OCEAN CITY, MD — Feb. 14, 2015 — New art shows will warm the walls of the Ocean City Center for the Arts from March 2 through 28. The public is invited to the opening reception at the arts center on First Friday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

March’s featured artist is Dennis Young who is exhibiting a show of pastel and oil paintings entitled “Waiting for Summer.”

Young, a doctor from New Castle, De., generally works outside on location, but retreats to his studio in cold weather, often painting portraits. He waits for the season when he can get back outside to paint and participate in several regional plein air events, including the August event in Ocean City.

The “Waiting for Summer” show will feature many of Young’s plein air paintings done in the vivid hues that pastel paints bring to his art.

“Pastels so easily lend themselves to the spontaneity and brilliance of plein air painting,” he said. “Pastels are immediate. The colors are multiple and intense. I don’t have to mix colors, and I can put the paint on thickly, so they’re sometimes mistaken for oils.”

Also featured in March is an exhibit entitled “Black and White,” an all media group show where the artists’ works are limited to monochromatic black and white.

Exhibiting in Studio E are painters Stasia Heubeck, who studied at the renowned Schuler School in Baltimore, and Rosamaria Celozzi, a student at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin. March’s artisan in residence is Mary Jane Hastings who will be showing miniature paintings done primarily with a palette knife.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the home of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Ocean City area through education, exhibits, scholarships, programs and community art events. The arts center is supported by memberships, corporate and civic funding, donations and sales of art.

More information is available at 410-524-9433 or www.artleagueofoceancity.org.