A Lutheran pastor for more than 25 years, Pam Werner promotes the joy of life, both in her vocation and in her sideline profession as a photographer.

A longtime member of the Focal Point photography group of the Hammonton Art Center, Werner's film images are featured in a new exhibit at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System for the month of October.

Werner says she looks at life as art and shoots images to show the art in what is already there, whether by capturing nature's beauty or just the whimsy of life. She currently serves as pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Folsom. Prior to that she was the staff chaplain at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Division, in Galloway Township.

Two of Werner's photographs are displayed in the exam rooms at the AtlantiCare Cancer Center and several of her images have been used on AtlantiCare brochures. She recently was awarded Best in Show at the Hammonton Arts Center for her photograph entitled "Flower Garden."

The HAC curates the monthy exhibit at the library. The library is located at 451 S. Egg Harbor Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information call 609-561-2264, or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

Atlantic County

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an artist talk by Sandra Bloodworth at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Bloodworth is part of the group exhibition, "Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food," on exhibit through Jan. 13. Works include paintings, sculpture and mixed media presenting food not only as sustenance, but as cultural expression and a symbol of prosperity. An opening reception is planned for 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, with the artists in attendance. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Regular admission applies: $5 adults; $4 seniors; museum members and Stockton students free. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an artist talk by Pat Brentano at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Brentano's sculptural "hanging habitat pieces" are on view in the group exhibition "Dendrology: The Nature of Trees," on exhibit through Jan. 20. An opening reception for the exhibit takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Friday,Oct. 5, with the artists in attendance. Regular admission applies, with members and Stockton students admitted free. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•Richard Stockton College Professor of Art Michael McGarvey will exhibit his wood engravings at Ocean City Arts Center in October. A meet-the-artist reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, will present a group exhibit by the art students from Mainland Regional High School from Oct. 20 through Nov. 17. The gallery will host "Art With A Chance of Meatballs" event from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21, featuring a reception for the student artists, a meatball-tasting competition and a lemonade stand to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey - Southern Branch. The students' work also will be exhibited 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro as part of Restaurant Week Kick-off. Great Bay Gallery hours during the exhibit are 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

•Photographs of Atlantic City boss Enoch "Nucky" Johnson and other Atlantic City icons and landmarks can be viewed in "The Atlantic City Experience: The Roaring '20s," a new exhibit at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier, New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call 609-347-5839 or go to www.atlanticcityexperience.org

•Hammonton Arts Center's juried exhibit, "Takin' it to the Streets," runs through Oct. 30, at HAC, 219 Bellevue Ave. Information: www.hammontonartscener.org

•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. A free artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and the public is invited to meet London, chat about her works and enjoy light refreshments. Musical entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter Lew London. The exhibit will continue through December. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. Call Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991.

•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," Friday, Oct. 5, 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 www.noyesmuseum.org

•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. www.stockton.edu/artgallery

•""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. The following artists placed: Oil/Acrylic - Bonnie Cavalier, first place; Carol Skiles, second place; Donna Litts, third place; Watercolor - Terry Hawkes, first place; Monica Kurtz, second place; Marjorie Ewell, third place; Fiber Art - Pat Powell, first place; Mary Archibald, second place; Shirley Schiavino, third place. Information: gallowayculturalarts.org

•"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 www.aahmsng.org

Cape May County

•"The Art of Dr. Seuss and Disney" exhibition opens at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, Friday, Oct. 5, and runs through Oct. 15. The exhibit features collectible images by Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), as well as a collection of artwork by 10 authorized Disney artists. The gallery will host special guest receptions from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. After Oct. 15, remaining Dr. Seuss and Disney artwork will be on display through Christmas. Ocean Galleries' Stone Harbor location is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays during the winter. Call 609-368-7777 or go to www.oceangalleries.com

•The Cape May Artists' Cooperative will feature the work of members Barbara Colosi, Lee Hajduk and Jody Swope, in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, from Oct. 13 through Nov. 8. The public is invited to a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14, where the artists will be on hand to discuss their works. The event is part of the Second Sunday gallery walk between the Artists' Coop Gallery, Splash, SOMA NewArt Gallery, Spiritcatcher Gallery, the Mad Batter Restaurant and the Madd Potters Studio on Carpenters Lane. Light refreshments will be served at each gallery. Call 609-770-8261.

•Harbor Gallery's new exhibit, "Raptors," opens with a meet-the-artists reception 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The exhibit is exclusively the work 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. Light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale. A portion of sales will support the Nature Center. Call 609-898-8848.

• The Ocean City Fine Arts League opens its new show, "Autumn" with a meet-the-artist and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Art of Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The show runs through the end of October. The gallery is open 10 am. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. All artwork by local artisans are for sale. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

•Sandra Bloodworth and Samuel Donovan will exhibit Oct. 20 to Nov. 25 at SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, extended hours to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-898-7488 or go to www.somagallery.net.

•Stan Sperlak latest exhibit, "Rising," runs to Oct. 14 at SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Call 609-898-7488 or visit www.somagallery.net

•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 www.williamris.com

•Call to Artists: The annual Juried Art Show will be held at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout November. Art will be received for judging Oct. 8-26. An awards ceremony will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 9, the public is invited. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.

•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.

•"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 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 kurtphansen@yahoo.com.

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 www.pineshoresartassociation.org

View complete listings www.PressofAC.com/AtTheShore.

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, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.