The pastel landscapes of painter Rich Flanegan can make viewers feel as though they were talking a walk through the leafy lanes along Cape May's Washington Street Mall, or gazing at the Cape May Lighthouse bathed in sunshine. The award-winning artist, along with two other members of the Cape May Artists Cooperative, will be featured in a new exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 11, at the West End Garage gallery.
Flanegan, along with his artist wife Diane Flanegan, and fiber artist Mary Stewart, will be showcased through Dec. 8. The three also will be on hand to greet visitors and discuss their works at a free reception 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, during the Second Sunday Gallery Walk taking place in downtown Cape May.
Rich Flanegan, who works in acrylics, oils, pastels and watercolor, specializes in house portraits. He was commissioned to create a two-panel mural depicting the historic aspects of West Cape May, from gold beating to farming and the founding families. The mural is on display in West Cape May Borough Hall. Diane Flanegan, a stained-glass artist, has created large custom windows for many Cape May and Wildwood area homes.
Although sewing fabrics is her specialty, Stewart recently has branched out into knitting and likes to work with textural yarns to create whimsical hats for children.
The Artists' Cooperative Gallery is a group of local artists who have joined together to showcase and sell their work as well as educate the public about their art forms. The Second Sunday reception is part of the city-wide Second Sunday Gallery Walk, a partnership of the Artists Co-op, Gail Pierson Gallery, Splash, Soma Gallery, Spiritcatcher Gallery and Mad Batter Restaurant. Visitors can start their walk at any of the venues. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open daily. Call 609-770-8261.
•Adults are invited to view "Modigliani," an art movie, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Free. Call 609-567-5360.
•The African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ will present a new exhibit that traces the history of coiled basketry in Africa and America. Entitled Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art, the exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 12, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville. The exhibit will run through Jan. 7. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, by appointment on Mondays and Saturdays. Free, but donations accepted.
•Julie Kayati Smith will exhibit her work through November at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center. Kayati Smith is a retired art teacher from the Waterford School District.
•Seaview Resort in Galloway Township has unveiled a new exhibit in its 2,500 square foot satellite gallery in association with The Noyes Museum of Art of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The exhibit, "Reflections of a Time and Place," by watercolorist Marie Natale, will be on display through Jan. 8. Viewing in Seaview's satellite gallery, 401 S. New York Road, is free. 609-652-1800.
•"Flavors of Fall," an exhibit by 15 local artists, hangs at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through Nov. 19. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 609-653-4991
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey presents an exhibition of works from its Signature Artists through Nov. 27. The exhibit, "Paul Stankard: Poetry in Glass," runs to Jan. 22; "Refuge: Robert Lach," a work of larger-than-life nest installations, will be on display through Jan. 8. 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
•The Hammonton Arts Center's November Juried Fine Arts Exhibit will run through Nov. 29 at the HAC Gallery, located at 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
•A special exhibition of images relating to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's 40th Anniversary of Teaching is on display in hallways near F-Wing and the College Library, and adjacent to Alton Auditorium (A-Wing) on the Galloway Township campus. The exhibit will be on display through August 2012. For more information, visit www.stockton.edu and click on the 40th Anniversary and Reaching 40 icons on the main home page.
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•The William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, will host Philadelphia artist Katya Held on Thanksgiving weekend for live portrait painting sessions. Held will paint in the traditional alla prima style. Paintings in this style are started and finished in one session, usually lasting about 2½ hours. Observers are also invited to watch the process. To reserve time for a sitting contact the gallery at 609-368-6361 or http://www.williamris.com" target= "_blank">www.williamris.com
•Ocean City Arts Center opens its Annual Juried Art Show with an awards reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at its gallery at 1735 Simpson Ave. The event is free. Works will be featured throughout November and is for sale. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 609-399-7628 or http://www.oceancityartscenter.org" target= "_blank">www.oceancityartscenter.org
•The final exhibition of the 2011 season at SOMA NewArt Gallery features works by Samuel Donovan, Richard Samuelson, and Bruce and Robin Hippel, through Nov. 28 at the gallery, located at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. For more information, call 609-898-7488 or go to
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•Gallery artists are featured in the second member show of the year at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, located at 22 N. High St., in Millville, to Saturday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or www.rrcarts.com
•"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 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas 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
•Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University will speak on the topic "Master Artist Vermeer and Dutch Realism," 7 to 9 p.m. Monday,Nov. 14, at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. The free event is sponsored by Pine Shores Art Association. Preceding the lecture will be an artists reception at 6 p.m. to honor five PSAA members who will be included in the Fall, Winter, Holiday Show, on exhibit at the library November through February. Register by calling 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. 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to email@example.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.