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City Swipes, Jersey City’s Fluid Art Sanctuary

City Swipes: Dancing Ribbon Acrylic Art on Canvas by Carri Degenhardt
City Swipes: Dancing Ribbon Acrylic Art on Canvas by Carri Degenhardt

A stone’s throw from the towering steel and glass giants of Wall Street, a vibrant oasis of creativity and self-expression is flourishing in the heart of Jersey City. City Swipes, a fluid art studio founded by former Wall Street maven Carri Louise Degenhardt, is quickly becoming the go-to destination for stressed-out professionals seeking refuge from the daily grind.

Just two stops from the World Trade Center, stepping off the PATH train and into the studio feels like entering a different world. Gone are the sterile office cubicles and the constant buzz of electronic devices. Instead, vibrant colors dance across canvases, the air is filled with the soothing aroma of acrylic paints, and the only sound is the gentle laughter of participants as they create their own unique masterpieces.

Carri, who spent two decades leading a firm on Wall Street, understands firsthand the draining nature of high-stress jobs. Fluid art, which helped her de-stress and reconnect with her creative side, inspired her to create a space where others could experience the same joy and liberation.

City Swipes specializes in fluid art, a captivating medium where acrylic paints are poured and manipulated to create mesmerizing, abstract works of art. There are no rules, no right or wrong answers, just the pure joy of experimentation and self-expression.

Attendees of the studio’s after-work sessions have commented on how these sessions serve as a form of therapy, amazed at how just a few hours of playing with paint can completely alter their perspective. They arrive feeling stressed and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

City Swipes offers a variety of fluid art experiences tailored to busy schedules. Whether a complete novice or a seasoned artist, there’s a class for everyone. The studio offers everything from introductory workshops to in-depth courses, all led by experienced instructors who are passionate about sharing their love of fluid art.

For those short on time, the after-work drop-in sessions are a perfect way to de-stress and unwind. Participants can simply show up, grab a canvas, and let their creativity flow. No prior experience is necessary, and all materials are provided.

For those seeking a deeper dive into the world of fluid art, the studio offers weekend workshops and multi-week courses. These immersive experiences delve into the various techniques and styles of fluid art, allowing participants to develop their skills and explore their own unique artistic voice.

Additionally, Carri’s “Swipes Wanderlust” is now active, featuring workshops, retreats, and a sunset art fair along the beautiful beaches of Cape May. Participants gather on warm summer days, engaging in fluid art and learning about colors and techniques with the ocean breeze in the background.

Whether you’re a Wall Street warrior seeking a creative outlet or simply someone looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening, City Swipes welcomes you with open arms. Come discover the transformative power of fluid art and find your own splash of color amidst the corporate gray.

Carri’s fluid art creations and other inspired products are available for collectors at her gallery: Furthermore, her personal creations are making their way into galleries and boutiques throughout the North East

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