On Saturday, September 6th, Toulouse Interiors opened its gallery doors to present the work of master printmaker and living legend, Carol Summers. Initially a painter, Summers was drawn to color blocking and the technique of woodblock printing which became his trademark. His bold, organic, large-scale woodblock prints are in the permanent collection of virtually every major museum in the world including MOMA, the Met, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, and in prestigious Kunstmuseums throughout Europe. The opening reception attracted an energetic crowd of locals who enjoyed wine and cheese while exploring Summers' beautiful body of work. The show will be open to the public through October 11th.
Asbury Park Unites to Support Local Businesses
On Thursday, June 12 from 4:30 – 9 pm, business owners, residents and tourists alike gathered at the 700 “Art Block” of Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park to celebrate local businesses. The Block Party opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the recent partnership and new Asbury Park office location for Jersey Shore At Anytime, Gold Mobile and Marshall, Jackson & Partners.
Toulouse Interiors joined the party with its own Elan Sullivan represented at a welcoming table. “I had the chance to talk about the work we do at Toulouse while meeting some really lovely people and still had time to try the delicious food,” said Sullivan. “It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with some other local business owners.”
A look-book featuring glimpses of Toulouse’s portfolio and elegantly crafted salt-water taffy giveaways captured the creative style of Toulouse Interiors and celebrated the classic Jersey Shore spirit of the event.
Jersey Shore At Anytime, an online marketplace created to promote small, local businesses, along with the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and AP Vibe, organized the Art Block Party.
This free event featured over 50 local merchants, live music, food, entertainment and a variety of giveaways. Art galleries and specialty stores were open, welcoming the public inside to explore the culture of Asbury Park.
The Where Music Lives Museum featured the opening of their “Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes Through the Lens of John Cavanaugh,” photo exhibit. Other attendees included Monmouth County Tourism, Monmouth County Arts, Monmouth County SPCA, The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Where Music Lives and Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, amongst many others.
With the effects of Hurricane Sandy still affecting the area, events like the Art Block Party show immense support for local businesses by connecting ties between merchants and consumers. Focusing on the community on a united front allows Asbury Park to benefit as a whole as the city’s restoration continues, and its rich, cultural history is preserved for generations to come.
Katie Hefflefinger is a local PA artist whose work will be for sale at Toulouse Interiors. Ms. Hefflefinger's ethereal watercolors are perfect for those who live by the beach, or for those who just want to dream of the sea. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of the art will benefit Asbury Park's Interfaith Neighbors, a wonderful non-profit organization that helps many of those who are most in need.