Thursday, June 18, 2015

ReImagine Is Open

The latest art exhibition at the Boatworks is up on the walls and ready for the public.  It's called ReImagine: ReInvent, RePurpose, ReCycle, ReThink ART!  A few weeks ago we saw photos of show organizers Nicole Vincenti, Lisa Bagwell, and Sally Behler and like minded volunteers working on the above piece, which at first glance looks a lot like a colorful postcard celebrating Belmar's beach, except that it's about 4 feet long, and mostly made of used and discarded plastic materials.

Michelangelo and Bernini (and many others through history) carved beautiful detailed figures from huge pieces of marble.  Large scale bronze figures started as many smaller chunks of metal bearing ore, but the combination of metallurgic knowledge and the artistic vision and skills of, say, Donatello or Rodin, have resulted in equally impressive artworks.  However, if you don't have a large quarry or copper mine in your neighborhood, you can still create artworks from old packaging materials, used up products, and stuff that's been thrown away as garbage, as in the example below.

This exhibition encouraged people to take stuff that would just be littering the streets or going to a landfill and turn it into art. And we ended up with over 40 pieces being submitted.  There will be a reception on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm,  but all the art can be seen now through July 24th during all regular gallery hours.  Admission is free.

In the spirit of this exhibition, BelmarArts will be collecting for recycling old cell phones and ink jet cartridges.  If you have any you no longer need, just bring them by the Boatworks and we will make sure they are properly and safely recycled.

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