The vistas of South Jersey painted by one of the area’s most well-known artists, Cape May’s Neal McPheeters, are featured for an Easter weekend spotlight at William Ris Gallery.

Gallery owner/director Mary S. Cantone called the the exhibit “a perfect start to the season.”

McPheeters is well known for creating paintings depicting the beaches and wetlands along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. According to his artist’s notes, he became inspired by the views soon after he moved to the area in 1994 and turned his full attention to landscapes.

In spring 2010, three of his paintings were exhibited at the Noyes Museum of Art. 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 private and public collections scattered across America and Europe.

Recently, however, he has returned to his first love: painting the human figure.

The William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

Atlantic County

Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., is calling for entries for the “18th Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art,” to take place April 29 to May 30. The exhibit is open to all artists. All work must be hand delivered to the HAC April 23 or April 26. An “Artist’s Reception” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 2 and is free and open to the public. For entry fees and information go to

A “Gourd Embellishment Workshop” will be held 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The workshop is being conducted by Marcie Falconetti. Each participant will leave with one completed medium sized birdhouse, vase or planter. The cost of the workshop is $55 for nonmembers, $48 for HAC members. To register call 732-818-0849 or go to

Downtown Hammonton celebrates Third Thursday with the theme, Garden Party. Events take place 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17. As part of the festivities The Noyes Museum Shop will offer a silk scarf painting demonstration, plus a demonstration on the art of body painting. The Hammonton Artist Studios, located at 107 Vine St., will be open. 609-561-8006 or go to

The winners of the 7th Annual Plein Aire Competition by the Hammonton Arts Center are: Ellen Gavin, of Millville, first place; Dennis Young, of New Castle, Del., second place; and Chuck Law, of Linwood, third place. The public is invited to view the exhibit at the HAC Gallery through April 26 .Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Go to

Atlantic City abstract artist Michael Waters is featured in a solo exhibit through May 12 at Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. The pubic is invited to meet the artist at a free reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; by appointment only Sundays. 609-822-8482 or go to

Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, opens its 2014 summer season Wednesday, April 23, with the exhibit “Nature’s Best,” by Peg Dittmar. The exhibit is in keeping with the environmental aspect of Bayfest, Somers Point’s celebration of its waterfront heritage. A reception for the artist will be held 1 to 3 p.m. April 26, during Bayfest. The event is free and open to the public. The artist’s work is for sale. The exhibit will hang in the gallery to May 17. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991 or go to

Award winning master watercolorist Alex Alampi offers a watercolor workshop, “Realism in Watercolor,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. A lists of supplies is available on the HAC website. Participants are encouraged to provide their own photos to work from. Tuition is $80 non-members, $75 HAC members. Registration forms are available at

Sheila Sporkin- Edel a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Avenue will exhibit her work through April at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The public is invited to attend an “Open House” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Light refreshments will be available. Affordable watercolor originals and prints will be available for purchase. Go to

The Stockton College Art Gallery’s BFA Senior Exhibition can be viewed to April 28 (closed April 18 through 20). The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Stockton College Art Gallery is a two-story venue in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-4214 or go to

The Smithsonian Institution’s “Hometown Teams,” a traveling exhibit celebrating American sports and sportsmanship, runs through April at the Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, located at the Wave parking garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. As a companion to Hometown Teams, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will present a new exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination,” a sports-based exhibit, also at the Art Garage. The exhibit will be displayed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 609-626-3805 or go to

Somers Point artist Carol Zerbe will exhibit her collection of watercolors entitled “Light and Location,” through April 30, in the second-level gallery of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the works are for sale. Information: 609-788-8838 or go to or contact Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-653-4991 or go to

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material,” runs through May 4; “Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” runs through May 11; “Curlee Raven Holton: In the Shadow of Contemplation,” runs through May 18. 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 photography exhibit, “Back Roads and Alleys: Vernacular Architecture of South Jersey,” runs through May 11 at The Noyes Gallery at Seaview, at Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road, Galloway Township. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For information call 855-894-8698 or go to

