Watercolor artist Marie Natale makes a return appearance as the featured artist for the holiday season at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery in Hammonton. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 30.

Acclaimed South Jersey watercolor artist Marie Natale will unveil several new works specifically designed for the Hammonton market during a meet-the-artist reception to open her new exhibit at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery on Nov. 30.

It is the fifth year that Natale is the featured artist at the shop’s gallery, said owner Linda Cashan.

“Marie’s show is always exciting to see and share with my customers and many of her own customers and students come to Hammonton to see what she has new for the season,” Cashan noted.

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Natale will also bring prints of her original of the “Red School House” painting that was popular last year with buyers.

Taking place during the Small Business Saturday shopping promotion, visitors will be treated to music, hot toddies, refreshments, a free raffle to win a $50 Casciano Gift Card, a chance to win the Downtown Hammonton’s $500 Gift Spree and cross-promotions with other small businesses in the downtown business district, said Cashan.

Natale is an award-winning artist who teaches painting both privately and at art guilds throughout the East Coast and abroad. She is a signature member of the Noyes Museum, the New Jersey and Philadelphia Water Color Societies, and a board member of New Jersey Water Color Society. She works in her studio at her home in Egg Harbor Township.

The opening reception takes place from noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 30. Natale’s works are on display until Jan. 12.

Casciano’s is located at 212 Bellevue Ave. For more information call 609-561-2600 or see CascianoCoffee.com

Atlantic County

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. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Guests will be able to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery for the next six months. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

John Irwin, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit his work through December at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Irwin is a self-taught artist who works predominantly with watercolors. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., presents its “Fine and Decorative Arts Juried Exhibit,” running to Nov. 30. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and all artwork is available for purchase. The following artists won awards: Peter Ehlinger, of Haddonfield, first place for a watercolor and pen ink; Robin D’Adamo, of Somers Point, second place for a graphite pencil drawing; Pam Scribner, of Vineland, third place, for stained glass. Honorable Mentions were awarded to June Mahana, Folsom; Pam Scribner, Vineland; John Irwin, Folsom; and Richard Bailey, Vineland. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

 Members of “Focal Point” photography group of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit their work through November at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

 Twelve New Jersey students concentrating in painting, photography, visual communication/graphic design, and illustration are featured in the Visual Arts Senior Exhibition at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township, to Dec. 8. The gallery will be closed from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. The gallery is located in K Wing, adjacent to the Performing Art Center. 609-652-4214. Go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College showcases the work of 32 New Jersey artists in the “Associate Artist Exhibition,” running from Dec. 6-Jan. 19, 2014. The artists are identified as “emerging artists,” meaning they were selected and awarded this competitive designation from the museum. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, with the artists in attendance. In conjunction with the Associate Artist Exhibition, award-winning artist Diane Tomash will present an artist talk 10 a.m. Dec. 14. 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

 A watercolor exhibit by South Jersey artist Betsy Naumchik titled “Friends in Every Season,” runs to Jan. 4 in the 2nd level dining room of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit is a collaboration between Latz’s and Great Bay Gallery. 609-788-8838 or 609-653-4991.

The last show of 2013 by artists from Galloway Cultural Arts, “South Jersey Life,” will hang at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, through Jan. 18. Works can be viewed during regular library hours. Winners of the show are: Watercolor — first place, Peggy Tompkins; second place, Mary Archibald; third place, Monica Kurtz; Oil/Acrylics — first place, Andrea Johns; second place Pat Powell; third place, RoseAnn Dukanovic; and honorable mention: Pamela Scribner. 609-342-7435 or info@gallowayculturalarts.org

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Victor Grasso: Fable,” runs through Jan. 5, 2014; “Noise@Noise: MOVIS,” runs through Jan. 12, 2014; “John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954),” runs through Jan. 26. 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

Cape May County

The Ocean City Arts Center, located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., opens its new pottery exhibit Dec. 2. One-of-a-kind bowls, mugs, wall hangings, decorative pieces and more will be exhibited and offered for sale. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. The exhibit will run through Dec. 21. The Center will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. For more information call 609-399-7628.

Call for Artists: The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for its December “Le Petite” competition and exhibition. Entries can be dropped off Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at Arts on Asbury” Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. A free “Meet The Artist” reception and awards presentation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Light refreshments will be served. For information on how to submit entries call 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

The Ocean City Fine Arts League announced the winners of its current show, “Interiors,” running through November. Winnners were: first place, Michael Zambelli, from Margate; second place, Wanda Kline, from Ocean City; and honorable mentions, Janet McShain, from Dennisville, and Diane Brown, from Somers Point. All art is for sale and supports local artists. The Gallery is located 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-814-0308 or OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

The Ocean City Arts Center’s Annual Juried Art Show runs through November The Arts Center is located in the Community 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. Information: 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

The Cape May County Art League’s Members’ Fall Fine Art Show runs to Dec. 4 in the gallery at Mad Batter, 19 Jackson S., Cape May. All artwork is for sale. Information: 609-884-8628.

The current exhibit at SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, features artists Samuel Donovan, Stan Sperlak, Sean Taylor, Marie Natale, Penny Beck, Terri Amig, Jim Inzero and Carol King Hood. Gallery hours through Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Information: 609-898-7488 or go to SomaGallery.net

“Falling Into Florals and Fruits,” oils by painter Lisa Hannick, exhibits through December at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information call 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

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, 1100 West Washington Avenue, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.


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