Contemporary artist Dennis Tawes, a primary figure in Millville's Glasstown Arts District for the past 13 years, unveils a new art form at this weekend's city-wide Third Friday events.

The premier showing of LEDism takes place Friday, March 15, in the artist's working studio, located in Village on High at 501 N. High St.

LEDism is described as the art of painting to the technology of light to create color transformation and movement.

"Artists have painted how light plays upon the objects that are painted on to the canvas. What I have discovered is a way to paint that interacts with the light that shines on the canvas," Tawes says in his artist's notes for the exhibit.

"In my artistic career over the past 30 years I have endeavored to achieve something new with my art, something that had not been seen before. All my life I have heard the term 'There is nothing new under the sun,' so I decided to look above the sun and be open to the possibilities, and I have found it," Tawes writes.

Tawes coupled new technologies in lighting with LEDs with a new style of painting to create a type of movement on the canvas. With LEDism there is not just one painting on the canvas, but as many as four, five or even six paintings on the same canvas, he explains.

The public gets its first views of Tawes' new art form during the Third Friday events scheduled through the Arts District. Because it also is St. Patrick's Day weekend, the event this year includes a Scavenger Hunt for a Pot of Gold on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. Twenty-two shops, galleries and eateries will participate in the event, Executive Director Marianne Lods says.

More information about Third Friday can be found at or call 800-887-4957.

Atlantic County

•The Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton, in conjunction with the Hammonton Arts District, presents "Paint Downtown Hammonton: The Sixth annual Plein Air Event," starting 9 a.m. April 6. Concluding the day of outdoor painting, submissions will be juried at the Hammonton Art Center. A reception will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The top 25 paintings will be selected for an exhibition at the Hammonton Arts Center, on view April 10 through 27. Call 609-561-8006 or go to

•The Hammonton Arts Center's juried art exhibit, "Women in the Arts," runs to April 3. The HAC gallery is located at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The following artists won awards: First place, Jane Whiting of Hammonton, for painting entitled "Pre-Inca 3"; second place, Pam Scribner of Vineland, for pen and ink drawing entitled "Cove"; third place, Cathy DeMarco of Hammonton, for painting entitled "Looking in to It."

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Betsy Naumchick, Mary Ann Kline, Robin D'Adamo, Cathy Rodricks, Deb Spinella and Kelly Hunt.

The HAC Gallery and Gift Shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Regular hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on 3rd Thursdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Go to

•Open Studio, 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 14, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, open to all artists, free, bring own materials.

•Richard Riveral is the featured artist of the month for March at the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System, located at 451 Egg Harbor Road. The gallery, curated by the Hammonton Arts Center, can be viewed during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call the library at 609-561-2264 or the Hammonton Arts Center at 609-567-5360 or go to

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts four winter exhibits: "The Art of Conflict," through April 21; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," through May 19; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit," through May 26; "Prints from The Noyes Collection: Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins, Benton Spruance," through May 12. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to

•"Emerging Photographers: Hannah Price and Glynnis Reed," on exhibit to March 21, at the Stockton College Art Gallery, located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed for spring break through March 17. A free gallery talk by Hannah Price will be held 2 p.m. March 19. Call 609-652-4214 or go to

•"Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin," is exhibited at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through March 27. Stockton College Art Gallery is located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. The gallery is open to the public noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The gallery is closed for spring break through Sunday, March 17. Call 609-652-4214 or go to

•Artwork by members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League will exhibit at Shore Medical Center's Surgical Pavilion through March. In addition to the Art on Asbury works, a special wall is dedicated to the artwork created by the Arc of Atlantic County students and their teachers. The surgical pavilion gallery is located on the medical center's second-floor lobby, on the corner of Brighton and Bay avenues, in Somers Point. Call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or go to

•"Spring is Just Around the Corner," original oils by local artist Thelma Snyder, on exhibit through April 30 in the second floor gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. All works are for sale. Call 609-788-8838 or go to Information also is available at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave. Call 609-653-4991 or go to

Cape May County

•Susan Hannah Rau exhibit of works, through March, at Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. All works for sale. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to

•Jewelry maker Barbara Colosi and photographer/mosaic artist Lori Erdley will be featured in March at the Lower Township Library, located at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. Both are members of the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery. Also featured during March will be works of the advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School, studying under artist Patricia Neville. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-886-8999.

•The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery highlights four of its members during the month of March: painter Catherine Bosna, jewelry maker Barbara Colosi, mosaic artist Lori Erdley and photographer Christine Peck. The gallery is located at the West End Garage and is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.

•The Ocean City Arts Center will accept entries through March 26 for its annual Juried Photography Show to be held in April. Works can be dropped off at the Arts Center, located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter. org

•"Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County," a new exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, runs through April 14. The gallery is located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Call 609-884-5404 or go to

Cumberland County

•"Associate Artist Exhibition I" debuts Friday, March 15, at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Art's North Gallery. The exhibit is the first of two annual displays featuring the gallery's top tier artist members. The Witt Gallery at the RRCA also opens "Dumpster Duet," featuring sculptural work by Susan Moloney and Jim Ulrich, members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers artisan group that creates sculpture from everyday found objects. Both exhibits can be viewed through April 14. The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts is located at 22 N. High St., Millville. The RRCA is open for Third Friday events 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. Call 856-327-4500.

•The Society Of New Jersey Artists annual Juried Exhibition runs through March 29 at Gallery 50, Inc., 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to The following artists won awards: Best of Show, Elizabeth Reagan, of Mauricetown; First Place, Maria Payer, of Pilesgrove; Second Place, Linda Gazi, of Somers Point; Third Place, Meed Barnett, of Cologne.

Ocean County

•Pine Shores Art Association art history lecture, "New York and the Ashcan School," 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, Stafford Library, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, by Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University, free. Register at library, 609-597-3381. Preceding the lecture will be an artist reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three artists participating in the March-April exhibition: Elaine Biddulph, Giorio Donnarumma and Robert Heyer. Call 609-597-3557 or go to

•Artists are invited to submit works for The Art House Gallery's spring exhibition, "No Man is an Island." Artists can apply through March 31. The exhibition will be on view April 20 through May 26, with an opening reception scheduled for April 20. The Art House Gallery is located at 182 North Main St., Manahawkin. Call 609-978-4ART 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. Call 609-597-3557 or

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