Art World News: Extreme Weather is Threatening Museums Around the Globe

As scientists report increasingly troubling findings about the expected rise in extreme weather around the globe, from droughts in southern Europe to floods on the east coast of the US, a growing number of institutions are realizing that they need to start planning for an uncertain future today.
— Julia Halperin & Naomi Rea, artnet news

Let's take a moment to acknowledge that climate change is not to be ignored, and will continue to wreak havoc upon the art world. This is not just a museum problem.

Vinita Mathur's "Waiting in Vain" Review at Trenton's Art All Night

This painting is GORGEOUS. It may be the single greatest painting I’ve ever seen at Art All Night ever. It is sensual. It is beautiful. I totally want to make out with this painting. It is absolutely fantastic. The eyes…the lips…everything. Man – just amazing. This piece is called “Waiting in Vain” by Vinita Mathur and it looks like the website is I guess I’ll be going right to the website as soon as I’m done this short article to see what else is available from this artist. MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING. This literally belongs on my wall. I can pay part – so if someone wants to lend me $1,065 I can pay the rest.
— 2 Guys 1 Review

BIG CONGRATS to Vinita for this fantastically kissable review at Art All Night, AND for being selected to exhibit at ArtWorks Gallery! For full review, please click here. So proud!


JUNE - SEPT 2017: StudioYU Returns Home to Exhibit at Princeton Abbey

From June to September, StudioYU artists Cj Andris, Joan Marie Kelly, Jill DeFelice, Vinita Mathur, and J. Yu, will be exhibiting their works throughout Princeton Abbey. Our People's Choice voting ballots will also be available for all guests to rank their favorites throughout the summer months. Please join us on June 4, 3-7pm, for the one and only opportunity to hang out with all the artists at the same time, and visit this hidden gem from June to September to discover why StudioYU has made Princeton Abbey our summer sanctuary.

Sunday, June 4, Opening Reception Details
3 - 5pm: Princeton Abbey's Stained Glass Window tour SIGN UP
5 - 7pm: Wine and cheese reception, featuring jewelry by Alia Bensliman and live music by Gennaro Porcaro

rinceton Abbey is located on 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540. All are welcome to attend this public event, so mark your calendar for June 4 today!


Introducing Alia Bensliman

‘The only way I could write about myself was to draw, to express my life with pictures.’ Her doodles end up becoming stories about her life. When asked how long she’d been doodling or creating, Alia jokingly says since she was in her mother’s womb back in Tunisia, where she was born and lived.
— Artworks, Trenton's Visual Arts Center

Alia Bensliman's The Resting Goddess. Mixed Media on Arch Paper, 39 x 31 inches.

We are extremely delighted to welcome Tunisian artist, Alia Bensliman, into the StudioYU community! She is a social art practitioner, instructor, doodler, supermom, and jewelry designer who integrates recycled material into her deeply-rooted North African masterpieces. In 2016, Alia was also the 1st Prize recipient at the Art of Darkness Exhibit, hosted by Artworks, Trenton's Visual Arts Center. The announcement and her profile is available on the Artworks website, and you can follow her artistic journey through Instagram @doodles-diary or our Artists page.

Alia kicked off her first show with us during our Culture, Art and Wine Exhibition at Hopewell Valley Vineyard last month, and The Resting Goddess (shown above) was just accepted to the 2017 Ellarslie Open 34. She will be showcasing her jewelry at the opening reception of our Summer Sanctuary Exhibition at Princeton Abbey on Sunday, June 4. Please save the date and see you there!


A Mother’s Day with Love for Mom and the Artful Senses!

NEW HOPE, PA–Mansion Inn announces its hosting of local & international, artist, J. YU as she presents a live demonstration of her Chinese American art exclusively for Mansion Inn patrons from 12pm – 3pm on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th.  Mansion Inn guests will have a chance to interact with the artist while dining as well as purchase an original piece of art created live on site, making a most memorable and unique Mother’s Day souvenir gift.

“From an early age, my mother always fueled my passion and independent spirit as a young artist, and now as my career as a professional is truly emerging, I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day, creating works specially for women to celebrate the strength and beauty that motherhood inspires.” – said artist J. YU

Kris and J. Yu Planning for May at The Mansion - Photo by Mandee K. Hammerstein

Select pieces from the artist’s collection will also be on display at the Mansion Inn starting May 2nd through May 31st with another live demonstration event from 12pm – 3pm as part of a closing reception May 27th, Memorial Day Weekend.  The closing reception will include happy hour specials commencing at 5pm as well as performances by harpsichord musician and friend of the artist, Gennaro Porcaro, adding a layer of melodious entertainment that is sure to be a beautiful accompaniment to the artistic experience.   

“Since re-opening the doors at the Mansion Inn, our philosophy has always been to offer not only unforgettable food but unforgettable experiences. We’re proud to introduce our clientele to artisans of food and drink and now thanks to J. YU, we’re adding another artistic medium that best complements our space, while engaging our sophisticated guests” – said co-owner Kris Tomasulo

The Mansion Inn further introduces a series of deliciously social and culturally engaging event experiences throughout the months of April and May, including guest-speaker hosted beverage tastings, paired with perfectly festive food.  Interested parties who want to save seats and find out more are encouraged to visit the “up & coming” section of the website at and follow them on social media.   

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Jill DeFelice, Painter and Writer, Featured in Jersey Shore Magazine

Glider, on page 33 of Jersey Shore Magazine, Spring 2017

Congratulations to Jill DeFelice for having both her painting and short story, featured in the Spring 2017 edition of Jersey Shore Magazine! Glider, the featured painting on page 33 of the magazine (also shown here) was recently sold at StudioYU's Culture, Art and Wine Exhibition at Unionville Vineyards. When she needs to shift gears from her painting, she turns to writing to enrich her creativity. "The Wreck of the John Minturn" can be read on page 64, published as a Jersey Shore historical fiction. Enjoy!

Open StudioYU Art Show: March 2017

Indulge your senses and join us every Thursday to Sunday, the entire month of March, for an international art exhibition, live artists’ demos, special sale of artwork directly from the artists, raffles / giveaways, live music (see HVV calendar), brick oven pizza, and plenty of award-winning wines, while surrounded by fun and friendly company. From Latin American to Chinese American, and everything in between, we are celebrating cross cultural experiences through art, painted by citizens of the world. In this premier event, StudioYU and Hopewell Valley Vineyards have teamed up to bring together artists who would otherwise never meet, and they have opened up their studio to the general public as they paint on site in a 75 acre vineyard in the heart of New Jersey.

Each featured artist provides a distinctly unique commentary that feeds into the broader vision and international experience of StudioYU. DeFelice (left) captures her experiences of extensive world travel on canvas with a desire to transcend traditional ethnic identities. Bensliman (2nd from the left), a Tunisian social artist and designer, expresses her cultural roots through recycled materials and doodles. Ramos (2nd from the right) communicates ideas and emotions through daring colors reminiscent of Latin America. J. Yu (right), StudioYU’s founder, beautifully intermingles east and west cultures within pieces that merge Asian brush techniques with western mediums. Their demo dates and details of this event is located at

StudioYU was founded in 2015 with a dream of existing in a more collaborative, interactive, and culturally-vibrant art world. Through an online platform that selects noteworthy, yet underrepresented international artists, the organization works to enable these artists to collaborate without borders and reach a wider community of art-lovers and art-seekers. This Open StudioYU Art Show is a step towards creating this reality. Be a part of the cross-cultural experience this March and support StudioYU’s vision for building international, social, and cultural awareness in the arts. Visit for more information about StudioYU’s mission and join us in bringing the community together.

There will be an opening reception on March 2, 6-9pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyard on 46 Yard Rd. in Pennington, NJ. All are welcome to attend this public event. This exhibition provides an experience like no other, in which influence is drawn from a spectrum of geographic locations ranging from Hong Kong to Ecuador. Mark your calendar today!