Friday, August 21, 2015

Dog Days Report

If you've been outside at all lately you know we've experienced some record setting heat this summer, with one heat wave barely ending when the next one begins.  Lots of things you can do to beat the heat, and one of them is to enjoy the cool comfort of the Boatworks, where there is always something going on.

The Shore Reflections Artisan Market has been open for a few weeks now, and a popular item this year are the South Jersey inspired berry baskets from Mary May.  Just today a visitor was heard remarking that one she had her eye on had been bought since her last visit.  Perhaps more will be coming.  Meanwhile, the artist recently hosted a workshop on how to create such baskets.

There were 19 participants for the workshop and all completed their basket projects in under 3 hours.  The artist is planning to hold additional workshops in the fall.

basketmaking photos courtesy of Rebecca Szabo

Opening today in the back room is Faux Real, the second Solo show of the summer, featuring the work of Gary Dates.  These large photo based artworks use digital effects to create fantasy images.  There are over 20 pieces in the show, which remains on display through September 18, 2015.

There will be a reception for the Faux Real show on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm.  Admission is free.

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.  Concluding that today was slightly less miserable weather than what we had experienced 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.  As a special bonus, we finally got window shades for the two big front windows (see above to the left of the door), which will cut some of the blinding sun and heat that comes in through the summer months.

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.