RED BANK: ONE-STOP WEDDING BIZ OPENS

The Wedding Establishment takes over a space vacated by Love Lane Tuxedos 13 years ago. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallAs the son of a singer in a wedding band, Mike Hernandez Jr. says he “grew up in the wedding business.” He was there when the band came to the house for its weekly rehearsals, and when no babysitter was available, he’d be schlepped to gigs, killing time behind the drummer.

That, and much more, he says, makes him well-qualified to create something he doesn’t believe has ever succeeded before: a one-stop market for wedding services. And in doing so, he’s ended one of downtown Red Bank’s most enduring vacancies.

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RED BANK: GOODBYE TO SUMMER

luis 090516 7SUMMER-SCENESThe final installment of  our Summer Scenes series finds photographer Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado down on the banks of the Navesink River once again. He shot this photo through the boat storage racks of Irwin Marine at Union Street and Boat Club Court in Red Bank.

“Yes, I am drawn to the river,” says Luis, who spent part of the summer rowing with Navesink River Rowing. “The river is just an open space, like there’s no trees or, most of the time, people. And sunsets look great because you can kind of see the reflection of the sunset or what’s on the other side of the river on the water.”

redbankgreen thanks Luis for his wonderful photos, and wishes him the best as he enters eighth grade at Red Bank Middle School. His other Summer Scenes photos may be viewed here(Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A SUMMER MOMENT BY THE RIVER

luis 082816 9SUMMER-SCENESAs the lazy days of summer 2016 wind down, Summer Scenes brings you this placid view of the Navesink River lapping softly at the shore at the home of Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank.

The photo is the latest in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: OUT BACK AND UP ABOVE

Luis 082116 8SUMMER-SCENESThe billboard-topped backsides of buildings familiar to Red Bank regulars caught the eye of Summer Scenes photographer Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado last week.

His photo shows the rear of 2 East Front Street — known for its pedestrian passageway linking the downtown with Union Street and Marine Park  and the shingled rear of Seldin’s Trinkets and Jewelry, at 2 West Front. Brick, wood, delicate clouds and a vapor trail combine to create a visually engaging scene.

The photo is the six in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: RIVER OF LIGHT

luis 081416 3SUMMER-SCENESThe latest photo in our Summer Scenes series by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures a spectacular interplay of sunlight and clouds above our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Marine Park in Red Bank.

The photo is the fifth in the series. The others may be viewed here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: LIGHTING THE WAY

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Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado was on his way to soccer practice at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank when he came up this luminous fence and shaded path last week.

“I liked how everything was looking, like how bright it was,” he says. “It seemed to me like it will be a great photo.”

This shot is the fourth in Luis’s series of Summer Scenes. If you missed the others, you can catch up here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: BEE IN THE MOMENT

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In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures a bee just being a bee on a flower outside Childs Funeral Home on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank.

This shot is the third in the series. If you missed the others, you can catch up here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SUMMER SCENE AT THE STATION

luis 072516 1SUMMER-SCENESTrains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.

In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A SUMMER STREET SCENE

summer scene 1SUMMER-SCENESAs seen from the roof of the Globe Court parking deck in Red Bank: the intersection of East Front Street and Globe Court, awash in summer sunlight.

This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.

Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis.  (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: TWEET THIS PHOTO

luis santamaria 060816Red Bank Middle School seventh grader Luis Santamaria shows off his photo of baby birds waiting to be fed in their nest before he was honored by the borough council Wednesday night.

The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.

Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SEITZ GETS WET AT HOTEL SHOW

Colin Seitz 2The timeless interface of sea and shore — and the lost art of “wet” photography — mark the work of Colin Seitz, on display now at the Oyster Point Hotel.

To hear Colin Seitz tell it, his photographs “offer the viewer an escape from everyday life, to be transported off to somewhere with no ringing phones or full email inboxes” — a philosophy that the executive with Red Bank-based Apex Fund Services surely takes to heart, when scoping out scenery from our own local Shore to the most breathtaking expanses of Alaska, Hawaii, and Yosemite.

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RED BANK: SEASONAL PHOTO CONTEST DEBUTS

JONATHAN BALANZARLIDIA CARRANZA (1)Photos by a Red Bank Middle School student, Jonathan Balanzar, above, and an adult, Lidia Carranza, right, were the winners in the first of a new series of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, director Charlie Hoffmann announced at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The photos will hang in the department’s offices at borough hall and be posted on the new version of the town website now under development, he said. The deadline for the spring edition of the contest, which is open to all Red Bank residents, is May 30.

Meantime, here’s a colorful photo op: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 19 at Eastside Park on Harrison Avenue.  (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SEITZ TO BEHOLD, AT VIA45

ColinSeitz1The stark seascapes of photographer Colin Seitz set the mood at Via45, beginning with both an online and a real-time opening on Friday.

ColinSeitz2As an exec with Red Bank-based Apex Fund Services, Colin Seitz keeps himself busy and productive within the four-wall parameters of the office environment. But for the past several years, the avid photographer has used nearly every out-of-office moment to sharpen his shutterbug skills in classic style, and to put what he’s learned to work in settings that have ranged from his native Jersey Shore to the most spectacular vistas of Alaska, Hawaii, and Yosemite National Park.

Following group-show exhibitions with local organizations like the Art Alliance and the Guild of Creative Art, Seitz’s beautifully detailed natural scenes were first seen in a solo context with a December 2014 installation at McKay Imaging. And beginning Friday, the breathtaking work of the constantly exploring lensman will be represented in an all-new and novel setting: the rustic Italian eatery Via45.

