RED BANK: SELFIES KICK OFF ARTFUL WEEKEND

Mirrored_Bob300A selfie by Bob McKay is among the works on display in the group show FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE opening Friday at Gallery 135 in Red Bank.

Leave it to Gerda Liebmann – the Swiss-born, internationally exhibited multimedia artist (and redbankgreen Clippings correspondent) – to discern the beauty in so tawdry a device as the cellphone selfie.

Liebmann, who established Gallery 135 in the second-floor space shared by Red Bank Community Church, has employed this maybe-misunderstood signifier of 21st century life – and its cousin in succinct cinema, the Vine – as the basis for her new group show, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Opening with a reception at 7 pm on Friday, the multimedia installation “will give viewers the opportunity to reconnect with the special intimacy and self-revelation that self-portraits uniquely offer,” she says.

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RED BANK ART WALK GETS BACK ON ITS FEET

Works by Kathy Polenberg, above, and other local artists are showcased as part of the rejuvenated Red Bank Art Walk event on Friday.  

It looked for a while as if it might never regain its footing — but after sitting out the past couple of years, the Red Bank Art Walk makes its return this Friday, hot on the heels of the borough’s selection (by Smithsonian Magazine) as one of the top three Best Small Towns in the USA for culture and quality of life.

A three-hour, self-guided tour through the downtown Green and points west, the Art Walk is both rejuvenated and reconfigured in its 2012 incarnation, with a new cast of participants joined by several “non-traditional spaces” where Art Happens, from restaurants and retail stores to at least one transformed place of worship.

Going on between the hours of 6pm and 9pm, this first in a projected new series of events is being spearheaded by a relatively recent arrival to town — Gallery U and Boutique, the rather Unique and Unorthodox artspace that opened its doors at 80 Broad Street last year.

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LIT AND LIVELY AT OYSTER POINT

gerdaAn example of Gerda Liebmann’s “light paintings,” on view against the riverfront scenery of the Oyster Point Hotel beginning Friday night.

If there’s still such a thing as a Best Kept Secret in Red Bank these days, one candidate has got to be Red Bank Community Church — the “spontaneous and participatory” storefront house of worship (in the 135 Monmouth Street building that houses Prown’s) that also does duty as a groovy grotto of culture, thanks to Swedish-born painter/sculptor (and, with husband Lenny, co-pastor) Gerda Liebmann.

The Liebmanns, who’ve hosted events ranging from fashion shows to car washes, have presented some fascinating installations of Gerda’s art on a regular basis, including her captivating series of one-a-day photos of the Navesink River, as seen from Oceanic Bridge.

Kicking off Friday night, the artist brings her work to a different setting, one with an equally grand view of the Navesink.

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COAT GIVEAWAY SLATED FOR SATURDAY

Rbcc clothingA scene from a clothing giveaway held at the Red Bank train station last March.

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The folks at the Red Bank Community Church will be doing a clothing giveaway in the borough train station parking lot this Saturday, weather permitting.

The emphasis is on getting coats and warm clothing to people who need it, says Pastor Lenny Liebman, whose congregation meets just two blocks east on Monmouth Street.

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