Although artist Deb Spinella lives in Mays Landing and works from her studio in the heart of the Hammonton Arts District, much of her free time is spent along the shoreline where she finds inspiration for her works.

Among her latest creations is "Over The Boardwalk," a pastel that earned her not only first place but "Best in Show" honors at the Ocean City Fine Arts League's "Night Life" juried art show opening Friday, Sept. 14.

A "Meet-the-Artist" reception and awards presentation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Art on Asbury Gallery, located at 608 Asbury Ave., in Ocean City. The public is invited to the free event for light refreshments and to meet Spinella and the participating artists.

Other show winners include an oil by Marilyn Brent, "Steppin' Out In NYC," second place; a watercolor by Ed Vytal, "Shadows in Altantic City," honorable mention; and a photograph by Kate McDevitt, "Masquerade Parade," also honorable mention.

The entire show can be viewed through the end of September.

Immediately following the reception is the opening reception for the Art on Asbury plein air artists at the Ocean City Arts Center, held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Also free and open to the public, the reception recognizes the award-winning plein air artists who have exhibited at the Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Fine Arts League and other galleries and arts centers throughout the tri-state area. Many of the artists worked in Ocean City's downtown each Wednesday evening throughout the summer.

The Art on Asbury Gallery is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. All artwork is hand-made by local artisans and available for sale. For more information call 609-814-0308 or go to oceanci

The Ocean City Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscen

Atlantic County

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an Artist Talk by Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. San Chirico is a Noyes Signature Artist whose work is on view in the Noyes Signature Artists exhibition to Nov. 25. The gallery is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students, seniors.

•Call for artists: The Atlantic City Arts Commission invites all artists and crafters to participate in the inaugural AC Boardwalk Arts & Craft show, Oct. 6-7, on the Boardwalk. Applications accepted until Friday, Sept. 14. Go to or call 609-348-0340.

•Vicky Thurlow-Lewis, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work through September at the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Go to

•The Noyes Museum of Art's satellite gallery in Hammonton, located at 5 Second St., celebrates "Bellevue Empire," September's Third Thursday downtown-wide event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 with a presentation of Roaring '20s artwork. The event features live music and free admission. Call 609-561-8006 or

•"Impress Me," a juried art exhibit, runs through Sept. 25 at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Also on exhibit is the work of Cheryl Knowles Harrigan, HAC featured artist for September. Information:

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•Hammonton Arts Center announced the winners of its juried art exhibit, "Impress Me," running through Sept. 25, in the gallery at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton: Best of Show: Ellen Locicero, Mullica Hill, for her pastel "Longwood Garden Meadow;" First Place: Deb Spinella, Mays Landing, for her pastel, "Wave Reflections;" Second Place: Leslie LoSasso, Hammonton, for her photograph, "The Red Boat;" Honorable Mentions: Joseph Matthews, Brigantine; Betsy Naumchik, Galloway; Krishna Mathias, Egg Harbor City; Carmelia DeFiccio-Ziegler, Hammonton; and Dennis Puset, Mays Landing.

•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi-Sabi," has been extended to Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Gallery hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 609-653-4991 or go to

•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township: "Stan Sperlak: Into the Night," a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23; "Noyes Signature Artists Exhibition," through Nove. 25; "Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food," Friday, Sept. 14, through Jan. 13; "Dendrology: The Nature of Trees," Sept. 21-Jan. 20, 2013; "Finding Home: Seth Camm," Oct. 5-Jan. 27, 2013. 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 visit

•Two new fall exhibits are scheduled for the Stockton College Art Gallery through Nov. 17. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. "Learning from New Jersey" will be housed in the upper gallery, with paintings by Tim Daly and Valeri Larko. A gallery tour with the artists will be held 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2. "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 with a short film by the Brothers Quay. A panel discussion will be held 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24. 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.

•Works by artist Susan Hanna Rau will be exhibited through Sept. 30 in "The Studio," on the second level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Call 609-788-8838 or go to; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or

•""Summer Wonders," an exhibit by the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs through Oct. 13 at at the Atlantic County Library, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during normal library hours. Go to

•"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

Cape May County

•William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor celebrates the fall migration with an exhibit for birders that runs through mid-October. Painters exhibiting include David Ahlsted, Robert Barrett, June Hartley, Ron Orlando, Paula Waterman and Valerie Waywell. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 609-368-6361 or go to

•The Cape May Artists' Cooperative will feature the work of members Catherine Bosna, Diana Cutchall and Patricia Neville in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, through Oct. 12. Information: 609-770-8261.

•New works celebrating the arrival of the monarch butterflies by local artists Lee Hajduk and John Safrit is on display at Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. All artwork is for sale. A portion of sales supports the Nature Center. Call 609- 898-8848.

•William Ris Gallery features a new group exhibit by Ellen Gavin, Dennis Goldsborough, Neal McPheeters and Joanie San Chirico. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to

•Cindy Mahoney-Crawford and John Safrit, both members of the Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery, are the featured artists for September at the Lower Township Library gallery, located at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. The library is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The artists' works are also offered for sale. For information call 609-886-8999.

•A new exhibit by Stan Sperlak, "Rising," runs to Oct. 14 at SOMANew Art Gallery, 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Call 609-898-7488 or go to

•"On The Wing," a new exhibit at the Sluice Creek Gallery, located in the N.J Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Goshen, is on display to Oct. 30. The show includes historic illustrations, decorative decoys, bird prints, reed baskets and illustrations, all by South Jersey artists. A portion of sales benefits C.M.B.O. Call 609-861-0700.

•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

•The documentary film "Pat Witt: The Art Spirit," premieres 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Levoy Theater, Millville. Witt is the founder of the Barn Studio of Art in Millville. The film is produced and directed by Bill Horin and Frank Weiss of ArtC, a coaltion of professional videographers, photographers, writers and artists dedicated to promoting the arts in South Jersey. Tickets are $20. Call 856-327-6400 or go to

•The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at

Ocean County

•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

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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.