Each portrait by artist Amanda McCutcheon tells a story, becoming both a window and a mirror into the life of her subject.
In her newest exhibit, titled "Recent Paintings" and currently at Gallery 50 Inc. in Bridgeton, the artist presents a series of "stories" that she hopes speaks to the viewer "across boundaries of time, geography, class, race and religion."
An opening reception introducing McCutcheon and her works will be held at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3. The event is free.
"These paintings are the product of my ongoing interest in the representational tradition in American art, and portraiture in particular," McCutcheon writes in her artist's notes for the exhibit. "I'm constantly working to synthesize the formal aspects of painting with the psychological complexity of the subject."
McCutcheon has taught painting and drawing privately for more than 20 years. Her influences include movies, literature, travel experiences and a broad roster from art history. She has accepted commissions and has shown in galleries and other public venues from Philadelphia to Maine and her work is represented in public and private collections.
Having lived in New York City, Maine and Philadelphia, she now resides on a farm in southern New Jersey where she paints and raises organic seedlings.
Her paintings will be on display through the end of May.
Gallery 50 Inc. is located at 50 East Commerce St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 856-575-0090 or go to Gallery50.org,
•Sam Moffa introduces a class on "Water Marbling" 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Call 609-561-7539 or go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Peter Ehlinger will exhibit at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System throughout May. The library is located at 451 Egg Harbor Road. Ehlinger works in watercolors with pen and ink and the majority of his works are Asian-influenced. The gallery, curated by the Hammonton Arts Center, can be viewed during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call the library at 609-561-2264 or the Hammonton Arts Center at 609-567-5360 or go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., will hold a reception 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, for its 17th Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art, running to June 1. Call 609-561-8006 or go to HammontonArtsCenter.org
•Stockton's Visual Arts Senior Exhibition runs through Friday, May 3, at the Stockton College Art Gallery, located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, in Galloway Township. Twenty-three New Jersey students concentrating in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communication and graphic design display works in the exhibition. Admission to the gallery 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. Call 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/ArtGallery
•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit opening May 9 in the Surgical Pavilion Public Gallery of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. The exhibit can be seen through the summer. Contact William Ris Gallery at 609-368-6361.
•Deb Spinella exhibits oils and pastels in, "An Artist's Journey: Looking Up and Beyond," running through July, in the upstairs gallery of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. A reception to meet the artist will be held 5 to 7 p.m. May 14. Call 609-788-8838 or go to LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991, GreatBayArtGallery.com
•Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, exhibits works by artist Rachel Smith in "Figure and Form," running to May 18. Gallery hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts the following exhibits: "Prints from The Noyes Collection: Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins, Benton Spruance," through May 12; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," through May 19; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit," through May 26; "Victorian New Jersey: Photographs by Guillermo Thorn," Friday, May 3, to Sept. 1, with an opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. June 7. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org
•""Life Drawing & Painting" open sessions will be held 7 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning May 10, at the Noyes Studios: Hammonton, located at 15 Horton St., Hammonton. The non-instructional sessions cost $10 per session, pre-registration required. Call 609-561-8006 or NoyesMuseum.org
•The Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite artists to the DoArtAC.com Boardwalk Art Show, taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Applications can be downloaded at NoyesMuseum.org or AtlanticCityArt.org or DoArtAC.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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•Plein air painter Mary Ann Kline exhibits her landscapes at the Ocean City Arts Center in May. A "Meet the Artist" reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 609-399-7628.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery opens its 2013 exhibition season May 11 with works by Marie Natale, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood. The public is invited to an artists reception 6 to 9 p.m May 11. The exhibit runs to June 9. The gallery is located at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Spring hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays; beginning May 24 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 609-898-7488 or go to SomaGallery.net
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League will hold a meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 for its May competition and exhibition, "Shadows." The public is invited to the free event. The gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org
•"Poetic Visions: Dali and Miro" includes graphic works, lithographs, etchings and sculptures by Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, through May 19, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., in Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Call 609-368-7777 or go to OceanGalleries.com
•"Recent Paintings," a series of works by South Jersey painter Amanda McCutcheon, on display through May 24 at Gallery 50, Inc., located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. There will be an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3. Call 856-575-0090 or go to Gallery50.org
•"No Man is an Island," on view through May 26, at The Art House Gallery, located at 182 North Main St., Manahawkin. Call 609-978-4ART or go to ArtHouseGallery.net
•Mother and daughter artists Alison and Tara Amelchenko will exhibit their works from May 10 to 31 at Ocean County College Arts and Community Center Gallery, located on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Upcoming exhibits include Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit, June 1 through 26; Salomon Kodoche, July 1 to Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Call 732-255-0500.
•Pine Shores Art Association hosts an art history lecture 7 p.m. May 20, at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of Richard Stockton College presents, "George Inness and The Hudson River School." The event is free. Preceding the lecture will be an artist reception from 6 to 7 p.m. for three artists featured in the May-June exhibition: Harriet Fink, Lee Fricke and Rosemary Glass. Refreshments served. To register for the event call 609-596-3557 or 609-597-3381.
•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 go to PineShoresArtAssociation.org
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