First-time viewers of Brian Davis' collection of floral paintings are to be forgiven if, acting on impulse, they bend forward ever so slightly and ... sniff. It's understandable, after all, because the images of roses, calla lilies and dahlias are so realistic that one expects them to have a fragrance.

The renowned celebrity artist brings his new "Flowers of Light" exhibit to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28. The public is invited to free receptions to meet and greet the artist from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.

In celebration of this first-time exhibition, anyone purchasing original or limited-edition artwork by Davis over the holiday weekend will receive an 8-by-10-inch rose giclee on canvas, hand-signed by the artist.

A resident of Reno, Nev., Davis is known for his attention to light and detail. Greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, along with the artists of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco, during his early years, Davis said he began to focus on refining his oil painting in the 1980s, which led to his exclusive use of the three-dimensional technique known as "value painting," a form of layering colors to create dimension.

His striking artwork has won the admiration of fans worldwide, with several original paintings in permanent collections at the prestigious Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., and the New York Botanical Garden in New York City. His list of achievements include seven pieces that have been used as posters to commemorate different exhibitions at The Huntington.

Before he begins one of his masterpieces, Davis spends time researching and scouting for a flower or scene that catches his eye. He is almost always carrying a camera so he can capture the image because, as he explains, flowers wilt so quickly and it can take weeks to complete a painting. In his studio, he creates a floral image from a series of different shots he took for each flower, ultimately using two hanging mirrors to view the unfinished painting at all angles. The end result may not be an exact botanical rendering, perhaps even better, his admirers say.

The "Flowers of Light" exhibit will remain on display at Ocean Galleries through June 25.

Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the summer. For more information call 609-368-7777 or

Atlantic County

•For the first time, the Stockton College Art Gallery will be open to the public during the summer. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Richard Stockton College's main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.

•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., is calling for entries for its Floral & Fauna Juried Art Exhibit taking place in June. The exhibit is open to all artists. Entries will be accepted Wednesday, May 30, and June 2 at the gallery. www.hammontonartscenter.org

•Jacqueline Boyd Fine Art Studio, 1012 W. Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine, presents "Art Show and Sale" highlighting painter Jacqueline Boyd, potter Lauren Bellero and photographer Liz Wuillermin, for two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 through 27 and June 2 through 3. Show hours are: 6 to 9 p.m. (opening reception) May 26; 1 to 6 p.m. May 27; 6 to 9 p.m. June 2; and 1 to 6 p.m. June 3. Go to www.jboydfineart.com or call 609-226-6080.

•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township hosts "George Nick: Edge of the Road," a series of paintings, to Sunday, May 27. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road in the Oceanville section of the township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, free to Stockton students. 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•"Intimate Landscapes," photography art by Albert D. Horner, can be viewed through Tuesday, May 29, at Noyes Seaview Art Gallery, Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For hours call 855-894-8698 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

•"Absolutely Abstract," an exhibit by four artists at three different venues along Somers Point's Historic Bayfront District, can be viewed until Sunday, May 27, during regular business hours. The participating artists and locations are: Michael Waters and Paul Harrington in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road; Steve Kuzma at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave.; and Katherine Mott at Latz's By The Bay 801 Bay Ave. For further information contact Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

•"Examining Themes of Racial Stereotyping: Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, the Gold Dust Twins, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat," currently on display at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, free admission, donations accepted. The exhibit will become a permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org

•"Stealing Home: How Jackie Robinson Changed America" exhibit at The African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs through May. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, Buena Vista Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org

•"Focal Point," the photography artists of the Hammonton Arts Center exhibit their work through May at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

•Artists are invited to submit works for the Summer Fine Arts Festival hosted by the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission and the Brigantine Historical Society to take place June 24 through July 15 at the Historical Museum. Every artist is permitted to display two pieces and each one must be accompanied by a registration form and $5 fee. To register contact Joanne at 609-266-2806 or joannecprice@msn.com

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to ldrake@pressofac.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.

f-9•Katherine Mott will exhibit her mixed-media work entitled "Graffiti" at The Studio on the second level dining room at Latz's By The Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through June. The event is part of an ongoing partnership between the restaurant and Great Bay Gallery to present exhibits by local artists. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. For Great Bay Gallery hours call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

f-9•"Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," a juried pastel exhibition, through Sept. 2, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 8. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org.

f-9•Call for entries for "Art in the Basin," outdoor fine arts show at Historic Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14. Artists must submit photographs of their work for approval by May 31. Call 609-653-7006 or email gazman4@verizon.net.

