Art Notes Dec. 6

Dec 06, 2017
Artwork by: Leslee Ganss 'Fish Crow' oil painting part of the 'Unloved Series' by Leslee Ganss exhibited at 'Festivus 2.'

Twelve Creators Creating: Last year, two local artisans wanted to celebrate the high-caliber work of regional artists and creative makers. They launched a pop-up holiday market in the positive vibes of a Pilates studio, and the “Artisans’ Festivus Market” was born. This year’s grassroots get-together, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tree of Life Pilates Studio in West Creek, promises to be as “festivus” as the first.

Festivus 2 features 12 talented locals: Robyn Firth, Victoria Ford, Leslee Ganss, Merianne Paul Haug, Nancy Jelinski, Annie Machotka, Steve Miller, Nettie and Nattie, Chuck Paul, Kimberly Ramey, Karen Ryerson and Tim Tooker. Find sea glass jewelry, fine art, repurposed accessories, holiday decor, wind chimes, dream catchers, and all things for body and mind – including free chair massages by Coral Island Spa.

Tree of Life Pilates is at The Commons at Royce Run, 1064 Main St. in West Creek.

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Holiday Show: The annual Holiday Art and Craft Show and Sale is at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences through January. Find special, one-of-a-kind art for that special person.

Register for a “Family Felted Soap” workshop with Sara Setzer at the LBIF on Friday, Dec. 9. There are two sessions, 10 a.m. to noon or 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Ages 7 and older with caregiver. Bring two bars of soap to cover, or purchase from Setzer ($5 per bar).

“Adult Night Out” at the LBIF is a “Canvas and Cocktails” event with artist Abby Saiia on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Bring your own beverage and snacks. Cost, $30 per person             

Every Saturday at the Foundation, join Dallas Koenig in the ceramics studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can be age 6 to adult, and all levels of experience are welcome. Fee is $35 plus the cost of clay; to paint available finished ceramics during a “Fire Me Up” session is $15 per object plus cost of the piece. To register for classes, go to or call 609-494-1241.

The public is welcome to come by anytime during drop-in studio hours. The drop-in fee is $35 for a three-hour block plus the cost of clay.

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Winter Wonderland: The Pine Shores Art Association has “Decked the Walls” of its gallery, 94 Stafford Ave. in Manahawkin, with holiday and winter scenes through Dec. 27. Some are for sale. The gallery is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Registration forms for activities and classes are available at the gallery or online at

Ongoing portrait sessions are open to all artists for a nominal model fee on 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. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is “do your own thing”; artists meet and create their own work; afterwards is “Artists Helping Artists” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; drop in with your supplies for some friendly assistance (no AHA on 12/20).

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In the Library: The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library will host a reception for local artist Nicole Whitcraft-Warren on Saturday, December 9 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Her work will be on display through December.

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Tuckerton Seaport: Members of the Pine Shores Art Association will display holiday and winter art in the Visitors Center of the Tuckerton Seaport. Artwork is for sale.

Sign up now to join Master Carver Jode Hillman at the Tuckerton Seaport for an intensive two-day workshop, Feb. 18 and 25, in which students will learn the methods and techniques needed to carve and paint a Delaware River style brant decoy. Students may choose a hen or drake to carve and paint; painting will be done in oils. Registration is required by Feb. 10; call 609-296-8868. Cost: $155 for Seaport members, $170 for nonmembers, including materials.

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Victorian Open House: The Ocean County Artists Guild hosts a holiday open house in its charming Victorian edifice in Island Heights every Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artisans gifts are on sale for $50 or less, plus larger paintings with the theme “Your Spring Garden.” OCAG is located at 22 Chestnut Ave. in Island Heights. Donation for admission.

Farther Afield: The Pinelands Preservation Alliance in Southampton hosts a juried photography exhibit, “The Pinelands,” through December. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit focuses on the people, places and scenery of the Pinelands. Images were judged by photographer Bill Horin, the founder and creative director of ArtC. —P.J.



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