In the Galleries in May

Gallery I
Pat Morgan "Watermarks"

“I was meant to do this,” states Pat Morgan about her passion for painting in watercolors. She didn’t take up painting until after her retirement. Once she began with brush, paints and water, “It was love at first stroke.”
Morgan creates soft sensitive watercolors that capture just the essence of her subjects whether flowers, landscapes or more often her series of children by the sea. A varied selection of her work will be on display at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights, NJ in her solo show

“Watermarks” beginning Sunday May 7 through May 29. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 7, 1 - 4 pm.

Morgan is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society, the New Jersey Water Color Society, Audubon Artists, Inc. and a former elected member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She has received several local and regional awards and has had the honor of judging watercolor shows.

Her watercolors are included in five books of poetry by her husband Richard Morgan, I Am Sea Glass, Sea Glass People, Sea Glass Soul, Hebrew Lessons and Seaglass Windows. Join poet Richard Morgan for a unique presentation of poetry, art and stories behind the poems during the reception beginning at 2:30 pm.
While sharing her love of watercolors, her generous spirit has led her to promise that proceeds from sales of any works, including the books at the reception will directly benefit the Puppies Behind Bars organization to support disabled veterans.


Gallery II
Richard Kushinsky “The Art of Encaustic Painting”

Richard’s artist statement speaks well of his vision as an artist, “ to see things honestly and paint them in the way I respond to them,” or “to seek the truth and portray it honestly”. The art of encaustic painting, is for our artist, a new avenue of expression. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. This ancient form of painting is still very alive today. Richard Kushinsky’s passion for learning and mastering this medium will be seen in his extensive body of work. Richard Kushinsky started drawing as child but discontinued until he was a young adult. He studied with a local artist for a number of years. In 1967 - 68 he studied sculpture at the Art Students League in New York City.

Richard is an active member of local artists’ organizations. He joined the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in 2004 and is a regular exhibitor. He has taken many courses in all mediums. He currently teaches a Tuesday class (12:30-4 PM) in Reduction printing in all forms, using water-based inks and hand printing. He is also a previous member of the Shrewsbury Guild of Creative Arts.

Richard was a founding member of TRAC , Toms River Art Community. He is a lifelong resident of Toms River, NJ, graduate of Toms River High School, 1951, AB Literature University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill 1955, LLD Boston University 1958, Attorney admitted to the NJ Bar in 1959, former Judge of Workers’ Compensation 1980 - 1989. He returned to law practice in 1989 and continuing to do so.

Studio Gallery

Members' Show "Artist's Choice"


From the Gallery Chair:

A very Special Show in June in All Galleries

The name of the show: The Beauty of New Jersey

A Special Themed Show, by our members only, all about New Jersey. We live in an amazing
state with many different landscapes and diversities. Our artist will capture their favorite places in all types of mediums. Here at the shore we have so very much to work with. Try and challenge your
skills and views by moving to other parts of the state.

Here are a few ideas to consider: farmland, and farm markets, horses, pine lands, state birds, state flowers, parks, skylines, historical towns and buildings, myths and legends( Jersey devil). If you can a 4x6 photo inspiration can be hung with the art-work. Please consider smaller sizes of art to allow more work to be hung in the galleries, no larger than 24x34. There will be a small fee of $3.00 per entry to cover basic costs. Along with your entry will be a request to bring in a can or dry goods to go to the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Food Bank. There will be voting fee ($1.00) of the artwork "Best in Show "a fee of $1.00. This fee will go to a local charity decided by our Board-members.

There is a change in the Gallery of Events for September. A Fine Art Auction will replace the Juried Show. More information coming soon


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