Local Artists Added to the Mix for Fort Lee Restaurant Week 

Fort Lee Artist Guild displaying original works alongside Fort Lee’s distinguished culinary professionals for weeklong event.

The Business District Alliance of Fort Lee (BDA) announced today that the Fort Lee Artist Guild will be installing original works from local artists at select restaurants during Fort Lee Restaurant Week. From September 24 to September 30 participating restaurants will be offering special promotions including prix fixe menus and unique dishes. Now, the fine arts community is joining in.

“We love seeing creative communities come together,” said Stuart Koperweis, Executive Director of the BDA. “This is what Restaurant Week is all about. Culinary artists, painters, illustrators, and other talented fine artists are working to make this week an unforgettable experience.”

Patrons will be able to view original artwork from Fort Lee area artists as they dine on exquisite dishes all week long. These artists include Fort Lee Artist Guild members Tony H. Seker, In Son, Barry Shiff, Edward S. Kubersky, Brielle Erazo, and Espartaco Albornoz Abreu.

About the artists

The strong anti-war sentiment in Tony H. Seker’s artwork is inspired by his past as a young refugee of the Lebanese Civil War. He has won multiple juried awards, including “Best in Show” for work Bazooka Joe and “Artist Choice” for his piece Eye of the Tiger. He was also the lead artist at this year’s Fort Lee Fashion Week.

In Son, also known as Ina Carson, is a watercolorist and oil painter currently studying at the Ridgewood Art institute. She has participated in multiple juried shows at galleries and museums in New Jersey, New York, California, Hawaii, and her native Korea. She is a multi-award winning watercolor artist including honors from Fort Lee Artist Guild, Bergen County Van Saun Park’s “Art in the Park Show” and more.

Barry Shiff’s passion for history is influenced in the scenes he paints along with traditional materials he uses. Born in Massachusetts and a New Jersey resident since 1978, he is an accomplished artist who works mainly in watercolor and oil on canvas. He has also worked as Art Director at Calmont Label Co., graphic artist for Integraph Technology, President of the Fort Lee Artist Guild, President of the Fort Lee Historical Society, and more.

Edward Kubersky is a retired educator and Fort Lee resident of 23 years. He has studied watercolor, sculpture, drawing, and stained glass. His work specializes in creating small scale renderings of beautiful landscapes.

Brielle Erazo strives to create highly visually appealing works. A member of the Fort Lee Artist Guild, she hopes viewers enjoy looking at her art as much as she enjoys creating it. She specializes in drawing, mixed media, and painting.

Espartaco Albornoz Abreu is an international artist currently based in Brooklyn with works on exhibit at Pure Bliss Yoga & ARt Gallery in Fort Lee. His work has appeared in multiple major galleries, museums, and private collections across six continents. He is well-known for his character Nozco – a an abstract and child-like representation of a human being. He has since begun expanding the Nozco character into fashion and home goods ventures. His Nozco brand streetwear and athleisure collection recently debuted at Fort Lee Fashion Week this year and is now available locally at Pure Bliss Yoga.

The following restaurants participating in Restaurant Week will also be showcasing pieces from these artists: Baggio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, The Beer Spot & Grill, Bistro Du Saigon, Boiling Pot, Dumpling Den, Eggty 8 Cafe, Gayeon, JD’s Steak Pit, L’Orange Bleue, Mediterranean Gourmet, Phobu, Previti Pizza & Papazzio Dining, Saigon Kitchen, Simply Juiced, Splash Poke, T-Swirl Crepe, and Wok Bar.

For a complete list of restaurants offering special promotions for Fort Lee Restaurant Week, visit bdaftlee.com