art society monmouth meeting

art society monmouth meetingArt Society of Monmouth County present Lecture and Artist Demonstration 
Stoneware and Silver Demonstration by Mare Akana

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Meeting at 10:30am; Lecture and Artist Demonstration at 11am.

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Monmouth Beach NJ

128 Ocean Avenue

ARTIST’S BIO – MARE AKANAMare Akana is a multi-media artist whose work focuses on her lifelong passion: horses and the sea. A native of Honolulu, HI, she grew up exploring tide pools and observing sea creatures in the reef. She has worked with horses throughout her life and experienced much of the industry as a Thoroughbred and Standardbred groom, rider, trainer, farm manager and vet tech. She credits Hawaiian Lio Lii Pony Club mentor Terry Tugman, the late USET coach MAJ Hector Carmona and the many horses she’s known over the years with teaching her. 

As an artist, she began working with clay and metals at Punahou School and later at Syracuse University. When she was growing up, World Trade Center architect and family friend Minoru Yamasaki admired her designs in silver and encouraged her. She has studied with John Marshall, Lee DuSell, Gerald Brommer, Christine Merriman, Louis Mendez and Mark Walnock. Her work is in the personal collection of internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois as well as in private collections onboth coasts, Hawaii and Peru. She is an award winning artist who has participated in numerous juried shows and is currently an Exhibiting member at The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury. Her work is available at the Monmouth and Noyes Museum shops, as well as at Monmouth Park Racetrack.

Mare lives a life in the arts and is also an actor and board member of the NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch. She is the coordinator of Long Branch’s annual Art in the Park, a fine art and artisanal craft event.

The Art Society of Monmouth County (ASMC) is a non-profit, membership-based all volunteer organization that exists to promote the education and appreciation of the visual arts in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Monthly meetings are held where members can meet with fellow artisits and exchange ideas. At these meetings, members benefit from experiencing professional art demonstrations of various media techniques. These meetings are open to the public.
The Society’s members participate in exhibitions at various venues in Monmouth County, both juried and non-juried. Its diverse membership displays its talents in all visual arts: oil, acrylic, pastels, drawings, watercolor, photography, sculpture and mixed media. ASMC’s purpose is to stimulate the advancement and creativity of the arts in its community.
An Annual Merit Scholarship Award is provided for a high school senior who continues art studies in a higher education institution.
Patrons and enthusiasts of the arts, whether students or adults, novice or professional, are welcome to join the ASMC and participate in its meetings and activities.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ from September to April.

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