Saturday, April 22, 2017

More than one way to paint in Belmar

All kinds of painting goes on with BelmarArts.  We created murals for the outside of our building, and quite a few other buildings around the town.  Give us concrete traffic barriers, we can paint them.  You need a lesson in how to paint, come to our open studio.  Want a more complex subject- perhaps our costumed model group can help you out.  Today we had a volunteer painting the cases that hold our library.  There's always something to paint in Belmar.

photo courtesy of Rebecca Szabo

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Open Studio for Drawing and Painting

Today something new started at BelmarArts, an Open Studio Class for Drawing and Painting.

 Instructor Mark Sadiang-Abay will be running it.  The class is suitable for students grade 6 to adult and anywhere in between, and any level of experience.  The open studio aspect means that participants can work on whatever they want, whether it be something already in progress, or trying something new.

There will always be a still life set up, such as the one that was there earlier today, for those who wish to practice working from objects in front of them, and the instructor will be there to provide whatever level of guidance is needed.   However, participants are not limited to still life, and can work out with the instructor what they need to work on.  Learn what you want at the pace that suits you.

Needed materials for the class will depend on what the participant wishes to learn about.  The class page on the main website lists suggestions-  bring pencils, charcoal, pastels, paints- whatever interests you- along with paper or canvas suitable to your medium.  We have tables and chairs in our new dedicated classroom space.  Cost per session is $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and can be paid in advance, or when you show up to participate.  Every Wednesday from 2 to 5 pm.  Space is limited, so reserving your spot ahead of time is recommended.  To learn more, you may contact the instructor through the class page, or the office at BelmarArts.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

JAS 13 Opens in Belmar

Tonight was the official opening for the JAS 13- the 13th Annual Juried Art Show from BelmarArts. It's our longest established event and one of our most popular traditions.  This year we had 182 entries, competing for 84 spots on the walls.  Not surprisingly, that meant a lot of visitors to this reception.  Attendance was light in the opening minutes, but it quickly built until the building was full.

A variety of mediums were represented in the list of accepted works- including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

The exhibition juror Richard Buntzen selected 9 pieces for awards.  These were the choices, announced during tonight's reception:

Juror Awards

Jimmy Hendrix
Stephen Harrison

What Lies Beneath
Sandy Taylor

Horsehair Raku
Kimberly DeMartino

Dana Cohoon

All Wrapped Up
Alexandra Cummings

End of Winter
Guido Guazzoni

Honorable Mentions

I've Got My Eye on Your
Lisa Foley

Shadows on Bamboo
Joan Myers

The Ukulele Player
Margaret Kukafka

The JAS 13 will be on display through May 15, 2017, with regular gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.  

photographs of artworks provided by the artists

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

JAS 13 is up on the walls

Today the JAS 13 went on view.  That stands for the 13th Annual Juried Art Show, our longest established exhibition, which goes back to before we moved into the Boatworks.  The official name tags for the works are still in progress, but everything is labelled and available to view.

Besides being our oldest show, the JAS is our most competitive.  This year we had 182 entries, with the juror selecting just 84 to be part of the show.  As for which ones will be winning prizes, that remains a mystery for now.  We are told that $1000.00 in prizes will be awarded, but those won't be announced until the official opening on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm.

The JAS 13 will remain on display during regular gallery hours (Wednesday to Saturday 1-5 pm) through 5/15/17.  Admission is free.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Past, Present, and Future

Tonight the Boatworks hosted a special Members event, celebrating Past, Present, and Future.  All three were represented.  BelmarArts has long depended on its members to get things done.  We only have one regular paid staff, so we rely on volunteers to get a lot of things accomplished, and tonight's party acknowledged some of that.  Members brought in a variety of foods for the refreshment table, more than we could eat during the event, though we're about a lot more than eating.

Live entertainment was presented by Jon Falk, who I am told will be taking charge of musical performances for us.  Music is a big part of our mission, so it's good that we have someone stepping up.

Out in the front room we had tables set up to recruit other helpers.  Keeping BelmarArts going requires a lot of work, so we were looking for people who want to be involved in general volunteer work, landscaping, office work, curating, fund raising, teaching art classes, etc.  Even if you weren't there tonight, we still welcome people who are interested in being a part of what we do.

Another part of tonight's event was acknowledging some of the many people who help keep things going.  Certificates were handed out to several people who have contributed much time and effort to the organization- heading up committees, running programs, etc.

