Thursday, January 13, 2011

Salon Critique Night

Tonight we held the latest Salon event at the Boatworks. Participants put work into the show that filled our front room gallery, almost 50 pieces overall. The second Thursday of the month is the regular meeting night for the BAC critique group, so tonight's event also served that function. This evening over 25 artists showed up to present their work and to answer questions and hear opinions about it from the assembled group.

Things got off to a interesting start with a short excerpt of a collaboration between printmaker Molly Johnson and dancer/choreographer Kristin Dexnis of DeXdance. After that we settled in for a series of more traditional gallery artworks, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and jewelry.

As usual, everyone who was there enjoyed the experience. Artists always benefit from the critique process. Talking about one's work requires the artist to reconsider everything that went into it, and the assembled group brings fresh eyes to the work, with the resulting questions and comments providing useful feedback for the artist to use in current and future art.

Tonight's participants included some veterans of past critique groups, but there were many new faces as well. We're hoping that many of the first timers decide to become regular participants of the Belmar critique group, and take advantage of this great opportunity. Meanwhile, the Salon exhibition remains on display at the Boatworks during regular gallery hours through January 28, 2011. Admission is free.

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