All together now: At the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, the annual Member+Student+Faculty Exhibition is in place, through September 5. Judging by Julie Langsam, associate professor at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, this summer’s culminating show includes the work of LBIF members, students, and instructors.
The LBIF Art Committee described the annual event as “a celebration of the art produced by our LBI Foundation family” and a “collective labor of joyful creativity”.
The exhibition is open to anyone who has renewed or joined for the 2022 season and to anyone who is taking a course or has taught a course at the Foundation. Classes are offered year-round in a variety of mediums – painting and drawing, watercolor and pastel, ceramics and more. The end-of-summer show highlights the talents and accomplishments of the people who make LBIF work, and the shared enthusiasm and love for the arts that defines its 74-year history. The show brings together families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, teachers and students. And, really, who on the island doesn’t fall into one or more of these categories?
“We want to celebrate your creativity and inspire those to come have fun!” said executive director Daniella Kerner.
The Foundation provided insight into art juror Langsam, who throughout her 35-year career “examined issues of beauty, idealization, and the interconnected heritage of stylistic tropes, in work that covers painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, film, video and mise en place.
“Best known for her paintings of iconic modernist buildings designed by famous architects such as Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Langsam’s work playfully negotiates and challenges the legacy of modernism on contemporary culture. His depictions of toxic landscapes reference the pictorial sublime, serving as the basis for modernist architectural marvels, structures that evoke notions of failed utopias.
LBIF is a year-round non-profit organization that promotes the arts and sciences on Long Beach Island and surrounding communities by illuminating, educating, and stimulating thought and discussion about current trends in the arts and sciences by offering a wide range of courses for everyone. age. Supported by membership and fundraising, LBIF enables people to learn, grow, express themselves freely, exchange ideas and deepen understanding.
Classes and events include painting, drawing, ceramics, felting, glass, Italian language and writing classes, yoga, live theater, musical performances and film screenings.
The MSF 2022 exhibition represents approximately 60 participating artists. Langsam rewarded 12 MSF artists for their exceptional talent. Congratulations to Melissa Bragg-Krishnamurthy, Wendy Branzburg, Devon Eisele, Sally Eisenberg, Diane Grimes, Patricia Larkin, Carol Nussbaum, Andrea Pilling, Audrey Schwind, Elizabeth Ventura, Kate Whitlock and Amber Manoski.
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Brush: Free recurring monthly events continue at the Pine Shores Art Association at 94 Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin. September’s show is the “Photography & Digital Show,” running September 1-27, with a reception on Monday, September 12. pineshoresartassociation.org to see the full schedule.
A grand opening celebration for the new annex, Pine Shores Art Association in Tuckerton, is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the new facility and learn about classes and programs.
Tuckerton-based Art Chat, an official part of the PSAA, meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library, to share what they’re working on and receive feedback if desired or “just to see what others are doing,” according to founder Nancy Glines. Newcomers are welcome. The only “rules” of participation, she said, are to be kind, helpful and encouraging to other performers. For more information, contact Glines at [email protected]
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Punctual : Perfect hand pottery skills with instructor Mary Kate Fogel at Maker’s Station in West Creek.
In addition to Friday evenings, a one-day pottery class will be held September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $55. The class is offered by the Pine Shores Art Association but is held at 206 Main Street (Route 9) in downtown West Creek. Explore a fun activity with friends who want to try something new; learn the basics of pottery and leave feeling accomplished.
All supplies are included. Hand building techniques will be demonstrated and participants will add their own creative flair. Fogel will take care of all the remaining steps (e.g. glazing and firing), and the finished piece will be ready for pick up when complete. Register on pineshoresartassociation.org.
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It is a natural: Scott Molnar’s “pastel renditions” of locally renowned landscapes are on display through September in the McConnell Gallery at the Ocean County Library System’s headquarters on Washington Street in Toms River.
He received formal training through classes and workshops at the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin. His pastels are enhanced by watercolor underlays. Molnar loved “wild places” while growing up in the Burlington County Pinelands. He then moved to Montana, where he developed “a deep appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the mountains and the free-flowing rivers and streams,” Molnar recalls.
Pastels are his most recent exploration. “My love for the outdoors fuels my work in the studio. My goal is to capture a brief essence of light through nature’s palette.
Meanwhile, “New Perspectives” is a multimedia exhibition by the artist community of Toms River, available throughout September in the library’s second-floor gallery.
The show represents unique creative expressions of Toms River’s bustling and thriving downtown arts scene. The works of TRAC members encompass a wide range of themes, styles and mediums.
Both shows are free and open to the public. For more information, call 732-349-6200 or visit 101 Washington St. Check out library programs and events at theoceancountylibrary.org.
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True to form: Character study sessions with an undraped live model are open to the public the first and third Sundays of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, in the historic church at 120 North Main St. (home of the Stafford Township Historical Company). No formal instructions are offered. Artists of all skill levels and experience are welcome. The next session is set for September 4 with model Monique. Bring crafty eyes and favorite supplies to float the creative boat. Come for $12.
The local figure drawing community needs models for draped and undraped sessions. Experience is preferred but not necessary. The only requirements are to 1) have a body of any shape or size and 2) be able to sit or stand still for 2-20 minutes. Ocean County art venues currently have opportunities – both at the historic church and Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin, and at the Ocean County Artists Guild in Island Heights.
For more information on modeling or participation, contact Victoria Ford at [email protected] or check @that.ford.woman on Instagram for updates. —VF