The Shore Fine Art Scene Springs to Life

By April W. Klimley, Art Critic

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley

April is certainly the cruelest month, as T.S Eliot wrote. Spring keeps peeking out followed by rainy and cold days here at the Shore. So, why not cheer yourself up by jumping into the Shore Art Circuit as it emerges from its winter torpor.

New exhibitions are emerging like the daffodils in your garden. Last weekend at least two galleries held openings. One was the A.J. Dillon Gallery of Art in Atlantic Highlands with an exhibit entitled “Art in Nature,” a theme appropriate to the season, despite the chill. The other was held in Red Bank. The Art Alliance held a juried member show with two themes–“Contrasts” and “Personalities.” The curator of the show was Michael Burrus Johnson who had several paintings displayed in the showcase front windows of the gallery.

As I strolled around the small gallery gleaming with a wide variety of styles, Bathers by Miguel A. Fugeras drew me in. At first glance, the piece looked like a wood block print—a powerful rendering of statuesque tall women in black and white bathing in a river. But up close, it’s clearly a drawing, probably pen and ink. It’s an arresting piece that reinterprets the time honored,  traditional theme of artists painting (dressed) women or female nudes at the seashore, ocean, or other body of water. Virtually all major artists from Botticelli to Degas have painted these scenes. But in tone and feeling, Fugeras’ drawing feels closer to Picasso’s Demoiselles of Avignon because of its angles and abstract nature .

Bathers by Miguel A. Fugeras. Drawing. The Art Alliance.

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Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Long time Red Bank resident questions Brian Williams’ Christmas mugging story

Brian WilliamsRED BANK —A long time Red Bank resident questioned the veracity of Brian Williams’ claim that as he a teenager he was mugged while selling Christmas trees in the borough. Danny Murphy said he has trouble believing the ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor’s recollections, including to two magazines, because of the low crime rate in a small… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Two River Theater’s ‘Absurd Person Singular’ is both funny and unsettling

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T. CHARLES ERICKSON From left, Michael Cumpsty, Mary Birdsong, Scott Drummond and Liz Wisan co-star in “Absurd Person Singular.”

You know Christmas Eve isn’t going well when you seem to be spending most of your time in the kitchen. And if that happened three years in a row … well, you’d really be having a streak… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Red Bank, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Saturday, January 3 in Monmouth County

BizE Logo-Right1Wake Up, Everyone It’s the First Saturday of the New Year.
BizEturtle is here to tell you about some wonderful events happening today

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Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, BizEturtle, Neptune, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

West Front Street Bridge Will Close On January 5th

photo via visitmonmouth.com

photo via visitmonmouth.com

The West Front Street Bridge (S-17) that connects Red Bank and Middletown will close to vehicular  traffic on or about  Monday, January 5, 2015 and remained closed through Sunday May 17, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism.

Also known as Hubbard’s Bridge, the structure which was built in 1921 is being replaced with a modern bridge that will compliment the look an function of the nearby Coopers Bridge which connects Red Bank and Middletown on Route 35.  The project started in August of 2013 while keeping the bridge open to cars and trucks.  The closure announced today signals that the 16 month project is entering its final phase.

Pedestrians will continue to be allowed to use the bridge during this period and bicyclists will be allowed to walk their bikes over the structure.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Red Bank, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

DiSomma to Sweeney: Stay out of Red Bank

“Red Bank Doesn’t Need Lobbyist Money Swaying Elections”

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Referring to Senate President Steve Sweeney as a conflicted Trenton lobbyist, and Red Bank Councilmen Michael Dupont and Art Murphy as influence peddling shady dealers, Red Bank Republican Chairman Sean DiSomma, launched a no holds barred attack on New Jersey’s highest ranking Democratic elected official, a presumed contender for the 2017 gubernatorial nomination, and the two councilmen he seeks to unseat next November in a statement to the press this afternoon.

DiSomma’s statement includes a warning that he will treat all lobbyists and politicians who support Red Bank Democrats to similar welcomes.

Sweeney is headlining a fundraiser for Dupont and Murphy tomorrow evening at Buona Sera.   The Monmouth GOP is also holding a fund raiser in the venue at the same time.

DiSomma’s statement can be read in its entirety below the fold.

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Posted: December 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County, Red Bank, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , | 15 Comments »

Intermittent lane closures near West Front St. Bridge

Motorist should expect delays between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Detours will be posted 

photo via visitmonmouth.com

photo via visitmonmouth.com

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Beginning today, there will be intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Hubbard Avenue and other roads on the Middletown side of the West Front Street Bridge.

The work being is done by the County in preparation of the Jan. 2 closure of the West Front Street Bridge.

“This work needs to be done in advance of the closure so that the local roads can adequately handle the detours that will be put into place during the prolonged closure,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering.

On Jan. 2, work will begin to connect the new bridge to the Middletown and Red Bank shorelines. This work will take approximately four months to complete.

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Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Press Release, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sweeney coming to Red Bank to raise campaign cash for Murphy and Dupont

DiSomma says Dems fear losing control. Signals hard hitting campaign to come

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney, a contender the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, is coming to Red Bank on December 17 as the headliner for a $175 per head fundraiser for Red Bank Councilmen Arthur Murphy’s and Michael Dupont’s reelection campaign.

The soiree is being hosted by Mayor Pat Menna and former Mayor Ed McKenna at Buona Sera.

The invitation includes a questionnaire to assure compliance with the borough’s “pay to play” ordinance.  Contractors that do business with the borough, developers and “Alcoholic Licensees” must disclose their attendance and in certain circumstances limit their campaign contributions to $400.

Who would have guessed that Red Bank issues licenses to alcoholics?

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Posted: December 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County, Red Bank, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Red Bank Dems rushing $2.2 million bond ordinance to detect leaking toilets

money-down-toiletWhen Red Bank Councilwoman-elect Linda Schwabenbauer, a Republican, takes the oath of office in January, the Red Bank Democrats may no longer have enough votes on the council to borrow money at will.

Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, now the lone Republican on the six member council, told RedBankGreen  that the Democrats are rushing to pass a $2.2 million bond ordinance that has not been vetted before Schwabenbauer takes office.  The funds are to be used to replace water meters for the borough’s 4000 homes and buildings.

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Posted: December 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Red Bank Dems Still Ducking Debates

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Juanita Lewis, seated left in the beige pants and dark blouse, and Ed Zipprich looking lonely, at their Broad St, Red Bank campaign headquarters this evening.

Red Bank Council Members Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis, both of whom were out of town and too busy to debate their Republican challengers Sean DiSomma and Linda Schwabenbauer last night at the West Side Community Group’s 18th annual forum, were back in town this evening, nearly alone in their Broad Street campaign headquarters with four volunteers.

Zipprich and Lewis have yet to respond to DiSomma and Schwabenbauer’s offer to host a Tele-Town Hall debate for Red Bank voters this weekend.

Zipprich and Lewis invited 230 people to come to their headquarters for phone banking tonight.  Two people RSVP’d via facebook and as of about 7PM, four people showed up.

150 people showed up to hear the candidates debate last night.  Zippy and Lewis should have been there.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »