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.
“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:
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