Tickets for our oil painting charity event are now available for purchase.
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All money raised from the ticket sales will be donated evenly between The Ladacin Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. Below is some info from one of the paintings created from a session with Joe Leone.
Personal artistic projects are my passion, it helps me grow as an artist and a business owner. This year I decided to honor and celebrate some of the prominent business leaders around the Jersey Shore who are active in their respective communities. All of them donate so much of their time and knowledge for a variety of charities and organizations, it was an honor to work with them. I created environmental oil paintings of everyone on display this evening. An “environmental Portrait” is unique in that it tells you something about the subject rather than a mere likeness of their physical features. This is a project over a year in the making and was truly a labor of love and a wonderful experience.
Below is a sneak peak of my oil painting and bio of Joe Leone Introna
Joe Leone Introna is the Owner Operator of Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties, Catering, Gastronomia and Bakery in Point Pleasant Beach & Sea Girt.
The bakery is where it all began for Joe, where his passion for breads and pastries were first developed. Then, after many years of learning and perfecting his love of baking artisan bread, he decided to pursue his culinary education and worked at a few well-known established Jersey Shore specialty markets and bakeries. While honing his craft, he decided to pursue his American dream with his family’s support and open Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties on June 2, 1997 at the age of 21.
The marriage of traditional and modern Italian cuisines, developed in his retail markets and introduced by Joe, has given the Jersey Shore educational exposure to the Italian culture. Joe is dedicated and passionate to the culinary excellence, superior customer service and love of food at the Jersey Shore.
His love of food overflows into the community. Joe has become a well-known local humanitarian who doesn’t care for the spotlight on himself and tends to shift the spotlight to more deserving organizations and places that need emergency action. Some of the organizations that Joe is continuously sharing information and teaching others about are; L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund, One Strong Family mission; spreading the message of F.A.M.I.L.Y.®( Forget About Me I Love You), Common Ground Grief Center, Covenant House of New Jersey, Fulfill; formally Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean County and several other local fundraising efforts.