Going Wild: The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences presents a Wildlife Photography Exhibition in the Blai Gallery through the end of March. Nineteen New Jersey photographers, including many from our area, present images capturing the habitats surrounding the ocean, maritime forests, marshlands, Pine Barrens, and the variety of wildlife that make them their home.
A potluck reception is planned for Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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 six days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed 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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Artist Reception: Kim Cesaretti is the Pine Shores Art Association’s January artist. Her solo show continues through the end of the month.
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 a Winter/History show. Paintings with a winter theme will be exhibited along with museum artifacts. 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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Artist Opportunities: Amergael invites artists to participate in the 10th Celebrate Irish Arts for the month of March in the Island branch of the Ocean County library. The theme is “There are places I remember … (In Ireland).” Contact Bernadette Callanan at 609-492-6146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. An application costs $10; information can be found at themakersfest.com or on Facebook.
Artists can still participate in a show at the Island branch of the Ocean County Library during the month of February. The Great John Mathis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in partnership with the Friends of the Island Library is sponsoring an art exhibit celebrating “The 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote and Women’s Suffrage.” The art exhibit will be held in the library meeting room and in the showcase at the library entrance. The showcase will offer the opportunity to include small works and sculpture. Contact Cathleen Engelsen at 609-494-5079 or email@example.com with your art ideas, titles and value of work. Artists can drop off their work on Jan. 29 between 1 and 2 p.m.; a reception is planned for Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.
In the Libraries: In the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library, ToniAnn Eisman creates abstractions using geometric architectural spaces as inspiration.
The next Art Chat at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library is Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.
A group of 13 Pine Shores Art Association artists exhibits at the Stafford branch.