Long before our neck of Monmouth County could boast its own wine-and-cheese gallery scene or paint-and-sip studio, there was the Guild of Creative Art, the creative collective that’s watched the contemporary landscape of the greater Red Bank area take shape over the past 55 years, from the window of its ever-fascinating house on Shrewsbury’s Route 35 main drag.
This Sunday, December 13, the evergreen local treasure welcomes the public to a yearly happening that stands as a complement to the hustle and bustle of the surrounding stores and stripmalls: the annual All-Member Holiday Show.
Between the hours of 3 to 6 p.m., a display of works encompassing all media and subject matter will be on exhibit in the main gallery and lobby of the Guild headquarters at 620 Broad Street. The show, which had its own soft opening on December 5, will be augmented Sunday by holiday gift tables and racks of works by Guild member artists, offered for sale as unique and original gifts.
A “miniature cash and carry show,” featuring fine art originals priced under $100, will be on display and on sale throughout the month of December.
The opening reception will be preceded at 2:30 p.m. by the Guild’s annual meeting, during which the nonprofit organization’s 2016 slate of officers will be elected, and the public is invited to meet the people who continue to make the cooperative viable and relevant here in the fast-moving artscape of what the Monmouth County Arts Council calls the MoCo Corridor.
The All-Member Holiday Show 2015 show remains on display at the Broad Street gallery through January 6 during regular hours, with free admission and on-site parking a gift that keeps on giving.