Monday, October 6th, 2008

Collide-A-Scope Coalition’s Goal -- Keep Art in Asbury Park

Being a part of the Asbury Park art and music community BandsOnABudget.com just wanted to do our part in spreading the word for this new series of events coming to the downtown.

For immediate release-- A number of local arts professionals and art advocates have united, donating their time and talents to form a coalition committed to preserving the arts scene for which Asbury Park is famous. The brainchild of this dedicated committee, Collide-A-Scope, is a once monthly celebration of the arts to take place in town. Targeting a more culturally minded audience than the one attracted by First Saturday and meant to be inclusive to anyone passionate about the arts, Collide-A-Scope will explode into Asbury on October 17th and is set to continue the third Friday of every month.

This event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and organized with the help of M Studio (www.mdidit.com) and The Arts Coalition of Asbury Park (www.artscap.org). Unlike the retail-driven First Saturdays, Collide-A-Scope’s goal is to educate people coming to Asbury Park on the local arts scene and ensure that art thrives in Asbury Park. Curator tours of galleries, led by ArtsCAP's Dennis Carroll (beginning at Crybaby Gallery at 7:00 p.m.) enable vistors to meet the artists and visit key art sites.

The first Collide-A-Scope evening on October 17th will include:
An ArtsCAP Wine Tasting at Mattison Park from 8:00-10:00 p.m. featuring an up-and-coming local artist and selected wine and cheeses. A $20 tax-deductible contribution gets you all the wine, art and culture you can imbibe.
The "Abstract Relationships" exhibit by Rumson Artist Claire Boren at the Apart gallery on Bangs.
Crybaby Gallery’s show featuring the work of top contemporary post-graffiti writers-- Ales "Bask" Hostomsky. Cookman Ave.
Double bill drama presentation of “Outrageous Dames: Women Behaving Badly and Madly” at The Stephen Crane House
The Gallery at 629 Cookman with a show called "This and That"
A talk by photographer Jason Meehan at Paranormal Curiosities on Cookman
Body painting in the front window of restaurant Plan B on Cookman
Jackie Chesley’s landscapes at The Paint Place
The Women’s Arts Festival’s showing of Move ‘N’ Art at Mattison Park
A video presentation. Location TBD.

The ultimate goal is to extend Collide-A-Scope to encompass more than just traditional art exhibits (meaning community art, spoken word, film, theater, music and dance). While the Collide-A-Scope committee is donating their time and services (everything from gallery space, to graphic design and web development) to the project, it still requires support. This exciting program is currently seeking sponsors for the first three Collide-A-Scope arts nights planned for through the end of 2008. To learn the benefits of sponsorship, contact Jenna Zilincar at 732.721.0890. To learn more about Collide-A-Scope, contact Brett Colby at 732.455.3060