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             SWEETWATERS ART EXHIBIT

What a terrific response from our Guild artists for the first Sweetwaters show! We have 23 pieces from 16 artists, but so many more of you showed interest that we have started a list for the March show. Judy Lepore and I collected the art at the guild on some very cold days before Christmas. We had some artists drop in that we didn’t expect because there was some confusion about drop-off procedures but we’ll clear that up. But first let me tell you how beautiful and professional the display looks. 

Pastels, watercolors, oils , photos and mixed media collages were all in the brew; a grand display of the talent we have here at OCAG. Bill McNamara and Martin Kavanagh, from our photography club, documented each piece plus took pictures of the Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Shop . Don’t forget to take a peek at their pictures on our website

Wahgo Chang, the generous proprietor of Sweetwaters, installed a professional gallery hanging system that made it easy for Sally Cornelison, Judy and I to hang the pieces. Lucky for us, Lisa Cifaretto from the Toms River Artist Community stayed after taking down their pieces and helped us with a couple of our unexpected problems that come from doing something for the first time. She gave us a few hints about what to tell our members about wiring for this type of system that I share with you below. 

I encourage our members to stop by the coffee shop located at the Ocean County Mall in the newly built section, buy a coffee and one of those delicious treats in the display case and admire the work of our fellow artists. 

Judy and I will be collecting art pieces for the May show:

MAY 2021 EXHIBIT DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 15, 10:00-12:00 PM
Sweetwaters show dropoff days for May show
April 16, 1:30-3:30 PM Sweetwaters show dropoff days for May show
April 27-May 30 - Sweetwaters May Exhibit (OC Mall area) 

Jo Guscott
Judy Lepore

 

Letter from the President

Welcome to Spring!  Warmer days, early sunrises and later sunsets are a welcome change from the long winter. The flowers will soon be blooming, helped along by gentle spring rain. Enroll in a class, workshop or group session to help your creativity bloom.

Classes are in full swing and planning has begun for summer sessions for adults and children. The wide array of classes attracts the young and 'mature' alike. Our Children’s classes are very popular as kids are looking to step away from their computer screens and tap into their creative spirit. Check our website for new activities/classes/workshops.

Look for upcoming true beginner classes, special one-day "Make and Take" sessions, plein air gatherings, Photography Group Meet-Ups and much more.

We have seven Outdoor concerts scheduled from April through October on a Sunday afternoon 3:30-5:00 PM. Bring your chair and enjoy the music on our grounds. 

Our galleries feature new exhibits each month.  April offers two solo shows and in May the Black Glass Gallery exhibit. Check the Calendar for future events.

See you at the Guild,

Wendy Kovacs
OCAG President

Upcoming Guild Events

April 2021

April 2 10AM, Gallery meeting/hanging
April 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
April 4 Easter – CLOSED
April 8-9 1:30-5:30 Carol Colvin Workshop
April 11 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Matteo/Brogan/dela Cuesta
   Gallery 2: Eves Artistry "It Takes A Lifetime"
   Studio: Artist Choice
April 14, 6:30-8:00 PM Harbor House-Art Therapy Group
April 15 10:00-12:00 PM Dropoff for Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea May Exhibit
April 16 1:30-3:30 PM Dropoff for Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea May Exhibit
April 18, 2-4 PM   Song Circle
April 18 & 25 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
April 27-May 30 - Sweetwaters May Exhibit (OC Mall area)
April 28, 6:30-8:00 PM Harbor House-Art Therapy Group
April 29-Black Glass Gallery drop off
April 30 Black Glass Hanging

May 2021
May 1, 4-8 PM  (Saturday) Black Glass Opening Reception
May 2 (Sun), 1-4 PM - All Galleries: Black Glass Gallery Exhibit
May 5, 6:30-8:00 PM Harbor House-Art Therapy Group
May 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
May 9, 16 23 & 30 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
May 16, 2-4 PM Song Circle
May 19, 6:30-8:00 PM Harbor House-Art Therapy Group
May 21-23 , 9-3 PM Joe Guyrsak Plein Air workshop

June 2021
June 2 & 3, 1-4 Gallery dropoff/pickup
June 4, 10 AM Gallery Meeting/hanging (harbor house hanging)
June 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
June 6 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Marcie Falconetti and Peggy Trerotola
   Gallery 2: Bob Gelormine
   Studio: Oceans Harbor House Youth Art exhibit
June 7-8, Steve Zazenski workshop
June 11 (Fri) 6-8 PM Harbor House Art Auction Event
June 13, 20 & 27 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
June 20 2-4 PM Song Circle
June 21, Mixed Media Workshop (Tamara Woronczuk)
June 28 - July 2 Summer Film Institute Workshop
June 29-July 25 - Sweetwaters Exhibit (OC Mall area)
June 30-July 1, 1-4 PM Gallery pickup/dropoff

