Saturday, May 21, 2016

TXTR Opening Reception

Not exactly a great day to be outdoors at the shore today.  Not much rain, but not much sun either, cool and damp.  Inside the Boatworks we had a surplus of light, color, and interesting textures.  Our second annual youth art show was built around a theme of texture.  Exhibition curators Kelly Fogas and Aaron Weber found a wide and interesting variety of textured theme art for this show.

We estimate about 100 were in attendance today, viewing an exhibition spread throughout the whole building.  Refreshments included cake provided by Sweet! in Belmar.

Awards were provided by the Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore.  Three local art teachers received memberships from BelmarArts- Alex DiJiovanni of Neptune, Melissa Numerowski of Toms River Intermediate South, and Karen Waller from Bergen County Technical School.  Of course there were also awards for many of the exhibiting artists.

Most Textured

2nd Place
Fun House
Ricky Ritzet, The Rugby School

1st Place
Jeff's Crazy Hair Day
Christopher Yuro, Austin Beard, Troy Vander,
James Kuhl, Campbell Challonder, 
Toms River Intermediate South


2nd Place
Emily Zimmer and Erica Hernandez, Howell Middle School

1st Place
Plastic Wave
Art Club Neptune School


2nd Place
Boardwalk Dog
Ryan Costello, The Rugby School

1st Place
Beckoning Cat
Bridget Keeler

Most Interactive

2nd Place
Showery Night
Josh Basilt and Maggie Jaspan

1st Place
The Big Top
Point Pleasant Borough Life Skills Students

Best Of Show

Sea Turtle
Oscar Vizcaino
Bergen County Technical High School

Unfortunately, this show ends on May 27th, so if you haven't seen it yet, make plans to come to Belmar soon.  Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

TXTR is Open

Today was the opening of the latest exhibition at the Boatworks- TXTR: A Tangible Youth Art Exhibit.  The show includes over 60 artworks, all made by students in grades 6 to 12, coming from all around the state.

Mostly mixed media works, often combining traditional and non-traditional art materials, all used in very creative ways.

There will be an official opening reception on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 7 pm.  Several of the shows this summer have relatively short runs, and this one ends on May 27, 2016, so don't wait too long to see this exciting and colorful show.  As always, admission is free.