RED BANK, NJ - After three successful Art Walks in 2012, the Red Bank Art Walk is stepping up its efforts in 2013 to expand the event while continuing to provide a high quality art viewing experience. The next Red Bank Art Walk is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013, from 6:00 - 10:00 PM. Over 15 venues are expected to participate.
Last year saw the return of the Red Bank Art Walk, which had been dormant for a number of years. Three Art Walks held in May, August and November were very successful and a committee is working toward making the May 17th event even better. The events offered residents and visitors an opportunity to embark on a self-guided walking tour and experience the original artwork exhibited throughout Red Bank. To organize and promote the Red Bank Art Walk, a small group of art professionals was formed which currently includes Robert Langdon of Gallery U, Gerda Liebmann of Gallery 135, artist and Visual Arts Blogger for the Monmouth County Arts Council Ellen Martin, Elaine Shor of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, and Jay Sullivan of Studio 25.
A number of Red Bank businesses, who typically do not exhibit artwork, saw the importance of The Red Bank Art Walk and expressed interest in participating in upcoming events. The committee has invited a select number of businesses to participate in the May 17th event by holding an exhibition at their location. Curators will be matched with each business and will select the artists in conjunction with the venue. Keeping quality high while expanding the Red Bank Art Walk is one of the committeeʼs highest priorities and providing curators and artists to exhibiting businesses is just one strategy. In addition, the committee will work with participating venues to help promote the individual exhibitions they have planned for the evening of the Red Bank Art Walk.
To further involve the community, the committee is working closely with students of Brookdale Community Collegeʼs THINK Design Society in creating graphic materials that will be used to represent the event. A poster image for the May Red Bank Art Walk and a logo that will represent this, and subsequent Red Bank Art Walks, is being created by students Evan Eastmond, Martynas Siuksta and Loriann Yee under the guidance of adjunct professor Mona Pollard.
Maximizing and improving the experience for attendees of the Red Bank Art Walk is one of the main missions of the committee. Maps will be available throughout town and on-line that list all participating venues coded by the style of art they exhibit. If you are looking for a more traditional art viewing experience, a more contemporary art viewing experience, or a little of both, there will be a path laid out to follow. Attendees can embark on a self-guided tour by using the provided maps, or take part in a tour guided by artists, which will be conducted at regular intervals throughout Red Bank.
Through the Red Bank Art Walk, local residents and visitors will experience a greater appreciation for the visual arts and learn why Red Bank received its moniker Hip City.