Printmaker Janet Payne and photographer Tina Giaimo share the spotlight Friday, Dec. 2 in "Ocean Treasures," the first show in the new Harbor Gallery at the Nature Center of Cape May.
The women, both popular and award-winning local artists, often team up for exhibits and shows. Both artists say they are inspired by the beauty of nature.
A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, and the public is invited to view the artwork and check out the gallery in the newly renovated Trucksess Welcome Center. Plans call for new exhibits to be featured monthly by local artists with a reception held on the first Friday of each month.
Payne, of West Cape May, specializes in hand-tinted block prints and mixed-media prints of fish using an ancient Japanese printing technique called Gyotaku. The method was first used to record the true size and species of fish caught by Japanese fishermen in the 1800s, where live fish were inked while lying in the bottom of a boat and printed on used newspapers, says Payne. Although she prints her fish on acid-free Japanese rice paper, Payne says she uses watercolor and pastels in her creations.
Giaimo, who has photographed images extensively throughout Cape May and the United States, likes to focus on the "natural wonders" of the area. Her images have been used by the Cape May Chamber of Commerce and Cape May Tourism, appearing in New Jersey Life, Yachting Magazine and Newsday.
The "Ocean Treasures" exhibit runs through December. The Nature Center is located at 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Special holiday shopping hours are noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11. Call 609-898-8848 or see www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm
•An artist's reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 for the winners of a "Juried Exhibit of Miniature Art," on display to Dec. 28, at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For information go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•"Rock Star of the Art World" Michael Godard will return to the Oh My Godard Gallery at the Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, in Atlantic City, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 to promote his recent collection, The Master Series. Godard will sign his books and work with collectors to create original sketches. For more information go to www.michaelgodard.com
•"Beyond a Stare, Portraits by Julia Day," on exhibit to Dec. 18, at The Noyes Museum of Art Gallery, 5 South Second St., Hammonton. Admission is free. Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and 10 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.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." Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com
•""Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, through Jan. 7, 2012. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, by appointment on Monday and Saturday. Information: www.aahmsnj.org
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey exhibits "Refuge: Robert Lach," a work of larger-than-life nest installations, through Jan. 8; and "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. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org
•Seaview Resort in Galloway Township has a new exhibit in its 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 all are for sale. 401 S. New York Road 609-652-1800.
•An 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 Aug. 2012. See www.stockton.edu
Cape May County
•A "meet the artist" reception and awards presentation for the Ocean City Fine Arts League's December exhibition "Le Petite," will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through December. For more informationm, call 609-814-0308 or go to www.oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Rich and Diane Flanegan, along with fiber artist Mary Stewart, are showcased through Dec. 8 at the Cape May Artists Cooperative, located at the West End Garage gallery, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. The gallery is open daily. For more information call 609-770-8261.
•Holiday Art Extravaganza, Dec. 9-11, by Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, kickoff 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in ballroom of Wilbraham Mansion, 133 Myrtle Ave., West Cape May. Original art for sale. For information call 609-770-8261.
Cumberland County and Points West
•"New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, through Dec. 31, Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics, artist profiles, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, all children 17 and younger admitted free on Sundays through Dec. 18. 856-825-6800, 800-998-4552, or go to www.wheatonarts.org
•Pine Shores Art Association's Fall, Winter, Holiday Show will be on exhibit at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, through February. Call 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
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to email@example.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.