Art Notes Nov. 27

By Pat Johnson | Nov 27, 2019
Photo by: supplied Make an heirloom Santa with carver Mark Bair at the Tuckerton Seaport.

Southern Ocean County — Ho Ho: Santa’s Viking Christmas Village is Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Crafts and fine arts and live music – plus Santa Claus arrives at 1 p.m. by firetruck. Admission is free, and the show is held rain, snow or shine. Viking Village is located at 19th Street and Bayview Avenue in Barnegat Light.

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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.

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Jingle All the Way: The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies opens its Holiday Market with arts and crafts on display for sale through Dec. 15. A Holiday Market Festival is scheduled for Nov. 30 with vendors, food trucks, live music and more.

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 or call 609-494-1241.

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Deck the Walls: Pine Shores Art Association’s “Deck the Walls” holiday art show is from Thursday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 26 at the Manahawkin gallery, 94 Stafford Ave. Manahawkin. 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. A reception and opening, planned as a Holiday Gallery Show and Mixer, are Monday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with refreshments. Members can paint ornaments for the tree.

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

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, or call 609-488-5838 for more information.

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Tuckerton Seaport: Wood carver Mark Bair hosts an Heirloom Santa Carving workshop on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hunting Shanty at the Seaport. The cost is $85 for Seaport members and $95 for others. Materials are included. Call 609-296-8868 to register.      

Turtles All the Way: Yoga Bohemia and Firefly Gallery in Surf City present the “Wildlife of LBI: Air, Land and Sea” art show. Works are by artists Prax Sorrento, Joann Dozer, Valerie Fenelon and more. A percentage of the art sales is going to the Terrapin Nesting Project in High Bar Harbor.

The show continues through November at Yoga Bohemia.

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The Medford Arts Center’s exhibition “The Heart of a Veteran” runs through Dec. 1. Active and former military members who are artists or photographers are exhibiting their works at the center, 8 North Main St. in Medford. Visit for more information.


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The Noyes Museum of Stockton University Hammonton gallery at Kramer Hall offers a one-woman exhibit, “Soul of Black Folk,” by collage artist Lavett Ballard, continuing to Jan. 6.

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In the Libraries: During the month of November, the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City exhibits the “Captured Moments” photographs by George Rahn. Rahn is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, and a 50-year resident of Ocean County. His love of nature, especially the ocean, and sunrises and sunsets along the New Jersey coast inspire his work – an attempt to capture the ever-changing beauty of each day.

At the Barnegat 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. —P.J.

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