Letter from the President

August 2017

Dear Members,

Summer is such a busy time for all of us, and it is no exception at the Guild. Our Summer Classes are in session already, two are new and our very popular Summer Children’s Class is also in full swing.

The OCAG Photography Group had their annual Juried Photography Show and we all agree that it was the most successful to date with 104 Entries. The Opening Reception on July 9th was truly standing room only for the Awards Ceremony and viewing of the magnificent photography hanging in all the Galleries.

Our 2017-18 Nominating Committee is now busy gathering candidates for open Board and Trustee positions, which is open to all members. The nominees will be voted on at the August General Meeting/Demonstration. Please look in our Newsletter or at the Guild for the invitation to join us at the Eagle Ridge Country Club for the Annual Dinner on Wednesday September 6th, open to all Guild members and guests.

As you will see in our August Newsletter we have several great events coming up. September 6th is the date of our Annual Dinner, and shortly after the Preview Reception on September 10th for our Collectors Choice. There will be a big change this year for our Victorian Tea, which will be held at 600 Main Street B & B Tea Room on Tuesday October 24th, so please refer to our flyer for information. We are so looking forward to these 2017 Events and hope you are too and will join in on the excitement with your friends at the Guild.

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

Calendar of Events


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.


Sept 6 (Wed) 6 PM
Annual Members’ Dinner and Installation of Officers

Sept 8 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

Sept 10 (Sun) 1 - 4 PM
Collector’s Choice Preview

Sept 15 (Fri) 7 PM
Concert Series: Custom Blend with Maria & Paul Petrone and Joe Zavacki

Sept 24 (Sun) 1 - 4
Collector’s Choice

Sept 27/28 (Wed/Thurs) 1 - 4
Pick up work from Member’s Show and bring in work for Member’s Show:
“Artist’s Choice”

Sept 27 (Wed) 7 PM
Demo: Steve Zazenski watercolors

Sept 29 (Fri)
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 - 4 PM



Gallery I
Tamara Woronczuk “Talk to the Animals”

The title of this exhibit comes from the movie “Dr. Doolittle” (1967) in which Rex Harrison attempts to communicate with a wide variety of animals. My attempt, in this exhibit, is to communicate, via painted paper collage, the beauty, vulnerability and trusting nature of these magnificent creatures both great and small. Click here for more from Tamara!

Gallery II
Beatrice Humphris
“Watercolor with a Twist of Alcohol”

I have lived in New Jersey most of my life. I was born during the great depression and have always loved to draw. as a child I drew on white or brown wrapping paper or shirt cardboard and made my paste with flour and water. Click here for more from Beatrice!



Click here for the OCAG Concerts page.

Demonstration in August

Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00pm

Leona Lavone

Demo for August 23rd at 7:00 will be given by our own expressionist watercolorist, Leona Lavone, whose bright, bubbly, and always charming watercolors belie an underlying serious understanding of the manipulation of color, design and the multitude of ways one can express oneself using watermedia. Her work is never “run of the mill” or boring; she constantly explores new and unusual techniques which employ a variety of mixed media, such as gessoed backgrounds for floral compositions, or overlays of tissue paper, which are often further overlaid by transparent layers of other materials, which can be taken from magazines or fabrics. You will never see another demonstration of such virtuosity!

Leona has taught classes and held workshops at the Guild for many years and has consistently been one of our most popular instructors. You will want to be sure not to miss her “performance”!
Perhaps you will decide to sign up to take one of her classes.You will be guaranteed to enjoy it.


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



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 click here to download now!

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


OCAG Diamond Jubilee



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!

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.


Member News

  • Congratulations to Beverly Golembeski, voted Best in Show for OCAG’s “Beauty of New Jersey.” Bev’s art was the watercolor, “Fun Town Carousel.” Thanks to all of our members who contributed to this very fun show.
  • Winners of the 2017 Juried Photography Show

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


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 July 2017

  • Nominating Committee formed for 2017-18’ and Board positions needed were discussed
  • OCAG Photography Group Leader attended meeting to give a report and present their generous donation to the Guild from the Juried Photography show.
  • Memorial for Lilly Wooley was discussed.
  • New Website should be up and running sometime in August.
  • APP article on new OC Performing Arts HS 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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