Saturday, October 4, 2014

Grass Roots Opening

Tonight the Boatworks hosted a show unlike any we've ever had before.  This exhibition consists solely of work from participants in classes, workshops, and shared interest groups offered by the Belmar Arts Council, work all from 2014.  This building is busy almost every day of the week, so it's no surprise that we ended up with over 50 pieces representing the variety of what can be found here.

Starting in the front room, visitors to this show can find

photography from both the photo interest group (above) and from the many photography workshops (below),

paintings and drawings from participants in those long running classes,

work including text from participants in the writers group,

and examples of the kinds of things covered in the embellished surfaces workshop series.

And then as visitors move into the back gallery, they will see paintings from the summer's watercolor class,

several relief prints from the woodblock printmaking class,

various products of the Fiber Fridays special interest group,

and paintings and drawings from participants in the Wednesday evening costumed figure drawing group, plus one item from the landscape painting class.

Sure, many of our art receptions include live musical performances, and we had a few people (above) providing that for us tonight, but we also had a reading (below) from a member who not only took the self publishing workshop series, but then published her book.

We had the usual big crowd at the opening, including much of the refreshments provided by members.

The Grass Roots exhibition will remain on display through November 7, 2014 during regular gallery hours, with the Bob Steeler Solo Exhibition running in the side gallery through October 10th.  Admission is free.

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