Friday, March 14, 2014

What Interests You?

The Boatworks is a very busy place.  Pick any handful of days on the calendar and you are likely to find an ongoing art exhibition, musical performances, classes teaching art related skills (in fact we had all three of those in a 24 hour period last weekend), member meetings, and special events.  Another kind of scheduled activity that has been going on there for years are the shared interest groups.  These are groups of members sharing a specific creative interest, who meet regularly to share information and discuss their related activities.  Less intense than a class, but still a great place to learn about something that might interest you or to develop that interest further.  Groups sharing interests in figure drawing, photography, and writing have been around us for years.  The newest BelmarArts shared interest group shares their interest in fiber based artwork, such as weaving, sewing, quilting, or probably anything else you can think of that works primarily with cloth as a medium.  Paper and book arts, too.  Welcome to Fiber Fridays.

On Friday March 7th, ten fiber artists gathered for the 2nd ever Fiber Friday meeting.  A brief introduction period was followed by a show and tell of the different types of fiber artwork from each member, and announcements about the upcoming Fibers, Fabric, and Paper Art show planned for late August.  Supplies for a t-shirt challenge to be displayed at that show by the members of the Fiber Friday group were distributed.

Group moderator Deb Stanley demonstrated Angelina fibers and their many uses.  BelmarArts members Tiffany Musser, Beverly Hertler, and Nicole Vincenti discussed the works they have currently hanging in the 10th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show right there in the Boatworks.  Paper weaving projects were constructed.  The next meeting will be Friday, May 9, 2014 from 11 to 1, at which Lise Garrison Hill will demonstrate felting.

BelmarArts shared interest group meetings are free to all members, though material and activity fees may apply in some cases.  To learn more about our shared interest groups, check out the general shared interest group page on our website or the individual pages there for each group.  If you have an interest not represented there, let us know. or even consider starting a group of your own.

photographs and information provided by Rebecca Szabo

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