Letter from the President

July 2017

Dear Members,

I do believe Summer has finally arrived, and I hope there are wonderful fun days in your plan? Of course at the Ocean County Artist’s Guild that means great Summer Adult and Children’s Classes. Please refer to our Website for this and all upcoming Class and Workshop information.

I hope most of you had the opportunity to stop by and see our June Show titled “Beautiful New Jersey”. As a transplant to New Jersey almost 9 years ago I am always discovering new and wonderful people and places of the place I now call home. I would like to personally thank the Gallery Committee and exhibiting artists for such a wonderful job and beautiful artwork.

We, at the Guild, would like you to know how much we appreciate all our members, those who have been with us for years and those who have become new members. I have personally heard all too often that once you have joined you never hear from us again. For that we apologize, but for reasons not in our control at the moment we have no volunteer to initially contact each new member. We greatly encourage you to always stop by Guild and visit us or call anytime. If no
one is available please leave a message and someone will always get back to you. We are always asking for Volunteers and of course we have our Volunteer Page on our Website. Please take a look and contact us if you can offer help in any way. We are, as you know, a non-profit organization and cannot run without you, our volunteers. Call now and please volunteer.

Sincerely, wishing everyone a healthy and happy Summer.

Carol Ann Oporto - President Email: carolann645@comcast.net Phone: 732-504-7217


Calendar of Events


July 9
Reception: Gallery I & II: Juried Photography Show 1 – 4 PM,
Awards at 2 PM

July 10 – 14 (Mon – Fri):
Michael Story Workshop: 9:30 AM

July 14 (Fri)
Photo Group Meeting
Meet the Photographers of the 2017 Juried Photography Show

July 21 (Fri) 7 PM
Concert Series: Mary Lutton
with Guest Artists

July 26 (Wed) 7 PM
Demo: iPhone Photography
by Richard Lewis

July 28 (Fri)
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 - 4 PM


Aug 2 & 3 (Wed/Thurs):
Bring in work for Members’ Show:“Artist’s Choice”

Aug 6 (Sun): 1 - 4 PM
Reception: Gallery I: Tamara Woronczuk: “Talk to the Animals”
Gallery II: Beatrice Humphris: “Watercolor with a Twist of Alcohol”
Studio: Members’ Show:“Artist’s Choice”

Aug 11 (Fri): 7 PM
Photo Club

August 25 (Fri): 7 PM
Concert Series: Ladies Night Out (Denise Miller, Mary Lutton and Gail Gilrane)

Aug 26 (Fri)
Drop off work for Gift Shop
1 - 4 PM

Aug 29, 30, 31
(Tues/Wed/Thurs):1 - 4 PM
Pick up work from August show
Receiving for Members’ Show:“Artist’s Choice” to be hung in Galleries I & II
Special Receiving for “Collector’s Choice” to be hung in the Studio gallery.





The show will be open for viewing July 1 - July 29, 2017, with Reception being held on Sunday, July 9th from 1 pm - 4 pm.
Awards will be given out at 2 pm.
Only Best in Show and First Place in each category receive cash awards.

The Judge is Lisa Tice (www.lisaticephotography.com).

The categories are:
Color – A photographic image that is in more than one color.
Monochrome – Includes all forms of black and white or varying tones of only one color, i.e., sepia, red, blue, orange, yellow, etc.
Nature – Images of the natural world, including nature scenes, animals, plants and landscapes.
People – Photographs in which a person or people are the main subject of the image, including individual portraits, street photography or group photos.



Demonstration in July

Wednesday, Julye 26th at 7:00pm

Richard Lewis
A presentation on iPhone Photography by Richard Lewis, Photographer. Want to learn all the tips and tricks for creative photography from your iPhone?

Richard Lewis has been a professional and fine art photographer since the 1970s with a passion for landscapes, abandoned buildings and interesting people. He uses both a professional digital camera and an iPhone to create his work.

Richard’s inspiration comes more from landscape painters and he has developed a style he calls “Painting with a Camera”. This involves equal effort in both creating and post processing an image.

Richard is an active photography blogger, lecturer and instructor and conducts workshops in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and other places to help photographers find their unique creative voice
Website: RichardLewisPhotography.com


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



Mortgage Campaign

This summer we continue our campaign to pay off the mortgage at the Guild. Earlier this year we successfully collected about one third of the amount needed to achieve our goal. If you haven’t made a donation yet we reach out to you again and ask you to consider donating to this campaign.

As we continue to offer wonderful classes, workshops, demonstrations, and music events we are always aware of the care and maintenance our building needs.

Paying off the mortgage will enable us to turn our efforts to maintain the Guild. Please consider what the Guild has meant to you and make a donation of $25.00, $50.00 or more to help us achieve this goal. Your donation is tax deductible and much appreciated. Thank you!

Save the Date

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.


Collector’s Choice

The Ocean County Artists’ Guild is having a major fundraiser in September, Collector’s Choice. Talented artists donate works of art that a collector would be eager to acquire. This is very important to ensure our financial stability going into 2018. Please consider participating by donating a grand piece of art (valued at $200.00) or by purchasing a ticket at $75.00 to win a work of art. Please refer to the flyer at the guild or on our website at www.ocartistsguild for more details.
Dates to Remember:
Receiving of the art August 29, 30, & 31 (Tues., Wed., Thurs.)
Tickets go on sale September 5, 1-4 PM
Preview Reception- Sunday September 10, 2017
Drawing Reception-Sunday September 24, 2017
The ticket drawing takes place at 2 PM


Member News

  • Ray Moran received an award as Best in Seascape for his watercolor, “ Beached “ in the Manasquan Group of Artists Show at the Brielle Library.

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


Thank You, Steve Lambert!

A huge thank you to our friend, Steve Lambert for engineering and hanging our beautiful painted tiles! Thankfully, Steve had the knowledge and skill to accomplish the job that had stymied us for so long. Come and admire the 32 new additions to our tile gallery.


Important Notifications: Change of information

Please notify the Guild of any changes , ie. telephone number, address or email address. We must have these in order to get up-to-date information to you. This could the reason some of you have not been receiving information.


Please pick up your artwork on the scheduled dates in our Newsletter and on our Website.
If you can’t pick up your work please ask a friend for their help in doing so.



Highlights of OCAG Executive
Minutes of June 2017

  • Board voted to accept Diane Yesunas offer to work 16-18 flexible hours a week until such time we are able to hire replacement for Vic Lido.
  • Special invitation Reception at the John F. Peto Museum for 20 Guild Members. Date to be announced.
  • Date of Wednesday September 6th secured by deposit for Annual Installation Dinner.
  • Michael Story’s July days changed from 5 to 3 days. Tuesday through Thursday July 11-13.
  • List of all Logos required for Publicity handed out to Board.
  • Explanation via email from Nick Wood to Tamara regarding lack of Out & About missing Guild advertising was discussed.

 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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