It would seem natural that an art gallery located one block from the beach in Ventnor would get a lot of visitors during the summer season. But in mid-winter?
Actually, that is the goal, says David Holtzman, president of Holtzman Gallery.
The gallery will host its first solo artist exhibition with an opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, featuring the works of acclaimed Cape May County artist Lance Balderson.
The event is a rarity on the island, according to Holtzman, who believes it may possibly be the first one-man show within a high-end private gallery.
Balderson’s works, which include one-of-a-kind original paintings on canvas, always draw a following. His paintings have been purchased by more than 450 clients worldwide and hang in many galleries throughout the region.
“We are expecting a large attendance, as we all know, cultural events are well valued in our area on the island, and in Atlantic County, for that matter,” Holtzman says in a release.
Balderson, whose residence and studio is located in Ocean View, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law, the Woodmere Art Museum, Curtis Institute of Music and Wesley College.
Balderson’s style of painting ranges from the cubist characteristics of abstract expressionism to the more subtle coloristic forms of Impressionism and incorporates layers of color with overlapping shapes and forms that reference his previous architectural career. Simplicity through color, forms and compositions characterizes most of his paintings, according to his artist’s notes.
All art on exhibit by the artist will also be available for purchase.
The event is free with hors-d’oeuvres and refreshments served.
The show runs through February.
Also included in the exhibit are rare sports and historical collectibles as well as Hollywood and musical memorabilia. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and Sundays by appointment. 609-822-8482 or HoltzmanGallery.com
“Imagination Creations,” children’s art class for ages 5 to 12, offered 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Cost: $5 child, $5 adult, includes materials. Registration deadline Jan. 24. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org
Spring Art Classes by Hammonton Arts Center 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, currently registering. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
Robert V. Ryan is featured in a solo exhibit through Jan. 24, at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. The show is presented by the Atlantic City Arts Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. 609-626-3805.
Galloway Cultural Arts Center opens its new exhibit, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Works can be viewed during regular library hours through March 15. The GCAC is conducting a membership drive. Information: 609-342-7435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College showcases the work of 32 New Jersey artists in the “Associate Artist Exhibition,” through Sunday, Jan. 19. The artists are identified as “emerging artists,” meaning they were selected and awarded this competitive designation from the museum. 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 NoyesMuseum.org
Roseann Metrinko and Richard Bailey, members of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit their work throughout the month of January at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit can be viwed during regular library hours. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
Current and upcoming exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954),” runs through Jan. 26; “Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” Friday, Jan. 17, through May 11; “Curlee Raven Holton: In the Shadow of Contemplation,” Jan. 24 through May 18; “Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material,” Jan. 31 through May 4; “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” Feb. 7 through April 6. 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 NoyesMuseum.org
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 will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.
Cape May County
Exhibit opening, “The Way We Were ... Cape May County's Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, free admission and light refreshments. The exhibit is open through April 13. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to CenterforCommunityArts.org
Artist Wanda Kline exhibits her work at the Ocean City Arts Center through Jan. 31. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org
An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted runs through March at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is titled, “Birds At Home.” 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 WilliamRis.com
The Pine Shores Art Association exhibits works by Marilyn Flagler through Jan. 28. In addition to watercolor and pen and ink drawings, Flagler recently starting working in oils and pastels. The PSAA gallery is located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. 609-597-3557 or go to PineShoresArtAssociation.org
February Pastel Workshop, with Linda Coulter, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, $50 members, $75 nonmembers, all levels welcome. 609-294-3165.
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 PineShoresArtAssociation.org
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