It seems like everyone loves Belmar, especially in the summer. Crowds keep arriving in town, by car, by bus, by train. Some come for the bars and parties, some for the fishing and seafood, some even come for the art, but probably most come for the beach. It's very popular this time of year, including for many who live around here all the time. The current art show at the Boatworks is an open show, that comes with the theme of Love The Shore- Oceans First. And the work is all about what the participants love about the shore.
The show was organized by chair K. Dorsey Lucas, who took a turn (along with husband Rich) in this underwater scene painting at our opening reception last Saturday. There are well over 60 works in the show. filling all three rooms of the Boatworks. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, mixed media, and photography.
Our chair even took time to work with students at the Belmar Boro Summer Camp, having then make artworks about what they love about the shore. These works are hanging in our Lounge area, each labeled with the creator's name and age. At the reception, donated works were auctioned off for the benefit of Clean Ocean Action, which will also be given a percentage of sales from the exhibition.
The Love the Shore Oceans First exhibition opened on August 14th, and continues through September 14, 2019, viewable by the public any time during regular gallery hours. As always, admission is free.
And if you like the Love the Shore show, you should probably stop and check out the underwater mural on the side of the Boatworks, created by members over a decade ago.
Reception photo courtesy of Diane Cioffi