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Youth Art Month

  • March 2 - March 28, 2018
  • Free Opening Reception: March 10, 2018 - 11:30 - 1 pm

March is Youth Art Month (YAM)! The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K - 12.

The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. This exciting exhibition displays student art work that has been created in Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County schools.

Organized by Lisa Confora (Atlantic County YAM chair - Atlantic County Special Services School District) and Kathy Nichols (Cape May County YAM chair - Margaret Mace Elementary).


 Isabella Roberts,  S  elf Portrait , watercolor & acrylic on wood panel

Isabella Roberts, Self Portrait, watercolor & acrylic on wood panel

Mainland Regional High School Students Exhibition

January 10 - 31, 2018

Free Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6-8pm (Second Friday)

Art teachers Lori Vannini and Lauren Ashley present the work of their talented students from Mainland Regional High School. Works included in the exhibition feature varied mediums such as charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, clay, and paper sculpture.












New Jersey State Touring Visual Arts Exhibition

 Kyeu Sun Jo,  Two Black Sheep

Kyeu Sun Jo, Two Black Sheep

November 11 - December 28, 2017

Free Opening Reception: Friday, December 8, 6-8pm (Second Friday)

The inspirational artwork created by some of the most dedicated Teen Artists across the state of New Jersey will be on display here at the Arts Garage. The artwork on display is part of the 2017-18 State Teen Arts Touring Visual Art Exhibition curated by New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival.

The 2017-18 State Teen Arts Touring Visual Art Exhibit features the nominated paintings, drawings and photographs created by the most dedicated arts students across the state. The students’ Home Counties nominated 20 pieces of student art work to be showcased for display at the 2017 New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival this past May and June. Four (4) student art works were nominated by each a county to be part of the State Teen Arts Touring Visual Art Exhibit. These 45 art pieces featured in the New Jersey State Teen Arts Touring Visual Art Exhibit were selected among thousands of pieces of artwork showcased from 15 different counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Union.





 Paige Min,  Afloat  (group III first place winner)

Paige Min, Afloat (group III first place winner)

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibition

October 7-November 2, 2017

Free Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6-8pm (Second Friday)

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated science, art, and social studies curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. A Junior Duck Stamp design is a “term paper” in which students use visual rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned. Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research the species and its habitat, then depict the waterfowl in an artistic medium.

K-12 students attending public, private, or home schools in the United States are eligible to enter. Entries are judged in 4 grade groups: K-3rd; 4th-6th; 7th-9th; and 10th -12th. First Place National Winner receives a $1,000 cash award and a free trip to participate in the First day of Sale ceremony in late June or early July. The Best of Show is selected from the 12 first place winning designs and competes in the national competition in Washington, DC. All National and State winning designs are on traveling exhibit throughout the year and are returned to the students the following spring.

Each year, Junior Duck Stamp artwork entries are submitted to The Wetlands Institute for judging. This year there were 169 entries received from children all over New Jersey. This exhibition at the Arts Garage marks one of several venues that will display the artwork. You can view the tour schedule here:


National Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition

September 15-October 6, 2017

Free Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 4, 1-3pm

This photography exhibition was curated by Juan Rodriguez, the director and founder of the New Life Alliance Association Supporting and Documenting Social & Cultural Affairs of the South Jersey Hispanic Community. The featured photographs highlight festivals, events, and individuals that embody the pride and cultural richness of the Hispanic community of southern New Jersey.

Learn more about this community at the following websites:


Sayreville War Memorial High School & New Rochelle High School

Presented by teachers Katherine Mojzsis (Sayreville, NJ) & Alexandra Rutsch Brock (New Rochelle, NY) 

April 1 - April 28, 2017

Free Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 6pm - 8pm (during Second Friday at the Arts Garage)

Students in Ms. Mojzsis's Advanced Art and Independent Study Jewelry classes at Sayreville War Memorial High School created a variety of works for this exhibition including printmaking, painting, and metalworking. Working in a variety of media, the students created work to develop mastery in concept, compilation, and execution of 2D and 3D design.

Students in Mrs. Brock's Drawing & Painting 2/3 class stretched their own canvases for these self-portrait paintings. They painted themselves depicting a specific narrative. The first layer (underpainting) was done in grisaille (executed entirely in shades of gray) in acrylics. They then painted over in oils, which was their first experience with this medium.

