9.30.13|The Tank is Moving!

Our location at the Shoppes at the Arcade has been great but we’re happy for the move to street level with lots of sunshine at 529 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park!





ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. X, 2013) – After three years in Asbury Park, The Collective Art Tank, a collaborative by artist and gallery-owner John Viggiano and international fine art suppliers Liquitex, Winsor & Newton and Conté à Paris, today announced its relocation and expansion to 529 Bangs Avenue in downtown Asbury Park.  Fueled by its growing reputation as a communal space where artists can work, display art and teach classes free of charge, The Collective Art Tank’s new storefront location will broaden its exposure, enhance accessibility, and further its mission of supporting the thriving arts community in and around the city-by-the-sea.

In its new space, The Collective Art Tank will welcome artists and artists-in-residence, as well as offer art instructors a free space to host technique-based demos, workshops and classes.  Products from Liquitex, Winsor & Newton and Conté à Paris will be available for sampling by the public, as well as for use in classes and demonstrations.  Gallery openings and art-driven community events will be celebrated.

“We are very excited to move to our new storefront location on Bangs Avenue.  I have had the pleasure of working with the team from Liquitex, Winsor & Newton and Conté à Paris for the past three years to support working artists and increase the accessibility of art classes for our local community and throughout the region.  We look forward to utilizing The Collective Art Tank’s new space to heighten our exposure and connect with even more artists who seek a collaborative venue that enables them to take their art to the next level,” commented John Viggiano.

Formerly located in the Shoppes at the Arcade on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, The Collective Art Tank’s contributions to the city are varied.  This spring, it will welcome the return of Liquitex and Winsor & Newton’s annual Artist Outreach Program Weekend to Asbury Park.  The event brings professional artists from throughout North America to Asbury Park for a weekend of product demonstrations and gallery exhibits. The Collective Art Tank also supports the artistic development of its instructors and students.  Asbury Park artist and Art Tank instructor Jay Mack has received numerous accolades since his start with the program, including an invitation to paint live during the Arts Materials World® 2013 in Minneapolis.  In December, Mack will join Liquitex and Winsor & Newton resident artist Jimmy Leslie in Miami to create a collaborative mural during the highly acclaimed Art Basel event.

Classes and demonstrations offered at The Collective Art Tank are open to the public.  For more information about upcoming class schedules, or to learn more about how to become an art instructor at the The Collective Art Tank, please visit www.CollectiveArtTank.com.


About The Collective Art Tank

The Collective Art Tank is the collaboration of John Viggiano (artist, gallery owner and graphic designer) and Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, and Conté à Paris fine art materials.  Its goal is to support artists in the growing arts community of Asbury Park, NJ by offering technique-based demos, workshops and classes, as well as samples of art materials and exhibition opportunities. The Collective Art Tank is committed to community outreach.  It works with and supports local arts groups in an effort to make Asbury Park and its surrounding communities a destination for the arts.  For more information about The Collective Art Tank, visit www.collectivearttank.com.


About Liquitex

Liquitex created the first water-based acrylic paint in 1955.  Since then, the company has partnered with artists to ensure its products continue to evolve – resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation.  Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore art and reach new, unprecedented boundaries. With its innovative drive, creative passion and intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, Liquitex is and will continue to be a strong partner to help artists explore art in decades to come.  To learn more about Liquitex, visit www.Liquitex.com.

About Winsor & Newton

Founded in 1832, Winsor & Newton is the world’s leading brand of art materials and has developed an unrivalled reputation for quality, reliability and product innovation.  Winsor & Newton has built its reputation on the quality and reliability of its products, combined with continual product development, improvement and innovation. However, while keeping true to the principles laid down by William Winsor and Henry Newton in the 1800’s, Winsor & Newton actively embrace new ideas and technologies while searching the world for the best raw materials available. To learn more about Winsor & Newton, visit www.WinsorNewton.com.


6.25.15|Liquitex Summer Residency at The Collective Art Tank

Adding to Asbury Park’s growing arts community, leading acrylic paint and art material brand Liquitex looks forward to launching The Liquitex Summer Residency Program at The Collective Art Tank this July. Professional artists Dahlia Elsayed and Jose Mertz have been specially selected to work and reside in Asbury Park for four week integrals beginning July 1. Throughout the residencies, Liquitex will supply each artist with the necessary quality art materials and a living stipend, while The Art Tank will open its space on Bangs Avenue for the artists to use as a working studio.

The Residency Program will welcome Newark-based artist Dahlia Elsayed as their first artist in residence. Recognized for her integration of text and imagery, Elsayed combines visual elements such as comics, cartography, and landscape paintings with metaphors, lists, and idioms as a means of modifying each element through juxtaposition. Her work tells a story, connecting the ephemeral with the concrete and the psychological with the topographical.

Following Dahlia’s 4-week residency, Miami-based artist Jose Mertz will take over as the artist in residence throughout the month of August. Mertz draws inspiration from ancient civilizations, science fiction, eastern philosophy, dreams, mythology, and the super natural to continuously push the limit of his signature experimental style. Mertz embraces multimedia, and his creative interests range from traditional drawing and painting to graphic and product design.

Throughout the months of July and August, artists, art enthusiasts, and onlookers are welcome to stop into The Art Tank to meet the artists, glimpse their works, and discuss tips and techniques.


