Watch videos below on the virtual opening reception and announcement of the winners.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Juried Art Show, its signature event of the year featuring 60 pieces from artists in the tristate area.

Taking first place in JAS16 was Gaylen Gallimore for his acrylic painting, “Starfish Hunters,” followed by Freya Gervasi in second place for her sculpture, “Morning Glory.” Tying for third-place were Patti Kaufman, who used acrylics to create “Her Turn” and Bonnie Smith for her gouache painting, “A Little Bird Told Me.”

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Vaune Peck, director of Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts, juried the show, making her final 60 selections from among nearly 200 submissions in a variety of art forms, including paintings, drawings, photography, fractal art, mixed media and sculpture.

Since BAC could not display JAS16 at its gallery due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibit is being presented virtually and can be viewed as a slide show by clicking here. In addition to receiving $1,000 cash prizes, the winners’ work will be showcased in an exclusive exhibit to be held at the arts center upon its reopening.

Artwork from the show is also available for purchase by clicking here.

The JAS16 winners are announced below in a video created and narrated by John Walsh of Belmar:


All 60 entries in the JAS16 are featured below in the virtual opening video, also created and edited by John Walsh:


About Belmar Arts Council

Belmar Arts Council (BAC) was established in 2004 as a volunteer-based organization with one major mission: To bring people together to discover, learn and celebrate the arts.

And one major vision: To develop the BAC as an inclusive community of artists with activities, education and fellowship.

Its goals are to encourage the arts and support artists, to bring arts programming and education to all and to use the power of the arts to benefit the community.

It offers a host of educational and cultural programs in the visual and performing arts, including juried shows and other exhibits in a variety of mediums, workshops, classes, shared interest groups and musical events, from its gallery, located at 608 River Road, at Seventh Avenue near the railroad tracks.

BAC relies on the support of its members, donors, sponsors and volunteers throughout the year. For more information, visit its website, call 732-749-3360 or email


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