The magnificence of the southern New Jersey landscape is the focus of "Nature and Art," the new exhibit opening Thanksgiving weekend at William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor.

The exhibit is the gallery's final show in 2012. A reception to meet the artists takes place 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. The event is free and will feature live music by The City and Horses.

Gallery director Mary Cantone says that little did she know in the weeks prior to planning for the show that Mother Nature would deliver Hurricane Sandy to the area. The show, planned to celebrate the connection between the environment and creative expression, has taken a deeper meaning, she says, proving the power of nature is second to none.

Cantone says each painter in the group show is dedicated to the local environment and has been inspired and active in preserving the Jersey Shore landscape.

Making his debut at William Ris Gallery and headlining the show is painter Glenn Rudderow, of Bridgeton. Rudderow's personal passion is for the bayshore's landscape and people. His dozens of exhibits throughout the country have earned him prestigious awards, including the New Jersey Council for the Arts Fellowship and the American Watercolor Society Award for Excellence.

Rudderow also was chosen to be the subject of an NJN film released in 2005. The 90-minute film, "Reflections of a Bayshore Artist: Glenn Rudderow," was shown on more than 100 PBS stations across the country. The film is on display at the William Ris Gallery, Cantone says.

Painters Kim Weiland, Anthony Rudisill, David Ahlsted, Paula Waterman, Stan Sperlak and Ron Orlando join Rudderow in presenting original works for the exhibit.

The exhibit also is a tribute to the Wetlands Institute and its long history of stewardship of the wetlands and coastal environment of the area. Cantone says she and the institute's director, Lenore Tedesco, have collaborated previously on bringing together nature and art for appreciation and inspiration.

The show remains on exhibit through January. William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor. For information, call 609-368-6361 or go to

Atlantic County

•The Hammonton Arts Center will host a juried exhibit of fine art at the Hammonton Arts Center Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The "Capture the Light" exhibit will run Dec. 11 through 29. A reception and awards presentation will be held 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Refreshments will be served. Artists wishing to submit works can contact the gallery at

•Artwork by members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League is exhibited at Shore Medical Center's Surgical Pavilion through March 2013. 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

•Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, hosts "Holiday Open House," noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, featuring loft artists Cathy DeMarco, Annette Rinker, Amy Gardiner, Brenda Bradford, Robin D'Adamo, Donnetta Irvis and Deb Spinella. Original works of art will be on display and available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go to Sandy Recovery.

•Decoy carver Harry Vinuckson Shourds II presents an artist talk from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, students. Go to or call 609-652-8848.

• Richard Stockton College's fall Visual Arts Senior Exhibiton is on display Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Dec. 9 in the Stockton College Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Fifteen graduating students concentrating in photography, visual communication and graphic design are participating in the exhibition. The gallery is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, main campus, 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.

•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, hosts a juried "Fine Arts & Crafts Exhibit" through Nov. 27. Information:

•Watercolors by Peter Ehlinger will be on exhibit through November at the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. 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.

•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township: "Noyes Signature Artists Exhibition," through Nov. 25; "Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food," through Jan. 13; "Dendrology: The Nature of Trees," through Jan. 20; "Finding Home: Seth Camm," through Jan. 27. 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 go to

•Donnetta Irvis is the featured artist at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Her exhibit will be on display through Dec. 5. Information:

•"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

•A new exhibit by Phyllis C. London, "18 Collected Images," featuring watercolors, acrylics and giclee prints, can be seen in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By The Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit will continue through December. Call 609-788-8838 or go to Call Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991.

Cape May County

•Monica Zane's Art Studio, located at 37th Street and Ocean Drive, Avalon, will hold an open house and art sale, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23, 24, 25. The sale includes paintings and limited edition prints. Complimentary refreshments from winemaker Gregory Lawson of Legend Wines. Go to

•"Nature and Art," the final show of the 2012 season at William Ris Gallery, on exhibit through January. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to

•SOMA NewArt Gallery exhibits Sandra Bloodworth's "Urban Principals," and new watercolors by Samuel Donovan, through Sunday, Nov. 25. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Go to or call 609-898-7488.

•Harbor Gallery's new exhibit, "Raptors," shows the works of local award-winning photographers Tina Giaimo and Don Merwin. Harbor Gallery is located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May. All artwork is for sale. A portion of sales will support the Nature Center. Call 609-898-8848.

•Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., presents "Holiday Artists Marketplace" during November and December. The show features works with a focus on nature. All art is original and for sale, with a portion of sales supporting the Nature Center. The gallery plans to have artist demonstrations throughout the two months. Call 609- 898-8848.

•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall, Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. Call 609-465-6008.

Cumberland County and West

•Gallery 50, Inc., 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton, turns its main gallery into a "Holiday Shoppe" featuring more than 70 artists and crafters, on display through Dec. 28. The window exhibit is "Mummers on Parade," a collection of Mummer's costumes from Fralinger String Band member John Wernega. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856- 575-0090 or go to

Ocean County

•Pine Shores Art Association's Art Harvest Show, through November, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. Public viewings 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to

•""Samantha Palmeri: New Paintings," on exhibit to Dec. 31, at the Art House Gallery, located at 182 N. Main St., Manahawkin. The gallery is open year round. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-978-4278 or go to

•"Anthony Migliaccio & Plein Air Paintings," Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, on exhibit mid-December through January. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays when classes are in session. Call 732-255-0500.

•Artists from Pine Shores Art Association exhibit through January at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. The art is available for purchase. Call Pine Shores at 609-597-3557 or the library at 609-597-3381.

•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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