RED BANK: GALLERY U CLOSING

Rosemary Bagwell chats with Gallery U manager Bob Langdon at the opening of an exhibit last Friday. Below, a stack of Lisa Bagwell pieces made of container lids. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Less than three years after opening on Broad Street in Red Bank, the combination art space/consignment shop Gallery U and Boutique is closing.

An offshoot of Universal Institute, a healthcare provider specializing in services for brain-injured clients, the gallery functioned as a training center as well as a display space for visual artists, musicians and poets.

The gallery is relocating next month to Westfield.

“Good for them, bad for Red Bank,” said local photographer and gallery owner Bob McKay. His mother, Dana, has two photos in a show that opened there on Friday.

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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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ON CONSIGNMENT: RE-ENTRY JOBS

u-boutiqueU Gallery will feature luxury goods on consignment and works by brain-injured artists. (Click to enlarge) Rcsm2_010508

One of the stores opening as part of a surge in new consignment shops in the Red Bank area has an unusual pedigree.

It’s called U Gallery, and it’s an offshoot of Universal Institute, a player in the healthcare industry specializing in services for brain-injured clients.

Huh?

No, that’s not an egregious misprint. Lisa Lasso, who co-owns the rehab and vocational training facility, says a  consignment shop/art gallery can work, and say she has the track record to prove it.

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