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Patrick Schiavino - Asbury Park Gallery Owner Has Talent

Patrick Schiavino - Asbury Park Gallery Owner Has Talent

This self-taught artist currently lives and works on Cookman Avenue, in Downtown Asbury Park. A native of New Jersey, Patrick is a graduate of Montclair State College, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts and Design.

After his graduation from college in 1977, Patrick spent two years working for interior designer Irene Kulak, who was designing residential loft conversions in Soho, NYC. It was there that Patrick developed his interest and fine art and began to experiment with his own work.

In 1979, at the age of 25, Patrick was commissioned to design and build a very popular jazz club in Montclair called Katie Gray’s. He then moved into the music business, starting a concert promotion and booking agency. He became the talent buyer for the famous Club Bene’ in Sayreville, bringing in some of big names like Howard Stern, Imus, and Regis Philben.

Patrick started painting in the mid ‘80s, purely as a hobby. In 1992 a friend introduced his work to Natalie Best (Best Portfolio), and Natalie immediately invited Patrick to participate in a show that she was curating.

That started a slew of activity for Patrick, who participated in well over 30 shows from the years 1992 through 1998. Some of the highlights of his career include having two of his paintings displayed at the American Embassy in Luxembourg, being invited by the Center of Emerging Arts, Miami, to have five of his paintings tour the United States, doing a three-month solo exhibition at the State House in Trenton, and receiving a Dodge Foundation Grant to participate in the Artist in Residency Program at the Vermont School. In 1998, Patrick was invited by music icon Sting, and tennis great John McEnroe, to participate in a fund-raising art show at the McEnroe Gallery in Soho, to benefit the Rain Forest Foundation. The show raised over $30,000 for the charity.

In 2000, Patrick’s retired from the music business to become a full-time artist. He purchased a commercial loft building in Asbury Park, and opened an art gallery, art629 on Cookman, and has since taken on a much bigger creative event -- the renovation of the downtown of Asbury Park, which has morphed from being a dilapidated ghost town to a unique, creative and desirable City-by-the-Sea.

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