Youth Art Month Exhibition: Atlantic and Cape May Counties

 New Jersey 2016/2017 Flag Winner

New Jersey 2016/2017 Flag Winner

Presented by participating members of the Art Educators of New Jersey  

March 5 - March 31, 2017

Free Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 11:30am - 1:00pm

March is Youth Art Month (YAM). What is Youth Art Month?

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K - 12.

The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Visit the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University for this exciting exhibition, displaying student art work that has been created in Atlantic County and Cape May County schools.

Organized by Lisa Confora (Atlantic County YAM chair - Atlantic County Special Services School District) and Kathy Nichols (Cape May County YAM chair - Margaret Mace Elementary).

 Joanna Hoang

Joanna Hoang

Teen Arts Exhibition: Atlantic County

November 12 - 27, 2016  

The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival’s Visual Arts Touring Exhibition makes a stop in Atlantic County and features  the artwork of teens from across the state, including four Atlantic County artists: Jocelyn Cherico – Egg Harbor Township High School; Joanna Hoang (Geraldine R. Dodge Scholarship recipient) - Egg Harbor Township High School; Alissa Licolli- Absegami High School; and David Wilson – Mainland Regional High School. For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at or call 609-646-8699 x6314.




NJ Escapes
by Daniel Allen 

January 20 - March 12, 2016

As a nature lover and amateur photographer, Daniel Allen aims to capture the scenes he witnesses on his adventures and treks in the great outdoors. Photography didn’t become a passion of his until he was given a Nikon D3000 for Christmas as a freshman in college in 2010. He quickly began to pursue his new hobby, with an emphasis on landscapes and nature in general. Almost entirely self taught, most of his photography knowledge was obtained through guess and check methods and Youtube tutorials.

Daniel’s inspiration for “NJ Escapes” stems from the bad rap that New Jersey seems to get in regards to natural beauty. This exhibition contains photographs taken only in New Jersey, within just a day trip or less away. “NJ Escapes” are paradises right here in our own backyard. This the first public showing of his work other than social media.

Daniel has lived in South Jersey his entire life, so the state is near and dear to his heart. Daniel attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Biology. He currently works as a chemist for Signature Science, a government contractor at the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, at Atlantic City International Airport.

Keep Pushing
by "Local" Lou Fermonte

September 6 – November 14, 2015

Surf, skate and create.

“Local” Lou Fermonte is “spreading the stoke” with positive messages through his art and a positive lifestyle. Fermonte hopes that through teaching yoga, surfing, skateboarding, and his artwork, he can help inspire people to become more aware of the awesomeness within themselves and in the world around them.

Fermonte’s I Will Not Be Broken wall art truly expresses the heart, soul, and uniqueness of a skater. Skaters will not be broken and are all one of a kind. They fall and they get back up. They don’t give up. This translates into their everyday lives. Each heart is completely one of a kind, just like skaters. These skate hearts are a perfect reminder of that message. No matter what life throws at you, you can pick up the pieces and put it back together. Keep pushing!

Lou Fermonte is a Certified Yoga Teacher at Grow Yoga in Galloway, NJ and a “Director of Stoke” for the Heart of Surfing. He is also the owner and operator of The Keep Pushing Gallery.

People and Places: Community Through the Camera Lens
by Atlantic City and Pleasantville Youth

August 19 – August 28, 2015

People and Places: Community Through the Camera Lens is an exhibition of student work created by Atlantic City and Pleasantville Youth through the Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community‘s Summer Photography Workshop. Professional photographer Nastassia Davis and teacher and artist Glynnis Reedtaught this seven week instructional course to acquaint students with a basis in photography through a photographic exploration of the various cultural, civic, business, and domestic institutions of the community.

Following some of the curriculum of the “Literacy Through Photography” program, each week, the students went into the field to take pictures of an aspect of their community. The goals of this program are to provide youth with an avenue of self-expression, discovery and awareness and to encourage the development of artistic talents. The students are also learn to communicate using photography and visual imagery in order to stimulate the youth’s analytical and communication skills.

This course, exhibition, graduation, and reception are sponsored by: Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic City Housing Authority, and the Pleasantville Housing Authority.

by Megan Bowersox

May 31 – June 30, 2015

Wanderlust is a series of photographs focused on artist Megan Bowersox’s travels through the US, China and Paris. When capturing these places, Bowersox tries to manipulate the experience and highlight the place. Bowersox’s photographs take on an aura of their own and become somewhat human.

