Thursday, July 30, 2015

The New Door is Complete

Back in May of last year we announced a plan to replace our famous purple front door with a new automatically opening door.  This would help make the building more ADA compliant, as well as making life easier for artists having to haul large bulky items in and out.  The early efforts included fund raising, and replacing the old door with a glass one was an important step accomplished last year.  A never ending winter didn't help matters, and the current heat wave also slowed things down.  But it all drew to a close today.

Sometime in the period between the last show and the current show, some work was done inside.  A unit was attached to the top of the door that would open it by pressing the button to the left, but there was no equivalent yet for outside.

That changed today.  Deciding that today was slightly less miserable weather than the past week, Hutch decided to resolve all this today.  First step, dig hole for the post.  Not always an easy job with the ground around the Boatworks, but he got it done.

The next step (above) was to insert a prepared wooden post, and back fill the dirt while keeping it vertical.  After that, Hutch attached to the post (below) a light, and the switch that will activate the door from the outside.

And now the door works as planned.  See for yourself on your next visit to the Boatworks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Openings at the Boatworks

Today two new exhibitions opened at the Boatworks.  Above are photos from the front room, which holds the Shore Reflections Artisan Market, our annual summer sale of arts and crafts produced by local artists, with an emphasis on items reflecting a Jersey Shore theme.  As you can see, lots of jewelry, ceramics, notecards, books from local authors, baskets, and decorative items-  all originals of local origins.  This show, which is sponsored by Jersey Shore Moments Gallery in Manasquan, will be open through September 18th.  Work will be replenished as it sells, so plan to make return visits over the next 7 weeks.

Also opening today is a solo show in the back gallery, one of two selected by a juror to run simultaneously with the Artisan Market.  This first one, called Catentric features the artwork of member Sue Kasdon, images of her favorite theme of cats and older women.  Most of the works are colorful ceramic portraits, although she has also included a selection of recent black and white woodcut pieces completed here in Belmar.  This show runs through August 21st, after which it will be replaced by another juror-selected show, with photographic work from member Gary Dates.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the summer.  Specific hours are available on the main website.  Admission is free for both shows.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fiber Fridays Stamp Art

Another great Fiber Friday, with Plus Member Beverly Hertler providing the group with inspiration and materials to create their own stamps and lots of paint surfaces to test them out on.

The group worked on a large floor cloth, as well as individual projects.

The next Fiber Fridays group meeting is planned for September 25th, 1 to 3 pm.  Topic to be determined.

story and images courtesy of Rebecca Szabo

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Live Music Series in Pyanoe Plaza

Summer is here and the live music series in Pyanoe Plaza has returned.  It actually started a few weeks ago, though we had weather issues some days.  Today was a beautiful summer day and the town was bursting at the seams.  Luckily we had plenty of music to go around.  The show opened with a short set from Delusions of Grandeur, led by Tom Shaw III of Nashville.

They were followed by the day's headline act, Karen Phillips, as the audience grew to over 100 people.

An outdoor concert series is always subject to the weather, but here is the scheduled list of acts for the rest of the season:

July 18  The Jersey Doors:  Songs of Jim Morrison and the Doors
July 25  Musicians on a Mission present The Beatles vs. The Stones
Aug  1  Jerry Garcia Birthday celebration,
   featuring Rainbow full of Sound, w/special guest Hot Tuna's Bob Steeler
Aug  8  Peter Myers: A Jersey Shore legend
Aug 15 Matt O'Ree Band
   Original Led Zeppelin Songs, w/special guest Alex English
Aug 22 Musicians on a Mission present Dylan vs. Springsteen
Aug 29 Belmar Lilith Fair, hosted by Jerzy Jung and Cat London
Sep   5 Brother and sister pop duo Justin and Alina
Sep 12 Matt Cook- Seventy- Five

Admission is free, but you may want to bring your own chairs.  For any updates to the schedule, check the calendar at the main BelmarArts website.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ReImagine Opening Reception

The ReIMAGINE exhibition has been up on the walls for a week or so, and this evening the Boatworks hosted the official reception.  The weather had been threatening all day, making this less of a beach day and more of a look at art indoors kind of day.

