Letter from the President

June 2017

I would just like to say a final Goodbye and Good Luck to Vic Lido and his gracious and lovely wife Linda. Thank you so much Linda for sharing Vic with us for so many years, and a huge thank you Vic for all you have done for the Guild. Denver is going to be so fortunate to have you and your family as residents. It was a great Fond Farewell/Birthday Party and we know you were pleased with turnout and show of affection by those who will miss you.

Come into the Guild to see our wonderful Solo Shows! Visit us whenever possible. I would add that our Monthly Demos have been quite successful and we hope to see you at the June demonstration of her vibrant watercolors by Rose Sinatra.

PLEASE HELP!!!! If you would, please take a look at our Volunteer Page and see if there is an area in which you might offer your help to keep Ocean County Artists Guild running. Just a few hours of your time whenever you can spare it 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 all have to remember there are always additions and updates on our Website, and this is a reminder to check back as often as possible at www.ocartistsguild.org
By the time I compose the next President’s Letter it will be July and we will be in the midst of Summer, and I for one cannot wait. Enjoy everyone!

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


Calendar of Events


June 1 (Thurs)
Pick up work from May shows and bring in work for Members’ Show:
“ Artist’s Choice” and work for the “Beauty of NJ” in Galleries I & II

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


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




June 2017

Galleries I & II

A Very Special Show in June in All Galleries
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 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”. This fee will go to a local charity decided by our Board members.

In the Studio Gallery

Artists' choice



Demonstration in June

Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00pm

Rose Sinatra

Rose Sinatra, a resident of Toms River, NJ, has focused exclusively on watercolor since 2001. Sinatra is a full-time artist and instructor since 2004. Her unique style and handling of the watercolor medium has won her awards in many regional and local art exhibitions, the latest being Best of Show for the 2009 TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America) Exhibition and Best of Show for the 2016 OCAG (Ocean County Artist’ Guild) Exhibition. Sinatra’s paintings are held in private collections throughout the U.S.

Her admiration and inspiration comes from a variety of artists from both past and present. For technique, she gives credit to artists, teachers, students, workshops, books and DVDs. For the most influence and inspiration to create art, she credits our own dear Mother Nature.

A Los Angeles Times critic wrote; ‘Rockwellian innocence works its “candied charm in Rose Sinatra’s” “Liberty City” best describes how people view this artist’s work.


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.
“2017 Juried Photography Show Prospectus.”
Click here for the prospectus
For questions contact Co-Chair: Audrey Vasey, 908-415-1048 or Angela Previte at 732-703 2929.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:00PM

A presentation on iPhone Photography by Richard Lewis, Photographer. Want to learn all the tips and tricks for creative photography from your iPhone? This presentation is not to be missed!
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,


Member News

  • Elsa Herrmann was awarded first place in watercolors at the Laurelton Art Society’s Festival of the Arts 2017 for “Thimble Island Dinghy”.
    Elsa also has an exhibit of her Vintage Oil Paintings at the Lavallette Library during May and June.
  • Mary Jo Austin received an award for Best in Figurative for her oil painting, “Diggin”, in the Manasquan River Group 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


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 May 2017

1. Our Victorian Tea will be held at the Bed & Breakfast, 600 Main, on Oct. 24th.
2. We are looking for weekend workshops for those who work during the week.
3. We will be holding Collectors Choice on Sept. 24th.
4. The installation dinner will be at the Eagle Ridge Country Club on Sept. 6th.
5. Marcie Falconetti has volunteered to chair 2018 Artisans River Market.

 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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