For the Rest of Us: Artisans’ Festivus Market 4 is a must-see, laid-back, local market, featuring makers of all things: sea glass/precious stone jewelry, paintings, holiday decor and warm knittings, ceramics, dreamcatchers, Father Christmas figures, handmade quilts and linens, rustic wall hangings, resin creations and more. Find it one day only, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tree of Life Pilates Studio at The Commons at Royce Run, 1064 Main St. (Route 9), in West Creek (Unit 2E, around the back).
Nettie’s Cookin’ Now will supply goodies, along with beverages, and free chair massages by Coral Island Spa.
Local participants include KSKnits, Tanglewood Arts, SGM Artworks, Merianne Tree of Life, Kiera’s Resin Art, Diane’s Organics, Noel Schaffer Designs, Makers Station, Diane Opalenick, Downtown Traders, Lulu Belle Upcycled, and Owlmoon Creations.
In 2016, two local artisans wanted to celebrate the high-calibre work of local 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. Locals flocked to the below-the-radar event, and this year’s promises to be just as “festivus” as the previous three years’.
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Artists Wanted: The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies invites artists to submit their artwork for consideration for an exhibition titled “Weather” that opens January 24 and 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.Artist can submit Jpeg images via email to email@example.com by December 16.
Jingle All the Way: The LBIF continues its Holiday Market with arts and crafts on display for sale through Dec. 15.
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 lbifoundation.org 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.
Classes in December include “Painting Poinsettias” with Nancy Edwards, “Snow Scenes in Watercolor” with Bob Heyer, and “Creating Holiday Cards and Gifts” with Jill De Felice and Charleen Leslie. Register at pineshoresartassociation.org.
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.
Registration forms for activities and classes are available at the gallery or online at pineshoresartassociation.org, or call 609-488-5838 for more information.
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Our Towns: Beach Haven Borough Hall presents “Winter Celebrations,” paintings by PSAA 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: At the Lacey branch, artist Jill De Felice presents her series of paintings, “A Legacy of Loss: Endangered Species Act.”
The Art Chat group hosts meetings at the Tuckerton Library, 380 Bay Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and 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.