Saturday, March 26, 2011

JAS7 Intake Weekend

It's been a busy couple of days around the Boatworks. Thanks to the help of many BAC volunteers, hundreds of artworks found their way in, all entries for this year's Jersey Shore Juried Art Show. Exhibition jurors Robert Pillsbury and Mame Green will have the difficult task of choosing the best paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, etc, for the upcoming show.

The 7th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday April 10, 2011 and will remain on display during regular gallery hours through May 13, 2011.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jersey Shore JAS7 Coming Soon

The Belmar Arts Council will be holding their annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show in early April, but the intake of art submissions is Friday March 25th (5 to 8 pm) and Saturday March 26th, (10 am to 1 pm). Artists may submit a maximum of 2 artworks in any medium, though acceptance into the exhibition is not guaranteed. Show dates are April 9 to May 13, 2011.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Noble Prose at the BAC

Current and potential Belmar Arts Council members with writing backgrounds participated last week in the first meeting of Noble Prose, our new writers group. The interactive presentation covered aspects of the group's direction, including creative coaching, on-line critique, small group workshops, networking, future guest speakers, and more. Led by experienced writer and teacher Rachel Zantarski, group members, including Terri Faugno (shown in the last photo), shared samples of their writing. In the gallery, Sandy Cook discussed visual art collaborations with creative writers, seeking feedback on future workshops. The first meeting revealed the fact that many visual artists may also be poets and writers. Besides those mentioned above, also in attendance that night were Neil Schenk, Irene Maran, Joe Coviello, Harvey Rothman, and Andrew Cohen.

The Noble Prose group meets from 7 to 9 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. There is no fee for BAC members to join, but interested writers must apply and qualify. More information can be found on the BAC main website.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Faces and Classic Art

Here are a few photos courtesy of Pat Hutchinson of some of the visitors to this past weekend's Humor show reception lending their faces to some art classics. I'm told that these will remain at the Boatworks for a while, so stop by some time and try it for yourself.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Humor Reception

Is this a swampy African plain? Or an American safari park? No, it's the Belmar Arts Council, where this large mixed media piece (from Bob Mataranglo) was on hand to greet all visitors to the new Humor & The Lighter Side of Life exhibition. The Hippo is one of 56 artworks in the show, which includes a variety of sculpture, photographs, paintings (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), prints (woodcut, silkscreen), pastels, pencils, and video.

Several dozen people turned up for our opening reception, to check out the art in the front room and fun stuff in the back.

Today was our first time using our new addition to the Boatworks. We set up our food table back there (above) and had a couple of photo cut-outs of famous artworks (below) for people to pose in. We'll try to get some photos of the results up on this blog soon.

Meanwhile, our back room was set up with tables where people could enjoy the refreshments along with a little live music.

As you can see, participants brought in an impressive variety of art that fit within the exhibition theme. Over the length of the opening reception visitors could vote for a people's choice award. The winning piece (shown below) was Opening Day, a pastel from Jean Maliza.

The Humor exhibition remains on display at the Boatworks during gallery hours through March 25, 2011.