Two years ago, Glynnis Reed followed her parents to Egg Harbor Township from Los Angeles, where she grew up, and she says living in South Jersey has boosted her career.

In August the art teacher at Texas Avenue School in Atlantic City moved from her Millville studio into the new Hammonton Artist Studios, where she shares the building with nine other artists.

“Working alongside other artists, I get feedback on my work. It’s a type of collaboration and what drew me there,” she said.

At the same time she has been venturing into new territory.

“I had worked with photography for quite some time, but I’ve been working in painting and collage recently,” she said. “It’s a new awakening for me, working with more tactile materials.”

Her subject matter remains consistent, she said, “telling stories about the power of women and how we are connected through nature.”

Her collages are on display now at the Asian Art Institute on Vine Street in Philadelphia, and she will be part of a two-person show at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Gallery next Jan. 22 through March 21. Last year she traveled to Austria for an artists-in-residency program.

Reed got her master’s in fine arts from the University of California at Irvine in 2003, and expects to get certified as a teacher through the alternate route at the end of the year. Her parents, Delbert and Iris Reed, retired to Egg Harbor Township about six years ago.

“I basically have had a lot of wonderful experiences happen since living here,” she said. “It’s definitely been a great move.”

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Clothes for kids

Southern Regional High School teacher Elizabeth Strattman has completed the second year of her Clothe a Child project in Manahawkin, and recently took 40 students to Kohl’s in Manahawkin for a clothing shopping trip. Each child was given a $100 voucher and matched with a volunteer to assist in shopping.

Clothe a Child operates through partnerships with Kohl’s Department Store, funded by donations from churches, friends, businesses and civic organizations.

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