This Week in the Arts: Stone Harbor's William Ris Gallery offers a 'Salute to the Seashore'

‘Collecting Shells,’ by New Jersey artist David Ahlsted, is included in ‘A Salute to the Seashore,’ on exhibit through September at William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor.

The perfect beach experience is captured on canvas in "A Salute to the Seashore," on exhibit at William Ris Gallery through the end of September.

Thirty-eight artists are represented in the show, each presenting his or her own idea of the essence of what is best about living in South Jersey as the summer winds down.

"We Southern Jerseyans know the secret about living here," says gallery director Mary Cantone about the exhibit's theme. "September is the best month of the year to experience the area's sheer perfection. That's what is captured by our artists."

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The William Ris Gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 609-368-6361.

Atlantic County

•The Noyes Museum of Art in Galloway Township presents an exhibition of works from its Signature Artists Friday, Sept. 9, to Nov. 27. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. 609-652-8848 or

•One-of-a-kind "Artsy Bird Houses" are on display at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Belleveue Ave., Hammonton, for a community fundraising project concluding Sept. 18. For bidding details, visit

•Joe Bruno will exhibit his photographic work through September at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton.

•"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. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or

•"Oil on Water: 3 Painters," featuring artists Margaret McCann, Marilyn Brent and Timothy Buckley, will exhibit through Sept. 18 at the Atlantic City Arts Center, located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue, in Atlantic City. A meet the artists reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. 609-347-5837.

•Artist Donna Elias will be showing her work and signing prints and posters of her watercolor painting, "The 2011 Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey," Oct. 15 and 16 at Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, in celebration of Lighthouse Challenge weekend.

Cape May County

•"The Permanent Collection Sale" featuring a selection of Ocean City Arts Center works, will be on sale in September in the main gallery, located at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Paintings range from $50 to $1,500. A reception will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 609-399-7628 or

•"All About the Light," new pastel paintings by Stan Sperlak, debuts at SOMA NewArt Gallery with an artist's reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy music and refreshments. The exhibit runs to Oct. 17. The gallery is 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

•Local, regional and visiting artists are invited to paint "plein air" in a "Paint Out" in the herb garden at Tollgate Farm & Gardens, 656 Sunset Blvd., Cape May, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. exhibiting the works. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free. Artists should sign up in advance by calling the Center for Community Arts at 609-884-7525.

•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 Sunday, Sept. 11; the art of Eliza Dietz, Barbara Hoepp and Anita Roth will be featured from Sept. 11 to Oct. 7. The Artists Co-op is open daily. 609-770-8261.

•Gail Pierson Gallery welcomes Nancy Tankersley back to Cape May for a second solo exhibition of oil paintings through Monday, Sept. 12. The gallery is located at 658 Washington St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays. 609-884-2585 or

•Gallery D'May, Fine Art, 305 Washington St., Cape May, exhibits the works of Samir Sammoun through Sept. 20. 609-884-4465 or

•The Summer Studio, 2089 Ocean Drive, Avalon, exhibits works by Diann Cardello through the end of summer. 609-368-2300.

•"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.

Cumberland County and Points West

•The paintings of Barbara Pitt will be featured at the Third Friday art show, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16, at Aponi Gallery, 501 N. High St., Milliville. The artist also will be in attendance from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. 856-605-2714.

•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts presents an exhibition celebrating the life and work of the late artist Chun-Yan Hilyard through Saturday, 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

•Rowan University Art Gallery presents "Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection" through Oct. 1. 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

•"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

•"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

Ocean County

•Art Harvest Show/Lecture, Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin will host an artists reception 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10, and lecture presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. by Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden, Ph.D., of Stockton College, at Stafford Library, free. Register 609-597-3557 or the Library 609-597-3381.

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.

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