Today the Boatworks hosted Bob Steeler's Solo Art Exhibition. Bob is probably best known as a musician, having served as the drummer for the well known band Hot Tuna for several years. When there was interest in bringing him in to perform, he told us he was concentrating on the visual arts now, and he wasn't kidding. He has an established career as a painter and sculptor in the New York/New Jersey region, describing his current painting style as a form of absurd surrealism. So he was invited to be here as a visual artist, and our side room gallery is currently filled with his art. Above and below are some photos of the space.
As with most shows, attendance at the opening reception started with just a few people and then built up into a crowd. The official door count was over 80 visitors, not including the BAC regulars there to run the reception. Bob Steeler is the tall man in the center of the above photo, and his art gave viewers much to talk to him about.
The artist's paintings are for sale, and a few originals have already been sold, but also available were a variety of small reproductions of his paintings and drawings.
Like most of our receptions, we had the usual wine and cheese refreshments, and live background music, today provided by area musician Chris Turner. Combined with the beautiful sunny day it made for a pleasant late afternoon.
After the reception officially ended and all the visual arts discussions were over, it was time for music. Were we going to have Bob Steeler in for an event and not have him perform? Not if we could help it. Word is that the Bob Steeler Band is a work in progress, but to those of us at the Boatworks, they sounded just fine.
The Bob Steeler exhibition will continue in our side gallery through October 17, 2014, running along side the Fiber, Fabric, and Paper Arts show for the next week, then along with the upcoming Grass Roots show featuring art from participants in 2014 BelmarArts classes and workshops starting October 4th. Details are available on our main website. Admission is free.