OCEAN CITY — Artists from across the area got a chance to showcase their talents for a good cause this weekend as the Ocean City Fine Arts League hosted a two-day sidewalk art sale along Asbury Avenue.

“This is probably the only opportunity some people here get to show their work like this,” said Ocean City artist Shirley Hawthorne, who sold nearly all of her oil paintings and pastels.

Artist and league board member Happy Gandolfi, of Linwood, said proceeds from the donated artwork would be used to pay for the group’s year-round programs. Those include art classes for the developmentally disabled and at The Women’s Center in Northfield.

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But beyond those outreach projects, Gandolfi said the league gives artists a place to gather and share what they’ve learned. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2002.

“We provide a place for emerging and established artists,” she said. “We show their work, rent space to them and hold classes, too.”

Although the sidewalks were quiet Sunday afternoon, the artists said the weekend had had been a success.

“I wanted to buy one of your paintings, but somebody beat me to it,” Egg Harbor Township artist Mary Ann Kline said to Hawthorne, as the two sat in the shade outside the league’s headquarters Sunday. “They picked it up and bought it before I could get over there.”

Henderson and Kline said they’ve both made friends and often work with fellow artists through the league.

“It’s nice to share and there’s a lot of us out here,” Henderson said.

“We are in South Jersey, so there’s not a lot of places like this,” Kline said. “We’re lucky to have this down here.”

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