Central Ave’s 2017 Window Painting Contest Winner Annoucement

Photo Credit: William F. Spencer Photography

Jersey City, NJ – The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation, in partnership with the Jersey City Board of Education is pleased to announce the fifteen (15) winners to the third annual Heights Halloween Window Painting Contest on Central Avenue. A short award ceremony to recognize the winners was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace. The fifteen student winners had their artwork displayed (in photograph form) at the art gallery during the ceremony.

In total, 121 students painted Halloween window portraits on 90 participating storefront locations along the Central Avenue shopping district (North Street to Manhattan Avenue). Students in grades 4th through 8th partook in the contest using their knowledge of primary colors (black, white, blue, yellow, red) to paint an assortment of fun Halloween scenes for all to enjoy. The fifteen winners were selected based on the categories of humor, content, and overall composition per grade level.

The panel of judges include Jersey City Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Philips (on behalf of Mayor Steven Fulop); Councilman Ward D, Michael Yun; Artist Kristin DeAngelis who owns and operates 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace; ChicpeaJC blogger, Lynn Hazzan; and Joseph Nachbaur, State Farm Agent and CASID Vice-President (S). They were tasked with the difficult decision of selecting only 15 winners. Some of the judges said it was a challenge narrowing down the choices because there were so many good paintings this year.

“This was extremely difficult to judge, all the participants did an amazing job,” said Kristin DeAngelis, owner of 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace. “Student artwork keeps getting better and better each year.”

Jersey City Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Philips and Councilman Michael Yun were on hand to help distribute the awards along with a variety of monetary prizes generously donated by State Farm Agent Joe Nachbaur (505 Central); Novick Hardware (302 Central); and Renato’s Pizza Masters (274 Central). Students were joined by their proud parents and art teachers at the event.

“The students again did an outstanding job making the Avenue look festive for Halloween,” says Sanford Fishman, CASID President. “Central Avenue appreciates the Jersey City School District and all of the hard work the art teachers and District Supervisor, Ann Marley, puts into this event making it a great experience for the kids. It is really a fun encounter for local businesses when students come back to remind us of the time they painted on our windows for Halloween.”

Trick-or-treaters along Central Avenue will get to enjoy the artwork during this year’s Halloween festivity which falls on a Tuesday. Storefront windows will be cleaned and portraits removed starting on Wednesday, November 1st.

The winners of the contest, by category, are:


StudentGradeSchoolPortrait#Store Location
Simran Rambarrat4thPS# 2582Steven E. Baskin, D.D.S
Christal Indar5thPS# 695Salerno Salumeria
Nasir Stukey6thPS# 154C.H. Martin
Isamar Pagan7thPS# 2714Pizza Masters
Denise Mejia8thPS# 23103Eye Candy Blow Out Bar


Ludelle Marasigan4thPS# 38118Tochimilco Grocery
Cariline Ramos5thPS# 857Bond Drugs
Shameya Williams6thPS# 155C.H. Martin
Ashley Arkais7thPS# 38119Jersey Cycles
Mohammad Umar Massod8thPS# 422El Gordo Restaurant

Overall Composition:

Mujtaba Raja4thPS# 2580Up and Down Smoke Shop
Shaun Saldivar5thPS# 38114iVape Vapor Shop
Michelle Jones6thPS# 152Stop & Shop Supermarket
Alwyna Andrade7thPS# 3974Oaxaca Food Mart
Kelly Cabrera8thPS# 425Kikiriki Pollos a la Brasa

This event was made possible through the efforts of the Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corp. and funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage AffairsThomas A. DeGise, County Executiveand the Board of Chosen Freeholders.