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

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.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wine Tote Workshop

Today Master Basket weaver Mary May was back in Belmar to once again offer a workshop in how to make a classic style of NJ Pinelands basket.

The design today was for a wine tote, a tall basket with a central handle that can hold a bottle or two of wine.  Workshop students attached the oak handle to the basket base, and then used basket reeds to gradually build up the sides.

Above, workshop instructor Mary May assists a student with an early stage of the project.  Below, her next workshop will cover how to make the 7" Scandinavian Snowflake shown here.

The Snowflake workshop will be on December 12, 2015.  Cost will be $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  There is also a $15 materials fee, which covers all the materials used in the project.  More information can be found on the class page on our main website.

Winter Solstice Artisan Market

The 2015 Winter Solstice Artisan Market and Fine Arts Sale at the Boatworks is open for business.  Close to 30 artists are participating in the event this year.

From the photos you can see that this year's artist made products include such things as ceramics, clothing, jewelry, cards, artworks, soaps, baskets, holiday decorations, and much more.

The Market and Sale are open through December 19th, with a special schedule of Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. We are participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28th, with a special one day deal- 10% off any purchase of more than $100.  Skip the mall and get some interesting gifts for the people on your list (including yourself).  Admission is free.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dark of Night Reception

Although the work has been up on the walls for a few weeks, tonight was the official reception for our current Dark of Night exhibition, which occupies the back room gallery.

We are estimating that around 60 people came through this evening to see this collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photos, and sculptures with macabre themes.

As part of the season, instead of the usual refreshment table, we had a trick or treat table-  containers with candy bars, cookies, and other small portions of treats.  You could eat them there, or fill a bag to take home, or both.

This exhibition, along with the Art of Recovery on display in the front room gallery, is open to the public through November 6, 2015.  Admission is free.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Shows for Fall 2015

The Boatworks currently has two new exhibitions on display.  The front room gallery has Art of Recovery, featuring artwork from the members at the Shore House in Long Branch.  More information about the program and the show can be found at the BelmarArts site.

Then continue on to the back room gallery to see Dark of Night, a spooky themed show in time for the Halloween season.

Both shows are currently on display, and there will be a reception on October 10, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm.  The exhibitions continue through November 6th during regular gallery hours.  As always, admission is free.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

San Gennaro Festival

Around 11 a.m. this morning an invasion force moved south through Belmar.  No need to panic, it was the San Gennaro parade, which began the festivities today.  The crowd, accompanied by their own music, started at St Rose church, just blocks from the Boatworks, and proceeded to the area reserved for the festival, a section of Main Street south of 10th Avenue.

The festival area of Main was lined with booths.  Lots of food naturally, but also information, services, etc.  A lot of businesses were setting up impromptu sidewalk sales.

And being Belmar, art was also a presence.  Right on the first block were a lot of familiar faces, starting with the BelmarArts booth.   We are promoting a lot of autumn activities- next week's Dark of Night group show, the Chili Cook Off, fall classes.

And we had recruited some local artists to set up displays of their work.

The Belmar San Gennaro Festival continues tomorrow, Sunday September 20th, from 11 to 5.  Come check it out, have some zeppole, see some art, and visit the BelmarArts booth.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 Mural Project part 2

Painting a mural at a train station that is in use can be tricky.  Last year we did one on the main platform, but not completely.  We tried an approach used by a professional muralist, painting the image on segments of "parachute cloth" back in the Boatworks, then attaching them to the wood walls in a process similar to putting up wallpaper.  This year we are going with another contemporary variation, painting the art on plywood, and attaching that to the building walls. Either way the majority of the image painting was done in our building and not out on the platform used by people traveling into and out of town.

As with last year, once the painted pieces were installed on the wall, there was still a need to fill the spaces in between, so we had volunteers there today painting those gaps and adding additional layers of color where needed.

This is essentially a continuation of last year's train station mural project, so the funding comes from the same source- ArtHelps and the Belmar Business Partnership.

Above and below are photos from the end of the day's painting.  The image has really started to come together.  Take a southbound train through Belmar and you can see it for yourself.

additional photos provided by Pat Hutchinson