Saturday, April 7, 2018

JAS14 Opens in Belmar

Tonight was the award reception for the 14th Annual Juried Art Show at BelmarArts.  The show opened to the public last week, but tonight was the party.  The exhibition was juried by Josephine Barriero, and curated by Dorie Dahlberg.  It includes 60 works by 49 artists, a typical mix of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture.  It fills both the front and back galleries of the Boatworks.

It's much easier to see the work in the show when the reception is not going on, but as one artist told me last week, it's more exciting when the crowd is there.  We are estimating more than 90 visitors, in addition to employees and board members present.

Prizes for the exhibition were announce around 6:00 pm.   Our juror awarded nine pieces in total.  Here are the award winning pieces:
First Place
Mary Kliauga

Second Place
Pink Hibiscus
Vince Matulewich

Third Place
51 %
Patti Kaufman

Achievement Award
Clothes Lines
mixed media
Donna D'Amico

Achievement Award
Fish II
Beverly Hertler

Achievement Award
On Stand Down
Frank Parisi

Honorable Mention
Peep Show: La Leche de Madre #1
Louise Krasniewicz

Honorable Mention
Out For A Walk
Beth De Martino

Honorable Mention
The Woodworker
Michael Scherfen

The 14th Annual Juried Art Show will remain on display at the Boatworks during regular gallery hours through Thursday, May 3, 2018.  Admission is free.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Open Up the Book Arts Show

The Boatworks is no stranger to literary events and interests.  We've had writers groups, book publishing workshops, and book signing events, including one just last month.  And there have been times when books and related objects were part of group exhibitions in our gallery space.  but we never had a book themed exhibition...until now.  Welcome to the Book Art show.

This exhibition is curated by Louise Krasniewicz and features a wide variety of book themed art.  The show is intended to explore the relationships between the written word, books as physical objects, and the visual arts.  Artists were invited to provide art inspired by book sources, such as literary adaptations, sculptures made from book parts and materials, art that referenced book binding, famous literary characters, and anything else related.  Almost 40 artworks took on that challenge.

Besides book inspired artworks, the show includes other items related to books for viewers to enjoy, such as small libraries of books, information about comic books and their place in education, and even literary paper dolls for people to make.

Not our largest ever crowd, but the galleries were full, front and back.  Some even took advantage of the invitation to come dressed as favorite authors or characters from books.

The Book Arts Show will remain on display during regular gallery hours, through March 23, 2018.  Admission if free.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Author and Friends Come to Belmar

Talk about BelmarArts and most people probably think first about visual arts.  After all, our gallery space is active year round, and we are responsible for murals found on walls from one end of town to the other.  Just last week the Boatworks was packed full of members presenting works as part of the annual Member Salon exhibition.  However our mission includes a wide variety of creative outlets and today we had in event that celebrated music and writing, leaving the visual arts to just the blue tinged pieces hanging on the walls all around.  Today the Boatworks hosted something called "Meet the Author & Friends, with D.M. Anderson", an afternoon of conversation and inspiration.  The event included just three artists, and not a paintbrush or pencil to be found.

Above are the three featured artists- from left to right Joanne Calabrese, Leticia Walker, and D. M. Anderson. Different specialties and stories, but all were story tellers today.

The organizer was D.M. "Dee" Anderson, a writer and busy writing coach, as the other two participants shared with those in attendance.  Dee introduced each of the other artists as their turn to talk came up.  First was Leticia Walker (above seated) who has experience as a musical performer and singer.  For now a physical ailment has limited her ability in those areas, so she shared some of her music in recorded form, and was here today to promote a book, "Never Lucy", in which she shares some of her many struggles.  She credits Dee's skills as a writing coach as being an important part of getting her book completed.

Next up was Joanne Calabrese,  who was able to take advantage of our stage for her performance.

Joanne is a musician, performing today on acoustic guitar hooked up to a small amplifier.  Did several songs for the crowd that was there.  Of the three artists, she was the only one not promoting a book, but in her talk it was revealed that she's working on one, with Dee acting in the role of writing coach.

Meanwhile, Dee also had a book to promote, "Peace in Love and Work", an autobiographical story, and she signed copies for those who requested it.

The afternoon also included refreshments, a raffle of books and recordings, and something that seemed to be a gathering of friends.  Some in attendance had never been to the Boatworks before, but I get the impression they intend to come back again.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Back in Blue

A new year is now here, which means time for a members Salon show.  This has been the tradition around here for several years.  These shows may or may not have a theme, but what is a given is that participants are invited to spend a few minutes presenting their piece to the crowd- talking about what gave them the idea, or about their process, the history of the piece- whatever they think is significant. The results can be very informative.  We had almost 50 pieces in this year's show, which filled both front and back galleries, with a mix of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, prints, fabric pieces, and mixed media creations, all having the common element of "blue"

So what is blue?  We had a show in this same building last year, one of our Youth Art shows, that dealt with this same theme.  Too good a theme not to let the adults of the world take a crack at it.  For this show, it's any connotation that word has for you.  Could be the color, could be an emotional state, a form of music, or anything else.  The exhibited works show this variety of approaches, and the discussions in the Salon reflected all this.

The curator of this show is a BelmarArts member, Denise Van Dyke, who also functioned as the coordinator of tonight's Salon.  People started gradually drifting in and before long we were ready to go, all wearing our name tags made from blue painter's tape.

So we did get a good crowd.  The majority of pieces in the show were also represented with their creators present.  A lot of things were learned.

Most years we just stick with the work in the front room, maybe having artists talk about one or two things that were hung in the back, but this year the Salon included almost every work in the building.

Unfortunately, the Salon is over and all the artists went home.  The good news is that the show itself remains on display during regular gallery hours through February 16, 2018.  So if you are feeling blue, or want to feel blue, stop by the Boatworks and check out some cool colored artwork.