POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Through the end of November, the Point Pleasant Beach Cultural Arts Committee is featuring the works of artist Emily Gilman Beezley in the meeting room of Borough Hall.
Ms. Gilman Beezley, who currently lives in Manasquan, said that her association with Point Beach’s Arts Committee stemmed from a call with committee Secretary Judy Van Brunt, who reached out to her.
“So, Judy reached out to me…and she had asked if I wanted to do a gallery at the town hall—and, of course, that seemed like a great fit for my art,” she said. “So I tried to mostly include more of my water scenes, inspired by a specific area.”
Her artistic connection to Point Pleasant Beach goes a bit farther, though, than her works being featured at Borough Hall. Ms. Gilman Beezley also told The Ocean Star that she is currently being tapped by the New Jersey Council of the Arts and NJ Transit to have one of her paintings installed at the Point Pleasant Beach train station.
“That will be installed any day now,” she told The Ocean Star, showing miniature mockups of the shelter that will be wrapped in her painting. “That’s going to be vinyl for the platform shelter…They’re all the way at the north end of the platforms; one side is going to be a view from the jetty looking south—the Point Pleasant side—and then the other side is going to be one of my oceany ones.”
Ms. Gilman Beezley’s art is characterized by intense linework and heavy manipulation of contrast, resulting in paintings that have vivid, dreamlike colors. In fact, this is often intentional, as she explained that quite a few paintings of hers have been inspired by a recurring dream she has.
“A lot of the art that’s up in Point Pleasant you can see these waves…There’s the jetty, and the waves, which are all based on an epic dream that I have; a recurring dream,” she said, using a piece called “Red Sky at Night” as an example. “The original pieces are all oil paintings on large canvases.”
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