The online deadline to register is today, June 27.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center is inviting artists to explore and celebrate their ancestry in an upcoming exhibit focusing on family heritage that combines "new and old" art.

"Create an image that shares your ancestors and their lives, their accomplishments or their influence on your own art," according to the call for art.

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And as part of every entry, artists are encouraged to include a family heirloom, old family photos, or artwork or craftwork created by an ancestor that will be part of their work for the exhibit, which will run from July 5 to September 7.

"We hope this combination of contemporary art and ancestral creations will spark an interesting dialogue about the influences of our ancestors on our creative lives, according to co-curators T. Smith and Louise Krasniewicz.

The exhibit is open to all artists, 16 and older, and all media with a maximum of two submitted pieces.  All works entered must be original creations by the artist and not previously exhibited at the Belmar Arts Center.

The online deadline to register is today, June 27. Artwork can be dropped off on Friday, June 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 from 10 1 p.m. Acceptance notices for exhibits that are curated will not be issued, so artwork must be dropped off on these dates.

Since this is a curated exhibit, all submitted works will be installed if they meet show guidelines.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. with commentary by the artists at 6 p.m.

For ideas, visit the arts center's Pinterest Ancestors board, Also visit its Facebook page for more ideas and examples. The show's co-curators can be reached at

Belmar Arts Center is located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and River Road. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the Belmar Arts Council’s new website, email or call 732-749-3360.

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