Saturday, January 19, 2013

Black And White Reception

A very exciting night tonight, the debut of the newly restored Boatworks.  Freshly painted walls and floors greeted the crowds who started pouring through the door this evening at 5:00 to be part of our Black And White Salon Exhibition.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photos, sculptures, all executed in black and white.  Even those in attendance (we estimate at least 100 people) were dressed in black and white.

This show fills both the front and back galleries.  Above, visitors check out some black and white art on our new angled wall, which gives the whole room a better view of the stage.

Many just grabbed a table early in the reception to enjoy refreshments, and to talk with old friends who  were happy to be able to come to the Boatworks again.

Black and white wines?  No, we couldn't pull that off.  But red and white seemed to work just fine for tonight's crowd.

The main purpose of tonight's gathering was the Salon.  All artists who were present gathered in the front room starting at 5:30 for the event.  We started with work #1 on our checklist, and went around the room, with each artist having the opportunity to talk about their piece.  Some of the participants regularly work in black and white, while others talked about it as a challenge, but one worth exploring.  The crowd, as large as any that have ever squeezed into that room, could ask questions of the artists if they wanted, and sometimes they did.

The Black and White exhibition will remain up through February 8, 2013.  Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Boatworks is Back in Business

This Saturday night, January 19th, the Boatworks will officially reopen for BAC activities.  First is the opening reception for the year's first exhibition, Black and White.  More than 60 works were dropped off last week by BAC members, many different media, all executed in black and white.  The reception is a Salon, so artists in the show will be invited to briefly talk about their pieces and processes.  The reception begins at 5:00 pm, with the Salon itself to start by 5:30.  All in attendance are requested to dress in black and white.  As usual, there is no admission fee for the reception.

The Salon ends at 7:00 pm, and then we will get ready for our first musical performance of the year, in our newly reconfigured back room.  Gwynne and Paige Alden will be performing a mix of original folk, pop, and alt country, beginning at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  There will be lots more music coming up in 2013- a list of some of the scheduled performers can be seen on the home page of the BAC main website.

That we have the Boatworks back in shape for art and music is due to the hard work of dozens of volunteers.  We couldn't have done it without them.  Here is a list of some of the names we recalled:

Jim Aberle, Harry Aschoff, Sally Behler, Alison Bowie, Barbara Brennan, Tom Brennan, Mike Carroll, Dana Cohoon, Tara Collins, Mary Fenton, Steve Harrison, John Hutchinson, Pat Hutchinson, Janice Keown-Blackburn, Chris Krebs, Ali Martin, Michael Miller, Glorianna & Dominick Parisi, Neil Scheck, Bonnie Smith, Dave Taylor, Sandy Taylor, Joe Villa, Tom Volker, plus Cody from  North Jersey and Mike the Sheet Rocker.    If we think of anyone else, we'll add them later.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Belmar in Black and White

Work has been progressing on the Boatworks.  New drywall is in place, and a few minor interior changes will make the space more usable.  The race is on to get the place cleaned and painted, but things are looking good for us to have our first exhibition of the year, Black and White.  This show is a Member's Salon, so it's not juried and open to all BAC members.  Just a few conditions- all work must be in black and white (and all the grays between those two), and they are requesting that all participants and visitors to the reception dress in black and white.  Being that this is a Salon type show, the reception will also provide all artists with the opportunity to briefly present their work to the crowd (like we did here and here) and even take a few questions.

The intake of work for the show is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 10 am to 1 pm, assuming that the Boatworks rehabilitation is complete by then.  (check the main BAC website for any possible changes, as well as the complete list of rules and the entry form) The Salon reception will be on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display through February 8, 2013.