Area artists ready to show off works in Stone Harbor

Painter Neal McPheeters is one of the artists featured in the group show, ‘Cities to Seas and In Between,’ running at the William Ris Galley in Stone Harbor to Aug. 20.

The William Ris Galley in Stone Harbor recently opened it's newest group show, "Cities to Seas and In Between," featuring a panel of award-winning artists.

The exhibit hangs through Aug. 20.

For this show, gallery director Mary S. Cantone chose to display works by Pennsylvania artists Michele Bryne and Valerie Craig, New York City-based artist Miro Sinovcic, and Cape May's own Neal McPheeters.

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McPheeters is well known for creating paintings depicting the beaches and wetlands along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Over the years his paintings have won numerous awards and hang in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum, the Cheekwood Museum and in many private and public collections.

Also at the gallery, Libbie and Alan Soffer will host their art incubator workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3.

The artists will share insights in encaustic, mixed media and fiber collage. The public is invited and there will be musical entertainment.

William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave. Information: 609-368-6361 or

Atlantic County

•The Stockton College Art Gallery hosts a free reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, to meet the artists exhibiting in the Visual Arts Faculty show, which runs to Aug. 8. The gallery is located on the main campus off Jimmie Leeds Road, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing. The gallery has two levels. Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. 609-652-4214.

•Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit "Earth, Wind & Fire," to Aug. 31. The public is invited to attend an artist's reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Light refreshments will be served.

•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit that can be viewed through the summer in the Surgical Pavilion Public Gallery of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. Contact William Ris Gallery at 609-368-6361.

Cape May County

•New watercolors by Marie Natale celebrating "Summertime in Cape May" can be viewed Sunday, Aug. 4 at The Chalfonte, located at 301 Howard St., Cape May. The works include original paintings of the covers for Exit Zero magazine and are available for purchase. Information: 609-214-9905.

•The 51st Boardwalk Art Show, hosted by the Ocean City Arts Center, will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2, 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Call 609-399-7628,

•Wildlife paintings by award-winning artist Peg Dittmar can be viewed through Aug. 8 at Mad Batter Restaurant, Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Dittmar was recently awarded the "Nature Award" by the John J. Audubon Society for her painting, "Spread Your Wings & Fly." Information: 609-884-5970.

•The William Ris Gallery announces the following exhibits for the summer season: "Flora, Fauna and Far East - A Collection of Blessings and Symbolism as East Meets West," artist Jane Hartley, starting Aug. 19. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-368-6361 or

•"Jersey Shore, Jersey Strong" themed art show celebrating South Jersey living runs through August at the Ocean City Fine Arts League's Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 609-814-0308.

•The summer exhibit schedule for Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor: Peter Max, "Peter Max: The Master of "Pop" Summer 2013 Collection, Aug. 29-Sept. 8, with receptions with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777 or

•"Offering," a new concrete sculpture by artist Katherine Stanek, can be viewed through the summer on the grounds of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. The placement of the sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Stanek, the William Ris Gallery which represents the artist, and the church.

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.

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