Spring is just around the corner and visions of perking up one’s home with fresh looks are in the minds of homeowners. What better way to add decorative accessories to a room than with new art on the walls?
On Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., an opening reception for the art exhibit “Gimmie Shelter” will be held at the Boatworks in Belmar. The focus of the exhibit is a challenge for visual artists to create art that helps create homes and is sponsored by the Belmar Arts Council.
More than 100 artists from across New Jersey have submitted art work. Additionally, the Belmar Arts Council has worked with teachers in several schools whose students, ages 5 to 18, will also be submitting art. All art work is based on a house-shaped piece of plywood. The panel serves as the inspiration and starting point for artists, who are then invited to use their creative imagination and artistic medium to transform this “canvas” into art.
“This exhibit will raise awareness of the housing crisis many local residents face in finding safe, affordable housing,” says Tim McCorry, chairman of the Belmar Arts Council and also Director of Capital Projects and Construction for the Affordable Housing Alliance, an Eatontown-based non-profit organization that constructs and sells affordable housing and provides a wide range of affordable housing related services. Funding for “Gimmie Shelter” has been provided by a generous grant from Kathy Ellis and Ken Pringle.
There is no charge to attend and the public is welcome. Proceeds from sales of the art work will benefit both the Affordable Housing Alliance and the Art Council’s Housing Help Project, a new initiative which will help artists with housing issues. The “Gimmie Shelter” art exhibit will remain on display at the Boatworks Wednesdays through Saturdays between 1 and 5 p.m. through March 23. Boatworks is located at 608 River Road, Belmar. For more information, visit www.belmararts.org or call 732-749-3360.
The Belmar Arts Council (BAC) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to making the Belmar area a better place to live, work and play through the arts. The BAC sponsors exhibits, performances, classes, and public arts projects. A gallery and classroom space at the Boatworks provides a creative environment for the benefit of artists, residents and visitors of all ages.
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