Lori Bonanni, a full-time painter active in the art and sailing communities of Long Beach Island, is the Pine Shores Art Association's featured artist for October.
Bonanni, who holds a BS degree in Landscape Architecture from Rowan University, likes to convey what she calls "a sense of place" in her works.
"Many times I find inspiration in the familiar - a building, a path, a road or elements of the local natural environment," she says.
A founder of the PSAA Plein Air Group, she primarily works in oil, with subjects including landscapes, seascapes and still-life paintings. She says her favorite painting locations include Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay and Bucks County, Pa. Although Bonanni has been painting seriously for only two years, she already has earned three ribbons and admittance to juried art shows, including two Judges Choice awards at Pine Shores.
She attributes her success to her daily painting routine. Each day she paints a small panel and posts it to her blog, "Postcards from Long Beach Island," to which she adds brief comments, observations and background on the subject of her art.
Bonanni's work will be spotlighted at the North End Trilogy Gallery in Barnegat Light and Artifacts R Treasures in Beach Haven. To view more of Bonanni's works, visit
•Artist Donna Elias will show her work and sign prints and posters of her watercolor painting, "The 2011 Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey," Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, at Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, in celebration of Lighthouse Challenge weekend. http://www.lighthousechallengenj.org/" target= "_blank">www.lighthousechallengenj.org
•Robin D'Adamo will exhibit her work throughout October at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center. D'Adamo currently teaches art at Pleasantville High School. For library hours, call 609-561-2264.
•The Atlantic City Art Center will show the works of Peter Echlinger, J. Michael Smith and Michael Waters through Oct 22. The Art Center is located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 609-347-5837.
•Award-winning master watercolorist Alex Alampi returns to The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 with a new workshop, "Working from Photographs." Tuition is $75 nonmembers, $70 HAC members. Registration forms are available at www.hammontonartscenter.org
•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; "Refuge: Robert Lach," a work of larger-than-life nest installations, will be on display through Jan. 8 at the Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, located in Galloway Township. An opening reception with the artist in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, 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 http://www.noyesmuseum.org/" target= "_blank">www.noyesmuseum.org
Cape May County
•"W3," a photography exhibit spotlighting three South Jersey photographers - Frank Weiss, William R. West and Liz Wuillermin - opens Thursday, Oct. 13, at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. An opening reception will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The exhibit is curated by ArtC, and runs to Nov. 10. 609-368-6361 or www.williamris.com
•Collage artist Lois Adam is the featured artist at the Ocean City Art Center through Oct. 30. A free meet-the-artist reception will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1734 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or www.oceancityartscenter
•The Ocean City Fine Arts Gallery presents the October competition and exhibition, themed: "Interiors," through Oct. 31. Featured are original works by local artisans. There will be a meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Gallery on Asbury Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free. 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartsleague.org
•"All About the Light," new pastel paintings by Stan Sperlak, runs to Sunday, Oct. 16, at SOMA NewArt Gallery, located in Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-898-7488 or http://www.somagallery.net/" target= "_blank">www.somagallery.net
•Nature photographer Christine Peck, metal-smith jeweler Phil Dietz and fabric artist Lisa Bernstein are featured artists during October at the Cape May Artists Cooperative gallery, located in the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May. The gallery is open daily. 609-770-8261.
•Matt Lively's "New York" exhibit will run through Oct. 30 at The Gail Pierson Gallery, 658 Washington St., Cape May. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. 609-884-2585 or http://www.gailpiersongallery.com/">www.gailpiersongallery.com
•"Celebrate Cape May - Watercolors by Marie Natale," special tribute to the history and legends of the Chalfonte Hotel, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October, at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. Admission is free. All art work available for purchase. www.chalfonte.com
•Sluice Creek Gallery will host the wildlife art exhibit, "Native Species," through Oct. 31, at its gallery in the Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 N ., in Goshen. 609-861-0700.
•The Cape May County Art League's Annual Members Only Show runs through Nov. 8 at the Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. For information call 609-884-5970.
Cumberland County and Points West
•The Rowan University art gallery presents "Repetition: Repetition" - featuring eight artists, two collaborations and one dance performance - which explores the visual and emotional impact found in repeating images. The non-traditional exhibit is housed in the on-campus gallery, located in Westby Hall, Route 322, Glassboro, and continues through Nov. 10. A one-night performance by dancer/choreographer/video artist Olive Prince takes place 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (until 7 p.m. Wednesdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 856-256-4521.
•The Fuel House Coffee Co. presents art by Robert Hickox and music by Gene Shepherd during the Second Friday event 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at 636 E. Landis Ave. Admission is $5. 856-563-1400.
•Exhibits by The New Jersey American Artists Professional League Inc. and The Society of New Jersey Artists are featured at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts until Saturday, Oct. 15. The RRCArts is located at 22 N. High St., Millville. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or visit http://www.rrcarts.com/" target= "_blank">www.rrcarts.com
•"Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass," on display at the Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, to Sunday, Oct. 16. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, and free for children five and younger. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or http://www.wheatonarts.org/" target= "_blank">www.wheatonarts.org
•The works of Glenys Baulderstone and Danny Ng will be on exhibit at the Stafford Township Library's art gallery through October. 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
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