FREEHOLD, NJ – The Freehold Art Gallery brought the downtown district to new heights Saturday when Mayor Nolan Higgins and members of Council cut the ribbon to officially open the second floor art gallery at 7-A West Main Street.

Curator Jilltrude Barba and Proprietor Jeffrey J. Friedman cut the ribbon along with Higgins, and councilmember’s Sharon Schutzer, Ronald Griffiths, and George Schnurr and led the dozens of visitors attending the ceremony into the main and central galleries of the Gallery. Located upstairs in the former JJ Newbery building, the Gallery set as its mission an open space to feature all media of art from both emerging and established local artists, from around the world to prints, historic maps, photographs, documents and other unique pieces.

“I’m so happy to see so many people here to be part of this fresh new approach to recognize the historic significance of Freehold, “ Friedman said, in greeting members of the Freehold Historic Preservation Commission and members of the Freehold Art Society. “The borough is unequalled in the role it plays in the history of Monmouth County, and the Art Society is vibrant with the creativity it is bringing to the borough, our Gallery is the perfect meeting place for all genre and all interests that focus as Freehold as a unique community,” Friedman said.  

The new Gallery has three show spaces in its Gallery, blending the traditional 19th century salons styles inherent to the space with the needs of a contemporary art gallery, creating an elegant but modern atmosphere for artists to display their work and for visitors to host small events or functions which a background that includes art, history, and a view of the main business district and a reception hall with documents, framing displays and even DCs of local musicians.

“We see the Gallery as a hub for the artistic community of our borough and beyond,” Barba said, “as well as a gathering spot for the community as a whole.”

Although the Gallery is open for residents to view the variety of talent displayed by 28 different artists, who are exhibiting there in oils, pastels, mixed media, photography and sculptures, it also offers many of the artworks for sale at prices ranging from $100 to $3500, Friedman said. Historic prints on display date back to the 19th century, and focus on Freehold’s business districts and family names that are part of history and still modern day contributions to Freehold.

The Freehold Art Gallery is open Wed through Sunfrom noon to 2pm and 6 to 9pm by appointment or for private event rental. It is also available for special exhibits by special request. Further information is available at or by calling 908-614-6195.

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