Secret of the Evening

‘ecret of the Evening, by Stan Sperlak, can be viewed in SOMA NewArt Gallery’s new exhibit.

SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May opens its most anticipated exhibit of the summer season on Saturday, Aug. 24 featuring two of the gallery's top producing artists, Stan Sperlak and Victor Grasso.

Sperlak and Grasso will introduce their latest work to their collectors and fans at the artist opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of art, light food and drink.

Exhibiting in Gallery I and II, Sperlak returns for his sixth consecutive show at SOMA. His new pastels, collectively titled "Breaking The Horizon," reflects the award-winning artist's love of the skies, marshes, oceans and the fields of South Jersey.

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"Paint what you know, what you see and how it makes you feel," Sperlak writes in his artist's notes for the exhibit.

A juried member of the Pastel Society of America, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Maryland Pastel Society and Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, Sperlak's work is also in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum in Galloway Township. He teaches pastel painting in the plein-air tradition at his many pastel workshops throughout the year.

Grasso is a special guest artist at SOMA. His exhibit in Gallery III, "The Great White Hunt," is from new works in his "Tooth and Nail" series depicting animal claws and teeth to create spiral patterns. Also in this exhibit, Grasso presents two new ink drawings, "The Way the Sea Was" and "Whiskey Ted," both executed in night black ink.

The exhibit will be on view to Sept. 22.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sept. 7, then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 609-898-7488 or visit

Cape May County

•Landscapes by Anthony Migliaccio are featured at the Ocean City Arts Center, located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, through Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or

•"Jersey Shore, Jersey Strong," runs to the end of August at the Ocean City Art Center's Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., in downtown Ocean City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For more information: 609-814-0308 or

•Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, with a new exhibit, "Peter Max: The Master of "Pop" Summer 2013 Collection," running Aug. 29 to Sept 8, with receptions with the artist from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-368-7777 or

•Jane Hartley's one-woman show, "Flora, Fauna & Far East," runs to Sept. 15 at Will Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or

•"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.

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Ocean County

•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

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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.

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