Sunday, April 26, 2009

Awakenings Concert in Belmar

Today the BAC hosted a special concert in the Belmar Elementary School Auditorium, featuring new works from the young composers of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. The compositions were performed by a string quartet, accompanied on some pieces by piano or vocal. Ten works were performed overall, composed by Matthew Samson, Aubrey Maks, Cameron Wentz, Robert Pegg, Dan Halbstein, Karol Nowicki, David Foley, David Zas, Patrice Malone, Nathan Jones, and Mike Fili. (all shown in the last photo) The performers were Gerry Ianco and Rafael Klayman on violin, Mura Kelly on viola, Madeline Casparie on cello, Dan Halbstein on piano, and Meredyth Morrison's soprano vocal. Those in the audience, who gave up a beautiful sunny afternoon to attend the show, were very impressed with both the compositions and the performers at this unique event.
This concert came about thanks to the efforts of Patrice Malone, our former summer intern, and a Theory/Composition and Arts Administration major at Westminster Choir College. The concert was supported by the following local businesses, many of which donated door prizes: Boathouse Bar and Grill, Boom, Central Jersey Bank N.A., Connolly Station, Dunkin Donuts, Inn at the Shore, Klein's Waterside Cafe, Pringle/Quinn/Anzano PC, Starry Nite Cafe, Taylor Hardware, The Melting Pot, Tino's Family Auto Care, Valdamier's Salon, and Viva's Classic Latin Cuisine, as well as by the Belmar Board of Education and the Borough of Belmar. Additional thanks go to all the many BAC volunteers, who helped promote the show, sell tickets, and provide treats for the reception that followed the concert.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

BAC Goes to LaPlaca Pottery

With the 5th Annual Juried Exhibition occupying most of the Boatworks for this entire month, there is no room to have the monthly members meeting. No problem- just take the meeting on the road, and learn more about local arts in the process. The April member meeting was held at LaPlaca Pottery Studio in the 5th Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Owner Greg LaPlaca gave a presentation about his studio and the processes of making and firing pottery, including types of kilns. He also demonstrated how to wheel throw a bowl and a vase, transforming lumps of clay into attractive vessels. All in attendance were very impressed with his skills.
(photos courtesy of Joe Villa)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Belmar Art Walk 2009

The Boatworks hosted an event related to our 5th Annual Juried Art Show for the 3rd day in a row. Today was the annual Belmar Art Walk, with arts related events being hosted at 18 locations around downtown Belmar. The Boatworks was one of those locations, where we had an open house to show off our new exhibition and our wonderful home. As happened the past two days, we had live music, this time provided by our own Tim McCorry. He performed original compositions on the keyboard, on one song accompanied by the talented Myya, as seen above. If you didn't have a chance to see the exhibition this past weekend, the show will remain on display during regular gallery hours through May 1, 2009.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

5th Annual Juried Art Show Reception

Once again a huge crowd came out on this lovely spring day to attend the opening reception for the 5th Annual Belmar Arts Council Juried Art Exhibition. After reading the juror statement from Marie Maber (who had the difficult challenge of choosing these 87 works out of almost 300 entries), visitors could check out the show. Shown above are the various award winners. From top to bottom-
Best in Show- Paul Qian By the Beach (oil painting)
Honorable Mention Sculpture/Fine Crafts- Freya Gervasi Centurian (stone)
Honorable Mention Painting- Barbara Edelhauser Out of the Tangle (oil)
Honorable Mention Photography/Digital- Vicky Culver One's Point of View (photo)
Honorable Mention Mixed Media- Ralph Katz Through the Black (mixed)
Honorable Mention Graphics/Drawing/Printmaking- Melissa Dayton Adam (pastel)
In addition to all the art, visitors could enjoy the usual wine and cheese and our guest musician for the day, Susan Lavin playing the harp.

Juried Art Show Preview

The night before the official opening of 5th Annual Belmar Arts Council Juried Art Show, the Boatworks hosted a special preview reception for the trustees and some special guests. Tasty food and beautiful music from Keith Calmes were there, along with the 87 artworks that were selected for the show. As for the art, stop by the Boatworks on Saturday April 4th from 3 to 5 pm for the exhibition reception, or on Sunday April 5th from 5 to 6 pm for our open house, or during regular gallery hours through May 1, 2009.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Art and Music All Weekend at the Boatworks

The 5th Annual BAC Juried Exhibition is up at the Boatworks and ready to be seen. And you have 2 great opportunities to do so this weekend.

First, there is the official opening reception on Saturday, April 4, from 3 to 5 pm. Come see all the work selected by the juror for the exhibition, while you enjoy the harp playing of Susan Lavin and our usual great wine and cheese spread.

Then on Sunday the BAC will be winding up the Belmar ArtWalk with an open house from 5 to 6 pm, featuring the keyboard music of Tim McCorry. The ArtWalk is from 12 to 6 pm, with events at 18 different locations around downtown Belmar. A schedule of events and map of locations is available at Artifacts Boutique, 1012 Main Street.