South Jersey artist Julia Day's unique portrait exhibit opens Nov. 17 at The Noyes Museum of Art Gallery in downtown Hammonton, coinciding with the town's Third Thursday event.

The gallery will host a free artist's reception 6 to 8 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit, "Beyond a Stare, Portraits by Julia Day," is a series of 18 paintings that reflect the complexity of human expression as well as people's relationships with nature and with each other.

Day has exhibited throughout the Philadelphia Metro area. She attended Rowan University and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree, concentrating in printmaking and painting.

Her exhibit in Hammonton will run through Dec. 18.

The town's Third Thursday events are a partnership between the Arts District and downtown merchants featuring late night dining, art events and shopping.

The Noyes Museum of Art Gallery is located at 5 S. Second Street, in Hammonton's Arts District. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and 10 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information call 609-561-8006 or visit www.noyesmuseum.org

Atlantic County

•"Flavors of Fall," an exhibit by 15 local artists, hangs at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through Nov. 19. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991 or

•Julie Kayati Smith will exhibit her work through November at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center.

Kayati Smith is a retired art teacher from the Waterford School District. For more information visit

•The Hammonton Arts Center's November Juried Fine Arts Exhibit will run through Nov. 29 at the HAC Gallery, located at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Hours: 1 to

4 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey presents an exhibition of works from its Signature Artists through Nov. 27; "Paul Stankard: Poetry in Glass," runs to Jan. 22; "Refuge: Robert Lach," a work of larger-than-life nest installations, will be on display through

Jan. 8.

The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, free to museum members. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or http://www.noyesmuseum.org" target= "_blank">www.noyesmuseum.org

•Somers Point artist Jane Petransky is exhibiting through December at "The Studio," on the second-level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit includes works from the artist's "Seaview Series." For more information about Latz's By The Bay, call 609-788-8838 or visit

•"Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, through Jan. 7. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, by appointment on Monday and Saturday. Admission is free, but donations accepted. Information: www.aahmsnj.org

•Seaview Resort in Galloway Township has unveiled a new exhibit in its 2,500 square foot satellite gallery in association with The Noyes Museum of Art of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The exhibit, "Reflections of a Time and Place," by watercolorist Marie Natale, will be on display through Jan. 8. The paintings exhibited represent locations in southern New Jersey, and all are for sale. Viewing in Seaview's satellite gallery, 401 S. New York Road, is free. 609-652-1800.

•A special exhibition of images relating to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's 40th Anniversary of Teaching is on display in hallways near F-Wing and the College Library, and adjacent to Alton Auditorium (A-Wing) on the Galloway Township campus. The exhibit will be on display through August. For more information, visit www.stockton.edu and click on the 40th Anniversary and Reaching 40 icons on the main home page.

Cape May County

•The William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will host Philadelphia artist Katya Held on Thanksgiving weekend for live portrait painting sessions. Held will paint in the traditional alla prima style. Paintings in this style are started and finished in one session, usually lasting about 2 1/2 hours. Observers also are invited to watch the process. To reserve time for a sitting contact the gallery at 609-368-6361 or http://www.williamris.com" target= "_blank">www.williamris.com

•Ocean City Arts Center's Annual Juried Art Show is exhibited through November at the gallery, located at 1735 Simpson Ave. All works are for sale. Hours: 9 a.m. to

9 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 609-399-7628 or

•The final exhibition of the 2011 season at SOMA NewArt Gallery features works by Samuel Donovan, Richard Samuelson, and Bruce and Robin Hippel, through Nov. 28 at the gallery, located at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Hours are

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. For more information, call 609-898-7488 or visit http://www.somagallery.net" target= "_blank">www.somagallery.net

•Rich and Diane Flanegan, along with fiber artist Mary Stewart, are showcased through Dec. 8 at the Cape May Artists Cooperative, located at the West End Garage gallery, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. The gallery is open daily. For more information call 609-770-8261.

Cumberland County

and Points West

•"New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, through Dec. 31, Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics, artist profiles, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day),

$10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, all children 17 and younger admitted free on Sundays through Dec. 18. 856-825-6800, 800-998-4552, or visit www.wheatonarts.org

Ocean County

•Pine Shores Art Association's Fall, Winter, Holiday Show will be on exhibit at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, through February. Call 609-597-3557 or 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. 609-597-3557 or

Art Gallery items must 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.