lisa ficarelli halpern self portrait with trappings

lisa ficarelli halpern self portrait with trappingsIMAGE: #SelfPortraitWithTrappings, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 48”, © 2014

RED BANK, NJ  – As you stroll through Red Bank this October, look up from your electronic device and cast a glance at the paintings of Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern in the windows of the Art Alliance Gallery at 33 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. The magnificent portrait paintings feature their subjects engaging with or ensnared by their own electronic entertainments.

After you’ve gazed a while, step inside the gallery. October’s show at the Art Alliance features the work of its members, selected by Ficarelli-Halpern from submissions in two categories, “All Seasons,” and “3D.”



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The exhibit will open on Saturday, October 4 with a reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. The show, including the window display, can be viewed through October 29.

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern has widely exhibited in numerous solo and group juried exhibitions, in venues including The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, The George Segal Gallery, and The Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey, the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery in New York. She was voted artist of the month by the Arts Guild of New Jersey in June of 2013. Her work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine Vol.10 and she has won numerous awards, including a 2006 Geraldine Dodge Fellowship. Prior to her fine art career, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern served as an executive designer for The Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, from 1985 to 1992, where she oversaw all aspects of home collection design most prominently in the areas of bedding and decorative fabrics. 

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.

Exhibitions at the Art Alliance change monthly. Six exhibitions a year are for members of the Art Alliance only. Three exhibitions, including the upcoming 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, are open to members and non-members. Every January, the Art Alliance hosts an invitational show, featuring work by notable area artists. During the summer months, the programming is open to artists selected by the Art Alliance’s curators who undertake their own shows.

Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $30 per year. 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.

The Art Alliance’s studio space, also at 33 Monmouth St., hosts classes and workshops for members and their children, and can be rented by members for group, class, personal, or event use, depending on availability.

For more information, visit the website at, or visit or call the gallery during operating hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., (732) 842-9403.

A non-profit organization, the programs of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County are made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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