Art students reunite in Red Bank exhibition after 40-year hiatus

RED BANK – On Aug. 28, the exhibition “Seasons: New Work by Lou Storey and Eileen Kennedy” will open at Red Bank Frameworks, 135 Monmouth St.

The show will feature three-dimensional mandalas of cast resin and acrylic paint by Long Branch artist Lou Storey, and egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings by Eileen Kennedy of Middletown.

There will be a Zoom opening at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The show runs through November, according to a press release.

A milestone for the artists, this is their first show together since they showed at the Brooklyn Museum in 1980 in Brooklyn Abstract Artists.

Little did they think when they were both students at Pratt Institute that more than 40 years later they would still be friends, much less be exhibiting together, according to the press release.

In 2019, Kennedy was working on a series of paintings and drawings that explored the four seasons as she experienced them growing up in and around Red Bank. She wanted to mount an exhibition when the series was completed, but felt it would not be enough work for a solo show.

She went to see Storey’s solo exhibition at the Art Garage in Atlantic City and noticed that many of his new works dealt with the passage of time, night and day, and other natural phenomena.

Kennedy asked Storey if he had eight to 10 pieces related to the changing seasons for a two-person show. He said yes and then proceeded to create a new series inspired by the ancient myth of Persephone and how the seasons came to be, according to the press release.

The show was originally scheduled to open on April 3, however, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic had other things in mind.

Now that Red Bank Frameworks is once again open at the capacity permitted by state authorities, owner Steve McMillion and the two artists agreed they wanted to proceed with the show. It will kick off with a Zoom opening on Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Once the show has opened, individuals and small groups will be able to see the show in person (with face coverings), Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artists plan to offer additional on-line talks and demonstrations throughout the course of the exhibition, according to the press release.

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