Whether she is using a paint brush or a lathe, artist Betty Campbell says she is really just a storyteller, trusting her hands and intuition to uncover unhidden tales.

Campbell, who works in both pastels and wood, is a founding member of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery and is featured in a new exhibit opening at the Mad Batter Restaurant Saturday, May 10.

Although she has won awards for both art forms, Campbell says she likes the way working with wood allows her to “capture the beauty of nature.”

“For me, it is all about the wood, the look, the smell and of course the touch,” she says in her artist’s notes for the exhibit.

Her hand-turned peppermills are among the most popular items in the gallery. She has taken classes at the John C. Campbell School of Crafts to develop techniques in woodturning and to learn the art of kaleidoscopes. But Campbell also explores the colors of the sunsets along the Delaware Bay in pastels and has won third place for her work “After Glow,” in the National Arts Program sponsored by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission.

A reception for the artist will be held 3 to 5 p.m. May 18. The exhibit runs to June 5.

The Mad Batter is located in the Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. The restaurant is open daily. For information call 609-884-5970.

Atlantic County

A new collection of art by Jon Baker will premier with a charity reception 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The exhibit will hang inside Lucy the Elephant, located at 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Tickets are $10. 609-823-6473 or go to LucyTheElephant.org

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will host Asian Artists 2014 USA Tour, a one-week exhibition featuring 25 artists from South Korea that runs from May 21 to 27. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. May 22, with the artists in attendance. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The art gallery at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing will launch its reopening with a student exhibit that runs to May 16. A reception will be held 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 16 in its new location in the William Spangler Library on the main campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at jhagen@atlantic.edu.

Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, opens its 2014 summer season with the exhibit “Nature’s Best,” by Peg Dittmar. 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

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College:“Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” runs through Sunday, 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

A “Gourd Embellishment Workshop” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The workshop is being conducted by Marcie Falconetti. Each participant will leave with one completed medium sized birdhouse, vase or planter. The cost of the workshop is $55 for nonmembers, $48 for HAC members. To register call 732-818-0849 or go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

Atlantic City abstract artist Michael Waters is featured in a solo exhibit to Monday, May 12, at Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 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

The photography exhibit, “Back Roads and Alleys: Vernacular Architecture of South Jersey,” runs to Sunday, 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

Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., named the winners for its “18 Annual Juried Exhibit of Fine Art,” which runs through May 31: Bonnie Shanas of Cherry Hill, first place; Matthew Smith of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., second place; Christina Wuillermin, of Hammonton, third place. Honorable Mentions were presented to: Donnetta Irvis of Hammonton, Charles Branigan of Green Bank, Vickie Thurlow Lewis of Mays Landing, and Kevin Husta of Hammonton. The gallery is free and open to the public. 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. HammontonArtsCenter.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

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works of area artists. Free parking available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

"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

Cape May County

The film, “Grasso, Beyond the Paint,” featuring artist Victor Grasso, will be shown 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House. A Q&A with Grasso, director Frank Weiss and producer Bill Horin after the film.Tickets are $8. Call 609 463-1924 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the door. Go to MiddleTwp.k12.nj.us/pac

Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, announces four scheduled art exhibitions for the summer season, featuring artwork by Alexandre Renoir, Ringo Starr, Salvador Dalí and Victor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz. The exhibitions offer an opportunity to view and acquire artwork as well as an opportunity to meet the artists. Each show will be open to the public. “Renoir: Broader Horizons,” featuring Alexandre Renoir, the great grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 23-25, receptions with the artist 7 to 10 p.m. May 23, 24, noon to 3 p.m. May 25; “The Art of Ringo Starr,” 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 13-15, then moving to Caesars Atlantic City June 20, 21; “Salvador Dalí: The Argillet Collection,” 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4-6, receptions with Christine Argillet 1 to 4 p.m. July 4, 7 to 10 p.m. July 5, 1 to 4 p.m. July 6; “Wine and Romance — the Evocative Images of Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz,” 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 29-31, receptions 7 to 10 p.m. all three days. 609-368-7777 or go to OceanGalleries.com

Ocean City Fine Arts League will hold a “Meet the Artists” reception for its May art competition and exhibition, “Light & Shade,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. The Art on Asbury gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., and is free and open to the public. 609-814-0308 or got o OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

Solo exhibitions by artists Stephen Steinmetz, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood can be seen through May 26 at SOMA NewArt Gallery, 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays. Beginning May 22, hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 609-898-7488 or go to SomaGallery.net

New paintings by Ted Walsh are exhibited at Beacon Art/Shortwave Gallery, 9412 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, through May. An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 24. 609-796-5425 or go to BeaconArt.net

The William Ris Gallery will exhibit the works of Sandi Neiman Lovitz through May. 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

The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative, 122 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, features the theme of “wood” through May. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 609-435-5253.

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

Artist Shirley Hawthorne, of Ocean City, presents an exhibit of landscapes titled “North, South, East, West,” in the second level gallery at Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, running to July 31. A reception to meet the artist will be held 5 to 7 p.m. May 9. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale. 609-788-8838 or go to LatzsByTheBay.com

Cumberland County

Second Fridays By The Bay celebrates the theme “By Hand,” in the gallery at Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St, Port Norris, with an exhibit that runs through May. Nine artists in the exhibit are: J. P. Hand, local master decoy carver; Merry May, quilter; Max Samuelson, wooden bicycles; Scott E. Smith, wood and metal worker; Demerest, carved fish; Alice Kudla, jewelry; Steve Gates and Eva Parvin, leather work; and Lily Levine, basketry. All artists will be in attendance at the opening reception Friday, May 9.

Painter Sam Donovan’s new exhibit, “Paint on His Hands,” exhibits at Gallery 50, Inc., 500 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, through May 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 856-575-0090 or go to Gallery50.org

Ocean County

The next art history lecture hosted by the Pine Shores Art Association will take place 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Stafford Township. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of Richard Stockton College will present “Odyssey: The Art of Edward Hopper and Maurice Prendergast.” There will be an artists’ reception preceding the lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. for the PSAA artists exhibiting at the library. 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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