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WEDDING PHOTOGS SNAP UP MORE SPACE

John Arcara in the reception area of his spacious new photo studio. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In retailing, where rents are steep and space is priced by the square foot, every one of them has to count toward the top line.

Or so goes one school of thinking. Another says there needs to be room for atmosphere and mood to stir and stoke the consumerist impulse. For that matter, not every retail tenant has to be selling something tangible.

Wedding and boudoir photographers John and Lovina Arcara have joined a recent resurgence in Red Bank: tenants of primo storefront space selling nothing more than memories.

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A FALL BOUNTY OF GALLERY SHOWS

The Red Bank Holiday Art Walk takes to the streets once more on November 24. Norman Rockwell protege Peter Caras, right, joins some formidable colleagues this Saturday at Middletown Arts Center.

When Hurricane Sandy threw the entire Jersey Shore into a Dark Ages interlude of blackouts, curfews, detours, closings and major transportation issues, nearly every scheduled event this side of Thanksgiving was forced to take a step back.

But according to gallery curator Robert Langdon, rumors of the postponement of this month’s Red Bank Art Walk have been greatly exaggerated. In fact the November 24 re-appearance of the pavement-pounding promenade represents a resource that can help the borough “recapture its vibrance, especially after the recent devastation Monmouth County suffered from Hurricane Sandy,” he said in an email to redbankgreen.

Taking place on from 5 to 9 pm onNational Small Business Day, the holiday edition of the recently revived art walk brings together some 20 borough-based galleries, upscale retailers, restaurants and places of worship for a four hour, self-guided walking tour organized under the theme “A Gift of Art is a Gift of the Heart.” Langdon’s Gallery U (where the group show Cornucopia opens with a 6 to 9 pm reception on Friday, November 23) joins with such traditional (and non-traditional) artspaces as the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Beacon Fine Arts Gallery, Frame to Please, Studio 25, Gallery 135 at the Red Bank Community Church (the second-story “storefront” house of worship in the Prown’s building on Monmouth Street), Jamian’s Food and Drink, as well as Garmany, Amy Manor Interior Design and several other art-friendly venues. Street maps (featuring the participating Art Walk locations plus recommended places to dine) will be made available to those who stroll and/or roll — and there’s even a trolley shuttle service running between the various locations.

The virtual art walk continues in and around the greater Red Bank Green this weekend, with a special event in Middletown (rescheduled from the bleak beginning days of November), as well as ongoing exhibits in Shrewsbury, Lincroft, Little Silver and downtown Red Bank…

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Readers Jenn Woods, Pat Noble and Trish DePonti correctly identified the store interior lit in hot pink and purple shown in last week’s Where Have I Seen This?

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

A second clue to last week’s Where Have I Seen This? didn’t keep some fans of this feature from going a bit astray.

One guessed it was taken at Prown’s Home Improvement on Monmouth Street. Another suggested “Page Photo Service (Matthew Page) located at 113 West Front Street, Red Bank” and added: “They had purchased the entire facilities of the Camera Shop formerly located in Carlton Theater building,” which is of course now the Count Basie Theatre.

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BACK TO THE ARCHIVE

Stumbling on this scene in downtown Red Bank Monday night was like a trip back into the not-too-distant reaches of the redbankgreen archive, as Chris LoBue of CLB Photography shot photos of Jim Caroll’s Back to the Future car for an ad for Ken Kalada’s Yestercades – three businesses that have been featured in these pixelated pages in recent months. (Click to enlarge)

PICTURES FOR SQUARES

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jat-petersonFraming shop/gallery Frame to Please in the Galleria at Red Bank hosted an opening reception Thursday night for “SQ + SQ x 2,” a collection of square photos by students of Laury Egan of Highlands.

The shooters were asked to see in squares and double squares to underscore the benefits of tight cropping, which Egan says makes images “more muscular, more exciting.”

The show runs through November 13, and some of the sale proceeds benefit the Monmouth County Historical Association.

FOR RBR PHOTOGS, MAJOR EXPOSURE

margotfosterAmong the photos featured in the Red Bank Regional VPA Senior Art Show are THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Margot Foster of Middletown and DOUBLE TAKE by Amanda Sullivan of Little Silver, below. (Click to enlarge)

According to Red Bank Regional High School faculty member Dawn Lisko, the senior photography majors in her Visual and Performing Art Academy program “have worked rigorously over the past four years.”

amanda-sullivanHow rigorously? In an age when even the most accomplished professional photographers have abandoned film, scrapped their developer equipment and turned their darkrooms back into half-baths and wine cellars, the VPA students learned how to develop and print film negatives the old fashioned way — this in addition to training in the most hypercurrent digital shooting and Photoshopping techniques.

On the evening of Thursday, May 12, the rigors of the shutterbug lifestyle will pay dividends for nine of the RBR photography majors, when the VPA Senior Art Show spotlights the best of the students’ work in an exhibit that opens at Borough Hall in Little Silver.

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RIVER WATCH: NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME

Several times a week enroute to and from her day job in Eatontown, artist Gerda Liebmann would stop at the northern end of the Oceanic Bridge in Middletown to take photos of the Navesink River.

Time and again over the course of the year, she positioned her camera in pretty much the exact same way and snapped a few frames looking east toward Sea Bright.

“I always said, ‘this is so beautiful,’ until one day I said, ‘I must stop and take pictures,'” Liebmann tells redbankgreen.

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