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Thank you, Jersey Shore

A nice surprise was waiting in my mailbox today.  This summer’s edition of the LBI Vacation Guide featured my Acrylic painting of the Giant Wheel at Fantasy Island on its Attractions page. Perfect placement since Fantasy Island is the first listing on the page, too!   I love working with Judy and George at Jersey Shore Publications. It is a nice way to get your art seen and helps support local business as well.

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This is one of three looser style paintings of the amusement park in Beach Haven, NJ.   The park owners are also patrons and have several of this series, including the two below…

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I loved painting these and hope to add more this summer as I carve out some painting time.  I may even have some in time for Harvey Cedars coming up fast on the 21st.

Legacy of Loss with Laura Beard at RRCArts opens this Friday!

This Friday, June 21st, a long awaited collaboration with Laura Beard will finally be realized with our exhibition of endangered species artwork in the Atrium at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ.


We have close to 30 paintings on display along with information about the threat to each species represented and how you can help!

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In addition, we will be giving away a giclee of The Glider to some lucky attendee and will be collecting donations to benefit the great work being done at the Brigantine Marine Mammal Stranding Center which also rescues sea turtles like the Green Sea Turtle in The Glider painting (see below).

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June is the best time of year to come out for 3rd Friday in Millville because of the long days and great weather. Come on out, stroll the galleries and art Village on High. Check out the Clay College, have dinner in one of the pubs or the local trattoria but do NOT miss the opening of “Legacy of Loss” in the Atrium, Chuck Law’s amazing work in the Witt Gallery, the Associate Artist alcove, and “Creatures Great and Small” in the Main Gallery at RRCArts.  6 PM sharp.  Hope to see you there!

Third Friday at RRCArts in Millville


This past Friday was the “Third Friday” opening at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ.  I am fortunate enough to be sharing the Associate Artist alcove with the wonderful work of Linda D’Urbano.  It is also the Spring Associate Artist show in the main gallery.  Lots of terrific art on display!

I will be back at RRCArts in June with a two person show on their beautiful brick wall in the Atrium with the fabulous Laura Beard for a show called, Legacy of Loss. It will feature endangered wildlife around the world.

Come on down to Millville for a wonderful 3rd Friday evening. Gallery hop, hit up the Village on High for some shopping and art viewing, have dinner at the trattoria, and enjoy the three galleries and the Associates’ Alcove at RRCarts at 22 N High Street. It is a great way to spend a summer evening!

Off and Running in 2019 with Art for Children

I started on half a dozen different paths this January in hopes of attracting my muse (she has been conspicuously absent this winter) and in February I saw a call for children’s art for AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts program in their Atlantic City Pediatric facility.

It was just the focus I needed to get the creative juices flowing!  I loved doing these whimsical, humorous pieces.  I am thrilled to announce that AtlantiCare picked up five of them for their clinic. I love how the medical community in southern New Jersey is so supportive of local artists.

I have a soft spot for children’s art. I love creating pieces that hint at a story but allow kids to develop their own stories about what is taking place in the picture.  This is especially important in a clinical setting where fear and boredom sometimes lurk. I truly hope that these fun and colorful works provide a welcome distraction and jumping off point for conversation for the young patients.


Seeing Art Where it Lives

I love it when a client is kind enough to send a photo of their piece of artwork hanging on the wall of their home. It tells me they are pleased with the piece and proud to be its owner.  Since are is such a personal creation, it allows me to envision my painting “living” in its new space.

This piece found a home in Avalon this past week and I love that the patron took the time to share it with me. His daughter even named it – “Sandy”.

Now, when I see a photo of this one in my gallery or on my FB page, I can imagine Sandy looking out over the marshes, ready to go hunting for dinner.

Thank you, Bill, for sharing this story and photos with me. – Jill



Avalon Beside the Sea

Tonight I will be heading down to Avalon (exit 13 for NJ folk) for the Art Exhibition and sale to support Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund. Brendan Borek was a kid who loved the ocean; loved to surf. His life was cut short by cancer.

Brendan’s Fund helps Atlantic and Cape May families affected by pediatric cancer. They help with stays, expenses, even food for families traveling back and forth to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatric cancer treatments.

I am a huge fan of CHOP and the good work it does so I am proud to support families in the fight against pediatric cancers.

The 18th Annual Artists & Friends Art Show for Brendan’s Fund will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Avalon Yacht Club, 7th & The Bay, Avalon, NJ from 6 – 9 PM. $15 donation at the door.


This is a beautiful event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, artwork created by our artists and beautiful sunsets. Please join us for an evening filled with friends for a wonderful cause. Proceeds are donated to the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to assist the pediatric cancer patients and their families from Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Good News!

Received word today I have been accepted as an Associate Artist at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville.



This will mean some exhibition opportunities in a fabulous gallery as well as expanded exposure in the region. I am very excited to have been accepted. I have been painting much more in 2018 and plan to continue, but really want to focus on some new directions for 2019.

This exhibition opportunity may help guide my subject matter for the year. It certainly makes me want to head up to the studio and jump right in!

Thank you RRCArts!