Color has returned to the Jersey Shore after a bleak winter, thanks to new and reopened exhibits at art galleries up and down our coast.
Nashville North Studios, Linwood
Open year round, Nashville North Studios will kick off its latest exhibit “By The Sea” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, which includes works, “of local oceans, beaches, back bays and ‘fishing holes,’ by artists such as Kathleen Arleth, Lance Balderson, Elise Cashman Bond, Marilyn Brent, Diane Brown, Deborah Burow, Tim and Gayle Faherty, Margaret Leslie, Scott Troxel, Jason Antonelli, Judy Saylor Allison and many more. Coinciding with the group show is a solo exhibit by nature artist Shirley Hawthorne. Other Fourth Friday activities include music by songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Gina Roche, and a scene from Fool Moon Theatre Company’s current show “Sylvia,” which runs at the Gateway Theatre the first two weekends of June. NNS is located at Linwood Greene, Suite 8, 210 New Road, Linwood. For more info, call 609-504-5044.
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Splash, Whale’s Tale Gallery, Cape May
Splash, Whale’s Tale Gallery will showcase works by local artist David Macomber at a meet-the-artist reception 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Coming from a commercial fishing family, Macomber understands first hand that all life revolves around the strength of the sea, particularly in Cape May. In his painting “Coming Home,” he depicts the 2CM buoy, the last buoy fishermen and mariners see before entering the safety of Cape May Harbor, in a tumultuous sea. “Growing up, when my Dad was passing this buoy — it meant he was almost home. This buoy is a symbol of safety and reunification with family,” he says. .
As member of “1% For the Planet,” Splash donates 1 percent of sales to environmental causes. Light refreshments will be served. Splash is located at 513 Carpenter’s Lane at the Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Call 609-846-7100.
Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor
Two of Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery’s most popular artists will be on exhibit during Memorial Day Weekend. Contemporary realism artist Ted Walsh has been at Beacon since its inception a decade ago. With his new body of paintings, Walsh continues to prove himself as a go-to painter of NJ coastal scenes. These paintings represent Walsh’s deep connection to the culture of South Jersey and to the traditions of American realism.
Contemporary graffiti artist Seek One’s work represents a combination of photography and graffiti expressed in a mixed-media style. A Philadelphia native who began writing graffiti at age 15, he is heavily influenced by Andy Warhol. All his work is done on 100 percent handmade wood panel and usually includes pieces of vintage media, acrylics, oils, spray paint, metal flake and other various mediums.
Exhibits open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The exhibits run through June 29. Beacon is located at 9410 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor. Go to BeaconArt.net.
Ocean Galleries, Stone Harbor
For the second year, internationally known artist Josef Kote visits Ocean Galleries, this time with a new collection of paintings for his “Harmony in White” exhibit.
Kote is best known for his distinct style that blends academic and abstract elements, along with his signature drip effect. Guests can meet Kote at receptions taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. His exhibition opens on Friday, May 25, and runs through Monday, May 28.
Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. Go to OceanGalleries.com.
Brigantine Art Walk, Brigantine
The always fun Brigantine Art Walk is back, with its first appearance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Brigantine City Ball Field between 24th and 26th streets on Brigantine Avenue. The showcased works will include pieces by by fine artists, photographers, jewelry artisans and more. Live music is part of the day’s festivities. Other Art Walks will take place on July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1.
Go to Facebook.com for more information.
Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City
There’s still time to check out pastel artist Linda Robinson’s work at the Ocean City Arts Center. Robinson studied under acclaimed artist Pat Witt at Barn Studio of Art, Stan Sperlak at Crow Creek Studio, Marie Natale, and Al Gury and Josh Marsh at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her work throughout southern New Jersey and has won several juried art shows.
Her show is exhibited through May 31. O.C.A.C. is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Call 609-399-7628 for more.
SOMA NewArt Gallery, Cape May
Catch the first three solo exhibits at SOMA before they close on Sunday, May 27.
Carol King Hood’s oils can be found in the “Cumulus” exhibit, multi-media collage artist Jane Runyeon displays her works in “Nature is Inside Art” and mother-and-daughter artists Karen Rose and Linley Rose-Schwakoff share the “Chip and the Block” exhibit.
SOMA is at Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry St. in Cape May. SOMAGallery.net.