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CVA Gallery to Honor Brookdale Students, Alumni

The CVA Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 26 for its newest exhibition “Monmouth County Artists: Before, During and After Brookdale.”

The show, on display through March 31, pairs the work of current Brookdale students with notable alumni who are now accomplished members of Monmouth County’s professional arts community.

Featured artists include Bob and Liz McKay, who first met in a Brookdale graphic design class and have since established a thriving imaging business and popular art gallery in Red Bank. Examples of the McKay’s striking photography will be displayed alongside the beautiful ceramic work of Brookdale graduates Linda Keleigh, Gloria Singer and Greg La Placa.

Doreen Bussey, an interior designer and contributor to Meridian Healthcare’s popular Paint the Town Pink campaign, will showcase some of the installations she created for Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention.

The CVA Gallery's new exhibit features everything from paintings to designer skateboards.

The CVA Gallery’s new exhibit features everything from paintings to designer skateboards.

“I remember sitting in [interior design Professor] Patty Blaser’s classroom as she discussed the psychological effect of color. That lecture made a big impact on me,” Bussey said. “When I designed these installations I used a very intense and jubilant pink hue that really made a big splash. When patients at these hospitals were wheeled on gurneys on their way to their surgeries, I saw several of them actually sit up in response to seeing that color on the wall.”

The exhibit will even feature photos of previous Brookdale art exhibits, taken by prominent designer Stan Cain back when he was a student in the 1970’s.

“I took every photography course Brookdale offered,” Cain said. “I was involved in the Photo Club, was published in the Collage magazine, and loved the 4 x 5 camera. I was even the Stall’s student advisor for a couple of years.”

Also on display are a wide range of brilliantly colored, custom-designed skateboards and clothing; 3-D Printed sculptures; original, hand drawn, digitally animated designs; architectural models; striking paintings, photographs, drawings, and printed designs featuring outreach projects by Brookdale’s Interior Design students.

From March 16 to 19 the exhibit will expand to include works by selected young artists featured in this year’s Teen Arts Festival, during which time it will become a private exhibition. The exhibit will re-open to the public on March 23 and remain on view through March 31. It is free and open to all.

The opening reception will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 26. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

For more information call Professor Marie Maber at 732-224-2881 or email mmaber@brookdalecc.edu.

“Monmouth County Artists: Before, During and After Brookdale” is co-sponsored by the Brookdale Alumni Association and the Brookdale Art Society.

Check out more photos of the exhibit here.