5.13.14|3rd Annual Day of Demos


Nineteen professional artists from The Fine Art Collective, a nationwide arts education program sponsored by fine art material brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, as well as hundreds of art enthusiasts, will converge at The Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 for the third-annual Day of Demos event.

Previously a sold-out success, the full-day art extravaganza will offer attendees complimentary art product demonstrations focused on water-based mediums and free raffles throughout the day. Spotlighting the mobility of the Day of Demos’ pop-up art demonstrations, the Sketchbook Project, a Brooklyn-based, crowd-sourced library of more than 30,900 artists’ sketchbooks, will be onsite and will field inquiries from attendees regarding its project and present opportunities to become involved.

“The Day of Demos showcases the power that art has to bring a community together. With a simple paintbrush and a piece of paper, an artist can incite change anywhere in the world. Through the generous support of Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the artists of The Fine Art Collective will prove the simplicity of this concept while demonstrating techniques and products that are vital to an artist’s advancement,” commented Jimmy Leslie, resident artist at Liquitex and director of The Fine Art Collective.

Hailing from destinations throughout North America, the professional artists of the Fine Art Collective will offer attendees tips and techniques for using signature as well as yet-to-be released art supplies from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. Specifically, products to be used during the day include, but are not limited to: Winsor & Newton’s limited edition Desert Collection Watercolors, currently available in retail stores; Winsor & Newton’s Watercolor Sticks and Markers, to be released for retail on July 1, 2014; all viscosities of Liquitex colors including soft body, heavy body, inks, sprays and markers as well as fluid, gel and texture mediums. The first 150 registrants for the Day of Demos will receive a complimentary swag bag of products compliments of the three sister-brand companies.

Located at 529 Bangs Avenue in downtown Asbury Park, The Collective Art Tank is a street-front studio space also sponsored by Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris that offers local artists a free space to work and teach classes. Headquartered at The Collective Art Tank, the Day of Demos will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 and is free and open to the public.

Sign Up Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-demos-tickets-11454965109


4.2.14|References From The Photograph April 5th

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7.19.13|Video of Day of Demo 2013

If you missed our awesome Day of Demos event in June
check out our video of the day!





5.8.13|Toyota Scion, Jay Mack and Minneapolis!



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Last week Collective Art Tank artist and teacher, Jay Mack was in Minneapolis with Liquitex Resident Artist Jimmy Leslie for the International Art Materials Trade Association Show.  Jay painted one side of the Toyota Scion with Liquitex Professional Spray Paint will retail art store managers tried the sprays and New Liquitex Paint Markers on the other side.  Jay was a big hit and he will be painting on another Scion IQ on June 1st at the Liquitex and Winsor & Newton Artist Outreach Program Day of Demos event to be held in conjunction with the Collective Art Tank.   Pre-register for this FREE event by clicking on http://collectivearttank.com/demo-day-signup/ and get to paint with Jay and win free art supplies!

3.26.13|Jay Mack’s Mural

Jay Mack is a spray artist who’s currently on the teaching roster at the Collective Art Tank.  Jay maintains a studio on Bangs Avenue here in Asbury Park.  As the weather gets warmer you can see Jay as one of the artists at work on the mural on the side of A&J Sneakers on Main Street in Asbury Park.  Not so locally, Jay will be joining Liquitex Resident Artist, Jimmy Leslie in Minneapolis in May at the International Art Materials Trade Show where they will be using Liquitex Professional Spray Paint and brand new Professional Acrylic Paint Markers on a Toyota Scion!  The mission of the Collective Art Tank is to offer classes and opportunities for artists wishing to teach as well as opportunities beyond the Tank when possible.  For more information on Liquitex Professional Spray Paint and Markers please visit: www.liquitex.com

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3.26.13|Spotlight on Amy Faris

The spotlight is on Collective Art Tank Teacher Amy Faris.  Amy’s one of the first teachers to ever run classes at the “Tank”.  She keeps a studio right here in Asbury Park and she also teaches at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.  If you’re into figure drawing and want someone who’s easy to talk to, explains things so anyone can get it and is just plain talented, Amy’s your girl!  Amy is also a former Liquitex Artist Outreach Program member and is still on the Liquitex technical team so she definitely knows art supplies inside and out.  Amy’s is also a graduate of the New York Academy of Art where she earned an MFA studying anatomy and oil painting so she know to say she’s versatile is an understatement.  Check out the list of classes at the “Tank” to see how you can sign up for a course with Amy and to see her in action check out this video filmed in the Collective art Tank:

3.26.13|The Collective ArtTank gets a face-lift!

The Collective Art Tank of good ‘ol Asbury Park New Jersey just got a face lift!  Well, at least our web-site did.  Why you ask?  Because anything to do with art is cool and you need a cool web site to support stuff like that.  The Collective Art Tank is in its third year in the Shoppes at the Arcade on bustling Cookman Avenue and our mission has never been clearer; offer affordable art classes with the best art materials available.  Sign up for some great art classes or if you’re an artist/educator but don’t have the space to teach the classes you’ve been itching to run, this is your place to do so.  Maybe you’re an art teacher and you’d love a place where you could earn professional development credits.   The collective Art Tank is the place to do that as well.  Cruise around the site to see what’s new and stop back often.