When she was 4 years old, Smithville artist Sheila Sporkin-Edel said she watched as her mother drew cartoon figures, an experience that instilled her with good feelings for art. To this day, she views painting as a healing tool.

A member of the Hammonton Arts Center, Sporkin-Edel is the group’s featured artist for the month of April. Her works will be exhibited at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, located at 451 Egg Harbor Road.

Although she developed a passion for art as a child, as an adult her career and children took up most of her time, she says in her artist’s note for the exhibit. It wasn’t until she retired in 2004 that she began formal art lessons.

Since then, Sporkin-Edel has received numerous awards for her paintings as well as several commissions for her work. As an artist she enjoys working both ends of the spectrum, from landscapes to abstracts paintings. Sporkin-Edel loves the enjoyment that her art brings and stated that when she is in her “art bubble” nothing else matters. She feels that serenity belongs to each of us and that painting takes her to a special place where she achieves her own serenity.

The public is invited to attend a reception to meet the artist from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22, at the library. Light refreshments will be available. Affordable watercolor originals and prints will be available for purchase.

For information: HammontonArtsCenter.org

Atlantic County

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an artist talk and demonstration on botanical printmaking by Laura Bethmann 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Bethmann’s book, Hand Printing from Nature, will be available in the museum shop. The demonstration is free with admission. Registration requested, but not required. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

“The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran,” the new spring exhibit at The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, is currently on view and runs through June 29. The solo exhibit features sculpture in three-dimensional figures. A Meet the Artist reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The gallery is free and open to the public. Call 609-626-3805 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents its bi-annual Art in Bloom event Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, showcasing floral creations designed by N.J. Garden Club Members inspired by artwork on view at the museum. The arrangements are displayed amongst the painted fabric work of Italian artist Fabio Mazzieri. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Go to NoyesMuseum.org

Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, opens its 2014 summer season on April 23 with the exhibit “Nature’s Best,” by Peg Dittmar. The exhibit is in keeping with the environmental aspect of Bayfest, Somers Point’s celebration of its waterfront heritage. A reception for the artist will be held 1 to 3 p.m. April 26, during Bayfest. The event is free and open to the public. The artist’s work is for sale. The exhibit will hang in the gallery to May 17. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991 or go to GreatBayArtGallery.com

The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will host the 7th Annual Plein Air Competition, April 5 through 24. Registration will take place at the Noyes Gallery, 5 South Second St., Hammonton, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. A wine and cheese reception will be held at the HAC at the conclusion of the competition. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org or NoyesMuseum.org

A reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, for the Stockton College Art Gallery’s BFA Senior Exhibition. The show runs to April 28 (closed April 18 through 20). The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Stockton College Art Gallery is a two-story venue in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

Local photographic artist Rand Snyderman’s solo exhibit runs to April 7 at Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; by appointment only Sundays. 609-822-8482 or go to Holtzmangallery.com

The Smithsonian Institution’s “Hometown Teams,” a traveling exhibit celebrating American sports and sportsmanship, runs through April at the Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, located at the Wave parking garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. As a companion to Hometown Teams, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will present a new exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination,” a sports-based exhibit, also at the Art Garage. The exhibit will be displayed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 609-626-3805 or go to ArtsGarageAC.com

Somers Point artist Carol Zerbe will exhibit her collection of watercolors entitled “Light and Location,” through April 30, in the second-level gallery of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the works are for sale. Information: 609-788-8838 or go to LatzsByTheBay.com or contact Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-653-4991 or go to GreatBayArtGallery.com

Award winning master watercolorist Alex Alampi offers a watercolor workshop, “Realism in Watercolor,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. A lists of supplies is available on the HAC website. Participants are encouraged to provide their own photos to work from. Tuition is $80 non-members, $75 HAC members. Registration forms are available at HammontonArtsCenter.org

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” runs through April 6.“Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material,” runs through May 4; “Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” runs through May 11; “Curlee Raven Holton: In the Shadow of Contemplation,” runs through May 18. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The Hammonton Artist Studios has eight studio spaces available for immediate leasing. For more information call 609-561-8006 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The photography exhibit, “Back Roads and Alleys: Vernacular Architecture of South Jersey,” runs through May 11 at The Noyes Gallery at Seaview, at Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road, Galloway Township. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For information call 855-894-8698 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

“Love Is In The Air” exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs to June 14. Works can be seen at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. Information: 609-342-7435 or info@gallowayculturalarts.org

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works from a trio of local artists: Paul Harrington, of Linwood; Katherine Mott, of Somers Point; and Frank Smith, of Ocean City. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

The Ocean City Fine Arts League will host a “Meet the Artist” reception and awards presentation for its April show, “Architectural Insights,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Art on Asbury gallery, located at 608 Asbury Ave. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. 609-814-0308 or OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

Spring is the theme of the April exhibit at the New Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 122 Sunset Blvd., Cape May. The exhibit is titled “Showers” and runs to the end of the month. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Parking is available behind the store. 609-435-5253.

William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will host a reception May 23 honoring eight local women who are part of a painting community in the South Jersey area. The show’s title is “East Coast Landscapes.” The artists are: Betsy Miraglia, Linda Crane, Jan Sharp, Lee Neuman, Pegg Reiner, Jeanine Baum, Kathy Harlan and Kathleen Byrnes. The weekend traditionally celebrates the beginning of the summer season. The reception is free and open to the public. The show will hang through June 11. 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

“The Way We Were ... Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” on exhibit through April 13, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to CenterforCommunityArts.org

The Lower Township Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of the township, will feature the work of local artists Joe Evangelista and Rob Dentino during the month of April, both members of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 609-886-8999.

The William Ris Gallery show titled “Urban” hangs through April 30. The focus of the exhibit will be city inspired with paintings by artists including Jan Bendyna, Michele Byrne, Elaine Bass, and Miro Sinovcic. Also, the work of Sandi Neiman Lovitz will be shown from April 20 through May, with a reception to meet the artist on opening day. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Spring hours at the gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

William Ris Gallery, has extended the exhibit of Jane Hartley’s show titled “ Flora, Fauna & Far East,” through April. Information:

Marcie Cooperman will present a Color and Composition Workshop for artists April 26-29, in Cape May. Tuition fee is $350. For information: 908-790-8820 or nancyori@comcast.net or NancYoriWorkshops.com

Ocean County

The April artist of the month at Pine Shores Art Association is painter Ruth Kramer. Her works can be viewed at the PSAA gallery, 94 Stafford Ave, Manahawkin. The gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Information: 609-597-3557 or go to PineShoresAartAssociation.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. 609-597-3557 or go to 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 Atlantic City, 1100 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.