Holiday shopping and entertainment are featured at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville during a free gallery reception Friday, Dec. 16, for area artisans and crafters.
The "Artful Giving" exhibition, occupying the North Gallery space, is the only display of the year that allows patrons to buy and take home the handcrafted items on display. The RRCA also provides free gift wrap for the event.
The reception takes place 6 to 9 p.m. and entertainment is provided by The Cumberland Flutes, which will perform traditional and classic holiday carols. A complimentary wine bar and butlered appetizers are also part of the festivities.
In addition to the Artful Giving exhibit, the RRCA features an exhibition in the Witt Gallery by artist members of Jump-In, a collaborative group of artists who meet once a month in the Artist's Consortium on High Street in Millville. The primary focus of the group is to engage in discussion about art, and collectively create a challenge for their next artistic creation. The current exhibition is a culmination of two years of challenges. Some of the works on display were developed from challenges including circles, recycled materials and monochromatic paint samples.
The Associate Artist Alcove features paintings and three-dimensional works by Valerie Waywell-Pierson, Nancy Sharp and Robert Baum. In the Atrium space, Glasstown Arts District painter Mo Pagano displays some of his latest works.
All of the above will remain on display throughout Dec. 30.
The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts is located at 22 N. High St. The center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Eve. For more information call 856-327-4500 or go to
•Hammonton Arts District and downtown merchants present a "Holiday Renaissance Evening" 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, music and demonstrations downtown. Go to www.facebook.com/downtown or call 609-567-9014.
•"Beyond a Stare, Portraits by Julia Day," on exhibit to Sunday, Dec. 18, at The Noyes Museum of Art Gallery, 5 South Second St., Hammonton. Free admission. 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." For more information about Latz's By The Bay, call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com
•Victor Vilanti will exhibit his work through December at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit, sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center, will include acrylic still-life paintings as well as landscapes. For information go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey highlights local, regional and in-state art work with its Associate Artist Exhibition, on view to Jan. 1. The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed on major holidays. Admission $4 adults, $3 senior adults and students. For information call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•""Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, 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. Admission is free, but donations accepted. 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 unveiled a new exhibit in its 2,500 square foot 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 exhibited represent locations in southern New Jersey, and all are for sale. Viewing in Seaview's satellite gallery, 401 S. New York Road, is free. 609-652-1800.
•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.
Cape May County
•"Cornucopia," a holiday exhibit and gift show, runs through December at Sluice Creek Gallery, at the Cape May Bird Observatory, 700 Route 47 N., Goshen. The show features crafts made by South Jersey artists and includes photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and folk carvings. Sluice Creek Gallery is open to the public 9:30 a.m .to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to Dec. 23. The gallery will re-open early January. Call 609-861-0700.
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League exhibits "Le Petite," in conjunction with Arc's annual exhibition and sale, through December at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Go to oceancityfineartsleague.org.
•"With Love for Our Children," an exhibit of high school, elementary school and pre-school art, will be featured in the Ocean City Arts Center's main gallery, at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, through December. Atlantic County and Cape May schools are participating in the show. Call 609-399-7628.
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 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.
•Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, Holiday Show on exhibit. Weekly open studio sessions: Sundays: 1 to
3 p.m.; Mondays: 7 to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays: 7 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays: 7 to 9p.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.