Artist Christine Lockwood McPartland sometimes surprises herself when she completes a painting and realizes it didn't turn out as expected.
"Sometimes, the finished work is far from what I imagined it to be, and that's the fun of it," McPartland says. "I find painting is a way of expression that comes from deep inside; color, light and dark, and texture all come together right before your eyes."
McPartland's paintings are currently on exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center through Jan. 31. A reception to meet the artist will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.
A painter for more than two decades, McPartland works mainly in pastels, watercolor and acrylics. She works from her Ocean City studio and paints with fellow artists at the Lance Balderson studio in Seaville.
Ocean City Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said McPartland's paintings have been selected for three years to be a part of the center's juried art show and also do well in the themed shows.
The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org.
•"Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography," travelng photography exhibit to Feb. 28, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, first floor of the College Library (E-Wing), Galloway Township, open to the public.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey exhibits "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. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org
•Stockton's new Art Gallery presents its inaugural exhibitions Tuesday, Jan. 17 with new work by the Visual Arts faculty and recent paintings by David Ahlsted. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The gallery is located in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, and is free and open to the public. Call 609-652-4214 or go to http://www.stockton.edu/artgallery" target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/artgallery
Cape May County
•"Schools for the Colored," an exhibit of 50 photographs by Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton, along with Cape May's Franklin Street School, opens Jan. 14 at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Reception 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. White and representatives from the Center for Community Arts will particpate in a panel discussion 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Open Saturdays, Jan. 14-April 14; Sundays Feb. 19, April 1, 15; Monday Feb. 20; and Monday through Thursday, April 2-12. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
•Strathmere artist Greg Bennett exhibits at the William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, through January. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts an exhibit through January featuring artists who volunteered their time throughout the year to judge OCFAL shows. A "Meet the Artists" reception takes place 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at the gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•"Sister Act II," featuring Catherine and Mia Bosna, is on exhibit through Feb. 4 at the Mad Batter Restaurant art gallery, in the Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Call 609-884-5970.
•Pine Shores Art Association offers: Drawing by Tom Rutledge - Fridays to Jan. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $50 members, $75 nonmembers; Watercolor by Pat Morgan, Tuesdays, Jan. 17 and 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Pastel (ongoing) by Linda Coulter, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 609-597-3557 or go to
•The Ocean County Library will present "80's Rock Show," an exhibit of portraits by local artist Patti Shouldice, through January in its second floor gallery, 101 Washington St., Toms River. A free reception to meet the artist takes place 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Call 732-349-6200, ext. 5112, or go to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org" target= "_blank">www.theoceancountylibrary.org
•Local photographer Jeff Sayre's "Beauty at the Shore" photo exhibit hangs through January in the McConnell Gallery of the Ocean County Libray, 101 Washington St., Toms River. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 732-349-6200, ext. 5112, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org
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