Art Notes, July 20 – Sandpaper

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RAY OF LIGHT: Mary Tantillo’s ‘Limoncello’ stained glass panel is the centerpiece of the new collection to be unveiled July 29. The four-part series has been in the works for four years. The “Limoncello” collection completes the ensemble – and the artistic vision of the series – all inspired by the sun. (Photo courtesy of SwellColors studio)

South exposure: The Ann Coen & Friends pop-up in Beach Haven continues its Thursday night arts and culture events in the gallery space with Local Vendor Night, July 21 from 2-8 p.m. Small city studio. Get a Twig Tarot reading or even a mini portrait session with photographer Ryan Johnson. Pop-up portraits are free; edited images will be available for purchase.

Next Thursday, July 28 from 4-9 p.m., Coen presents “Sea Folk,” an exhibition by painter Kathleen Sky Mancini, born and raised in Manasquan. Mancini credits his style of painting to his love of the outdoors, both oceanic and rural.

“I want my art to not only evoke the beauty that surrounds me, but to do so with a fresh, modern perspective,” she said. “I want my art to feel wild and brave and free, with no limits or rules. If that makes you happy and appeals to your imagination, then I’ve succeeded.

The pop-up gallery is located, only for this summer, at 110 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven.

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Solar energy: Glass artist Mary Tantillo, owner of SwellColors Glass Studio in Surf City, has announced her latest and final installment in a four-part series of stained glass windows based on the sun in four seasons. Her new collection, “Limoncello” (the fall edition), opens July 29.

Taken as a whole, the album is a love letter to the sun, and to a life fueled by it. Tantillo has created an individual sign for each day of the year.

She divided the work into seasons, she explained, to complete the task in four years. Last year, she revealed the full summer series, “Puro Verano.”

The idea for the project came to her when she discovered, during research on her ancestors, that she had several parents named Ciro, which means sun.

“I started thinking about where I came from and how I got here, to work as an artist who works with material that filters sunlight,” she explained. “I felt this deep resonance between my mind and my heart. I wanted to explore this link between my past and my present. I decided to do a year of pieces inspired by the sun. Making a different design every day is very difficult, but it was also important for me to do it, so that I could convey moments in time.

SwellColors will be hosting an opening party on Friday, July 29 from 5-9 p.m., with all pieces on display and for sale. The event will have live music, refreshments, “and my mom’s rum cake,” Tantillo said.

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First Friday: Momentum is building for “First Friday” in Surf City, a walkable monthly art scene where galleries open their doors and art and music spill out onto the streets to enchant passers-by. Solace Studio and Gallery artist-owner Franny Andahazy is on a mission to galvanize other galleries to join the effort. The next one is Friday August 5th. “Come and hang around,” Andahazy prompts. Stay tuned for the full story and complete information on deals and events at Solace. In the meantime, visit solacestudiolbi.com.

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See them all: The 16th annual LBI Artist Open Studio and Gallery Tour is scheduled for August 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Presented by the LBI Arts Council, this summer’s tour features 32 artists and galleries up and down the island, from High Bar Harbor to Beach Haven, organizers Carol Nussbaum, Joan Gantz and Fred Ballet announced.

“It’s a free event and a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet incredibly talented, creative and renowned artists who have studios on LBI,” Nussbaum said. The artists will demonstrate their processes and the exhibited works will be for sale. A business card and sample work can be found at lbiartists.com, along with brochures at participating studios and galleries.

The tour’s mission is to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit on LBI, in order to strengthen Long Beach Island’s growing cultural community.

“Artists are an integral part of a thriving community life, providing cultural interaction, individual expression and generating a healthy economic environment,” according to the council. “The visit is a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to collect works of art and gain an in-depth understanding of the creative process.”

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People who need people: “Unmasked: A Contemporary Portrait Exhibition” is open through August 14 at the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation in Loveladies. LBIF has made it easy for buyers and collectors to purchase artwork – directly from the online gallery. Shop for artwork from LBIF exhibitions, including the current one, at lbifoundation.org/store.

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New shores: The public dedication of the Pine Shores Art Association in Tuckerton, the Manhawkin-based organization’s new second location inside the former Tuckerton Borough Hall at 140 East Main St., is scheduled for Saturday. September 17, from noon to 4 p.m. (rain date September 18). The new space in the old building has undergone interior aesthetic and functional updates; PSAA volunteers beautified it with fresh paint, appliances and furniture, and installed a hanging system to display artwork.

Also at the PSAA headquarters on Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin, free recurring monthly events on Thursdays are “Do Your Own Thing,” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and “Artists Helping Artists,” 2:30 p.m. 5 p.m. (call 609-713-7337 to register for either); and non-tutored portrait drawing sessions with a live model, 7-9 p.m. Go for $5 pattern fee. An additional DYOT session has been added on Tuesdays from 7-9pm (email pvh3dwh@aol.com to register). Also free Monday afternoons, 12-3 p.m., DYOT with PSAA at Bay Avenue Community Center. Water-based mediums only, no oils or solvents.

All Pine Shores memberships (adults, $35 per person; $60 per couple; $25 for teens) can be created or renewed online or by mailing a check to Linda Blum, PO Box 5, West Creek, NJ 08092 . —VF

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