The Beachcomber

Art Exhibits, Receptions, Tours Span the Season

May 26, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Matt Burton displays a platter by Sandy Kosinski that will be part of the ‘Farm to Table: Bowls and Platters’ exhibit at the m.t. burton ‘Summer Art Opener.’

Start the summer arts season in Surf City with the Summer Art Opener, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11 at the m.t. burton gallery, 1816 Long Beach Blvd. Five painters including Linda Ramsay and Alice McEnerney Cook, plus fiber artist Sara Setzer, jewelry by Stacey Fussinger and pottery by Sandra Kosinski make up the Art Market. Inside are the gallery’s opening exhibits: “Farm to Table,” with bowls and platters by ten contemporary ceramicists; and painter Gween Seemel’s solo show, “Empathetic Magic.”

Saturday is a clambake from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be live music by Danny B. and Rolling Sea at 4 p.m. and Ryan Zimmerman and Catcha Fish at 6 p.m., plus fire juggler David Ramsay, 6 to 9 p.m. The fun continues Sunday with Tom Gutchigian from 1 to 3 p.m.

At Swellcolors Glass Studio, 1715 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, glassblower Jeff Ruemeli will demonstrate his craft and give workshops.

The 12th annual LBI Artists Open Studio Tour is June 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This free, self-guided tour is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Pick up a guide at participating shops and artist studios – be alerted by signs on the Boulevard – and take the free self-tour. Besides visiting studios of LBI artists such as Connie Pinkowski, Susan Hennelly, Linda Ramsay, Sandra Anton, Anita Pfeil, Roberta Giannone, James Cordasco, Lori Bonanni, Cathleen Engelsen and Ginny Friedman, find more local artists at select venues such as m.t. burton gallery, LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Wildflowers Too, SwellColors Glass Studio, Art and Décor, Solace Studio, Firefly Gallery, Ann Coen Gallery, Just Bead It and Jeffries Floor and Decor.

SwellColors North in Viking Village, Barnegat Light, hosts Celie Parker’s “New Works in Silver,” jewelry in silver Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Viking Village Arts and Craft Fair starts on Sunday, May 28 for Memorial Day weekend and is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Viking Village, 19th and Bayview Avenue in Barnegat Light. Additional art fair dates are Sundays, July 9 and Sept. 3.

Birdland Gallery Art, located in Artifacts and Company, corner of Centre Street and Bay Avenue in Beach Haven, hosts a solo exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Sabine from May 28 to June 19, with a reception on May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.; David Macomber exhibits June 24 to July 9, with a reception on June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Dawn Simon exhibits her work July 15 to 30, with a reception July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Constance Bosworth exhibits oil paintings Aug. 5 to 20, with a reception Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Makeshift Union artisans hold a Makeshift Row exhibit and sale at the Hop Sauce Festival, Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Frank Panzone Memorial Field, 350 Taylor Ave. in Beach Haven.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies begins their 71st summer of providing arts experiences with the 19th annual National Juried Competition and Exhibition: Works on Paper, June 2 to 26. The show features more than 60 art works of all mediums, with the caveat they must be on paper or made of paper. Esteemed juror Jane Panetta is associate curator of drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Three cash prizes and three honorable mentions will be awarded during the opening reception on Sunday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Preceding the reception, Panetta will give a lecture, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” based on a current exhibition at the Whitney. Panetta will discuss the themes and artists in the show, and give insights into the process of organizing a thematic show out of the Whitney collection.

“National Juried Competition: Plates, Platters and Nothing Else Matters” exhibition highlights the works of contemporary American ceramists from June 30 through July 19, with a reception on July 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Approximately 75 ceramic works, culled from across the nation and juried by Garth Johnson. Johnson is an artist, writer, educator and curator of ceramics at Arizona State University Museum and the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. He will award the $1,000 first prize at the reception on July 8.

A lecture by Johnson is planned for Wednesday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival, an indoor/outdoor art fair featuring select artists from across the country returns to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences July 22 and 23.

Celebrate “Brooklyn” at the LBIF during July and August. Brooklyn has one of the most vibrant and creative communities in the art world. The LBIF has invited a cross section of these Brooklyn artists, primarily from the Gowanus area, to showcase the diversity and energy of this group. The exhibit runs from July 28 to Aug. 14, with an artists’ gallery talk on Saturday, July 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception until 7 p.m.

And be sure to catch a lecture by William Helmreich, author of The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide on Friday, July 28 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Helmreich is a distinguished professor of sociology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

The annual end-of-summer “LBIF Member, Student, Faculty” exhibition is Aug. 18 through Sept. 3. This popular exhibit showcases the talents and accomplishments of the LBIF “family,” created over the past year. Opening night, Friday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., is a time to celebrate the end of another summer.

“Plein Air Plus Events at the LBIF” exhibitions start with a Paint Out during July and August, when selected artists will paint the scenic and seashore environment of Long Beach Island to culminate in an exhibition titled “Island Life,” during September and October.

The Quick Draw on Aug. 4 is a plein air painting competition, exhibit and sale. Participating artists will be painting on site on the north end of LBI for one day. At the close of day, the artwork will be on display and for sale at the foundation.

Juror Stewart White, artist and president of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters of America, will award prizes and awards, during the reception for both the Paint Out and the Quick Draw on Sept. 24. White is an acclaimed artist and watercolorist. He is a member of the American Impressionists Society, and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He has won numerous awards including the grand prize in “Plein Air Easton” in 2009.

LBIF offers a two-day watercolor workshop with White Aug. 5 and 6, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Learn how to create moods, temperature and fresh washes in watercolor working from slides, still life, the figure and en plein air. Participants with all levels of expertise are welcome. Contact the LBIF for fees and list of supplies.

The “Island Life: Plein Air Plus” exhibition is Sept. 8 through Oct. 27, with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Selected artists who participated in the summer Paint Out will exhibit their artwork for sale.

“Objective Clay” exhibition opens at the m.t. burton gallery, 1819 Long Beach Blvd, in Surf City on Aug. 12. Ceramicist Bryon Hopkins gives a demonstration.

— Pat Johnson

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