South Jersey artist Peter Ehlinger has been exhibiting since the 1960s, yet he still continues to explore new ways to create "something so beautiful, you can't resist it," he says.
Ehlinger, of Haddonfield, is featured in a new exhibit at the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System that runs through November. The exhibit is sponsored and curated by the Hammonton Arts Center.
Ehlinger, a longtime member of the HAC, works in watercolors with pen and ink. The majority of his art is Asian influenced. In his artist's notes he describes his treatment of watercolors as "heavy handed," incorporating multiple washes and intricate design and color. In addition to the Asian impressions, he uses watercolors and pen to create works resembling detailed stained glass windows.
Originally an oil painter, Ehlinger participates in many art and craft fairs on the east coast and has won several awards in juried exhibitions. His work has been featured in galleries and in the homes and businesses of clients who have commissioned him.
The public can view his works for the rest of the month at the library gallery, located inside the library at 451 Egg Harbor Road, in Hammonton. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call the library at 609-561-2264 or the Hammonton Arts Center at 609-567-5360.
•The Jewish Community Center will host a bagel lunch program 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, to meet and greet three artists from the community of Arad from the center's Partnership 2Gether program. The event will be held in the JCC board room, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. The artists will speak about the growing artisan population in Arad and show a variety of their works. The program is free and open to the community. Call 609-822-1167 or email JCutler@jccatlantic.org.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an artist talk and slide show by portrait artist Seth Camm 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Camm's work is currently on view in the exhibition "Finding Home: Seth Camm." The exhibit presents portraits of the homeless, painted primarily at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, and are accompanied by audio recordings of the stories of the individuals themselves. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, hosts a juried "Fine Arts & Crafts Exhibit" Monday, Nov. 5, to 27. An artist's reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•Two new fall exhibits are scheduled for the Stockton College Art Gallery through Nov. 17. "Learning from New Jersey" will be housed in the upper gallery, with paintings by Tim Daly and Valeri Larko. "Perception Shift" will occupy the lower gallery, featuring Wade Aaron, Sienna Freeman, John Langdon, Bovey Lee, Kristen Neville-Taylor, Ryan Livingstone, Michelle Vitale Loughlin and Mat Ollig. The gallery is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, main campus, off Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. www.stockton.edu/artgallery
•Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, will present a group exhibit by the art students from Mainland Regional High School, through Nov. 17. Gallery hours during the exhibit are 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
•Photographs of Atlantic City boss Enoch "Nucky" Johnson and other Atlantic City icons and landmarks can be viewed in "The Atlantic City Experience: The Roaring '20s," a new exhibit at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier, New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call 609-347-5839 or go to www.atlanticcityexperience.org
•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township: "Noyes Signature Artists Exhibition," through Nov. 25; "Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food," through Jan. 13; "Dendrology: The Nature of Trees," through Jan. 20; "Finding Home: Seth Camm," through Jan. 27. 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: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•"101 Quilts," new exhibit at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs to Dec. 15. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville. Admission is free, donations accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays by appointment. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
•A new exhibit by Phyllis C. London, "18 Collected Images," featuring watercolors, acrylics and giclee prints, can be seen in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By The Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit will continue through December. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. Call Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991.
Cape May County
•"Nature and Art," the final show of the 2012 season at William Ris Gallery, opens Nov. 24 with a reception to meet the artists from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through January. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The reception is free to the public and will feature live music by The City and Horses. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•Artwork from the "Art on Asbury" gallery of the Ocean City Fine Arts League will be displayed through March 2013 in Shore Medical Center's Surgical Pavillion gallery, located on the second floor. All artwork on display was created by local artists who reside in the South Jersey area. A gallery reception will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2. It is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale. In addition to the "Art on Asbury" artwork, a special wall is dedicated to the works created by the Arc of Atlantic County students and their teachers. The students, with the help of "Art on Asbury" artists Susan Rau, Jennifer Bird and Thelma Snyder, recently completed a mural at the Arc of South Jersey offices on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., presents "Holiday Artists Marketplace" during November and December. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception 6 p.m. Nov. 2. This show features works with a focus on nature. All art is original and for sale, with a portion of sales supporting the Nature Center. The gallery plans to have artist demonstrations throughout the two months. Call 609- 898-8848.
•The Cape May Artists' Cooperative will feature the work of members Barbara Colosi, Lee Hajduk and Jody Swope, in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, through Nov. 8. Call 609-770-8261.
•Harbor Gallery's new exhibit, "Raptors," shows the works of local award-winning photographers Tina Giaimo and Don Merwin. Harbor Gallery is located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May. All artwork is for sale. A portion of sales will support the Nature Center. Call 609-898-8848.
•"Anything Goes," the November show by the Ocean City Fine Arts Leage, opens Nov. 9 with a meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the "Art On Asbury" Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The event is free and open to the public. The show will run through the end of November. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Call to Artists: The annual Juried Art Show will be held at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout November. An awards ceremony will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 9, the public is invited. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery exhibits Sandra Bloodworth's "Urban Principals," and new watercolors by Samuel Donovan through Nov. 25. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays. For more information visit SOMA online at www.somagallery.net or call 609-898-7488.
•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. Call 609-465-6008.
Cumberland County and West
•Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville, exhibits the following through Nov. 10: Associate Artist Show II, in the North Gallery; Rae Jaffe, Mary Ann Kline, Debra Kayata and Seppo Siimes, in the Witt Gallery; Emily Leurtzing and Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan in the Associates Artist Alcove. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, extended to 9 p.m. on third Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Call 856-327-4500 or go to www.rrcarts.com
•Pine Shores Art Association will hold an open house reception 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, to kick off the annual Art Harvest Show at its gallery, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show will remain hanging throughout November and be open to the public 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•""Samantha Palmeri: New Paintings," on exhibit Nov. 11 to Dec. 31, at the Art House Gallery, located at 182 N. Main St., Manahawkin. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. The gallery is open year round. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-978-4278 or go to www.arthousegallery.net
• Pine Shores Art Association is co-sponsoring an art show and art history lecture 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. From 6 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to a free Holiday Artist Reception featuring the works of Pine Shores' artists Carol Sapp, Mary Walker-Baptiste, Paul Hartelius, Elaine Burnett, Irene Bausmith, Pat Morgan and Ilomay Pedicini. Their group exhibit will be on display in the library's gallery from November to the end of January, and art is available for purchase. Art History Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University will discuss "Master Artist Henri Matisse: Color, Form and Pattern," at 7 p.m. The event is free, but preregistration is requested. Call Pine Shores at 609-597-3557 or the library at 609-597-3381.
•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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