The seasonal return of one of Red Bank’s longest established galleries — and the latest from one of the borough’s most unusual exhibition spaces — are on the agenda for Saturday evening, as summer’s-end etiquette dictates that it’s NOT okay for walls to dress in plain white after Labor Day.
“In With the New” is the theme for September, as the Art Alliance of Monmouth County opens its 2014-2015 Exhibition Season with a non-juried show of recent works by member artists. Running through September 30 in the gallery at 33 Monmouth Street, the installation previews with a public-invited reception on Saturday, September 6. All ages are welcome; refreshments will be served and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear some live jazz music played on the ocarina (by Lars Tollefson of Matawan) will be offered between the hours of 6 to 8 pm. The work of Toms River-based artists Robert and Barbara Edelhauser will be featured in the gallery windows throughout the month — and the gallery invites all art lovers to stop in Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 4 pm, to look at the new art, take a break during your day in Red Bank, pick up a class and studio schedule, or learn more about membership in the Alliance that recently marked its 35th anniversary.
Meanwhile, somewhere over Broad Street, Red Bank’s Salon Concrete welcomes a new season with the latest in an engaging series of “Concrete Galleries” art-happening benefit events. Scheduled for Saturday evening between the hours of 6 to 9 pm, the installation Beauty & Icons brings the work of emerging area artist (and Concrete client) Michelle Weadock to the walls of Christine Zilinski’s parlor of tonsorial tantalization.
Inspired by Weadock’s love for “the simple beauty of women from the 1950s and 1960s” — and her admiration of the natural beauty of butterflies — Beauty & Icons juxtaposes black-and-white charcoal studies of the likes of “Catwoman” Julie Newmar, with delicate colored-pencil renderings of butterfly species. The Salon team led by senior stylist Mallory will “showcase an art-inspired hair collection with live models, complementing the works of Weadock using striking charcoal hair color tones.”
The gallery opening will also feature inspirational art with music, dancing, appetizers from Palms Plaza Catering of Matawan, cheese from the Cheese Cave and chocolates from Badazzle my Bonbons of Zephyr Hills, FL. The Beauty & Icons event will help raise funds and awareness for the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund, an organization that supports programs to assist wounded soldiers and their families, in addition to providing educational scholarships. Guests will be able to make a suggested donation at the door on the night of the event.