The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey highlights local, regional and in-state artwork with its Associate Artist Exhibition, on view to Jan. 1.

Abstract painter James Kent is one of the artists on display.

A telecommunications systems engineer who felt his creative side was being crushed by the daily demands and diversions of adult life, Kent devoted himself to his art in 1994. He currently fills his time with painting in his studios in Oceanport and Mount Holly, teaching abstract painting, in addition to engineering.

He describes his paintings as "non-representational," meaning they are not meant to portray anything we see around us, but require careful study on the part of the viewer. A long look will reveal details and textures, he explains. His paintings generally show a large, somewhat centrally located "calm" space surrounded by borders filled with "edgy," graffiti-like visual activity.

Other artists in the exhibit are: Robert Baum, Jacqueline Boyd, Lisa C. Budd, Lydia Crompton, Vicky Culver, Susan Pitak Davis, Peg Dittmar, Barbara Ferrera, Stephen Garraty, Beverly Golembeski, Robert Grunke, Dwight K. Harris, Albert D. Horner, Rae Jaffe, Ted Jaslow, Debra Kayata, Dennis Loughlin, Annette Maynard, Jack D. McGovern, Gary Moore, Betsey Regan, Richard Samuelson, Christina Sanes, Judith Saylor, Mary Trivelli Schatz, Eileen Schreiber, Seppo Siimes and Robin Wesner.

The Noyes gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed all major holidays. Admission is $4 adults, $3 senior adults and students. Museum members are offered free admission. Call 609-652-8848 or go to http://www.noyesmuseum.org" target= "_blank">www.noyesmuseum.org

Atlantic County

•Victor Vilanti will exhibit his work through December at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit, sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center, will include acrylic still-life paintings as well as landscapes. For information, go to http://www.hammontonartscenter.org" target= "_blank">www.hammontonartscenter.org

•Hammonton Arts District and downtown merchants present a "Holiday Renaissance Evening" 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. The event includes complimentary refreshments, music and demonstrations throughout the downtown. Go to http://www.facebook.com/downtown" target= "_blank">www.facebook.com/downtown

hammonton or call 609-567-9014.

•Somers Point artist Jane Petransky is exhibiting at "The Studio," on the second-level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through December. The exhibit includes works from the artist's "Seaview Series." For more information about Latz's By The Bay, call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com

•""Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, through Jan. 7, 2012. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, by appointment on Monday and Saturday. Donations accepted. Go to www.aahmsnj.org

•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey exhibits "Refuge: Robert Lach," a work of larger-than-life nest installations, through Jan. 8; and "Paul Stankard: Poetry in Glass," to Jan. 22 . The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, free to museum members. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org

Cape May County

•A free, meet-the-artist reception for the Ocean City Fine Arts League's exhibition "Le Petite," in conjunction with Arc's annual exhibition and sale, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Refreshments will be served. Exhibit runs through December. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

•"With Love for Our Children," an exhibit of high school, elementary school and pre-school art, will be featured in the Ocean City Arts Center's main gallery, at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, through December. A free reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. During the reception an auction of the children's art will be held. For information call 609-399-7628.

•"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. Call 609-886-8787.

•Holiday Art Extravaganza, Dec. 9 to 11, by Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, kickoff 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in ballroom of Wilbraham Mansion, 133 Myrtle Ave., West Cape May. Original art for sale. Call 609-770-8261.

•"Ocean Treasures," the debut exhibit in the new Harbor Gallery at The Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May, runs through December. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 609-898-8848 or go to http://www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm" target= "_blank">www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm

Cumberland County and Points West

•"New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, through Dec. 31, Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics, artist profiles, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closedChristmas Day), $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, all children 17 and younger admitted free on Sundays through Dec. 18. 856-825-6800, 800-998-4552, or visit www.wheatonarts.org

Ocean County

•Pine Shores Art Association's Fall, Winter, Holiday Show will be on exhibit at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, through February. Call 609-597-3557 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. Call 609-597-3557 or go to www.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 City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.