Not surprisingly, the crowd quickly built- we're estimating over 200 people came though over the course of the two hour event.  The main attraction was the ReIMAGINE show, with over 40 artworks made from recycled and reused materials.  The artists found many ways to make use of the shapes, colors, and textures of found objects in the creation of new art.

We did have some entertainment for the reception, music provided by Ida Cullen.

Besides the main show, tonight we had an added attraction, Sven and Lizzi's Student Salon.  Our side gallery included 28 works from students in the art classes that Sven and Lizzi teach every week, which includes Drawing and Beyond, Portfolio Prep, and Watercolors.  The mediums include drawing, painting, and mixed media.

This exhibition included a People's Choice Award, voted on by visitors to the exhibition between the opening and July 17th.  The following pieces were chosen for prizes:

Enlightenment Lamp
Ali Bowie

Honorable Mention
Horse Power
Bonnie Smith

Honorable Mention
A Seahorse of a Different Color
Sheila Kramer

The ReIMAGINE exhibition is sponsored by JV Engineering and Maser Consulting, and remains open through July 24, 2015.  Sven and Lizzi's Student Salon is open through July 12, 2015.  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 5 pm, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 pm.  Admission is always free.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Alan Has Returned

This week has seen the return of one of the most popular members of the Belmar Arts Council.  Alan, the name this huge yellow robot goes by, spent a good bit of last year guarding the front of our building and posing for photos with many passers-by.  That was followed by appearances in other parts of town, and during the off-season, some exciting new upgrades.  Now Alan 2.0 is back.  He'll be there if you stop by the ReImagine reception this weekend, or any other time you might wander by, and you can see what he can do now.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ReImagine Is Open

The latest art exhibition at the Boatworks is up on the walls and ready for the public.  It's called ReImagine: ReInvent, RePurpose, ReCycle, ReThink ART!  A few weeks ago we saw photos of show organizers Nicole Vincenti, Lisa Bagwell, and Sally Behler and like minded volunteers working on the above piece, which at first glance looks a lot like a colorful postcard celebrating Belmar's beach, except that it's about 4 feet long, and mostly made of used and discarded plastic materials.

Michelangelo and Bernini (and many others through history) carved beautiful detailed figures from huge pieces of marble.  Large scale bronze figures started as many smaller chunks of metal bearing ore, but the combination of metallurgic knowledge and the artistic vision and skills of, say, Donatello or Rodin, have resulted in equally impressive artworks.  However, if you don't have a large quarry or copper mine in your neighborhood, you can still create artworks from old packaging materials, used up products, and stuff that's been thrown away as garbage, as in the example below.

This exhibition encouraged people to take stuff that would just be littering the streets or going to a landfill and turn it into art. And we ended up with over 40 pieces being submitted.  There will be a reception on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm,  but all the art can be seen now through July 24th during all regular gallery hours.  Admission is free.

In the spirit of this exhibition, BelmarArts will be collecting for recycling old cell phones and ink jet cartridges.  If you have any you no longer need, just bring them by the Boatworks and we will make sure they are properly and safely recycled.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dare to Fly Opening Night

Tonight the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for the Dare to Fly exhibition, in which all pieces explore the theme of flight, either literally or figuratively.  Also, all the work is created by youthful artists, with most in the age range of 10 to 15.  

A total of 61 artworks were submitted to this show, which fills both the front and back galleries.  And that includes space above the heads of the viewers, which should be no surprise in a show about flying.

Mediums represented in this exhibition include painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, plaster, paper mache, printmaking, and plastic sealing tape.

As always, we had a pretty big crowd, over 100 people came through the Boatworks during the reception.

