Thursday, February 18, 2016

Getting Ready

We are a few weeks away from the deadline of the 12th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Show at the Belmar Arts Council.  Years ago that deadline meant dozens of people lining up, carrying in their work and filling out forms over a whole weekend, then a juror having to go through all the works to select pieces for the show.   The digital age makes things more efficient.  Forms are filled out online in advance, and images are submitted and judged digitally as well.  If you don't make the cut, you never have to come to the building.

The one big problem with having your work evaluated by digital photo is that you need to have a good photo of it.  All the juror has is the photo to look at, so if it isn't a good representation, you may be out of luck.  With that in mind, the BAC offered an opportunity for its members to stop by and get some tips for photographing ones own work, as well as getting a piece done on the spot.  We had Michael Miller and Joe Villa, two of our most experienced  photographers on hand to help out.  About 25 people had turned up to take advantage of the opportunity.  After some introductory information, the two photographers each set up a station and went to work helping to document the artworks.  Michael and Joe will send the results back to the artists in the coming days.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Great American Landscape

Tonight the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for The Great American Landscape,  a juried photography exhibition.  This makes two openings in a row where the building was packed- we estimate about 150 people coming through over the evening.

As the title indicates, the subject for this year's photo show is the American landscape.  In this case, that means nature- no roads, cities, etc.  Forty-four works were accepted, both black and white and color.  This year's jurors were Ellen Martin, Director of Jersey Artist Registry, and Stacy Smith, Manager of Publications and Communications for the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.


Best In Show
Lollipop III
Nicholas Teetelli

Merit Award
Snow Canyon, Utah
Gina Cioffi

Merit Award
Reed's Beach, Cape May
Michael Endy

Honorable  Mention
Dunes Day
Marilyn Baldi

Honorable Mention
Sunrise Fog
Carl Rothschild

Honorable Mention
Morning Tranquility
Elina Veyberman

Awards for the show provided by the generosity of Jersey Shore Moments, Visions Photographic Workshops, and a generous individual BelmarArts supporter.

Images of the award winning works will be coming soon.  If you can't wait until then, go check out the show in person.  Gallery hours are 1 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  The exhibition will remain on display through February 26, 2016.  Admission is free.

gallery photos provided by Michael S. Miller
artwork photos provided by the artists