Spring is here, and with it, the annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show. This is the 12th year for our most popular annual show, one that predates our time in the Boatworks. The process began weeks ago, with artists submitting 131 works in a wide variety of media. Exhibition juror Nancy Haulenbeek selected 67 pieces from that group for the show. With help from the usual suspects the work was installed, and the building was patched and painted. The show has been on view for several days, but people had to wait until tonight for the official opening.
To set the mood, we had Tim McCorry on piano at the start. Before long, the crowd arrived, louder than the music could ever be.
Most of the food and beverages for tonight's opening was provided by Whole Foods, which is opening a new location just a few miles down Route 35 in Wall. The store will open to the public on April 13th, but our visitors got a nice preview today. Platter after platter of sushi was set out, plus lots of vegetables and dips, cheese and crackers (see above), and other classic gallery fare. Below, people lined up to partake.
But as crowded as the refreshment tables were, the galleries were even more crowded. We are estimating more than 250 visitors over the course of the reception, making moving through the galleries and seeing the art a bit of a challenge at times.
The following pieces were chosen for awards:
Best in Show
oil on canvas
First Prize 2-D
oil on canvas
First Prize 3-D
acrylic paint collage
Apple Tree in the Snow
Black Magic Woman
The JAS 12 Juried Art Show 2016 remains on display through May 6, 2016. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm. Admission is free.