The Ocean City Arts Center, an iconic shore attraction, pays tribute to a famous Philadelphia landmark in "I Remember Wanamaker's," a new exhibit on display through the end of June.
More than 20 artists submitted their interpretations of Philadelphia's most famous department store. The paintings include watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastels.
Rosalyn Lifshin, director of the art center, said the exhibit is one of the gallery's "most interesting" displays.
"Wanamaker's was an institution whose reach left a mark on the lives of so many people in the southern New Jersey region," she said.
The flagship store of John Wanamaker opened in 1911 and was located at 13th and Market streets in Center City, Philadelphia. The building was designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham and had a monumental granite exerior and a marble interior. It contained more than 1 million square feet of selling area over 10 floors of retail space. One of the highlights of the store was the pipe organ located in the Grand Court, regarded as the world's largest pipe organ and one of the finest symphonic instruments ever built.
One of the most memorable features of the store was Crystal Tea Room, once the largest dining room in Philadelphia. For many, the Christmas Light Show with the Dancing Waters Display and the Rocket Express monorail that ran around the ceiling of the eighth floor toy department was the highlight of the holiday season.
Viewers can purchase their memories as any of the works featured in the exhibit are for sale. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. For more information call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org
•"The Life and Mystery of Van Gogh" presented by Lucy Jerue as part of Noyes Museum Thursday Art at Night Series, 6:30 p.m. June 28, at Noyes Museum of Art, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township, refreshments provided by Galloway Township Women's Club. Registration requested: 609-652-8848. Free to Noyes Museum members; $5 nonmembers.
•The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton will hold an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. June 21 for a joint show of contemporary art quilts, "Fiber Revolution: Botswana Collection & Kalahari Quilts," a travelling four-year exhibition from Botswana to America, on view through Aug. 11. Go to www.noyesmuseum.org/
•3-D artist Charles Fazzino will unveil new works and meet and greet from 5 to 9 p.m. June 30 and noon to 4 p.m. July 1 at Oh My Godard gallery, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City. Call 609-441-2040.
•"Clip, Cut; Paper Thin," an exhibit highlighting the art of cut paper, can be viewed to Tuesday, June 19, at The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton. The satellite gallery of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College is located at 5 South Second St. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For admission fees call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/ham
• Art in the Park takes place 3 to 8 p.m. fourth Fridays through September on the beach behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Regional artists demonstrate, discuss and sell their work. Free arts and crafts booths for children, puppet shows, dance and music presentations.
•Paul Harrington and Katherine Mott are extending their abstract exhibits in Somers Point through June. Harrington's artwork is hanging in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road. Call 609-927-2300 or go to www.sandipointecoastalbistro.com. Mott's exhibit is displayed on the second floor at Latz's By The Bay, 901 Bay Ave. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByThe
Bay.com. The exhibits are part of the ongoing collaboration of Great Bay Gallery and the two local restaurants and are for sale.
•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township: "Water: Illusions of Purity - Kate Dodd," on view through through Aug. 26; "Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," on view through Sept. 2; "Toylanders," through Sept. 2; New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, on view through Sept. 9; "Stan Sperlak: Into the Night," a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.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 Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.
•Victor Viventi will exhibit his acrylic paintings throughout June at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•Artists are invited to submit works for the Summer Fine Arts Festival hosted by the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission and the Brigantine Historical Society to take place June 24 through July 15 at the Historical Museum. Every artist is permitted to display two pieces and each one must be accompanied by a registration form and $5 fee. To register contact Joanne at 609-266-2806 or email@example.com
•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi Sabi" will be on exhibit at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, from July 25 through Sept. 1. A "Meet the Artist" reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. The event is free and open to the public. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
•The exhibition "Works on Paper," is in residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is from the Noyes Museum of Art's Permanent Collection and features 45 artists in a mix of intaglio, lithography, digital, serigraphy, chine colle, painting, handmade paper and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Stockton's main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.
