Art Notes December 18

Artwork by: Suzi Hoffman. MOUTHFUL: ‘Atlantic Puffin’ by Suzi Hoffman is part of the ‘Endangered Species’ exhibit of artworks at the LBI branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City.

Southern Ocean County, NJHandmade Happy Hour(s): The Union Market is hosting a “Handmade Holiday Happy Hour” on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Shop from dozens of local artisans’ works including Sara Setzer Feltworks, blown glass by Jeff Ruemeli, holiday and sea side themed mugs by Matt Burton, Bunkerfish Designs on clothing, collages by Dawn Simon and quirky metal sculptures by Metal Elements. There will be free drip coffee, door prizes and 10 percent off retail purchases. Find the Union Market at 120 Main St, Tuckerton, on the grounds of the Tuckerton Seaport.

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Save the Date: The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies opens an exhibition titled “Weather” on Jan. 24 that will run through the end of March. This themed exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums: photography, painting, drawing, fiber arts and mixed media, all depicting weather and the environmental impact it has on New Jersey and the coast – climate change, storms, seasonal changes, heat, wind, etc.

LBIF winter hours are: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Painter Linda Ramsay opens her winter studio at the Foundation, overlooking wetlands, to artists on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ramsay offers suggestions and encouragement during these sessions in your medium of choice. Bring art supplies; LBIF offers free easels and tables. The fee is $25, payable to LBIF on the day. No registration is necessary.

Two Saturday drop-in ceramics programs are offered at the LBIF. “Fire Me Up” is a drop-in-anytime event between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to paint bisqueware, cups, dishes, etc. for a $15 fee (members free) plus the cost of the ceramics. The ceramics will be fired and can be picked up at a later date. Or if you want to create your own greenware, pay $35 plus the cost of clay, and an instructor will lead you through hand-building or on the wheel for up to three hours. Children ages 6 and older are welcome with a family caregiver.

Register online at or call 609-494-1241.

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Deck the Walls: Pine Shores Art Association’s “Deck the Walls” holiday art show is at the Manahawkin gallery, 94 Stafford Ave., through Dec. 26. The public can view the works on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.

PSAA offers the following at its gallery: Ongoing portrait sessions are open to all artists for a nominal ($5) model fee on Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday is life drawing (undraped model) from 7 to 9 p.m. ($10 model fee required). Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is a “do your own thing” session; artists meet and create their own work. Afterward is “Artists Helping Artists” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; drop in with your supplies for assistance. Events during Christmas week Dec. 23 through 29 are cancelled portrait session resumes on Monday, Dec 30.

Registration forms for activities and classes are available at the gallery or online at, or call 609-488-5838 for more information

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Our Towns: Beach Haven Borough Hall presents “Winter Celebrations,” paintings by Pine Shores Art Association artists plus historic photos. The show is open to visitors during borough hall hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues through Jan. 7. Association artists also have new works adorning the walls of the Tuckerton municipal building.

In the Libraries: Artists Suzi Hoffman and Barbara Kraemer exhibit “Endangered Speices” in the Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City for the month of January.

The Art Chat group, which hosts meetings at the Tuckerton Library, 380 Bay Ave., hosts a special holiday get-together on Dec. 19 with refreshments. Artists are invited to come and show their work for a friendly critique.

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Model Sessions: Life Drawing at the Historic Old Baptist Church in Stafford Township is every first and third Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Model fee is $10.


Reposted from The Sandpaper, Dec. 18, 2019