BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Council's 13th Annual Juried Art Show is now in its final week.

The council's signature event — and the largest ever —  can be viewed Wednesday, May 3 through Friday, May 5 at Belmar Arts Center, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and River Road. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

The exhibit features 82 chosen pieces, selected from 184 total submissions. “It’s our most-significant show because the number of entries we received was the highest ever, representing all types of media,” Executive Director Rebecca Szabo said.

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These works of art include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking pieces, all of which adorn the walls and displays throughout the center.

While there is no one theme for this show, the inspiration of the shore is clearly evident in many of the pieces. There are beaches and seashells, boardwalks and boat docks, and of course, a rendering of Tillie, the infamous grinning face that was painted in 1955 on the side of Palace Amusements in Asbury Park.

For this year’s show, Asbury Park artist Richard Buntzen served as its juror. After choosing his top 84 from the 182 entries submitted digitally, Buntzen came to the Belmar Arts Center after the artwork was installed by volunteers in order to make his final award-winning selections.

“Attention was given to the originality, compositional design  and executed technical skill of each work of art,” Buntzen said. “Mindful deliberations for artworks that were engaging and thought provoking, as well as works that fostered curiosity and elements of surprise, were components of final decisions.”

Nine award winners — three Juror’s Merit Awards and six honorable mentions — shared a record $1,000 in cash prizes.

 

Artisan Market Store Now Open

The Belmar Art Center recently opened its artisan store, featuring creations from many of the vendors who attend its spring and summer markets. The store has been three years in the making — the outgrowth of the demand for handcrafted items by visitors to the council’s spring and summer markets.

“We were having people coming to the center looking for the items being sold at our seasonal markets,” Szabo said. “Now, we have that permanent store located right here. So people can come here year round for those items, while at the same time enjoy our gallery exhibits and events.”

The retail space is brimming with handcrafted creations — from jewelry and ceramics, to posters and soaps — as well as the perennially popular collections of custom-printed T-shirts, tote bags and notecards.

For more information on the art show or artisan market, visit the Belmar Arts Council’s website at http://www.belmararts.org, email info@belmararts.org or call 732-749-3360.