July 2021
July 2 Gallery meeting/hanging
July 2 Film Institute outdoor event
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
July 4, 18, & 25 (Sun) 2:00-4:00 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
July 11 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Lil Woolley Retrospective
   Gallery 2: Ray Moran Retrospective
   Studio: Artist Choice
July 11, 4-6 PM Kevin Woyce Statue of Liberty Talk
July 13-14, 9;30-12 PM Sheila Soyster, Calligraphy Worksshop
July 18 2-4 PM Song Circle
July 22, Mixed Media Workshop (Tamara Woronczuk)
July 28 & 29 Gallery pickup/dropoff
July 30, 10 AM Gallery meeting/hanging

August 2021
August 1 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Richard Kushinsky Retrospective
   Gallery 2: TBD
   Studio: Artist Theme is Sunrise/Sunset
August 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
August 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
August 15 2-4 PM Song Circle
August 26, Mixed Media Workshop (Tamara Woronczuk)
August 31-September 26 - Sweetwaters Exhibit (OC Mall area)

September 2021
September 1 & 2, 1-4 PM Gallery pickup/dropoff
September 3, 10 AM Gallery Meeting/hanging
September 4 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
September 5 & 26 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
September 11 Sailfest
September 12 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Kim Cesaretti
   Gallery 2: Bill Ross
   Studio: Artist Choice
September 16 Mixed Media Workshop (Tamara Woronczuk)
September 18-19 Martin Campos workshop
September 25 10-4 PM Artisan Market
September 28 & 29 Tentative Linda Coulter Pastel Workshop
September 29 & 30 1-4 PM Gallery Pickup /Dropoff

October 2021
October 1, 10AM Gallery Meeting/hanging
October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
October 3 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
All Galleries: Juried Photography Show
October 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
October 12-15 TENTATIVE Dorrie Rifkin Workshop
October 22, 8-10 PM #1 Paranormal Night
October 26-November 28 - Sweetwaters Exhibit (OC Mall area)
October 29, 8-10 PM #2 Paranormal Night

November 2021
November 3-4, 1-4 PM Gallery Pickup/dropoff
November 5 10 AM, Gallery meeting/hanging
November 6, 13,20 & 27 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
November 7 (Sun), 1-4 PM Gallery Opening
   Gallery 1: Printmaking Group
   Gallery 2: Denise Gray and Family
   Studio: Artist Choice
November 14, 21, & 28 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
November 25 Thanksgiving CLOSED

December 2021
December 1 & 2, 1-4 Gallery pickup/dropoff
December 2-3 Set up for Boutique
December 4 & 5 (Sat/Sun), 1-4 PM Victorian Open House/boutique
   Galleries 1 & 2: Small Art 9x12 and under (does not include the frame)
   Studio: Paintings ($75 and under)
December 11 & 18 (Sat) 10-12:30 PM Drop In Figure Drawing
December 12 & 19 (Sun) 2:30-4:30 PM, Drop in Portrait Group
December 20 - January 2, 2022 CLOSED
December 28, 2021-January 30, 2022 - Sweetwaters Exhibit (OC Mall area)


 

Announcements

 
   THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!
As our food drive for the People's Pantry, Fulfill draws to an end I would like to thank everyone for their extreme generosity during this time of food insecurity for many families in our area.  Since March 13, 2020 Toms River has received 37,336 "crisis boxes" to distribute to needy families.  According to Fulfill that amounts to 1.1 million pounds of food!  The township has also received 38,000 pounds of produce from Fulfill to distribute.  There has been a 40% increase in the demand for food since the pandemic began.  The Guild has delivered 5 carloads of food to the pantry so far.  
Although we will be ending our drive the need for groceries remains.  Please note that the pantry is open Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:30PM.  You may drop your own donations off at 1769 Hooper Avenue in Toms River.  
 
Thank you again.
Tamara Woronczuk
 

Children's 3D Art was a great success and the children were excited with their projects.

Awards

Congratulations to Mary Jo Austin for her oil painting, "Bathing Beauties," being awarded BEST IN SHOW at the Manasquan River Group of Artists 2021 Virtual Art Exhibition. The theme of the show is "Local Inspiration."

2020/2021 Officers and Trustees

OFFICERS 

Wendy Kovacs, Interim President 

Jo Guscott, Vice President

Sally Cornelison, Recording Secretary 

Bill McNamara, Treasurer 

Wendy Kovacs, Membership Secretary 

Carol Colvin, Corresponding Secretary 

 

8 TRUSTEES 

Mary Jo Austin                     Tamara Woronczuk

 Robert Henne                          AnnMarie Dario

 Judy Lepore                         Marcie Falconetti

William Kobasz                     Peggy Trerotola