Watercolors and new works by celebrated artist Earl B. Lewis are featured in "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," opening Friday, Jan. 25, as part of the winter season kickoff at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College.

The exhibit includes a new series of paintings Lewis refers to as his "lotto icons." According to his artist's notes submitted with the exhibit, Lewis says he was inspired while watching customers at a local convenience store purchase scratch-off lottery tickets in the hopes of getting rich. He described watching people scratch the surface of the tickets "to find the value of what lies beneath."

From that moment, he said in his notes, he was inspired to use the scratch-off idea to portray what he believes is most valuable in society, "society's hidden treasures:" children. With his canvas used symbolically as a lottery ticket, Lewis uses a veneer of gold leaf "scratched off" to reveal the emerging portraits of children.

An illustrator of more than 50 books for children, Lewis' works have won prestigious awards such as the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. He currently lives in New Jersey and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

"Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure" runs to May 19.

The other exhibits are: "The Art of Conflict," five artists confront the themes of identity in war, conflict and displacement; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit;" and "Prints from the Noyes Permanent Collection," featuring work by printmakers Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins and Benton Spruance. A wine and cheese opening reception for the museum's four winter exhibits will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, with the artists in attendance.

The public also is invited when Lewis gives a solo artist's talk and explains his artistic views 11 a.m. March 2.

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College is located one and a half miles south of Historic Smithville Village, off Route 9, at 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Museum. 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 is $5 adults, $4 students and seniors.

Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org.

Atlantic County

•The works of Ray Haworth will be exhibited throughout February at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is curated by the Hammonton Arts Center. Library hours are 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 www.hammontonartscenter.org

•The Gazsi Studio, located in Suite 109, at the rear of 505 Hamilton Ave., Linwood, will exhibit two dozen compositions by Egg Harbor Township-based artist Bill Sines on Saturday, Jan. 26. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and all works will be available for purchase. Call 609 653-7006.

•"Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin," is exhibited at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through March 27. A conversation with the artist is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the gallery. Benjamin will be joined by Dr. Shanthi Rajaraman and Dr. Robert Nichols. The event is free. 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 March 9 through 17. Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery.

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents "The Art of Conflict," an exhibition of art that references conflict in various media. The exhibition will run to April 21. An opening reception is planned 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, with the artists in attendance. The Noyes gallery is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township: "Finding Home: Seth Camm," through Sunday, Jan. 27; "The Art of Conflict," through April 21; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," Friday, Jan. 25, to May 19; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit," Feb. 1 to May 26; "Prints from The Noyes Collection: Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins, Benton Spruance," Feb. 8 to May 12. Hours: 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 www.noyesmuseum.org

•The award-winning scenic photography of Leslie LoSasso will exhibit through January at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. LoSasso is a member of "Focal Point" photography group of the Hammonton Arts Center. Library hours are 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 www.hammontonartscenter.org

•"The New Artists in Town," featuring works by 12 resident artists of the Hammonton Artist Studios, runs through Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Call 609-567-5360 or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org or call the Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton at 609-561-8006.

•Juried art exhibit, "The Heart of the Artist," Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Feb. 20, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, open to all artists. www.hammontonartscener.org

•"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 the week of March 9 to 7. Free gallery talks by the artists will be held 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 (Glynnis Reed), and 2 p.m. March 19 (Hannah Price). Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery

•Artwork by members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League is exhibited 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 oceancityfineartsleague.org

Cape May County

•A meet-the-artist reception for "Anything Goes," the February competition and exhibit of the Ocean City Fine Arts League, will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Art on Asbury gallery, 609 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit also showcases work by students of Arc of Atlantic County. The show was previously scheduled in December but was postponed when the gallery suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

•Ocean City Arts Center will host an exhibition of new paintings to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ocean City Fishing Club at the newly reopened Arts Center gallery, 735 Simpson Ave. The exhibit runs through January. Paintings are for sale. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•Works by advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School will be on display through January at Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. The annual exhibit provides students the opportunity to have their work displayed at a professional venue. Call 609-884-5970.

•"Nature and Art," the final show of the 2012 season at William Ris Gallery, on exhibit through January. Featuring works by painters Glenn Redderow, Kim Weiland, Anthony Rudisill, David Ahlsted, Paula Waterman, Stan Sperlak and Ron Orlando. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The gallery's winter pottery sale is currently taking place with 50 percent off. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

•The January group show continues at the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

•"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 www.capemaymac.org

Ocean County

•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 throughMay 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 www.ArtHouseGallery.net

•"Anthony Migliaccio & Plein Air Paintings," exhibits to Jan. 31, at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Call 732-255-0500.

•Artists from Pine Shores Art Association exhibit through January at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Art is available for purchase. Call Pine Shores at 609-597-3557 or the library at 609-597-3381.

•Pine Shores Art Association art history lecture, "New York and the Ashcan School," 7 p.m. 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 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

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