The resort overlooks the Asbury Park beach and boardwalk, but this Labor Day weekend, the Asbury Ocean Club hopes to turn the eyes of beachgoers — and residents — to its brand new art gallery. .
The Foundation Room will open September 2 at the Asbury Ocean Club featuring works by 13-year-old artist Joe Whale, also known as The Doodle Boy. The 1,500 square foot space is launched in partnership with Rema Hort Mann Foundation founders Michael and Susan Hort and art consultant and foundation board member Emily Santangelo.
According to Asbury Ocean Club, the Horts and Santangelo, a resident of the seaside town, both have strong ties to Asbury Park. The couple will be hosting and donating their art for the Foundation Hall through October.
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Friday’s event marks the culmination of a five-year effort by the Horts to find a suitable space to house their collection for the public. “In Black & White” is the first US solo exhibition for The Doodle Boy, although many may be familiar with his colorless drawings, which have earned him opportunities with Nike, Scholastic Books and NBC’s talent show Little Big Shots. , for which he designed the decor.
The exhibit, which runs through October 31, also marks the first time that Whale’s original works will be offered for sale in the United States, with proceeds going to the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.
Renee Levin, famous for her larger-than-life seashell images, will also be featured as a guest artist.
The Foundation Hall opens to the public at 6 p.m. on September 2.