Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jersey Shore Juried Art Show 2013

Spring is still taking its time getting to the Jersey Shore, but at least we had a clear day for our 9th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show.  Plus a bonus- the major paving project that has kept our grounds in a muddy turmoil for the past few weeks has been completed enough that we had dozens of paved parking spaces available for visitors to the show.

The Jersey Shore Juried Art Show is the longest tradition we have at the BAC, even predating our time in the Boatworks.  It's also our most popular show every year in both submissions and attendance.  Hundreds of people came through the building during the two hours of the reception.

For the first time since last fall we had all three galleries available for the exhibition, space needed to display the 89 artworks chosen by juror Kay Stables of Goldsmith's College, University of London.

Before presenting the prizes to the artists chosen by the juror for awards, we had a bit of leftover business from last year.  Our last show before Hurricane Sandy was Art for Autism, still on the walls when the storm arrived.  The exhibition not only provided a location to exhibit work created by participants in last year's Beach Bash event, but was a fund raiser for the Belmar First Aid Squad, thus that giant check shown above.

After that, exhibition chair Pat Hutchinson announced the six winner from this year's show:

Best in Show
Gary Dates
iPad App
archival inkjet print

First Prize for Painting
Sheilagh Casey
Memory Vessel
Acrylic on Canvas

First Prize for Sculpture and Fine Crafts
Lauren Bellero
No Beginning; No End

First Prize for Drawing and Graphic Arts
Ellen Scharfenberg
Remembrance of Summer

First Prize for Mixed Media
Robert Varcoe
Hangin' at Hojo's
Mixed Media

First Prize for Photography
Joe Villa
Back Room

Besides the honors and ribbons, the six award winners will share a whole exhibition just for themselves early next year.

This exhibition was sponsored by the following trustees of the Belmar Arts Council: Dana Cohoon, Barbara Griffin, Pat Hutchinson, Alexandra Martin, Tracie Orsi, Christina Sanes, Tom Volker, and Joan and Ira Wallace.

The 2013 Jersey Shore Juried Art Show will be on display at the Boatworks through May 3, 2013.  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

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