PHOTO: Artwork by Alfred Palmieri will be featured in this year’s “The Spirit of Modern Artists” exhibit at the Atlantic Cape Community College Art Gallery.
MAYS LANDING— Atlantic Cape Community College’s art gallery, in partnership with The Arc of Atlantic County will host “The Spirit of Modern Artists” Exhibit Nov. 2-Dec. 15. This exhibit showcases over 30 pieces of art in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, watercolors, and pencil features artists representing The Arc of Atlantic County. Featured artists who have contributed to the exhibit are: Dee Caldwell, Robert Cheesman, Raymond Davis, Sarah Hendrixson, John Jeffries, Louis Knisley, Alfred Palmieri, Shiheeb Peterson, Lee Shafer, Latoya Smith, and Canary Taylor.
An opening reception took place 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 2. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Art gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
What makes this exhibit unique is that each of these artists have been attending some form of art instruction classes as part of the Art Program at The Arc of Atlantic County. The classes, taught by talented art instructors affiliated with The Ocean City Fine Arts League, are open to anyone with an intellectual or developmental disability. According to Mary Ruley Moyer, Director of Development and Community Outreach at The Arc of Atlantic County, “the classes encourage people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to express themselves and enhance their wellbeing. The various forms of art can strengthen a person’s self-esteem giving them the courage to try new things and improve their quality of life.”
“We are excited to display these works which showcases the creative talent of these artists, and includes their work in the community,” commented Katherine Aikens, Art Gallery Coordinator for Atlantic Cape’s William Spangler Library. “This exhibit serves a vital role of raising awareness on social issues for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities,” Aikens added.
Funding for this project is supported by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant administered by The Atlantic County office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.
The gallery is inside the William Spangler Library, D Building, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The gallery will host monthly exhibits of a wide variety of works including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists will be students, faculty and local artisans. For more information about “The Spirit of Modern Artists” Exhibit, please call (609)625-1111 Ext. 5346.