Saturday, September 19, 2009

Surf Art Awards

Several artworks from the current surf themed exhibition received awards. Don Tarrant judged the show and gave the following awards:

The Kowabunga Award: John Glen- Danny's Daydream, paint pen on board

The Most Off The Wall Award: Frank Errickson- Paradise, stained glass

The Most Rad Award: Joe Hodnicki- Under the Lip, oil on wood

Most Surfadelic Award: Paul Miller- Winter Sunset, acrylic

In addition to those awards, people attending the reception could vote for favorite pieces. The top three received People's Choice Awards. Those three are shown below:

People's Choice Award: Ben DeMarco-Surfer on Yellow Board, Photograph

People Choice Award: Mark Ragucci- Free Ride, charcoal

People's Choice Award: Sara Abromovic- Perfect Wave, oil
To see these and the 98 works in the show, as well as be able to bid on the silent auction artworks, stop by the Boatworks between now and October 2.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Surf Art Reception

Labor Day may have passed a week ago, but at the Boatworks we had one last summer party to officially open up our new exhibition The Innermost Limits of Pure Stroke, a show devoted to art inspired by surfing. The crowds built early, with close to 200 people coming by to see some very exciting art. Inside the building we had more than 100 works on display in a wide variety of media- paintings, drawings, prints, photos, sculptures, and some interesting mixed media work.
But the exhibition was only the beginning. In the back room we had work that could be bid on as part of a silent auction. A portion of all the money raised by this show is going to benefit Surfaid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization. Also in the back room we had surfing videos projected on our famous biggish screen.

As wonderful as the exhibition is, the real party today was outdoors. The bad weather of the past week has moved on, allowing us to set up in the parking lot. We had great food provided by Joe Leone's in Point Pleasant, Fins in Bradley Beach, and the Little Red Barn in Belmar, plus live music by the surfBobs. The party went on as the sun went down.

The reception may be over, the show goes on. The exhibition will remain up at the Boatworks through October 2, during regular gallery hours- Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. Gallery admission is always free.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Surf Art in Belmar

There is a very unique show in the Boatworks right now, called The Innermost Limits of Pure Stroke. The show is all art with a surfing theme- paintings, photos, drawings, etc- even some special surfboards. More than 100 pieces will be on display. The exhibition, which benefits SurfAid International, officially opens on September 5, and will have a special reception on Sunday, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm. The show will remain on display during regular gallery hours through October 2nd.

Tonight was our regular monthly member meeting and we had a special guest. Jay Alders is a very busy local artist- a prolific fine artist who has exhibited pretty much anywhere with a coastline, but also producing quality commission work for publications and products. Much of his art depicts one of his favorite activities, surfing. Of course he has some work in this current show, but tonight the more than 30 people in attendance saw a slide show of past and current work, including step by step views of his process.