Saturday, June 17, 2017

Life in an Enchanted Garden

Our latest show at the Boatworks is a little different from any other show in recent memory.  Called "An Enchanted Garden", the proposal called for such options as beautiful flowers, waterfalls, fairies and gnomes, even live plants could be submitted.

These wide ranging options seem to have worked for participants, as we ended up with over 80 submissions to this show.  The small sculptures above and paintings below demonstrate how the artists met the challenge.

This show was organized by Alison Bowie and Louise Krasniewicz, shown above dressed for the occasion as Alice and the Mad Hatter, posing with the Queen of Hearts.  The Lewis Carroll thing was not necessarily part of the show, but it certainly seemed compatible with the art and atmosphere.  The Queen threatened to cut off our heads a few times, but everyone survived the event intact.  And for a change of pace from the usual wine and cheese reception, it was decided to make today's reception a "Mad Hatter Tea Party."  Yes, there was tea.

Normally this is the point in a blog post where we show the prize winning pieces in the show, but this time around the prizes didn't go to submitted works, but to elaborate hats that some in attendance chose to wear.

The above pink hat won the first prize in the hat competition, but you can see many other worthy exotic hats, often involving just as much work as the paintings, drawings, sculptures and works of art entered in the exhibition.  The consensus seemed to be that this was one of the funnest art receptions we've ever held.

The Enchanted Garden exhibition remains on display during regular gallery hours through July 7, 2017.  The hats may not be there, but visitors retain the option of wearing one when they come to the gallery.  Admission is free, as always.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Blue Opening in Belmar

So why a "blue" show?  Exhibitions often have a theme, and one of the first thoughts that was considered was starting with a color.  Of course, besides being a hue, blue also has many other connotations, such as in that piece just below.

Put out a call for "blue" art and you give artists a lot of possibilities.  This is our 3rd Annual Youth Art show, and in the end we had 73 pieces submitted, representing around 20 schools, plus individuals.  Most of the art came from the shore region, but we had art come from some far parts of the state as well, thanks to word of mouth and publicity on social media.

Fitting the theme, the sky was crying all day, a major rain storm, the kind that can sometimes keep a crowd from showing up to an opening.  But not today- we officially counted over 130 in attendance by the time of the award ceremony, and more were coming.

No specific subject or medium for this show, so we had a wide variety.  Turns out that blue can be used in a lot of different ways- painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, etc.

When it was time to announce the award winners, the back gallery was packed wall to wall.  The full list will be added soon.  The show was sponsored by contributions from Blazing Visuals, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Hal Khan, and local bakery Sweet!, whose cake was devoured by our crowd.  The following awards were announced during the reception:

Best of Show
Nicole Smalley
Eye See You

1st Ribbon Bluest of Blues
Ria Manghani
Bergen Tech High School
Moment of Silence

2nd Ribbon Bluest of Blues
Alex Vincent
Brick Memorial High School
Blue Skies

3rd Ribbon Bluest of Blues
Alexa Petersen
Point Boro High School
Vi Et Anino

Blue Ribbon Award 1st Ribbon
Kylie Wintle
Jackson Liberty
Tattoo Design

Blue Ribbon Award 2nd Ribbon
Doris Fon
St Rose High School
I'm Blue

Blue Ribbon Award 3rd Ribbon
Erin Lynch
Blue Horse

Hal Kahn Award of Merit
Morgan DiMicco
Brick Memorial High School

Teacher Membership Awards:
Jude Harzer, Brick Memorial
Michele Russo, Deal
Luisa Corichi, Rugby School

Our Blue art show will remain on display through June 1, 2017, during regular gallery hours.  Admission is free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

BelmarArts on the Road Again

Sometimes Belmar area artists produce more art than the town can handle.  We fill the gallery, set up on sidewalks, paint murals on the sides of buildings.  Last December we organized a show for a big space in nearby Spring Lake.  And this week we filled another space in Wall Township.

This time it's at NJ Resources, an energy company, not far off Route 34.  Entries were from members only, and the show was juried by an in house committee.  The location is in the company's 2nd Floor Cafe, open to the public Monday through Friday, with no admission fee.  The room is spacious and well lit, and the work represents the various mediums and subjects common to our members.

The show remains on display through May 25, 2017.  The building is located at 1415 Wyckoff Rd.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Day at the ArtWalk

Today was a busy day around the Boatworks, and around the town.

A major outdoor project was begun, which will provide landscaping and a large scale outdoor sculpture.  One needed step was removing some dead trees from the empty lot area next to our building, to make way for the labyrinth that will be built soon.  Our own Jim Aberle is the person leading it.  More on this as it develops.

The Art Walk is an event that places local artists and their art in spots all over Belmar- on the street, inside businesses, and in public spaces, such as above and below, events in Pyanoe Plaza.  For example, we had chalk art being demonstrated by Anthony Cappeto, and live music from the band 40 Winx.

We had a large group of individual artists set up in front of the school on Main Street.  Attendance was not only free, but there was an incentive-

People who collected all the code words from all the locations that artists were at were entered into a raffle for this prize basket, filled with lots of Belmar merchandise.

Seems like it's been raining on New Jersey a lot over the past several months, but today we lucked out and had sunny day.  Good for the artists and good for art lovers walking around.

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.  And another one helping with the trim in our back room.  There's always something to paint in Belmar.

photos 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