Local artists displayed in Villas

‘Sea life’ by photographer Anita Roth is part of the exhibit at the Lower Township Library.

Two artists working in different mediums but sharing a common theme are featured in the February exhibit at the Lower Township Library in Villas.

Photographer Anita Roth and jewelry maker Cindy Mahoney Crawford, both members of the Cape May Artists' Cooperative, create works inspired by the nature and elements of South Jersey.

Roth, a resident of Cold Spring, is mainly self-taught and likes to work with macro focus, showing intimate details in everyday things including flowers and shells. She is particularly fond of the beach and a lot of the sea glass and shells she collects becomes the subject of her photos. She also is well known for her images of the beach and sunsets.

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Mahoney has been with the Artists' Cooperative Gallery for almost three years and lives in Villas. She says her jewelry line is inspired by the beauty of the ocean. Working with Blue Chalcedony stones, freshwater pearls and other natural gems, she creates one-of-a-kind "wearable art."

The library exhibit also features Roth's daughter, Jamie Roth, a student at Lower Cape May Regional High School and an award-winner in the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission's National Arts Program, and potters Amanda Leipert and Julie Hickman, former members of the Cooperative who now own the Madd Potters Studio on Carpenter's Lane in Cape May.

The exhibit can be viewed through the month during regular library hours.The Lower Township Library is a branch of the Cape May County Library system and located at 2600 Bayshore Road. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For information call 609-886-8999.

Atlantic County

•Local artist Thelma Snyder will exhibit a new show, "Spring is Just Around the Corner," opening Monday, Feb. 4, at Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The show runs through April. A reception to meet the artist will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12, in the restaurant's upstairs gallery. Call Latz's By The Bay at 609-788-8838 or Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, at 609-653-4991.

•The works of painter 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

•A wine and cheese reception for the opening of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College's four winter exhibits will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, with the artists in attendance. The exhibitions include: "The Art of Conflict," through April 21; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," through May 19 (Lewis give a solo artist's talk 11 a.m. March 2); "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. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. 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

•"Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin," is exhibited at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through March 27. 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 juried art exhibit, "The Heart of the Artist," runs through Feb. 20 at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. 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

•The Ocean City Arts Center hosts a new photography exhibit for February, "Bulgaria: Time and Place," by Villas photographer Macy Zhelyazkova. A "Meet the Artist" reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8. All photos are for sale and range in price from $150 to $375. The Arts Center is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of Dennis Dowe, Diane Flanegan, Rich Flanegan and Mary Stewart in its gallery at the West End Garage during the month of February. A "Second Sunday" reception to meet the artists will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Light refreshments will be served. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open Friday through Monday. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

•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

•"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 through May 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

•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

View complete listings www.PressofAC.com/ATS.

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

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