Letter from the President

October 2017

Dear Fellow Members,

Did you feel that chill in the air? We all know that fall is upon us and thoughts of falling leaves, pumpkins and apple pie have started creeping into our thoughts. As most of you know our Fall Classes have begun, and I hope you have been able to take advantage of the wonderful classes the Guild has offered.

Although we are not having the Scarecrow Contest this year Alison Amelchenko and Tamara Woronczuk are going to offer a special pumpkin painting session with the children, and the date and will be announced soon. Sounds like fun to me, and the pumpkin art will be displayed for a time for all to see. We have three workshops for the Fall coming up, Dorrie Rifkin will be here October 19-20, Marcie Falconetti is having her one day Beginner Gourd Workshop on Friday, October 6th.

Hope you all enjoy the cool crisp weather to come, be it at the Guild or out and about with all the wonderful activities offered all over Ocean County.

Warm regards to all,
Carol Ann Oporto – President OCAG
Email: carolann645@comcast.net Phone: 732-504-7217

Calendar of Events


Oct.1 (Sun): 1- 4 PM
Reception: Ceramic Artists
Galleries I & II: Jerry Eckhoff & Bebee Epstein

Oct 6 (Fri) 1 - 3 PM
Beginners Gourd Workshop

Oct 13 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club Meeting

Oct 20 (Fri) 7 PM
Tony Pileggi & Joe Stamboni

Oct 24 (Tues) 6 PM
Victorian Tea
600 Main Street, Toms River, NJ

Oct 25, 26 (Wed/Thurs)
Pick up work from Member’s Show and bring in work for Member’s Show: “Artist’s Choice”

Oct 27 (Fri) 1 - 4
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 - 4 PM

Oct 27 (Fri) 7 PM
Paranormal Night at the Guild


Nov 1, 2 (Wed,Thurs)
Pick up work from Members’ Show and bring in work for Members’ Show: “Artist’s Choice”

Nov 1 (Wed) 7 - 9:30 PM
Keep It Simple Workshop

Nov 5 (Sun): 1 - 4 PM
Reception: Gallery I: Leslie Ovechka, Traveling Through China
Gallery II: Ninetta Nappi, watercolor, “Poetry in Paints”
Studio Gallery Members’, “Artists Choice”

Nov 10 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

Nov 17 (Fri) 7 PM
Concert Series: Bob Andrews Trio

Nov 24 (Fri) 1 - 4 PM
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 - 4 PM

Nov 28, 29, 30
(Tue, Wed, Thurs) 1 - 4 PM

Receiving of Members’ Show Theme: “Your Spring Garden “also receiving of Boutique Items for Galleries I & II, priced under $50.00


In the Galleries in October

A Retrospective Work of Two Ceramic Artists: BeBee Epstein and Jerry Eckhoff

This show is a retrospective of the ceramics of BeBee Epstein and Jerry Eckhoff. Many techniques, including raku, low fired earthenware, smoke firing, stoneware and paperclay were used in the making of these pieces. Click here to read more about it on our Exhibits Page!



Click here for the OCAG Concerts page.

Ghosts at the Guild

The New Jersey Paranormal Investigations will be at the Ocean County Artists Guild on, Friday, October 27th from 7:00 to approx. 11:00PM. The New Jersey Paranormal Investigations will offer a brief lecture followed by a live investigation of the Guild. Admission is $25.00 per person and space is limited to 20 people, so reservations are recommended. To reserve a spot, send your check made out to “OCAG” to the office and mark it “Ghost Hunt”.

If you have any questions about the event please call the Guild or Francine Van Ostrand.


Click here for all of the latest workshops at The Guild!



Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Guild is supporting the artistic efforts of Ocean County Big Brothers/Big Sisters by collecting art supplies for participating kids. A box has been provided at the Guild for this purpose. Collection will take place until mid-October. Art work is placed on view at an annual Art Show at Ocean County College in December.


Victorian Tea

The OCAG’s Victorian Tea invitation for the date of October 24th will remain on our website event page and in our newsletter strictly for our members purchase until July 31st. Beginning August 2nd the invitation will go onto the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce “HOOT HOOT” BOARD for the public’s purchase.

Guild members can purchase tickets until the October 2nd deadline – or until sold out. Remember, credit card reservations can be taken over the phone at the Guild. 732-270-3111.


Monmouth Museum Show

We are proud to announce that the Printmaking Club of the Ocean County Artists’ Guild has been invited to show their prints at the Monmouth Museum in Monmouth County, NJ.
Leslie Ovechka, Arlette Malivernier, Kathleen Tobin, Richard Kushinsky, Betty Kem and Bill Fullam will each have five works on display from September 15 through November 12, 2017.
The Monmouth Museum is on the campus of Brookdale Community College at 765 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, New Jersey.

We hope you can come and enjoy the show!


Dues Increase

We want to inform our membership that we are increasing our dues for 2018.
While our operating expenses have increased over the years, we have not raised our dues.
This increase is necessary and we hope that you all understand. Applications will be going out mid October or early November.


Attention All Artists

If you plan on dropping off new work for the Gift Shop PLEASE notify Kath Gregitis first. Kath will then come in to inventory your work into the book.
Thank You
Kath Gregitis – 732-244-6296 • Aisha745@aol.com


Highlights of OCAG Executive
Minutes of September 2017

1. We should make a great effort to participate in Sailfest.
2. We should have a little business meeting before monthly demos, and have a clip board for new member sign ups.
3. Dues will be raised for 2018
4, A new tri-fold is being printed with new pricings.
5. We have workshops for all of 2018.
6. There will be a workshop to train all the new receptionists.
7. Tuesday, October 17th is our trip to Brandy Wine River Museum.

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P.O. Box 1156, Island Heights, NJ 08732.


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