After a 30-year career establishing himself as one of the foremost palette-knife artists in the country, now plagued with personal health limitations, Howard Behrens returns to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor for a final gallery show.
"The End of an Era: Twilight Memories," opens Saturday, Aug. 6, for a two-day run. Behrens, who suffers from the effects of Parkinson's disease, will be on hand for two gallery receptions, 6 to 10 p.m. opening night and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
In honor of Behrens, who has exhibited at the gallery many times in the past, Ocean Galleries will support the Michael J. Fox Foundation with a silent auction fundraiser. A gicle� titled "Stairway to Carlotta," donated by the artist and framed by Ocean Galleries, will be on display for bidding throughout the weekend, with all proceeds donated to the Parkinson's research foundation, says gallery owner Kim Miller.
Behrens was diagnosed with Parkinson's several years ago and says he began to fear the disease would limit his painting abilities. Symbolically, the artist began painting sunsets of some of his favorite places in the world.
"Last May, as my Parkinson's disease progressed, I realized that I truly am in the twilight of my long career," Behrens says. "My goal at this, my last gallery show, is to showcase what the twilight years mean to me ... as I begin to say farewell to so many friends and collectors, especially here at Ocean Galleries."
Since becoming a professional artist in 1980, Behrens has had more than 250 one-man shows across the country. His works have been on the covers of many art publications, and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers. This final exhibition will celebrate the latest artistic stage of his three decades of work.
"I still adore light, shadows and color, but I am enraptured by the many hues and nuances as the day draws to a close. I feel like I understand the mystery and the awe of evening light much more now than I did in my earlier career," Behrens explains.
The show is free, as are the two scheduled receptions. Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave. in Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the summer season. For more information, or for directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com
•"As Seen In A Dream" is the theme for the August fine arts exhibit at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Work will be on display until Aug. 26. The public is invited to attend an artists reception on from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. 609-567-5360.
•Jacqueline Boyd Fine Art Studio in Brigantine presents its "Mid Summer Art Show" Saturday, Aug. 6, to Monday, Aug. 8, featuring the work of three New Jersey artists: Lisa Budd, Marie Elaine Lanza and Eleanor Coia McKelvey. A meet the artists reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will continue noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The gallery is located at 1012 W. Brigantine Ave. 609-226-6080 or www.jboydfineart.com
•The Atlantic City Art Center, on the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue, exhibits abstract floral paintings by Robin Wesner, fabric art by Eleanor McKelvey, and watercolors by Peter Ehlinger. The exhibit runs through Aug. 14. 609-347-5837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
•Atlantic Cape Community College's Art Gallery will feature the Ocean City Fine Arts League "Member's Exhibit," through Aug. 23. The Atlantic Cape Art Gallery is located in C building (C-125), on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. 609-625-1111, ext. 5346, or www.atlantic.edu/artgal/artgal.html
•Judy Heyman will exhibit her photographic work throughout August at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. The exhibit is sponsored by the Hammonton Arts Center.
•"Gleanings: Works by Matrix," "Glenn Rudderow: Light, Air, and Paint," "Summerlands: Works from the Permanent Collection" and "Nancy Depew: Forest-scapes," are the summer exhibits at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, 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. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed all major holidays. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org
•"Come to the Garden Party: A Floral Collaboration," on display through Sept. 3 at Great Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. 609-653-4991.
Cape May County
•The St. Barnabas Art Group celebrates its 50th year with an exhibit at the home of artist Fury Feraco, Bay Drive in Fishing Creek, Lower Township, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The artists will be available to discuss their works.
•The 49th Annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, from Eighth to 12th streets along the Boardwalk in Ocean City. 609-399-7628.
•SOMA NewArt Gallery exhibits "New Paintings and Drawings" by Cape May artist Victor Grass, Saturday, Aug. 6, to Sept. 5. A free opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 609-898-7488.
•A one-man show by Stan Sperlak, "Nighttime/Daytime at the Jersey Shore," opens Saturday, Aug. 6, at William Ris Gallery, with an artist's reception beginning 5 p.m. The show will run through Aug. 24. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 609-368-6361.
•The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., will exhibit pottery and jewelry by Colleen Cornell through Aug. 31. A free meet the artist reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12. 609-399-7628 or www.oceancityartscenter.org
•"Celebrate Cape May - Watercolors by Marie Natale," special tribute to the history and legends of the Chalfonte Hotel, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October, at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. A meet the artist and author reception will be hosted in the Magnolia Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Free. All art work on view and the book are available for purchase. www.chalfonte.com
•The Cape May Artists Cooperative will feature the work of members Cindy Mahoney-Crawford, Robin Hippel and Jody Swope, through Aug. 11 in its recently renovated gallery at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May. The Artists Cooperative Gallery is open daily. 609-770-8261.
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League offers plein air painting Wednesdays through Aug. 17 as part of Ocean City's "Evenings on Asbury Avenue." Artists must check in at OCFAL's gallery Art on Asbury, 608 Asbury Ave, between 4:45 and 5 p.m. Judging for prizes takes place 7:50 p.m. at the gallery. 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartleague.org
•The Summer Studio, at 2089 Ocean Drive, Avalon, will exhibit works by Diann Cardello through the end of summer. 609-368-2300.
•"Earthly Delights," an exhibit of fine crafts by regional artists, runs through Sept. 3 at Sluice Creek Gallery, located inside Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, in Goshen. Hours: 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 609-861-0700, ext 38.
Cumberland County and Points West
•The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts will present an exhibition celebrating the life and work of the late artist Chun-Yan Hilyard. A free opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 10, with sales benefiting Hilyard's children. Also at the RRCA, the Witt Gallery will feature the works of the RRCA's nine studio artists. The Atrium space will highlight the works of photo-based artist Glynnis Reed. The RRCA is located at 22 N High St., Millville. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or www.rrcarts.com
•Rowan University Art Gallery presents "Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection," Aug. 29 to Oct. 1. An opening reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Admission is free. The gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (to 7 p.m. Wednesdays); and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 856-256-4521 or www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery
•"Three Artists on High," featuring the works of local High Street artists, will exhibit at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville's Glasstown Arts District, 22 N. High St., through Aug. 13. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 856-327-4500 or www.rrcarts.com
•"WheatonArts and Southern New Jersey Artists" exhibit will run to Aug. 21 at The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Free. 800-998-4552 or www.wheatonarts.org
•"Japanese Ceremonial Dolls" exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 3 at the Education/Folklife Center at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. The exhibition is included in the price of admission to WheatonArts, $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, children five and younger free. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or www.wheatonarts.org
•"Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass," on display at the Museum of American Glass, WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, to Oct. 16. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, and free for children five and younger. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800 or www.wheatonarts.org
•"Nature And Her Inhabitants," a solo show by Maryann Cannon, will be on display through Aug. 28 at Watermark Gallery, 115 Water St., Tuckerton. An artists reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. 609-294-3343.
•Michael Ryan Architects and Bridgette Mayer Gallery of Philadelphia present "Steve Tobin: Master Pieces," an exhibition of steel, clay, bronze and paintings, to Aug. 28 at Michael Ryan Architects, 60 Loveladies Harbor, Loveladies. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. 609-548-2000.
•Twenty-three artists of the Pine Shores Art Association will exhibit paintings and photographs at the Stafford library through August. For more information, call Ilomay Pedicini, show director, at 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. 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org
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