“A Window’s View” by Louis Rissland of Shrewsbury (above) and “Counting Humans” by Ed Deverell of Little Silver (below) took prizes in the ‘Eyesights’ group photography show that continues through Saturday at the Guild of Creative Art.
With receptions and special events tonight, Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, it’s a busy weekend for art lovers on and around the Greater Red Bank Green — one that begins with a reminder about Eyesights 2017, the annual juried group show that spotlights some of the area’s finest photographic talents at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art.
Judged by Red Bank-based commercial photographers and gallery curators Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay, the show remains on display through Saturday. It’s a final chance to check out winning entries by some talented neighbors who hail from Little Silver, Middletown, Shrewsbury and other nearby communities — prior to next Friday’s opening of an exhibit collecting the Best in Visual Arts entries from the recent teenARTS Festival at Brookdale Community College.
A reminder also that tonight, March 24 marks the official reception for Quon + Quon, a “Two Generations of Art” display (on the walls and walkways of Red Bank’s Oyster Point Hotel) — that pairs the work of Fair Haven-based painter and illustrator Mike Quon, with that of his 103-year old father Milton Quon. Mike is set to be in attendance (and Milton, the onetime Disney animator who resides in Los Angeles, is expected to make a live appearance via video) during the 7 to 9 p.m. event.
Saturday marks both the official reception for — and the final day of — Oldies But Goodies, the current installation (curated by the Art Society of Monmouth County) at Middletown Public Library. Between 1 and 2:30 p.m., the Society will present awards to the winning entries in the juried show — and beginning Monday, April 3, the art collective returns to MTPL for the 2017 edition of their annual Ruth Crown Memorial Art Show. Named in honor of a watercolorist and oil painter who was one of the ASMC’s original members, the juried exhibit continues through April 29, when it will conclude with an afternoon reception that boasts prizes awarded in five categories (oil/acrylic; pastel; watercolor; mixed media; photography). The Art Society will also hosts its monthly meeting at the Middletown Library, an April 19 event that features award-winning watercolorist (and published poet) Tom Wilczewski as guest speaker and critiquer of submitted works. Wilzcewskiwill also bring his original matted framed and unframed paintings for sale, with a percentage of proceeds be donated to the nonprofit, all-volunteer ASMC.
The scenery of our local Shore is conjured in paintings by Fair Haven resident Luba M. Caruso in the solo exhibit Coastal Reflections, on display at Rumson’s Beauregard Fine Art beginning with a 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. reception this Saturday evening, March 25.
Over at Detour Gallery, the recently opened 10,000-square-foot facility that’s quickly become the Greater Red Bank Green’s most buzzworthy new artspace, a two-man exhibit highlighting the sketches and sculptures of thirtysomething artists Martin Schapira and Zevi G continues through April 22 — while this Sunday, March 26 sees the gallery at 24 Clay Street hosting a special Wine and Inspiration event. Between the hours of 5 to 7 p.m., a selection of fine wines will be poured, hors d’oeuvres of the season will be served, and a collection of world class contemporary art will be on display.
The Detour event is a fundraiser for the arts and education programs of the Monmouth Museum, where the group show Pulped Under Pressure continues on display through May 7 in the Main Gallery of the facility on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Tickets for Sunday’s benefit event are $100 per person and can be purchased on the Museum’s website — while the “Pulped” exhibit can be viewed during regular museum hours (Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.). Regular admission is $8 per person; free with valid student or staff ID from BCC.
Saturday the 25th also happens to be the date of a special Modern Dance Workshop and Performance, choreographed to (and inspired by) the Pulped Under Pressure exhibit of paper-based artistry. The Brookdale Community College Dance Club sponsors the free-admission event featuring the Jill Molinaro Dance Company, and hosted inside the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre at 7 p.m. (a reception for the dance event precedes the performance at 6 p.m. inside the Museum).
And before all that, the Museum opens on Friday evening, March 24, for a 6 p.m. reception keyed to the latest in its ongoing NJ Emerging Artists series. The paintings and drawings of Ukrainian-born, Howell-based Anzhelika Doliba will be spotlighted in the building’s Nilson Gallery from Friday through April 23 (see hours and admission info above).