SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May opens its 2013 season featuring three solo exhibitions by South Jersey women artists Marie Natale, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood.

A reception to kick off the new art season takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The free event also provides the public with the chance to meet the award-winning trio of artists and enjoy music, light food and drink.

Natale, a nationally acclaimed watercolor artist, presents "Indoor Spaces/Outside Places" in Gallery One. With this set of new paintings, Natale says she wanted to explore the ways in which light creates the essence of great paintings in locations both indoors and out.

"My goal is to use my talents to make the world a brighter place, and to share with others the happiness that art has brought into my life," Natale says.

In Gallery Two, Martel presents "The Plentiful Palette - An Artist's Feast for the Eyes," which brings together the elements of collage, watercolor and acrylic paint.

"For the past year the creative process has taken me on a journey of change and artistic growth. As an artist, I feel the challenge to explore the possibilities of new art forms," Martel says.

In Gallery Three, Hood, of Cape May Point, exhibits "Kumbayah," a series of 33 oil paintings inspired by the lives and history of the nuns of St. Joseph's and their summers at Saint Mary's by the Sea Retreat House in Cape May Point. The title, "Kumbayah," symbolizes social change through peaceful means, which is the work and mission of the sisters today, Hood explains in her artist's notes.

"I have been painting since I was a young girl. When I was young, I painted what I saw. Today, I am painting what I feel - thick paint, course brush strokes, bold colors, intuitive and painterly having a spiritual element," Hood says.

The exhibits of all three artists are on view through June 9.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St. Admission is free. Spring hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays to Mondays; daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning May 24. 609-898-7488 or SOMANewArtGallery.com

Atlantic County

•Artist Giovanni Casadei will conduct "Alla Prima" Landscape Oil Painting Workshop 10 a.m .to 6 p.m. June 8 and 9 at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The class is recommended for intermediate students. Registration fee $200. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

•The Accent Gallery and the William Ris Gallery collaborated on a new exhibit opening Thursday, 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.

•""Life Drawing & Painting" open sessions will be held 7 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning Friday, May 10, at the Noyes Studios: Hammonton, located at 15 Horton St., Hammonton. The non-instructional sessions cost $10 per session, pre-registration required. 609-561-8006 or NoyesMuseum.org

•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," to Sunday, May 12; "Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure," through May 19; "Pat Witt: Art Spirit," through May 26; "Victorian New Jersey: Photographs by Guillermo Thorn," 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. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.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. 609-561-2264 or 609-567-5360 or HammontonArtsCenter.org

• The 17th Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art runs to June 1, at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Awards were given to: George Perez, Vineland, first place; Debra Miller, Hammonton, second place; John Irwin, Folsom, third place. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday (open to 8 p.m. on Third Thursday); 1 to 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 609-561-8006 or HammontonArtsCenter.org

•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. Tuesday, May 14. 609-788-8838 or LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991, GreatBayArtGallery.com

•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.

Cape May County

•"Offering," a new concrete sculpture by artist Katherine Stanek, will be installed on the grounds of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor in time for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12. The placement of the sculpture is the result of a collaboration between Stanek, the William Ris Gallery which represents the artist, and the church. The sculpture epitomizes the message of peace, the artist says. The site chosen for "Offering" is the front yard of the church, located at 9425 Third Ave. The sulpture will be on view through summer.

•"Renoir: A Legacy," limited run exhibition featuring Alexandre Renoir, great grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with select works by his brother, Emmanuel Renoir, and the Master, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on view 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 23 to June 2, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. Receptions with the artist take place 6 to 10 p.m. May 24, 25, 26. 609-368-7777 or OceanGalleries.com

•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. Friday, May 10. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours: 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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. 609-898-7488 or SomaNewArtGallery.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 new exhibition, "Shadows." The public is invited to the free event. The gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 609-814-0308 or 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., Stone Harbor. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. 609-368-7777 or OceanGalleries.com

Cumberland County

•"Recent Paintings," a series of works by South Jersey painter Amanda McCutcheon, through May 24, at Gallery 50, Inc., 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. 856-575-0090 or Gallery50.org

Ocean County

•"Color the Shore: Innovative Works of Abstract Art," by artist Ray Bungay, exhibits through May 17 at Gallery 1603, Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City. Works are for sale and 10 percent of show sales benefit Sandy Relief. 609-494-1699 or Gallery1603.com

•Mother and daughter artists Alison and Tara Amelchenko exhibit their works from Friday, May 10, to May 31 at Ocean County College Arts and Community Center Gallery, main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission to the gallery is free. Upcoming exhibits: Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit, June 1 to 26; Salomon Kodoche, July 1 to Aug. 30. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. 732-255-0500.

•"No Man is an Island," on view through May 26, at The Art House Gallery, located at 182 North Main St., Manahawkin. 609-978-4ART or ArtHouseGallery.net

•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: 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. 609-597-3557 or PineShoresArtAssociation.org

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