Sunday, April 3, 2016

Juried Art Show 2016 Opens

Spring is here, and with it, the annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show.  This is the 12th year for our most popular annual show, one that predates our time in the Boatworks.  The process began weeks ago, with artists submitting 131 works in a wide variety of media.  Exhibition juror Nancy Haulenbeek selected 67 pieces from that group for the show.  With help from the usual suspects the work was installed, and the building was patched and painted.  The show has been on view for several days, but people had to wait until tonight for the official opening.

To set the mood, we had Tim McCorry on piano at the start.  Before long, the crowd arrived, louder than the music could ever be.

Most of the food and beverages for tonight's opening was provided by Whole Foods, which is opening a new location just a few miles down Route 35 in Wall.  The store will open to the public on April 13th, but our visitors got a nice preview today.  Platter after platter of sushi was set out, plus lots of vegetables and dips, cheese and crackers (see above), and other classic gallery fare.  Below, people lined up to partake.

But as crowded as the refreshment tables were, the galleries were even more crowded.  We are estimating more than 250 visitors over the course of the reception, making moving through the galleries and seeing the art a bit of a challenge at times.

The following pieces were chosen for awards:

Best in Show
oil on canvas
Suzanne Anan

First Prize 2-D
The Animist
oil on canvas
Lizzi Schippert

First Prize 3-D
Twisted Torso
bonded bronze
Alexandra Martin

Honorable Mentions
Court Jester
acrylic paint collage
David Bates

Madam's Folly
mixed media
Tracy Coon

Apple Tree in the Snow
Vicki DeVico

Black Magic Woman
Marc F

Industrial Lightbulb
digital photograph
Kathy Watson

The JAS 12 Juried Art Show 2016 remains on display through May 6, 2016.  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Elvis Has Left the Boatworks

Your blogger dropped by the Boatworks this afternoon only to learn I had just missed an appearance of Elvis in our building, but Rebecca had captured this rare occasion on her camera to share with the rest of us.  Further details revealed that this wasn't the real Elvis, but a professional impersonator named Richie Santa, currently on our wall in a photo by photographer Marc F.  Our three dimensional Elvis has left the building, but the photo, part of the current Hooray for Hollywood show, remains on display during regular gallery hours through March 18, 2016.

photo courtesy of Rebecca Szabo

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hooray for Hollywood Exhibition Opening

Tonight the Boatworks rolled out the red carpet for the latest opening, a new exhibition devoted to the theme of Hollywood and the movies.  No velvet ropes to keep back the crowds.  And we had quite a few people there.  The exhibition includes 38 artworks, including such diverse media as ceramics, corks, mosaic, collage, photography, painting, pen and ink, bronze, pastels, and a detailed diorama of the building exterior from Hitchcock's Rear Window that has to be seen to be believed.

In fact, this mixed media reproduced building exterior by Louise Krasniewicz won the viewer vote for favorite piece in the show.  This exhibition was organized by Hillary Binder-Klein and Melissa Moffett, who also provided the prize that went to the piece that received the most viewer votes, a $50 gift certificate to Colorest.

The Hooray for Hollywood show is open Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm, through March 18, 2016.  Admission is free.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Getting Ready

We are a few weeks away from the deadline of the 12th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Show at the Belmar Arts Council.  Years ago that deadline meant dozens of people lining up, carrying in their work and filling out forms over a whole weekend, then a juror having to go through all the works to select pieces for the show.   The digital age makes things more efficient.  Forms are filled out online in advance, and images are submitted and judged digitally as well.  If you don't make the cut, you never have to come to the building.

The one big problem with having your work evaluated by digital photo is that you need to have a good photo of it.  All the juror has is the photo to look at, so if it isn't a good representation, you may be out of luck.  With that in mind, the BAC offered an opportunity for its members to stop by and get some tips for photographing ones own work, as well as getting a piece done on the spot.  We had Michael Miller and Joe Villa, two of our most experienced  photographers on hand to help out.  About 25 people had turned up to take advantage of the opportunity.  After some introductory information, the two photographers each set up a station and went to work helping to document the artworks.  Michael and Joe will send the results back to the artists in the coming days.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Great American Landscape

Tonight the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for The Great American Landscape,  a juried photography exhibition.  This makes two openings in a row where the building was packed- we estimate about 150 people coming through over the evening.

