A photo of Soundra Usry Hollingsworth is featured in the exhibit ‘Atlantic City Portraits of a People,’ which shows six of the city’s influential African-American couples.

The photo exhibit "Atlantic City Portraits of a People," featuring six of the city's African-American couples who contributed significantly to the city's cultural history, continues at the Atlantic City Free Public Library until the end of the month.

The exhibit, in celebration of Black History Month, also includes vintage 100-year-old charcoal portraits of several generations of the Pettijohn family.

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey founder Ralph E. Hunter Sr. put together the exhibit, which includes photos of each of the following prominent Atlantic City couples: Art and Dorothie Dorrington, Honorable James and Laverne Usry, Pierre and Soundra Hollingsworth, Karlos and Joanna LaSane, Ralph and Edythe Greene, and Elwood and Georgeanna Davis.

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The 14 charcoal portraits of the Pettijohn family, which date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, were rescued by Hunter from a crawlspace at a Michigan Avenue home.

"Portraits of a People" is open for public viewing in the second-floor meeting room of the main library, located at 1 N. Tennessee Ave. The library is open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more visiting information call 609-345-2269 or go to acfpl.org.

Atlantic County

•"Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography," traveling photography exhibit, through Tuesday, Feb. 28, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, first floor of the College Library (E-Wing of main campus), Galloway Township.

•"La Vita Bella: One Artist's Journey Through Italy," watercolor exhibit by Marie Natale, through March 3 at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Hours are: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (open to 8 p.m. during Third Thursday events); and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information call 609-567-5360 or go to

Cape May County

Harbor Gallery at the Nature Center of Cape May announces the opening of its new exhibit "Birds in Snow/Textures in Clay". The show features the artwork of two local artists, photographer Scott Whittle of Cape May and potter Susan Ross of West Cape May. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception 6 p.m. March 2. All artwork is for sale. Light refreshments will be served. Harbor Gallery at the Nature Center of Cape May is located at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. For more information call 609-884-2736.

• The Ocean City Fine Arts League's February Art Show will remain on display to the end of the month. All artwork is for sale. The gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave. For more information call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

•Advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School present the third annual student art show "Portrayal of a Portrait," on display through February at The Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May.

•The nature photography of James Adam Taylor and his method of "photo transfers" will be exhibited at the Ocean City Arts Center through Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Arts Center is located in the Library Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information call 609-399-7628 or go to

•NJ Junior Duck Stamp exhibit will be on display to March 9 at the Cape May Bird Observatory's Sluice Creek Gallery, 600 Route 47 North, Goshen. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Cumberland County and West

•Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Glasstown Road, Millville, offers free admission to the Museum of American Glass during its winter operating schedule in February and March. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit is: "Pioneers of American Studio Glass: Edris Eckhardt, Maurice Heaton, Frances and Michael Higgins." For information about WheatonArts, call 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800 or go to www.wheatonarts.org

•"Willie Cole: Deep Impressions," will exhibit at Rowan University Art Gallery to March 10. It is also the first ever public art gallery survey of Cole's work in South Jersey. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with extended hours Wednesdays to 7 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information call 856-256-4521 or go to

Ocean County

•The Pine Shores Art Association's annual Student Art Show exhibits through February at the PSAA gallery, located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is the only opportunity to see artwork created in the workshops and classes offered through the year. The gallery is open to the public through February from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information call 609-597-3557 or go to

•Professor Lisa Festa, of Georgian Court University, will speak on the topic, "Master Artist Vincent Van Gogh, Expressionist and Visionary," 7 p.m. March 26 at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Preceding the lecture will be an artists reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three exhibiting artists from Pine Shores Art Association: Pat Johnson, Brad Thomas and Carol Neugebauer. Their art will remain on the library's gallery walls from March 1 to April 30. For information call the library at 609-597-3381 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org

•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

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.


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