•Nationally known watercolor artist Donna Elias will exhibit her "Great American Lighthouses Collection" and her "By the Seaside Series" in the Crafter's Village in Historic Gardner's Basin Maritime Park, 800 North New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Admission is free. Elias' shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 609-348-5826.
•"Examining Themes of Racial Stereotyping: Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, the Gold Dust Twins, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat," currently on display at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, free admission, donations accepted. The exhibit will become a permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
Cape May County
•Cape May Artists Cooperative member Diana Cutshall will demonstrate beading techniques from 4 to 6 p.m. June 30 outside the gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. The focus will be on beading techniques used by various African tribes, particularly the Maasai of Northern Tanzania and Samburu of Northern Kenya. Call 609-770-8261.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, hosts three solo exhibitions through June 17. The artists are: Terri Amig, in Gallery 1; John Monteith, in Gallery 2; and Greg Bennett, in Gallery 3. A new exhibit, "Sean Taylor, Harriett Sosson, and John Borrero" opens June 23. Summer Gallery hours daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information call 609-898-7488 or visit www.somagallery.net
•"Flowers of Light" exhibit by celebrity artist Brian Davis, through June 25, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 609-368-7777 or www.oceangalleries.com
•The Gail Pierson Gallery exhibits
Animal Compassion: What Is and What Can Be - The Textile Art of Joan Veneziano-D'Avanzo," through June 25, with 100 percent of the profits from the sales of the artists' work donated to Animal Alliance of Cape May County. An open house in celebration of the quilt will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The quilt, 13 years in the making, features signatures and contributions from Bill Clinton, Paul Newman, Gloria Steinem, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Jackman, John Glenn, Jane Goodall, Betty White, Bill Gates, Mel Brooks and David Hockney. Gail Pierson Gallery is located at 658 Washington St., Cape May. June hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays to Mondays, closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call 609-884-2585 or go to www.gailpiersongallery.com
•The Art of Graham Nash exhibition can be seen at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, June 28 to July 8. Nash will be at the gallery signing purchased artwork from 7 to 10 p.m. July 1.
•"Sails & Sterns," the June exhibit at Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, features local artists Don Merwin and Janet McShain. All artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center. Call 609-884-2736.
•Sculpture by South Jersey's Katherine Stanek, watercolors by Marcie Cooperman and oils by Dori Spector are on exhibit through summer at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•The first annual GLBT Artist Exhibit, by GABLES of Cape May County, can be viewed 1 to 4 p.m. daily, through June, at The Beesley House, 605 Route 9, Cape May Courthouse. Call 609-463-6370 or visit www.gablescapemay.com
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League's June flower-themed exhibit on display at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, through the summer. Call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception on Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 609-465-6008.
•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I- and World War II-era sheet music covers, 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. Mondays through Fridays. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.
Cumberland County and West
•The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Danny Ng is the Artist of the Month for June at Pine Shores Art Association. The public is invited to see his works in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel in the Pine Shores gallery throughout the month 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to www.pineshoresartassociation.org or call 240-462-8963.
•Pat Shepherd, Marilyn Flagler and Suzi Hoffman, all members of the Pine Shores Art Association, will have their works displayed in the Stafford Library through June. For hours and information call 609-693-9351.
•The 36th annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit can be viewed to June 27 at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 732-255-0400, ext. 2065 or www.ocean.edu
•The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library features teen artwork from July 2 to Aug. 8. The library is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Call 609-597-3381 or go to www.theoceancountylibrary.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
•The Pine Shores Art Association summer fundraising event will be an exhibit of 50 framed, original works of art donated by 50 artists. Each painting will be offered for sale at only $50 to the first 50 people. Art patrons will be able to select their favorite work in an order chosen through a lottery drawing at a gala reception beginning 1 pm. July 22 at Stafford Firehouse, 133 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. Art Patron forms are available at 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.