Monday, December 23, 2013

Slick Lands in Belmar

Julie Slick performs at BelmarArts' coffee-house style venue.

Last Saturday night, December 21, Julie Slick, world-traveling virtuoso bassist and composer, landed at the BelmarArts on her way to dates in Australia and then in Israel.  The solo show, arranged by new BelmarArts member Mark Rocktashel, featured songs from her two albums as well as new material.  Enjoying her distinctive voice with elements of progressive rock and jazz were music lovers from all over including a family of three who traveled over two hours from the Hudson River area in New York.

Photo by Steve Lacko

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rockin' & Rollin' @ BelmarArts

Joe Harvard & Velveeta
Photo from Chris Krebs

Photo by Steve Lacko

The crowd rocked the Big Room of BelmarArts on Friday night, December 13 during an art and music tribute to Lou Reed.  Mr. Reed was an American musician, singer and songwriter who played with the Velvet Underground in the late 1960's.  Best known for Walk on the Wild Side during his solo career, he died October 27 of this year.

Between songs our guests were able to shop for unique items at the Wearable, Usable, Functional (WUF) Art Show and Sale.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December Happening - Big Band Music, Mulled Cider and Santa

Revamped members meetings are now Happenings and songs and talk reverberated in the Big Room of the BelmarArts on Thursday evening (December 5) for the December Happening.

The evening began with refreshments brought by BelmarArts Trustees and visits with friends.  After some short introductions, Big Band singer Cheryl Parker and her accompanist, pianist Mark Cohn, took to the microphones telling us about the big band music of the early 20th century.  Interspersed with the facts were the songs, and we all sang along.

We ended the performance part of the evening with some music of the holiday season -- as Cheryl sang  to her favorite Santas.

Some more eating and visiting along with a little shopping at the Wearable, Usable Functional Art Show and Sale in the Front Gallery ended the evening as we wished a good night to all.

Trustees present included current chairman Dana Cohoon, incoming co-chairmen Ali Martin and John "Hutch" Hutchinson, vice chair Beverly Miller, secretary Jim Aberle, treasurer Luis Pulido, and trustees Joan Wallace, Barbara Griffin, Pat Hutchinson, Tom Volker and Joe Villa.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Joe Miller Live at BelmarArts

For the second time this past weekend music emanated from the BelmarArts as Joe Miller introduced his Last Hurrah Kickstarter Concert on Sunday evening.  The concert goers enjoyed the intimate coffee-house style setting of the Big Room as they listened to Mr. Miller's voice and guitar.  

The Wearable, Usable, Functional Art Show and Sale was open for the shopping pleasure of those in attendance.  Newly added to the items for sale are CDs from recent performers at the BelmarArts including Mr. Miller, Karen Phillips and April Kelly.  

Photo by Chris Krebs

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Extended December Gallery Hours for Holiday Shopping

The BelmarArts Front Gallery, with the Wearable, Usable, Functional Art Show and Sale, will be open extended hours during December for your shopping pleasure.  Hours during the month are Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Change: The Gallery will not have extended hours on Friday, December 6 as previously announced.  Closing will be at 5:00 p.m. so plan to do your browsing and buying before heading to the Belmar Tree Lighting.

BelmarArts is taking part in the Tour of the Inns and Holiday Kickoff on Saturday, December 7 and will be open until 7:00 p.m.

The Front Gallery also will be open for browsing and shopping during the Members Happening on Thursday evening, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Mingle with BelmarArts Trustees, learn about and hear the sounds of the Big Band Era from our special guest performer Cheryl Parker and try out your own voice on some seasonal songs.  Refreshments will be served.  Please bring a canned good or dry non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food bank.  This event is free and open to everyone.


Karen Phillips Performs in the Big Room at BelmarArts

Friday night, November 29, Karen Phillips performed live in the Big Room at the BelmarArts before an enthusiastic audience. Approximately 50 fans clapped their hands and tapped their feet as Ms. Phillips introduced her hew new CD release, Coming Home.  And when the performers took a break those in attendance did some holiday shopping at the Wearable, Usable, Functional Art Show and Sale open in the Front Gallery.

Photo by Chris Krebs