Art Notes, July 27 – Sandpaper


SALE: Kathleen Sky Art is fresh, coastal, modern. Check out her Sea Folk collection at the Ann Coen & Friends Pop-Up this Thursday. (Artwork by Kathleen Sky)

South exposure: The Ann Coen & Friends pop-up in Beach Haven continues its Thursday night cultural events in the gallery space with “Sea Folk,” an exhibition by painter Kathleen Sky on July 28 from 4-9 p.m. Kathleen Sky Mancini, born and raised in Manasquan, attributes her style to her love of the outdoors, both coastal 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. The project took him four years. The idea had come to her when she learned that she had several ancestors 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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New excavations: The Pine Shores Art Association in Tuckerton, the new addition to the PSAA headquarters in Manahawkin, is officially open to association members. A grand public opening is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, from noon to 4 p.m. (rain date September 18). The new space, inside the former Tuckerton Borough Hall at 140 East Main St., has undergone interior aesthetic and functional updates such as fresh paint, appliances and furnishings.

On Saturday afternoon, July 23, the new space was baptized with a party, including lunch, dessert and cake, and the artists deposited works of art to be exhibited in the main room. PSAA member and handyman Ed Rennar installed a chair rail wall hanging system, and Transition Committee Chair Dee Turba filled every available inch of wall space with member art. Association president Tom Rutledge has a vision for the new site that involves more sculptures than the organization previously offered, in addition to paintings and other two-dimensional works.

“A lot of organizations don’t even have a place, like we have – but here, now, we have two,” he said.

Rutledge said that two comments he received are: the talent and artistic skills of the members are increasing year by year, and lately, many new faces are appearing – a promising sign. They are all grateful for the generosity of the Borough of Tuckerton in allowing them to open the annex.

“We haven’t got it all figured out yet,” he said, “but we can’t wait to see what we’re going to do here, and I hope you all come join us.”

Free recurring monthly events continue at PSAA Headquarters on Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin. Thursdays are “Do Your Own Thing,” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and “Artists Helping Artists,” 2:30 p.m. to 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 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.

Tuckerton-based Art Chat, now part of the PSAA, meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library, to share what they’re working on and receive comments if desired. or “just to see what other people are doing,” according to founder Nancy Glines. Newcomers are welcome. The only “rules” of participation, she said, are to be kind, helpful and encouraging to other performers. For more information, contact Glines at

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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. Visit

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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, along with brochures at participating studios and galleries. —VF


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