Artist Ellen Gavin may do all the work in creating a painting, but she recognizes the fact that her audience also contributes to the finished product by allowing themselves to become a part of what they are viewing.

“When the painting connects with people, it’s finished. The viewer finally completes the painting; it becomes part of their life,” notes Gavin, who lives in Cumberland County.

The award-winning artist is in the middle of a month-long exhibit of her latest series of oil paintings at the Ocean City Arts Center. She will be on hand to talk to viewers during a “Meet the Artist” reception noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

“From a viewing distance my paintings are solid form, but, as you move closer, reality dissolves into the abstract quality of paint into paint. This I find quite magical. Continually searching for the combination of story, composition, and finally paint quality makes a new exciting work of art,” Gavin says in her artist’s notes.

The owner of Green Boots Studio in Millville, Gavin has been included in numerous private collections and in public collections such as that of the Ocean City Arts Center, where she has participated in several juried and themed art shows.

Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said Gavin’s contribution to the “I Remember Wanamaker’s” themed event at the gallery was popular and attracted multiple buyers. All her paintings in the current exhibit are also for sale, she said.

The reception for Gavin is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. The Ocean City Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

Atlantic County

The winners of the “Women in the Arts Juried Exhibit” on view at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., are: Betsy Naumchik, Galloway Township, first place for her watercolor “The Swan Flight;” Deb Spinella, Mays Landing, second place for her pastel, “Approaching Storm;” and Ronnie Parker, Hammonton, third place for her monoprint, “Storm.” The exhibit can be viewed to March 29.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

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs to March 15. The next exhibit, “Love Is In The Air,” runs from Saturday, March 15 through June 14. Works can be seen at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. Information: 609-342-7435 or info@gallowayculturalarts.org

“Hometown Teams,” a traveling sports exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution, and “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination,” a sports exhibit showcasing the city’s sports figures and venues, will run March 22 to May 4 at the Noyes Art Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. Go to ArtsGarageAC.com

Two different perspectives of the Japanese American relocation sites of World War II are depicted in photography exhibits by Kevin J. Miyazaki (“Camp Home”), and Jon Yamashiro (“WWII Japanese Internment Camps”) running to March 23 at the Stockton College Art Gallery, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. The gallery will be closed March 7-16 during the college’s spring break. Hours: noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

Local artist Debra Kavky will exhibit her shore-themed pen and ink drawings and watercolors through March at Malelani’s Cafe, 5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Information: 609-442-8644.

Carmelia DeFiccio-Ziegler will exhibit her work through March at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is entitled, “A Touch of Spring” and features floral paintings. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

 The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will host a one day “Printmaking Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 for older teens and adults. Annette Rinker is the instructor. For tuition and registration information call 856-768-0954 or email netsing@verizon.net.

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 LatzsByTheBay.com or contact Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-653-4991 or go to GreatBayArtGallery.com

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” runs through April 6.“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 NoyesMuseum.org

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 see NoyesMuseum.org

“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. A Meet the Artist reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 6. The gallery is free and open to the public. Call 609-626-3805 or see NoyesMuseum.org

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

 A meet the artist reception for Michele Sonner will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Splash, located at 513 Carpenter’s Lane, Washington Street Mall, Cape May. Light refreshments will be served. Sonner creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. The gallery will donate a portion of sales to Animal Outreach of Cape May. For more information call 609-846-7100.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents “Travel Inspirations,” running through March. There will be a Meet The Artist reception and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 14, at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

Photographs will be accepted through March 24 at the Ocean City Arts Center for the April Juried Photography Show. Up to four photographs may be submitted at a cost of $18 each. Applications may be downloaded from the Arts Center website at OceanCityArtsCenter.org or visit the Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 609-399-7628.

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 WilliamRis.com

“The Landscape is the Theme” exhibit at the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 122 Sunset Blvd., Cape May, runs through March. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Parking is available behind the store. For information: 609-435-5253.

“The Way We Were ... Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” on exhibit through April 13, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to CenterforCommunityArts.org

n William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, has extended the exhibit of Jane Hartley’s show titled “ Flora, Fauna & Far East,” through April. Information: 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

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 nancyori@comcast.net or nancyoriworkshops.com

Ocean County

The March artist of the month at Pine Shores Art Association is watercolor painter Carol Neugebauer. Her works can be viewed at the PSAA gallery, 94 Stafford Ave, Manahawkin. Information: 609-597-3557 or see PineShoresAartAssociation.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. 609-597-3557 or go to 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 Atlantic City, 1100 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.