BCC ArtFor the latest in the new season of monthly exhibitions at their Monmouth Street gallery space, the members of The Art Alliance of Monmouth County have issued a challenge to art teachers and other educators from the area’s places of higher learning — by inviting them to put their own works forward for public scrutiny.

Beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, January 10, a total of 40 faculty and staff members from both Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University will take part in a special Invitational Show, curated by BCC professor and painter Colleen Lineberry. The group show spotlights pieces in a variety of media — among them “Blue Furry Cacti on Pink and White Marbled Mountain” (pictured), a gouache painting by Brookdale’s Shaden Mousa.

Following the Saturday reception from 6 to 8 pm, the exhibit remains on view through the month of January during regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 pm. After that, the dual installation “Reflecting On Self” and “Out of This World” hits the walls and windows, beginning with a reception on February 7.

Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers, for a membership fee of $40 per year. Member benefits include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members), affordable studio space, a range of classes and workshops, networking opportunities, and the ability to mount an independent exhibit during the summer months when the gallery goes on hiatus. More information can be had by visiting the Alliance website, or calling (732)842-9403.