IN oRBit: WINE ‘N CHEESE IN WINTER

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The unofficial art walk is back — and baby, it’s cold outside — but over at Red Bank oRBit, we’ve got enough virtual wine and cheese to warm whatever cockles haven’t turned deep purple and broken off by now.

In today’s edition, we look in on a local institution that most folks tend to speed by on its stretch of converted cowpath — but at fifty years and closing in on 500 members, Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art is scarcely a secret, best-kept or otherwise. With its latest show Edgy to Avant Garde, New Jersey’s largest artist cooperative is turning the corner on the next half century in surprising style.

We’ll also remind you about two big events opening this weekend at the Monmouth Museum: the 31st annual Monmouth County Arts Council Juried Exhibition, and the fourth appearance of an offering that’s brought out the best in all concerned — Chairish The Museum, the fundraiser auction in which dozens of creative local people (including Queen Latifah, seen at work on a piece for last year’s event) build and/or hand-decorate some pretty splendid seating. We’ll pull up the details, including which famous folk participated in this year’s round of whimsical chairs.

All this and more — whether currently hanging from the walls or going up soon — from galleries, restaurants and libraries near you. So bid on it, sit on it, just git on it, and we’ll be here to show you around, in Red Bank oRBit!