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.
The exhibition will last from November 4 through January 1, 2017.
“The Oyster Point Hotel brings talented artists to a broader audience, hopefully widening the appeal of art beyond galleries and museums. I am trying to expose fine art to more people by carefully curating exhibitions at unusual art venues.” Gerda Liebmann, curator.
David French (born 1965, England) lives and works in NJ. He has been exhibiting artwork professionally since 1987. He had the opportunity to pursue his love of visual art at Carnegie-Mellon University and Vermont College of Fine Art. He further was mentored by D.C. based color-field artist Sam Gilliam and NYC artist/writer Mira Schor.
David French: “I was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. Today I am cancer free. This painful experience profoundly shaped me as an individual and as an artist. This event informs my artwork today. I do not try to represent those moments I had, but I find myself creating imagery in order to make sense of things that have occurred, or, I wish to occur, to come to terms with the unknown. I choose to work with oil paint primarily, because of its fluid, fleshy, visceral and organic quality, that are not unlike the body. The painting surface is a skin, the illusory depth a body in space.”
“In my Triad color painting series I am most interested in staging a celebratory and investigative relationship between the essential parts of painting and me the artist. The essential painters’ toolbox consists, primarily speaking, of the flat surface, red, yellow, blue and white. I think of my interaction with these basic materials as a collaborator. I equate my action to those tool box components. Everything contributes proportionally. By working in a manner where I do not represent something, I touch on the very essence of painting.”
The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held
Thursday, November 10th from 7-9 pm
146 Bodman Place, Red Bank
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.