Dubbed "an artistic genius," 10-year-old Autumn de Forest makes her first solo gallery appearance this weekend at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor to open "Child Prodigy: A diverse collection of artwork by Autumn de Forest," a limited-run exhibit of new and existing works.

The California-based grade-schooler will be at the gallery to sign purchased artwork during intimate receptions from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. The exhibit will remain on display until Aug. 12.

Her appearance in southern New Jersey also will serve to unveil her latest patriotic painting, "Americana (Healing Flag)," which will become the cover of a music CD to be released in 2013 benefiting The Women And Cancer Fund.

In the five short years since she first picked up a paintbrush in her parents' garage, de Forest is now recognized as a professional artist and her works are in collections worldwide, with some commanding up to $25,000. The Discovery Channel profiled her as a child genius, and she has been interviewed on the Today Show, Inside Edition, news channels ABC, CBS, FOX, and by publications such as American Girl Magazine, Parenting and the Huffington Post. She was the youngest artist ever featured at the National Art Education Association's annual convention, where she appeared along with art world legends Peter Max and Chuck Close.

Besides creating new works, de Forest also spends time traveling the country speaking on the importance of arts in education. She continues that mission while at Ocean Galleries by working with The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, a nonprofit facility that provides a seashore escape for visually impaired children.

De Forest will conduct a painting session with visually impaired children from the organization using a texturizing technique to create a two-dimensional piece of artwork. The finished piece will be hung in The Diller Home.

Her exhibit at Ocean Galleries will include more than 100 original paintings, including numerous seashore-themed paintings created specifically for the event.

Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave. in Stone Harbor. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily throughout the summer. Call 609-368-7777 or go to www.oceangalleries.com

Atlantic County

•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi-Sabi," exhibits through Sept. 1 at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. A free reception to meet the artists will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Poets will read outdoors in the driveway of the gallery at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshment will be served. Gallery hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

•Vineland artist Pamela Scribner, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work throughout the month of August at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road. The exhibit includes works in colored pencil, graphite and pen/ink, as well as one of a kind 3-D stained glass art. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

•"The Simple Life Juried Art Exhibit," runs through Aug. 28, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. An artist's reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org.

•The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton presents "Fiber Revolution: Botswana Collection & Kalahari Quilts," a travelling four-year exhibition from Botswana to America, on view through Aug. 11. Go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html

•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township: "Water: Illusions of Purity - Kate Dodd," on view through through Aug. 26; "Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," on view through Sept. 2; "Toylanders," through Sept. 2; New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, on view through Sept. 9; "Stan Sperlak: Into the Night," a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•The exhibition "Works on Paper," is in residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is from the Noyes Museum of Art's Permanent Collection and features 45 artists in a mix of intaglio, lithography, digital, serigraphy, chine colle, painting, handmade paper and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Stockton's main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.

•Nationally known watercolor artist Donna Elias will exhibit her "Great American Lighthouses Collection" and her "By the Seaside Series" in the Crafter's Village in Historic Gardner's Basin Maritime Park, 800 North New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Admission is free. Elias' shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 609-348-5826.

•The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition runs through Sept. 9 at Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org

•Works by artist Susan Hanna Rau will be exhibited through Sept. 30 in "The Studio," on the second level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or www.greatbayartgallery.com

• Art in the Park takes place 3 to 8 p.m. fourth Fridays through September on the beach behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Regional artists demonstrate, discuss and sell their work. Free arts and crafts booths for children, puppet shows, dance and music presentations.

•"Summer Wonders," an exhibit by the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs through Oct. 13 at at the Atlantic County Library, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during normal library hours. Go to www.gallowayculturalarts.org

•"101 Quilts," new exhibit at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern N.J., runs to Dec. 15, with a reception to meet the artists 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville. Admission is free, donations accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays by appointment. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org

 

Cape May County

•Artist Rita Michalenko shows her plein-air paintings and drawings at the Ocean City Arts Center through Aug. 31. A free "Meet the Artist" reception will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The Arts Center is located in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•Local artists Lynda Gibson Fellenbaum and Gail Germain Fitz will discuss their works and new exhibit 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. Light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale, with a portion of sales supporting the Nature Center. The exhibit continues through August. Call 609-884-8848.

