March 27, 2008

Tom Austin’s Artwork and ‘Rock Garden’ Poem

March 27th, 2008

Jersey Boys Blog is excited to feature the artwork of Tom Austin, who was a member of The Royal Teens. The Fieldstone Fine Art Gallery (147 E. Main Street in Ramsey, NJ) is currently presenting an exhibition of Tom’s beautiful artwork through April 30.

Additionally, within the next couple of days, we are thrilled to be presenting Tom Austin’s two-part JBB Exclusive Interview that will focus on his amazing early days as a young rock and roller on the road (with Bob Gaudio, and many other big names from the late 1950s), his life after The Royal Teens, his magnificent artwork, and of course, his thoughts on Jersey Boys!

As a preview to the interview, below is Tom’s “Rock Garden” poem that reflects on the young people from the bus tours back in the 1950s!

The Rock Garden By Tom Austin

The seeds blew in from all parts of the country
And settled in the fertile soil of the nineteen fifties.

The rains of unrest nurtured the seedlings
With strength and ambition.

Soon the seedlings began to bud
Each of wondrous color and fragrance.

Some of the buds never flowered
But stood in support of the ones that did.

Some bloomed early and withered prematurely
Others became perennials and continued to flourish through the decades.

Yet, each and every young flower contributed to the beauty
of, the “Rock Garden”.


  1. Mr. Austin, You do beautiful work. When I look at your paintings, they give me a calm and peaceful feeling. Thank you for showing these Susie and Dale.
    I love looking at them! Jody

    Comment by Jody Cardillo — March 27, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  2. Thank you for sharing Mr. Austin’s beautiful artwork with the blog readers and I enjoyed the Rock Garden poem. Looking forward to his upcoming interview!

    Comment by Paula — March 28, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  3. I have to agree. There is something very peaceful and soothingly nostalgic about Mr. Austin’s work. When I saw the piece of the August Wilson earlier, I thought it was the subject matter I found so appealing. Now I know it was also the style! I too look forward to the upcoming interview.

    Comment by Audrey — March 28, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  4. I would like to buy plain notecards of the Jersey Boys Theater scene. Presently at the August Wilson Theater they just sell them with “Seasons Greetings” on the front. That is good for December, but I would use these cards throughout the year if they were available for purchase. I was just at the theater yesterday and specifically checked to see if they had them without “Seasons Greetings” and they did not.

    Comment by Beverley Micciche — March 30, 2008 @ 2:00 pm


    Comment by jim petrecca — August 10, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

  6. Tom is not only a fine musician, but also an inspiring poet and artist.

    Comment by Art Fricchione — April 12, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

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