The vistas of southern New Jersey, as depicted by pastel artist Diane Brown, are highlighted through the month of May at the Ocean City Arts Center. The public is invited to a free meet-the-artist reception 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 11.
Brown, a native of Peoria, Illinois, and longtime west coast resident, remembers being pleasantly surprised by the "soft beauty" of the shore. She describes her art as a combination of nature and spirituality.
Currently a resident of Somers Point, she has exhibited throughout the area and has many pieces in permanent collections. She is a board member of the Ocean City Fine Arts League and a member of the Renaissance Center, the Noyes Museum, South Jersey Plein Air Painters and the Ocean City Arts Center. A registered dietician, she and her husband are co-owners of Seniors on the Go of SJ Inc.
The Arts Center gallery is located on the second floor of the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about the exhibit go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.
•"Cip, Cut; Paper Thin," an exhibit featuring artists who create intricate work out of paper, runs Tuesday, May 15, to June 19 at the Noyes Gallery in Hammonton, 5 South Second St. A free opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. May 17. Call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html
•"Examining Themes of Racial Stereotyping: Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, the Gold Dust Twins, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat," currently on display at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, free admission, donations accepted. The exhibit will become a permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
•Jacqueline Boyd Fine Art Studio, 1012 W. Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine, presents "Art Show and Sale" highlighting local artists Jacqueline Boyd, Lauren Bellero and Liz Wuillermin for two weekends, May 26 through 27 and June 2 through 3. Show hours are: 6 to 9 p.m. (opening reception) May 26; 1 to 6 p.m. May 27; 6 to 9 p.m. June 2; and 1 to 6 p.m. June 3. Go to www.jboydfineart.com or call 609-226-6080.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township hosts the following exhibitions: "Lance Balderson: Abstractions," series of paintings, to May 13; "Alice: Into the Looking Glass," works based on the literary works of Lewis Carroll, to May 20; "George Nick: Edge of the Road," series of paintings, to May 27. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road in the Oceanville section of the township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, free to Stockton students. 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•The "Raw" juried photography exhibit can be seen to May 12 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Hammonton. The gallery is located at 5 South Second St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 609-561-8006 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html
•"Absolutely Abstract," an exhibit by four artists at three different venues along Somers Point's Historic Bayfront District, can be viewed until May 27 during regular business hours. The participating artists and locations are: Michael Waters and Paul Harrington in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road; Steve Kuzma at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave.; and Katherine Mott at Latz's By The Bay 801 Bay Ave. For further information contact Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
•"Intimate Landscapes," photography art by Albert D. Horner, through May 29, at Noyes Seaview Art Gallery, Seaview Resort, 401 South New York Road. The exhibit is free and open daily to the public. For hours call 855-894-8698 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•"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. Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org
•"Focal Point," the photography artists of the Hammonton Arts Center exhibit their work through May at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•"Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," a juried pastel exhibition, through Sept. 2, at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 8. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org.
•Artists are invited to submit works for the Summer Fine Arts Festival hosted by the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission and the Brigantine Historical Society to take place June 24 through July 15 at the Historical Museum. Every artist is permitted to display two pieces and each one must be accompanied by a registration form and $5 fee. To register contact Joanne at 609-266-2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org
•Katherine Mott will exhibit her mixed-media work entitled "Graffiti" at The Studio on the second level dining room at Latz's By The Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through June. The event is part of an ongoing partnership between the restaurant and Great Bay Gallery to present exhibits by local artists. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com. For Great Bay Gallery hours call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com
•Call for entries for "Art in the Basin," outdoor fine arts show at Historic Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14. Artists must submit photographs of their work for approval by May 31. Call 609-653-7006 or email email@example.com.
Cape May County
•Paint Out at Tollgate Farm and Gardens, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at 656 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, presented by Cape May County Art League. Painters, sketch artists, photographers welcome. Bring a lunch. Call 609-884-8628 or got o capemaycountyartleague.com
•The Cape May County Art League's Members Spring Fine Art Show runs through June 6 at the gallery at Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. The public is invited to the artists' reception from 3 to 5 p.m. May 20. All art work is for sale, with proceeds benefiting the CMCAL Scholarship Fund. Call 609-884-5970.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery, Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St., Cape May, hosts three solo exhibitions May 19 to June 17. The artists are: Terri Amig, in Gallery 1; John Monteith, in Gallery 2; and Greg Bennett, in Gallery 3. An opening reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. May 19. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, to 8 p.m. Saturdays; open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning May 24. Call 609-898-7488 or got o www.somagallery.net
•A meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 11 for the "Sky, Sea & Land" art competition and exhibition by Ocean City Fine Arts League, at Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through May 31. The Gallery is open daily. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•SOMA NewArt Gallery presents two exhibits to May 13: "Inspired Brushstrokes - a Teacher and her Artistic Influence," by Marie Natale and five of her students; and "Nature by Design," by Penny Beck. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Spring gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Go to www.somagallery.net or call 609-898-7488.
•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of Eliza Dietz, Lee Hajduk and Mary Stewart in its gallery at the West End Garage through June 3. A reception will be held 1 to 5 p.m. May 13 as part of the city-wide Second Sunday Gallery Walk and members will be on hand to discuss their works. Light refreshments will be served at each gallery. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open Fridays through Mondays. Call 609-770-8261.
•"The Bayshore Connection," an exhibit of art photography by Michael Hogan, runs through May at Cape May Bird Observatory's Sluice Creek Gallery, 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. Call 609-861-0700.
•"The Nature of Birds" by local artists Peg Dittmar and Sandy Maloney contineus through the end of May at Harbor Gallery, Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. All of the artwork is for sale, with a portion supporting the Nature Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 609-884-2736.
•A collection of pastels featuring the seascapes and landscapes of South Jersey by award-winning artist Stan Sperlak hangs through May at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•"Sheet Music Covers, A Decorative Art," graphics and artwork from World War I- and World War II-era sheet music covers, 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. Mondays through Fridays. $10 adults, $8 children, free for age 3 and younger. Call 609-886-8787.
Cumberland County and West
•Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts and the Levoy Theater Preservation Society collaborate in a show celebrating film and the performing arts. The show features historical photos, artifacts from the theater, and art in a variety of media. The show runs to May 14. The RRCA is located at 22 North High St., Millville. Call 856-327-4500 or go to www.rrcarts.com
•"An Artistic Journey," featuring artist and teacher Ellie Sorantino, runs through May 25 at Gallery 50, located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The Gallery will also feature the photography of Michael Schuelke in its windows. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.Gallery50.org
•Pine Shores Art Association's annual Spring Art Show hangs through May in the gallery, at 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. The show is open to the public on 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. www.pineshoresartassociation.org or call 240-462-8963.
•Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will present "Guugine, Cezanne to Matisse - Visions of Arcadia," 7 p.m. May 21 at Stafford Library. Preceding the lecture is an artists reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three of Pine Shores Art Association's award-winning artists: Pat Shepherd, Marilyn Flagler and Suzi Hoffman. Artwork will remain on the Library's gallery walls May through June. Both events are free. Call 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. Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•The Pine Shores Art Association summer fundraising event will be an exhibit of 50 framed, original works of art donated by 50 artists. Each painting will be offered for sale at only $50 to the first 50 people. Art patrons will be able to select their favorite work in an order chosen through a lottery drawing at a gala reception beginning 1 pm. July 22 at Stafford Firehouse, 133 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. Art Patron forms are available at www.pineshoresartassociation.org
Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.