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RBR PHOTO MAJORS TOPS IN CAMERA CONTEST

RBR photo winnersIn early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.

RED BANK: WEDDING WALK RETURNS SUNDAY

wedding walk 032215 2Wedding Walk participants checking their itineraries during the 2015 edition of the annual event. Below, sidewalk markers indicate shopping routes. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE:  The concluding reception of this event is now scheduled for 3 p.m. instead of 4 p.m.]

wedding walk 032215 4For prospective brides and grooms (and brides and brides, and grooms and grooms), it’s the most significant set of steps this side of that “walk down the aisle” — the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk, the 2016 edition of which renews its vows on Sunday.

Showcasing the products and services of more than 40 area businesses, it’s a real-world, real-time stroll through all the borough has to offer committed couples, from dress shops, confectioners and florists to salons, jewelers and photographers. And Red Bank, as befits its status as a “one-stop shopping destination,” is ready once again for its close-up on the first day of Spring, 2016.

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RED BANK: SEASONAL PHOTO CONTEST DEBUTS

JONATHAN BALANZARLIDIA CARRANZA (1)Photos by a Red Bank Middle School student, Jonathan Balanzar, above, and an adult, Lidia Carranza, right, were the winners in the first of a new series of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, director Charlie Hoffmann announced at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The photos will hang in the department’s offices at borough hall and be posted on the new version of the town website now under development, he said. The deadline for the spring edition of the contest, which is open to all Red Bank residents, is May 30.

Meantime, here’s a colorful photo op: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 19 at Eastside Park on Harrison Avenue.  (Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: DIG DEEP FOR PHOTO SHOW

pattywhelanImages of Deep Cut Gardens, such as Patty Whelan’s AFTER THE RAIN, are welcomed for the County Park System’s annual photo show, going up in January 2016 (with a submission deadline of November 20).

Press release from Monmouth County Park System

Calling all nature photographers: The Monmouth County Park System is looking for entries for its Weather or Not photography exhibit, to be presented in January 2016 at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. The exhibit will look at some of the many ways the weather transforms Deep Cut’s gardens and its elements, whether it be the glistening rays of sunshine or the raindrops falling. Professional and amateur photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit images for consideration into the show. The cost to enter is $10 per person; maximum of two entries (acceptance into the show is not guaranteed, and if selected, only one piece will be exhibited in the show).  All entries must be submitted on CD with completed entry form and fee by November 20, 2015. Rules and entry form are available here  and at the site.

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RED BANK: A PAWS FOR A BUSY PET PHOTOG

Kim LevinLittle Silver-based pet photographer and author Kim Levin visits Red Bank’s Galleria Sunday for a book signing session to benefit the Save US Pets Foundation.

Animal lovers and book lovers from all around the greater Red Bank Green know Kim Levin as the Little Silver-based picture-book creator (and self-described “phoDOGrapher”) whose many book bylines include Cattitude and Why We Love Dogs. Her images have appeared worldwide on everything from calendars to cocktail napkins; in People magazine and Modern Dog; and on her own line of Molly & Fig greeting cards and gift items.

The professional purr/pooch portraitist — who in 2014 documented her travels across Iditarod country in a Monmouth County Library exhibit entitled Alaska: Landscapes and Dogs from the Last Frontier — is back on her home turf, doing what she does best, and finding time Sunday afternoon to “paws” in Red Bank for an appearance keyed to one of her pet causes.

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RED BANK: SEITZ TO BEHOLD, AT VIA45

ColinSeitz1The stark seascapes of photographer Colin Seitz set the mood at Via45, beginning with both an online and a real-time opening on Friday.

ColinSeitz2As an exec with Red Bank-based Apex Fund Services, Colin Seitz keeps himself busy and productive within the four-wall parameters of the office environment. But for the past several years, the avid photographer has used nearly every out-of-office moment to sharpen his shutterbug skills in classic style, and to put what he’s learned to work in settings that have ranged from his native Jersey Shore to the most spectacular vistas of Alaska, Hawaii, and Yosemite National Park.

Following group-show exhibitions with local organizations like the Art Alliance and the Guild of Creative Art, Seitz’s beautifully detailed natural scenes were first seen in a solo context with a December 2014 installation at McKay Imaging. And beginning Friday, the breathtaking work of the constantly exploring lensman will be represented in an all-new and novel setting: the rustic Italian eatery Via45.

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RUMSON: SHINING LIGHT ON LUMINARIES PAST

roberta van anda 051315 2 Roberta Van Anda in her Rumson study, above, and her newly published book, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson legendsRoberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.

