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!


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!


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!

Introducing Clement Kwan

Red Cape, 2009, Victoria, B.C. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches.

Clement Kwan is a specialist in impressionism and realism who has been capturing sights and scenes of the diverse cultures represented around Victoria, British Columbia, since 1979. His exploration of Native Indian culture and western culture is truly amazing and walks us through history, and time, through the Canadian perspective. His paintings, in particular, is our choice for showcasing the Thanksgiving festivities.

Introducing Leonardo Ramos

Angel en Primavera, Atlanta, GA, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 12 inches.

Leonardo is a self-taught artist from Quito, Ecuador, now residing in New Jersey, who strives to interpret and plaster feelings and ideas on canvas. He translates everyday subject matter into an explosion of color with a Latin American flair. His work is deeply grounded upon his faith and upbringing. It not only welcomes us into his home, but leaves us wanting to learn more about where his "angels" come from and what carried him through his migration from Ecuador. Needless to say, his works are especially popular in preparations for the holidays. 

Introducing Kim Zeluck

Community: City in the Clouds, 2015. Watercolor and Ink on Watercolor board, 20 x 30 inches.

Kim Zeluck is a studio artist from Hong Kong, trained and practicing in New York, who aims to transform dreams into landscape and justify the often misunderstood concept of introversion. She is so passionate about pursuing her dreams that it translated directly onto her canvas in the form of "dreamscapes." She preserves the beauty of imagination through her art and aspires to depict the details that wander into our imagination.

Introducing Mian Situ (including a video interview from cdsavoia)

Mian Situ is an impressionistic painter, from southern California. He has a knack for capturing the livelihood of people going about their daily lives in precise detail. His area of interest is in highlighting the essence of small farming villages and cross-cultural communities, inspired by his upbringing in the rural countryside of southern China. He is exceptionally talented at breathing life into not only his objects, but also capturing history on canvas, as indicated by his portrayal of the cross-cultural interaction below: 

Balloon Man in San Francisco, California, 1904. Oil on Canvas, 38 x 32 inches.

Introducing Joan Marie Kelly

Movement Before Dawn, 2015. Oil on canvas, 25 x 72 inches.

Joan Marie Kelly is a social art practitioner, artist, and educator, who implements participatory art workshops internationally, and whose work emanates from ethnographic practices in collaboration with minority communities. Originally from Baltimore, she had moved to Singapore in 2005 to teach her craft at Nanyang Technological University School of Art Design and Media. She works mainly with oil on canvas and enjoys painting human beings in their natural habitat. We had the great pleasure of meeting her during her talk at Princeton University and developed admiration for how her work functions to build greater awareness for women in society from around the world.

“Movement before Dawn” is giving attention to women’s labor around the world. The Hindu women in Varanasi India who wake up at dawn to make their way to the Ganges River every morning to make Puja’s, a ritual prayer giving honor and reverence to their gods. The women spend hours in this ritual labor never expecting monetary returns. In a world where many people refuse to do anything without expected visible outcomes their joy to do, for a higher cause is refreshing.

Only 50 large and 50 regular sized cards will be printed for this artwork. Donate or shop to add it to your collection.

Introducing Jill De Felice

This painting of Zhou Zhuang was created after Jill's visit there in 2008. So many people have only heard of Suzhou as "the Venice of China" but there were hundreds of these wonderful little water towns. Because they tend to be small walking and paddling villages, they are peaceful serene settings, unlike the heavy traffic cities. This particular painting captured the timelessness of the narrow canals with willows hanging down to the water's surface and the old arched bridges. It not only preserves the beauty of Zhou Zhuang, but serves as a symbol of the possible alternative paths one can take in life.

Jill is an international, self-taught artist, wife, and mother of two grown boys, with a previous career as a paralegal and elementary educator in American schools overseas. She has dabbled in acrylics, gouache, and bronze sculpture but paints mainly in oils. She first started painting in 2001 with Russian Impressionist Valery Gueraskevich. In 2003, she relocated to Hong Kong and China where she continued her art education at the local YWCA. She has been painting Asian themes for a number of years and is currently enjoying exploring local themes at the Jersey Shore. Additionally, she is working on a historical novel for teens based on a nineteenth century New Jersey shipwreck and recently relocated back to the United States after more than twenty years overseas in China, Russia, and Poland.

Artwork of the Month: Xihui Cao's "Overwhelming Desire"

Overwhelming Desire by Xihui CAO. Painted in Dalian, China, 2009. Oil on canvas, 87x126 inches.

Upon first glance, you may think this is some kind of abstract, avant-garde, piece, but upon closer examination, what you will see is the precision and intent of the artist to capture the congested scenario at the Beijing North train station. Every February during Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, making it home for the holidays is always a struggle as millions congregate outside the station to catch their train. Lines of "wailai gong" or outside workers - usually from the countryside - fill the plaza out front, spending hours trying to inch their way closer to the station entrance. The overwhelming desire to make it home this one opportunity out of the year is deeply felt, but the daunting realization of getting lost in the crowd awaits as Cao is about to get off the bus to join the rain.