Often compared with the elegance and grandeur of the Titantic, the SS United States sailed during the 1950s and 1960s and featured such amenities as ballrooms and upscale restaurants.

Long ago stripped of its fixtures and docked in Philadelphia, the ship captured the interest of photographer Kevin Husta, a Hammonton resident who wanted to encourage viewers “to imagine its past beauty and elegance.”

As one of several artists given permission to photograph the docked ship, Husta’s works are featured in a month-long exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center. The public is invited to a “Meet the Artist” reception to be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Husta, 31, is a graduate of Richard Stockton College. He uses his work to preserve history by photographing structures that are no longer useful and are in decay.

The ship made its final trans-Atlantic trip in November 1969. It was the fastest passenger ship travelling from New York to London in three days and 10 hours and featured first and second class accomodations. It was a frequent location for Hollywood lavish parties and movie screenings. Marilyn Monroe used the ship as the backdrop for her film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz filmed a segment of “The Lucy Show” aboard the ship.

The SS United States Conservancy is an organization that is attempting to save the ship to be used as a hotel or convention center.

Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin says the Arts Center will feature stories from local families who traveled aboard the ship

The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more informatin call 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

Atlantic County

The “KOOL-FM 98.3 & 103.7 WMGM-FM Rock Art Show & Sale” takes place 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. The show features artwork created by rock stars, famous rock photographs, album artwork, gold records, concert posters and animation art. The show is free to the public and all rock art works are available for purchase. Highlight of the show are live appearances by Ron Campbell, director of the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine.” He will personalize an “All You Need is Love” painting with couples name and/or wedding date.

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College offers an art class for children: Creative Sparks “Colorful Paper Pulp Art Cards,” 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 15, for ages 5 through 12. Fee: $5 child, $5 adult. Deadline Feb. 13. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College holds its Winter Season Opening Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the museum gallery, Lily Lake Road, Galloway, music by Nicolas Castillo, meet the artists. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, free for members, Stockton faculty, staff and students. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The Links 45th Annual Black History Month Art Exhibit, featuring works of Kevin A. Williams, runs to March 2, at the Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. Reception is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with a juried art show with Atlantic City School District students and music by Paul Watson. Free and open to the public. 609-626-3805 or go to ArtsGarageAC.com

 Award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson is featured in the exhibit, “Heart and Soul, The Story of America and African Americans,” running through March 5, in the Stockton College Art Gallery, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Art gallery hours: noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; non to 4 p.m. Sunday. In conjunction with the exhibit the artist will lecture about his work: Feb. 25 — 10 a.m., Richard Stockton College Campus Center Event Room; 2:30 p.m., RSC Campus Center Theatre with Prof. Robert Gregg; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., book-signing reception in the Stockton College Art Gallery; Feb. 26 — 10 a.m., RSC Campus Center Event Room; 12:30 p.m., All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave., Atlantic City. All events are free and open to the public. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

Meed Barnett, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work throughout the month of February at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road Hammonton. The works can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

John Irwin is the Hammonton Arts Center featured artist of the month for the February. His award winning watercolors are on exhibit at the HAC Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, hosts its first solo artist exhibition featuring the works of artist Lance Balderson. The show runs through February. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and Sundays by appointment. 609-822-8482 or go to HoltzmanGallery.com

The Hammonton Arts Center shows its “All Media Juried Exhibit” through March 1, at the HAC Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Winners are: First place: Peter Ehlinger, of Haddonfield, “Homage to Tiffany;” Second place: Gary Moore, Hammonton, “Steel Ride;” Third Place: Robin D’Adamo, Somers Point, “Nor’easter.” Gallery hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday. All works available for purchase. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the latest exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs through March 15. Works can be seen at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. The GCAC is conducting a membership drive. Information: 609-342-7435 or info@gallowayculturalarts.org

Two different perspectives of the Japanese American relocation sites of World War II are depicted in photography exhibits by Kevin J. Miyazaki (“Camp Home”), and Jon Yamashiro (“WWII Japanese Internment Camps”) running to March 23 at the Stockton College Art Gallery, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. The gallery will be closed March 7-16 during the college’s spring break. Hours: noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

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

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” runs through April 6.“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 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

The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative will open its new gallery at 122 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, on Feb. 14. The Cooperative was formed in 2009 and has been in residence at the West End Garage since 2010. The Cape May Artists’ Coop is a group of local artists who have joined together to showcase and sell their work. The new location will also allow the artists to conduct classes and workshops. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. Parking is available behind the store. 609-435-5253.

 “Time For Peace” artwork created by Cape May Youth Arts Program students and the community for the Global Art Project for Peace Exchange is on display at the Cape May County Library, 110 Ocean St. Cape May. 609 884-7525.

 A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, for photographer Kevin Husta at The Ocean City Arts Center, located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Husta exhibits his photos of the docked SS United States passenger ship through February. 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

The Ocean City Fine Arts League will hold a reception and awards presentation for its February show, “Hues of Yellow,” Feb. 14, at its Art on Asbury gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The show runs through February. 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

The Cape May County Art League members’exhibit, Feb. 21, 22, at Kindle Auto Plaza Showroom, 525 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. An artists reception takes place 6 to 8 p.m. opening night. will be held on opening night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., music, light refreshments, meet the artists. A portion of sales from the show benefits the league’s scholorship fund. 888-826-3596 or go to CapeMayCountyArtLeague.com

An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted runs through March at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is titled, “Birds At Home.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. 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

Ocean County

 February Pastel Workshop, with Linda Coulter, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, $50 members, $75 nonmembers, all levels welcome. Upcoming artist demonstrations and monthly meetings: March 3: Nancy Barch will give a demonstration of her collage techniques, all welcome, meeting starts 7 p.m. 609-294-3165.

New class - Oil Painting Portraits with Joyce Lawrence, for intermediate to advanced skill levels, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 25, at Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, $75 members, $85 nonmembers. 609-294-8264 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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