The natural beauty of South Jersey is the theme of SOMA NewArt Gallery’s latest offering in Cape May featuring solo exhibits by artists Sam Donovan and Penny Beck.

The exhibits, which run through Oct. 27, run with the extended show of new pastels by another local artist, Stan Sperlak.

Donovan’s “Down A Lazy River” watercolor exhibit is a reflection of the artist’s life-long attraction to life along the Maurice River and the Delaware Bay. Although he has a history of corporate work — his billboards line the roadways of South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, and companies such as Spencer Gifts and Tastykake have commissined his murals — his inspiration has always been the rural landscapes he grew up with.

Beck’s “Second Nature” exhibit is a reflection of her love for nature and animals combined with her flair for color and design. Recently retired from a custom painting business focusing on interior design, she now creates on paper and canvas and likes to experiment with metallic paints and found objects.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Starting Oct. 14, the gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays to Mondays, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 609-898-7488 or

Atlantic County

Winners of the October “Annual Juried Photography Exhibit” sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., are: Susan Gietka, first place; Elizabeth Johnson, second place; Les Tyler, third place; and honorable mentions to Leslie LoSasso, Heather Warburton and Rich Bailey. The exhibit is free and open to the public throughout October.

Winners of the Galloway Cultural Arts current show, “South Jersey Life,” are: Watercolor — Peggy Tompkins, first place; Mary Archibald, second place; Monica Kurtz, third place; Oil/Acrylics — Andrea Johns, first place; Pat Powell, second place; RoseAnn Dukanovic, third place; Pamela Scribner. The exhibit can be viewed through October at the Galloway Library. Information:

Green Bank artist Charles Branigan exhibits works that focus on the quirky and eerie side of the Pine Barrens from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., during downtown Hammonton’s Third Thursday event. He will also introduce some of his unique sculptures and present the featured “ghost” of the evening, the Jersey Devil. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 609-561-2600.

Mary Catherine DeMarco, a founding member of the Hammonton Arts Center, exhibits her latest multi-media works through October at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, at 451 S. Egg Harbor Road. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday. 609-561-2264 or

Rae Jaffe is the featured artist at the new exhibit at Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, running through Oct. 31. Information: 609-788-8838 or; or 609-653-4991 or

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents “Sacred Earth Designs,” an exhibition of photographic artwork by Liz Wuillermin, running to Nov. 17 at the Gallery at Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road, Galloway Township. The Gallery at Seaview is free and open daily to the public. 855-894-8698 or

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Signature Artist Exhibition,” runs through Nov. 24; “Victor Grasso: Fable,” runs through Jan. 5, 2014; “Noise@Noise: MOVIS,” runs through Jan. 12, 2014; “John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954),” runs through Jan. 26. 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

Cape May County

The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., features four of its members’ work during the month of October. Sharing the spotlight are artists Catherine Bosna, Dennis Dowe, Lee Hajduk and Linda Pendrak. A Second Sunday reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, and members will be on hand to discuss their works. Light refreshments will be served. 609-770-8261 or

Pottery and jewelry by Diana Cutshall and oil paintings by Patricia Neville are exhibited during October at the Lower Township Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. The library is a branch of the Cape May County Library system. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 609-886-8999.

 The Ocean City Fine Arts League opens its October show, “Abstract & Surreal,” with a meet the artist reception and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The event is free and light refreshment will be served. The exhibit runs through the end of October. The gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 609-814-0308 or

The Ocean City Arts Center will accept entries for its Annual Juried Art Show, Oct. 14-29. All work may be for sale and will hang in the gallery throughout November. An awards ceremony, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Information: 609-399-7628 or

Cumberland County

The Associate Artist Show II runs to Oct. 13 in the North Gallery at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville. This is the second exhibit of the year dedicated to the RRCA’s Associate Artist members. Hours: 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday. 856-327-4500.

Watercolor artist Marie Natale will hold a “Painting Animals in Watercolor” workshop Nov. 2, at Gloucester County College in Sewell. Class size is limited. Fees include breakfast and lunch. Information: 856-848-6424.

Ocean County

The Jersey State Council on the Arts “Visual Arts Fellowship Showcase Exhibition 2013” runs through Nov. 1 at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies, Long Beach Island. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 609-494-1241 or

Unshredded Nostalgia, 323 S. Main St., Route 9, Barnegat, announces its next poster exhibit, “Military, Movie and Theater: Pre-1930’s,” on Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 9. The exhibit runs through December. More than 75 posters are included in the display. Unshredded Nostalgia gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 609-660-2626 or 800-872-9990 or

 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

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.