Art Notes February 5

BOAT FLOAT: Artist Nancy Sterr displays her watercolor talent in the Student Show now at Pine Shores Art Association’s Gallery in Manahawkin. (Artwork by Nancy Sterr)

Plein Air Opportunity: Join the PSAA Plein Air Painters at Cloverdale Farm Ocean County Park on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a free painting session. Bring your own materials and be eco-friendly by disposing of terps, watercolor water and paper towels off-site. Cloverdale is located off West Bay Avenue in Barnegat.

The Pine Shores Art Association’s gallery in Manahawkin will be filled with student work through February. A reception for the artists is on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. before the regular members meeting. Artist Renee Leopardi will give a pastel demonstration following the meeting.

The public can view the Student Show 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.

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

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Weatherful: The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies opens an exhibition titled “Weather” that will run through March 29. 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.

Featured artists include Valda Bailey, Frederick Ballet, Lisa Budd, Shawn Casey, Kevin Coogan, Mary Edna Fraser, James Graham, Paul Hartelius, Albert D. Horner, George Mattei, Dalton Portella, Christopher Smith, Michael Spark and John Viahakis.

LBIF winter hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday 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 the 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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In the Libraries: Photographer Amy Stewart showcases her portraits in an exhibit, “People I Don’t Know,” at the Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City for the month of January. A reception for the artist is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Art Chat group meets Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the library branch in Tuckerton. Artists are invited to come and show their work for a friendly critique and support.

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Our Towns: Beach Haven Borough Hall presents “Boomers, Bouncers and Hanging 10,” paintings by PSAA artists, plus nostalgic beach photos. The show is open to visitors during borough hall hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues through April 24. Association artists also have new works adorning the walls of the Tuckerton municipal building and the Tuckerton Seaport visitor center.

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Tuckerton Seaport: Make a paper flower centerpiece with Mallorie Evans on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1030 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost includes all supplies: $30/Seaport members, $35/nonmembers.

Call the Seaport at 609-296-8868 to register.

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Noyes Notes: Two local artists, Surf City’s Cathleen Engelsen and Jill DeFelice of Tuckerton, exhibit at the Stockton Coast Day Pop-Up Gallery at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall gallery in Hammonton. The exhibit continues through Feb. 29. Also, a veterans paper-making and art-making program, “Frontline Papers,” will exhibit at the same time in a different gallery in Kramer Hall.

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Master Class: Classes are available in watercolor, charcoal and gouache plus pen and ink at the Thomas E. Rutledge Artist Guild in West Creek. Call 609-290-1039 for more information and to register and learn from this award-winning artist.

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, Feb. 5, 2020