New Group Art Show ‘Nature Watch’ at Steam Cafe Brings the Outdoors Inside

Today, you can enjoy and admire the beauty of nature…in a Jersey City coffee shop?

Steam Cafe, located at 276 Newark Ave., is bringing the outdoors inside with their new group art exhibit, “Nature Watch.”

“I called the show ‘Nature Watch’ because people tend to sit in the cafe and just stare at the pieces that are most inviting to them, and nature just sits in there with you,” says cafe owner Christina Coaker.

The show includes 20 pieces by five artists, most notably photographer Alexis Rotter (whose work is pictured above) who has nine pieces up for grabs.

“They are three series with three pieces each — one has black-and-white photos of nature, another one is a series of butterflies and the other is a beach series in a natural tone. They’re all very beautiful…I really like her work and her energy, it complements my place very well,” says Coaker, who adds that Rotter has had previous success selling her work at Steam Cafe shows and at Steam’s cafe in the Pop-Up Gallery in the Heights during the last JC Fridays.

The show also includes the cafe’s first three-dimensional art piece, a shutter window adorned with butterflies by Vanessa Reyes. “She doesn’t think she’s an artist, but I think it’s beautiful,” remarks Coaker.

Coaker says customer response has been strong since she hung the show last week and that many are already clamoring to buy some of the pieces. She also notes that the exhibit is the perfect fit for her cafe’s vibe.

“This is a place where people come to sit and just really be silent and focus. It’s almost like a library and I didn’t realize it until I was on the phone and I found myself whispering,’ says Coaker. “It’s just a quiet, serene place. Even if it’s packed, for the most part, even if it’s not quiet, it’s calm. I have calm spirits that come in — everyone’s very jovial, polite, serene and patient.”

The reception for “Nature Watch” is today at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Alexis Rotter photo courtesy of Christina Coaker

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.