Saturday, January 31, 2009

BAC 5th Annual Juried Art Show

Get ready, because the 5th Annual BAC Juried Art Show is coming soon. Open to works in all media. Entry fees are $10 per piece for members/$15 per piece for non-members (a good excuse to join the BAC), with a maximum of 2 entries per artist. Work can be dropped off for jurying at the Boatworks on Friday, March 27 from 5-8 pm and Saturday March 28 from 10 am to 1 pm. The juror will be Marie Maber, the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Brookdale Community College. Acceptance/rejection notification will be the following week, and work not accepted for the exhibition can be picked up during office hours April 1-3. Entry forms are available at the Boatworks, or can be downloaded from the main website.
The 5th Annual Juried Show will open with a reception at the Boatworks on Saturday, April 4, and remain on display through May 1, 2009.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Abstract Painting Group

Today was the latest meeting of the BAC Abstract Painting Group. The artists meet every Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Boatworks. There is no instruction, but each week various methods and approaches to abstract painting are discussed, and there is group critique at the end of each session. The ongoing workshop is open to any interested painter, whether you have a lot of experience with abstract painting, or have always wanted to give it a try, and participation is free. Easels are provided, but artists bring their own canvases and paints.
The group will meet Sundays through March 15, take a break for several weeks, then resume on May 10.
Update- For the February 1 meeting of the group the theme will be the work of Richard Diebenkorn, with special attention to his cigar box lid paintings, and participants will have the opportunity to do a lid painting of their own.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Table Top Reception

Although we have been enjoying the great tables created by some of our artists for a few months now, we had not yet done anything official to celebrate those artists or the tables. So for that reason (or maybe we just wanted an excuse to have a party), tonight was set aside for an official reception for the Tabletop Artists. As people arrived they were greeted by music performed by James and the Giant Peach (top photo) and tables covered with food provided by volunteers. Soon there wasn't a seat left in the house and yet more people kept coming. Several of the honored artists were in attendance. If you haven't had a chance to see the tables in person yet, just come to a future art reception, musical performance, movie night, member meeting, etc.

More BAC Classes

The Belmar Arts Council announces more upcoming art classes.

On Tuesday, January 20th at 7 pm, the BAC is hosting a combination Art Class Presentation and Inauguration Celebration. Come learn about art classes by Keith R. Mills (watercolor painting) and Kathryn Paul (oil painting). After a preview of the new classes, a celebration of the Inauguration.

Then on Tuesday, January 27th, our own John Hutchinson will be presenting a class in Basic Design Rules for Graphic and Other Things. The class will provide participants with simple rules and guidelines for effective graphic layout. Not only helpful with designing more creative postures, brochures, and web pages, but also may help you improve the structure of your paintings and photographs as well. The class meets at the Boatworks from 6:30 to 8:30, and costs $10 for non-members, $8 for members.

Winter Movie Nights

With the holidays passed, movie nights have resumed at the Boatworks. This past Wednesday a nice crowd braved the cold weather to come out and enjoy a selection of Little Rascals shorts from the late 1930's, including the above film Our Gang Follies of 1938, featuring Alfalfa's famous "Barber of Seville" performance.

There are two more Wednesday movie nights to come in the current series.

January 28 Bathing Beauty (1944 color) starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton

February 10 An Evening with the Chairman of the Board starring Frank Sinatra.

Movies start at 7 pm. Admission is free. Look for future announcements of our next movie series.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Figuratively Speaking Exhibition

Lots of snow around New Jersey, but not in Belmar, so we had a nice turnout for the opening of the Figuratively Speaking exhibition. The show features art from many of the participants in the figure drawing workshops held at the Boatworks since 2007. Media included pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, watercolor, and paint. A few dozen people came by to check out the art. Meanwhile, in the back room people were enjoying some classic 1950's science fiction films.
The exhibition remains on display through January 31. Admission is free.
For those who might be interested in participating the figure drawing workshops, the next meeting will be Wednesday, January 21 from 7 to 9 pm. There is a $10 fee to pay for the model. Easels are available, but artists need to bring their own materials. No instruction, just the opportunity to work from a live model.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lizzie Schippert Demo and Class

At tonight's monthly members meeting we received updates about a bunch of upcoming art shows, the movie series, and a big spring music event, details of which will be posted later.
The highlight of the night was the appearance by Lizzie Schippert and Sven Widen, who will be teaching a series of classes called Drawing and Beyond at the Boatworks in January, February, and March. The course is designed to bring an active understanding of the foundations of visual language of drawing and painting. Through hands on still life exercises in drawing and painting, students will become comfortable drawing or will refresh and expand skills in any drawing or painting media. There are 2 sessions of 5 classes each running on consecutive Thursdays from 3 to 5 pm. The first session runs from January 22 through February 19. The second session runs from February 26 through March 26. The price for a 5 class session will be $140 for BAC members and $160 for non-members.
At the demo tonight Lizzie Schippert demonstrated drawing a still life. She started with a pencil sketch, then went over it with a pen to create an ink line drawing. She then used watercolors to color the drawing. The above photos show the process. Just an example of the kinds of things that will be covered in the class. To sign up, stop by the Boatworks or call (732) 749-3360

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January Monthly Member Meeting

The next monthly membership meeting of the Belmar Arts Council will be on Thursday, January 8, at 7:30 pm. In addition to all the usual business, we will have a special presentation from Lizzie Schippert, regarding an upcoming series of classes she will be teaching with Sven Widen called Drawing and Beyond.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Art Goes In and Out

Today was one of those busy days around the Boatworks, with members coming in to pick up art left over from the Small Treasures show, while others were dropping off work (shown above) for the upcoming Figuratively Speaking exhibition. Some were doing both. Quite a bit of the Small Treasures work did not get picked up yet, so if you have something there, make arrangements to get it soon.

As for the next show, Figuratively Speaking features artwork related to the figure drawing sessions hosted at the Boatworks. The art was either done in or was inspired by those sessions, and includes work in a variety of drawing and painting media. There will be an opening reception on Saturday January 10 from 3 to 5 pm, and the show will remain on display during regular gallery hours through January 31.