Art of the Jersey Shore hits SOMA NewArt Gallery

Painter Sean Taylor’s ‘Wide View of the Harbor’ is part of a new exhibit opening this weekend at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May.

Past and present views of the Jersey Shore are paired in a new exhibit opening this weekend at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May.

Artist Sean Taylor presents "Still on Vacation ... New Paintings From the OffSeason," and photographer Dorothy Kresz exhibits her photographs on metal series, "Vanishing Wildwood."

Viewers are invited to a reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the gallery, where both artists will be on hand to discuss their works.

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It is Taylor's sixth solo show at the gallery. His oils on canvas with beach-life motifs show a new and different view of the area landscape.

"I wanted to do a show of expansive, panoramic views of Cape May during the winter and early spring. I can get a different perspective without a lot of people around," Taylor says in his artist's notes for the exhibit. "I walk a lot and get most of my landscape inspiration from these daily walks. I love being by the sea, the constant but ever-changing nature of the ocean does something subliminal that works for me."

Kresz, who lives in Westchester County, N.Y., has vacationed in Cape May each summer for the past 30 years and returns to the Jersey Shore with her camera every chance she gets.

She has graduate degrees in business and social work and studied at the International Center for Photography in New York. A catalog of her Wildwood photographs, "Neon-Lit, Kidney-Shaped, Low-Rent, Flat-Roofed, Doo-Wop Commercial Architecture," was published by Pentagram in 2001.

"When I began photographing Wildwood 15 years ago, I did not realize that I was documenting a landscape that would disappear so quickly. Over the past decade and a half, the pressures of real estate development and extreme weather changed Wildwood and other wonderful Jersey Shore towns irrevocably. I am grateful now that we have this record of Wildwood's iconic past as an inspiration for an even better future," Kresz says.

The exhibits run to July 15.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For information, call 609 898-7488 or go to

Atlantic County

•Debra J. Miller, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work through June at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.

•"Lavanderia: The Art of the Clothesline," runs to June 22 at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit, by Bala Cynwyd resident Ellensue Spicer-Jacobson, is a photographic tribute to the Italian approach to hanging laundry. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; summer hours starting June 26: 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. 609-653-4991 or

•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, is calling for entries for its Juried Exhibit of Floral Art, running to June 29. The exhibit is open to all artists. Entry forms available at the HAC gallery or

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts the following exhibits: "Victorian New Jersey: Photographs by Guillermo Thorn," to Sept. 2; "Celebrating Fred Noyes," to Sept. 23; "Wild Worlds: Lori Field, Brian Meunier, Sally McInerney," to Sept. 2; Margery Amdur, through Sept. 8. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 609-652-8848 or

•Deb Spinella exhibits oils and pastels in, "An Artist's Journey: Looking Up and Beyond," through July, in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 609-788-8838 or; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991,

•"Sum of All Parts," featuring the sculptures of six different artists, runs to July 28 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Kramer Hall campus, 30 Front St., Hammonton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 609-652-8848 or

•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.

•The Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite artists to the Boardwalk Art Show, taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Applications can be downloaded at or or The deadline for applications is July 1.

Cape May County

•A reception for the exhibit "An English Country House," will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. The exhibit runs to June 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 609-399-7628 or

•The William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, opens its 2013 exhibition season June 29 with a reception for artists John Safrit, Jeff Gola and Judith Rosenthal. 609-368-6361 or

•The Harbor Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring the work of local artists Laura McPherson and Anita Roth, running to June 30. All works are for sale. Harbor Gallery is located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. 609- 898-8848.

•The summer exhibit schedule for Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor: Autumn de Forest, "Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork by Autumn de Forest," July 4 to 14, with reception with the artist 6 to 10 p.m. July 5, 6 and 1 to 4 p.m. July 7; Graham Nash, "Graham Nash: Visual Harmony," July 25-Aug.4, with a reception with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. July 27; 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, Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777 or

•SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., Cape May, exhibits Sean Taylor's, "Still on Vacation ... New Paintings from the Off-Season," and "Vanishing Wildwood," photographs on metal by Dorothy Kresz, running to July 14. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-898-7488 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.

Cumberland County

•Exhibits running to June 16 at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville: North Gallery - solo show by Jeff Downey featuring 2-D action paintings with 3-D paper sculptures; Witt Gallery - glass artist Max Lefko-Everette; Artists' Alcove - works by Doris Botts and Marianne Bagliani. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, extended to 9 p.m. Third Fridays. 856-327-4500 or

•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville, announces the following exhibits June 21-July 14: North Gallery - Society of New Jersey Artists, "Searching for a Point of View," Witt Gallery - "Plein Air" exhibit; Artists' Alcove - works by Rae Jaffe and Susan Rau. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, extended to 9 p.m. Third Fridays. 856-327-4500 or

Ocean County

•"Three Artists," the final exhibition of The Art House Gallery, 182 N. Main St., Manahawkin, runs to June 30, and features works by John Richie, Diane Tomash and Samantha Palmeri. Hours through the end of summer are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 609-978-4 ART or

•Upcoming events at Ocean County College Arts and Community Center Gallery, main campus, College Drive, Toms River: Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit, through June 26; Salomon Kodoche, July 1 to Aug. 30. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Admission to the gallery is free. 732-255-0500.

•Pine Shores Art Association June exhibit features artists Harriet Fink, Lee Fricke and Rosemary Glass. The exhibit can be seen at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. 609-596-3557 or 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

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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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