Sunday, June 5, 2016

Old Masters Come to Belmar

Last night the Boatworks hosted the opening reception for the latest exhibition from BelmarArts- Old Masters.  The show, curated by Stacy AS Pritchard, includes over 40 works of art, many of which may seem quite familiar.   That's because everything in this show is inspired by the works of "Old Masters," however the participants defined that.  Everyone who is an artist got into it because they saw something they liked and aspired to making themselves.  We can't take classes from famous painters of the Renaissance, and the great artists of the Modern period are no longer with us, but we can copy their works, or take ideas from their works, and in doing so, maybe learn a thing or two.

The influential artists span the history of fine art, and represent many parts of the world.  In some cases you may instantly recognize the source of the inspiration, but if not, that information is included in the labels for the pieces.  Don't be surprised if you find yourself inspired by either the historic artists being referenced or the contemporary artists in this show.

The reception was not as crowded as some we've had, but we estimate about 75 people came through over the course of the evening, and many were impressed and excited by what we have on the walls, or as in the case below, on pedestals.

The Old Masters exhibition is open through June 24, 2016.  Summer hours are now in effect, so the gallery will be open 1:00 to 5:00 on Wednesday through Sunday (except holidays).  Admission is free as always.

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