Shore House has always encouraged members to discover and pursue their professional goals, whatever they may be. Several of us have artistic aspirations. To that end, Shore House hosts the Art of Recovery, our annual member art show. Our Clubhouse also makes us aware of other opportunities to exhibit and sell our work throughout the year, such as at the Canterbury Art Show and BelmarArts.
Shore House also has open studio as a social program. Open studio began when a local artist named Harriet came to work with us. She shared her knowledge with us and encouraged us to be non-judgmental about our work. She has since had to move on, so the members of Shore House decided to hold open studio and share our skills and knowledge with each other. This spirit of community is what our Clubhouse is all about.
In fact, during the month of February, we will be showing our work in an exhibit called “Art of a Community.” Of course, this is a wonderful opportunity for the artists involved, but the exhibit also generates work for our Clubhouse. For example, contracts, title cards, and price lists must be made; art must be matted and framed; and work must be cataloged.
From the standpoint of featured artists, we can say that we are grateful for every chance to have our artwork displayed. With every sale we move closer to our goals of becoming self-sufficient professional artists. Many of us have sold pieces at the Art of Recovery and other shows. This not only benefits us financially, but increases our self-esteem and confidence.
Please come to see “Art of a Community” this February at New Jersey Natural Gas on Wyckoff Road in Wall Township or visit ShoreHouseNJ.org.
by Sherone Rogers and Kerri Zeblisky
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.