Tonight was the opening reception for the latest exhibition at the Boatworks. Belmar & our neighbors (sponsored by Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay & Family and the OceanFirst Foundation) features Fine Art and Fine Crafts inspired by Belmar and our surrounding shore community. More than 50 artists have contributed work to this show, which fills all three rooms of our building.
From the very start of the reception, we had a good crowd today, a constant flow of visitors for the whole two hours, and more arriving as we were cleaning up. Unlike most of our exhibitions, this one is being conducted as a cash and carry; if you see something you like, you can pay for it and take it home immediately. More than a few people took advantage of the opportunity.
In addition to all the art objects, the reception featured a spoken word performance from Carla Beuthe (above) and live music from the Belmar Bums (below)
The show organizers chose seven works for awards in some creative categories:
Best Representation of the Show Theme
Funniest Depiction of a Fish
Ancient Fish Migration
Best Use of Shells
Best Inclusion of Sea Glass
Rolling in the Deep
Most Interesting Integration of the Written Word
Carla Beuthe and Sandy Cook
A Day at the 'Squan
Poetry and Photography
Most Awesome Sunrise
Best Use of Humor
The Belmar & our neighbors show will remain on display through August 23, 2013. The Boatworks has extended gallery hours through the summer- 1 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 1 to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Artists can replace anything sold during the show, so be sure to visit again, as you may find something new. Admission is free.