Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Memories of Belmar

This coming August, the Boatworks will be hosting an exhibition called Belmar Stories: A Show of Visual and Performing Arts. The exhibition will invite artists to submit art in any medium that is inspired by their memories of Belmar.

The first phase of the process began this evening, at an event hosted at Taylor Pavilion by the Belmar Historical Preservation Council. A few dozen people attended Seaside Memories, where the longtime Belmar residents had the opportunity to reminisce about Belmar's past through discussions and Belmar trivia going back over a century. Several BAC members were on hand to participate, including videotaping some of the participants talking about their Belmar memories. The resulting video is intended to be part of our August show.

The next related event is a special collage workshop hosted by Ranger Industries artist and designer Michelle Bernard. She will show people how to create a finished piece of art from their own collection of photos, mementos, ephemera, and souvenirs. It's a great opportunity for those who would like to be part of our August celebration of Belmar but who are not quite sure what to submit. The workshop will be July 7, from 7 to 9pm, and is recommended to people age 17 and up. The fee will be $10 for BAC members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited, so participants are asked to register by contacting Brenda at the BAC by July 1st.

The Belmar Stories exhibition itself will open August 8 and remain on display through August 28, 2009. Intake for the show will be August 1, from 10 am to 1 pm. More details will be posted here as we closer to the event.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

BAC Jam Band

One of the new regular events this summer is the BAC Jam Band. Above photos show Mike, Bart, Tim, Dave, and Tom performing recently on the Boatworks stage. The group meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of summer months. New musicians are welcome to sit in. In addition, there will be open mic spots available during Jam Band breaks to interested musicians, singers, poets, comedians, jugglers, etc. Admission is free for all, in case you just want to come enjoy the music.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brave New Works Opening

Today was the official opening reception for the Brave New Works show currently on display at the Boatworks. About 50 people came by to see the art, which remains on display Wed-Sun, 1 to 5 pm, through June 27th. As part of today's event, Bunny Poland of the Belmar Food Pantry was presented with a very timely check for $321 by exhibition chair Scott Hawxhurst, money derived from entry fees, donations, and sales of art in the show. Any further sales of art from this exhibition will also benefit the Food Pantry, so consider coming by the gallery and acquiring one of the many daring new works in the show.

Battle of the Bands '09

This past May the Belmar Arts Council organized the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands, held at the Belmar Elementary School Auditorium. The competition is open to bands with members age 15 and under. The event was hosted by the BAC's own Tom Brennan (top photo), who sent us these photos. Also shown:
Photos #2-4 Vapor Child (Competition Winner), including Bill Schneider, Chad Morales, Greg Ruberis, and Michael Delgado.
Photos #5-6 Energy Level, including Michael Vecchio and Alexandra Vecchio.
Photo #7 Beach Music Rock Band, including Andrew Peterson and Robert Capone.
Photos #8-9 Point of Entry, including David Abraham, Jamon Lyons, and Jason Fahim.
Photo #10 Anything But That, including Jenna Angelidas and Liam Donnelly.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Brave New Salon

Tonight we had our usual monthly member meeting (1st Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm at the Boatworks, all are welcome), but when it was done we held one of our Salon events. On these occasions, artists who have work hanging in the current show are invited to speak about their work and answer questions from those in attendance. Earlier this week the Brave New Works exhibition was hung. It will officially open this coming Saturday June 6, with a reception from 3 to 5 pm, but those in attendance tonight got a little preview. Several of the exhibiting artists were on hand to talk about their pieces on display.