The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College hosts "Stan Sperlak: Into the Night," a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23. It is his 25th solo exhibition, a major milestone for the Cape May artist.
The gallery will hold an opening reception for Sperlak and its other summer exhibitions from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8. The public will have the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy light refreshments and listen to music performed by members of the Atlantic County Youth Orchestra.
Sperlak will also be featured in an "Artist Talk" at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12.
Sperlak's new collection of paintings feature familar landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic marshes, waterways and fields. However, it is his use of color that transforms the familiar into the unexpected. Working outside "en plein air," Sperlak begins each piece with a field study done on location. In this collection he says he became fascinated with changes in the light that surrounds a landscape. To best understand the way color dramatically changes a scene is to capture the transition from day to night, and, likewise, from night to day, he says.
The intensely pigmented work is the result of handmade soft pastels on papers and boards that Sperlak prepares himself. The mineral makeup of the pastels contain dozens of minute facets which refract light to the viewer's eyes, adding depth and luminosity, he explains in his artist's notes.
Sperlak is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Maryland Pastel Society, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville and the Cape May County Art League.
The other summer exhibitions debuting at the Noyes are: "Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," on view through Sept. 2; "Toylanders," through Sept. 2; "Water: Illusions of Purity - Kate Dodd," from Friday, June 8, through Aug. 26; and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, from Friday, June 8, through Sept. 9.
The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•Paul Harrington and Katherine Mott are extending their abstract exhibits in Somers Point through the month of June. Harrington's artwork is hanging in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road. Call 609-927-2300 or go to www.sandipointecoastalbistro.com. Mott's exhibit is displayed on the second floor at Latz's By The Bay, 901 Bay Ave. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. The exhibits are part of the ongoing collaboration of Great Bay Gallery and the two local restaurants and are for sale.
•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi Sabi" will be on exhibit at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, from July 25 through Sept. 1. A "Meet the Artist" reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. The event is free and open to the public. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
•Victor Viventi will exhibit his acrylic paintings throughout the month of June at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•The exhibition "Works on Paper," is in residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is from the Noyes Museum of Art's Permanent Collection and features 45 artists in a mix of intaglio, lithography, digital, serigraphy, chine colle, painting, handmade paper and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Stockton's main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.
• Art in the Park takes place 3 to 8 p.m. fourth Fridays through September on the beach behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Regional artists demonstrate, discuss and sell their work. Free arts and crafts booths for children, puppet shows, dance and music presentations.
•"Clip, Cut; Paper Thin," an exhibit highlighting the art of cut paper, can be viewed to June 19 at The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton. The satellite gallery of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College is located at 5 South Second St. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For admission fees call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html
•Nationally known watercolor artist Donna Elias will exhibit her "Great American Lighthouses Collection" and her "By the Seaside Series" in the Crafter's Village in Historic Gardner's Basin Maritime Park, 800 North New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Admission is free. Elias' shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 609-348-5826.
•"Examining Themes of Racial Stereotyping: Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, the Gold Dust Twins, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat," currently on display at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, free admission, donations accepted. The exhibit will become a permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
•Artists are invited to submit works for the Summer Fine Arts Festival hosted by the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission and the Brigantine Historical Society to take place June 24 through July 15 at the Historical Museum. Every artist is permitted to display two pieces and each one must be accompanied by a registration form and $5 fee. To register contact Joanne at 609-266-2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org
•"Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," a juried pastel exhibition, through Sept. 2, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 8. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org.
Cape May County
•The Gail Pierson Gallery exhibits "Animal Compassion: What Is and What Can Be - The Textile Art of Joan Veneziano-D'Avanzo," through June 25, with 100 percent of the profits from the sales of the artists' work donated to Animal Alliance of Cape May County. An open house in celebration of the quilt will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The quilt, 13 years in the making, features signatures and contributions from Bill Clinton, Paul Newman, Gloria Steinem, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Jackman, John Glenn, Jane Goodall, Betty White, Bill Gates, Mel Brooks and David Hockney. Gail Pierson Gallery is located at 658 Washington St., Cape May. June hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays to Mondays, closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call 609-884-2585 or go to www.gailpiersongallery.com
•The Art of Graham Nash exhibition can be seen at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, June 28 to July 8. Nash will be at the gallery signing purchased artwork from 7 to 10 p.m. July 1.
