Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jersey Shore JAS8 Opening Reception

We had a beautiful spring afternoon for today's opening reception for the 8th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show. Every year this is the Belmar Arts Council's biggest and most competitive show, which always results in a high quality and very diverse exhibition. Today was no exception.

As the crowd started to fill the building, our own Tim McCorry was on hand to provide live entertainment. Before long the building was packed, with perhaps close to 200 visitors coming through over the course of the reception.

This year's annual exhibition includes 71 works, representing such media as painting (oils, acrylics), watercolors, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture (wood, stone), photography, digital graphics, drawing, fabric, mixed media, and even sugar. The show spreads out over all three rooms in the Boatworks.

This year's juror, the distinguished New Jersey painter Gary Erbe, chose winners in five categories, and an additional nine honorable mentions. The winners are shown below.

Best In Show
Paul Bonelli
The Floating World: Wheel Game
hand colored woodcut

First Prize, Painting
Guido Guazzoni
Upper Hudson Valley
oil painting

First Prize, Sculpture & Fine Crafts
Carol Gleason
Fish Sculpture

First Prize, Photography & Graphic Media
Rick Alvarado
graphic arts

First Prize, Mixed Media
Beverly Hertler
composition batik on silk

Honorable Mention
Donna Arvelo
Be Careful Deer
oil painting

Honorable Mention
Buren Gilpin
Attraction of Opposites

Honorable Mention
Carol Guteri
Untitled II
poster paint

Honorable Mention
Olympia Hostler
mixed media

Honorable Mention
Pat Hutchinson
A Good Nose
oil painting

Honorable Mention
Bill Ross

Honorable Mention
Lizzie Schippert
Bread and Cherries
oil painting

Honorable Mention
Gerrie Vergona
Sweet Peace

Honorable Mention
Joan Wallace
Shy Hannah

The 8th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show will remain on display at the Boatworks through May 4, 2012. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm. Admission is free.

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