'Morpheus,' by Michael Waters, is part of the Absolutely Abstract Exhibit, a four-artist, multi-location exhibit in Somers Point’s Bayfront Historic District. An Artistic Walk-About to meet the artists takes place Sunday, May 6.

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Four abstract artists share the spotlight in the new “Absolutely Abstract” exhibit currently on view at three different locations along Somers Point’s Bayfront Historic District. The public can meet the artists during an Artistic Walk-About to take place between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Kathleen Arleth, owner of Great Bay Gallery and organizer of the exhibit, said the venues are conveniently located and she hopes viewers will take a walk and enjoy both the art and the spring weather.

The participating artists and locations are: Michael Waters and Paul Harrington in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road; Steve Kuzma at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave.; and Katherine Mott at Latz's By The Bay 801 Bay Ave.

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Arleth says she wanted to present artists who work in the abstract genre and who often do not have a specific event to showcase their work. By using the larger spaces in other local venues, the artists are able to display their work, some of which are larger pieces. The collaboration with Dan and Sandi Anderson from Sandi Pointe and Andrew Latz from Latz’s By The Bay enabled this type of exhibit to take place, she says.

In addition to hosting the artists, Sandi Pointe and Latz’s will provide a sampling of light refreshments during the walk-about. The public may also use the restaurant parking lots for the event.

The exhibits at all three venues can be viewed until May 27 during regular business hours. For further information contact Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

Atlantic County

  • “Focal Point,” the photography artists of the Hammonton Arts Center exhibit their work through May 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 Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township hosts the following exhibitions: “Lance Balderson: Abstractions,” series of paintings, to May 13; “Alice: Into the Looking Glass,” works based on the literary works of Lewis Carroll, to May 20; “George Nick: Edge of the Road,” series of paintings, to May 27. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road in the Oceanville section of the township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, free to Stockton students. 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
  • The “Raw” juried photography exhibit can be seen through May 12 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Hammonton. The gallery is located at 5 S. Second St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html
  • “Intimate Landscapes,” photography art by Albert D. Horner, through May 29, at Noyes Seaview Art Gallery, Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For hours call 855-894-8698 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
  • Katherine Mott will exhibit her mixed-media work entitled “Graffiti” at The Studio on the second level dining room at Latz's By The Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through June. The event is part of an ongoing partnership between the restaurant and Great Bay Gallery to present exhibits by local artists. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. For Great Bay Gallery hours call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
  • Call for entries for “Art in the Basin,” outdoor fine arts show at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14. Artists must submit photographs of their work for approval by May 31. Call 609-653-7006 or email gazman4@verizon.net.
  • “Stealing Home: How Jackie Robinson Changed America” exhibit at The African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs through May. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, Buena Vista Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
  • “Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40,” a juried pastel exhibition from Friday, May 4, through Sept. 2, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 8. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org.

Cape May County

  • In honor of Stone Harbor’s annual Coastal Living Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, the William Ris Gallery will highlight a collection of pastels featuring the seascapes and landscapes of South Jersey by award-winning artist Stan Sperlak. The show will hang through May. William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
  • “The Nature of Birds” by local artists Peg Dittmar and Sandy Maloney opens Friday, May 4, at the Harbor Gallery of the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. A meet-the-artists reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through the end of May. All artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-884-2736.
  • The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of Eliza Dietz, Lee Hajduk and Mary Stewart in its gallery at the West End Garage from May 4 through June 3. A reception will be held 1 to 5 p.m. May 13 as part of the city-wide Second Sunday Gallery Walk and members will be on hand to discuss their works. Light refreshments will be served at each gallery. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.
  • The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township will exhibit works of the winners of the county’s 11th annual National Arts Program to May 10.
  • Ocean City Arts Center presents the pastel works of Diane Brown at a meet-the-artist reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11. The show hangs through May. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org
  • Meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 11 for “Sky, Sea & Land” art competition and exhibition by Ocean City Fine Arts League, at Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through May 31. The Gallery is open daily. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
  • SOMA NewArt Gallery presents two exhibits through May 13: “Inspired Brushstrokes — a Teacher and her Artistic Influence,” by Marie Natale and five of her students; and “Nature by Design,” by Penny Beck. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Spring gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Go to www.somagallery.net or call 609-898-7488.
  • “The Bayshore Connection,” an exhibit of art photography by Michael Hogan, runs through May at Cape May Bird Observatory’s Sluice Creek Gallery, 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. Call 609-861-0700.
  • “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

  • “An Artistic Journey,” kicks off the First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Gallery 50, located at 50 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton. The exhibit, presented by Wind Whistle Studio of Art, features artist and teacher Ellie Sorantino. The Gallery will also feature the photography of  Michael Schuelke in its windows. The show runs through May 25. The Gallery will be open 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.Gallery50.org
  • Cumberland County College’s Clay College, 108 N. High St., Millville, will exhibit “Clay Monoprints and Handbuilt Pots,” by artist Mitch Lyons, to Monday, May 7. The gallery is open seven days a week. Call 856-765-0988.
  • Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts and the Levoy Theater Preservation Society collaborate in a show celebrating film and the performing arts. The show features historical photos, artifacts from the theater, and art in a variety of media. The show runs through May 14. The RRCA is located at 22 North High St., Millville. Call 856-327-4500 or go to www.rrcarts.com

Ocean County

  • Pine Shores Art Association’s annual Spring Art Show hangs through May in the gallery, at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is open to the public on 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. www.pineshoresartassociation.org or call 240-462-8963.
  • Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will present “Guugine, Cezanne to Matisse — Visions of Arcadia,” 7 p.m. May 21 at Stafford Library. Preceding the lecture is an artists reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three of Pine Shores Art Association’s award-winning artists: Pat Shepherd, Marilyn Flagler and Suzi Hoffman. Artwork will remain on the Library’s gallery walls May through June. Both events are free. Call 609-693-9351.
  • 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 ldrake@pressofac.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.






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