But if nothing else, tonight was also a party.  Food, drink, music, even lots of party balloons.  The current gallery show, the annual Photography exhibition, is up for another week, so if you haven't seen it yet, make sure to get here during gallery hours and see it.  After that shows comes down, it will be replaced with the annual juried show- check the main website for details.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

13 x 19 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition Opens

As usual we had a big turnout for the latest Annual Juried Photography Exhibition.  By the official start time of the opening crowds were packing the gallery, and more were coming in the door.

No specific subject this time around, and a mix of black and white and color photography, more than 50 prints are on display.  The one common requirement was size- all work is 13" x 19" or 19" x 13".

During the reception on February 25th, the prize winners for the exhibition were announced.  

Best in Show
Vienna Electric City Bus
Robert Raia

Honorable Mention
Sailor Dance
Frank Parisi

Honorable Mention
Jeanne Schneider

Merit Award
Left Behind
Elizabeth Schultz

Merit Award
Ed Deverell

Merit Award
Walk on the Beach
Sarah McGovern

Merit Award
Iceland Highland
Barbara Halpern Cohen

Best in Show (Youth age 15-17)
Julia Matthews

Honorable Mention (Youth age 15-17)
Bright Wave
Matthew Cherekjian

The 13 x 19 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition fills both the front and back galleries, and remains on display through March 17, 2017.  Admission is free.

Images of Award Wining Photos provided by the artists.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Themeless Salon Opens

Big crowd in Belmar tonight for the Salon event and opening.  The new show is called Themeless, and the more than 60 works reflects that, in the sense that there is no common subject or medium.  This collection of member art includes a wide variety of paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints- little in common with each other except for being enjoyable artwork.  Well before the official start time a huge crowd was gathered to see the show and learn more about the art and artists.  That information would come from the artists themselves.

The event commenced at exactly 5:30 pm as planned.  Each artist present was given a few minutes to talk about their piece in the show- to tell about inspiration, process, tools, whatever they felt was important to share.

We had 44 of the artists in the show present tonight and talking about their works.  Some brought other people with them as well.  As the photos show, it was a pretty packed house.  But it was all handled with efficiency, and we got through everyone in about an hour.

After the Salon event was done, people were welcome to hang around, continuing to view the work, or asking more questions of the artists.  The bulk of the work looked at tonight is in the front room gallery, but some artists put a second piece in the show and these are in the back.

This Themeless Salon remains on display through February 17, 2017 during regular gallery hours.  Admission is free.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Space at the Boatworks

Things were semi-shut down around here for a few weeks around the New Year, and that quiet time was used to get some work done on the building- painting, etc.  A few bigger changes, too.  The side room that has served a number of functions since we built it (most recently Rebecca's office) has now   been rededicated as a classroom/workshop/meeting space, allowing simultaneous functions in the back without people being disturbed by the sound of the furnace.

The room is ready to go and open for business.  Check it out next time you are in the building.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Themeless Times in Belmar

Not much going on around the Boatworks the past few weeks, but that's about to change.  Today was the intake day for the next show, which is called Themeless.  In recent years our first show of the year has traditionally been a Salon style show, which for us means open (not juried) to all paid up members and all exhibiting artists are invited to present their contribution to the assembled people at the opening.  Just a few minutes where the artists can talk about the piece and the process used to complete it, which can mean medium, tools, inspiration, etc.  They also may take a few questions.  This is our only show of the year in this format, but because it provides so much insight into the works, it is also always an interesting experience.

It is also the first show we've had since before Christmas, so that opening becomes an opportunity to reconnect with other members, friends, and local artists who come to see it.  Following Hurricane Sandy, BelmarArts was shut down for several months, but the first Salon show of the new year was packed with visitors, overjoyed to have the place back up and running.  Nothing so extreme this year, but word is that we had over 60 entries.  I don't know how many artists have more than one piece (we only get to talk about one artwork each), so I don't know how many artists may be presenting, but it should be a good evening.

They will start hanging the show on Wednesday, January 18th, and the reception will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm.  The Salon portion of the event begins at 5:30 sharp- we have a lot of people who will be talking about their work and need to start on time.  The show will remain on display during regular gallery hours through February 17, 2017.  Meanwhile, a bit of remodeling has been going on during the break, so if nothing else, you may want to check out the updated look of the Boatworks, but the art itself should be quite interesting.