During the reception all in attendance could vote for their favorite piece, and initial awards were given for two categories:

Best 2D Work
Flying Above the City
Jordan Donzelli
Howell MS South

Best 3D Work
Paper and Wire
Hannah Bates
 Knollwood (Fair Haven)

On the last day of the exhibition, votes were tallied and the Best-of Show by viewer's choice went to:

Flying in Space from a Trampoline
Pen and Ink
Izzy Dobbins
Howell MS South

In addition, the show committee gave awards to several teachers for their efforts to get their students involved:
Classroom Award

Aaron Weber
Schroth School/Ladacin

Teacher Memberships

Candice Arey
Sea Girt Elementary

Michael Ryan
Wall Intermediate

Diane Elenski
Howell MS South

Amy Lepping
Forrestdale School Rumson

Meanwhile come see the show for yourself and vote for the Best in Show before it ends on June 12th.  The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday for the summer, with extra late hours on Fridays and Saturdays.  Admission is free.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore.

PreReImagine Art

If the above photo looks a lot like your life, this could be the sign you are ready to become a visual artist.  About a month from now the Boatworks will be hosting a new juried exhibition called ReImagine, which calls for art made from recycled, reused and repurposed materials.  The exhibition organizers are Lisa Bagwell, Nicole Vincenti and Sally Behler- all active members, but Lisa has been making and exhibiting art of this nature for years, so she took the lead in today's project, a community exercise in making art from cast off unwanted materials.

A group of interested artists assembled this morning to start the project, a mosaic style mural using plastic to depict a typical beach scene.  A supply of discarded plastic parts was sorted by color and they started fitting it into a design roughly sketched on a backing board.

Above and below we see the creation of a beach umbrella, colors coming from plastic lids, caps, and other no longer needed items, and all glued in place on the backing board.

Above, Lisa puts together an advertising banner of the type seen dragged by airplanes up and down the beach all summer.  Below is the state of the whole piece after three hours work.  It is currently in the side gallery and more will likely be added before it goes on display as part of the ReImagine show.

Registration for the ReImagine show is currently open on the BelmarArts website, with the deadline for entry on June 10, 2015.  All the details and specific requirements can be found on the exhibition page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pixels, Pints & Pizza

The Belmar Arts Council has a history of organizing Sunset Photo Walks, an event where members and guests can wander to parts of town with their cameras and find interesting things to shoot.  Tonight our busy photo instructor Michael Miller arranged a special tour of BeachHaus Brewery, a brand new business which just officially opened last weekend.  They brew several varieties of beer and ale on the premises, all of which are for sale in various formats.

The crowd, a total of 29 people, gathered in the lobby on the ground floor, where Michael introduced Matt, a brewery manager who would be our tour guide and bartender for the evening.  We were surrounded by racks of official apparel, and there were coolers of bottled beer.  In the corner was a device (below) that refills the "growlers", large jugs that can be taken to go, and can be refilled at a later date.

Our next stop was the bottling room, also on the first floor.  We saw a large chilling room, and workers moving around cases packed with bottles.

From there we went up a flight of stairs and visited the production room.

In these large metal tanks, the grain mash is mixed with more water, hops, and whatever else the recipe calls for and cooked as needed.  Eventually the contents are drained and strained and sent on to the next tank.

Of course, the most important part of any brewery tour is the tap room.  They've got a pretty big one there, ready to hold quite a crowd.

Most people opted to try the "flights", four small glasses filled with the customer's choice of the different styles of beer.  Above, Matt fills another set.  Below, happy customers.

Still a little cool this time of year, so few ventured out to the open balcony/deck, but we all could still enjoy the great view of downtown Belmar through the tall windows.  Eventually it was time to go and everyone made the block long journey to the Boatworks, where there was a spirited discussion on the topic of the journalistic approach to photography.

Over pizza from nearby Federico's (and courtesy of Visions Photographic Workshops), we discussed and debated what level of editing and modification to photos is acceptable to the standards of journalism.  (in the interests of full disclosure, the photos in this blog post make use of cropping and adjustments of the tone curve, but nothing else)  Another sunset photo walk is being planned for this summer, likely down by the marina.  Check the website for updates.