Artist Mary Stewart displays her newest textile art - fabric collages - at the Lower Township Library in Villas during the month of July.
A member of the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, Stewart is a longtime resident of Town Bank and has been refining her art since she first began sewing at 10 years old.
Well known for her wearable art, Stewart's latest pieces and quilted fabric collages are inspired by "crazy quilts."
According to the artist, the term "crazy quilting" is often used to refer to the textile art of crazy patchwork, a specific kind of patchwork lacking repeating motifs. In comparison to standard quilts, crazy quilts are far more likely to use exotic pieces of fabric, such as velvet, satin, brocade, or silk, and embellishments such as buttons, lace, ribbons, beads, or embroidery, she said.
"Sewing really is a sculptural art, but it's also like painting to me. My fabric stash is my paint box," Stewart said in her artist's notes. "Each piece is unique, and I work largely without patterns, letting the texture and hand of the fabric dictate what it will become."
Crazy quilting as a textile art is creative and free-flowing by nature, and crazy quilters will often learn as much about specific embellishments as they will about crazy quilting itself, Stewart said.
Her fabric collages on display were created using the basic technique of crazy quilting and the scraps and embellishments accumulated over a life time of sewing.
The Lower Township Library is a branch of the Cape May County Library system and is located at 2600 Bayshore Road. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information call 609-886-8999.
•Sculptor Brian Meunier presents an artist talk 1 p.m.,Saturday, July 13, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Meunier's works are part of the "Wild Worlds" exhibit on view through Sept. 2. Regular museum admission applies; free for members, Stockton students and staff. 609-652-8848 or
•Joseph Bruno, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit his photographic works through July at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. HammontonArtsCenter.org
•"Happy Birthday Smitty's AKA The Clam Bar," a new exhibit celebrating the 40th year of the popular Somers Point eatery, runs to July 20, at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit and sale features a group of 15 artists depicting images representing all things Clam Bar. 609-653-4991 or GreatBayArtGallery.com
•"Water," a juried exhibit of fine art, will display at the Hammonton Arts Center Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, to July 27. An artist reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, July 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Deb Spinella exhibits oils and pastels in "An Artist's Journey: Looking Up and Beyond," through July, in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 609-788-8838 or LatzsBy-TheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991, GreatBayArtGallery.com
f-9•"Sum of All Parts," featuring the sculptures of six different artists, runs to July 28 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Kramer Hall campus, 30 Front St., Hammonton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
f-9•The Stockton College Art Gallery exhibits works by the Visual Arts Faculty through Aug. 8. The show features sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and fine handcrafted furniture. A free reception to meet the artists will be held 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. The gallery is located on the main campus off Jimmie Leeds Road, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing. The gallery has two levels. Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. 609-652-4214.
f-9•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts the following exhibits: "Victorian New Jersey: Photographs by Guillermo Thorn," to Sept. 2; "Celebrating Fred Noyes," to Sept. 23; "Wild Worlds: Lori Field, Brian Meunier, Sally McInerney," to Sept. 2; Margery Amdur, through Sept. 8. 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. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit that can be viewed through the summer in the Surgical Pavilion Public Gallery of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. Contact William Ris Gallery at 609-368-6361.
Cape May County
•The 51st Boardwalk Art Show, hosted by the Ocean City Arts Center, will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Information: 609 399-7628 or OceanCityArtsCenter.org
•"Nature Inspired," a group show featuring the works of Diane Emerson, Ann Guidera-Matey, Betsy Miraglia, Cheryl Piperberg and Brad Stroman, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. July 13 at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-368-6361 or WilliamRis.com
f-9•Watercolor artist Marie Natale exhibits "Looking Back/Moving Forward," paintings of Ocean City's famous landmarks, through July at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., in the Ocean City Community Center. A meet the artist reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 12. The OCAC is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 609-399-7628.
f-9•Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery hosts Second Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. July 14. Featured artists Diane Flanegan, Linda Pendrak, Donna and Wayne Rowe and Diana Cutshall will be on hand in the gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, to speak about their work. Light refreshments will be served. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open daily with extended hours on weekends. 609-770-8261.
f-9•The summer exhibit schedule for Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor: "Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork by Autumn de Forest," to July 14; Graham Nash, "Graham Nash: Visual Harmony," July 25-Aug.4, with a reception with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. July 27; Peter Max, "Peter Max: The Master of "Pop" Summer 2013 Collection, Aug. 29-Sept. 8, with receptions with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777 or OceanGalleries.com
f-9•SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., Cape May, exhibits Sean Taylor's, "Still on Vacation ... New Paintings from the Off-Season," and "Vanishing Wildwood," photographs on metal by Dorothy Kresz, to July 14. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-898-7488 or SomaNewArtGallery.net
f-9•Wildlife paintings by Peg Dittmar can be viewed July 14-Aug. 8 at Mad Batter Restaurant, Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Information: 609-884-5970.
f-9•The William Ris Gallery announces the following exhibits for the summer season: A group show by Judith Rosenthal, Jeff Gola and John Safrit, to July 14; July 13, "Nature Inspired," with artists Brad Stroman, Diane Emerson, Ann Guidera-Matey, Cheryl Piperberg, Betsy Miraglia; July 27, "Cities to Seas and In Between," artists Neal McPheeters, Miro Sinovcic, Michele Byrne, Valerie Craig; Aug. 2, "Conceptual Meets Abstract: Thought to Imagine," artists Libbie and Alan Soffer; Aug. 19, "Flora, Fauna and Far East - A Collection of Blessings and Symbolism as East Meets West," artist Jane Hartley. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-368-6361 or WilliamRis.com
•"Offering," a new concrete sculpture by artist Katherine Stanek, can be viewed through the summer on the grounds of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. The placement of the sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Stanek, the William Ris Gallery which represents the artist, and the church.
f-9•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville, hosts the following exhibits to July 14: North Gallery, Society of New Jersey Artists, "Searching for a Point of View;" Witt Gallery, "Plein Air" exhibit; Artists' Alcove, works by Rae Jaffe and Susan Rau. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, extended to 9 p.m. third Fridays. 856-327-4500 or RRCArts.com
f-9•Pastel artist Salomon Kodoche exhibits July 16-Aug. 30 at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Admission is free and open to the public. 732-255-0500.
•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 PineShoresArtAssociation.org
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