ART AND ABOUT: FEELING IN THE PINK

pinkylaurenbelleroClockwise from top left: Andrea “Pinky” Adubato and Lauren Bellero; a Labradoodle portrait by Pinky; a textured box creation by Bellero.

By TOM CHESEK

The “fall back” days of November bring some positive news on Andrea “Pinky” Adubato, the Red Bank artist about whom we’ve been issuing occasional updates over the past year and change. A favorite Shore area painter for decades  — and an elegant, lovably eccentric presence whose vivid paintings of people and pets were as familiar as her own custom-decorated house and car — Adubato suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury in late 2008 while hiking in New Mexico. She ending up spending more than 15 months recuperating at her daughter’s house in Albuquerque, as husband Gene Goellner shuttled between NJ and NM.

An intensive program of physical therapy (including working with paintbrushes tied to her hands) eventually regained Pinky enough canes-and-walkers mobility to be able to make the long journey home earlier this year, arriving back in Red Bank just in time for the blizzard-bound, cabin-fever month of February.

Through it all, and despite continuing pain, the Pinkster kept her spirit “in the pink,” and a phone conversation from last winter found the artist, as par for the course, focusing her concern instead upon her daughter.

“I came to visit for a week and stayed for 67,” Pinky told us. “She really put her life on hold for me, poor kid!”

Back at work producing new series of sketches and portraits, Pinky resumed her local area art activities as early as March —  and the weeks ahead find her returning to the public eye in a fun little event here in her hometown of Red Bank. That’s just one of several arty happenings going on between Tuesday and the end of the month around the greater ‘green.

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FORECAST: LOTS OF FLOWER POWER

solarflower‘Heliotropis,’ Anthony Castronovo’s sun-powered sculpture kinetic sculpture, should get a workout today and tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

Arts patrons Beth Deutch and her husband, Larry Rubin, unveiled a new solar-powered sculpture at their Rumson home last weekend. It should be pretty busy today and tomorrow, if the weatherbot is right.

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AN ARTIST FOREVER AT HOME IN HER WORK

evelyn-leavensEvelyn Leavens with a work-in-progress landscape in her Red Bank studio. (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

Parked on an easel in the sunlit second-floor studio on the east end of Red Bank, a painting is taking shape, almost in turn-of-the-seasons real time; brashly delineated trees sprouting like declarative statements from the thrill-ride curves of a crazy quilt countryscape.

What might have been the makings of some plein-air jigsaw puzzle in less imaginative hands is becoming, under the artist’s patient eye and brush, a ruckus of bold shapes and colors — a scene in which Nature’s delightfully messy-thorny-scratchy surprises lurk beneath those curvaceous comforts.

Just don’t ask about a title for the canvas, at least not yet. To Evelyn Leavens, the name “Work in Progress” will suit it just fine. In fact, to hear the 85-year-old painter, photographer and instructor tell it, her 60-year career is still just that — a work in progress.

With a major solo exhibit of her paintings on display now at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft — as well as a contribution to a much-anticipated group show opening this weekend at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art — the work of the locally legendary Leavens has never been more visible and accessible. Still, the artist herself would prefer not to call it a “retrospective.” Think of it as a chance for Leavens to pause for one moment — a moment in which the rest of us can struggle to catch up — before sprinting ahead to the next challenge.

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LIKE A JUNEBUG ON A GALLERY WALL

picture-5Dub-ble vision: The landmark Dublin House is among the people, places and things rendered in ecstatically bold strokes by illustrator Mike Quon, in a first-ever art installation at NovelTeas in Red Bank.

It’s time once again for a virtual “Artwalk” — come on in, the watercolor’s fine — and what follows here are some picks for the coming days and nights at the storefront galleries and public spaces of the Green.

• FRIDAY: Photographer Michael Hynes at The Monmouth Museum. As part of the Emerging Artists series, the Monmouth Museum (on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College) spotlights a set of compelling black and white images by Middletown-based lensman Hynes — featuring scenes of his native Ireland as well as his adopted home on the Jersey Shore. Hynes is expected to be present at the opening, from 6p to 8p, and he’ll return to the museum on the evening of June 16 for another in its regularly scheduled series of Artist Talks. Exhibit continues during normal museum hours through July 3; check website for admission info.

• SATURDAY: Rahway Art Hive at Jamian’s Food & Drink. The Rahway Art Hive? It’d sound downright sci-fi sinister if it didn’t sound so simultaneously intriguing. Based in our sister city just up the NJ Transit tracks, the creative cooperative (and accompanying art gallery) presents its first Monmouth County “away game” show as the June feature at Jamian LaViola‘s eponymous Monmouth Street bistro, an offering curated as always by Red Bank painter (and Jamian’s mixologist) Travis Radcliffe. Beginning tonight and continuing through June 30, the work of Jim McKeon and company is on display at the restaurant that opens up its inviting “convertible” facade when the weather gets warm. Your host Jamian caters the cool cuisine at a reception at 8p.

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ART BAR

img_6796010810Painter Medy Quiroz at the opening of the two-artist show at Jamian’s Thursday night. Below, a bar patron takes in a Quiroz triptych. (Click to enlarge)

Live music venue; bar; restaurant; art gallery; place for knitters to drink — or should that be, “a place for drinkers to knit?”

Whatever. Continuing its evolution into a kind of one-stop cultural center, Monmouth Street’s Jamian’s Food and Drink last night kicked off its latest monthlong display of artwork.

The show is dominated by the large abstracts of Red Bank painter Medy Quiroz.

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THIS WON’T LAST, BUT IT ISN’T MEANT TO

img_6096121709Gallery mavens at last night’s opening, in the see-through space last occupied by Design Front. (Click photos to enlarge)

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Emily Asher Neiman, who closed her short-lived gallery on Monmouth Street in Red Bank just about year ago, returned to town last night with a new enterprise, one that’s got planned obsolence built in.

Asher Neiman Gallery reopened last night at 21 East Front Street, the former home of outre furnishings (and occasional automobile) retailer Design Front, which closed some months back.

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