Belmar Basks in Summerlike Sunshine for Successful Artwalk

Julie Scotto of Wall and her 5-year-old son, Gabriel, complete coloring their Artwalk T-shirts as part of the event's interactive play area for children in Belmar's Pyanoe Plaza. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Jessica Bucceri of JB Couture Cupcakes takes out a tray of unicorn-decorated cupcakes, as she welcomes customers to her Main Street shop during Belmar's Artwalk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
3-D chalk artist Anthony Cappetto of New York City gets started with his colorful tropical fish scene in Pyanoe Plaza. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Outside Nostalgic Nonsense, it’s all about the eye for artist Paige Alvarez, from right, with her sister Ashley of Brielle and Caitlin Stansbury of Wall. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Rita Kemprowski, left, owner of Mystic Sky Design of Jackson, and her mom, Sherri, spend the day on 10th Avenue, offering chainmaille jewelry and accessories from her handmade collection. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Outside Serenity by the Sea are, from left, Peggy Lomerson of Wall, owner of Irish Lass Jewelry, Dawn Alexander of East Windsor, displaying her Forever Flowers, and Patrick Lomerson, 11, Peggy’s son. Credits: Cathy Goetz
An expanded “Artists’ Row” stretches in front of Belmar Elementary School and Three-Acre Park during the Artwalk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Ashley Gawlik, Lakewood, owner of Monkey Biz Entertainment, dabbles in a little bit of face-painting on Juliet Cunningham of Millstone. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Local favorite 40 Winx performs in Pyanoe Plaza, playing tunes that kept the crowd coming back for more. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — With temperatures making it feel more like August than April, Artwalk participants couldn’t have asked for a better day to bring visitors to downtown Belmar.

Stretching from Fifth to 13th Avenue, Main Street yesterday provided the canvas for the successful event, which attracted dozens of people who enjoyed myriad outdoor displays of artwork and artisan creations, as well as live performances.

For merchants, the pedestrian traffic gave them the opportunity to welcome newcomers into their shops for a glimpse of their offerings. Such was the case at JB Couture Cupcakes, where glass-enclosed displays were brimming over with delicately decorated cupcakes. Although her business is only three years old, owner Jessica Bucceri of Belmar is already a well-known name in town, having competed in the Food Network’s “Cake Wars,” and ready to compete again. "I may be in consolation competition," she said, enthusiastically looking forward to the challenge.

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It was the first Artwalk for Rita Kemprowski and her mom, Sherri, who set up her tabletop of handmade jewelry and accessories on 10th Avenue. “It started with one bracelet,” she said of her Jackson-based business, Mystic Sky Design. Today, she offers a full collection of chainmaille-weaved necklaces, pendants and earrings, among other uniquely braided pieces.

Artist Paige Alvarez has painted and sketched her favorite object — the eye— in many mediums, which was quite evident in her display in front of Nostalgic Nonsense, While she currently lives in Rhode Island, the Brielle native also has painted murals on the walls inside this favorite shopping destination.

Serenity by the Sea and its sister art studio, Serenity by the Sea Too, was a hub of activity with a variety of vendors — many of whom take part in its weekend “pop up” Artisan Marketplace — showcasing their creations both inside and outside.

The event also included an interactive play area for children in Pyanoe Plaza, where T-shirt coloring was an popular activity and 3-D chalk artist Anthony Cappetto of New York City demonstrated his talent to transform a section of walkway into a colorful tropical fish scene.

Many visitors took a stroll to the Belmar Arts Center, where they viewed the center’s 13th Annual Juried Art Show — the largest in its history with 82 selected entries. The exhibit’s last day is Friday, May 5.

The Artwalk is produced by the Belmar Arts Council and sponsored by Belmar Tourism Commission, Spark Marketing Solutions and the Belmar Business Partnership.




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