Letter from the President

March 2017

Well, here I am again everyone, back after only one month. This is a wonderful thing as we can now provide our membership with any additional new information on a monthly basis again. In addition you will have the choice of printing out the Newsletter, either from our website or from an email sent to you. I cannot say this without a huge “Thank You” to Mary Jo Austin and those who aided her in getting our newsletter posted on our website and copies for the mailing. To say it was a daunting task to complete is putting it mildly, but she came through, and several leads for a permanent newsletter designer and staff. Bravo!

Please to go to our website, http://ocartistsguild.org for all the information you will need about all that is happening at your Guild. We all should make a habit of checking our website more often as there may be changes we may not be aware of. This includes new Workshops, Classes, Monthly Demos and, of course, our popular Concerts at the Guild.
Stay warm my friends, can Spring be far away?

Warm Regards,

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

Calendar of Events


March 1&2 (Wed & Thurs)
Pick up work from February shows/bring in work for Members’ Show: “Artists Choice” 1 - 4 PM

March 5 (Sunday)
Reception for “Gallery Committee Show” and solo artist, Betty Lou Cox, and Member’s Show: “Artists’ Choice” 1 - 4 PM

March 10 (Friday)
Photography Club Meeting, 7 PM

March 20 (Monday)
“Savory Affair” Demo Dinner at Serenity Café, 6 PM

March 22 (Wednesday)

March 24 (Friday)
Concert: Tony Pileggi& Joe Stamboni, 8 PM

March 29 & 30 (Wed & Thurs )
Pick up work from March Shows and bring in work for members’ show: “Artists” Choice.


April 2 (Sunday)
Reception for Toms River Community (TRAC): “Visions” and Member’s Show “Artist’s Choice”

April 4 (Tuesday)
Board Meeting 7 PM

April 7 (Friday)
Photography Club Meeting, 7 PM

April 21 (Friday)
Concert Series: Mary Shannon:
Irish/American Balladeer

April 26 (Wednesday)
Demonstration by Ray Moran: Watercolors

April 26 & 27 (Wed & Thurs):
Pick up work from April Shows and bring in work for Member’s Show: “Artist’s Choice”



Gallery I
Gallery Committee Show

Members of the Gallery Committee will be showing their work. We are a very eclectic group of artists. There will be watercolors, multi-media, photos, oil, acrylic, and sculpture. This will be a very serendipitous display.
Members of the committee for 2017 are Geri Ambrose, Fran Von Ostrand, Sally Cornelison, Donna Nicosia, Tom Miller, Tamara Woronczuk, Betty Lou Cox, and Denise Grey.
This group assists solo artists with their gallery shows, hangs all artwork, and has been hosting all the receptions here at the guild.

Gallery II
Betty Lou Cox “The Places I’ve Been, the Memories I’ve Created”

Travel and Art, a perfect match. New experiences internationally, as well as locally provide fascinating inspiration for creating art. Art placed in your home or office, will remind you of great memories every time you see it. Art has been part of my life since I was a child. Experiencing and exploring as an art major in high school and attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC has increased my drive to learn more. As an adult I traveled within the USA and to Europe, learning new techniques from very experienced teachers. Many instructors have inspired me to challenge myself to explore and practice new techniques whenever I put a brush to a piece of watercolor paper.

Local art in this show includes sailboat races on the Metedeconk River, New Jersey gardens and even a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. International art includes Provence France, Spain along the Mediterranean Sea and the countryside of Ireland. I hope my Watercolor Art show gives you inspiration to travel and explore new locations locally and internationally.

My tag line is “Capture It, Create It, and Remember It”. I capture subjects in a photo, then create a watercolor so that my customers have a memory to enjoy for a lifetime. I hope my Watercolor Art will bring you some happiness and enhance your home or office.

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.


Friday, March 24, at 8:00 pm
$5 donation
(Doors open one hour before the show - come early and visit the art galleries.)

Clan Suibhne

Clan Suibhne (pronounced Sweeney) performs Greengrass original and Celtic Nations Folk, highlighting music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales & their diasporas. The Greengrass Music genre, created and developed by Clan Suibhne, includes elements of Celtic Nations Folk presented in a simple way, pairing instruments not traditionally paired to achieve an original sound.

Demonstration in March

George Chosich

We are extraordinarily lucky to have painter and teacher George Chosich as our guest on March 22nd at 7:00. His presentation will be in 2 parts, the first a still life in oils, emphasizing the shadows, which give form to the shapes they create, and the second a portrait, using a similar premise, but with more concern given to the way the light behaves on the surface of the features.

In essence, George dissects the face down to forms created by light and shadow. He has a fascinating new way of seeing; one that has taken many years to perfect.
You will not want to miss this inspirational presentation!



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



Volunteers Needed!

We first want to thank our wonderful Volunteers who continue to support the OCAG with their valuable time. We couldn’t exist without you. Thank You!

If you are able to volunteer for any of our committees please call us at the Guild and either give your information to the Receptionist from 1-4 pm, or leave a message on our answering machine and we will respond in a timely manner.

We are in immediate need in the following areas:

  • Classes – Scheduling
  • Member/New Member Chair
  • Office - Computer/Database Knowledge
  • House & Grounds
  • Grants
  • Hospitality/Receptions
  • Publicity

Please call or email the Guild for description of any committees available.



Mark Your Calendar For April 7th, 2017
David Levy’s Presentation - “What A Juror Sees When Evaluating An Exhibit”

Have you ever wondered “What a Juror Sees When Evaluating an Exhibit”. Join us and our guest speaker, David Levy, Exhibiting Artist, Docent and President of the Guild of Creative Art, on Friday, April 7th, 2017, at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, 22 Chestnut Ave., Island Heights, N.J., 7:00 p.m., when David will be sharing his insights and experiences as both a juror and exhibiting artist.

Please join us and feel free to bring along a friend. There is no charge to attend. All artists are welcome! Don’t miss this important event!

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.

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.



If you are unable to pick up your valuable artwork or arrange to have a friend pick up for you we will have to store it in the Carriage House. Although it will be stored with care, please understand that the Carriage House is not a climate controlled environment. We can no longer continue to store these works of art indefinitely.

Please be aware, as has been previously stated, after one (1) month the artwork becomes the property of the Ocean County Artists' Guild to auction, sell, or to be donated to charity.


Highlights of OCAG Executive Minutes of February 2017

1. There will be a half page ad in the Spring addition of Jersey Shore Magazine
2. There will be an ad in the Asbury Park Press.
3. We will have a tour of the building and a craft session for cub scouts on March 22.
4. In conjunction with the September Sail Fest we will have an indoor art auction and outdoor flea market.
5. A demo dinner will be held on March 20th at the Serenity Café for our Savory Affair.

 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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