Artist Sandra Bloodworth - known for her portraits of people - turns her attention to gastronomy with portraits of meals in the exhibit "Intimate Feasts," selections of which are on display through Sunday, Sept. 25, at Cape May Winery and Vineyard.
The exhibit complements the 2nd Annual Cape May Forum Chautauqua at the Shore: "Guess What's Coming for Dinner? - The Politics of Food in the 21st Century," a series of events offered at various venues around Cape May exploring subjects that include organic food movements, nutrition, hunger and new food harvesting frontiers in the farming and fishing industries.
Bloodworth is the winner of the "All Politics is Local" Cape May Forum poster competition for the event.
The exhibit is a selection of oil paintings from her series of portraits of "shared moments," or, as she explains, "joyously prepared meals and shared times with friends and family." Bloodworth's paintings showcase the meals that are themselves a work of art. Prepared by her husband and muse, Fred May, the meals are photographed and later captured on canvas by Bloodworth.
Her intent is not the food, she explains in her artist's notes, but rather the moment, the people, the shared experience that went into creating the meal.
Bloodworth has exhibited widely along the East Coast. Locally, she is represented by Soma NewArt Gallery in Cape May and William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor.
Cape May Winery and Vineyard is located at 711 Townbank Road, North Cape May, and is open noon to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call 609-884-1169 or visit www.capemaywinery.com
•The Atlantic City Art Center will show the works of Peter Echlinger, J. Michael Smith and Michael Waters Friday, Sept. 23, to Oct 22. A Meet the Artists reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9. The Art Center is located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 609-347-5837.
•The works of landscape and nature photographer Albert Horner will be on exhibit through Oct. 10 at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. 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. Thursday, 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; "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
•Joe Bruno will exhibit his photographic work through September at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. www.hammontonartscenter.org
•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
•Local, regional and visiting artists are invited to paint "en 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. Thursday, 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.
•Matt Lively's "New York" exhibit will run through Oct. 30 at The Gail Pierson Gallery, 658 Washington St., Cape May. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. 609-884-2585 or gailpiersongallery.com
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League is celebrating what would have been founder Joe Kardonne's 100th birthday, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1, at the gallery located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The free event and tribute include door prizes, refreshments, prizes, games, storytelling contests. Kardonne's artwork will also be for sale at a 50 percent discount. Also honored will be Jim Penland, who recently passed away. 609-814-0308 or www.oceancityfineartsleague.org
•The works of Martha Stanwood will be on display until Sept. 30 at Who's On First Cafe, 100 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. For hours and information visit www.marthastanwood.com
•"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.
•"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 Cezanne 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
•Sluice Creek Gallery will host the wildlife art exhibit, "Native Species," 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.
Cumberland County and Points West
•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
•Exhibits by The New Jersey American Artists Professional League Inc. and The Society of New Jersey Artists are featured at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts until Oct. 15. The RRCArts is located at 22 N. High St., Millville, and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or visit www.rrcarts.com
•"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.