Saturday, July 14, 2012

Animal Spirits Opening Reception

Today the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for the Belmar Arts Council's new Animal Spirits exhibition, sponsored by the generosity of Carol Stillwell and Maryann Larkin.  Besides the art show, this is also a benefit for the Associated Humane Society of Tinton Falls, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the show.

 When people first arrived, many were drawn to the tent canopy set up outside by the Humane Society.  They had brought a variety of adoptable animals with them, along with information about the organization.

Above, a crate full of cats for potential owners to pick up and meet.  Below, some of the many dogs who were brought to Belmar for the occasion.  At least one application for adoption was turned in during the reception.

The other attraction, the artwork, filled all three rooms inside, all of it inspired by animals.  We ended up with 72 pieces submitted, a typical mix of paintings, drawings, photos, prints, sculptures, and ceramics.

As always, the back room becomes a popular spot for people to hang out during the reception, which was very well attended.

For this occasion, Hutch brought out his money grabbing machine, which took in cash donations for the Humane Society.

Another part of the reception was a raffle and people's choice vote for best artwork.  The door prize was an original framed artwork by our own Bonnie Smith, which is reproduced on our sign at the top of this post.  (reproductions were also available for sale)  People could vote for their favorite three works, and the top 5 received awards.

1st Prize
Blue Grass
Pat Griffin

2nd Prize
Terry Grewen

3rd Prize
Pick Me
Jean Malizia

Honorable Mention
Two Cats on a Rug
Carolyn Tisher Bartlett

Honorable Mention
Jeanine Nagrod

The Animal Spirits exhibition remains on display through August 17, 2012.  Gallery hours are Wed to Sat, 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

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