As a citizen of the world, Siona Benjamin uses her art to speak of the similarities, not the differences, shared by all. Her latest traveling exhibit, "Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin," stops at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery in Galloway Township from Jan. 22 to March 27.
Originally from Mumbai, India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent, Benjamin grew up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, was educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, raised Jewish, and is now living in America.
"I have always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which I have lived. My work reflects my background and the tradition between my old and new worlds," Benjamin says in her artist's notes for the exhibit.
The exhibition includes three of Benjamin's installation pieces: "Lilith in the New World," "My Magic Carpet" and "Mandala." These installations combine paintings, sculptural elements and objects that reference both the artist's childhood in India and her position as a contemporary artist in the Western world. For the most part, the paintings are made with gouache and 22-carat gold leaf on paper, wood panel and even mylar sheets.
Benjamin's work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribute, Art in America, Art and Antiques, Art News and other periodicals. Following the display here, Benjamin's work will travel to Towson University's Asian Arts and Culture Center in Towson, Md.
Benjamin will share her views about art in a conversation with the artist 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the gallery. She will be joined by Dr. Shanthi Rajaraman and Dr. Robert Nichols. The event is free.
Stockton College Art Gallery is located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. The gallery is open to the public noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
The gallery is closed for spring break March 9 through 17. Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery.
•The Gazsi Studio, located in Suite 109, at the rear of 505 Hamilton Ave., Linwood, will exhibit two dozen compositions by Egg Harbor Township-based artist Bill Sines on Jan. 26. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and all works will be available for purchase. Call 609 653-7006.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents "The Art of Conflict," an exhibition of art that references conflict in various media. The exhibition will run Friday, Jan. 18, to April 21. An opening reception is planned 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, with the artists in attendance. The Noyes gallery is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•Stan Sperlack pastel workshop, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Hammonton Arts Center 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, for students from beginner to advance. Fee for the workshop is $95. Registration forms available at the HAC Gallery or www.hammontonartscenter.org
•Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township: Dendrology: The Nature of Trees, through Sunday, Jan. 20; Finding Home: Seth Camm, through Jan. 27; The Art of Conflict, Friday, Jan. 18, to April 21; Earl B. Lewis: National Treasure, Jan. 25 to May 19; Pat Witt: Art Spirit, Feb. 1 to May 26; Prints from The Noyes Collection: Jerome Kaplan, Hulda D. Robbins, Benton Spruance, Feb. 8 to May 12. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdayss, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•The award-winning scenic photography of Leslie LoSasso will exhibit through January at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. LoSasso is a member of "Focal Point" photography group of the Hammonton Arts Center. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call the library at 609-561-2264 or the Hammonton Arts Center at 609-567-5360 or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•"The New Artists in Town," featuring works by 12 resident artists of the Hammonton Artist Studios, runs through Jan. 30 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. For information call 609-567-5360 or go to www.hammontonartscenter.org or call the Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton at 609-561-8006.
•Juried art exhibit, "The Heart of the Artist," Jan. 29 through Feb. 20, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, open to all artists. Entry information www.hammontonartscener.org
•"Emerging Photographers: Hannah Price and Glynnis Reed," on exhibit Tuesday, Jan. 22, to March 21, at the Stockton College Art Gallery, located on the main campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center in L-wing, Galloway Township. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed the week of March 9 to 7. Free gallery talks by the artists will be held 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 (Glynnis Reed), and 2 p.m. March 19 (Hannah Price). Call 609-652-4214 or go to www.stockton.edu/artgallery
•Artwork by members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League is exhibited at Shore Medical Center's Surgical Pavilion through March. In addition to the Art on Asbury works, a special wall is dedicated to the artwork created by the Arc of Atlantic County students and their teachers. The surgical pavilion gallery is located on the medical center's second-floor lobby, on the corner of Brighton and Bay avenues, in Somers Point. Call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
Cape May County
•Ocean City Arts Center will host an exhibition of new paintings to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ocean City Fishing Club at the newly reopened Arts Center gallery, 735 Simpson Ave. The exhibit runs through January. Paintings are for sale. Go to www.oceancityartscenter.org
•Works by advanced art students from Lower Cape May Regional High School will be on display through January at Mad Batter Restaurant, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. The annual exhibit provides students the opportunity to have their work displayed at a professional venue. Call 609-884-5970.
•"Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County," a new exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, runs Saturday, Jan. 19, through April 14. The gallery is located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Call 609-884-5404 or go to www.capemaymac.org
•Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the February "Anything Goes" competition and exhibition. Entry fee is $5 for members, $10 nonmembers. Entries can be dropped off at Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, from Jan. 25 to 28. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•"Nature and Art," the final show of the 2012 season at William Ris Gallery, on exhibit through January. Featuring works by painters Glenn Redderow, Kim Weiland, Anthony Rudisill, David Ahlsted, Paula Waterman, Stan Sperlak and Ron Orlando. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The gallery's winter pottery sale is currently taking place with 50 percent off. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•January group show at the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-770-8261 for information.
•The Arts on Asbury Gallery of the Ocean City Fine Arts League will hold a meet-the-artist reception and awards presentation 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, showcasing artwork by the Arc of Atlantic County students. The event is free and open to the public. The show runs through the end of February and all artwork is for sale. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•Pine Shores Art Association art history lecture, "New York and the Ashcan School," 7 p.m. March 18, Stafford Library, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, by Professor Lisa Festa of Georgian Court University, free. Register at library, 609-597-3381. Preceding the lecture will be an artist reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor three artists participating in the March/April exhibition: Elaine Biddulph, Giorio Donnarumma and Robert Heyer. Call 609-597-3557 or go to www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•"Anthony Migliaccio & Plein Air Paintings," exhibits to Jan. 31, at Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, main campus, College Drive, Toms River. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when classes are in session. Call 732-255-0500.
•Artists from Pine Shores Art Association exhibit through January at the Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. Art is available for purchase. Call Pine Shores at 609-597-3557 or the library at 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. Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
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