Friday, July 31, 2009

City on the Belmar

Today was the culmination of the Belmar Arts Council's City on the Moon project. Several local kids worked together to imagine a city constructed on the moon, considering the technological and societal needs of the city's residents. Then they spent a week building a scale model of their city, with the help of some adults from the BAC- project coordinator Tim McCorry and Wendy Green, Kevin Maypother, Bob Mataranglo, and John Hutchinson. Dozens of people showed up today for the unveiling of the completed city and to enjoy refreshments.

Above are a couple of views of the completed project. Photos of the whole process of planning and constructing the city will be posted soon.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Critique Group On The Move

Tonight was the most recent meeting of Belmar's Critique Group. The group is a great opportunity to get useful feedback on your artwork from other experienced artists. Bring something that you just finished or something in progress, and when you leave you'll have a better understanding of your work, and maybe an idea or two for the next one.

Starting in August, the Belmar Critique Group will change its meeting time to the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm until about 9:00 pm at the Boatworks. Participation is free.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New BAC Website

The new Belmar Arts Council website is up and running, created by our own Lynn Collins. In addition to having a spiffy new look, the website provides more information and includes some new features, such as a gallery to post member artwork, and blog where members can post information about arts events. And best of all, it's the same address as our old website, so if you already had it bookmarked, you're halfway there. Or go check it out right now by clicking here.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer Movie Nights

Three Tuesdays every month the BAC shows free movies at the Boatworks. The 2nd Tuesday of every month is films about artists, the 3rd Tuesday are film classics, and the 4th Tuesday are vintage science fiction films. All start at 7pm

Next up on July 14th is Art School Confidential, directed by Terry Zwigoff, and based on the comic book story of the same name by Dan Clowes. A new freshman at a big city art school discovers that the art world is not what he expected. Rated R for adult language, nudity, and general art student behavior.

The rest of the summer:
July 21 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
July 28 When Worlds Collide

August 11 Frida
August 18 The Mark of Zorro
August 25 Killer Clowns from Outer Space

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Metaphors Exhibition

Today was the opening reception for the Belmar Arts Council's first ever exhibition devoted to abstract art. The exhibition, called Metaphors, also benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Shrewsbury, which receives a percentage of all entry fees and sales. A check for the first installment of that was presented to Willow Caffrey. Well over 150 people came to the reception, which included plenty of refreshments and live music. As part of the afternoon, those in attendance could vote for favorite pieces among the 39 works on display. Those awards went to (from top to bottom) Alison Bowie (for her sculpture Fireball), Doris Lenz (for her collage Imagination), and Ana P. Rodriguez (for her photo I'm Dreaming). The exhibition remains up through July 31st.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jammin' at Jake's

Tonight the BAC Jam Band went on location, to the boardwalk just outside Jake's Crab Shack at the Taylor Pavilion. A nice crowd enjoyed the beautiful weather and music from the group, which included Tom, Tim, Mike, Bart, Chard, and Dave. Most appearances of the BAC Jam Band are at the Boatworks, the 2nd and 4th Friday nights of each month, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Digital Painting Demo

Tonight was our regular monthly meeting (normally 1st Thursday, but moved to this week because of the holiday). After the business part we were treated to a demonstration of Corel Painter by photographer/watercolorist Keith Mills. The crowd was very interested to see some of the possibilities of this computer program and some of its applications for photo based art.

Earlier this week Keith Mills hosted the BAC Photo Group in his Spring Lake studio, demonstrating some digital photo techniques. The Photo Group is relatively new, but it's already pretty popular. It usually meets at the Boatworks on the first Tuesday of every month.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Collage Workshop

Tonight the Boatworks hosted a workshop led by Michelle Bernard, on the topic of making freeform collages with personal mementos. Among the processes explored tonight were rubber stamps, embossing, painting, collage, paper punches, and more. Participants brought materials from home (copies of photos, personal ephemera, etc) and combined them with all the materials provided by Michelle to produce mixed media collages. The occasion for having the workshop is for those who would like to submit a collage about their memories of Belmar to our upcoming Belmar Stories exhibition, but this approach can be used to make two and three dimensional art of all kinds.