Saturday, May 21, 2016

TXTR Opening Reception

Not exactly a great day to be outdoors at the shore today.  Not much rain, but not much sun either, cool and damp.  Inside the Boatworks we had a surplus of light, color, and interesting textures.  Our second annual youth art show was built around a theme of texture.  Exhibition curators Kelly Fogas and Aaron Weber found a wide and interesting variety of textured theme art for this show.

We estimate about 100 were in attendance today, viewing an exhibition spread throughout the whole building.  Refreshments included cake provided by Sweet! in Belmar.

Awards were provided by the Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore.  Three local art teachers received memberships from BelmarArts- Alex DiJiovanni of Neptune, Melissa Numerowski of Toms River Intermediate South, and Karen Waller from Bergen County Technical School.  Of course there were also awards for many of the exhibiting artists.

Most Textured

2nd Place
Fun House
Ricky Ritzet, The Rugby School

1st Place
Jeff's Crazy Hair Day
Christopher Yuro, Austin Beard, Troy Vander,
James Kuhl, Campbell Challonder, 
Toms River Intermediate South


2nd Place
Emily Zimmer and Erica Hernandez, Howell Middle School

1st Place
Plastic Wave
Art Club Neptune School


2nd Place
Boardwalk Dog
Ryan Costello, The Rugby School

1st Place
Beckoning Cat
Bridget Keeler

Most Interactive

2nd Place
Showery Night
Josh Basilt and Maggie Jaspan

1st Place
The Big Top
Point Pleasant Borough Life Skills Students

Best Of Show

Sea Turtle
Oscar Vizcaino
Bergen County Technical High School

Unfortunately, this show ends on May 27th, so if you haven't seen it yet, make plans to come to Belmar soon.  Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

TXTR is Open

Today was the opening of the latest exhibition at the Boatworks- TXTR: A Tangible Youth Art Exhibit.  The show includes over 60 artworks, all made by students in grades 6 to 12, coming from all around the state.

Mostly mixed media works, often combining traditional and non-traditional art materials, all used in very creative ways.

There will be an official opening reception on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 7 pm.  Several of the shows this summer have relatively short runs, and this one ends on May 27, 2016, so don't wait too long to see this exciting and colorful show.  As always, admission is free.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Belmar ArtWalk 2016

The past few days have seen a lot of cloudy skies and passing showers.  But today was the scheduled day of the Annual Art Walk, in which local artists would be all over town, inside and outside of local businesses, showing their skills and products.  For this kind of thing to be successful, we need a beautiful sunny day, one that gets people walking all around Main Street.  Based on the expression on that dog's face, we got that sunny day.

The biggest area of action today was in Pyanoe Plaza, which had dozens of tables and tents set up.  BelmarArts had its own booth of course, with some free activities for kids to try, and we had members scattered around the rest of the plaza as well.

Students from the Beach Music Studios provided live entertainment for the crowds.

We also had artists at businesses up and down Main Street, and a few in the Boatworks.  More than 40 artists signed up to be participants in this year's ArtWalk, and like last year, we had a secret word prize drawing, which encouraged viewers to go all around town.  Don't have an official count of the number of visitors, but the Boatworks saw a steady stream of visitors all afternoon, which continued well past the official end of the event at 4:00.

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