The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts opens its fall exhibition season this weekend by hosting two of the largest artist member organizations in the state: The New Jersey Chapter - American Artists Professional League Inc., and The Society of New Jersey Artists.
The shows kicks off with a free reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, which includes butlered appetizers, complimentary wine bar and the opportunity to speak with exhibiting artists.
The North Gallery will hold the NJAAPL's 2011 Fall Open State Juried Exhibition. This group specializes in traditional realism with media covering two- and three-dimensional design. This show is open to all New Jersey resident artists and includes a detailed and focused jurying process. Accepted work will be judged by Lucy Graves McVicker, a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Garden State Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Princeton Artists Alliance. More than $3,300 in award money will be given to the honored artists.
The Witt Gallery will feature members of the Society of New Jersey Artists. The Society, founded in 1948, is a cultural-arts group that hosts educational opportunities for its members, including demonstrations and workshops. The SNJA also provides exhibition opportunities for its members in a variety of locations across Southern Jersey.
The Associate Artist Alcove will exhibit the works of four of the RRCA's top female Associate Artist members. The display includes watercolors by Susan Rau, oils by Rae Jaffe, etchings and paintings by Maryann Cannon, and mixed media works by Diane Brown.
The Atrium space will feature paintings by Indira Servaia, who works in traditional subject matters, including a variety of two-dimensional media selections.
All of the exhibitions will remain on display to Oct. 15.
The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts is located at 22 N. High St., and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 856-327-4500 or visit www.rrcarts.com
•Landscape and nature photographer Albert Horner will be featured 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, during the Third Thursday art event at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. There will be wine and cheese from 6 to 7 p.m., coffee and dessert from 8 to 9 p.m. Horner's photographs are on exhibit throughout the store until Oct. 10. 609-561-2600 or www.cascianocoffee.com
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey presents "Art at Night" Artist Talk: Kathy Johnston English, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in conjunction with its Signature Artists exhibition. Johnston English, a watercolorist, will discuss her evolution as an artist, her inspirations and working methods; The Noyes presents an exhibition of works from its Signature Artists through Nov. 27. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled 5 to 8 p.m.; "Gleanings: Works by Matrix," "Glenn Rudderow: Light, Air, and Paint," "Summerlands: Works from the Permanent Collection" and "Nancy Depew: Forest-scapes" are the summer exhibits at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, Galloway Township. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, free to museum members. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org
•The Atlantic City Art Center will exhibit the works of Peter Echlinger, J. Michael Smith and Michael Waters Sept. 23 to Oct 22. A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. The Art Center is located on the Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk. 609-347-5837.
•One-of-a-kind "Artsy Bird Houses" are on display at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, for a community fundraising project concluding Sunday, Sept. 18. For bidding information visit www.hammontonartscenter.org
•Joe Bruno will exhibit his photographic work through September at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. www.hammontonartscenter.org
•"Oil on Water: 3 Painters," featuring artists Margaret McCann, Marilyn Brent and Timothy Buckley, will exhibit through Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Atlantic City Arts Center, located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue, in Atlantic City. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. 609-347-5837.
•Artist Donna Elias will be showing her work and signing prints and posters of her watercolor painting, "The 2011 Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey," Oct. 15 and 16 at Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, in celebration of Lighthouse Challenge weekend. www.lighthousechallengenj.org
Cape May County
•An artists reception for Martha Stanwood will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Who's On First Cafe, 100 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The free event features live music and refreshments. Stanwood's art works will be on display until Sept. 30. www.marthastanwood.com
•Sluice Creek Gallery will host a new wildlife art exhibit, "Native Species," Saturday, Sept.17, through Oct. 31, at its gallery in the Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 N ., in Goshen. A reception will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The event is free and features bluegrass music and refreshments. 609-861-0700.
•"The Permanent Collection Sale," featuring a selection of Ocean City Arts Center works, will be on sale in September in the main gallery, located at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Paintings range from $50 to $1,500. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or www.oceancityartscenter.org
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, will exhibit its monthly show, "Trees," until Sept. 30. 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartsleage.org
•"A Salute to the Seashore" runs through the end of September at The William Ris Gallery, located at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor. Admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361.
•Gallery D'May, Fine Art, 305 Washington St., Cape May, exhibits the works of Samir Sammoun through Tuesday, Sept. 20. 609-884-4465 or www.GalleryDMay.com
•Local, regional and visiting artists are invited to paint "plein air" in a "Paint Out" in the herb garden at Tollgate Farm & Gardens, 656 Sunset Blvd., Cape May, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. exhibiting the works. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free. Artists should sign up in advance by calling the Center for Community Arts at 609-884-7525.
•The Summer Studio, 2089 Ocean Drive, Avalon, exhibits works by Diann Cardello through the end of summer. 609-368-2300.
•"Renoir - The Great Grandson's Homage to the Impressionism Master," remains on display at Ocean Galleries through Oct. 3. The exhibition features artwork of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, along with original works and a unique family perspective offered by his great-grandson, Alexandre Renoir. The collection of Impressionistic artwork also includes pieces by Paul C�zanne Camille Pissarro, H. Claude Pissarro, and more. The Renoir Impressionism exhibition will remain on display through Oct. 3. Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours: 10 a.m to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777.
•Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of members Eliza Dietz, Barbara Hoepp and Anita Roth through Oct. 7. The Artists Co-op gallery is located at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May, and is open daily. Call 609-770-8261.
•"All About the Light," new pastel paintings by Stan Sperlak, runs to Oct. 17 at SOMA NewArt Gallery, located in Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-898-7488 or www.somagallery.net
•"Celebrate Cape May - Watercolors by Marie Natale," special tribute to the history and legends of the Chalfonte Hotel, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October, at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. Admission is free. All art work available for purchase. www.chalfonte.com
Cumberland County and Points West
•The paintings of Barbara Pitt will be featured at the Third Friday art show, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Aponi Gallery, 501 N. High St., Millville. The artist also will be in attendance from 1 to 3 p.m .Sept. 17 and 18. 609-605-2714.
•Rowan University Art Gallery presents "Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection" through Oct. 1. The gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (to 7 p.m. Wednesdays); and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 856-256-4521 or www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery
•"Japanese Ceremonial Dolls" exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 3 at the Education/Folklife Center at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. The exhibition is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts, $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, children five and younger free. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or www.wheatonarts.org
•"Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass," on display at the Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, to Oct. 16. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, and free for children five and younger. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or www.wheatonarts.org
•Art Harvest Show/Lecture, Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin will host an artists reception 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10, and lecture presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. by Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden, Ph.D., of Stockton College, at Stafford Library, free. Register 609-597-3557 or the Library 609-597-3381.
•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. 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to email@example.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.