Photo: Members of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast prepare to "Paint it Forward" for FCS. (left to right: Kathleen Beausoleil, John Aria, Caroline Klein, Alexis Cuozzo, Evie Agresta, Judy Stach and Dianne Bollerman)
Artist Group to host benefit Exhibition and Sale for FCS
LONG BRANCH, NJ, July 22, 2014 – The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will host a special Art Exhibition and Sale from 5-8 pm on Saturday, August 16 at the historic Monmouth Beach, Bath & Tennis Club to benefit Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency. “Paint It Forward” will feature more than 150 original works from 30 local artists, many of whom are nationally known for their plein air work. Proceeds from the event will help support FCS’s 11 diverse programs and services, from homelessness prevention and childhood literacy, to home care and adult protective services.
“We are delighted that the PAPJC’s has selected our agency as the beneficiary of their annual art exhibition,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman, “This is a great opportunity to use the passion and creativity of the artist community to support those facing challenging times in their lives.”
Based at the Jersey Shore, the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast is a group of artists that likes to work “en plein air,” a term that is used to describe painting that is done outdoors. Started in 2003 with a handful of local artists, the organization now has more than 50 painter members and continues to grow each year.
“Painting outdoors allows an artist to capture the unique colors and atmospheric effects you don’t see when painting from photographs,” says PAPJC founder and Paint it Forward organizer Judy Stach. “The light is constantly changing, challenging the artist to interpret what they see.”
PAPJC members often paint as a group, drawing inspiration from the varied seascapes and landscapes that make up the Jersey Coast. On a recent morning, the group gathered in Hartshorne Woods Park to capture the park’s peaceful coves, gentle shorelines and historic outbuildings on canvas, board and paper. Many of their works will be available for sale at Paint it Forward.