One of southern Ocean County's premier art shows takes place this weekend when Pine Shores Art Association opens the doors to its Art Patron Show and gala reception.
The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Stafford Fire House, 133 Stafford Ave., in Manahawkin.
Fifty-nine Pine Shores' artists donated original paintings to this second-annual fundraising event. The collection includes top names in the national art scene, such as Tom Rutledge, Bob Heyer, Carol Freas and Pat Morgan, and well-known local artists.
Mikkey Tarantino is one of the contributing artists. She is a signature member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society, winning many awards. A resident of both Long Beach Island and Charles Town, W. Va., Tarantino is a popular leader of watercolor workshops at Pine Shores. Her paintings are shown in Nita Leland's books, "The New Creative Artist" and "Confident Color" published by North Light Books.
Besides being open to the public, the Art Patron Show is unique because it features a twist in which 59 members of the community paid $50 each to be entered into a lottery to take home one of the original paintings displayed. Random drawings will determine the order patrons will make their selection. Every work of art in the show has a value far exceeding the $50 each patron paid in advance of the event, show organizers said.
The fundraiser furthers Pine Shores' year-round efforts to continue fine arts in the community through classes for all ages and community outreach programs.
General admission is free and includes a reception with the artists. Call 609-242-0799 or go to PineShoresArtAssociation.org.
•Great Bay Gallery's summer project, "Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now," opens Wednesday, July 24. The group exhibit includes the works of 17 artists and five poets, highlighting scenes of both Somers Point and Ocean City. A "Meet the Artists and Poets"reception will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. A poetry reading will be held in the driveway at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs to Aug. 31. Great Bay Gallery is located at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Summer hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-653-4991 or go to
•Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit "Earth, Wind & Fire," July 30-Aug. 31. The public is invited to attend an artist's reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. Aug. 2. Light refreshments will be served.
•"Happy Birthday Smitty's AKA The Clam Bar," a new exhibit celebrating the 40th year of the popular Somers Point eatery, runs to July 20, at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 609-653-4991 or GreatBayArtGallery.com
•"Water," a juried exhibit of fine art, will display at the Hammonton Arts Center Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, to July 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Joseph Bruno, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will exhibit his photographic works through July at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Deb Spinella exhibits oils and pastels in "An Artist's Journey: Looking Up and Beyond," through July, in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 609-788-8838 or LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991, GreatBayArtGallery.com
•"Sum of All Parts," featuring the sculptures of six different artists, runs to July 28 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Kramer Hall campus, 30 Front St., Hammonton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
•The Stockton College Art Gallery exhibits works by the Visual Arts Faculty through Aug. 8. The show features sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and fine handcrafted furniture. A free reception to meet the artists will be held 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. The gallery is located on the main campus off Jimmie Leeds Road, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing. The gallery has two levels. Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. 609-652-4214.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts the following exhibits: "Victorian New Jersey: Photographs by Guillermo Thorn," to Sept. 2; "Celebrating Fred Noyes," to Sept. 23; "Wild Worlds: Lori Field, Brian Meunier, Sally McInerney," to Sept. 2; Margery Amdur, through Sept. 8. 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. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit that can be viewed through the summer in the Surgical Pavilion Public Gallery of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. Contact William Ris Gallery at 609-368-6361.
Cape May County
•Wildlife paintings by award-winning artist Peg Dittmar can be viewed through Aug. 8 at Mad Batter Restaurant, Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Dittmar was recently awarded the "Nature Award" by the John J. Audubon Society for her painting, "Spread Your Wings & Fly." Information: 609-884-5970.
•William Ris Gallery presents a morning of discussion and instruction with fiber artist Vickie Mathas, 10:30 a.m. July 20. The event is free. Will Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-368-6361 or WilliamRis.com
•"Jersey Shore, Jersey Strong" themed art show celebrating South Jersey living runs through August at the Ocean City Fine Arts League's Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 609-814-0308 or OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org
•SOMA NewArt Gallery hosts an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, for two new exhibits, Jim Inzero's "Water and Wax," new encaustic paintings, and Terri Amig's "L'eau and Behold," new oil paintings. The exhibits run to Aug. 18. SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-898-7488 or SomaGallery.net
•The 51st Boardwalk Art Show, hosted by the Ocean City Arts Center, will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Information: 609 399-7628 or OceanCityArtsCenter.org
•Watercolor artist Marie Natale exhibits "Looking Back/Moving Forward," paintings of Ocean City's famous landmarks, through July at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., in the Ocean City Community Center. The OCAC is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 609-399-7628.
•The summer exhibit schedule for Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor: Graham Nash, "Graham Nash: Visual Harmony," July 25-Aug.4, with a reception with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. July 27; Peter Max, "Peter Max: The Master of "Pop" Summer 2013 Collection, Aug. 29-Sept. 8, with receptions with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777 or OceanGalleries.com
•The William Ris Gallery announces the following exhibits for the summer season: "Nature Inspired," with artists Brad Stroman, Diane Emerson, Ann Guidera-Matey, Cheryl Piperberg, Betsy Miraglia, to July 25; "Cities to Seas and In Between," artists Neal McPheeters, Miro Sinovcic, Michele Byrne, Valerie Craig, starting July 27; "Conceptual Meets Abstract: Thought to Imagine," artists Libbie and Alan Soffer, starting Aug. 2; "Flora, Fauna and Far East - A Collection of Blessings and Symbolism as East Meets West," artist Jane Hartley, starting Aug. 19. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-368-6361 or WilliamRis.com
•Fiber artist Mary Stewart displays her newest fabric collages at the Lower Township Library in Villas during the month of July. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 609-886-8999.
•"Offering," a new concrete sculpture by artist Katherine Stanek, can be viewed through the summer on the grounds of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. The placement of the sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Stanek, the William Ris Gallery which represents the artist, and the church.
•Pastel artist Salomon Kodoche exhibits to Aug. 30 at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Admission is free and open to the public. 732-255-0500.
•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. 609-597-3557 or PineShoresArtAssociation.org
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