Since its opening almost two years ago, Heaven Art & Antiques has been quietly building a reputation as a store featuring unique, accessible antiques with a large spectrum price-point and an extraordinary professionally curated third-floor art gallery specializing in smaller-in-size pieces.

In anticipation of the Smithsonian’s New Harmonies exhibition at the Asbury Park Library, Heaven’s owner, the fab Malcolm Navias reached out to his gallery’s curator, Dennis Carroll to create an exhibition.

I spoke with Malcolm and Dennis – a true renaissance man whose resume includes heading-up ArtsCAP, professional photographer and author of the proposal that won Asbury Park the New Harmonies exhibit – last week about Heaven’s latest exhibition “Compositions in Music & Art”.

TBP:  You created an exhibit that leverages the theme of music but takes it in a dynamic and melodious new direction.

Dennis:  Music itself is an abstract art form.  The “Compositions in Music & Art” is an extension of New Harmonies.  It is another expression of music.

Composers and conductors talk about the color of sound.  When people talk about music in art, they talk about balance and harmony, rhythm, dynamics – texture of music.

Most people don’t get the relationship between music and visual arts.  The language is the same, the form is different.  The impulse is the same.  The person creates music because there is an impulse.  The person creates art because there is an impulse.

We looked for art that was not only depicting artists at work but also art that expressed the qualities of music abstractly.

Malcolm:  Our exhibit is a contemporary twist to the music initiative in town – showing how music affects art and how art affects music.  How they go hand and hand.  We had an extraordinary opportunity to offer people an exhibition of the visual arts to go together with the history of music.

Jazz, folk, rock, classical, pop, and street music are all represented.

TBP:  The third floor gallery at Heaven is a fantastic space to show off smaller pieces of art – and you have included more than 50 pieces in this exhibit.

Dennis:  There is one series of paintings by Mil Wexler Kobrinski, who, as a young girl drew drawings of her parents while watching them rehearse in the orchestra in Holland.  They have a naivety about them.

Malcolm:  And primitive quality.

We also have a photograph by Ellie Ludvigssen which is quite lyrical of a street performer in Paris.  The composition and lighting and atmosphere create the same kind of feeling you would experience in listening to music.

Coaster photographer David Christoper, known for the expressive energy of his shots of the local music scene, is also included in the exhibit.

Dennis:  Each piece in the exhibit will illicit feeling, just like music – it is a visual concert!

“Composition in Music & Art” at Heaven.  Opening reception Saturday (March 19), 7 to 9 pm.  Exhibit open until May 8. Call for gallery hours: 732.774.4799.

Keep reading:  For another Coaster and TheBPlot article about the Asbury Park art scene, click here to read about Parlor Gallery, almost next door to Heaven on Cookman Avenue