Letter from the President

December 2017/January 2018

Hello Members.

Here we are, the Holidays are fast approaching and our lives get just a bit more hectic, but in a good way. The same goes for our Guild, as the Holiday Season draws near it certainly gets busier at the Guild as well. With that in mind, please view the Constant Contacts sent out and check our Website for up-to-date information regarding upcoming Holiday Events.

Our Victorian Open House begins on December 2nd from 10am - 4pm, with our Holiday Boutique, and runs through December 22nd.

Please be advised the Guild will be closed from December 23, 2017 through
January 2, 2018

This issue of our Newsletter will cover two months, December 2017 and January 2018. This will be a well-earned vacation for our Newsletter Staff. Our thoughts and hopes for all of you is to have a most joyous, warm, and Happy Holiday Season, whatever and wherever you celebrate.

To all our members and their families, we wish you the happiest and healthy New Year 2018.

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

Calendar of Events


December 2 (Sat) 10 - 4
Holiday Show and Open House

Dec 8 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

Dec 15 (Fri) 7 PM
Annual Holiday Concert: OCAG Concert Musicians

Dec 22 (Fri)
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 – 4 PM

Dec 24 - Jan 1
Guild is closed

January 2018

Jan 2 (Tues) 1 – 4
Guild Re-opens

Jan 12 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

Jan 19 (Fri) 7 PM
Concert Series: Acoustic Musicians Guild

Jan 26 (Fri) 1 – 4
Drop off work for Gift Shop

Jan 30, 31 (Tues/Wed) AND Feb 1 (Thurs)
All artwork in all galleries needs to be picked-up
Members’ Show (Artists’Choice) will be received on the same dates

Feb 4 (Sun) 1 - 4
Gallery I: OCAG Teachers and Monitors
Gallery II: The Laurelton Art Society

Feb 9 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

Feb 28 March1 (Wed. Thurs.) 1 - 4 PM
Pick up work from Member’s Show and bring in work for Member’s Show:“Artist’s Choice”

Feb 23 (Fri) 1 – 4
Drop off work for Gift Shop


In the Galleries in December and January

Our Holiday Season here at the Guild has always been a great success thanks to our members who participate. All our galleries will be ablaze with holiday spirit. Our artists and crafters will fill the walls and tables with their offerings. This year we are requesting that the studio display larger paintings priced to sell.
The theme suggested is Four Seasons. This is just a suggestion not a mandate. Taking part in our Members’ Holiday show is more important.

Galleries I & II will display gifts under $50.00, sure to please all buyers. There will be handcrafted gift items, seasonal and non-seasonal. Our Gift Shop, as always, will shine with wonderful artful gifts. The receiving of this work will start Nov. 28, 29, & 30.

Our opening reception is Saturday December 2, 10-4. There will be light refreshments. Come and celebrate the Season with your good friends here at the Guild and do a little gift shopping. The holiday art will remain up until January 31st.



Click here for the OCAG Concerts page.


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


Member News

The following Guild artists were accepted into the Audubon Art Society 75th Anniversary Annual Exhibit in New York which can be viewed online:
Suzanna Anastasia, Mary Jo Austin, George Chosich, Arlette Malivernier, Leslie Ovechka, Ellen Ricci, and Tamara Woronczuk.

Leslie Ovechka also won the Giula Palermo Memorial Award for Graphic Design.

Have you received an award or honor recently? Or have you been included in a solo or juried show? Please send the info to: newsletter@ocartistsguild.org


Artists Needed

The “Creative Me” Program at the Community Medical Center is looking for compassionate and creative people to volunteer to spend time with a patient receiving treatments for cancer.

Artist Volunteers visit at the bedside to draw for the patient while having a conversation or help them to draw some pictures of their own. Artists are provided with art materials for drawing or painting. It is a happy distraction for those undergoing treatments. This time together is meaningful in so many ways.

If you can spend a few hours a week helping to make someone’s day brighter through the experience of art, please call Traci Barbieri 732.557.8000 x11303.
Volunteer work has many benefits of its own. Feel Good by Doing Good!


General Meetings

Be aware that our general meetings are held at 7 PM on the 4th Wednesday of most months, prior to the scheduled demonstrations. The meetings are brief and full of information about future guild events and offer an opportunity for new members to become involved.


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



We would like to remind our Members and those who come as guests, to keep in mind you are parking in a residential area of Island Heights. Please do not block driveways or park in yellow
marked curbing. Sometime our car alarms go off if our keys are mishandled, and this can be quite annoying for our neighbors. All we ask is you please be aware and considerate. Let’s be good


Highlights of OCAG Executive
Minutes of October 2017

1.Highlights of OCAG Executive Minutes of November 2017
1. Any trustee who leaves with cause can be reinstated.
2. Workshops for next year will begin in February.
3. All art shows for next year in Gallery are set.
4. The Victorian Tea went very well.
5. Our Toms River Library show was well received.
6. Art work left after a show will be held 30 days in a non-climate-controlled facility and then becomes property of the Guild

 Send us your Members’ News to newsletter@ocartistsguild.org or by mail to:
P.O. Box 1156, Island Heights, NJ 08732.


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