Along the interior of The Oyster Point Hotel hang the photographs, paintings, and stories of some of our favorite local artists. Every two months someone new will have the chance to showcase their work on our walls. Each new artist will be introduced to the public with an Artist’s Opening Reception; the details of which will also be posted right here! We encourage fellow artists, enthusiasts, and collectors to pay us a visit, as the exhibits will be available to view at your leisure. You may access information on past exhibits HERE – ARTIST ARCHIVES.
A fine art collector shares his bounty
The collector of this fine art exhibit, Bill Ierardi, has been collecting art ever since his college years. He finds the art he likes in galleries, online, and by personal introductions of artists by other collectors and friends. All pieces shown in the Goddess Exhibit are from his personal art collection. “An inspiration to increase your own collection or – even start your own fine art collection”, says Gerda Liebmann.
The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 7th, 7-9 pm.
The Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place Red Bank, NJ
Please join us for complimentary wine and appetizers.
The exhibit will be open during hotel hours from September 7 until October 29.
All artwork will be for sale.
The Goddess Exhibit features ten original oil paintings by Iraqi artist Saadi Babely wiho creates a surreal mood by the use of the mythological flying figure of Ishtar, an ancient goddess of Babylon. The Goddess is shown in flight mirroring Babely’s flight as part of the Iraq Freedom Art Movement. This group of artists were forced underground to escape Saddam Hussien’s ruthless persecution of those involved in the arts. During this time two of Saadi Babely’s brothers were killed by the regime. Many of his paintings are framed with marks that are similar to hieroglyphs. Saadi Babely was born in Babylon, Iraq. Upon graduating from the University of Hartford, CT, Babely returned to Iraq where he exhibited and was a professor of art at Baghdad University. He exiled in 1999 to avoid the stark restrictions on contemporary art by the Ba’athist regime. He then lived and exhibited in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the USA. A catalog of his compelling life and work will be available at the front desk of The Oyster Point Hotel during the exhibit. As part of the Goddess Exhibit all buyers will receive copies of the scholarly exploration of Babely’s work written by Michael DeLucia while at Brown University. The other part of the Godesses Exhibit focuses on limited edition prints in various styles. All are beautifully framed. The different editions available consist of artists like Erte, a Russion-born French artist, called the father of Art Deco. His pieces evoke the roaring twenties. Three Chinese artists – Lu Hong, Ji Cheng, the master of the stained glass effect and Yamin Young And more! Thomas McKnight, Salvador Dali, Agam, Linnea Pergola, Anatoly Krasnyansky, Ancient Burmese Kalaga’s, Eric Sloane Seasons and others. Many artists dream of being discoverd by a gallery or a fine art collector. A vexing mystery surrounds art collectors and the first question artists often ask is “How do I find a fine art collector?” Followed by an agonizing “How can I show my work to them?” – Gerda Liebmann, The Oyster Point Hotel Gallery Curator
Gerda Liebmann will be curating exclusively for The Oyster Point’s exhibitions.
“I am excited to be part of The Oyster Point Hotel and it’s contemporary approach to art. It is a rare delight to have a hotel reach out to the art community in a serious way.”
Gerda Liebmann attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where she studied graphic design. She came to the United States in 1981 and founded International Print and Design, a studio specializing in design services for global high technology companies. After retiring from the company to raise her two sons, she shifted to the fine arts.
Gerda works primarily in encaustics, but also in large scale acrylics. She specializes in installation pieces that invite viewers to consider scriptural themes in new ways. Her work has been exhibited internationally in China, Austria and Germany and Switzerland. Recently, she has been working in digital photography and video as well, winning an award for her short video “A Line in the Sand” at the FilmOneFest.
She has curated exhibits in Red Bank at Gallery135 and in Hong Kong at the Culture Center.