Designed for walking: On Saturday, the fourth annual Beach Haven Art Walk drew treasure hunters downtown between Eighth and Pearl streets to stroll and shop among five dozen artists, artisans and tent artisans selling their work.
Organizers from the Beach Haven Chamber of Commerce (formed in 2017) described the event as “a creative and fun way for the community to come together (to) support the artists and small businesses that line our beautiful streets” and as a growing cultural experience. which celebrates arts and culture in Beach Haven and across the island, showcasing an eclectic mix of visual and performing arts, music, business and family.
A special “kids zone” has been set up in front of the Fantasy Island amusement park with face painting, balloon art and caricatures; Frax duo Mary Buck and Jesse Frack performed live music in front of South End Surf N Paddle; and Fourchette offered a tasting of cheeses and oils.
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Renaissance: After 40 years of enriching the community through arts education and exhibits, the Pine Shores Art Association of Manahawkin is expanding to a second location, inside the former Tuckerton Borough Hall.
The new space in the old building is currently undergoing interior aesthetic and functional updates, thanks to the contribution of PSAA volunteers. They’re sprucing it up with fresh paint, new appliances and furniture (or new to them, when they can find it used), and they’ve installed a hanging system to display artwork.
Tom Rutledge is president of the association and Dee Turba is the head of the transition committee. The targeted opening date for the new gallery and classroom space is the July 4 holiday, they said.
Rutledge said two areas of focus in the second installation will be children’s offerings and sculpture. The group intends to use the space in a multidimensional way, introducing more folk arts such as carving and basket weaving, Turba said.
The new location will mirror the existing one in its committee operations, Rutledge explained.
“The purpose of Pine Shores is to help the community see and understand the importance of art,” Rutledge said.
Continue with PSAA headquarters on Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin, Thursdays, free recurring monthly events are “Do Your Own Thing,” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and “Artists Helping Artists,” 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (call 609-713-7337 to register for either); and non-tutored portrait drawing sessions with a live model, 7-9 p.m. Go for $5 pattern fee. An additional DYOT session has been added on Tuesdays from 7-9pm (email [email protected] to register). Also free Monday afternoons, 12-3 p.m., DYOT with PSAA at Bay Avenue Community Center. Water-based mediums only, no oils or solvents.
All Pine Shores memberships (adults, $35 per person; $60 per couple; $25 for teens) can be created or renewed online or by mailing a check to Linda Blum, PO Box 5, West Creek, NJ 08092 .
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Earthbound: The new national juried competition and exhibition at the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation at Loveladies, “Elemental Effects: Water + Wind + Earth + Fire”, is now open. See cover story in this issue.
Artist-in-Residence Linda Ramsay’s “Do Your Own Thing” sessions are suspended for the summer and will resume in the fall.
LBIF revamped its online presence and made it easier for buyers and collectors to purchase artwork – directly from the online gallery. Purchase artwork from LBIF exhibits through the organization’s website, lbifoundation.org.
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Young at Art: The “Images Student Art Show 2022,” a 23rd anniversary art exhibit from Ocean County Vocational and Technical Schools, celebrates the talents and accomplishments during the current school year of students in the program. design and visual communication. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the second-floor gallery of the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library throughout June, with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at the library. of 101 Washington St. The collection includes pieces in card design, illustration, logo design, photography, poster design, t-shirt design and QR Code advertisements. The show even has a next-gen interactive element, as visitors can use smartphones to scan QR codes that connect to videos and animations.
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True to form: Freestyle Figure Study Sessions with live undraped models are open to the public on the first and third Sundays of each month through August, 10 a.m. to noon, at 120 North Main St. (headquarters of the Stafford Township Historical Society). No formal instruction is offered; Artists of all skill levels and experience are welcome. Bring crafty eyes and favorite supplies – eg graphite and sketchbook, charcoal and newsprint, pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, whatever floats on the creative boat. Come for $12 when you feel inspired. For more information, contact facilitator Victoria Ford at [email protected] or check @that.ford.woman on Instagram for updates. —VF