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The Charles Sills Memorial Group Art Exhibit: Belonging

This exhibition is an exploration of how our community imagines and celebrates a collective vision of Belonging. Through art we can tell new stories and further important conversations that enrich our sense of community. These connections can help us transcend crises, empower and connect us. All of the art is the work of Monmouth Arts members, who represent the creative, vibrant spirit of Monmouth County. 


Monmouth Arts is pleased to be showcasing this year’s curated group exhibit in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery at Brookdale Community College. The exhibition was curated by Elisa Elorza, CVA Gallery Coordinator.

Exhibition Details

Exhibition Dates: November 11, 2022 - December 15, 2022

Opening Reception: November 11, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Join us to view the artwork and enjoy lite bites, wine, and live music.

Center for Visual Arts Gallery

Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft

Please note: Gallery hours will vary according to weekly programming. Please check the CVA Gallery page on the Brookdale website before you come. Additional hours may be available by appointment; for additional information please email Elisa Elorza at

Mondays 10 am - 2 pm, Tuesdays 9 am - 1pm, Thursdays 9 am - 3pm, Fridays 2 pm - 5pm

Exhibition Programming

We are pleased to present additional programming in conjunction with the Belonging exhibition. All events will be held at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery and are free and open to the public.


Artist Talk: Hear from a selection of Belonging artists during a guided conversation about process and inspiration: Barbara Russo, Justin DeMattico, Kate Eggleston, Louise Krasniewicz, Lori Oakes, and Judi Tavill.

Date: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Please note: This is a hybrid event; join us in person at the Gallery or via Zoom at this link:


"Your Work Has Been Accepted (or Not), Now What?" Join Amy Farris, David Levy, and Elisa Elorza for advice from jurors, artists, and curators on submitting your work to exhibitions.

Date: Monday, December 5, 2:00 - 3:00 PM


“The Paradoxes and Promises of Belonging: Community, Democracy, Universality, and Rights in Contemporary Political Philosophy” with Brookdale Professor William Ryan, Ph.D.  This presentation and guided discussion will engage the community in a conversation that complexifies notions of belonging, provides theoretical tools to analyze past and present sociological conditions, and instills hope by framing egalitarian images of belonging for the future.

Date: Monday, December 12, 5:00 PM

About Charles Sills

Now in its fifth year, the annual member group exhibit is being named The Charles Sills Memorial Group Art Exhibit. Dr. Charles Sills was a painter, sculptor, collector, and supporter of the arts. He retired from his role as the Chief of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in 2000. His work has been shown at many galleries in Monmouth County and he won awards from New York's Allied Artists of America as well as Knickerbocker Artists.

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In recognition of our 50th Anniversary, Monmouth Arts is reflecting on the journey we’ve been on over the past half-century as well as where we’re headed. Journey is a group exhibition to be held at Monmouth University’s Pollak Gallery. This exhibition will showcase works that express Journey as it relates to the artist’s experiences. Where have you been and where are you going? Contributing artists are all current members of Monmouth Arts. 

Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery

400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch

December 2, 2021 - January 27, 2022

Click here to view the digital gallery.

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Sanctuary is a virtual group exhibit of Monmouth Arts members with a physical pop-up exhibit to be held in December at 10PRL, an arts and events space in Long Branch. For some, “sanctuary” may not be a physical structure or shelter but a community or a representation of what makes an individual feel safe or protected from the outside world. This exhibition expresses the experience of sanctuary as it relates to the artist's world, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


10 PRL
515 Bath Ave, Long Branch

December 7, 2020 - January 2021

Click here to view the digital gallery.

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Out of the Blue

An eclectic collection of local artwork

Out of the Blue is a showcase of artwork by 40 members of Monmouth Arts, including everything from drawings to paintings to sculpture, from the fantastical to the emotional to the photographic. Held in the Bungalounge, the bar and gallery of the Bungalow Hotel in Pier Village, this show is a visual celebration of our creative community. The opening reception was a big hit. Read more on our Artzine.

The Bungalounge @ Bungalow Hotel, Pier Village

50 Laird Street, Long Branch

November 7, 2019 - January 24, 2020




Interpretations of human-made structure through the perspective of painting, drawing, photography, and more.


This group show of Monmouth Arts members, put together by Guest Curator Bart Lentini Photography, will be installed at the Upper Gallery of the historic Spring Lake Community House & Theatre, located at 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake.

The Upper Gallery @ Spring Lake Community House & Theater

300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake

December 1, 2018 - March 22, 2019

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