SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May highlights four popular New Jersey artists in concurrent solo shows to mark its final exhibition of the 2011 season.
The diverse works of Samuel Donovan, Richard Samuelson, and Bruce and Robin Hippel can be seen through Nov. 28 at the gallery, located in Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., in Cape May.
In Donovan's works, viewers may get the feeling they've seen his art before. That's because in the years before computer-generated graphics, Donovan was part of a group that hand-painted the billboards that lined the roadways of South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. He eventually moved to large-scale murals for homes and businesses. Some of his most popular creations, all hand-painted, include the 400-square-foot Tastykake painting at the Tastykake factory in Philadelphia, a 1,100-square-foot mural at Cumberland Casualty Insurance Headquarters, and a 600-square-foot mural for Rutgers University.
In this exhibit of watercolors housed in Gallery 2, Donovan focuses on the things he loves about South Jersey: the outdoors, the dairy farms, and the rural landscapes and seascapes remembered from his youth.
Occupying Gallery 1, Samuelson presents his newest work of digital and mixed-media paintings. With subjects as diverse as war, the interiors of baroque churches and the pleasures of sculpture gardens, the common thread among all the paintings is that, to some degree, they are digitally manipulated.
Gallery 3 houses the stained-glass panels of Bruce Hippel and the sculptural ceramics of Robin Hippel.
Bruce Hippel, who has produced numerous site-specific windows for homes, churches and public buildings, has created three unique stained-glass panels on the theme "Dreaming Cats" for the exhibit.
Robin Hippel, whose specialty is working in clay, created three circular, ceramic sculptural wall-relief medallions, a tribute memorial to the World Trade Center, for the exhibit.
SOMA NewArt Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, to 9 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 609-898-7488 or visit www.somagallery.net
•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. The paintings exhibited represent locations in southern New Jersey, and all are for sale. 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 or www.greatbayartgallery.com
•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; an "artist talk" by master glass artist Paul Stankard is Nov. 10. The exhibit, "Paul Stankard: Poetry in Glass," runs 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
•The Hammonton Arts Center is calling for fine-arts entries for the November Juried Fine Arts Exhibit. The exhibit will take place to 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. www.hammontonartscenter.org
•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 visit www.LatzsByTheBay.com
•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. Visit www.stockton.edu and click on the 40th Anniversary and Reaching 40 icons on the main home page.
Cape May County
•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of members Diane and Rich Flanegan and Mary Stewart in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May, Nov. 11 to Dec. 8. An artists reception will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 during the citywide, monthly Second Sunday Gallery Walk. The event is free. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open daily. 609-770-8261.
•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 2 1/2 hours. Observers are also invited to watch the process. To reserve time for a sitting contact the gallery at 609-368-6361 or www.williamris.com
•The Cape May County Art League's Annual Members Only Show runs through Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. 609-884-5970.
•"W3," a photography exhibit spotlighting three South Jersey photographers - Frank Weiss, William R. West and Liz Wuillermin - runs to Nov. 10 at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is curated by ArtC. 609-368-6361 or www.williamris.com
•Ocean City Arts Center opens its Annual Juried Art Show with an awards reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 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 www.oceancityartscenter.org
Cumberland County and points West
•The Rowan University art gallery presents "Repetition: Repetition" - featuring eight artists, two collaborations and one dance performance - exploring 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. 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.
•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, through Nov. 12. 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
•Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University will speak on the topic "Master Artist Vermeer and Dutch Realism," 7 to 9 p.m. 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
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