Artist Michele Sonner’s love of art, nature and history drew her into jewelry design more than 20 years ago, and collectors call her pieces “a perfect balance of beauty and nature.”

Sonner, of California, will make an appearance and discuss the inspirations for her designs at Splash, located at 513 Carpenter’s Lane at the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29. The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

Because of her love of animals and nature, the gallery will donate a portion of sales to Animal Outreach of Cape May. Animal Outreach is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the abused, abandoned and neglected animals of Cape May County.

“Nature is a balance of forces, the elements all in perfect harmony, whose energy beats in all of us,” Sonner says in her artist’s notes of her inspiration, much of which comes from water and the ocean.

She describes her jewelry as “art to wear,” each piece a diminutive sculpture.

She uses a technique called granulation, which is an ancient art form of creating patterns by fusing granules of silver or gold onto an object. For more information, contact Splash gallery at 609-846-7100.

Atlantic County

Sheila Sporkin- Edel, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit her work throughout the month of April at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road Hammonton. Public invited to open house” 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the library. Light refreshments will be available and watercolor originals and prints will be available for purchase. Go to

Award winning master watercolorist Alex Alampi offers a watercolor workshop, “Realism in Watercolor,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. A lists of supplies is available on the HAC website. Participants are encouraged to provide their own photos to work from. Tuition is $80 non-members, $75 HAC members. Registration forms are available at

The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will host the 7th Annual Plein Air Competition, April 5-24. Registration will take place at the Noyes Gallery, 5 South Second St., Hammonton, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. A wine and cheese reception will be held at the HAC at the conclusion of the competition. Go to or

The winners of the “Women in the Arts Juried Exhibit” on view at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., are: Betsy Naumchik, Galloway Township, first place for her watercolor “The Swan Flight;” Deb Spinella, Mays Landing, second place for her pastel, “Approaching Storm;” and Ronnie Parker, Hammonton, third place for her monoprint, “Storm.” The exhibit can be viewed to Sunday, March 29.Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Go to

Local artist Debra Kavky will exhibit her shore-themed pen and ink drawings and watercolors through March at Malelani’s Cafe, 5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Information: 609-442-8644.

Carmelia DeFiccio-Ziegler will exhibit her work through March at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is entitled, “A Touch of Spring” and features floral paintings. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to

The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will host a one day “Printmaking Workshop” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, for older teens and adults. Annette Rinker is the instructor. For tuition and registration information call 856-768-0954 or email

A reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 for the Stockton College Art Gallery’s BFA Senior Exhibition. The show runs from April 1- 28 (closed April 18-20). The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Stockton College Art Gallery is a two-story venue in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-4214 or go to

Local photographic artist Rand Snyderman is featured in a solo exhibit through April 7 at Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; by appointment only Sundays. 609-822-8482 or go to

The Smithsonian Institution’s “Hometown Teams,” a traveling exhibit celebrating American sports and sportsmanship, runs through April at the Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, located at the Wave parking garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. As a companion to Hometown Teams, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will present a new exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination,” a sports-based exhibit, also at the Art Garage. The exhibit will be displayed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 609-626-3805 or go to

Somers Point artist Carol Zerbe will exhibit her collection of watercolors entitled “Light and Location,” through April 30, in the second-level gallery of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the works are for sale. Information: 609-788-8838 or go to or contact Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-653-4991 or go to

“Love Is In The Air” exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs to June 14. Works can be seen at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. Information: 609-342-7435 or

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” runs through April 6.“Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material,” runs through May 4; “Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” runs through May 11; “Curlee Raven Holton: In the Shadow of Contemplation,” runs through May 18. 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

The photography exhibit, “Back Roads and Alleys: Vernacular Architecture of South Jersey,” runs through May 11 at The Noyes Gallery at Seaview, at Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road, Galloway Township. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For information call 855-894-8698 or go to

“The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran,” the new spring exhibit at The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, is currently on view and runs through June 29. The solo exhibit features sculpture in three-dimensional figures. A Meet the Artist reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 6. The gallery is free and open to the public. Call 609-626-3805 or go to

n 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. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

The Lower Township Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of the township, will feature the work of local artists Joe Evangelista and Rob Dentino during the month of April, both members of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 609-886-8999.

The William Ris Gallery show titled “Urban” will open March 28 and hang through April 30. The focus of the exhibit will be city inspired with paintings by artists including Jan Bendyna, Michele Byrne, Elaine Bass, and Miro Sinovcic. Also, the work of Sandi Neiman Lovitz will be shown from April 20 through May, with a reception to meet the artist on opening day. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Spring hours at the gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

The Ocean City Fine Arts League show “Travel Inspirations,” runs through March at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The winners are: First Place, Michael Zambelli, of Ventnor; Second Place, Grace Zambelli, of Ventnor; Honorable Mentions, Brenda Bradford, Hammonton, Lisa Ferraro, Seaville, Rae Jaffe, Ocean City, and Barbara Rosin, Philadelphia. 609-814-0308 or go to

An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted runs through March at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is titled, “Birds At Home.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to

“The Landscape is the Theme” exhibit at the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 122 Sunset Blvd., Cape May, runs through March. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Parking is available behind the store. For information: 609-435-5253.

Artist Ellen Gavin of Millville exhibits her latest series of oil paintings through March at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or go to

“The Way We Were ... Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” on exhibit through April 13, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to

n William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, has extended the exhibit of Jane Hartley’s show titled “ Flora, Fauna & Far East,” through April. Information: 609-368-6361 or go to

Marcie Cooperman will present a Color and Composition Workshop for artists April 26-29, in Cape May. Tuition fee is $350. For information: 908-790-8820 or or

Ocean County

The April artist of the month at Pine Shores Art Association is painter Ruth Kramer. Her works can be viewed from March 27 to April 29 at the PSAA gallery, 94 Stafford Ave, Manahawkin. The gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Information: 609-597-3557 or go to

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. 609-597-3557 or go to

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of Atlantic City, 1100 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.