José A. Arvelo is the second artist to be featured in the burgeoning collaboration between Ellen Martin, Curator at the Oyster Point Hotel, and Kelly Sheppard, Owner of Eastside Bodyworks in Red Bank. José’s assemblages in reclaimed wood are colorful and unforgettable. Once he starts putting together a work, most of the individual pieces of wood are painted, but others are left natural. Most are large, but for this show, he has included a number of works under $100. José has been doing this style of work since he arrived in the US from Venezuela six years ago. “All my pieces are made with reclaimed wood, picked up from the streets. They were once a crate, a box, a piece of furniture or even a house. All of them were once a tree, that´s why I treat them with the respect they deserve,” says Jose of his work. He recently had a two-person show with Ericka Bruno at Red Bank Frameworks and he shows regularly at Warburton Galerie in Yonkers. Many of you know Jose as the Owner of the Town & Surf diner in Atlantic Highlands where you can see his work when it’s not on exhibit. “When I started taking Pilates classes with Kelly I noticed she had art on the wall. I asked her if she was open to changing the art on the wall and if I could bring some new artists in. She immediately said ‘yes’ and we had a very successful first exhibit with Dawn DiCiccio’s work. It’s a great alternative art space,” says Ellen. “I love meeting the artists, and love the energy and excitement these exhibits bring to the space. It’s also fun for my clients,” adds Kelly. “Arvelo: New Work” opens Thursday, May 2nd from 5 �" 7 at Eastside Bodyworks at 21 Mechanic Street, Red Bank, NJ. Please call 732-747-1745 for regular hours or to arrange a private showing.
Thursday - May 02, 2019
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