The month of April evokes images of the showers that bring May flowers. Literally and figuratively, the members of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery adopted the concept as their theme for April’s exhibit.

“From paintings and photographs portraying foggy, misty landscapes that frequently accompany showers, to interpretations of Spring’s precipitation in wood, jewelry, stained glass and fiber, each member’s unique vision is apparent in this month’s exhibit,” says Cape May Co-op President Mary Stewart.

The Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery is a group of local artists who have joined together to showcase and sell their work and to share their art forms the public. The group was formed in 2009 and had been in residence at the West End Garage until December 2013, when it moved to 122 Sunset Blvd., across from the Exit Zero Store and just a short walk from Broadway.

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Stewart says the new gallery will help raise awareness of the artists’ work and expand their horizons. A full schedule of demonstrations, gallery talks and classes is planned.

The next event is an off-loom beadweaving demonstration by Cutshall, from noon to 2 p.m. April 26.

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. For information call 609-435-5253.

Atlantic County

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 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 HammontonArtsCenter.org

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 Holtzmangallery.com

“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 info@gallowayculturalarts.org

Downtown Hammonton celebrates Third Thursday with the theme, Garden Party. Events take place 6 to 9 p.m. April 17. As part of the festivities The Noyes Museum Shop will offer a silk scarf painting demonstration, plus a demonstration on the art of body painting. The Hammonton Artist Studios, located at 107 Vine St., will be open. 609-561-8006 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

“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 NoyesMuseum.org

Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, opens its 2014 summer season on April 23 with the exhibit “Nature’s Best,” by Peg Dittmar. The exhibit is in keeping with the environmental aspect of Bayfest, Somers Point’s celebration of its waterfront heritage. A reception for the artist will be held 1 to 3 p.m. April 26, during Bayfest. The event is free and open to the public. The artist’s work is for sale. The exhibit will hang in the gallery to May 17. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991 or go to GreatBayArtGallery.com

Sheila Sporkin- Edel a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Avenue will exhibit her work throughout the month of April at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The public is invited to attend an “Open House” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22. Light refreshments will be available. Affordable watercolor originals and prints will be available for purchase. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

The Stockton College Art Gallery’s BFA Senior Exhibition can be viewed to April 28 (closed April 18 through 20). 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 Stockton.edu/artgallery

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 ArtsGarageAC.com

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

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

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 NoyesMuseum.org

The Hammonton Artist Studios has eight studio spaces available for immediate leasing. For more information call 609-561-8006 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

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 NoyesMuseum.org

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works from a trio of local artists: Paul Harrington, of Linwood; Katherine Mott, of Somers Point; and Frank Smith, of Ocean City. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will highlight the work by Cape May artist Neal McPheeters opening April 18. Hours are11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

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

SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May, opens the 2014 exhibition season April 26 featuring artists Stephen Steinmetz, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and the public is invited. The exhibit runs to May 26. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily beginning May 22. 609-898-7488 or go to SomaGallery.net

The Ocean City Fine Arts League will host a “Meet the Artist” reception and awards presentation for its April show, “Architectural Insights,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Art on Asbury gallery, located at 608 Asbury Ave. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

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 WilliamRis.com

“The Way We Were ... Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” on exhibit through April 13, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to CenterforCommunityArts.org

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 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 from April 20 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 WilliamRis.com

n William Ris Gallery, has extended the exhibit of Jane Hartley’s show titled “ Flora, Fauna & Far East,” through April.

Marcie Cooperman will present a Color and Composition Workshop for artists April 26-29, in Cape May. Tuition fee is $350. For information: 908-790-8820 or nancyori@comcast.net or go to NancYoriWorkshops.com

Cumberland County

Second Fridays By The Bay, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St, Port Norris, features the art exhibit, “Equinox,” floral images by photographer Rachel Cobb, obvara-fired ceramic pieces by Janice Chassier and pottery made by Marie Elaine Lanza. 856-785-2060.

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 PineShoresAartAssociation.org

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 PineShoresArtAssociation.org

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

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