JimmyLeslieCLEARWATER MOTEL and other paintings by Shrewsbury-based artist Jimmy Leslie will be on display this Saturday night during a special opening reception for the exhibit LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!, hosted at Salon Concrete in Red Bank.

“Location! Location! Location!” is the mantra we’ve often heard espoused as the key to business success — and this Saturday evening, June 14, downtown Red Bank’s Salon Concrete will the location of choice, as Shrewsbury-based artist Jimmy Leslie presents a reception for the solo show of that name. Kicking off at 6 pm, the exhibit offers an opportunity to sample the landscape paintings and mixed-media work of the artist, through scenes of his travels that have ranged from New England, Florida and the American Southwest, to the view right outside his studio window.

Finding the same picture-perfect beauty in a motel swimming pool as he does in a pastoral babbling brook (or in Shrewsbury’s Obre Place as in a scenic wooded footpath), the artist causes us to take a closer look at the color and composition that exist in the most seemingly mundane of settings. Sponsored by the Liquitex and Winsor & Newton brands, the event is keyed into the manufacturers’ community programs, with ten percent of proceeds donated to the nonprofit Hometown Heroes — the Toms River office of which, a leading outpost of the Restore the Shore Hurricane Sandy Relief campaign, was itself destroyed by a three-alarm fire in May.

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