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


Jack’s painting of Flag Day in Edgewater greets visitors to the Ocean-Monmouth DEA office.  Flag Day this year was Tuesday, June 14, 2022.


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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Jack Bredin. “The Fishing Pier in September.” ©  Photograph by Rob Bredin.  Special to Blogfinger.net.





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Intricate use of multiple colors can be difficult. Click to enlarge.


Home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Ocean Grove , just painted,  used new historic red and bright yellow from Benjamin Moore.   Blogfinger photo ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @blogfinger

Major paint manufacturers offer color charts that are called “historic Victorian.”  The HPC in Ocean Grove seems to pay heed mostly to the Benjamin Moore company. Choices from the historic charts of other companies might get rejected at the HPC. Perhaps you have wondered about the purple house as you enter the Grove.   That was an approved color, but evidently the HPC later said that it was a mistake.

Those of you who have wrestled with color decisions for your OG home know that there are a wide array of choices, but perhaps you don’t know that the paint companies are always adding new colors.

A lot of the paint company decisions are based on archeological information. The chemical makeup of historic home colors used in the 19th century  resulted in a limited choice, but now you can get many approved colors available in latex paints.

Some homeowners use 14 or more different colors. Of course that sort of paint job can be expensive.

Delicate painting of decorative trim requires a steady hand and a bucket loader. 113 Mt. Hermon Way. Blogfinger photo .  Joan  Corbo painter. Click to enlarge.


Some people think of the San Francisco “painted ladies” when they think of Victorian colors, but, as Ocean Grove designer J. Cortese has said, the “new  look” are darker hues. And we have learned that the “painted ladies”  pastels would not be approved in the Grove.

33 Main Avenue design by J. Cortese. Blogfinger photo ©


The quote below is from a 2015 Blogfinger post.

“This purple house (above) is at 33 Main Avenue.   Some people love the colors while others hate them.  We spoke to J. Cortese about this restoration project which he designed, color consulted and construction managed. J. uses historic colors, but he also enjoys the unexpected, changing over recently to darker “rich” colors in the Grove.  He says that all his colors are approved and chosen from historic color charts. He thinks that darker colors are “more historic.” 

Yellow seems to be more popular recently.  Some of you are familial with the spectacular restoration at the Founders Park end of Seaview Avenue  (26 Lake Avenue, a yellow Bersheeba Award winner).  Link below:

BF post on spectacular yellow home

And then there are colors which most people in town don’t like, but either they were done that way without permission, or the HPC made a mistake. Do you think that the Mary’s’ Place blue color  (see below) ought to be considered historic?  Is a blue roof historic?  Does the HPC practice favoritism?

And do you recall the orange house on Mt. Hermon Way?  That owner went ahead with it even though that orange is not historic. The owner argued that 19th century homeowners were allowed to pick any colors they wanted —–the palette was very limited;—-all the colors then were dreary. So the orange house owner said that our modern choices should also be whatever we want. And, she argued, that the  orange house would make her happy, so how about the “pursuit of happiness” promised  in our Declaration of Independence–definitely some colorful patriotic reasoning.


Mary’s Place. 12/15.   Main Avenue Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo. Is the blue roof OK? The other blue on the siding  looks darker now.  Blogfinger photo 12/15. ©


KEITH URBAN with a song about the color blue—“Blue Ain’t Your Color”  (This song was nominated for two 2017 Grammy awards.)




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Over the rainbow. Ocean Grove by Moe Demby. February 5, 2016. © Blogfinger staff.

Over the rainbow.  Ocean Grove by Moe Demby.  Blogfinger staff.  February 5, 2016.




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Janet Whritner in Firemen's Park where she is painting the town red, and other colors too. Her subjects are two adjacent Victorian cottages on Mt. Hermon Way. Paul Goldfinger photo © 7/15/16

Janet Whritner in Firemen’s Park where she is painting the town red, and other colors too. Her subjects are two adjacent Victorian cottages on Mt. Hermon Way. Paul Goldfinger photo © 7/15/16  Re-post.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor of all things artsy @Blogfinger


“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 enjoying reality.  It should give the finished work a more “au naturel” look.

This Friday, July 15, 2016, 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.

In summer  they may 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:

En plein air artists set up at the feet of Stokes


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.

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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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“A Snowy Day” by Jack Bredin. November, 2020. Special to Blogfinger.net.




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‘Moe”…a pastel by Ocean Grove artist MaryLou Shipman. November, 2020. Special to Blogfinger.net


MaryLou is an artist whose work painting Ocean Grove cats is well known to us.  Some call her the “Cat Lady.”      You can plug her name into our search box above right.

So, we were surprised when MaryLou sent us this pastel of a dog named “Moe.”  She completed this work in 2020.   We have a photographer on Blogfinger named Moe, and I had an uncle Moe.   And there was a show years ago called  “5 Guys Named Moe.”  And then there was a haircut: the Moe Hawk.

We enjoy posting the work of OG artists.

Thank you MaryLou for this work which captures the spirit of Moe.

MaryLou accepts commission work. Contact at marylship@yahoo.com.



HARRY NILSSON     “The Puppy Song.”   From the album Harry.

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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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Ocean Grove 2005. We need more events like this. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove 2005. We need more events like this. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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