•"Clip, Cut; Paper Thin," an exhibit highlighting the art of cut paper, can be viewed to June 19 at The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton. The satellite gallery of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College is located at 5 South Second St. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For admission fees call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/

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Cape May County

•The first annual GLBT Artist Exhibit, by GABLES of Cape May County, can be viewed 1 to 4 p.m. daily, June 3 to 30, at The Beesley House, 605 Route 9, Cape May Courthouse. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held 1 to 3 p.m. June 3. Call 609-463-6370 or go to www.gablescapemay.com

•Call to artists for "Flowers," June competition and exhibition by Ocean City Fine Arts League, entries accepted June 1 to 7 at Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

f-9•The Gail Pierson Gallery hosts an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. May 26 for its new exhibit,

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Animal Compassion: What Is and What Can Be - The Textile Art of Joan Veneziano-D'Avanzo." The exhibit features the "Animal Compassion Quilt - Signed by the Famed for the Millions Unnamed." The reception includes live jazz and a vegan menu from The Depot Market. The exhibit runs through June 25, with 100 percent of the profits from the sales of the artists' work donated to Animal Alliance of Cape May County. Gail Pierson Gallery is located at 658 Washington St., Cape May. June hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays to Mondays, closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call 609-884-2585 or go to gailpiersongallery.com

f-9•SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, hosts three solo exhibitions through June 17. The artists are: Terri Amig, in Gallery 1; John Monteith, in Gallery 2; and Greg Bennett, in Gallery 3. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, to 8 p.m. Saturdays; open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning May 24. Call 609-898-7488 or got o www.somagallery.net

f-9•Pastel artist Diane Brown is featured at the Ocean City Arts Center through the end of May. The Arts Center gallery is located on the second floor of the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about the exhibit go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

f-9•Ocean City Fine Arts League's "Sky, Sea & Land" exhibit runs through May at Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. All works are for sale. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org

f-9•"The Bayshore Connection," an exhibit of art photography by Michael Hogan, runs through May at Cape May Bird Observatory's Sluice Creek Gallery, 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. Call 609-861-0700.

f-9•"The Nature of Birds" by local artists Peg Dittmar and Sandy Maloney continues through May at Harbor Gallery, Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. All of the artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-884-2736.

f-9•A collection of pastels featuring the seascapes and landscapes of South Jersey by award-winning artist Stan Sperlak hangs through May at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

f-9•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of Eliza Dietz, Lee Hajduk and Mary Stewart in its gallery at the West End Garage through June 3. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.

f-9•The Cape May County Art League's Members Spring Fine Art Show runs through June 6 at the gallery at Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. All art work is for sale, with proceeds benefiting the CMCAL Scholarship Fund. Call 609-884-5970.

f-9•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. The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception on Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 609-465-6008.

f-9•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I- and World War II-era sheet music covers, at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, Historic Hangar No. 1, Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.

Cumberland County and West

f-9•"An Artistic Journey," featuring artist and teacher Ellie Sorantino, runs to May 25 at Gallery 50, located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The Gallery will also feature the photography of Michael Schuelke in its windows. Hours are 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.Gallery50.org

f-9•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Modern Studio Glass Movement with special exhibits through June 9. The North Gallery will feature a group exhibit of world-renowned glass artists, while Witt Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition by modern glass artist Hyunsung Cho from Korea. The RRCA is located at 22 N. High St. Call 856-327-4500.

Ocean County

f-9•Pine Shores Art Association's annual Spring Art Show hangs through May in the gallery, at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is open to the public on 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. www.pineshoresartassociation.org or call 240-462-8963.

f-9•Watermark Gallery, 115 Water St., Tuckerton, hosts a 15th season opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. June 3, featuring new paintings and sculpture. Call 609-294-3343.

•Pat Shepherd, Marilyn Flagler and Suzi Hoffman, all members of the Pine Shores Art Association, will have their works displayed in the Stafford Library through June. For hours and information call 609-693-9351.

f-9•The 36th annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit can be viewed from June 8 to 27, at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 732-255-0400, ext. 2065 or www.ocean.edu

•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

f-9•The Pine Shores Art Association summer fundraising event will be an exhibit of 50 framed, original works of art donated by 50 artists. Each painting will be offered for sale at only $50 to the first 50 people. Art patrons will be able to select their favorite work in an order chosen through a lottery drawing at a gala reception beginning 1 pm. July 22 at Stafford Firehouse, 133 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. Art Patron forms are available at www.pineshoresartassociation.org

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to ldrake@pressofac.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.