RONALD NALDI performing “Mattinata” from his album Torn A Surriento–Neopolitan Songs and Romances
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From Ocean Grove artist Marylou Shipman:
“Hello Paul…Back in November I was taking my daily walk for coffee when I spotted the purr-fect photo-op right outside of Blogfinger headquarters. There, perched atop your beautiful porch railing, was Jack the cat from Mt. Tabor Way. He made my job easy…more than willing to sit while I snapped several shots, trying to get the composition just right for my watercolor painting. This is a rare event, as you can imagine because the typical cat will not hold a pose if he does not want to. Perhaps Jack was waiting patiently for that next big OG news story to come in.”
Editor’s note: (Paul @Blogfinger) We are privileged at Blogfinger to be able to exhibit Marylou Shipman’s series of cat paintings. Aside from her great technical skill, Marylou has created a rogues gallery of actual cats who are also Grovers. She observes their personalities and captures their individualities.
As for Jack Sprat, “The Jack Sprat alluded to in this English poem is reputed to be King Charles I (1625-1649) and Henrietta Maria, his Queen (1609-1669).” (From the history book of nursery rhymes.)
Marylou’s cats remind me of the Broadway show “Cats” where each cast member is unique.
Here is the most famous song from the show Cats: “Memory” (not memories). This version is from the original Broadway cast album.
By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.
Jack Bredin is a well known artist who specializes in scenes of Ocean Grove. His work is on display at the Ocean Park Gallery on Cookman Avenue in Asbury park. Here is a link to another recent work of Jack’s from this past summer:
The SS Morro Castle was an ocean liner in the 1930’s. It ran back and forth between New York City and Havana. On September 8, 1934, during a return trip from Cuba with 571 passengers and crew on board, the ship caught fire about 8 miles off Long Beach Island. Very quickly it became enveloped by the flames. The crew was ill prepared for a shipboard fire, and many people jumped into the water. In the end, about 137 people died of drowning or fire. Some bodies floated ashore at Pt. Pleasant and Manasquan.
After the ship was empty, an attempt was made to tow it away, but it drifted loose and went aground near Convention Hall in Asbury Park. It stayed there for about 6 months where it was a tourist attraction. Then it was towed away and scrapped.
Jack Bredin’s folk-painting style is to add a bit of poetic license to his works, so the facts may not be exactly correct—thus the ship burning off Asbury Park.
Here is a video which is quite interesting:
The Morro Castle was returning from Cuba, so here is a sample of the sort of music that the band on the ship might have played on that fateful night:
DON AZPIAZU and the HAVANA CASINO ORCHESTRA
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Blogfinger reporter Stephen Goldfinger wandered over to the recently renovated Carousel Building where he found skateboarders airborn as a new purpose has been found for that historic beaux arts building.
Stephen says, ” Last night (Saturday 11/12/16)) – kids skateboarding at the carousel – it has a big speaker system that was blasting rock music while they skated.”
The Carousel Building was built with the Casino in 1932, designed by Warren and Wetmore, the beaux art architects who also were responsible for Grand Central Station in NYC. The carousel, #87 built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company functioned for 50 years before being taken down.
We have been to farmers markets there in recent times, and some theatrical events have been presented as well. But the Asbury developers probably have some long-term plans for the building. Meanwhile, go and watch those daring young men on their flying machines.
BILL SCHUSTIK with a 19th century sad song for this occasion (we’ll skip the “blasting rock music”:)
*Here is a link to the article about Jack Green IV’s Carousel painting:
**And here is a link to the Bob Bowné piece which has a song from the show Carousel and a quote from The Fantasticks;
MINNIE DRIVER “Ruby Adeline.”
Jack Bredin has been interpreting scenes of Ocean Grove on a regular basis. His unique and creative take on our town is making him famous as a Jersey Shore artist. His work is on permanent exhibit at the Ocean Park Gallery on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. Jack’s paintings are best described as “folk art.”
Here is a link to our 2015 post about Jack’s work celebrating the success of the Together Campaign in the Grove:
Music for Jack by THE MIDNIGHT SERENADERS:
“En plein air” has been popular since the days of the Impressionists. The French thought of it, and that is why we say,”en plain air” instead of “open air.” The idea is that the artist experiences the actual conditions of light by setting up his (or her) easel and experiencing reality. It should give the finished work a more “au naturel” look.
This Friday, July 15, we found that art professor Norma Tolliver had brought an intermediate class of acrylics painters to Firemen’s Park. We spoke to Janet Whritner of Ocean Grove who was part of the group which had set up throughout the park. She says that she is at an intermediate level having taken some classes before. In fact we met “JW” last year when she and Beverly from Mt. Tabor Way had camped out at the feet of Rev. Stokes for the same sort of painting-in-fresh-air experience as now.
Norma is the artist-in-chief at the Main Avenue Galleria. Her art school provides a wide choice of classes including some for children.
On August 13, they will have a “paint around,” sort of like musical chairs where all the participants get to contribute at each canvas. Do they all sign the finished product? Can you imagine doing that while cooking, soloing on an oboe, or composing a symphony? But Norma must make it work—this will not be her first rodeo.
Below is a link to last year’s post:
So, when is the class over? When the light fades, of course. Then the class gets together for some close harmony below. Listen for Janet—the soprano; Beverly is the alto and Norma conducts with a brush in her hand. We do need a tenor–can someone lend us a tenor? Maybe Ron Naldi would join the group? And how about a bass? After all, it’s all about the bass.
Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainright, and the McGarrigle sisters.
From the artist MaryLou Shipman: Hello Paul…Happy Summer! Several months ago I saw a post on Blogfinger about a cat who was suspected to be lost or missing. His name is Baby Cat and he lives on Mt. Tabor. I love to take daily walks through town and I’m happy to say that I saw him in his usual spot yesterday, curled up on a neighbor’s porch chair across from his house. His name may sound familiar to you as it was not long ago that you posted my watercolor painting of Baby Cat.
I thought I would send you the most recent painting from my collection of Ocean Grove cats. This is “Ernie” enjoying a beautiful sunny day in the backyard.
TOMMY DORSEY: “You’re as Pretty as a Picture.”