•The Second Sunday Gallery Walk takes place 4 to 7 p.m. June 10 in Cape May. Participating galleries include: Cape May Artist Cooperative, West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., featuring artists Barbara Colosi, Christine Peck and Phil Dietz; Spirit Catcher Photography in Carpenter's Square Mall, 31 Perry St., featuring Tina Giaimo and Don Merwin; SOMA NewArt Gallery, featuring three solo exhibits by Terri Amig, John Monteith and Greg Bennett; The Madd Potters Studio, 324 Carpenters Lane, featuring Julie Hickman and Amanda Leipert; Splash Whales Tale Gallery, 513 Carpenters Lane, featuring Darlene Eldredge; Mad Batter Restaurant gallery, 19 Jackson St., featuring Marie Natale, Lori Eardly and David Macomber, and a free artists reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
•"Sails & Sterns," the June exhibit at Harbor Gallery, located at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, features local artists Don Merwin and Janet McShain. All artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center. Call 609-884-2736.
•"I Remember Wanamaker's," themed art show featuring artists interpretations of Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia, opening reception 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 8, free and open to the public, at Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. The show runs through June. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.
•Sculpture by South Jersey's Katherine Stanek, watercolors by Marcie Cooperman and oils by Dori Spector are on exhibit through summer at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•The first annual GLBT Artist Exhibit, by GABLES of Cape May County, can be viewed 1 to 4 p.m. daily, through June, at The Beesley House, 605 Route 9, Cape May Courthouse. Call 609-463-6370 or visit www.gablescapemay.com
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts a gallery reception and awards presentation for its monthlong flower-themed exhibit, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Visitors are invited to the free event for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists. The exhibit runs through June. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, through the summer. Call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org
f-9•SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, hosts three solo exhibitions through June 17. The artists are: Terri Amig, in Gallery 1; John Monteith, in Gallery 2; and Greg Bennett, in Gallery 3. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, to 8 p.m. Saturdays; open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning May 24. Call 609-898-7488 or got o www.somagallery.net
•"Flowers of Light" exhibit by celebrity artist Brian Davis, through June 25, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 609-368-7777 or www.oceangalleries.com
f-9•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception on Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 609-465-6008.
f-9•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I- and World War II-era sheet music covers, at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, Historic Hangar No. 1, Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.
Cumberland County and West
•The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at email@example.com.
f-9•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Modern Studio Glass Movement with special exhibits through June 9. The North Gallery will feature a group exhibit of world-renowned glass artists, while Witt Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition by modern glass artist Hyunsung Cho from Korea. The RRCA is located at 22 N. High St. Call 856-327-4500.
•Danny Ng is the Artist of the Month for June at Pine Shores Art Association. The public is invited to see his works in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel in the Pine Shores gallery throughout the month 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to www.pineshoresartassociation.org or call 240-462-8963.
•The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library features teen artwork from July 2 to Aug. 8. The library is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Call 609-597-3381 or go to www.theoceancountylibrary.org
•Pat Shepherd, Marilyn Flagler and Suzi Hoffman, all members of the Pine Shores Art Association, will have their works displayed in the Stafford Library through June. For hours and information call 609-693-9351.
f-9•The 36th annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit can be viewed from June 8 to 27, at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 732-255-0400, ext. 2065 or www.ocean.edu
•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 www.pineshoresartassociation.org
f-9•The Pine Shores Art Association summer fundraising event will be an exhibit of 50 framed, original works of art donated by 50 artists. Each painting will be offered for sale at only $50 to the first 50 people. Art patrons will be able to select their favorite work in an order chosen through a lottery drawing at a gala reception beginning 1 pm. July 22 at Stafford Firehouse, 133 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. Art Patron forms are available at www.pineshoresartassociation.org
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.