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!


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!