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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)


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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Ayc User Susan EricsonAyca User, co-owner of Monmouth Street’s Antoinette Boulangerie, has partnered with Asbury Park-based gallery Exhibit No. 9 for the first in a planned series of contemporary art events. (Photo by Susan Ericson)

Having quickly found their way to the hearts (and sweet teeth) of the community’s foodies through Antoinette Boulangerie, the artisanal bake shop that they opened in Red Bank last , sisters Ayca User and Zeynep Ozdemir were said by many to have elevated the notion of the neighborhood bakery to the realm of fine art.

In a further blurring of the lines between the contemporary and the culinary arts scene, the Boulangerie has entered into a partnership with one of the area’s newest and most acclaimed galleries, for the first in a planned series of exhibitions at the Monmouth Street storefront.

The exhibit is entitled “Dessert for the Eyes” — and it represents a collaboration with Tom White, founder and director of Exhibit No.9 on Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue business corridor. Opening with a reception on the evening of Thursday, October 2, the group show of works by local, regional and international artists will remain on display inside Antoinette Boulangerie through December 27.

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