The seasonal landscapes of South Jersey served as inspiration for oil painter Chuck Law's latest series, "Simply Seasons ... From Life and Studio," debuting Thursday, Jan. 26 at Latz's By the Bay in Somers Point.
The exhibit features several representational works in oils in a variety of sizes and depicts what Law describes as "the timeless beauty" of the region.
A resident of Linwood, Law is a professional painter and a Signature Artist Member of the Noyes Museum. He is member of Ocean City Fine Arts League, the Ocean City Art Center, Cape May County Art League and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter's Association, garnering numerous awards for his interpretation of landscapes.
The public is invited to meet the artist and view his works at a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at "The Studio," on the second level dining room of Latz's, 801 Bay Ave. The restaurant staff will serve hors d'oeuvres while Michael Bray at Passion Vines will partner with Great Bay Gallery to provide sparkling refreshment.
The event is part of an ongoing partnership between Latz's By the Bay and Great Bay Gallery to present exhibits by local artists throughout the year at the restaurant, with a new exhibit featured every three months. The current exhibit will be on display through March 31.
•The entry deadline for submitting to the Juried 3-D Art Show by the Hammonton Arts Center is Saturday, Jan. 28. The exhibit is open to all artists. The show runs from Feb. 6 to 21. For fees and information visit call 609-567-5360 or visit www.hammontonartscenter.org
•The African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ will host a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, Buena Vista Township, for its new exhibit, "Stealing Home: How Jackie Robinson Changed America." The exhibit will be on view through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Information call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
•The Noyes Museum of Art, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, Galloway Township, presents Katherine Stanek and Julia Levitina: Of Myths, Metal and Mortar, an exhibition of sculpture, through April 22. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 Regular gallery admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors and students. For information call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•Hammonton Arts Center exhibits "In the Pinelands - Under One Roof," with works by Suzanne Reese Horvitz and Robert Roesch, through January. The Arts Center is located at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. For information call 609-567-5360.
•Atlantic City Free Public Library will exhibit "Atlantic City Portraits of a People" through February in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit features photos of six of the city's influential African-American couples and also 100-year-old charcoal portraits of the Pettijohn family. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Main Library's second-floor meeting room. The reception is free and open to the public. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3115, for viewing hours.
•Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan will exhibit her work through January at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's new Art Gallery presents its inaugural exhibition through Feb. 22, with new work by the Visual Arts faculty and recent paintings by David Ahlsted. A reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The gallery is located in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, and is free and open to the public. For information call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery
Cape May County
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League will accept submissions for its February competition, "The Blues," through Monday, Jan. 30. Entries can be dropped off at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Entries accepted in all mediums and must reflect the color blue. For fees and information call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School present the third annual student art show "Portrayal of a Portrait," on display through February at The Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. There will be an opening reception to meet the student artists and teacher Patricia Neville from 3 to
5 p.m. Feb. 12.
•The Second Sunday Gallery Walk featuring area artisans takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in Cape May. The monthly event is a partnership of the Artists Co-op, Gail Pierson Gallery, Splash and the Mad Batter Restaurant. The public is invited to take the walking tour and meet the artists at each venue. Maps are provided and light refreshments will be served at each gallery. For more information call 609-770-8261.
•"Schools for the Colored," a collection of 50 photographs by Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, along with a photo exhibit of Cape May's Franklin Street School, is on exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. White and representatives from the Center for Community Arts will particpate in a free panel discussion 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Both exhibits open Saturdays through April 14; Sundays Feb. 19, April 1, 15; Monday Feb. 20; and Monday through Thursday, April 2-12. Admission is free and gallery hours vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
•Strathmere artist Greg Bennett exhibits at the William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, through January. For hours and information call 609-368-6361 or visit www.williamris.com
•Painter Christine Lockwood McPartland exhibits at the Ocean City Arts Center through Jan. 31. The gallery is located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 609-399-7628 or visit the center's website at www.oceancityartscenter.org
•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I and World War II era sheet music covers, new exhibit at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, Historic Hangar No. 1, Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts an exhibit through January featuring artists who volunteered their time throughout the year to judge OCFAL shows. The gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartsleague.org
•"Sister Act II," featuring artists Catherine and Mia Bosna, is on exhibit through Feb. 4 at the Mad Batter Restaurant art gallery, in the Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. All of the works on display are for sale. For hours and information call 609-884-5970.
Cumberland County and West
•Four new exhibitions are displayed at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts through Feb. 11. The North Gallery features artists currently working and trying to better their artistic careers; the Witt Gallery exhibits the RRCA's sixteen juried Center Artists; the Associate Artist Alcove features work from Rik Viola; and the Atrium features 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from the EXCEL program in Bridgeton. The RRCA is located at 22 N. High St., Bridgeton. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information go to www.rrcarts.com or call 856-327-4500.
"Willie Cole: Deep Impressions," will exhibit at Rowan University Art Gallery to March 10. It is also the first ever public art gallery survey of Cole's work in South Jersey. A curator and artist talk will be offered Sunday, Feb. 21. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours Wednesdays to 7 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 856-256-4521 or go to www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery.
•The Pine Shores Art Association's annual Student Art Show opens Feb. 6 with a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the PSAA gallery, located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is the only opportunity to see art work created in the workshops and classes offered through the year. A monthly membership meeting and pastel demonstration by Lee Wagner follows the reception. The gallery is open to the public through February from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, weekly open studio sessions: Sundays: Portraits, 1 to 3 p.m.; Mondays: Portraits, 7 to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays: Artists Helping Artists, 7 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays: "Do Your Own Thing" 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays: Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•Pine Shores Art Association offers the following workshops and classes for January: Drawing by Tom Rutledge - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, $50 members, $75 nonmembers; Pastel (on-going) by Linda Coulter - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, $20 members, $22 nonmembers (walk-ins welcome). Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•The Ocean County Library will present "80's Rock Show," an exhibit of rock star portraits by local artist Patti Shouldice, through January in its second floor gallery, located at 101 Washington St., Toms River. Information call 732-349-6200, ext. 5112, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org
•Local photographer Jeff Sayre's "Beauty at the Shore" photo exhibit hangs through January in the McConnell Gallery of the Ocean County Libray, 101 Washington St., Toms River. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 732-349-6200, ext. 5112, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org
•Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the Main Campus, College Drive, in Toms River, offers the following exhibits, free and open to the public: through Feb. 10 - Ali Botein Furrevig, prints of original oils; Feb. 13-March 16 -Ocean County Teen Arts Festival Exhibit; April 2-30 - Photography of Hutch Martin; May 7-31- Artist Judi Gilden & Students. For information and hours call 732-255-0500.
•Professor Lisa Festa, of Georgian Court University, will speak on the topic, "Master Artist Vincent Van Gogh, Expressionist and Visionary," 7 p.m. March 26 at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Preceding the lecture will be an artists reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three exhibiting artists from Pine Shores Art Association: Pat Johnson, Brad Thomas and Carol Neugebauer. Their art will remain on the library's gallery walls from March 1-April 30. For information call the library at 609-597-3381 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.