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.

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.

Dare To Fly is Open

A new exhibition opened today at the Boatworks. Called Dare To Fly! A Youth Art Exhibit, the work is from artists in the age range of 10 to 15.  All media was welcome, and a wide variety was submitted to the show- drawing, painting, sculpture, etc, more than 60 pieces total.  All with the theme of flying of course.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.   Our extended summer schedule goes into effect this week, so the gallery is open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and from 1:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.  Admission is free.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Making the Papers

No, this isn't a smoothie in progress, much less a daiquiri, unless you like newsprint based beverages.  What you're seeing is the start of a demonstration from today's meeting of Fiber Fridays.  The topic today was making paper.  Papers are made from plant fibers, some more processed than others.  Today Rebecca gave a demonstration as to how a simple paper base can be made from old unwanted paper.  The contents of that blender were essentially shredded newspaper and water, then blended into a pulp.

The next step was to layer the mix in a form, on top of screens that would eventually allow the excess water to drain away.  Some metallic threads were placed on top, and the crowd watched them dance around.  Eventually the bottom was opened allowing the rest of the water to drain quickly, leaving the sheet of paper.

Several minutes of blotting and sponging followed, gradually removing more and more water from the new sheet of paper.  Finally we had the piece below.

This was just a very basic piece, but other options include adding color, and more textural items, or making thicker pieces and molding them into three dimensional forms that will eventually dry.

The Fiber Fridays shared interest group meets bi-monthly at the Boatworks.  Planned for July's meeting is stamping on  various materials.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Belmar Art Walk 2015

With the new paving project well in hand, attention could be turned to the 2015 edition of the annual Belmar Art Walk.  This year we had 35 locations lined up, mostly along Main Street, but all within walking distance.  Very early this morning we had a brief return to winter, with below freezing temperatures across much of the state, but the sun and spring weather were back in place by the early afternoon.

Thanks to the warm weather, a lot of the event was held outdoors.  Artists set up their displays on racks and tables on the sidewalks (above) and across Pyanoe Plaza (below), where they could interact with all the visitors passing through town.

Of course, some of our artists were set up inside their business locations as well, taking advantage of their walls and shelves to show their arts and crafts.

Some of the artists provided demonstrations of their skills along side examples of their completed art, and this could be done both outdoors and indoors.

One thing that encouraged visitors to check out all the locations and visit inside the hosting Belmar businesses was a Secret Word Game.  These words were displayed inside many of the places hosting art today, and the maps that were distributed all around town included a place to record these words.

The Boatworks was open for the duration of the event, listed as stop number 4 on the map, though people could visit the 35 locations in any order they wanted.  Well over 100 visitors were recorded, enjoying our current 11th Annual Juried Art Show.  At the end of the day, the Boatworks and its new outdoor brick paver paths hosted a gathering open to all.  Live entertainment was provided by local band Forty Winx.

Anyone who had found at least a dozen of the secret words during the day could drop their map off at the Boatworks, where it was their entry for a free drawing that was held late in the day.  The prize was a large basket of goodies, donated by Belmar businesses.

The winner of the basket was Lorraine Brennan (above center), who was enjoying the day in Belmar along with friends Yuki Terao and Marion Pizzo.  Now they were enjoying it more, and really looking forward to their next planned visit later this summer.

The Belmar ArtWalk was organized and sponsored by the Belmar Arts Council, the Belmar Tourism Commission, and the Belmar Business Partnership.