The competition challenge was to represent the unique spirit of New Jersey and more than 400 photographers from throughout the state answered the call. The result is "Raw," the juried photography exhibition opening March 30 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Hammonton.

Only the top 40 images are displayed in the exhibit, which was judged by Richard Stockton College distinguished photography professor Wendel A. White.

The submissions chosen best capture thematic elements and motifs revolving around New Jersey's raw spirit and splendor, exhibit directors said. Subjects include, but are not limited to, landscapes, nature, people and waterscapes.

Viewers are invited to attend the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will remain on display through May 12.

The gallery, located at 5 South Second St., in Hammonton, is a satellite of The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For more information call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html

Atlantic County

•"Simply Seasons ... From Life and Studio," oil landscapes by painter Chuck Law, will exhibit through March 31 in "The Studio" gallery at Latz's By the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 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 visit www.LatzsByTheBay.com. For Great Bay Gallery hours call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com.

•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, April 1 through June. For information contact Great Bay Gallery 609-653-4991.

•4th Annual Plein Air Competition, April 7, sponsored by Hammonton Arts Center Noyes Museum of Art/Hammonton, register 7 to 9 a.m. at Noyes Gallery, 5 South Second St., Hammonton, entry fee $30. Works judged by Mary Cantone, director of William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org.

Cape May County

•Watercolor and ink artist Jen Tracy will exhibit her works through March 31 at the Ocean City Art Center, located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. All artwork in the show is for sale. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•Ocean City Fine Arts League exhibits "Signs of Spring" show through March 31 at its gallery, located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

•Ocean City Arts Center presents its annual Juried Photography Show April 1 through 30 at the Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., on the second floor of the Community Center. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org.

•Call for artists for April competition and exhibition, "Water," Ocean City Fine Arts League, Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, drop off by April 2. For fees and registration call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org.

•Harbor Gallery at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., will hold a meet the artist reception 6 p.m. April 6 for Pam Huber and Susan Zippert. The exhibit will continue through the end of the month. All artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center of Cape May. Light refreshments will be served. Call 609-884-2736.

•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of Robin Hippel and Christine Peck in its gallery at the West End Garage through April 6. Call 609-770-8261.

•"Schools for the Colored," a collection of 50 photographs by Wendel White, distinguished professor of photography at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, along with a photo exhibit of Cape May's Franklin Street School, is on exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Both exhibits open Saturdays through April 14; Sundays April 1 and 15; Mondays through Thursdays, April 2 through 12. Admission is free and gallery hours vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Cumberland County and West

•Artist Professional Development Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14, Riverfront Renaissance Center in Millville, sponsored by South Jersey Cultural Alliance and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, open to New Jersey artists, registration $25. www.sjca.net/artist or call SJCA office 609-645-2760.

Ocean County

•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.