Doreen Khebzou, who took her first art class about 10 years ago, said her happiest discovery was painting landscapes.

As the featured artist of the month at the Hammonton Arts Center, Khebzou exhibits a series of landscapes she painted in oils of local beaches, parks and farms that she completed over the past year.

“I have always been drawn to the work of the Impressionists and their spirit of readiness to ‘go out’ to paint ‘en plein air.’ I admire their landscapes, and I never dreamed I would ever try setting up my own easel on a beach or park,” she stated in her artist’s notes for the show.

Khebzou, of Galloway Township, said despite the challenges that face artists who are moved to paint outdoors in South Jersey, namely the rain, heat, cold, gnats, green heads and mosquitoes, these experiences only served to deepen her love of nature.

Khebzou’s talent has earned her numerous awards, including a first place in a show at the Ocean City Fine Arts League and second place in a HAC show for two of the paintings included in the exhibit.

Her landscapes can be viewed through Dec. 28.

The Hammonton Arts Center is located at 219 Bellevue Ave.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 609-567-5360 or go to

Atlantic County

The Hammonton Arts Center hosts a Holiday Sale beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The Studio Artists will open their upstairs studios for view and student works will be available. Work is original, one of a kind and includes paintings, jewelry, scarves and crafts. Additional original art is available in the HAC gift shop. The HAC is located at 219 Bellevue Ave. Go to

The “Members Juried Art Exhibit” hosted by The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., runs to Dec. 28. The following artists were awarded: John Irwin, of Folsom, first place; Laura Hwang, of Egg Harbor City, second place; Denise Bush, of Tabernacle, third place; and honorable mentions to Peter Ehlinger, Charles Branigan and Deb Spinella. Go to

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College showcases the work of 32 New Jersey artists in the “Associate Artist Exhibition,” through Jan. 19. The artists are identified as “emerging artists,” meaning they were selected and awarded this competitive designation from the museum. In conjunction with the Associate Artist Exhibition, award winning artist Diane Tomash will present an artist talk 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The Noyes Museum of Art is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. For more information call 609-652-8848 or go to

John Irwin, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit his work through December at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Irwin is a self- taught artist who works predominantly with watercolors. The exhibit can be viwed during regular library hours. Go to

A watercolor exhibit by South Jersey artist Betsy Naumchik entitled “Friends in Every Season,” runs to Jan. 4 in the second level dining room of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit is a collaboration between Latz’s and Great Bay Gallery. 609-788-8838 or 609-653-4991.

The last show of 2013 by artists from Galloway Cultural Arts, “South Jersey Life,” will hang at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, through Jan. 18. Works can be viewed during regular library hours. The next show will be “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and runs Jan.18 through March 15. 609-342-7435 or

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Victor Grasso: Fable,” runs through Jan. 5, 2014; “Noise@Noise: MOVIS,” runs through Jan. 12, 2014; “John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954),” runs through Jan. 26. 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

Watercolor artist Marie Natale exhibits new works and popular favorites until Jan. 12 at Casciano’s Coffe Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. For more information call 609-561-2600 or go to

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 available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery for six months. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

The Ocean City Fine Arts League will host a reception and awards presentation for its current show, “Le Petite,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Art of Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave, Ocean City. The public is invited to meet the artists. Deb Spinella, of Mays Landing, won first place. Alisa Harris, of Seaville, won second place. Honorable mentions: Grace Zambelli, Michael Zambelli, Mary Ann Kline and Kathy Mott. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. 609-814-0308 or go to

An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted opens Dec. 14 at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit, “Birds At Home,” runs through March. 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

The current exhibit at SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, features artists Samuel Donovan, Stan Sperlak, Sean Taylor, Marie Natale, Penny Beck, Terri Amig, Jim Inzero and Carol King Hood. Gallery hours through Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Go to

“Falling Into Florals and Fruits,” oils by painter Lisa Hannick, exhibits through December at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Go to

Ocean County

The Pine Shores Art Association has named Marilyn Flagler as its January artist of the month. Her works in watercolor, pen and ink, oils and pastels, will be on exibit through Jan. 28 at the gallery, located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. 609-597-3557 or go to

Poster exhibit, “Military, Movie and Theater: Pre-1930’s,” runs through December at Unshredded Nostalgia, 323 S. Main St., Route 9, Barnegat. More than 75 posters are included in the display. Unshredded Nostalgia gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 609-660-2626 or 800-872-9990 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. 609-597-3557 or go to

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