GLOW FOR JOE

On Saturday evening, November 2nd, 2019, 7pm-10pm, Asbury Underground presented an opening party at art629 Gallery located at 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, featuring a retrospective art exhibition of the work of the late Joe Harvard. Artist, musician, and author Joe “Harvard” (born Joseph Incagnoli), a mainstay of the thriving artists’ community in Asbury Park for many years, sadly passed away this past winter. Mr. Harvard is honored by Asbury Underground, art629 Gallery, and his many friends in a celebration of his life and spirit. Over 60 black light sculptures will be on display at the gallery now through February 2020. The opening celebration was done in complete darkness with only the art illuminated by black light. All work is for sale, and 100% of sales will be donated to a fund being created in Joe Harvard’s name.


The exhibit titled “Glow for Joe” is a showcase of the artist’s most recent work, which he referred to as, “found object ‘trash art’ and black lit Day-Glo work”. The exhibit is currently on display and will run through the second Asbury Underground in conjunction with The Light of Day Festival the weekend of January 18th. Asbury Underground is a city-wide showcase for art and music which takes place two times per year in Asbury Park. Gallery hours vary, and it is suggested to call ahead for hours of operation (732) 859-1458.


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This will be the second gallery showing at art629 featuring the work of Harvard, who had lived and worked in Asbury Park for many years both as an artist and musician. Mr. Harvard had strong ties with Asbury Underground and for many years ran an all-day showcase stage in the now infamous Joe’s “gARTen” formally located on a vacant lot at 713 Cookman Avenue, where Joe converted a trash-strewn, overgrown lot into a walking “gARTen” where visitors could walk and explore with handheld back lights. Over the years Joe’s gARTen became a must see if you were visiting downtown Asbury Park. Today, in Joe’s absence, the lot has unfortunately returned to its’ former condition of being overgrown and littered with debris.


“Joe had been an integral part of Asbury Underground right from the beginning”, says Patrick Schiavino owner of art629 Gallery and founder of Asbury Underground. “What he did there was very unique and special bringing together many performers with deep roots in the Asbury music scene, and his “gARTen”, which he created on the vacant lot next door to Parlor Gallery, had been a favorite stop for passersby since its inception. It was also one of the biggest attractions of the Underground. I feel very honored to be able to do this show in his name and memory. He is very much missed in our community. His “glow” will warm the streets of Cookman Avenue this winter.