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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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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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“Maria Thornley’s Tent” by Ocean Grove artist Jack Bredin. Photograph by Rob Bredin. 4/23/17. ©

Jack has introduced his work before on Blogfinger.net. You can type his name into the search box on top of this page to see more about this fine local painter.
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THE URI CAINE ENSEMBLE  (Live):

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"Polar Bear Plunge" by Jack Bredin. Asbury Park, NJ. Jan. 1, 2017 © Photograph of painting by Robert Bredin

“Polar Bear Plunge” by Jack Bredin. Asbury Park, NJ. Jan. 1, 2017 ©
Photograph of painting by Robert Bredin.

SAM BROVERMAN:

 

 

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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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Jack Bredin at art show in Auditorium Square Park, 2012. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Jack Bredin at art show in Auditorium Square Park, 2012. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net  Click to see Jack’s local point of view.

In case you think that Jack Bredin spends all his time researching Municipal Land Use Law, Jack’s true infatuation is with art. He works at home, although he does have a private area that is his studio.  His paintings are on permanent exhibit around town including over at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s national headquarters on Pitman Avenue.   Lately he has been focusing on some of the scenery on Main Avenue.

Here’s a link to a piece we wrote about his artistry when he was commissioned to paint Vicki’s roof:   https://blogfinger.net/2015/11/28/annual-doll-house-show-opens-today-with-a-special-roof-top-attraction/

 

BEACH BOYS

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Up on the roof with Jack Bredin, artist. OGHOA Doll House Show, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Up on the roof with Jack Bredin, artist. Historical Society of Ocean Grove  Doll House Show, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  click to see the details.

Jack Bredin has been an artist since he was a kid.  It was always an avocation for him, and his fanciful paintings of Ocean Grove hang in a variety of locations around town. You can see some of his work  on display at the Camp Meeting Association headquarters on Pitman Avenue at Pilgrim Pathway (3 paintings) and at Grove Hall (one painting)

The Ocean Park Gallery on Cookman Avenue in A. Park is showing about ten of his works, and they are for sale.

A few months ago Jack accepted a request from Vicki Bacolo, the one-woman dynamo who every year creates the Doll  House Show at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove Museum.  She brought a doll house to Jack and asked him to create an Ocean Grove scene on the roof.

Jack went to work creating that painting in his kitchen. I saw him at work, and he seemed to relish the assignment.  The result is seen above.

But if you want Jack to paint your roof or your wagon, fuhgetaboutit.  He almost never takes requests.

CAROLE KING and JAMES TAYLOR   ( From the album  Live at the Troubadour)

 

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