This week on State of the Arts, Tyler Ballon is a realist painter interpreting Biblical themes with images grounded in Black life in Jersey City today. The folk music duo Jackson Pines is based in the Jersey pinelands but travels the world; State of the Arts catches them in performance at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Nutley painter Gary Erbe works in the ancient tradition of “tricking the eye.” And in Camden, Erik James Montgomery instructs at-risk youth in the craft of photography.

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