RED BANK: SATURN RISING AT SALON SHOW

brittany-james-painting-copyRecent paintings by local artist Brittany James (below) are on display at Broad Street’s Salon Concrete, beginning with a reception Saturday evening.

brittany-jamesFor the 10th and latest in a series of art and cultural events hosted at Salon Concrete, the downtown Red Bank hair studio takes a slight turn toward the cosmic with “Return of Saturn,” a solo exhibit of recent oil paintings by Asbury Park resident Brittany James.

This Saturday, the salon opens its doors for an opening party that pairs an appearance by the featured artist with a photo shoot of models whose hair will be styled by Salon Concrete’s stylists and colorists, taking inspiration from James’ art.

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RED BANK: BOULANGERIE OPENS ART SHOW

100214 boulangerie2Exhibit No. 9 gallery owner Tom White, center, discusses the artwork now showing at Antoinette Boulangerie in Red Bank. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

100214 boulangerie5Curated art exhibits that could previously only be seen in Asbury Park at Exhibit No. 9 gallery can now also be enjoyed avec croissants and other treats onMonmouth Street in Red Bank.

Antoinette Boulangerie opened its doors last week to art and pastry lovers alike with in an exhibition titled “Dessert for the Eyes.”  The stylish opening reception, hosted by bakery owners Ayca User and her sister, Zeynep Ozdimer, featured works from around the globe, chosen by Exhibit No. 9 owners Tom and Lois White.

“The art in the gallery will change often, so it won’t always be the same thing on the walls,” User said, while guests snacked on decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and coconut macaroons.

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RED BANK: CHECKING IN ON BOULANGERIE

081514 boulangerie 2Ayca User of Antoinette Boulangerie with a platter of croissants. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumWhat could be better than café au lait and a fresh-baked croissant? How about a coconut chocolate croissant specially made for the season?

This is just one of the delectable sweets to come out of the kitchen at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street in Red Bank. Opened just eight months ago in the middle of a snowstorm, the French pastry shop has garnered serious attention and appreciation from the local public. It is often busy, particularly on the weekends.

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RED BANK: SCULPTURE TO TOP GALLERY

wanderlust 072114 1Sergio Furnari’s sculpted rendering of the 1932 photo, below, will be installed outside the Wanderlust Gallery, which will also be decorated with murals. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

lunch beamThe owner of new art gallery approved by Red Bank officials Monday night plans to feature a sculpture based on one of 20th-century America’s most iconic photographs on its exterior.

Sergio Furnari’s “Lunchtime on a Skyscraper – A Tribute to America’s Heroes,” will sit atop a parapet at the rear of the Clay Street building, says Wanderlust Gallery owner Ken Schwartz, who also plans to add mad dashes of color in the form of murals to brighten up a drab stretch of garages and parking lots.

“I didn’t look at this as signage,” Schwartz told the planning board, which unanimously granted him variances for murals he plans to have painted on the long-vacant warehouse. “I look at it as the building itself being a piece of artwork.”

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RED BANK: GALLERY PLAN GETS AIRING

24 clay 061714 324 clay st 071814 1On the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Red Bank Planning Board: a proposal to convert the warehouse at 24 Clay Street into an art gallery. Variances are needed for parking and signage. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 90 Monmouth Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: A POT STORE? WELL, SHOOT…

147 broad 062114 1147 broad 062114 2Is Red Bank getting a medical marijuana dispensary? That was the takeaway for a number of redbankgreen readers when they saw the painting above, which went up in a window of the long-vacant Lamplighter store at Broad Street and Harding Road over the weekend.

It’s our understanding that an art gallery is taking the space, though neither artist David Benegas – whose painting of a gun is in another window there – nor building owner Scott Diamond could be reached for immediate comment.

[UPDATE] Benegas tells us he’s opening an art gallery there in August, and that the pot image is “just a publicity stand to show how the power of Art can get a message to people.”  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

CHURN CLAIMS TWO DOWNTOWN STORES

Nobody home at Prima’s Home Café on Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The start of each New Year brings another round of retail culling to downtown Red Bank.

True to form, 2012 begins with two longtime Broad Street tenants closing their doors: furniture retailer Primas Home Café and Red Bank Art Gallery, which specializes in mass-produced wall decorations.

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ON MONMOUTH: SUBS, SNIPS AND CLIPS

The Red Bank Sub Shop and House of Fades barbershop are setting up side-by-side at 8 Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Time for a couple of Retail Churn updates from Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

Sandwich man Canio Paradiso is sprucing up at his soon-to open sub shop, the one with what has to be the borough’s oddest patio…

And a spacious new nail salon has opened its door, bring its owner full circle.

 

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