition sponsored in partnership with the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) and Apostrophe NYC, from February 8 to February 28.  A portion of the proceeds of the work exhibited is contributed to The Chest.

An opening reception launches the exhibition on Thursday, February 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in The Gallery at the bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.  Meet the artists — Charlie Hudson, Caslon Bevington, Lindsea Bevington, Julia Powers, and Jay Gittens — and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Jersey Based Artist Charlie Hudson

Artist Charlie Hudson, an Australian-American painter living and working in Jersey City and New York City, displays his work in this exhibition.  He is a member of Apostrophe NYC Gallery’s Base 12 collective.  Currently, Hudson is part of a yearlong Mana BSMT residency at Mana Contemporary.  His work has been exhibited in several locations, including Brooklyn Wayferer’s Gallery, Juxtapose Clubhouse during Miami Art Week, and Skinny Pancake in Burlington, Vermont.

Art for the People

The art exhibition introduces the first project of The Chest’s initiative, Art for the People, a new collaborative effort to bring art to the community to observe the organization’s milestone anniversary.  An educational program, taught by the exhibit’s artists, offers four one-hour group classes for area community middle and high school students.  A second class provides two one-hour group classes for senior citizens.

“Through art, The Community Chest brings together the community to celebrate our 85th anniversary and raise funds to help people in eastern Bergen County.  For over eight decades,

the organization has identified and addressed emerging needs, led initiatives, and supported nonprofits to make local communities stronger and benefit people in the area.  The Chest is proud to follow and continue the founders’ work to help neighbors in need in difficult times,” said Richard Kennedy, President, The Community Chest’s Board of Managers.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Since its founding, The Chest has raised $2 million, the equivalent of $62 million, when adjusted for inflation, and served 89 nonprofit organizations.  The Chest supports area nonprofits addressing a range of issues, including health and mental health, hunger, arts programming, the environment, and volunteerism for approximately 50,000 people annually.  Twenty-three agencies providing social, cultural, recreational, and educational services to local residents in need of all ages received grant awards in 2017.

For information about the 85th anniversary celebration, events, programs, grants, or other details, call 201-568-7474 or contact


About The Community Chest

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 85 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

Color for your commute

5vdl_12weemural24_1WNY artist completes Weehawken tribute mural under Route 495 bridge
On a recent freezing afternoon, artist Raul Rubio of West New York was focused on finishing his latest mural, nestled under the Route 495 helix bridge to the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken. He just needed a few extra touches to capture the iconic New York City skyline.

“This is twilight,” Rubio said, of the orange tinge covering the city’s buildings on the mural. “When night comes, that’s when all the tourists come and park in Weehawken to see the city light up.”

For those taking jitney buses from Hudson County to the Port Authority bus terminal for work, or driving into Midtown, Rubio’s now-finished work will definitely light up the commute. FULL STORY AT HUDSONREPORTER.COM

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread


‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.” has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Fun Halloween Decor Ideas

2017-09-29_11-54-28via PopSugar – Maybe you’re content just throwing some pumpkins on your front stoop for Halloween and calling it a day — or maybe you’re quick to decorate with the most gorynostalgic, or timely decorations. But if you’re the type who wants to be on the cutting edge of seasonal design, then we’ve got the list for you: Pinterest’s fastest-rising Halloween decor. Check out what’s on the rise ahead.


Balloon pumpkins aren’t just for kids — although they are perfect for a children’s Halloweenparty, especially when filled with candy! Pinterest users have saved 16 times as many versions of these easy and adorable DIY latex accents than last year.

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Featuring 56 Artists from Jersey City, Hoboken, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx

October 14, 2017 – May 1, 2018

BIG art event this week in Jersey City. Just thought we’d highlight this one: 

clip_image002PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARTIST highlighting artwork by 56 artists from Jersey City, Hoboken, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. The more than 70 extraordinary works of art showcased in this group exhibition explore the theme of an artist’s perception of contemporary life.

  • JCAST: Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 12pm6pm
  • OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, October 24, 6pm 9pm
  • OPEN WEEKLY: Starting October 30, 2017, Monday through Friday, 9am – 6pm

 Additionally available by appointment and private events

LOCATION:   70 Hudson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

The intimate subject matter – through the eyes of an artist – articulates a narrative on the world we live in today as seen through an artist’s eye. This eclectic body of work creates a meaningful experience to visitors, comprised of a range of mediums from figurative oil paintings to abstract acrylics, to works on paper, photography, and mixed media sculpture. Continue reading