art alliance up against wallSHREWSBURY, NJ -  There will be no pedestals in the sculpture exhibit at the Art Alliance in January. Instead, the eleven participating artists will use the existing architecture of the gallery either as a source of support, or as an integral component of their work.

The show is curated by Douglas Ferrari, himself a sculptor, assistant director of Arts Guild New Jersey, and formerly the executive director of the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts. Invited artists are Fanny Allié, Michael Benevenia, Riccardo Berlingeri, Maggie Brown, Alison Golder, Seunghwui Koo, Marie Maber, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Rocco Scary, Katie Truk, and Michael Wiley.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 9 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition continues through February 2, and can be viewed during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the website at www.artallianceofmonmouth.org, or visit or call the gallery during operating hours, (732) 842-9403. Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.

Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome and membership by art lovers is also encouraged.

Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year, $25 for students with i.d. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.

Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.