She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.

“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.

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RED BANK: SCONCE IN A BLUE MOON

rb moonrise 030215Or something like that. Hey, we’re just having a little bit of fun with the moonrise over Wallace Street in Red Bank and a lighting fixture on the vacant former Smith Barney building Monday evening… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: HIGH SCHOOL THESPIANS OF OLD

  rbhs theater 020615 4rbhs theater 020615 3Now playing in the lobby display case at Red Bank borough hall: photos of Red Bank High School thespians, believed to have been taken in the 1950s.

The exhibit, the latest in a series of works by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo, was assembled by volunteers from the public library, and spotlights kids in rehearsal, getting ready backstage and hitting their marks at showtime.

We’ve got lots more after the ‘read more.’ Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SETTING SEITZ ON NATURE

Rocks_Beach_Arubarszrsz“Rocks Beach Aruba” is among photographer Colin Seitz’s beautiful scenes of nature — in unnaturally beautiful black and white — on display starting Friday at McKay Imaging Gallery.

“More than one year ago, Colin Seitz walked through our door seeking, among other things, a show in our gallery,” explain Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay, the visionary husband-wife photographer team behind downtown Red Bank’s McKay Imaging gallery. “We told him that his work was really quite beautiful, but that we wanted to see a lot more of it!”

Taking that as a cue, Seitz spent much of the next year out-of-doors, building up a body of work centered around the natural landscape, as rendered in richly detailed black and white — a decision that, in the words of the Brick-based lensman, “enables me to emphasize the magnitude of the scene without oversimplifying it with color.”

True to their word, the McKays have given Seitz the wall-space real estate (and the prime-time shopping season scheduling) for his first solo show of silver photographic prints.

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LINCROFT: MUSEUM STOP FOR MODEL TRAINS

Benjamin-Riley-1024x683The traditional holiday train display returns to the Monmouth Museum, in tandem with an ‘All Aboard’ photo display of railroad landscapes. (Photo by Benjamin Riley)

Holiday traditions come and go, but when a longstanding local signifier of the season threatens to drop out of sight, it can upset the equilibrium of community life.

Happily, the annual Model Train Display has returned to the Monmouth Museum right on schedule for the season — complete with new trains and a fully updated network of track — and it’s joined by an exhibit that celebrates the role of the railroad in the development of the United States, as well as the train whistle’s continued siren-call to generations of American artists.

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RED BANK: PHOTOG SHOOTS FROM THE HEART

Kim LevinFrom Meghan at Frame To Please comes word that the shop located inside The Galleria has opened a boutique-gallery kiosk under the name Art from the Heart. Each month, the space will showcase the work of a local artist, with a percentage of sale proceeds dedicated to an “adopted charity” of the featured artist’s choice. For the inaugural display in December, the work of animal photography specialist Kim Levin is on display — and the Little Silver lenswoman has designated a set of her favorite pet rescue organizations as the beneficiary of the collected funds.

SHREWSBURY: SAY CHEESE… AND MUSH!

kim_levin_photoImages of Alaska — and of the people and dogs who call it home — are on display at a reception for Little Silver lenswoman Kim Levin.

Animal lovers and book lovers from the greater Red Bank Green may already know Kim Levin as the Little Silver-based picture-book creator and self-styled “phoDOGrapher” whose many publication credits include Cattitude and Why We Love Dogs — and whose images have appeared worldwide on everything from calendars to cocktail napkins; in People magazine and Modern Dog; and on her own line of Molly & Fig greeting cards and gift items.

Back in June, the pet portraitist had the chance to indulge another passion, and spent her summer vacation traveling through Alaska, Vancouver and the Yukon. What she brought back were some stunning images of the Alaskan landscape, its people, and their state treasure: the iconic Huskies that run the 1,049-mile Iditarod race each winter.

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MIDDLETOWN: CALLING ALL NATURE PHOTOGS

Deep Cut PhotoPress release from Monmouth County Parks System

Interested in nature photography? The Monmouth County Parks System is looking for entries for its upcoming photography exhibit,  The Residents of Deep Cut Gardens  and from now through November 21, professional and amateur photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit images for consideration into the show.

The exhibit will be open 10 am to 4 pm daily, January 4 through 31 at the Deep Cut Gardens Horticultural Center on Red Hill Road in Middletown. An opening reception is planned from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, January 3. During this free event, the public is invited to view the exhibit, meet the photographers, and enjoy light refreshments.

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