Letter from the President

May 2017

Dear Members,
My hope is that you are all enjoying this beautiful spring weather we are having now, we deserve it.
Just a reminder, if you check our Website at www.ocartistsguild.org you will be able to see some of our upcoming events, classes and workshops. Check back often because we will be adding more to our calendar as time goes by.

PLEASE HELP!!!! Yes Members, we are always asking for help, so if you will please look at our Volunteer Page and see if there might be an area in which you might offer your help to keep County Artists Guild running. Just a few hours of your time whenever you can spare would be such a great help to the Guild and it’s membership.

When coming to visit please don’t forget to pick up the 2017 Calendar of Events, mark your calendars and please join us.

We are all saddened that our dear friend and Office Manager for a very long time is embarking on a new adventure but we are happy for Vic Lido and his lovely wife Linda will be moving to Colorado mid June. Vic has held various positions on our Board of Directors and most recently has been working intensely on all things related to computer programing and keeping our database up-to-date. Vic has been so instrumental in keeping our organization running in past years. We can never thank him enough for all he’s done for us. Let’s all wish Vic and Linda a Bon Voyage and all happiness in their new home. Vic’s last day at the Guild will be May 3rd.
Enjoy the beauty of spring everyone, hopefully without the sneezing.

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


Calendar of Events


May 2 (Tues)
Board Meeting 7 PM

May 7 (Sun)
Reception: Gallery I: Pat Morgan: “Watermarks” Gallery II: Richard Kushinsky: “The Art of Encaustic Painting” Members’ Show “Artist’s Choice” 1-4PM

May 12 (Fri)
Photo Club 7 PM

May 19 (Fri)
Concert Series: Jim Crawford 7PM

May 24 (Wed)
Samuel Sinelnikov: Jewelry carved from bone 7 PM

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

May 31 (Wed) & June 1 (Thurs):
Pick up work from May shows and bring in work for Members’ Show: “Artist’s Choice”


June 4 (Sun)
Reception: gallery I & II : The Beauty of New Jersey
Members’ Show“ Artist’s Choice” 1 - 4 PM

June 9 (Fri) 7 PM
Photo Club

June 16 (Fri) 7 PM
Concert Series: Bill Doerge and Family

June 20 (Tues) June 21 (Wed) June 22 (Thurs)
Pick up work from June’s all shows

June 24 (Sat)
receiving photos for July’s Juried Show

June 28 (Wed) 7 June 29 (Thurs):
Pick up work from June shows and bring in work for Members’ Show: “Artist’s Choice”

June 28 (Wed) 7 PM
Demo: Rose Sinatra: Watercolors in a Traditional Manner

June 30 (Fri)
Drop off work for Gift Shop 1 - 4PM




Gallery I
Pat Morgan ‘Watermarks’

“I was meant to do this,” states Pat Morgan about her passion for painting in watercolors. She didn’t take up painting until after her retirement. Once she began with brush, paints and water, “It was love at first stroke.”
Morgan creates soft sensitive watercolors that capture just the essence of her subjects whether flowers, landscapes or more often her series of children by the sea. A varied selection of her work will be on display at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights, NJ in her solo show

“Watermarks” beginning Sunday May 7 through May 29. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 7, 1 - 4 pm. Read more on our Exhibits page and don't miss this terrific show!


Gallery II
Richard Kushinsky “The Art of Encaustic Painting”

Richard’s artist statement speaks well of his vision as an artist, “ to see things honestly and paint them in the way I respond to them,” or “to seek the truth and portray it honestly”. The art of encaustic painting, is for our artist, a new avenue of expression. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. This ancient form of painting is still very alive today. Richard Kushinsky’s passion for learning and mastering this medium will be seen in his extensive body of work. Richard Kushinsky started drawing as child but discontinued until he was a young adult. He studied with a local artist for a number of years. In 1967 - 68 he studied sculpture at the Art Students League in New York City. Read more about Richard and Encaustic painting on our Exhibits page!

In the Studio Gallery

Artists' choice


From the Gallery Chair

A Very Special Show in June in All Galleries
The name of the show: The Beauty of New Jersey

A Special Themed Show, by our members only, all about Jersey. We live in an amazing state with many different landscapes and diversities. Our artists will capture their favorite places in all types of mediums. Here at the shore we have so very much to work with. Try to challenge your skills and views by exploring to other parts of the state.

Here are a few ideas to consider: farmland, and farm markets, horses, pine lands, state birds, state flowers, parks, skylines, historical towns and buildings, myths and legends (Jersey devil). If you can, a 4x6 photo inspiration can be hung with the artwork. Please consider smaller sizes of art to allow more work to be hung in the galleries, no larger than 24x34. There will be a small fee of $3.00 per entry to cover basic costs. Along with your entry, will be a request to bring in a can or dry goods to go to the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Food Bank. There will be a voting fee of ($1.00) to select “Best in Show” a fee of $1.00. This fee will go to a local charity decided by our Board members.


May 19, 2017
8:00 to 10:00 pm

Covers and original songs with wonderful stories!

A donation of $5 is suggested for the non-profit Guild
During intermission refreshments will be available

Demonstration in May

Wednesday,May 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

Samuel Sinelnikov

Samuel Sinelnikov, a visitor to our country from eastern Europe, will charm us with his delicately wrought designs featuring floral or animal motifs which are rendered on intricately carved pure white bone. This unique bone more close resembles ivory than bone and the results are exquisite. Samples may be seen in the Guild Gift Shop and are for sale. Samuel will explain and demonstrate his techniques during his time with us and will tell us of the factors influencing his choice of medium.

Be sure not to miss him!



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



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!



Entries for this year’s Juried Photography Show will be accepted on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Island Heights, NJ. 08732.
For further information see the Ocean County Artists’ Guild website and look for the “2017 Juried Photography Show Prospectus.” (coming soon)
For questions contact Co-Chair: Audrey Vasey, 908-415-1048 or Angela Previte at 732-703 2929.


Member News

  • Congratulations to Paul Dresher who had a well received show at the Northeast Trilogy Gallery in Barnegat Light.
  • Mary Jo Austin’s solo show, “Down the Shore,” will be on exhibit in the McConnell Gallery of the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library from May 2nd to May 31st.


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 April 2017

1. The Guild is now a member of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce.
2. We need volunteers to work with new members and create a data base.
3. We have artists’ workshops for the rest of the year.
4. Facebook has helped us get more members to attend our monthly workshops.
5. We are working on having classes for Wounded Warriors.

 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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