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Flag Day Ocean Grove by Jack Bredin. October, 2020. ©

DICK HYMAN, IVAN DAVIS AND MAURICE PERESS:  “Whispering.”   From The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue. Paul Whiteman’s Historic  Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924.  Aeolian Hall was a 1100 seat concert venue in mid-town Manhattan.  It closed in 1926.

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“Jean’s Kitchen” by Jack Bredin. May, 2020. Ocean Grove. Photograph by Rob Bredin.

 

Julia Child’s kitchen is in the Smithsonian, but to Jack, friends and family of Jean, this kitchen, on Heck Avenue is a gourmet’s delight.  Jack works at home, so he didn’t need to travel far for his model.

This is more than a painting of a room.  Jean is there, and Jack has placed some clues to his existence as her best customer:  his glasses and his tush pillow.  We also see other signs of life in the Bredin house: plants, flowers and the cat.

And as a further tribute to Jean, Jack rolled back the years for his sweet partner and cook.

 

FRANK SINATRA  with a tribute to Jean Bredin:

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Jack Bredin painting. Twilight in the Grove. Main Ave. looking west.  Ocean Grove. 2020.  Photograph by Rob Bredin. ©   Click to enlarge.

 

KATE HAVNEVIK  from the Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs.

 

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Asbury Train Station by Jack Bredin, Ocean Grove artist. Special to Blogfinger. Photograph by Rob Bredin. © Click to enlarge

 

And here’s Jack singing the Freight Train Blues:

(actually it’s Roy Acuff)

 

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“Houses on Heck Avenue” Ocean Grove, NJ. By Jack Bredin, 2019. © Photograph by Rob Bredin.

 

NIGHTHAWKS  “Cheek to Cheek.”  With Vince Giordano, vocalist.

 

 

 

 

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View of OG looking north. Ocean Grove artist Jack Bredin. ©  July 2019 © Click on image to enlarge.  Photo of the painting by Rob Bredin.

 

ARTIE SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA  “Moonglow”

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“Heck Avenue” by Jack Bredin of Ocean Grove, NJ. Special to Blogfinger. Jan 1, 2019. Photo by Rob Bredin.

 

COLE PORTER WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS:

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Ocean Grove Fishing Club. 2012. Jack Bredin.© Photograph by Rob Bredin. Click to enlarge both paintings.

 

 

“Indian Summer” 2018. By Jack Bredin. Photograph by Rob Bredin. ©

 

LINDA RONSTADT   from the Mambo Kings:

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“AURORA” Goddess of the Dawn by Ocean Grove artist Jack Bredin. ©  Click to enlarge.  August, 2018.   Photo of the painting by Rob Bredin.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Jack Bredin decided years ago to paint the historic Aurora Hotel.  This year he finally completed the project.  Jack usually begins by photographing his subject, and when he was doing that, he saw a woman watering her lawn near the Aurora.  It turns out that she is the owner of that house, and she gave Jack permission to use her in his painting.  The dog walker also was present on the day of the photographs and he also gave permission.

The historic Angel of Victory statue  is depicted at the lower right corner.  Jack has used the famous statue in other paintings.  Here is a BF link by Kathy Arlt regarding the Angel:

Angel of Victory

Jack works in oil on canvas, and his paintings often contain historic and current references.  For example, Jack always admired the giant American flag hung from the Aurora  at times such as the 4th of July.  But the flag obscured many details, so Jack placed bunting instead.

The vacant North End is readily seen.  Someday much of what Jack shows here will be considered historic   For example, the “White Whale” building near the upper right hand corner, will probably be demolished in the future.  And the glorious views currently available to all at the North End will be blocked by a commercialized OG North End  (aka “South Asbury Park.”)

Wonderful Victorian homes are shown in the foreground, but looming behind, like some prehistoric monster, is a condominium building, the sort of place that mars the views in the Grove.

Jack insists on accuracy in his paintings, while taking some minor liberties.   For example, the girl on the bike is a Heck Avenue neighbor named Jackie.  And the Aurora, the symbol of the Greek Goddess of dawn, will be converted into 4 condos if the out-of-town interlopers get their way,  with the gears greased by the feckless HPC  (def: lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.) and the out-of-town, don’t-give-a crap Committee.

It should be noted that although Jack’s work might stimulate  political discussions, he never mixes art and politics.

You also can see that Jack has frozen the time of his subject by including the 16 story Asbury skyscraper currently going up near the ocean.   You can see the giant crane on top. What effect will that huge building have on life in the Grove?

 

STEVE HOLY:

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“Tent Village” Ocean Grove, oil on canvas by Jack Bredin. Photograph by Rob Bredin. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

The tents are arrayed around the Great Auditorium in  summer.  Those who stay in the tents are part of a unique community within a community.

For this oil painting, Jack was inspired by the peacefulness that prevails there, especially late in the afternoon, towards dusk.

Here is link to a Blogfinger video clip that captures that sense of place and peace. You can hear the Hope-Jones organ playing quietly in the background. Children enjoy the Village and roam about fearlessly.

Tent Village Blogfinger video clip

Jack Bredin’s paintings are always  on exhibit at the Ocean Park Gallery on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

EVA CASSIDY:

 

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