Today two new exhibitions opened at the Boatworks. Above are photos from the front room, which holds the Shore Reflections Artisan Market, our annual summer sale of arts and crafts produced by local artists, with an emphasis on items reflecting a Jersey Shore theme. As you can see, lots of jewelry, ceramics, notecards, books from local authors, baskets, and decorative items- all originals of local origins. This show, which is sponsored by Jersey Shore Moments Gallery in Manasquan, will be open through September 18th. Work will be replenished as it sells, so plan to make return visits over the next 7 weeks.
Also opening today is a solo show in the back gallery, one of two selected by a juror to run simultaneously with the Artisan Market. This first one, called Catentric features the artwork of member Sue Kasdon, images of her favorite theme of cats and older women. Most of the works are colorful ceramic portraits, although she has also included a selection of recent black and white woodcut pieces completed here in Belmar. This show runs through August 21st, after which it will be replaced by another juror-selected show, with photographic work from member Gary Dates.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the summer. Specific hours are available on the main website. Admission is free for both shows.