Although he grew up far from the ocean in the rural countryside of Chester County, Pa., painter Kim Weiland's career is built upon his striking depictions of coastlines and seascapes.
Now based in Ocean City, the 58-year-old world traveler is featured in a solo show, "Passages: An Artist's Journey," at Accent Gallery through Aug. 20.
The display of oil and watercolor paintings features the theme of the sea as a dominating force. And, although he spent portions of his career sketching and painting throughout Italy, northern Europe, Yugoslavia and Tunisia, he cites the barrier islands from Maine to South Carolina as a constant source of inspiration.
In 1999, Weiland achieved the status of Signature Artist with the American Society of Marine Artists, where he served as president for three years. He is a Signature Artist at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, Galloway Township, and has served on the board of directors of the Ocean City Arts Center.
Weiland's paintings, giclees and limited-edition prints are displayed in galleries from Connecticut to Charleston, and many are housed in private and corporate collections. His lithographs of ocean scenes, published by the Bruce McGaw Company, are available in more than 60 countries worldwide.
When not in the studio, Weiland also teaches painting workshops in the United States and in Italy.
Accent Gallery is located at 956 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more details, call 609-398-3577 or visit www.accentgallery.com
•The Brigantine Historical Museum will feature Brigantine aerial, sports, and wildlife photography by Richard Dutton, Wednesday, Aug. 17, to Sept. 4. The museum is located next to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at the Lighthouse. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
•The Atlantic City Art Center, on the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue, exhibits abstract floral paintings by Robin Wesner, fabric art by Eleanor McKelvey, and watercolors by Peter Ehlinger. The exhibit runs to Sunday, Aug. 14. 609-347-5837 or email@example.com
•Atlantic Cape Community College's Art Gallery will feature the Ocean City Fine Arts League "Member's Exhibit," through Aug. 23. The Atlantic Cape Art Gallery is located in C building (C-125), on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. 609-625-1111, ext. 5346, or www.atlantic.edu/artgal/artgal.html
•"As Seen In A Dream" fine arts exhibit at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Work will be on display until Aug. 26. For hours, call 609-567-5360.
•Judy Heyman will exhibit her photographic work through August at Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center.
•"Gleanings: Works by Matrix," "Glenn Rudderow: Light, Air, and Paint," "Summerlands: Works from the Permanent Collection" and "Nancy Depew: Forest-scapes," are the summer exhibits at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 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. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org
•"Come to the Garden Party: A Floral Collaboration," on display through Sept. 3 at Great Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. 609-653-4991.
Cape May County
•Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of members Barbara Colosi (porcelain painting, handmade jewelry), Diana Cutshall (jewelry artist) and Lee Hajduk (photography) in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May, through Sept. 11. A "Second Sunday" reception will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, and the featured artists will be on hand to discuss their works. Light refreshments will be served. The Artists Co-op is open daily. 609-770-8261.
•The monthly "Second Sunday Gallery Walk" featuring a self-guided walking tour of six Cape May art galleries will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Participating galleries are: The Cape May Artists Cooperative, Gail Pierson Gallery, Splash, SOMA NewArt Gallery, Spiritcatcher Gallery and the gallery at Mad Batter Restaurant. Visitors may pick up maps at any gallery. Artists will be on hand to meet visitors and discuss their work. 609-770-8261.
•"Renoir - The Great-Grandson's Homage to the Impressionism Master," will be on exhibit Sept. 3 to 5, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibition features classic artwork of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, along with original works and a family perspective offered by his great-grandson, Alexandre Renoir. Gallery receptions will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4. The Renoir exhibition is free. The exhibition will remain on display through September. 609-368-7777 or www.oceangalleries.com
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League offers plein air painting Wednesday, Aug. 17, as part of Ocean City's "Evenings on Asbury Avenue." Artists must check in at OCFAL's gallery Art on Asbury, 608 Asbury Ave, between 4:45 and 5 p.m. Judging for prizes takes place 7:50 p.m. at the gallery. 609-814-0308 or www.oceancityfineartleague.org
•A one-man show by Stan Sperlak, "Nighttime/Daytime at the Jersey Shore," is on exhibit at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The show will run through Aug. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361.
•The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., will exhibit pottery and jewelry by Colleen Cornell through Aug. 31. A free meet the artist reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. 609-399-7628 or www.oceancityartscenter.org
•The Summer Studio, at 2089 Ocean Drive, Avalon, will exhibit works by Diann Cardello through the end of summer. 609-368-2300.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery exhibits "New Paintings and Drawings" by Cape May artist Victor Grass, to Sept. 5. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-898-7488.
•"Earthly Delights," an exhibit of fine crafts by regional artists, runs through Sept. 3 at Sluice Creek Gallery, located inside Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. Hours: 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 609-861-0700, ext 38.
•"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
Cumberland County and Points West
•Kim Fields: Sculpture Bird Beads Class, intermediate to advanced, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 20 and 21, Carlisle School of Glass Art, Millville Industrial Park, 412 S. Wade Blvd., Bldg. 7, Millville, $500 plus $25 for materials. Call 800-922-1167 or visit www.carlisleschoolofglassart.com
•"Three Artists on High," featuring the works of local High Street artists, will exhibit at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville's Glasstown Arts District, 22 N. High St., to Saturday, Aug. 13. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or www.rrcarts.com
•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts will present an exhibition celebrating the life and work of the late artist Chun-Yan Hilyard. A free opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 10, with sales benefiting Hilyard's children. Also at the RRCA, the Witt Gallery will feature the works of the RRCA's nine studio artists. The Atrium space will highlight the works of photo-based artist Glynnis Reed. The RRCA is located at 22 N High St., Millville. 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
•"WheatonArts and Southern New Jersey Artists" exhibit will run to Aug. 21 at The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Free. 800-998-4552 or www.wheatonarts.org
•Rowan University Art Gallery presents, "Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection," Aug. 29 to Oct. 1. An opening reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Admission is free. The gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (to 7 p.m. Wednesdays); and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 856-256-4521 or www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery
•"Japanese Ceremonial Dolls" exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 3 at the Education/Folklife Center at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. The exhibition is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts, $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, children five and younger free. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or www.wheatonarts.org
•"Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass," on display at the Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, to 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 www.wheatonarts.org
•"Nature And Her Inhabitants," a solo show by Maryann Cannon, will be on display through Aug. 28 at Watermark Gallery, 115 Water St., Tuckerton. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. 609-294-3343.
•Michael Ryan Architects and Bridgette Mayer Gallery of Philadelphia present "Steve Tobin: Master Pieces," an exhibition of steel, clay, bronze and paintings, to Aug. 28 at Michael Ryan Architects, 60 Loveladies Harbor, Loveladies. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. 609-548-2000.
•Twenty-three artists of the Pine Shores Art Association will exhibit paintings and photographs at the Stafford library through August. For more information, call Ilomay Pedicini, show director, at 609-693-9351.
•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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