The Art League of Ocean City’s February exhibits will take your breath away with striking photographs, vivid landscape paintings, and heartwarming animal artwork to benefit a good cause. The First Friday Opening Reception takes place Friday, February 6 from 5 to 7 pm at the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 94th Street bayside and is free and open to the public. This month’s exhibit sponsor will be the Worcester County Humane Society, a local no-kill animal shelter, who will be available to distribute information about their valuable resources.
Explore Perspectives, an exhibit highlighting different viewpoints within the medium of photography. The exhibit will feature work by photojournalist Grant Gursky, fine art photographer Don Lehman, and travel photographers Robin Harrison and Kyler Taustin. Discover the possibilities of photography through the eyes of these four artists and expand your own skills with a Digital Photography workshop taught by Lehman later this month. Call 410-524-9433 for more information and to register.
February will welcome two new artists to Studio B and mark the beginning of a year-long residency. The working artist studio is the cohesive effort of artists Jan Bain and Gail Zinar. Bain captures the majesty of nature through vibrant watercolors and Zinar’s enthusiasm shines in pastel and watercolor landscapes. Visit the artists throughout the month to see the creative process in action as they paint in their studio.
The Thaler Gallery will be dedicated to the theme of Animals in Art, featuring a show of Art League members and local artists across a variety of media. The competition will be judged by Ursula Ehrhardt and a portion of sales will benefit the WCHS.
The subject of animals will continue in Studio E with paintings by Lynne Lockhart, signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. The Spotlight Gallery will feature photography by Sara Timmons. For more information on all the Animals in Art events including pet portrait fundraisers and themed classes/ workshops, please call 410-524-9433.
Continuing as Artisan in Residence is Marisa Longo, showcasing one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculptures inspired by nature found on the Assateague Island National Seashore. And see artwork by studio artists Tinsel Hughes, Erik Hertz, and year-round artist in residence David Simpson.
Exhibits run through February 28. Galleries open daily (Monday through Friday 9-4PM, Saturday and Sunday 11AM-4PM), with extended hours for special classes and events. For more information, contact the Art League at 410-524-9433 or visit www.ArtLeagueofOceanCity.org
**COVER PHOTO BY GRANT GURSKY**
The Art League of Ocean City is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the community through education, exhibits, scholarship programs and public service projects. Financial support comes primarily through membership dues from individuals and corporate sponsors. Funding is also provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Art League of Ocean City is grateful to the Town of Ocean City for partnering to construct the Ocean City Center for the Arts. To get more information on Art League of Ocean City events or how to become a member, call 410-524-9433 or click onto the Art League of Ocean City Web site at