Saturday, May 12, 2012

Art On The Edge 2012 Reception

Tonight was the opening reception for the 2012 edition of the Belmar Arts Council's Art on the Edge exhibition.  Dozens of artists contributed 68 artworks to this year's show, a mix of painting, drawing, photography, digital art, sculpture, and mixed media.

The show fills all three rooms at the Boatworks, artworks full of bright colors, incredible detail, unusual materials, and somewhat unconventional subjects.

The acrylic painting above, Three Months Under The Sea by Amanda DeLorenzo, was chosen by the juror as Best of Show.

The opening reception also included two musical acts: Lionel Pryor (above) and SCIENCE (below).

Thanks to the beautiful weather, a lot of the show's visitors spent time outside, where there were some art demonstrations.

Anthony WeirdEyexOne and Mike Trendkill collaborated on a painting.  Above, Anthony used a brush to add to stenciled design Mike had previously put on the canvas.

Meanwhile, Mike used stencils to add a two color design to the side of a pick-up truck.

The truck left, but the rest of the Art of the Edge exhibition remains on display during regular gallery hours (Wed - Sat 1 to 5 pm) through June 1, 2012.  Admission is free.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cycle Art Back In Asbury

Cycle Art, an art exhibition featuring artwork made about bicycles (and sometimes using bicycles and related equipment, like the bike helmet based piece above by Lisa Bagwell), opened this evening at Second Life Bikes in Asbury Park.  Second Life has a huge space at 21 Main Street, which houses the hundreds of bicycles under repair and/or for sale.  Like the previous edition of this show, the exhibition was sponsored by the Belmar Arts Council, ArtsCap, and Visions Photographic Workshops, and more than a few people with ties to the BAC could be found among the exhibiting artists and viewers.

The exhibition includes about three dozen artworks, a mix of photographs, paintings, and sculptures, all in the front gallery area.

 The opening reception included a variety of refreshments (above) and live music (below) from We Used to Cut the Grass, who have entertained us at the Boatworks in the recent past.

Things started slow, but before long there was a good crowd present.  People came and went, checking out many other art shows around town, but at any given time there were at least a few dozen visitors in the gallery.

The exhibition will remain on display during regular business hours (Tues to Sat, 11 - 5) through June 14, 2012.  Admission is free.  Proceeds from the art show will benefit Second Life Bikes.