SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May opens for the 2012 season Saturday, April 14, by filling its halls with paintings featuring both experienced and upcoming artists.

Watercolorist and renowned art instructor Marie Natale and five of her students - Leslie Martel, Gloria Stumm, Laura Starrett, Patricia Boyd and Walter Kuemmerle - will exhibit their newest watercolors in Gallery One and Two with "Inspired Brushstrokes- a Teacher and her Artistic Influence." The exhibit, "Nature by Design," featuring new paintings on paper and canvas by designer Penny Beck, will occupy Gallery Three.

Natale is an award-winning artist who teaches painting both privately and at art guilds throughout the East Coast and abroad. She is a signature member of the Noyes Museum, the New Jersey and Philadelphia Water Color Societies, and a board member of New Jersey Water Color Society. She works in her studio at her home in Egg Harbor Township.

Beck, whose work is in many private collections throughout the tri-state area, lives in Cape May. Her new group of paintings combines her love for nature and animals with a heavy slant in color and design. She cites her style in kinship with the artist Van Gogh and his like who call themselves "les Fauves," French for "the wild beasts" and liberal uses of color.

An opening artist reception will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at which time viewers can meet the artists and enjoy music, conversation, light food and drink. The event is free.

The exhibits will run to May 13.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall. 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.

Atlantic County

•Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, works by 19 graduating students at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Art Gallery, adjacent to the PAC in L-wing, main campus off Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through through April 25. The gallery is open noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

•The Hammonton Arts Center, at 219 Bellevue Ave., will participate in Downtown Hammonton's Third Thursday event on April 19 with an interactive art project reflecting the theme "Once Upon A Time, A Fairy Tale Evening." Activities take place from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery will also host a reception for Focal Point's juried photography exhibit. Call 609-457-4892 or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township hosts the following exhibitions: "Katherine Stanek and Julia Levitina: Of Myths, Metal and Mortar," sculpture exhibit, to April 22; "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 Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents at the Seaview resort, "Intimate Landscapes," a photography exhibition by photographic artist Albert D. Horner, to May 29. The Noyes Seaview Art Gallery is located at the Seaview resort, 401 S. New York Road, Galloway Township. It is free and open daily to the public. Call 855-894-8698 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

  • The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold its biannual Art in Bloom event April 21 and 22. In honor of Earth Day, the museum will celebrate with artistic floral designs created by participating New Jersey garden clubs. Paintings by artists George Nick and Lance Balderson will provide inspiration for the floral designers, whose creations will be displayed adjacent to the works in the museum. The museum is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Regular admission applies: $5 adults, $4 seniors, free to Stockton students and children age 6 and younger. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
  • “Life Filled with Light,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Sister Celeste Mokrzycki of Brigantine, can be viewed through April 27 at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Art Gallery, C Building, Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit includes landscapes, seascapes and figures in watercolor and pastel. Call 609-625-1111, ext. 5346.
  • Judith R. Watson will exhibit her “Works on Clay” through April 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 “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 South 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
  • 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

Cape May County

•The exhibit, "The Language of Flowers," by artist Dori Spector can be viewed at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to at www.williamris.com

•A reception to meet artists Anita Roth and Cindy Mahoney will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Cape May Artists Cooperative gallery, located at the West End Garage, through May 4. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.

  • “Schools for the Colored,” a collection of 50 photographs by Wendel White, distinguished professor of art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, along with a photo exhibit of Cape May’s Franklin Street School, is on exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Both exhibits open April 14, 15. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
  • The Cape May Bird Observatory’s Sluice Creek Gallery will hold an opening reception for “The Bayshore Connection,” an exhibit of art photography by Michael Hogan, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 21. The exhibit features large format landscape prints of the Delaware Bay and NJ Pinelands and digital bird photography. It runs through May. The gallery is located at 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. For information call 609-861-0700.
  • The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township will exhibit works of the winners of the county’s 11th annual National Arts Program from April 17 to May 10. The exhibit will formally open with a reception 7 to 9 p.m. April 17. The art may be viewed by the public at regular box office hours during the week or on the nights of performances.
  • The Lower Township Library, 2600 Bayshore Rd., Villas, will feature three members of the Cape May Artists Cooperative during the month of April. Patricia Neville’s paintings and slab built pottery pieces will be featured along with Betty Campbell’s pastels and Jody Swope’s mixed media constructions. The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information call 609-886-8999.
  • Ocean City Arts Center presents its annual Juried Photography Show through April 30 at the Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., on the second floor of the Community Center. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org
  • “Live Green,” works by local artists Susan Zipper and Pam Huber, through April, at Harbor Gallery, located inside the Trucksess Welcome Center on the campus of the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave. All works for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 609-884-2736.
  • “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. Monday through Friday. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.

Cumberland County and West

  • Martini Shoes, 613A Landis Ave., Vineland, will host its next art show from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. Local artists showing are: George Perez, Margaret Ricci, Lynn Martini, Paula Pagliughi, Judy Miller, Carole Ward, Sue Mounier, Janice Olivio, Kitty Finn, Ruth Mc Laughlin, Nancy Shelton and Harper Ewing. Works displayed include paintings in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and acrylics. Photography, hand blown glass art and stained glass will also be on exhibit.
  • Artist Professional Development Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14, Riverfront Renaissance Center in Millville, sponsored by South Jersey Cultural Alliance and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, open to New Jersey artists, registration $25. www.sjca.net/artist or call SJCA office 609-645-2760.
  • “Artists' Alley” debuts from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 in the parking lot fronting the Glasstown Arts District’s new office location at 321 N. High St., Millville. Part of the city’s “Third Friday” events, the Artists’ Alley is a new venue for artists to display their works and fine crafts. Call 856-293-0556.
  • Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts and the Levoy Theater Preservation Society collaborate in a show celebrating film and the performing arts opening 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. The show features historical photos, artifacts from the theater, and art in a variety of media. The show run through May 14. The RRCA is located at 22 North High St., Millville. Call 856-327-4500 or visit www.rrcarts.com
  • Cumberland County College’s Clay College, 108 N. High St., Millville, will exhibit “Clay Monoprints and Handbuilt Pots,” by artist Mitch Lyons, to May 7. The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information call 856-765-0988.

Ocean County

  • Gallery 1603 will host an opening reception and meet the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 for “Too Fast & No Values,” Instagram photos by Dylan DiMauro, at the gallery located at 1603 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City. The exhibit runs through April 27. For information call 609-494-1699 or visit www.gallery1603.com
  • The exhibit, “Still Celebrating Our Times at the Shore & More,” by photographer Hutch Martin, can be viewed through April at Ocean County College’s Arts and Community Center, College Drive, Toms River. All works are for sale. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Call 732-255-0500.
  • Pine Shores Art Association artists Pat Johnson, Brad Thomas and Carol Neugebauer will exhibit their works through April 30 at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Call the library at 609-597-3381 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
  • 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 form 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.