•William Ris Gallery opens a new group exhibit Saturday, Aug. 4, with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. to meet the artists. The exhibit by Ellen Gavin, Dennis Goldsborough, Neal McPheeters and Joanie SanChirico features works in oil, watercolor and mixed media. The reception will feature live acoustic guitar by Eddie Shiffler. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

•SOMA NewArt Gallery presents "Somewhere, Beyond the Sea," new paintings by Victor Grasso, Aug. 4 to Sept. 3, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4. The exhibit represents new works by the Cape May County native. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Go to www.somagallery.net or call 609-898-7488.

•The 50th Annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5, on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, featuring artists from across the country. All works are available for purchase. A commemorative painting created by local artist Nancy Palermo can be viewed at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., in the Community Center. For information visit www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

•The St. Barnabas Art Group celebrates its 51st year with its annual exhibit and sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5, on the grounds of Fury Feraco's home at 2723 Bay Drive in Fishing Creek, Lower Township. On exhibit will be multiple mediums of original art.

•"Sean Taylor: Greatest Hits," solo exhibition of new paintings and highlights from previous shows, from Aug. 4 to 31 at Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, 9412 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. An artist reception will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 609-796-5425 or www.beaconart.net

•Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts a plein air art event along Asbury Avenue from 4 to 8 p.m., Aug. 8. Viewers can meet the artists and purchase artwork at the Arts On Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Call 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartsleague.org

•The Cape May Artists' Cooperative will feature the work of members Diane and Rich Flanegan in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, from Aug. 10 through Sept. 6. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12. The gallery is open daily. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

•A reception for "Arts on Asbury" gallery's "Hazy, Hot and Humid" show will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The gallery, run by the Ocean City Fine Arts League, is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org

•"Summertime ... and the livin' is easy," an exhibition of new paintings by watercolorist Marie Natale, through Aug. 28 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. The exhibit can be viewed daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries and reception are free and open to the public. All works on view available for purchase.

•The Lower Township Library features the work four members of the Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery during the month of August: Catherine Bosna, Barbara Colosi, Diane Flanegan and Rich Flanegan. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Rpad, in the Villas section of the township. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 9 am. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The work of all featured artists is for sale at the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery in the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. Call 609-886-8999.

•Sculpture by South Jersey's Katherine Stanek, watercolors by Marcie Cooperman and oils by Dori Spector are on exhibit through summer at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. Call 609-465-6008.

Cumberland County and West

•Gallery 50, Inc., located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton, will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, for "Watercolor Moments," a new exhibit by international artist Maureen Fain. The event is free and open to the public. The show runs through Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. The artist will conduct a day-long floral watercolor painting workshop Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration is $50. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.gallery50.org

•The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at kurtphansen@yahoo.com.

Ocean County

•Gallery 1603, 1603 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, exhibits new works from surf artist Julie Goldstein. The gallery also is hosting a Go Green! exhibition to Aug. 7 to raise funds for the Plastic Pennies organization. Call 609-494-1699 or www.gallery1603.com

•Teen Art Show: Own the Night, through Aug. 8, at Stafford Township Branch of Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, photos, drawings, paintings. www.theoceancountylibrary.org or 609-597-3381.

•Gallery 100 Center for the Arts, located at 100 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, spotlights works by local artists. The gallery is open daily, with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Thurdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-492-1330 or go to www.Gallery100LBI.com

•St. Mary's First Annual Art Show/Sale takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 8, at St. Mary's Parish Center, Bishop Lane and McKinley Avenue, in Manahawkin. This is a fund raiser with all proceeds divided between Family Promise of Ocean County and St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Informatiojn: 609-660-8062.

•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

View complete listings www.PressofAC.com/AtTheShore.

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