As the title indicates, the subject for this year's photo show is the American landscape.  In this case, that means nature- no roads, cities, etc.  Forty-four works were accepted, both black and white and color.  This year's jurors were Ellen Martin, Director of Jersey Artist Registry, and Stacy Smith, Manager of Publications and Communications for the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.


Best In Show
Lollipop III
Nicholas Teetelli

Merit Award
Snow Canyon, Utah
Gina Cioffi

Merit Award
Reed's Beach, Cape May
Michael Endy

Honorable  Mention
Dunes Day
Marilyn Baldi

Honorable Mention
Sunrise Fog
Carl Rothschild

Honorable Mention
Morning Tranquility
Elina Veyberman

Awards for the show provided by the generosity of Jersey Shore Moments, Visions Photographic Workshops, and a generous individual BelmarArts supporter.

Images of the award winning works will be coming soon.  If you can't wait until then, go check out the show in person.  Gallery hours are 1 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  The exhibition will remain on display through February 26, 2016.  Admission is free.

gallery photos provided by Michael S. Miller
artwork photos provided by the artists

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Lot of Old Shoes Walk In the Door

This evening the Boatworks hosted its first exhibition of the year- Old Shoes.  Over two dozen works featuring a theme of old shoes and whatever that concept meant to the artists.  In recent years this first show has been a salon format, meaning the artists are asked to take a few minutes to introduce their piece and take questions if there are any.

Our front room gallery had a good crowd from the start, and more kept arriving as the artists were presenting.  We had close to 80 people there, about as many as can stand in the space.

Visual qualities are always important in any gallery show, but more than most of what we present in this space, the annual salon show is about the stories.  We learned about processes and materials used in these pieces, and about decades of personal history that are reflected in some of them.

The artists have all gone home, and the stories left with them, but the artworks will remain on display during regular gallery hours through January 29, 2016.  As always, admission is free.

Meanwhile, the back room is displaying examples of things produced in some of our Shared Interest Groups and in classes.  The schedule for 2016 is forming as I write this, so stop by the Boatworks during office hours, or check the website to learn more.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fleece Blankets return to the Boatworks

No snow yet, but outside temperatures are starting to feel like winter.  Seems like a good time for blankets to return to Belmar.  Fleece blankets that is, the kind produced and distributed by Blankie Depot, a non profit headquartered in Hazlet.  Last January our Fiber Fridays group hosted Greg Isnetto and produced 11 no sew blankets for his organization, which distributes them to children in need.  This time Greg and Stacia showed up with bolts of fleece material in a variety of patterns and 11 members set to work.

Not a very complex process- fleece is cut to size, edges are fringed, and the fringe pieces tied in a variety of styles that is both decorative and prevents the fleece material from unravelling.  And that's pretty much it.  Two hours later the group had finished producing 13 blankets, shattering last year's record.

They left the building, but anyone interested in making a donation, or volunteering, can visit their website, to learn more.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Show for 2016

Today was the artwork intake for the debut exhibition of 2016.  It's called "Old Shoes" and it's a BelmarArts Member Salon, meaning that the opening reception will include the participating artists saying a little bit about their work.  The show will include 25 works in a variety of media.  Expect to see a lot of shoes.

The show opens to the public on January 13th.  The Opening Reception is on Saturday January 16th from 5 to 7 pm, with the Salon event beginning promptly at 5:30 pm.  The work will remain on display through January 29, 2016.  Admission is free.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mingle and Jingle in Belmar

The sky was sunny today, and the grass is still green.  No snow, since the temperature was near 70 degrees.  Still, Alan was dressed for the occasion to help us get into that holiday spirit.  Time for Mingle and Jingle at the Boatworks.

The refreshment table, now that felt a little more like the holidays.  Lots of red and green, even the tortilla chips were dressed for the season.

 We had the cafe tables all set up in the back and the crowd quickly gathered.  We estimate that nearly 90 people came through to enjoy food and drink, the company of fellow artists, door prizes, art on the walls from those who had applied for the summer Solo shows...

... plus live music from Cheryl Parker and friends, a mix of jazz and holiday standards.

In addition, the Winter Solstice Artisan Market was open for the usual Sunday hours and an interesting mix of items were being sold.  The band had to run off to another gig, which helped draw things to a close.  At the end of the day it still felt more like summer than winter, but everyone was having a good time.