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Janet (L) and Bev from Ocean Grove. On the right is the pink lady from out of town .Paul Goldfinger photo ©. July 16, 2015

Janet (L) and Bev from Ocean Grove. On the right is Diane, the pink lady from Summit. .Paul Goldfinger photo ©. July 16, 2015.  Reposted from July, 2015. Blogfinger.net

 

Diane from Summit sits at the feet of Stokes who probably would have liked her in his congregation.

Diane from Summit sits at the feet of Stokes who probably would have liked her in his congregation. Bev holds her painting of the great man. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger.net

They were painting outdoors on a gorgeous  Jersey Shore day, right on Ocean Pathway by Rev. Stokes statue. Stokes probably would have liked this painting class in the Ocean Grove of 1870.  After all, the camp meeting idea included a variety of leisure activities.  In fact, Troy Messenger’s fascinating book is called “Holy Leisure: Recreation and Religion in God’s Square Mile.”

Norma Tolliver, of the Main Avenue Galleria, was conducting the class in the spirit of the French who invented “en plain air” painting—which means painting outdoors.

Janet, Bev and Diane were having a happy time being creative with their canvasses.  They could kibbitz with me while making their masterpieces.  It actually looked like fun.

BF article Main Ave. Galleria 2012    Click here to see a nice photo of Norma Tolliver, owner and artist-in-chief at the Main Avenue Galleria School of Art (732 988 1002) where you can take lessons, paint outdoors and even have wine and cheese during a painting event, in the spirit of Picasso who liked to drink when he met his artist friends, perhaps explaining his two headed, one eyed women subjects.      (You must see Midnight in Paris by Woody–you will meet Salvatore Dali and Hemingway in a left bank bar—not exactly en plain air; more like en stale air.)

DJANGO REINHARDT   “Body and Soul” 1938

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Tree Lighting Ceremony  ©  By Jack Bredin, Ocean Grove. Photograph by Rob Bredin.  Click image to enlarge it.  You may find some surprises.

 

ANGELA LANSBURY from Mame:

 

 

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Ocean Grove., New Jersey.   Paul Goldfinger © 2012

 

PEGGY LEE

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“A Cottage By the Sea” by Jack Bredin. This is an Ocean Grove scene, and Jack continues his series of paintings of our town. Photo by Rob Bredin. July, 2017.

Jack Bredin continues his series of Ocean Grove scenes.  His paintings of our town are famous, and lucky is the art lover who has one hanging in his home.

Editor’s note: You can feel the life of the seashore in this painting by Jack. The breezes are blowing the flag and the trees, and you can smell the ocean.   The young couple are perhaps planning their evening.  Maybe they will go to a dance. Do they still have dances? Well, let’s assume that they do, and he may approach others, but he wants to have the last dance with her; and then he’ll take her to Days for an ice cream soda.

And that’s where the cottage by the sea comes in, because he hopes to take her there, under the watchful eye of her parents, of course, and they’ll sit on the porch and maybe there will be some music in the air.  Which brings us to our song below:

PATRICK RIGUELLE AND JOHN TERRA  with a song made famous by the Drifters in 1960.

 

 

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“Romeo” by Marylou Shipman of Ocean Grove.© Special to Blogfinger.net 2017.

Hello Paul…

Happy Spring! It’s that time of year when I’m starting to see more of our feline friends hanging around outside and happy dogs walking with their people along the boardwalk. I thought I would send you my latest painting, Ocean Grove dog “Romeo”. Actually, I heard that Romeo has since moved to Asbury Park, however when I met him, he was an O.G. dog. I first saw him one day while I was walking past the Tumblety Gallery and saw his adorable face peeking out at me from inside.

He is a Brussels Griffon, one of my favorite dog breeds. I could not pass up the photo op even if it meant tempting a barking episode…which it did! Romeo’s owner, who was at the Gallery doing some renovation work, saw the commotion and asked if I would like to meet this funny fellow. You can imagine my joy when he opened the door and out came this happy, tail wagging little guy in a blue sweater. What a thrill!

 

KATE AND ANNA McGARRIGLE:

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Sue Gioulis, Ocean Grove artist and Blogfinger cartoonist. Portrait by Paul Goldfinger © April, 2017 on Main Avenue.  Click to make sue SUE.

 

From Sue Gioulis’ series of pen, ink, and watercolor scenes of Ocean Grove.

THE FIREBIRDS:

 

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Water color of Ocean Grove coffee shop on Main Avenue (destroyed  in 2015 fire).
From a series OG picture card scenes by Grover artist Sue Anderson Gioulis.

JULIE ANDREWS:  From Camelot:   Are we feeling lusty yet?

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Ronald Naldi in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger , undated. ©

Ronald Naldi 2011 BF post

 

RONALD NALDI performing “Mattinata” from his album Torn A Surriento–Neopolitan Songs and Romances

 

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SS Morro Castle on fire n 1934 off the Asbury Park shore. Painting by Jack Bredin, November 2016. © Photograph by Rob Bredin.

SS Morro Castle on fire in 1934 off the Asbury Park shore. Painting by Jack Bredin, November 2016. © Photograph by Rob Bredin.

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:

https://blogfinger.net/2016/07/19/artist-jack-bredin-the-auditorium-pavilion-in-ocean-grove-new-jersey/

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:

www.aphistoricalsociety.org/morro_castle.html

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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Skateboard venue in the Carousel Building. A. Park. 11/1216 By Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©

Skateboard venue in the Carousel Building. A. Park. 11/1216 By Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©

 

Ocean Grove artist Bob Bowné sent us this image of the Carousel Building in 2014. Special to Blogfinger ©

Ocean Grove artist Bob Bowné sent us this image of the Carousel Building in 2014. Special to Blogfinger © **

 

Ocean Grove artist Jack Green IV painted his impression of the Carousel Building posted on Blogfinger in 2014

Ocean Grove artist Jack Green IV painted his impression of the Carousel Building posted on Blogfinger in 2014. At the bottom of this article you will find a link about Jack’s painting. *

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:

https://blogfinger.net/2014/05/11/ocean-grove-artist-brings-the-carousel-house-to-life/

**And here is a link to the Bob Bowné piece which has a song from the show Carousel and a quote from The Fantasticks;

https://blogfinger.net/2014/01/30/life-is-a-colorful-carousel-from-the-fantasticks/

 

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