Fire Me Up: Two Saturday drop-in ceramics programs begin March 2 at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Drop in any time 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. Ages 6 and older are welcome with a family caregiver. It’s a great family activity.
The Wild_Life Photography exhibit in the Blai gallery continues through March. Nineteen New Jersey photographers present images capturing the habitats surrounding the ocean, maritime forests, marshlands and Pine Barrens, and the variety of wildlife that make them their home. Local photographers in the exhibit include Ben Wurst, Jim Verhagen, Ryan Morrill and Christopher Smith, as well as pinelands images and video by Albert Horner.
During the winter, the LBIF is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays.
An open studio program called Painted Tuesdays is held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the painters loft overlooking the beautiful Barnegat Bay marshes. Resident artist Linda Ramsay is available to offer tips and pointers to improve work. This is an open format program, and artists are invited to do their own thing. All mediums are welcome. Bring your own supplies; easels and rolling tables are provided.
This program is open to everyone ages 18 and older. No registration is required; drop-in only. The fee is $25 per day. Open studio runs through April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and students can drop in at any time during the session.
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One-Woman Show: Nancy Edwards has a one-woman show at the Pine Shores Art Association gallery for the month of March with a reception planned for March 3 from to 4 p.m.
The Manahawkin gallery, on Stafford Avenue, is open to the public on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Registration forms for activities and classes are available at the gallery or online at pineshoresartassociation.org, or call 609-488-5838 for more information.
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. Thursday is life drawing (undraped model) from 7 to 9 p.m. 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 some friendly assistance.
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Beach Haven Proud: The current exhibit in the new Beach Haven Municipal Hall is “The Way We Were.” Paintings from the Pine Shores Art Association are exhibited along with 60 historical artifacts on loan from Beach Haven museums and residents. In addition, eight waterfowl paintings from the Noyes Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be on display.
The show will run through April and is available for viewing in the first-floor hall during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Irish Eyes: Amergael, the local Irish American society, will hold an artists’ exhibit at the Island branch of the Ocean County Library for the month of March. The theme is “Places I Remember … in Ireland.” The Island library is located at 217 South Central Ave. Call 609-494-2480.
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Artisans Wanted: Makers are invited to submit applications for the fifth annual Makers Festival, to be held at Manahawkin Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. The application fee is $10; information can be found at themakersfest.com or on Facebook.
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In the Libraries: On March 11 from 7 to 8:45 p.m., art professor Kate Nearpass Ogden presents the history of art forgery and stolen art in the Stafford branch of the Ocean County library. The program is free, but registration is requested. Before the program, meet four PSAA artiists who are showing at the library.
The next “Art Chat” at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library is Thursday, March 7, at 10 a.m. The branch is located at 380 Bay Ave. in Tuckerton. Artists bring their finished work for a friendly critique. Free.
In the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library, the Seaport Stitchers display their quilts.