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Hoboken Public Library
The Gallery

The art and history gallery of the Hoboken Public Library is located at the second floor vestibule. Local artists submit their work for review and those who are selected are provided with enough space to stage a one-person show of their work. Each artist's work is shown for a month.
The gallery is free to all visitors to the library. Also featured are monthly historical or themed book displays.

Art Is A Journey

For the past two years, Liz Cohen, art teacher, artist, and president of hob’art co-operative gallery, has been doing art with her friends and fellow artists at the Hoboken Shelter and the St. Matthew’s Trinity Lunchtime Drop in Ministry.

Every Monday night and Tuesday morning, she brings art images, art supplies and lessons for any interested participants.

Projects range from drawing to sculpture and a variety of media are used. Coloring and sketching are the two favorite art occupations.

Often lessons start with everyone looking at a print or art object. After discussing and talking about what is seen, artists are then inspired to create their own masterpieces. Sometimes Cohen will demonstrate a technique or media and the artists try out these new skills.

This exhibition is a combination of examples of many of these projects. The work showcases wonderful drawings and paintings by people at all stages of development in their art work.

The artists find comfort and enjoyment through their work and often say they wish there was more opportunity for them to do art. Sometimes, too, people who have moved on in their lives come back just to do art or to visit during art classes. This is an indication that art has great meaning and influence in their lives.

So everyone exhibiting in this show is very proud of what they have accomplished, happy about the skills that they have mastered, and delighted with the knowledge they have acquired about their fellow artists work.

The untrained, self taught artist is often the most genuine in their expression and the most powerful in their visual message. These art pieces in this show truly prove this theory.

Rotating Collection

Picturing America at the Hoboken Public Library
In 2008, as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), We the People Program’s Picturing America initiative, the Hoboken Public Library received 40 prints of the nation’s most significant historical artwork to put on display at the library.  Bruce Cole, NEA Chairman, describes them as “a valuable resource that can help bring the past alive.”  The prints will be displayed in the second floor vestibule on a rotating basis in between our displays by local artists.

Also currently on display in the glass case are some pictures of the current renovation process as well as bottles, found while renovating, that likely date to when the building was first erected.



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