The visual arts, the arts we experience by seeing, form the hub of BelmarArts, around which the other activities are built. Exhibitions or shows are the product of visual artists and a variety exhibitions are mounted within the BelmarArts galleries annually.
Most shows are open to all the visual arts, which include painting, drawing, sculpting, mixed media artists, fabric art and others. Periodically a show may be restricted to one type of art among the visual arts. Shows may be juried, others are open to all entries. Ribbons and/or prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the show curator.
The Boatworks at BelmarArts has three rooms. At times, the primary exhibition will be displayed in the two main rooms or there may be separate shows in each Gallery. A side room (BAC room) is the office of our Executive Director and a small group meeting space. The BAC room also houses our BelmarArts Retail Store.
On December 18, 2015 dozens of 6th grade language arts students from nearby St. Rose visited us.
The field trip, led by sixth-grade teacher Cindy Fluhr, gave the students the opportunity to be inspired by a piece of art, just like characters in the novel, “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” by E.L. Konigsburg, which the students are currently reading in their language arts classes, said SRGS marketing director, Travis Semblewski.
In the novel, the character Claudia Kincaid decides to run away. Rather than running away from someplace, she decides she wants to run to a place that is comfortable and beautiful — so she chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Claudia invites her younger brother Jamie along for the ride, knowing that he has money and can help her with her serious financial troubles.
A statue of an angel, which the siblings believe to be created by Michelangelo, consumes Claudia and Jamie and they get caught up in the mystery of the statue, leading them to the woman who sold the statue to the museum, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
At the two galleries, the SRGS sixth-graders observed a variety of different genres, mediums and art techniques and even had the opportunity to meet with local artists in each gallery.
The artists talked to the students about what motivates them, their techniques and shared interesting facts about their works of art.
“Students responded with enthusiasm and inspiration to the variety of art displayed,” Mr. Semblewski said. “One student, Caroline Cashman just couldn’t take her eyes off a piece of art work at the Belmar Arts Council portraying an underwater scene using sheet music and other paper materials.”
According to Mr. Semblewski, when asked what she thought about the piece, Caroline responded: “I feel like I can just hear the music.”
The students engaged in a descriptive writing practice in addition to the art lessons, and chose pieces that “spoke to them.” They then used sensory words to create a vivid description of the piece of art they were fixated on.