Letter from the President

November 2017

Dear Fellow Members,

As we welcome in the month of November I can’t help but wonder where and how time is swiftly going by. You’ll be happy to know that we’ve had a very active and successful couple of months with classes, workshops and ongoing groups. By the time you read this November Newsletter we should have our new Website up and running, so please take advantage of viewing it. In addition our monthly Newsletter just keeps getting better, so please take the time to view it both on Constant Contact via email, and on our Website.

I am aware that by the time Members read this our bus trip to the Brandywine River Museum, home of Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, will have already taken place and we are all looking forward to a grand time and hopefully a beautiful Fall day as well.

I would like to add a short note about being a good neighbor. We have a very unique situation at the Guild as we are surrounded by residential homes with families who have been very tolerant of all that we do at the Ocean County Artists Guild which includes parking for all our Openings, Classes, Events, and arriving and leaving the Guild in general. Please, be aware of where and how you park your vehicle so it does not infringe on our neighbors property and blocking driveways. Good neighbors are hard to find, as we all know.

“Creativity Is Not A Hobby, It Is A Way Of Life”
With the Warmest of Wishes,

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

Calendar of Events


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 November

Reception November 5, 1 - 4 PM

Gallery I
Leslie Ovechka

Leslie Ovechka is an oil painter, watercolorist and printmaker. She is a native of New Jersey and has shown her works throughout the state as well as in Massachusetts and California. Recently she had the good fortune to travel to the Middle Kingdom.

Click here to read more about Leslie's fascinating exhibit.




Gallery II
Ninetta Nappi
“Poetry in Paints” © The Eclectic Collection

Painting her lifetime, her work has been described as poetic and romantic. Ninetta paints wherever she goes and gets her inspiration as a plein air painter. In three seasons her “slice of heaven” locations have been: Sunsets of Barnegat Bay; Parks -Central & James Braddock; Venice, Italy (where she has sojourned solo several times to paint); Santa Fe, New Mexico and most recent Wrangler Brook, Toms River. During the winter months still-life becomes her subject - vase portraits & botanicals. The diverse works in this show are a few examples of a greater collection of its genre found on her website: www.ninettanappi.com.

Click here to read more about Ninetta


Holiday Events in the Galleries

Our Holiday Season here at the Guild has always been a good success thanks to our members who participate. All our galleries will ablaze with holiday spirit. Our artist 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 “Your Spring Garden”. Galleries 1 & 11 will display gifts under $50.00, sure to please all buyers. Here 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 be November 28,29 & 30. Our opening receptions 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.

In January the holiday art will remain up until January 31th. There will be no Reception this month.



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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



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. New across the board $5 increase in yearly dues.
2. Several Chair people would like to give up the positions they’ve had for years.
3. More publicity needed for upcoming events & workshop in order to satisfy matching grant.
4. Better communication is needed at the Guild, example: Also, a Constant Contact has gone out searching for a replacement on the Newsletter Stafff or Mary Jo Austin, as her job was only temporary.
5. Helen Webster will be handling the Victorian Tea.
6. It was suggested that people who have pictures in the membership show should bring in a snack for the opening.

 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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