Art Notes May 6 | The SandPaper


MATERNITY: Laura Harvey’s “Flocks” collage is one of the many works of art available at the Solace Gallery in Surf City. (Illustration by Laura Harvey)

Beginning of the season: Solace Studio and Gallery, at 2312 Long Beach Blvd. in Surf City, is now open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. as well as by appointment or by chance and offers a 10% reduction on a selection of floral paintings and still lifes for Mother’s Day.

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Blossoming: The Pine Shores Art Association’s “Spring Show” is online until May. See dozens of paintings by this group of dedicated artists who support each other with friendship, encouragement, and opportunity during the COVID pandemic.

Art classes: Pine Shores continues its art classes and workshops. The limited reopening of his Manahawkin studio at 94 Stafford Ave. follows prudent pandemic precautions in a series of in-person courses, as well as a series of interactive live courses via Zoom. The studio is also open to 15 members only: “Do Your Own Thing” Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (register at 609-660-8062) and “Portrait” sessions, Thursday evenings at 7 a.m. (register you at [email protected]) with a template fee of $ 5. Participants must wear masks and disinfect their stations; PSAA has the supplies.

Membership information, class details, and registration information can be found at For more information, call PSAA Registrar Jeanne Easton at 609-488-5838.

Outsiders: The The PSAA Plein Air painting group meets at Cattus Island Ocean County Park in Toms River on Thursday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own supplies and take everything with you, including used paint water and solvents.

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Spring ahead: New Jersey’s magnificent, sometimes mysterious pine forests are on display at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies until May 31. “The Pinelands” is a group exhibition of 24 artists whose work focuses on the area known as the Pinelands Preserve in New Jersey – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Photography, drawings, paintings and mixed media showcase the beauty of nature, the richness of the landscapes, the wildlife habitats, the changing weather conditions and the architectural structures. This unique region of the New Jersey landscape with its significant surroundings also offers a special opportunity to connect art with science. Starting in May, LBIF is hosting four special events in concert with the exhibit: Join John Volpa, environmental educator, naturalist and outdoor adventure travel leader, on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. for a virtual trip to through the pines to the ocean. Along the way, Volpa will explore the geology, history and ecology of this unique ecosystem. He will also provide tips for finding some of his special spots on foot or paddling the tea-colored rivers of the Pine Barrens.

On Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m., Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, will speak about how the Pinelands conservation laws work, how effective they are and how people are using a variety of strategies and activities. – including art. – to ensure that the Pinelands survive as one of Earth’s great natural treasures.

Photographer Albert Horner will speak on Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. to share a pre-recorded gallery tour of the exhibition, offering his insight into this unique prehistoric environment. After the virtual tour, Horner will be available for a live virtual question-and-answer session.

Photographer Richard Lewis to discuss his book Photographing the Pinelands of New Jersey as well as the works that are part of the Pinelands exhibition during a live event at the gallery on Friday May 28 at 11 a.m.

Call for artists: The LBIF has opened applications for several exhibition opportunities. The deadline for “Creating Copies of Masterpieces” is May 15th. Artists often copy masterpieces as a means of learning; this show will look for simple copies, interpretations of masterpieces, including satirical or comedic ones. The juror is Jennifer Thompson, curator of sculpture and painting at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art.

The deadline to register for “Plein Air: Island Life” is May 16th. Artists will be selected to paint the LBI environment for two months this summer, then participate in the exhibition. The juror is Kathleen A. Foster, Senior Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The LBIF is open Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For up-to-date information, email [email protected] or call 609-494-1241. The website is

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You have to have friends: The monthly Art Chat held at the Union Market located on the grounds of Tuckerton Seaport has resumed and will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. Artists are welcome to bring in completed or ongoing works for a friendly review. It is not a working session. Participants should be willing to purchase a food from the market as a thank you for the meeting space. COVID 19 precautions apply. Bring a chair.

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Call for artists: The Beach Haven Chamber of Commerce invites fine artists and craftspeople to submit nominations for the third annual Sworn Art Walk and Outdoor Festival. The festival brings together artists, art lovers and art collectors with the Long Beach Island community for a day of fun and appreciation of the arts.

The Art Walk will take place on Saturday June 12 (rain date: June 13) on Bay Avenue between Sixth and Pearl streets in Beach Haven. The Art Walk was canceled in 2020 due to COVID, so this year’s event is an important time for Beach Haven and visitors to safely come together and celebrate accomplished artists from across New Jersey. Fine arts and crafts will be available for purchase, and the festival will also feature live music, children’s face painting, photography, ceramics and more.

Artists are invited to complete the application at Submissions will be reviewed by a jury; selected artists will be notified within seven days of submission. The deadline to apply is May 15th.

There is no application fee. If accepted, the booth fees are: single space (10 feet wide by 10 feet long), $ 100; double space (10 feet by 20 feet), $ 185. Questions? Send an email to [email protected]

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Artist opportunity: The LBI Open Studio Tour is looking for artists for one or both days of the two-day event, Saturday and Sunday August 14 and 15. This self-guided tour of public and private art studios and galleries helps local artists market their work and helps raise public awareness of the visual arts created on Long Beach Island. The PDF of the application can be downloaded from –PJ


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