Art Notes April 17

May 17, 2017
Artwork by: June Merrifield ‘Maxx and Charlie,’ watercolor by June Merrifield, is part of the Pine Shores Art Association spring show.

Pretty in Pink: The popular “Canvas and Cocktails” takes up the cause of cancer awareness at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences’ “Paint the Town Pink” night, Friday, May 26 ,from 7 to 9 p.m. Join artist Chelsey Odgers and paint a wine glass. Wear pink, drink pink and paint pink. Bring your own cocktails and snacks – you must be at least 21 to participate, and the fee is $30.

Every Saturday through the summer, join Dallas Koenig in the ceramics studio from 1 to 5 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. To work with clay is $35 plus cost of clay; to paint available finished ceramics during a “Fire Me Up” session is $15 per object.

To register for classes, go to or call 609-494-1241.

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The Rowan University Art Faculty exhibition, “We Create,” is currently in the Blai Gallery. A talk with participating artists is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with a reception to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. The Garden Club of Long Beach Island will also be exhibiting “Art in Bloom,” featuring flower arrangements using the lines, colors and themes of the paintings and expressing them in flowers. Art in Bloom will stay in place until Sunday, May 21.

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OCAG Solo: The Ocean County Artists Guild in Island Heights exhibits watercolors by Pat Morgan in her solo show “Watermarks,” beginning May 7.

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Flower Power: Last chance to see “The Flower Show” at Birdland Gallery before it closes on May 21. The salon-style exhibit features works by 18 artists. Part of the installation includes a living wall of plants and flowers. The gallery is located in Artifacts and More, Beach Haven.

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Art Chat: Artists meet at 10:15 a.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Tuckerton Seaport Hunting Shanty for encouragement, news and support. Bring old or new works for discussion, and your coffee and treats. This is not a work session.

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Submit to Poetry: The annual Painted Poetry exhibit at the Surf City branch of the Ocean County Library is set for August, but now is the time for poets and artists to submit their work for consideration by the curators. The deadline is May 19. For details on requirements, contact Richard Morgan at 609-207-6809 or

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Teens Wanted: The New Jersey Teen Arts Festival, May 31, June 1 and 2, is the culminating celebration and state-wide showcase featuring the highest caliber teen artists of New Jersey spanning the art forms of music, dance, creative writing, theater, visual arts and everything in between.

New Jersey students and teachers are invited to register for professional development workshops and master class workshops including “Behind the Puppet Stage” led by Bart P. Roccoberton, Jr., director of the Puppet Arts Program from the University of Connecticut; “African Drums and Dance” workshop, led by The Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble; and “Bowl Making: Raising Hunger Awareness,” led by Mil Welxer Korinski. There will also be a College Fair.

The N.J .Teen Arts Festival is held on the main campus of Ocean County College, in Toms River. For more information visit, call 732-566-2787 or email

Seniors Wanted: The 41st annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit is looking for entries from professional and nonprofessional artists, age 60 or older, who are residents of Ocean County.

Submit one piece of original artwork in one of 11 categories on Wednesday, June 7, between 9 a.m. and noon in the lobby of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts (Building #12) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River.

Categories of eligible work are: acrylic painting, craft, digital/computer art, drawing, mixed media, oil painting, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor.

A non-refundable entry fee of $10 in cash is required at the time of submission.

For complete eligibility requirements, artwork display rules and an entry form, call Valarie Morris, OCC College Relations Office, at 732-255-0400, extension 2380, or visit

The Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit will be open for public viewing at the Grunin Center Gallery, second floor, from June 10 to July 6.

During May, Frank Parisi’s photographs and Karen Pomeroy’s watercolors, “Water Babies,” are on display in the gallery.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Gallery is open whenever the OCC main campus in Toms River is in session.

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PSAA: The Pine Shores Art Association Spring Art Show is hanging in the gallery through May.

PSAA offers workshops to all artists in collage, watercolor, gouache, tempera, oil and pastels at its Manahawkin gallery, 94 Stafford Ave.

All classes are $75 to nonmembers, $50 for members. Sign up at or call 609-597-3557 for more info.

Ongoing pastel workshops with Linda Coulter continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the gallery. The fee is $20 per session; bring your own materials.

Ongoing portrait sessions are open to all artists for a nominal model fee, Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. On Thursday is life drawing (undraped model) from 7 to 9 p.m. On Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., is Artists Helping Artists; drop in with your supplies for some friendly assistance. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is “do your own thing”; artists meet and create their own work.

The Tuckerton Seaport exhibit of PSAA artists is receiving on June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The main theme is the tradition of fishing, crabbing, clamming and the second theme is the American flag.

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Philly Bound: Tuckerton artist Laura Bethmann is exhibiting her “Nature Print Paintings” at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, 100 North Front St., from May 15 to Aug. 18 with an artist’s reception on Tuesday, May 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

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In the Libraries: Glenys Baulderstone exhibits her work of sumi-e, a Japanese art using an ink block, grinding stone, and brush, in the Waretown branch of the Ocean County Library through May. Call 609-603-5133 for more info.

Little Egg Harbor photographers Linda Reddington and Frank Jackson exhibit at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the library through May.

“New York, New York” photography by retired F.D.N.Y. Deputy Chief Ted Goldfarb is on display at the Long Beach Island branch in Surf City through May.

Mike Lipton, Harriet Fink, Rosina Van Strien and Dick Tarczynski exhibit at the Stafford branch through May. —P.J.

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