Music legend Graham Nash, twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, makes his way back to the Jersey Shore this weekend, not as a performer, but as an artist.
The founding member of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash returns to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor for an exclusive exhibition of his works, "Graham Nash: The Art of Visual Harmony," opening July 25 and running through Aug. 4.
The exhibit will include nearly 100 of Nash's paintings, pastels and artistically enhanced photographs. The artist will attend a special gallery reception to sign purchased artwork from 7 to 10 p.m. July 27.
Nash debuted his never before seen artwork at Ocean Galleries last summer to rave reviews.
"We are thrilled to have Graham Nash back at the gallery," Ocean Galleries owner Kim Miller comments. "Last summer's debut of his artwork was incredibly well-received, and the new art is every bit as spectacular. Although Graham has been painting and creating artwork for many years, he kept the pieces for his own pleasure and never shared them with the public until last year. It is amazing that such a humble man could be blessed with a multitude of artistic talent. We are very proud to have played a small part in convincing Graham to share his art with the world and can't wait to share his new collection."
In his new pieces, Nash incorporates a variety of techniques, many of them a natural evolution of his experimentation with photography, Miller notes. Most of the artwork tells a memorable story about occasions in Nash's life.
Born in the coastal town of Blackpool, England, and raised in Salford, near Manchester, Nash was drawn to photography at a young age by his father, an amateur photographer. In his early teens, he decided that music was his calling, which led him to an award-winning career in music. Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice - once with Crosby, Stills & Nash and once with The Hollies. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame twice, both as a solo artist and with Crosby, Stills & Nash.
During his music career, Nash continued his photographic hobby and his photographs evolved into the creation of a book, "Love, Graham Nash," a collection of images focusing on the 1960s and 1970s portraying friends, family, and fellow musicians.
A few copies of the book, which was released as a limited edition keepsake (80 copies), will be available for purchase during the exhibition, Miller said.
Although the exhibition is free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested for the Saturday night reception with Nash by calling 609-368-7777.
Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the summer season. Go to OceanGalleries.com
•"Water," a juried exhibit of fine art, will display at the Hammonton Arts Center Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, to Saturday, July 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
•"Sum of All Parts," sculptures, runs to July 28 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Kramer Hall campus, 30 Front St., Hammonton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
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•Fiber artist Mary Stewart's newest collages, Lower Township Library, Villas, during the month of July. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 609-886-8999.
•The 51st Boardwalk Art Show, hosted by the Ocean City Arts Center, will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4.
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