Little Silver, NJ – The culmination of four years of studio and commercial art study at Red Bank Regional’s (RBR)Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) is currently on display at The Guild of Creative Art at 620 Broad Street in Shrewbury, NJ. Art Beat features the best works of Kelly McAdam, Little Silver, Tatjana Farley, Neptune City, Elizabeth Keenan, Little Silver, Jade Saybolt, Shrewsbury, Emily Stafford, Little Silver, and Terrill Warrenburg, Little Silver, for public view from March 30 through April 12, 2012. The museum is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and till 7 pm on Thursday and 10 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday. The artwork is available for purchased at the end of the show.

The RBR VPA Senior Art Students’ works are featured at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury from March 30 through April 12. Pictured at the opening reception of Art Beat are: (left to right), Emily Stafford, Little Silver, Kelly McAdam, Little Silver, Jade Saybolt, Shrewsbury, Terrill Warrenburg, Little Silver, RBR commercial art teacher Claudia O’Connor, Tatjana Farley, Neptune City and Beth Keenan, Little Silver. 

The students study with RBR VPA commercial art teacher Claudio O’Connor, who guides and encourages their expression in a variety of media including, acrylic, oil, pencil, pastels, and mixed media. Some amazing photographs also adorn the student display walls. The student artists have won top honors at area art contests during their career at RBR.

Several of the students have decided to continue their study of art in college next fall. Kelly McAdam will be studying Studio Art at Wake Forest University. Terrill Warrenburg is deciding on her preference to study art at the University of Richmond or the University of Pennsylvania. Emily Stafford is also deciding on an art program at either North Carolina State or Boston University. Art will always play an important role in all the students’ lives even as several pursue a more liberal arts’ track as Beth Keenan who will attend LaSalle University and Jade Saybolt who is bound for Lafayette College. Tatjana Farley is undecided on her major although she is thrilled to be attending Shepherd University in West Virginia, where the art students designed their own art building. Its facade mimics the majestic mountains in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, where it stands. 

Kelly McAdam stands in front of a variety of her works, including: oil on canvas, charcoal, acrylic, band, chalk pastel and ebony pencil. 


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The students’ art is amazingly mature and eclectic with self portraits and landscapes, still lifes and mosaic art. The show is a treat for any art lover to see and it is a free museum.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...