BELMAR, NJ — After Belmar Arts Center members Sandy Taylor and Denise Van Dyke collaborated with two other artists on an exhibit that would complement their contrasting styles, the results of those efforts — “Juxtaposition” — opened at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Middletown.

But within a week of its successful debut in early March, growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus forced the center to close its doors. While public viewing of the show was short-lived, a glimpse of “Juxtaposition” was captured in the virtual tour below.



Inspiration for the show came from a recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art, said Taylor, its curator. “We loved the way they rehung their collections — putting pieces together in ways you wouldn’t think of. We started thinking how we could do the same,” she said.

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The result was an assemblage of some 80 pieces by the artists — about 20 each by Taylor, Van Dyke, Carol Magnatta and Dawn DiCicco — that would illustrate how contrasting things can be brought together by a common element to create an interesting effect.

“We contrasted subjects, styles or colors in different ways — for example, realistic with abstract paintings of the beach, landscapes with still-lifes, different styles of paintings that incorporated the color red,” Taylor explained.

Although the show could not be enjoyed for its full inaugural run at the Middletown-based art gallery in Lincroft, the artists are pleased with the reception it received and hope to bring it back after the public health emergency is long gone.

“We’d love to try it again there or at a different venue, or take it on the road,” Taylor said, offering the artists' collective thanks to Christina Carlson of the Monmouth County Park System for keeping their show alive by creating the virtual tour.


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, call 732-749-3360 or email

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