Pine Shores Art Patron Show at the Stafford Firehouse

Jul 18, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Mary Walker-Baptiste holds one of the artist-painted watering cans that will serve as door prizes during the Art Patron event on July 29.

The Pine Shores Arts Association’s biggest fundraiser is the Art Patron Show, now in its eighth year. It raises funds for the group’s various educational programs and community outreach. Fifty artists generously donated their work, and 50 art patrons have paid $100 for a chance to choose one painting among the donated artworks.

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 artist Pat Morgan, work begins on the show in January.

The donated 50 paintings are hung in the gallery so the patrons can come and make a wish list.

Here’s how the Art Patron show works: At the Gala Reception held on Sunday, July 29, 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 next year’s show.

The Gala Reception is always held in the Stafford Firehouse at 133 Stafford Ave., across the street from Pine Shores’ headquarters.

The public is invited to watch the fun starting at 1 p.m. There are three door prizes this year: watering cans painted by PSAA artists. Refreshments are served.

In other news, nine members of Pine Shores Art Association were among the prize winners of the 42nd annual Ocean County Senior Art Exhibit at the Grunin Center Gallery on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River. The winners were announced at the June 15 award ceremony.

Professional winners from Pine Shores included: Paul Hartelius, third place/Mixed Media; Raymond Moran, first place/Watercolor; and Mary Walker-Baptiste, first place/Works on Paper.

Pine Shores’ winners in non-professional categories included: Mike Amato, Honorable Mention/Acrylics; Bernadette Callanan, second place/Mixed Media; Ed Rennar, second place/Pastel; Chuck Sulkowski, first place/Pastel; and Paul Jablonski, first place/Works on Paper.

As first-place winners, Jablonski, Moran, Sulkowski and Walker-Baptiste are invited to enter the New Jersey State Art Exhibit that will be held from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor.

Pine Shores Art Association provides year-round classes for artists of every age in all drawing and painting mediums. The group also holds quarterly art history lectures, monthly art exhibits, and weekly drop-in portrait, figure study, and open studio sessions. The list of available classes keeps growing. In 2018, new weekend and evening classes have been added to the collection of well over 100 affordable annual classes offered by established teachers. For more information on classes, art shows and other art opportunities offered, visit

— Pat Johnson

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