Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mike's Music Show comes to Belmar

This afternoon Michael Plunkett brought his music show to the Boatworks.  Mike plays guitar and other instruments in his child friendly show, aimed at ages 3 to 8.  Besides performing for the crowd, at times he passed out various noisemaking instruments for the kids to use, and led them in some musical games and dances.  Everyone there was having a good time, so perhaps he will be back in the future.

Meanwhile, the BAC Performance series will continue through the summer.  Details on the following shows can be found on the Performance page on the main website:

June 30th  8 to 10 pm
Barksdales, featuring Ann Bonner and Jerry Hughes
$8 at the door

July 7th   7 to 9 pm
Chris Turner & Steel Rail Blues
FREE outdoor show

August 24th  8 to 10 pm
Cat Cosentino
$8 at the door

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Patterns In Nature Opening Reception

Tonight the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for the Belmar Arts Council's Patterns in Nature Juried Photography exhibition.  Forty-one works were chosen for the show, hung in the front and back rooms of the building.

Visitors started coming through the doors at 5:00 pm and were still arriving as we closed up at 7:00 pm.  At any given time in between we usually had a few dozen people in the gallery.

 When we can arrange it we like to have live music for the receptions, and today was no exception, with our old friends We Used to Cut the Grass on hand to entertain all our visitors.

Five of the photographs were awarded prizes.  Below are the award winners:

 First Place
Expression of a Tree
Joan B. Myers

 Second Place
"Sit George Sit!"
Sori Gottdenker

 Third Place
Zebra of the Serengeti
Colleen Loughran

 Fourth Place
Jellyfish Study
Andy Kazmierski

Fifth Place
Mother Nature's Ornament
Dana Cohoon

The Patterns in Nature photography exhibition will remain on display at the Boatworks through July 6, 2012.  The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

A Shed Like No Other

Last month the Boatworks hosted the opening for this year's edition of the Art on the Edge show.  We had as special guests artists Anthony WeirdEyexOne and Mike Trendkill, who worked outside during the reception, collaborating on a painting.  Apparently they thought our old shed could use a little artistic improvement (the original pinkish color can be seen in the background of some outdoor shots from that reception) and asked permission to do something about it.  You see the results of their efforts.

We can't say with any certainty how long the shed will remain in our parking lot, but for now it is an additional attraction.  Stop by sometime soon and check it out.  You can't miss it.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Canvas Printing Demonstration

It's not uncommon for the monthly meetings of the BAC to feature a demonstration of artistic materials or process that may be of interest to our members.  Tonight was such a night, with a presentation by Glenn Malmberg on the topic of printing photographs on canvas.  The presentation started with a quick overview of the concerns that face all photographers, however they reproduce their images, before getting into a discussion of printing.

Our speaker has plenty of experience with a variety of formats, and passed around examples of photos printed on a variety of surfaces.  He also passed around many examples of the different materials, papers of different weights and surfaces, as well as canvas surfaces designed to be used in digital printing.  He also discussed canvas wraps, a procedure where the artist's image is printed on canvas, and the canvas stretched over a wood frame (the image wraps around the edges and can be seen on the sides) much like an oil painting.   This can be done by hand, or with modern kits, which include the wood parts, adhesive grips, and pins and braces that hold it all together.  Below, he shows us how the pins hold the corners together to make the frame.

Glenn also provided a lot of technical information to the gathered crowd, discussing different types of printers, commercial providers of photo printing services, and tips for improving the quality of prints.  He also answered questions from those in attendance.

Information about future presentations at monthly meetings is posted on our main website and included in our weekly e-mail newsletter, as soon as we know about them.