Great Bay Gallery in Somers Point opens its 2014 summer season with an exhibit that coincides with the city’s annual Bayfest celebration that takes place on Saturday, April 26.

The exhibit titled “Nature’s Best,” by Cape May Countyartist Pet Dittmar, keeps up with the environmental aspect of the waterfront heritage celebration.

A reception for the artist will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the events taking place along the waterfront district. The artist’s work is for sale and should appeal to the nature lover as well as the general public, according to Kathleen Arleth, owner and artist of Great Bay Gallery.

Dittmar has been a professional artist for more than 25 years and works in both oils and watercolor. She is well known for her paintings of wildlife, especially egrets and blue herons. Dittmar recently won the prestigious “Nature Award” at the home of the John J. Audubon Society in Audubon, Pa., and she previously won both a first and second prize in the National Arts Program.

She is a member of the American Artist Professional League and is an Associate Artist with the Noyes Museum. She has also been a member of the Barnabas Art Group for 28 years.

The exhibit runs to May 17.

Great Bay Gallery is located at 829 Bay Ave., and is open 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Information: 609-653-4991or go to

Atlantic County

The art gallery at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing will launch its reopening with a student exhibit from Friday, April 25, to May 16. A reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 16 in its new location in the William Spangler Library on the main campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at

The winners of the 7th Annual Plein Aire Competition by the Hammonton Arts Center are: Ellen Gavin, of Millville, first place; Dennis Young, of New Castle, Del., second place; and Chuck Law, of Linwood, third place. The public is invited to view the exhibit at the HAC Gallery through Saturday, April 26 .Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Go to

Award-winning master watercolorist Alex Alampi offers a watercolor workshop, “Realism in Watercolor,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 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

Sheila Sporkin-Edel a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. will exhibit her work through April at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Affordable watercolor originals and prints will be available for purchase. Go

The Stockton College Art Gallery’s BFA Senior Exhibition can be viewed to Monday, April 28. 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

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

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 or contact Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-653-4991 or go to

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “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

Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will hold an artist’s reception” for its “18 Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art,” 6 to 8 p.m. May 2. The exhibit runs from April 29 to May 30. The gallery is free and open to the public. Go to

 A “Gourd Embellishment Workshop” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The workshop is being conducted by Marcie Falconetti. Each participant will leave with one completed medium sized birdhouse, vase or planter. The cost of the workshop is $55 for nonmembers, $48 for HAC members. To register call 732-818-0849 or go to

Atlantic City abstract artist Michael Waters is featured in a solo exhibit through May 12 at Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. The pubic is invited to meet the artist at a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. April 19. Refreshments will be served. Gallery 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

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

“Love Is In The Air” exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs to June 14 at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. Winners of the Galloway Cultural Arts Center current show, “Love Is In The Air,” are: Watercolor — First place, Sheila Sporkin Edel; Second place, Mary Archibald; Third Place, Joan Power; Photography —First Place, Diane Petrone; Second Place, Roxanne Terramaga; Third Place, Dennis Loughlin; Oil & Acrylics — First Place, Roseann Dukanovic. The public is invited to attend a free artists’ reception will be held from noon to 1 p.m. June 14 at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 609-342-7435 or

“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. The gallery is free and open to the public. Call 609-626-3805 or go to

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works of area artists. Free parking available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

Artist Shirley Hawthorne, of Ocean City, presents an exhibit of landscapes titled “North, South, East, West,” in the second level gallery at Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, running May 1 to July 31. A reception to meet the artist will be held 5 to 7 p.m. May 9. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale. 609-788-8838 or go to

SOMA NewArt Galllery, 312 Perry St., Cape May, kicks off the 2014 exhibit season with an artist reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Featured artists will be Stephen Steinmetz, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood. The event is free and open to the public. 609-898-7488.

Splash gallery, 513 Carpenter’s Lane at Washington Street Mall, Cape May, will host a reception for artists Anita Roth and John Safrit from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Light refreshments will be served. 609-846-7100.

 An off-loom beadweaving demonstration by Diane Cutshall takes place noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery, 122 Sunset Blvd., across from the Exit Zero Store, Cape May. Gallery hours through April are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Parking is available behind the store. 609-435-5253.

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 Wednesday, 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 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

The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative is celebrating its new location with a grand opening celebration May 3. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The gallery is located at 122 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May. Refreshments will be served and local musician Jimm Ross will provide entertainment. For the month of May, the artists have embraced “wood” as their theme.The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 609-435-5253.

Ocean City Fine Arts League will hold a “Meet the Artists” reception for its May art competition and exhibition, “Light & Shade,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 9. The Art on Asbury gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., and is free and open to the public. 609-814-0308 or

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

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

The next art history lecture hosted by the Pine Shores Art Association will take place 7 p.m. May 12 at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Stafford Township. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of Richard Stockton College will present “Odyssey: The Art of Edward Hopper and Maurice Prendergast.” There will be an artists’ reception preceding the lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. for the PSAA artists exhibiting at the library. Information: 609-597-3557 or go to

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

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of Atlantic City, 1100 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.