Loveladies — The catalog of all that is happening at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is hot off the press, and Executive Director Daniella Kerner is particularly excited with the exhibits planned for this summer.
To kick off the season is the “National Competition: Works on Paper Exhibition” currently showing in the Blai Gallery. Kerner’s long association with Taylor School of Art, Temple University gives her the ability to get the most distinguished jurors to come to Long Beach Island. For this 21st national competition, Louis Marchesano, senior curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chose 60 works from artists in all 50 states. Kerner said she was surprised and delighted with the juror’s selections and believes we will be, too. The reception with Merchesano announcing the winning entries is planned for Sunday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Foundation is celebrating site-specific and environmental arts in the “LandWorks Exhibition, 1969 to 2019,” starting June 28 to July 14 with a reception on July12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
According to the catalog, “In the spring and summer of 1969, Phillips M. Simkin, who taught painting classes at LBIF, curated an exhibition of a group of artists who were at the forefront of what became known as the Earthworks movement.” Many of the artists in the exhibit were at the beginning of illustrious art careers: Christo, Phillip Glass, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Bill Bolinger, Sol LeWitt, Ricard Serra, Rafael Ferra , Dennis Oppenheim, Hamish Fulton, Michael Heizer, Peter Hutchinson, Will Insley, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Keith Sonnier.
Invitations for the 2019 LandWorks Exhibition were sent to talented contemporary artists whose work takes an evolutionary path from the masters of the 1969 show: Paula Scher, Martha Schwartz, Jane Barthes, Jason deClairs Taylor, Ken Smith, Darren Pearson, Nichole Dextras, Sunil Garg, Lily Reeves, Christopher Cichocki, Javier Riera, Reuben Wu, David Rubin, Stacy Levy and J. Meejin Yoon.
“Many artists place environmentalism at the forefront of their practice, each with unique involvements and interesting ways of addressing these concerns. Works shown will encompass both two- and three-dimensional work and will be on view in our gallery, on our grounds and also shown as video presentations.”
In addition, three lectures will inform the exhibition: Tom Moran, chief curator for Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park in Hamilton, N.J., will speak on Tuesday, July 2 at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, July 6, also at 5 p.m., Nora Lawrence, senior curator for Storm King Art Center, will give an overview of the artists exhibiting in that sprawling sculpture park (500 acres) in Orange County, N.Y.
And Ken Smith, principal architect, Ken Smith Workshop, will speak on Friday, July 12, at 5 p.m. before the reception.
Once LandWorks closes, the gallery will get ready for the next chapter: the “WaterWorks Exhibition,” starting Friday, July 26, with a reception on Saturday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit continues to Sunday, Aug. 11.
“WaterWorks” explores the impact of water on us and other lifeforms: sustaining us, entertaining us as well as threatening us at times. See how contemporary artists interpret this theme in painting, photography, ceramics, mixed media and digital 3D prints.
Artists such as local photographer Chris Pfeil and LBIF instructor and plein air painter Joseph Sweeney are joined by Valda Bailey, Allen Bentley, Diane Burko, Sydney Drum, Marguerita Hagan, Stacy Levy, Phil Renato, Rebecca Rutstein, Manju Shandler, Rachel Talibart and Jason deClaires Taylor.
“The Member, Student, Faculty Exhibition” is always a treat to experience at the end of the short summer season. One of the most popular exhibitions at the LBIF, it draws family, friends and neighbors to see what the artists have produced.
The exhibit is from Aug. 16 to Sept. 1, with a reception and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The season may have ended, but there is one more show in the Foundation’s repertoire: “Island Life, Plein Air Plus Exhibition” is Friday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 3, with a reception on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a lecture by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Trippi will also serve as juror, bestowing two prizes for “Classical Plein Air” (a painting completed outdoors, on the spot) and “Plein Air Plus,” a painting informed by outddor sketches but completed in the studio.
The artists have already been picked and will work all through the summer producing at least 130 examples for the show. In addition, Joseph Sweeney will give a four-day workshop on painting plein air.
All artists are invited to attend two Quick Draw events on Friday, July 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Foundation or on the north end of the Island. These will be judged and awards given. Entry fee is $10.
The Foundation is again offering its Studio Sampler Series in various art studios and taught by skilled professionals. The samplers include basketry, dying, silk screening, marbling papers, beading, printmaking, cyanotype, plein air, Shibori tote bag, and plastic shrink jewelry. Go to lbifoundation.org for more information on these.
And while marking your calendars for the above events, don’t forget the 53rd annual Seashore Open House Tour on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Six exquisite homes that capture the architectural history of LBI are open to view. Fee is $40 in advance and $45 the day of. This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year.
But it is membership that keeps the LBIF alive. “Join us, as it is the members that truly sustain the Foundation. Please know that only by increasing our membership can we maintain year-round programming and continued growth,” writes Kerner. “In order to fulfill our mission of bringing additional cultural and educational events to LBI, becoming a member is the best way to assist us.”