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originally published: 07/23/2022

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) — Saturday, July 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., art629 Gallery presents “A dogmatic Art Show!”, featuring a collection of live art and paintings by local artist and performer Josh “dogmatic” Matson. The evening will also include musical performances by Rick Barry of Asbury Park, Jesse Lee of Accidental Seabirds and Trashboat Dickinson of Puppy Grease. This event is free and open to the public. The work will be exhibited for one week from July 30 to August 6.

Dogmatic has been painting live at performances at concert halls, music festivals, poetry readings, weddings, dance recitals, roller derbies, and other venues throughout the New York Tri-State Area since many years. His favorite places to paint are on the Jersey Shore, particularly Asbury Park. You might have seen it at the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Brighton Bar, Asbury Lanes or even the Walmart parking lot on Black Friday. Typically, he stands in front of an easel above a faux fur drop cloth in his paint-splattered jeans, brushes in hand, listening to music and letting the sound flow through him and onto the canvas . He uses acrylic paint to capture the mood of each band or performance, drawing inspiration from the bands’ names, lyrics and song meanings.

dogmatic has painted for tours like the Violent Femmes, Rusted Root, Keller Williams and Moe, but these are just moments from years of capturing the scene of local musicians like Rick Barry, Accidental Seabirds, Turtle Soup, Cranston Dean, Bone and Marrow and many more.

This show can be seen as a story of Asbury Park music expressed on canvas, representing over a decade of paintings. The works will be exhibited for one week from July 30 to August 6. All paintings are available for purchase. Gallery hours vary, and it is suggested that you call ahead for hours of operation or make an appointment: (908) 278-1597.

art629 Gallery was founded by artist Patrick Schiavino in 2009. The gallery is located at 629 Cookman Avenue in the heart of downtown Asbury Park and has hosted numerous performances including painting, photography, sculpture, theatre, spoken word and musical events like the Asbury Underground. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting fine and contemporary art with the aim of giving voice to all artists while bringing new ideas to the region.

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