Saturday, February 9, 2019

Clay's the Thing Ceramic Invitational Opening

Tonight saw the opening of the newest BAC exhibition at the Boatworks.  It's called "the Clay's the Thing Ceramic Invitational".  It shouldn't surprise anyone that it is all about ceramics, covering many different approaches, processes, and subjects.

The exhibition features 9 ceramics artists: Jim Aberle, Nell Ryan, Bruce England, Paul Blejwas, Don Bradford, Mil Weller, Debbie Bitterly, K.Dorsey Lucas, and Marlis Schlegal.

Each of the featured artists had their own display set up, allowing visitors to get a good overview of their work.

The show was organized by Jim Aberle and K. Dorsey Lucas, with the latter doing most of the setting  up of the galleries.  The exhibition fills both the front and back rooms, with the above visual history of ceramics as part of the front gallery display.  

As a special bonus for those attending the opening reception, there would be a ceramic demonstration by organizer K. Dorsey Lucas. The table was set up from the beginning, leaving just the challenge of getting the crowd to quiet down, but after a lot of shouting, they did.

There's no way for an artist to provide a lifetime's worth of experience and knowledge in just a few minutes, but Dorsey shared quite a bit with those in attendance.  For one thing, she often makes use of household items as tools, such as the rolling pin above, and at times a wooden spoon, and there were multiple mentions of pork chop bones, though this last item never made an appearance.  She also talked about the history of the material, a natural substance that has been used in art for many thousands of years.

After flattening her slab of clay a little more, she used an ordinary pencil to draw her design.  In this case, not so much making marks with graphite, but using the pencil point to incise lines in the surface.

With the excess cut away, she draped the face she had created over the top of a turtle back, a form she created to allow her convex creation to be properly supported while she worked on it, including gradually building form with additional bits of clay properly attached to what was there.

Dorsey also took a few minutes to show how clay can be rolled into snake like forms and made into coils, which can be used to build larger clay sculptures, such as some from her display on the adjacent wall.  Of course, this was all just a tiny taste of what is involved in ceramics- if you want to know more or try it yourself, any of these artists could answer questions or point you in the right direction.

Meanwhile, this display of ceramics by nine experienced artists will remain on display during gallery hours through February 28, 2019.  As always, admission is free.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Year and Other New Stuff

We have some changes going on around here, in our building, but also here on the internet.  This blog, no, that is pretty much the same as ever.  The blog is its own site, so while the main websites for this organization come and go, the blog goes on and on.  But a few things were revealed at the Humor show opening a few days ago, and now they are official.

First of all, we have a brand new website.  It's been in progress for a little while, but it went online earlier today as planned.  Good news- it's the same address we've always had, so if you knew how to get to the previous website, you know how to get to this one, and old links to it should still work. For example, the link to the main website in the column to the right will now get you to this new one.  It's brighter and more colorful than the last one had been, or the temporary site that was operating just before this new one.  But so far it seems to have all the important stuff- information about events, exhibitions, classes, groups, etc.  Make sure to check it out.

Another big announcement over the weekend is that the organization will go back to referring to itself as the BAC, as we had done back in the old days.  Back then it was understood that those letters stood for the Belmar Arts Council, and I guess they still could.  More importantly, they stand for us and what we are doing now.  We have a new logo to go along with all this, and eventually they will send a copy here so I can post it as part of this site.  Meanwhile, we are still headquartered in the Boatworks in Belmar, still involved in many aspects of art.  As one of my old professors said, "Art is Forever."

Saturday, January 12, 2019

LOL: The Humor Show

It's now 2019, and with a new year comes a new schedule of exhibitions at the Boatworks, and it has been tradition for several years that we kick off those years with a Salon style show.  That means a members show, where the opening reception invites all participants to spend a few minutes presenting their work- talking about where the idea came from, materials used, or anything else they think is relevant to the piece.  There is not always an overall theme, but this year there is.  This is LOL: The Humor Show.  What constitutes humor can vary from person to person, but words commonly thrown around here included funny, light, amusing, get the idea.  Welcome to the Humor Show.

The over two dozen works include paintings, prints, photographs, fiber based art, sculptures, books- the whole range of two and three dimensional artwork.

The curator of the show is our own Jim Aberle, shown above on the right, talking art with two visitors.

The whole exhibition fills both galleries, but when the events were ready to begin tonight, most of the crowd was in the back room, near the food and the bar.  So it was decided to start the Salon part of the evening back there.

Our current gallery director Louise Krasniewicz (who also helped to hang this particular show) was on hand to get things started, talk a little about works whose artists were not present, and about her work when we came around to it in the gallery.

As expected, we had a fairly large crowd of people there for the event, listening as each artist shared the story behind their work.  At this event it is always fascinating to hear these stories, which illuminate each piece, and this being a humor show, often came with a bit of fun.

With the back room artists all done, we moved the event to the front room and heard from all those artists.  And with that completed, it became a regular party.

The LOL Humor reception has now passed, and all the stories now just part of our collected memories, but the show will remain on display for the rest of the month.  Come see art that explores the lighter side of life, while still being art that doesn't ignore the rest of life, or art.  The work will remain on display through February 1, 2019 during regular gallery hours. Admission and parking are free as always.

Before the night was over, we were told of changes coming to the organization, including a new website possibly as soon as next week (the blog isn't going anywhere), a new logo, and other fun changes.  Check back here for more details.