Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cornucopia of Color in Belmar

A few days ago a new show came to the Boatworks, and tonight was the official opening.  The show is called Cornucopia of Color, and that title is certainly true.  This exhibition is organized by committee chairs Eileen Petruch and Rupa DasGupta. No specific medium, though it seems painting dominates, but there are examples of collage, photography, drawing, fibers, and mixed media.  No specific subject either.  What it all has in common is an abundance of color.  The proposal indicates that reds, yellows, and oranges of autumn were the inspiration for the show theme, but were not a requirement, and artists will do what they are going to do, so any color you can think of can be found on these walls.  In any case, it's a cure for gray days of autumn, such as the one we had today.  

The show fills both the front and back galleries, almost 60 works total.  The reception had a slightly earlier than usual start time, due to a musical event happening a little later, but we still got a pretty good crowd.

The crowd was eventually bolstered by the arrival of some of the artists connected to the show in the Lounge gallery, which was also quite colorful.  The artists were youthful, members of the Boys and Girls club of Monmouth County, located Asbury Park.  Curated by Donna Mechura, the over 40 works include a wide variety of media, such as painting, collage, mixed media, cut paper, and collage.  If you are going to come see the main show, you may as well check out the side gallery and see these colorful works.

If you have a desire to get out of the gray and into the color, stop by the Boatworks between now and November 23rd, when this show comes down.  As always, admission is free.

In connection with this show, there will be a Salon event on Saturday Nov 9, from 3 to 5 pm.  All participants are invited to come and present their piece(s) from the show to all who are in attendance. This event is free and open to the public. So if you want to know more about this Cornucopia of Color and want to get in out of the cold, be sure to stop by.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

2019 Photography Show

Once again it is time for one of the more popular shows around here, the annual photography show.  Some years there has been a theme, some years (like this one) there has not, but one thing that has been consistent in recent years is the format.  Photographs must be printed at 13" x 19" (can be vertical or horizontal), which fits glass they hang behind.   But subject, style, black and white or color- the rest its wide open.  The show was organized by committee chairs Michael and Beverly Miller.

The decision was made in advance to limit the show to 50 pieces, which still fills both the front and back galleries. The side gallery/Lounge displays several woodcut prints by Paul Bonelli.

Around the halfway point in the reception David Levy was introduced.  The significance is that he, along with longtime member Bonnie Smith, were the exhibition jurors.  David, who will be featured in another show later this year, was present tonight and spent time talking about the difficulty of cutting the number of pieces down to 50 (as a lot more good things had come in) and in reaching a consensus with Bonnie on work selection and awards.  But reach it they did, as we were given the list tonight.

2019 Award winners

Merit Award Color 
Carl Rothchild

Merit Award Black and White
Steven Kushner

Merit Award Black and White
Carousel Sunrise
Amanda Kuscera

Merit Award Color
Space Invaders
Kristopher Schoenleber

Honorable Mention Color
Edward Deverell

Honorable Mention Black and White
Wisdom of the Ages
Susan Dugan

Best in Color
Labor Day
Joanie Mansfield

Best in Black and White
Two Furry Friends
Jody Huss

The 2019 Annual Photography Exhibition will remain on display during gallery hours through October 18, 2019.  All works are for sale, at a mere $99 each, an excellent price for quality fine art.  Admission (and looking) is free.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Love The Shore Opens

It seems like everyone loves Belmar, especially in the summer.  Crowds keep arriving in town, by car, by bus, by train. Some come for the bars and parties, some for the fishing and seafood, some even come for the art, but probably most come for the beach.  It's very popular this time of year, including for many who live around here all the time.  The current art show at the Boatworks is an open show, that comes with the theme of Love The Shore- Oceans First.  And the work is all about what the participants love about the shore.

The show was organized by chair K. Dorsey Lucas, who took a turn (along with husband Rich) in this underwater scene painting at our opening reception last Saturday.  There are well over 60 works in the show. filling all three rooms of the Boatworks.  Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, mixed media, and photography. 

Our chair even took time to work with students at the Belmar Boro Summer Camp, having then make artworks about what they love about the shore.  These works are hanging in our Lounge area, each labeled with the creator's name and age.  At the reception, donated works were auctioned off for the benefit of Clean Ocean Action, which will also be given a percentage of sales from the exhibition.

The Love the Shore Oceans First exhibition opened on August 14th, and continues through September 14, 2019, viewable by the public any time during regular gallery hours.  As always, admission is free.

And if you like the Love the Shore show, you should probably stop and check out the underwater mural on the side of the Boatworks, created by members over a decade ago.

Reception photo courtesy of Diane Cioffi

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Big Painting Show Artist Talk

The BAC tried a different kind of event tonight- an artist talk in conjunction with a current show.  Not quite the same as the Salon exhibitions, but not too different either.  The show in question is the Big Painting show, where all participating artists provided a large painting, at least 36" square.  All those artists were invited to participate, along with any friends who wanted to come, or for that matter, the public.  Exhibition organizer Sandy Taylor was the host.  Most of the discussion occurred in the back gallery, where all those in attendance sat in a big ring.  Sometimes the painting was in the front room gallery, so it was carried into the back so everyone could see it.  On at least one occasion, everyone moved into the Lounge so that a particularly large painting could be seen without being moved.

In each case, the artist first presented their work.  They might talk about the inspiration, the process, their favorite materials, all kinds of things that concern painters.  After that, those present were invited to ask questions. There were about 20 people in attendance.  Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Big Painting Show Opens

Long time member Sandy Taylor thought it might be a good idea to have a show focused on large scale works, things larger than 36" x 36".  It's something you don't see much of, so there might be a demand out there.  Juror Donna Kessinger got on board.  The BAC decided to go along with it.  And the entries poured in.  The final tally included 71 entries, out of which only 25 were taken. Not just a matter of selectivity, though the works selected are all quite good, but partly because the Boatworks only has but so much room.  On the day of intake, many of the artists were excited to finally have a place to show their larger works.

Did you think we were kidding?  We are not- there are some very large works in this show, and they are all worth seeing.

The exhibition fills the entire Boatworks, front gallery, back gallery, even a few in the Lounge.  We have had shows with more pieces, but they are never this big.

 Would people show up?  Combine a weekend in Belmar, the hottest days of the year, some extreme humidity (weather people pointed out that the heat index for our area as about what Death Valley gets), a lot of people might have decided it was good day to hang out in front of their air conditioners.     Yet we did get a good crowd.  Art 1, heat 0.

Eventually we got some talk from the show's organizers.   Sandy mentioned that there were enough entries to have put together 4 such shows.  Does this mean more large painting shows are coming?  No promises, but I think they proved that the demand for such shows does exist.  Five awards were given; here are the artists and works:

First Place
David Dixon
Jeff at the Lake

Second Place
Claudia Waters

Third Place
Chee Bravo
La Cantora

Honorable Mention
Lauren Galuppo
Tongues III

Honorable Mention
Patricia Griffin

The Big Painting show remains on display through August 10, 2019 during regular gallery hours. Admission is free.