Friday, September 24, 2010

Cycle Art Opening

Tonight was the opening for the Cycle Art Exhibition at Second Life Bikes in Asbury Park. The Belmar Arts Council was one of the hosts of this exhibition, and many of our members were present to help out and to enjoy the show. The exhibition featured bicycle themed art, installed in Second Life's huge space. The reception was also the opening for CityArts weekend in Asbury, probably also a factor in the huge crowds and the constant flow of visitors.

The reception included some great refreshments. Above, the Windmill (with a location across the street) brought over some portable grills and was cooking and handing out some of their famous hot dogs to the crowd. Below, a bicycle powered blender was used to make drinks.

The exhibition remains on display through October 22nd during the store's regular business hours. Admission is free, but bicycles are extra.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cycle Art Exhibition Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the opening reception for the Cycle Art exhibition at Second Life Bikes in Asbury Park. This show, which includes art about bicycles as well as art made from bicycles, is co-hosted by the Belmar Arts Council , Visions Photographic Workshops, and ArtsCap. The reception is Friday, September 24th from 6 to 8:30 pm, opening not only the exhibition, but also helping kick off CityArts weekend (September 24th - 26th) in Asbury Park. The Cycle Art show will remain on display during business hours through October 22, 2010. Second Life Bikes is located at 21 Main Street in Asbury Park, across from the BP gas station and Windmill, and just half a block from Ocean Grove's Main Avenue gate and from Asbury Park's train station.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Figure Groups at the Boatworks

Wednesday nights are figure drawing nights at the Belmar Arts Council. Tonight we had the latest session of the original figure drawing group, where artists work with a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. The group meets on the 1st, 3rd, and (when there is one) 5th Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 pm. The BAC also hosts a second group, the clothed figure drawing group, where the model is dressed and takes one single pose from 6:30 to 9:30, great if you want time to develop a more detailed and complex work. The clothed figure group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. For both groups easels are provided, but artists will need to bring their own materials. For information about fees or to reserve a spot with either group, visit our main website.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Surf Art Reception at the Boatworks

The day started as gray and damp, and though the sun never came out, the rain stopped early enough to allow the Surf Art reception at the Boatworks to go on as planned. The art itself, about 130 works representing such diverse media as sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital art, and mixed media, were indoors safe from whatever weather might come. Most of those were part of the main exhibition, but there were also several works set aside for a silent auction. (see below)

The event kicked off with some live entertainment from Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why, who played for the appreciative crowd for more than an hour.

In addition to the music, the outdoor area included some arts opportunities for visitors.

Bob Mataranglo paints a shark head (above), and some completed shark heads can be seen below.

After a short break, our own Surf Bobs played a set for the crowd.

Exhibition juror Don Tarrant awarded several prizes to works in the show- a Best of Show and four Awesome awards. Prizes were provided by Central Jersey Bank in Belmar and Dick Blick Artist Supplies. Those winning pieces can be seen below:

Ronnie Jackson
Paddle NYC
Best of Show

Sean Bernhardt
Wave & Friends
Mixed Media

Sean Connell
Dawn Patrol

Mark Giresi
Girl #6


Food and beverages for the event was donated by the A&P in Wall, Jersey Mike's Subs and the Little Red Barn in Belmar, as well as by many friends of the Belmar Arts Council. The Surf Art exhibition remains on display during regular gallery hours (Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5) through October 1, 2010.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Surf Show Opens This Weekend

Sunday, September 12, 2010 is the opening reception for the Belmar Arts Council's new Surf Art show at the Boatworks. The reception is from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and features live music from Quincy Mumford and from our own Surf Bobs. The reception is a fund-raiser for Surfaid International and the women's purse at the Belmar Pro surfing competition, so a $5 donation is being requested at the door. There will also be an auction, featuring work donated by such artists as Jay Alders, Joe Hodnicki, and Ronnie Jackson. The exhibition itself, featuring over 100 works with themes of surfing and the ocean, will remain on display through October 1st. Juror Don Tarrant of EasternLines will award prizes for Most Rad, Most Off The Wall, and Kowabunga. Last year's Surf Art reception was a great party and a huge success, so make sure you don't miss this one.