The unofficial dawn of summer brings with it not merely balmy sea-salt breezes and rainbow sherbet-hued skies, but the return of many art galleries and exhibits, emitting even more color onto an already vibrant region.
While open year round, Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor kicks off its exhibit season with New York-based, Albania-born artist Josef Kote. Known for his distinctive style and technique, his paintings are touted as “symphonies of light and color that are lyrically stunning and romantic, edgy and current.”
Kote utilizes classic academic and abstract elements and combines them with his signature “dripping effect.” While the eye at first seems to veer toward his bold use of color placed by either brush or pallet knife, it’s difficult for one to avoid his creative use of negative space, crafted by utilizing monochromatic tones with little-to-no detail.
Throughout his career, Kote’s style has morphed from impressionistic to expressionistic. However, since moving to New York a few years back, his style became so unique that even the most astute art critics are hesitant to pin it to a particular genre.
“Seeing Josef’s artwork in person is an incredible experience,” Ocean Galleries Owner Kim Miller says. “Each piece captures shimmering moments in time and space … filled with light, energy and love for whatever subject he chooses to portray.”
Kote’s “Drifting Away” exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday, May 26 to 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 29. Artist receptions take place 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor; OceanGalleries.com
BEACON SHORTWAVE ART GALLERY
Stone Harbor and the rest of the shore are happily welcoming back Beacon Shortwave Art Gallery. This ultra-cool contemporary gallery is now in its ninth season and starts things off with works by three artists: New York-based photographer Mark MacKinnon, realist painter Ted Walsh and Bucks County impressionist Jennifer Hanson Rolli.
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Collected internationally, MacKinnon’s Beacon exhibit is a coastal selection of large-format digital work. Walsh, a Beacon favorite, holds a Masters in Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His new works evoke the stark bleakness of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
Rolli’s work can be found throughout the Northeast, but her “coastal collection,” which depicts a nautical theme, is exclusive to Beacon Art.
The gallery will be open Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Artist receptions take place 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
9412 Second Ave., Stone Harbor; BeaconArt.net
SOMA NEWART GALLERY
Although it has already officially re-opened for the season, this new exhibit at SOMA is too good to ignore. Three solo shows will include paintings by Teri Amig, Judy McCabe Jarvis and Molly McGuire.
Amig’s “Let The Games Begin,” is a collection of new paintings that uses large animals as a metaphor for “our human interaction and existence.”
American realist Jarvis’ new works “tend to disrupt familiar landscapes by changing the lens in which we view them” in her show “Layers of Perception.”
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“State of Mind” is McGuire’s — aka Magwire — collection of new circus banners that portray local folklore such as the Black Dog, the White Stag, Hoppie the Sea Monster and the Jersey Devil.
The three solo exhibits will open with a reception filled with art, conversation and light refreshments from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, with the show running through June 25. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, till 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning June 9, SOMA opens till 10 p.m. daily.
31 Perry St. in Carpenter’s Square Mall, Cape May; SOMAGallery.net
NASHVILLE NORTH STUDIOS
Another year rounder, Nashville North Studios will host its monthly Fourth Friday event, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, with the theme: “Auto-Topia.” The exhibit, which runs till July 16, is a figurative drive through time, highlighting the various modes of transportation throughout the years, from the days of horse-drawn carriages to today’s modern vehicles.
Prior to entering the gallery on Fourth Friday, scan the parking lot for some vintage vehicles. Once inside, check out the works of local artists such as Lance Balderson, Chuck Law, Michael Zambelli, Kathy Wheatcroft, Judy Saylor Allison, Colleen Cornell and many more, all while enjoying light refreshments and listening to live music by Andy Dimacale.
Linwood Greene, 210 New Road, Suite 8, Linwood; 609-504-5044
BRIGANTINE ART WALK
There’s a new location for the second annual Brigantine Art Walk, a weekly rain-or-shine event that takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays from May 27 to Sept. 2. Activities, including works by at least 30 artists of every medium, music by Irish folk singer Bob Galbraith, plus food by the Cove Restaurant that’s available for purchase, will take place at Haneman Park. Each art walk supports a different Brigantine charity. For this particular event, a percentage of art sales will go to Veterans War Memorial Park.
Revere and 15th streets; BrigantineArtWalk.com