hob’art cooperative Establishes Permanent Gallery at Monroe Center

(HOBOKEN, NJ – January 6, 2011) – hob’art cooperative gallery announced today that it has leased permanent gallery space at Monroe Center.  Working closely with Monroe Center’s owner, Hershy Weiss, hob’art’s new gallery will be located on the 2nd floor next to the Monroe Center Theater.
Liz Cohen, President of hob’art, founded the organization eleven years ago by approaching a number of Hoboken artists to establish a cooperative association. Ms. Cohen lives and works in Hoboken and has curated many exhibits for the association both in Hudson County and other venues.
“Hob’art was founded as a moving art exhibition until a permanent home was established and we are delighted that Monroe Center has worked with us to meet this long awaited goal,” said Ms. Cohen.  “With this space we can now reach out to the community to offer discussions, workshops, and forums which is another important aspect of our mission.”  
Today, hob’art cooperative gallery has 56 members from Hudson County and other parts of North Jersey.  The gallery’s first exhibition will open in February, with the public invited to a grand opening celebration of the only cooperative gallery in Hoboken. 
“Hob’art is an organization that is truly dedicated to promoting art in Hoboken not only among other artists, but also in the community at large,” said Mr. Weiss.  “This perfectly complements the vision of Monroe Center and we couldn’t be more excited to be the home of their permanent gallery.”
France Garrido, the new Director of the gallery, is a Weehawken resident and a professional curator. She is currently co-curator of Visionaries, a show to open in 2012 at a CUNY gallery. She is also on the staff of the Department of Education of the Newark Museum and Urban Arts at the Monroe Art Center. Her artwork is included in the ‘Visionary Art Yearbook 2010-2011 by Otto Rapp and the 2009 ‘Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstler’, a compilation of International Artists.
Formed in 2002, hob’art is a co-operative gallery run by its officers and members. Located in New Jersey, hob’art is the first co-operative gallery in Hoboken. Our objective is to exhibit contemporary art of the highest standard. As a collective gallery, we welcome and encourage a wide range of artwork and media: fiber, printmaking/ digital/ photography, sculpture/3D and painting/drawing/ mixed media. 

NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN.  SEE http://www.hob-art.org for application info.

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