The notion that every human action affects the rest of humanity in some way or another is a key theme to "No Man is An Island," the new exhibit opening Saturday, April 20, at The Art House Gallery in Manahawkin.
Gallery owner Samantha Palmeri chose the title of the exhibit because the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is still being confronted in southern Ocean County and other coastal areas and "being all in it together has never rang so true for this community," she says.
All three gallery spaces at The Art House are filled with artwork by mostly local artists ranging from painting, drawing and collage to sculpture. Viewed collectively, the exhibit represents pertinent Jersey Shore issues, she says.
Palmeri says she was inspired by English metaphysical poet John Donne's work, "No Man is An Island," particularly the lines: "No man is an island" and "Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
The Art House Gallery was one of the first businesses in the area to host a fundraiser last November for area residents staying at local shelters following Hurricane Sandy. But Palmeri, who curated the show and also is an artist, still felt a need to express the raw emotions they encountered during that time.
"This particular event is all about artists doing what we do best. Our critical response to the world around us is through our art," Palmeri says.
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, and the public is invited. There will be live jazz music, food and cocktails. Local cellist Halley Feaster, who wrote an original score specifically for the show, will be featured.
The exhibit runs through May 26.
The Art House Gallery is located at 182 North Main St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For information, call 609-978-4278 or go to ArtHouseGallery.net.
•A one-day-only exhibit of "Floral Botanical Art" by Carmelia DeFiccio-Ziegler can be viewed 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., during Hammonton's Third Thursday event in the downtown business district. Ziegler will be on hand to discuss her art. Visitors can make their own bouquet of paper flowers. The event is free. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Great Bay Gallery opens its 2013 season on Wednesday, April 24, with an exhibit by Rachel Smith of Egg Harbor Township. Entitled "Figure and Form," the exhibit will include oil and acrylic paintings as well as work in ceramic, clay and wood sculpture. A meet-the-artist reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 during the annual Bayfest celebration. The exhibit runs to May 18. Great Bay Gallery is located at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991.
•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., is calling for entries for the "17th Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art," to take place April 30 to June 1. The exhibit is open to all artists. Deadline is April 27. For entry forms call 609-561-8006 or go to HammontonArtsCenter.org. An artist's reception for the exhibit will be held 6 p.m. May 3.
•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit opening May 9 in the Surgical Pavilion Public Gallery of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. The exhibit can be seen through the summer. Contact William Ris Gallery at 609-368-6361.
•Paintings from "Paint Downtown Hammonton: The Sixth annual Plein Air Event," can be viewed through April 27 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. The event, sponsored by the HAC and the Noyes Museum of Art, drew artists from five states. The top winners were: Lynn Mehta, of Alexandria, Va., first place; Dennis Young, New Castle, Del., second place; Ellen Gavin, Millville, third place. Call 609-561-8006 or HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Stockton's Visual Arts Senior Exhibition runs through May 3 at the Stockton College Art Gallery, located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, in Galloway Township. Twenty-three New Jersey students concentrating in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communication and graphic design will participate in the exhibition. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/ArtGallery
•The Hammonton Arts Center will host a workshop by Salem County watercolor artist Alex Alampi, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The HAC is located at 219 Bellevue Ave. Registration fee for the workshop is $75. HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Hammonton artist Sam Moffa will exhibit at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System throughout April. The library is located at 451 Egg Harbor Road. The gallery, curated by the Hammonton Arts Center, can be viewed during regular library hours: 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 or HammontonArtsCenter.org
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts the following exhibits: "The Art of Conflict," through Sunday, April 21; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," through May 19; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit," through May 26; "Prints from The Noyes Collection: Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins, Benton Spruance," through May 12. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
•"Spring is Just Around the Corner," original oils by local artist Thelma Snyder, on exhibit through April 30 in the second floor gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. All works are for sale. Call 609-788-8838 or go to LatzsByTheBay.com. Information also is available at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave. Call 609-653-4991 or GreatBayArtGallery.com.
•""Life Drawing & Painting" open sessions will be held 7 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning May 10, at the Noyes Studios: Hammonton, located at 15 Horton St., Hammonton. The non-instructional sessions cost $10 per session, pre-registration required. Call 609-561-8006 or NoyesMuseum.org
•The Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite artists to the DoArtAC.com Boardwalk Art Show, taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Applications can be downloaded at NoyesMuseum.org or AtlanticCityArt.org or DoArtAC.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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•The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the May competition and exhibition themed "Shadows." Entries can be dropped off April 26 to 29 at OCFAL gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. There will be a meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 and the public is invited. Call 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org
•The Ocean City Fine Arts Leage announced the following winners of its April "Rain, Mist & Fog" competition and exhibit: Doreen Khebzou, of Galloway Township, first place; Rita Michalenko, of Egg Harbor Township, second place; Lisa Ferraro of Seaville, Wanda Kline of Ocean City and Kate McDevitt of Ocean City, all honorable mentions. The exhibit runs through April at the OCFAL gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 609-814-0308 or OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org
•"Poetic Visions: Dali and Miro" includes graphic works, lithographs, etchings and sculptures by Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, through May 19, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., in Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Call 609-368-7777 or OceanGalleries.com
•"Recent Paintings," a series of works by South Jersey painter Amanda McCutcheon, will be on display May 1 through 24 at Gallery 50, Inc., located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. There will be an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. May 3. Call 856-575-0090 or go to Gallery50.org
•Mother and daughter artists Alison and Tara Amelchenko will exhibit their works from May 10 to 31 at Ocean County College Arts and Community Center Gallery, located on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Upcoming exhibits include Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit, June 1 through 26; Salomon Kodoche, July 1 to Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Call 732-255-0500.
•Pine Shores Art Association will host an art history lecture 7 p.m. May 20, at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of Richard Stockton College will present the topic, "George Inness and The Hudson River School." The event is free. Preceding the lecture will be an artist reception from 6 to 7 p.m. for three artists featured in the May-June exhibition: Harriet Fink, Lee Fricke and Rosemary Glass. Refreshments will be served. To register for the event call 609-596-3557 or 609-597-3381.
•Three artists from the Pine Shores Art Association will exhibit their works through April at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin. The artists are Elaine Biddulph, Giorgio Donnarumma and Robert Heyer. Art is available for purchase through the artists. 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 go to PineShoresArtAssociation.org
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