Bowersox also works in mediums such as textiles, painting, and printmaking. Megan has studied abroad in countries such as France, China, and Scotland and England.  Her photographs are a representation of the places that she has visited. Without documenting her own personal experiences in her photographs; she lets the structures speak for themselves. Each image gives off its own aura, and story for the viewer to interpret. Through her work you can experience the culture, and history of these locations. Although these images may not have something in common in subject, there are similarities in architecture, balance, color, and shape. Megan, through her photographs, wants to pay respect to what she has learned and experienced through her travels.

Megan Bowersox currently lives in Brigantine, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Megan will be attending the University of the Arts this Fall for a Masters in Museum Studies.

Frozen Vistas: A Photographic Discovery of Iceland
by Shaun Reilly

March 8 – May 25, 2015

 Icy Fjord, Seydisfijordur, Iceland by Shaun Reilly

Icy Fjord, Seydisfijordur, Iceland by Shaun Reilly

Drawn by north in search of Icebergs and the Northern Lights professional photographer Shaun Reilly traveled to Iceland in to document the amazing country during its intense winter season.

“Traveling and photographing in Iceland was an wonderful way to document a world that is nearly alien to us in Southern New Jersey.”

Shaun and his wife circled the entire country via the famous Ring Road or Rt. 1, a small two lane, mostly paved, path the circles the country and traverses lava fields, mountains, tidal flats, and seaside cliffs. Ice and snow covered roads made the trip a bit treacherous but the frozen views afforded by the four hour days were awe inspiring. The images Shaun created focus on the way that the light interacts with the landscape and the secrets that it reveals about its hidden character.

#31DaysSeeing Photography
by Anthony Smedile

December 18, 2014 – February 5, 2015



Anthony Smedile is an award winning photographer in Southern New Jersey. In August of 2014, Smedile, gave followers a glimpse of the Atlantic City area through his eyes, sharing a different image each day. He tagged the project: #31daysseeing. Twenty-one of the 31 images he produced for the project were on display.

Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
by Steve Freeman

November 14 – December 14, 2014

Photographer Steve Freeman is truly has a passion for learning about and photographing cultures other than his own, that is why when he had the opportunity to move to the jungles of Borneo to teach English, he jumped at the chance. The thought of being able to photograph the opposite side of the planet opened up so many thoughts and ideas that he knew he needed to go. The Indonesian culture and environment is so very different from the States and Freeman was able to capture and show the beauty of the Indonesians’ everyday lives.

Jazz Portraits
by Jeff Schwachter

July 17 – September 17, 2014

Jeff Schwachter is a writer, musician, visual artist and avid music fan of all types. Residing in Somers Point, NJ, since 2002, Jeff’s creative passions feed his professional career, including a 10-year stint with Atlantic City Weekly as editor and managing editor where he interviewed iconic jazz and other musicians and comedians, and wrote award-winning articles on the Atlantic City region’s musical past (Club Harlem, Art Blakey, Sam Cooke, the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ era, Nina Simone, Tony Mart’s: Bob Dylan, Levon & The Hawks). Jazz Portraits is an exhibit of mostly oil-pastel drawings (with a few acrylic paintings and charcoals) that Jeff has done of jazz and blues figures. These works and more were first exhibited at the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in Newtonville, NJ, in the summer of 2011 and at the Somers Point Jazz Society’s Jazz @ The Point Festival in 2012. The drawings and paintings were done in Philadelphia, PA, Somers Point and Sarasota, FL, over the span of about 17 years.

The Art of Mark Tucker

May 9 – May 30, 2014

Mark Tucker is a self-taught artist whose work is striking, filled with vivid colors and often abstract. Tucker was born in the Bronx in 1946 and has lived in Barnegat, NJ for about 7 years. He has worked with antiques for most of his adult life.

Art has always been a passion and inspiration to Tucker. In 2008 the antique business was severely suffering because of the recession, giving him more time for his love of art. It was then that Tucker started experimenting with his own paintings and sculpture. In some early articles in local papers he was dubbed the “recession” artist. His art has also been referred to as primitive, abstract, mixed media and conceptual but all of Tucker’s pieces are different and don’t fit into any one category. Tucker describes most of his work as coming from the subconscious mind or imagination.