Asbury Park Boardwalk, an historic promenade along the waterfront at the Jersey Shore and a focal point of Asbury Park’s thriving arts and music community, has released the first seven in a series of unique photographs called “Art Lives Here” that showcase the very real connection between Madison Marquette, Asbury Park Boardwalk’s developer, and the creative community. Carefully reimagined by renowned New Jersey photographer Mike McLaughlin, each portrait is based on a classic work of art, yet infused with an eclectic Asbury Park style all its own. Each of the 48 x 72-inch portraits in the collection will soon be on display in the Asbury Park Boardwalk Casino pass-through. To view or download copies of the portraits now, visit: http://ow.ly/ZCHc30piwDt.
From music to murals, mixology, gastronomy and tattoos, the city of Asbury Park is no stranger to the arts. A picturesque seaside community, Asbury Park is very proud of its cultural heritage, which includes incredible architectural wonders like the Boardwalk’s Convention Hall designed by the same architects who masterfully planned New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Along the waterfront, the renowned Asbury Park Boardwalk has become a place where fantastic food, eclectic boutiques, family fun and a colorful nightlife are enhanced by one of the most immersive live music scenes in the world. Today, the Asbury Park Boardwalk has become known as a place where creators, artists and disruptors from every walk of life can come together and feel perfectly at home.
Featuring several of this artistic boardwalk’s most dynamic citizens, the new “Art Lives Here” series of fantastical photographs is intended to honor some of the people that have made the Asbury Park Boardwalk such a magical place. The series creatively re-imagines timeless pieces of art with an Asbury Park flair that flawlessly and timelessly captures each person’s unique persona.
Featured in the portraits are local citizens tied to the Boardwalk in different ways. Each unforgettable portrait depicts these local leaders as if they had been the subject of famous works of art from the past. The first seven portraits in the series include:
- Jason Dermer: Asbury Park Boardwalk Technical Director and owner of Asbury Audio; Dermer’s portrait is modeled after Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”
- Jenn Hampton and Porkchop: Hampton is an arts and music curator, co-director and co-curator of Parlor Gallery and the Wooden Walls Project and Porkchop is a multi-disciplinary artist; their shared portrait is modeled after Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
- Russell Lewis: Owner of Watermark; Lewis’ portrait is modeled after René Magritte’s “The Son of Man.”
- Shannon Moran: Tattoo artist and co-founder of the Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival; Moran’s portrait is modeled after Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With Pearl Earring.”
- Marilyn Schlossbach and Scott Szegeski: Schlossbach is a restaurateur, chef and humanitarian who runs a nonprofit food truck called Food For Thought By the Sea, Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Asbury Park Yacht Club and Marilyn Schlossbach Catering and Events; Szegeski is an artist specializing in surfboard printing; this husband-and-wife team’s shared portrait is modeled after Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want.”
- Angie Sugrim: Asbury Park Boardwalk Venue Marketing Coordinator, co-curator of the Asbury Park Boardwalk Wooden Walls Project, and a local musician; Sugrim’s portrait is modeled after Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
- Tim Donnelly: Founder/Partner Sea.Hear.Now Festival and Producer/Asbury Park Music + Film Festival; Donnelly’s portrait is modeled after Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear.”
The portraits, which include Asbury Park Boardwalk tenants, Madison Marquette team members, and event and arts leaders from the community, clearly demonstrate the Boardwalk’s comfortable and connected feeling as well as the unexpected twist that exemplifies the Asbury Park way.
“At the Asbury Park Boardwalk, it’s the people that make the community,” DeBoer says. “People from all walks of life – from renowned performing artists like Bruce Springsteen to ordinary citizens – all spend time together as if they had known each other for years. It’s like no other destination. Everyone feels welcome, comfortable and relaxed here, something which makes it impossible to compare the Asbury Park Boardwalk to any other place on earth.”
ABOUT ASBURY PARK BOARDWALK
The Asbury Park Boardwalk is an historic promenade along the waterfront in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A focal point of Asbury Park’s thriving arts and music community, the iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk features 320,000 square feet of the world’s most unique shopping, dining and entertainment venues and has become one of the 21st century’s best-known resort destinations. Owned and managed by Madison Marquette, a leading real estate investor, developer and service provider, the Asbury Park Boardwalk, which has been named “Best Boardwalk in America” by BELLA Magazine, is just 50 minutes from New York City via the Lincoln Tunnel or a one-hour car ride from Philadelphia. With the waves breaking along the Jersey Shore, the Asbury Park Boardwalk provides the perfect backdrop for legendary music venues like The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, and the Wonder Bar, a nightclub and grill that has a stellar reputation for music as well as its famed Yappy Hour where dogs are as welcome as people. Palate-pleasing restaurants housed in architecturally significant buildings range from the upscale environment of Tim McLoone’s Supper Club to the nautically themed Iron Whale and gourmet hot dogs at Tower Dogs. For more information, visit apboardwalk.com or follow the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT MADISON MARQUETTE
Madison Marquette merged operations with PMRG in June 2018 to create a new leader in commercial real estate. The firm offers PMRG’s leasing, property management, investment management and development services, combined with Madison Marquette’s specialized development, investment and marketing expertise. Madison Marquette’s strength in retail and mixed-use assets joins PMRG’s office, medical, industrial and multi-family capabilities to provide national leadership across asset classes. PMRG’s dominance in the southern US combines with Madison Marquette’s presence in primary gateway markets on both coasts to serve the top institutional owners and investors in the industry. The company provides leasing and management services to a diverse portfolio of 330 assets in 24 states and manages an investment portfolio valued at over $6 billion. The combined company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a major presence in Houston, and will be transitioning to the Madison Marquette brand in the fourth quarter of 2018. With 600 professionals in 13 regional markets, the merged firm is a member of the Capital Guidance group of companies. For additional information about Madison Marquette, visit www.madisonmarquette.com.