Saturday, March 5, 2011

Humor Reception

Is this a swampy African plain? Or an American safari park? No, it's the Belmar Arts Council, where this large mixed media piece (from Bob Mataranglo) was on hand to greet all visitors to the new Humor & The Lighter Side of Life exhibition. The Hippo is one of 56 artworks in the show, which includes a variety of sculpture, photographs, paintings (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), prints (woodcut, silkscreen), pastels, pencils, and video.

Several dozen people turned up for our opening reception, to check out the art in the front room and fun stuff in the back.


Today was our first time using our new addition to the Boatworks. We set up our food table back there (above) and had a couple of photo cut-outs of famous artworks (below) for people to pose in. We'll try to get some photos of the results up on this blog soon.


Meanwhile, our back room was set up with tables where people could enjoy the refreshments along with a little live music.





As you can see, participants brought in an impressive variety of art that fit within the exhibition theme. Over the length of the opening reception visitors could vote for a people's choice award. The winning piece (shown below) was Opening Day, a pastel from Jean Maliza.


The Humor exhibition remains on display at the Boatworks during gallery hours through March 25, 2011.

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