How does your garden grow? Find Out: Check Out the Book & Bibliography Displays at The Main Library & 9 Branches

The Jersey City Free Public Library, in special collaboration with Curious Matter Gallery, invites the public to a joint art exhibit, named, A TIME IN ARCADIA, a collection of works that gather inspiration from our botanical world.

On display at Curious Matter and the Jersey City Free Public Library is a two part collection of works by 33 contemporary artists. In addition, the library has created a bibliography featuring nearly 200 selections from the Main Library's six Departments and the Library's nine Branches.

“We dream of Arcadia. Whether it's called Eden or Shangri-la, we long for a verdant and fecund place where food comes without toil and peace fills our days. A Time in Arcadia is an exploration of plants, gardens and how we cultivate the earth,” said Raymond Mingst, co-owner of Curious Matter Gallery. “The Library loves this interactive idea. The public can see and use our beautiful books,” added Library Director Priscilla Gardner.

The Opening Reception was held on a rainy Sunday afternoon, May 19, at the Curious Matter Gallery, yet no one’s spirits were dampened! The steady stream of people viewing the botany-inspired art demonstrated art’s magnetic pull.



Curious Matter, Exhibition Part I – Sunday, May 19 – Sunday, June 23

272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Regular Hours: Sundays, Noon to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. More Info: [t] 201-659-5771 [w] & [e] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Main Library, Jersey City, Exhibition Part II – Monday, May 20 – Saturday, June 22

472 Jersey Avenue. Jersey City, NJ 07302

Regular Hours: The Main Library is open Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Summer Hours begin on Monday, June 17: Saturdays, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More info: [w] [t] 201-547-547-4579



Part I, CURIOUS MATTER: Lasse Antonsen, Aaron Beebe, Ewelina Bochenska, Arthur Bruso, Robyn Ellenbogen, Stephanie Guillen, Jamie Isaia, Kit Lagreze, Richard Lapham, Ross Bennett Lewis, Joe Lugara, Sabina Magnus, Marianne McCarthy, Julie McHargue, Joan Mellon, Vikki Michalios, Raymond E. Mingst, Robert Mullenix, Samantha Persons, Gilda Pervin, Robert Schatz, Corinne Schulze, Leona Strassberg Steiner & Margaret Withers. Part II, THE JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Lasse Antonsen, Kristi Arnold, Jessica Baker, Aileen Bassis, Greg Brickey, Eileen Ferara, Jessie Horning, Richard Lapham, Joe Lugara, Sabina Magnus, Anthony Heinz May, Sarah Pfohl & Debra Regh.

JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY Serving the second largest city in New Jersey and located on the Hudson River across from lower Manhattan, the Jersey City Free Public Library system consists of a Main Library, nine Branches & Bookmobile to provide access to a diversified collection of 400,000+ pieces of printed, audiovisual, and electronic resources that addresses the needs of the truly multicultural clientele of the city's 247,597 population (2010 census). With the introduction of an online catalog, users can now search the collection from their homes as well as from a growing number of onsite computer terminals. System-wide automation was completed in 2002. On August 17, 2004, the Library held the grand opening of its first new branch in 42 years, serving the M.L.King redevelopment area, the Glenn D. Cunningham Branch, named after the late Jersey City Mayor and State Senator.

CURIOUS MATTER is an exhibition venue for contemporary visual art located in downtown Jersey City, NJ. Curious Matter exhibitions and publications evidence the pursuit to understand and articulate our individual and collective experience of the world, real or imagined.We examine fantastic notions, confounding ideas and audacious thoughts. Curious Matter strives to foster dialogue among artists at all career stages with a calendar of regular exhibitions. Our commitment extends to our audience as we endeavor to open a door to appreciating contemporary art in an atmosphere that encourages engagement and curiosity.


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CURIOUS ABOUT ART, PLANTS & BOOKS? – The collaboration between the Jersey City Free Public Library and Curious Matter Gallery proved that Art + Plants + Books = One Fantastic Exhibition! The photos illustrate the power of plants when in creating fine art. In order of appearance: From the display case in the Main Library lobby to each of six departments (Biblioteca Criolla / Federal Documents / NJ Room / Reference / Lending / Bonetti Children’s Room) to each of our nine branches (Cunningham / Five Corners / Greenville / Heights / Lafayette / Marion / Miller / Pavonia / West Bergen), enjoy the beautiful intersection of art and plants.

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