BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center has unveiled “Gallery of Images” — its first virtual photography exhibition featuring 60 pieces chosen for their “vital spirit that makes a photograph greater than the sum of its parts.”

Those are the words of contemporary multimedia artist Catherine Trapani who judged the show along with noted photographer Debra L. Rothenberg. Both women, recognized in their respective specialty, made their selections from a total of 199 entries — the highest received for the annual show, said BAC chairwoman Beverly R. Miller, who serves on the photography exhibition committee with Michael S. Miller.

Since BAC could not present this year's juried photography exhibit on the walls of its gallery due to the coronavirus pandemic, it turned to an online format for the first time ever.

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“BAC hopes in these challenging times, we can provide you with enjoyment and pleasure viewing these photographs virtually,” BAC trustees state in an introduction. “Being social distance doesn’t mean not being social and sharing.”

Click here to view the exhibit, presented as a catalog that includes the five awards winners and the other entries — all sharing “an inquisitive eye, the photographer’s desire to collect the world,” said Trapani, who’s based in Santa Fe, N.M.

While the strength and variety of the submissions made judging a difficult task, she added that the images “created a narrative — an expression of each artist’s unique and innovative point of view.”

New York City-based Rothenberg offered these works of encouragement to all the entrants: “Follow your passions and two words that come to mind: Never quit. Keep striving to be the best you can be and making yourself happy with your art.”

Here are the winners of the BAC annual juried photography exhibitions — each of whom received cash and other prizes, and a published version of the exhibit’s catalog of work.

  • Best in Show: Ed Deverell for “Sink or Swim.”
  • Best Color: Barry Nealis for “Moraine Lake.”
  • Best Black And White: David Womelsdorf  for “Bar Reflections NYC.”
  • Merit Award in Architectural Photography: Kristopher Schoenleber for “This Way and That.”
  • Merit Award in Photojournalism Photography: Steven Kushner for “Bringing Up The Rear.”
  • Merit Award in Technical Proficiency: Tori Sikkema for "Grant’s Butterfly.”

Click here to view the BAC virtual opening reception for “Gallery of Images,” which includes a brief overview of the show by Beverly R. Miller, who announces the winners.

In addition, $500 was raised through entry fees to benefit Asbury Park Dinner Table, a nonprofit group created to support local restaurants while feeding local families during the coronavirus pandemic.

These are the photographers whose images were selected for the exhibition:

Marilyn Baldi

Scott Basen


Christopher Burgos

Marino Cirillo

Dana Cohoon

David Colby

Anupam Daspupta

Fred Decovsky

Ed Deverell

Jeff Heilbrun

Jody Huss

Shoshana Kertesz

Stanley Kramer

Steven Kushner

Lola Lawrence

Sarah McGovern

Nicole McCreesh

Steven Meko



John Mottola

Joan Myers

Barry Nealis

Frank Parisi

Monica Principato

Mei-An Raicer

Kevin Rau

Tim Reilly

Mike Reynolds

Larry Ross

Kristopher Schoenleber

Elizabeth Schultz

Tori Sikkema

Shania Spence

Michael Stewart

Ann Marie Turbitt

David Womelsdorf

Beth Youmans

Robert Zupko


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.

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

Visit its website by clicking here


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