MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The famous rock 'n' roll photographer Mark Weiss is also now a best-selling author of The Decade that Rocked, a personal memoir chronicling his unique experiences of photographing and interviewing famous rock 'n' roll and pop artists, during the 1980's and beyond. Through his photography lens, Weiss developed many lifelong friendships with some of the most famous rock 'n' roll artists of all time. During his journey, he also acquired a rare rock 'n' roll memorabilia and artifact collection, one he generously shares with the local community.

This week, the Monmouth Museum, on the Brookdale Campus in Lincroft, reopens, strictly following all the necessary CDC guidelines, with two exhibits opening Friday, July 10th 6pm-8pmm that are not to miss; "Views from the Home Store" by Bennett Gerwitz, and a sneak peek at Mark Weiss's "The Decade that Rocked: Rock N' Roll Photography."  Both exhibits are complimentary to the community and reservations are limited. 

The exhibits this Friday can host up to 50 visitors. So, reserve your spot now. Space is limited and must be scheduled in advance, with a reserved time slot to attend:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/views-from-the-home-store-by-bennett-gewirtz-opening-reception-tickets-111678904610 The Decade that Rocked exhibit, was originally slated to dovetail with the June release of Weiss' book of the same name. The best-selling book is now sold-out and reordered, and the full exhibit was postponed until late summer/early fall of 2020. Reserve now and you will get a sneak peek at The Decade that Rocked exhibit opening this Friday, July 10th, AND Views from the Home Store by Bennett Gerwitz.

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VIDEO: Mark Weiss and Monmouth Museum Executive Director Donna Kessinger prepare for opening exhibit: 

Donna Kessinger, Executive Director of the Monmouth Museum comments, “We are optimistic and look forward to welcoming our community back! This event is part of our first phase of reopening. We will soon begin offering time slots that can be reserved in advance for groups of up to 10 at a time.”

Weiss commented to TAPinto, "It's really great to be a part of the reopening of the Monmouth Museum. This marks significant progress towards bringing our community back to enjoying the arts, something I think all of us need right now! My full gallery exhibit will not be in full swing until late summer, but we're going to have a section of it open this week to give a taste of what's to come. I'm giving the community an advance viewing of some of my favorite pieces. The full exhibit to come will be a mulit-media experience featuring artwork, photographs, a dark room, memorabilia, artifacts and more..."  Included in the Weiss exhibit will be a collection of ten photographs taken in the 1980's, signed by photographer Mark Weiss and the legendary front-man, singer and songwriter, Dee Snider of the multi platinum selling album band, Twisted Sister. The photos will eventually be auctioned with a portion of the proceeds donated by Weiss, to The Monmouth Museum.

WATCH: See video below as Weiss unwraps large signed photograph posters of Dee Snider for The Decade that Rocked:  


Pictured below is Snider signing one of Weiss' photographs: 

"Views from the Home Store" by Bennett Gewirtz a New Jersey Emerging Artist Series Exhibition will be held in the Nilson Gallery of the Monmouth Museum.  Gerwitz comments, "I spent a lot of time at the local Home Depot stores in a part-time job... My recent work (acrylic artwork) has been inspired by my hours there. As I walk around (the Home Depot), in my mind's eye I see colors, shapes, patterns, lighting and objects that come together to create what I call a "paintable moment." I photograph the image with an iPhone and then use it as a tool to re-create these everyday retail objects as bold expressions of color and composition." Gerwitz works mostly in acrylic on canvas. "My intent is not to portray an exact interpretation, but to create a sense of delight in having the viewer see the object(s) and the abstraction." The image of the painting below is from the Views from the Home Store exhibit: 

You can view an exclusive TAPinto article/video with Mark Weiss here: Iconic Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss, reimagines his photos as new art, continues the serendipitous magic

VIDEO: Check out what the rock stars are saying about Mark’s  book THE DECADE THAT ROCKED:  

The Monmouth Museum is located on the campus of Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738. The museum is dedicated to ensuring your health and safety. The Museum is following guidelines from the CDC, the WHO, OSHA, the EPA, and governor Murphy‘s Roadmap to Reopening Strategies including deep cleaning according to OSHA, CDC, and EPA guidelines, physical distancing, and required wearing of face masks and gloves. Check out the details: 

  • You must register to attend the opening in advance via Eventbrite.
  • The Opening Reception will be at the Museum from 6-8pm on July 10th.
  • 10 guests will be allowed in the Nilson Gallery at any one time.
  • Other guests will be permitted to enter the Main Gallery as well as Meyer Art and Nature Area.
  • Masks are required and please maintain social distancing both inside and outside.
  • Staff will be directing the flow of traffic and enforcing CDC guidelines. 

"Views from the Home Store" is in The Nilson Gallery. Mark "Weiss Guy" Weiss's Rock n' Roll photography will be on display in The Main Gallery as a sneak peek of his exhibition "The Decade that Rocked." https://thedecadethatrocked.com/ This event is free and open to the public, but you must reserve tickets online in advance. The number of guests will be limited to 50. 

Weiss grew up in Monmouth County and lives in Rumson, giving back to his local community, he serves as a board member of the Rockit Foundation and a supporter of local arts. facebook.com/markweissphotography IG @markweissguy  T @markweissguy #TheDecadeThatRocked facebook.com/thedecadethatrocked  IG @thedecadethatrocked thedecadethatrocked.com 

All photos and video were published with direct permission from Mark Weiss to TAPinto publisher, Jeanne Wall. Sign up for your free daily news here.