The Hammonton Arts Center invites viewers on a tour of Italy through the watercolor paintings of Marie Natale in "La Vita Bella: One Artist's Journey Through Italy."

The exhibit is the result of Natale's recent teaching trip through Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Todi, Deruta and Orvietto where she traveled with art students from throughout the U.S.

A free meet the artist and opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, when the gallery stays open late for the Third Thursday events in the downtown shopping district. The exhibit will hang in the gallery through March 3.

Natale is a Signature Member of the Noyes Museum in Galloway Township, the New Jersey Watercolor Society, where she serves on the board, and the Philadelphia WCS. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the region and she has won numerous awards both locally and on the national level.

A former public school educator, she currently teaches watercolor privately at her home studio and at the Ocean City Art Center and at community centers and art guilds throughout the East Coast and abroad.

The Hammonton Arts Center is located at 219 Bellevue Ave. Hours are: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open to 8 p.m. during Third Thursday events); and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information call 609-567-5360 or visit http://www.hammontonartscenter.org" target= "_blank">www.hammontonartscenter.org.

Atlantic County

f-9•The Juried 3-D Art Show by the Hammonton Arts Center runs to Feb. 21. For information call 609-567-5360 or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

f-9•"Atlantic City Portraits of a People" photo exhibit runs through February at the Free Public Library in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit features photos of six of the city's influential African-American couples and also 100-year-old charcoal portraits of the Pettijohn family. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3115, for exhibit viewing hours.

•The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's new Art Gallery presents its inaugural exhibition through Feb. 22, with new work by the Visual Arts faculty and recent paintings by David Ahlsted. The gallery is located in L-wing, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, and is free and open to the public. For information call 609-652-4214 or go to http://www.stockton.edu/artgallery" target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/artgallery

•"Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography," traveling photography exhibit, through Feb. 28, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, first floor of the College Library (E-Wing of main campus), Galloway Township.

f-9•Galloway Cultural Arts Center's current exhibit, "Winter Magic," can be seen through March 17 at the Atlantic County Library, Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during normal library hours. For more information go to www.gallowayculturalarts.org

f-9•"Simply Seasons ... From Life and Studio," oil landscapes by painter Chuck Law, will be on exhibit through March 31 in "The Studio" gallery at Latz's By the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. The event is part of an ongoing partnership between the restaurant and Great Bay Gallery to present exhibits by local artists. For more information call 609-788-8838 or go to http://www.LatzsByTheBay.com" target= "_blank">www.LatzsByTheBay.com. For Great Bay Gallery hours call 609-653-4991 or http://www.greatbayartgallery.com" target= "_blank">www.greatbayartgallery.com

f-9•"Katherine Stanek and Julia Levitina: Of Myths, Metal and Mortar," a sculpture exhibit, can be viewed at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College through April 22. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours Thursdays until 8 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $4 for students and seniors. For information call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

f-9•""Stealing Home: How Jackie Robinson Changed America" exhibit at The African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs through May. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, Buena Vista Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is free, donations are accepted. For information call 609-704-5495 or go to http://www.aahmsng.org" target= "_blank">www.aahmsng.org

•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 Aug. 2012. For more information, visit www.stockton.edu and click on the 40th Anniversary and Reaching 40 icons on the main home page.

f-9•The Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., offers a series of classes and workshops for artists, crafters and musicians. For additional information on the classes and workshops including class description, tuition ,material costs and upcoming classes go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

Cape May County

• The Ocean City Fine Arts League's February Art Show will remain on display to the end of the month. All artwork is for sale. The gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave. For more information call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org

•Advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School present the third annual student art show "Portrayal of a Portrait," on display through February at The Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St.

f-9•Members of the Cape May County Art League will exhibit their works at Kindle Auto Plaza from Feb. 17 to 20. An artists reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. opening night. Light refreshments will be served. Kindle Auto Plaza is located at 525 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. For information call 888-826-3596 or go to capemaycountyartleague.com

•The nature photography of James Adam Taylor and his method of "photo transfers" will be exhibited at the Ocean City Arts Center through Feb. 29. The Arts Center is located in the Library Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information call 609-399-7628 or visit the website http://www.oceancityartscenter.org" target= "_blank">www.oceancityartscenter.org

•"Schools for the Colored," a collection of 50 photographs by Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, along with a photo exhibit of Cape May's Franklin Street School, is on exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. White and representatives from the Center for Community Arts will participate in a free panel discussion 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Both exhibits open Saturdays through April 14; Sundays Feb. 19, April 1, 15; Monday Feb. 20; and Monday through Thursday, April 2-12. Admission is free and gallery hours vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

f-9•NJ Junior Duck Stamp exhibit will be on display to March 9 at the Cape May Bird Observatory's Sluice Creek Gallery, 600 Route 47 North, Goshen. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Young artists and their families, as well as the general public, are invited to a reception 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the gallery. For information call 609-861-0700.

•Ocean City Arts Center presents its annual Juried Photography Show April 1-30. Photographers may submit up to four entries at $15 per entry. Judging takes place March 12-27 at Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., on the second floor of the Community Center. For information call 609-399-7628 or visit http://www.oceancityartscenter.org" target= "_blank">www.oceancityartscenter.org

•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I- and World War II-era sheet music covers, new exhibit at Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, Historic Hangar No. 1, Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.

Cumberland County and West

f-9•Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Glasstown Road, Millville, offers free admission to the Museum of American Glass during its winter operating schedule in February and March. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The current exhibit is: "Pioneers of American Studio Glass: Edris Eckhardt, Maurice Heaton, Frances and Michael Higgins." For information about WheatonArts, call 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800 or go to http://www.wheatonarts.org" target= "_blank">www.wheatonarts.org

f-9•"Willie Cole: Deep Impressions," will exhibit at Rowan University Art Gallery to March 10. It is also the first ever public art gallery survey of Cole's work in South Jersey. A curator and artist talk will be offered Sunday, Feb. 21. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours Wednesdays to 7 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 856-256-4521 or go to www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery.

Ocean County

f-9•The Pine Shores Art Association's annual Student Art Show exhibits through February at the PSAA gallery, located at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is the only opportunity to see art work created in the workshops and classes offered through the year. The gallery is open to the public through February from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information call 609-597-3557 or http://www.pineshoresartassociation.org" target= "_blank">www.pineshoresartassociation.org

•Professor Lisa Festa, of Georgian Court University, will speak on the topic, "Master Artist Vincent Van Gogh, Expressionist and Visionary," 7 p.m. March 26 at Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Preceding the lecture will be an artists reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three exhibiting artists from Pine Shores Art Association: Pat Johnson, Brad Thomas and Carol Neugebauer. Their art will remain on the library's gallery walls from March 1 to April 30. For information call the library at 609-597-3381 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org

•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. Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org

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