Award-winning artist Susan Hannah Rau is featured in a one-woman show throughout March at the Ocean City Arts Center.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Rau is well known in the South Jersey art community. Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin says Rau has served as a volunteer teacher at the Ocean City Arts Center for the last seven years, helping the Arc artists, students from the Arc of Atlantic County who are physically and mentally challenged. Rau also shares her time and talent with fellow artists and recently founded two groups, "Jump-In," located in Millville, and "Out of the Box," in Linwood. In addition, Rau's signature style can be seen on several murals in the area, including a "famous authors at the shore" painting on the wall of the Ocean City Library.

Besides earning top spots in recent years in juried shows at the Ocean City Arts Center, the Riverfront Renaissance Arts Center in Millville, and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, Rau was selected for showing at the prestigious Monmouth County Arts Council and at the National Endowment for the Arts show in Cape May Court House, where she received first place in the professional category in 2012.

"To paint is to drift into a world of colors and shapes. I always hope to bring out of this world a little bit of beauty that I can share with everyone," Rau writes in her artist's notes for the exhibit.

Lifshin says the public will be interested to know that Rau's paintings in the exhibit are for sale.

The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For further information call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

Atlantic County

•Open Studio, 10 a.m. to noon March 14, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, open to all artists, free, bring own materials. www.hammontonartscenter.org

•Richard Riveral is the featured artist of the month for March at the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 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 go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

•The Hammonton Arts Center's juried art exhibit, "Women in the Arts," runs to April 3. The HAC gallery is located at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Go to www.hammontonartscener.org

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts four winter exhibits: "The Art of Conflict," through 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 go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•"Emerging Photographers: Hannah Price and Glynnis Reed," on exhibit to March 21, at the Stockton College Art Gallery, located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. Hours are: noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. A free gallery talk by Hannah Price will be held 2 p.m. March 19. Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery

•"Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin," is exhibited at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through March 27. Stockton College Art Gallery is located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. The gallery is open to the public noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The gallery is closed for spring break March 9 through 17. Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery.

•Artwork by members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League will exhibit at Shore Medical Center's Surgical Pavilion through March. 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 oceancityfineartsleague.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 www.LatzsByTheBay.com. Information also is available at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com.

Cape May County

•Jewelry maker Barbara Colosi and photographer/mosaic artist Lori Erdley will be featured in March at the Lower Township Library, located at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. Both are members of the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery. Also featured during March will be works of the advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School, studying under artist Patricia Neville. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-886-8999.

•The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery highlights four of its members during the month of March: painter Catherine Bosna, jewelry maker Barbara Colosi, mosaic artist Lori Erdley and photographer Christine Peck. The public is invited to meet the artists during the Second Sunday reception from 1 to 5 p.m. March 10. The artists will discuss their works and light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located at the West End Garage and is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.

•The Ocean City Arts Center will accept entries Monday, March 11, through March 26 for its annual Juried Photography Show to be held in April. Works can be dropped off at the Arts Center, located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•"Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County," a new exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, runs through April 14. The gallery is located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Call 609-884-5404 or go to www.capemaymac.org

Cumberland County

•The Society Of New Jersey Artists annual Juried Exhibition runs through March 29 at Gallery 50, Inc., 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.gallery50.org. The following artists won awards: Best of Show, Elizabeth Reagan, of Mauricetown; First Place, Maria Payer, of Pilesgrove; Second Place, Linda Gazi, of Somers Point; Third Place, Meed Barnett, of Cologne.

Ocean County

•Pine Shores Art Association art history lecture, "New York and the Ashcan School," 7 p.m. March 18, Stafford Library, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, by Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University, free. Register at library, 609-597-3381. Preceding the lecture will be an artist reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three artists participating in the March-April exhibition: Elaine Biddulph, Giorio Donnarumma and Robert Heyer. Call 609-597-3557 or go to pineshoresartassociation.org

•Artists are invited to submit works for The Art House Gallery's spring exhibition, "No Man is an Island." Artists can apply through March 31. The exhibition will be on view April 20 through May 26, with an opening reception scheduled for April 20. The Art House Gallery is located at 182 North Main St., Manahawkin. Call 609-978-4ART or go to www.ArtHouseGallery.net

•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 pineshoresartassociation.org

View complete listings at www.PressofAC.com/ATS.

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.