“Love Is In The Air” exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs to June 14 at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. Winners of the Galloway Cultural Arts Center current show, “Love Is In The Air,” are: Watercolor — First place, Sheila Sporkin Edel; Second place, Mary Archibald; Third Place, Joan Power; Photography —First Place, Diane Petrone; Second Place, Roxanne Terramaga; Third Place, Dennis Loughlin; Oil & Acrylics — First Place, Roseann Dukanovic. The public is invited to attend a free artists’ reception will be held from noon to 1 p.m. June 14 at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 609-342-7435 or

“The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran,” the new spring exhibit at The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, is currently on view and runs through June 29. The solo exhibit features sculpture in three-dimensional figures. The gallery is free and open to the public. Call 609-626-3805 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

Ocean City Fine Arts League accepting submissions for its May art competition and exhibition. The theme is “Light & Shade.” Entries can be dropped off from April 25-28 at the Art of Asbury gallery on Asbury Avenue. A “Meet The Artist” reception and awards presentation for the show is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 9, and will be free and open to the public. For entry fees and information: 609-814-0308 or go to

The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative is celebrating its new location with a grand opening celebration May 3. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The gallery is located at 122 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May. Refreshments will be served and local musician Jimm Ross will provide entertainment. For the month of May, the artists have embraced “wood” as their theme.

William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will highlight the work by Cape May artist Neal McPheeters opening April 18. Hours are11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

Cape May artists Anita Roth and John Safrit will be featured at an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 26 at Splash, located at 513 Carpenter’s Lane at the Washington Street Mall, Cape May. Light refreshments will be served. 609-846-7100.

SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May, opens the 2014 exhibition season April 26 featuring artists Stephen Steinmetz, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and the public is invited. The exhibit runs to May 26. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily beginning May 22. 609-898-7488 or go to

The Lower Township Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of the township, will feature the work of local artists Joe Evangelista and Rob Dentino during the month of April, both members of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 609-886-8999.

“Showers” themed exhibit at the Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery runs through April. The gallery is located at 122 Sunset Blvd., across from the Exit Zero Store, Cape May. An off-loom beadweaving demonstration by Diane Cutshall takes place from noon to 2 p.m. April 26. Gallery hours through April are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Parking is available behind the store. 609-435-5253.

The William Ris Gallery show titled “Urban” hangs through April 30. The focus of the exhibit will be city inspired with paintings by artists including Jan Bendyna, Michele Byrne, Elaine Bass, and Miro Sinovcic. Also, the work of Sandi Neiman Lovitz will be shown from April 20 through May, with a reception to meet the artist on opening day. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Spring hours at the gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

William Ris Gallery, has extended the exhibit of Jane Hartley’s show titled “ Flora, Fauna & Far East,” through April.

Marcie Cooperman will present a Color and Composition Workshop for artists April 26-29, in Cape May. Tuition fee is $350. For information: 908-790-8820 or or go to

William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will host a reception May 23 honoring eight local women who are part of a painting community in the South Jersey area. The show’s title is “East Coast Landscapes.” The artists are: Betsy Miraglia, Linda Crane, Jan Sharp, Lee Neuman, Pegg Reiner, Jeanine Baum, Kathy Harlan and Kathleen Byrnes. The weekend traditionally celebrates the beginning of the summer season. The reception is free and open to the public. The show will hang through June 11. 609-368-6361 or go to

Ocean County

The next art history lecture hosted by the Pine Shores Art Association will take place 7 p.m. May 12 at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Stafford Township. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of Richard Stockton College will present “Odyssey: The Art of Edward Hopper and Maurice Prendergast.” There will be an artists’ reception preceding the lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. for the PSAA artists exhibiting at the library. Information: 609-597-3557 or go to

The April artist of the month at Pine Shores Art Association is painter Ruth Kramer. Her works can be viewed at the PSAA gallery, 94 Stafford Ave, Manahawkin. The gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Information: 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