Jersey City style: Painter Mark Van Wagner’s lobby show opening

Artist Mark Van Wagner standing in front of his work.

Artist Mark Van Wagner standing in front of his work.

Jersey City is a hub for entertainment with a thriving art scene many people may not be aware of. From the array of beautiful murals covering several of today’s most popular buildings to the undiscovered talent walking the streets, art lives and breathes in this city in several different forms.

To get our weekly fix of Hudson County creativity, OMJ stopped by Hamilton Square apartments on Friday to view the brand new Mark Van Wagner exhibit. The New York artist displayed several pieces of artwork inspired by his time living in Hawaii and countless days at the beach. Guests viewed beautiful items from his Drawings From Nowhere, which featured unique splashes of colors in abstract shapes, as well as, Sand Boxes collections, which included sand and miscellaneous “junk” from the beach compiled into a work of art.

The Silverman-owned building holds different art showcases in the lobby of their apartments four times a year, allowing their residents to enjoy different artwork in the main entrance every few months.

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Pieces from Mark Van Wagner’s ‘Drawings From Nowhere’ collection

Mark Van Wagner artwork

Mark Van Wagner artwork

Piece from Mark Van Wagner 'Sand Boxes' collection

The event was open to the public in addition to building residents, drawing in a diverse group of attendees. Checkout a few of the guests supporting the arts below:

Michelle O'Keefe and Tonja Pulfer

Michelle O’Keefe and Tonja Pulfer

Jeff Weinstein and Daniel O'Keefe

Jeff Weinstein and Daniel O’Keefe

Anne Novado

Anne Novado

Art scene style in Jersey City

Faina Chen

Faina Chen

Larry Wolhandler

Larry Wolhandler

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The artful dog-ger.

Brenna and Catherine Carrierie

Brenna and Catherine Carrierie

If you’re looking to check out his work in person, Mark Van Wagner’s exhibit will be on display in the lobby of Hamilton Square apartments (232 Pavonia Avenue) until January. 2.