Pine Shores Art Association Art Patron Show

Jul 19, 2017
Artwork by: Suzi Hoffman ‘Ol’ Barney’ watercolor and ink by PSAA artist Suzi Hoffman.

The Pine Shores Art Association presents its sixth annual Art Patron Show, organized to raise funds for its various educational programs and community outreach. Through the generosity of 50 artists who donated their work and the 50 patrons who paid $75 for a chance to choose one painting among the donated artworks, the show is the biggest fundraiser the group has.

Mary Walker-Baptiste brought the idea to the group because she had participated in an Art Barn event by the Art Institute in Ridgewood years ago.

With her co-chairs, husband Lou Baptiste and Pat Morgan, work begins on the show in January, said Walker-Baptiste. “We’re able to get the artists’ commitments pretty quickly, but we are always anxious about getting enough patrons. Every time Lou came back from the mailbox, I’d ask, ‘Any patrons today?’ We always do get them.”

The donated 50 paintings are hung in the gallery so the patrons can come and make a wish list; only the few patrons who are called first may get their first choice. Here’s how the Art Patron show works: At the Gala Reception, to be held this year on July 30, names are drawn from a bowl. The first patron called has the choice of any painting in the show. The second has the next choice and so on down the line until the last person takes the last selection but also receives a free patron entry for the next year’s show.

The reception is always held in the Stafford Township Firehouse, across the street from Pine Shores’ headquarters, because there is more room. The hanging committee for the show first hangs it in the Pine Shores gallery at 94 Stafford Ave., where it remains on view to the public until Wednesday, July 26. Then it is taken down on Friday and the whole show is moved across the street. Partitions are set up and the show is re-hung, said Walker-Baptiste.

This year Abbott’s Wood Enterprises in Manahawkin donated a child’s Adirondack chair for a raffle. Eight different artists added to the decorations on the chair. Anyone can participate in the raffle on the day of the gala, and the public is invited to watch the proceedings and see the beautiful donated works.

Donations include watercolors by Tom Rutledge and Robert Heyer, both members of the American Watercolor Society. Rutledge has donated a large painting, “Ocean Dory,” and Heyer a smaller marine work, “Line Handler,” from his time in Maine.

Portrait artist Tom Doyle has donated a pastel, “Lady in Costume,” and pastel artist Linda Coulter has donated a still life, “Peach Bowl.”

Joyce Lawrence gave an oil painting, “Idle Afternoon,” and Willy Mueller also donated an oil landscape, “Tranquility.”

Suzi Hoffman has just returned from an artists colony in Paducah, Ky., where she lived for two years, and to celebrate returning to the shore she painted “Ol’ Barney,” a watercolor and ink-line mixed media painting.

There are lovely floral paintings, such as Carol Nace’s “Floral Fantasy,” Marilyn Flagler’s “Mother’s Day Peonies,” Jennifer LaVeglio’s “Spring Peony” and Glenys Baulderstone’s “Bella Rose.”

“The quality of the artwork has increased each year,” said Walker-Baptiste.

Being a patron in the Art Patron show is a great way to increase a collection by local artists at a fraction of their worth. 


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