The Ocean City Fine Arts League honors six artists who helped judge the organization’s 2013 art shows by giving them a show of their own this month.

The “Judges Tribute Show” features pieces by working artists Lance Balderson, Ruth Formica, Phyllis London, Amy Sullivan, Jodi Wiker and Leonard Wilkinson, who all donated their time to judge “Art on Asbury” shows in the past 12 months, along with other judges Kira Campo, Victoria Clark, Joyce Hagen and Rodie O’Rourke.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a special reception 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the gallery, located at 608 Asbury Ave. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Besides the opportunity to view works by highly acclaimed artists, the best part of the event is that all artwork is available for purchase, according to gallery officials.

Lance Balderson, whose residence and studio is located in Ocean View, has paintings in permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law and the Woodmere Art Museum. His works have also been purchased by clients worldwide and hang in many galleries throughout the region. He will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor opening Jan. 18.

Ruth Formica, who has a studio in Philadelphia, teaches at the Barn Studio of Art in Millville. Her artwork is represented in the Cerulean Gallery in Philadelphia. She has won many awards, including one for Chinese painting at the Fleisher in Philadelphia, as well as best in show at the Hammonton Arts Center. She paints improvisational still-life paintings using real objects and her imagination.

Phyllis London, from Egg Harbor Township, is a Signature Artist member of the Noyes Museum of Art. She is largely self-taught and her work hangs in private, public and corporate collections across the country. She has been published in numerous magazines and has earned many awards and commendations.

Amy Sullivan is a graduate of Richard Stockton College with a degree in Arts Management and a minor in painting. She spent most of her early career running nonprofit arts organizations and this past November opened Dwell: An Artist Space, in Northfield, with her business partner Ray Nunzi.

Jodi Wiker is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a masters from Tyler School of Art. She specializes in printmaking and abstract art. She holds art classes at her studio in Medford Lakes.

Leonard Wilkinson was born and raised in northern New Jersey but currently resides in Atlantic County. He attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Parsons School of Design and the Arts Student League in New York. Among other locations, his artwork is currently on display at the Noyes Art Garage in Atlantic City in the African American Heritage Gallery, Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield, and the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville.

The “Judges Tribute Show” runs through the end of January.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating awareness of the arts and art community. The organization’s Art on Asbury gallery, comprised of local artists and art lovers, showcases watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pottery, textiles, jewelry and sculptures. All work is for sale.

Art on Asbury is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Call 609-814-0308 or go to

Atlantic County

 A “Meet the Artist” reception for Robert V. Ryan will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. Presented by the Atlantic City Arts Center, the artist is currently showing a solo exhibit on view to Jan. 24. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. 609-626-3805.

Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor opens its first ever solo exhibit on Jan. 18 featuring works by Cape May County artist Lance Balderson. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event is open to the public and refreshments and hors-d’oeuvres will be served. The show runs through February. The gallery is located at 5301 Atlantic Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and by appointment only on Sundays. 609-822-8482 or go to

Watercolor artist Marie Natale exhibits new works and popular favorites until Sunday, Jan. 12, at Casciano’s Coffe Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The works can be purchased. For more information call 609-561-2600 or go to

Galloway Cultural Arts Center opens its new exhibit, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Jan. 18, at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Works can be viewed during regular library hours through March 15. The GCAC is conducting a membership drive. Information: 609-342-7435 or

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College showcases the work of 32 New Jersey artists in the “Associate Artist Exhibition,” through Jan. 19. The artists are identified as “emerging artists,” meaning they were selected and awarded this competitive designation from the museum. The Noyes Museum of Art is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. For more information call 609-652-8848 or go to

Roseann Metrinko and Richard Bailey, members of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit their work throughout the month of January at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Noise@Noise: MOVIS,” runs through Sunday, Jan. 12; “John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954),” runs through Jan. 26. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 609-652-8848 or go to

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works from a trio of local artists: Paul Harrington, of Linwood; Katherine Mott, of Somers Point; and Frank Smith, of Ocean City. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

Artist Wanda Kline exhibits her work at the Ocean City Arts Center through Jan. 31. A Meet the Artist reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Go to

An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted runs through March at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is titled, “Birds At Home.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

Ocean County

The Pine Shores Art Association exhibits works by Marilyn Flagler through Jan. 28. In addition to watercolor and pen and ink drawings, Flagler recently starting working in oils and pastels. The PSAA gallery is located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. 609-597-3557 or go to

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 go to

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.