Jersey shore nature inspires works at Ris exhibit

‘White Egg,’ a work in porcelain and paper clay by Judith Rosenthal, is part of a group show kicking off the new summer exhibit season at William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor. Painters Jeff Gola and John Safrit are also showcased in the exhibit. -

The William Ris Gallery opens its 2013 summer exhibit season on Saturday, June 29, with a group show by three artists who are all inspired by different aspects of nature found at the Jersey Shore.

"Leaves & Twigs, Sticks & Stones," by ceramic artist Judith Rosenthal, "The Shore: Paintings of the Southern NJ Coast," by painter Jeff Gola (egg tempera), and "Nests," by watercolorist John Safrit, were combined for the show by gallery director Mary S. Cantone.

An opening reception is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday and the public is invited to meet the artists and discuss their works, Cantone says.

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Rosenthal, of Cherry Hill, primarily works in clay, but for this exhibit chose to create many pieces in paper clay.

"The use of paper clay presents opportunities for creating pieces that are impossible in other clay bodies. I work with very thin clay that gives my work an atmospheric effect of elegance and poetry," she says in her artist's notes.

Gola, of Moorestown, specializes in the slow and careful process of egg tempera painting. His work has been included in many juried competitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Safrit, an award-winning painter from Cape May, began working in watercolor a number of years ago. He is the director of adult art education for the Center for Community Arts and is among the artists represented by the gallery.

The exhibit runs to July 14.

William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the summer. 609-368-6361 or

Cape May County

•In conjunction with her exhibition and appearance opening July 4, at Ocean Galleries, Autumn de Forest has created a special tribute painting to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. An oversized replica of the artwork will be unveiled 2 to 3 p.m. July 2, at the new artBOX on Morey's Piers in Wildwood. "Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork" runs July 4-14 at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, with meet the artist receptions from 7 to 10 p.m. July 5-6, and from 1 to 4 p.m. July 7. 609-368-7777 or

•"Flowers," a juried competition and exhibition by the Ocean City Fine Arts League, can be viewed through the end of June at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The following awards were presented: first place, Peg Dittmar; second place, Debbie Walker; honorable mentions, Kevin Keyser and Karen Haberland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All work is for sale. 609-814-0308 or

•"An English Country House," a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dauphne du Maurier's novel "Rebecca," exhibits to Sunday, June 30, at Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

•The Harbor Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring the work of local artists Laura McPherson and Anita Roth, running to June 30. All works are for sale. Harbor Gallery is located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. 609- 898-8848.

•The summer exhibit schedule for Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor: Autumn de Forest, "Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork by Autumn de Forest," July 4 t14, with reception with the artist 6 to 10 p.m. July 5, 6 and 1 to 4 p.m. July 7; Graham Nash, "Graham Nash: Visual Harmony," July 25 to 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 to 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

•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.

•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.

•Wildlife paintings by Peg Dittmar can be viewed July 14 to Aug. 8 at Mad Batter Restaurant, Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Information: 609-884-5970.

•The William Ris Gallery announces the following exhibits for the summer season: 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

•"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.

Cumberland County

•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

Ocean County

•"Three Artists," the final exhibition of The Art House Gallery, 182 N. Main St., Manahawkin, runs to Sunday, June 30, and features works by John Richie, Diane Tomash and Samantha Palmeri. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. 609-978-4ART.

•Pine Shores Art Association June exhibit features artists Harriet Fink, Lee Fricke and Rosemary Glass. The exhibit can be seen at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. 609-596-3557 or 609-597-3381.

•Pastel artist Salomon Kodoche exhibits July 16 to 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

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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.

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