Ocean City Art Exhibit Highlights the Beauty of the Shoreline
By MADDY VITALE
From seascapes to landscapes, oils to watercolors, to photography capturing the essence of the shore, artists showcased their talents at the 59th annual Boardwalk Art Show, which opened Friday and runs throughout weekend.
Susan and Mike Matthews of Ocean City walked the tents that ran from the promenade between Seventh Street and 11th Street.
“We come every year,” Susan noted. “We appreciate the variety of art forms. There are watercolors and photographs and handmade jewelry. I love seascapes and watercolors.
More than 50 artists from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York came for the exhibition.
The event is sponsored annually by the Ocean City Arts Center. Boardwalk walkers stopped to learn about the various artists and shop for handmade artwork, jewelry, and even furniture.
Arts Center Executive Director Chase Jackson and Arts Center volunteer Lynn Sullivan watched from a table set up near the Music Pier to help people answer their questions. They had a list of performing artists.
“I’m excited to see people buying art and it’s only Friday,” Jackson noted of the show’s day one success. “I saw a person on the boardwalk holding two works of art. We are so excited to see all the interest in the arts.
Artist Michele Foster Lucas, who is based in Pennsauken, NJ, had a variety of art forms, called mixed media.
“I create artwork on anything I can, from paper to canvas. You name it,” Foster Lucas said with a smile.
Then she held up her favorite coin. “It’s Giggles,” she said of a girl with braids and a captivating smile.
Foster Lucas has been a part of the art exhibit for as long as she can remember, she said.
“I always like it. I always come back,” she noted.
Rick Lang didn’t have to travel too far from his home in Marmora to be on the show.
His beach scenes also show that he is often in Ocean City.
One of his pieces depicts a Christmas tree on the beach. Trees laid on beaches became a popular event during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents displayed them in the sands to bring some cheer during the uncertain times.
The Christmas tree painting is one of Lang’s popular sellers and he understands why.
“The tree meant a lot to a lot of people,” he said. “It came at a time when the community and the whole country needed something positive.”
Lang, who has been on the show for 15 years, also painted images of the boardwalk and beloved carousel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.
For Mia Dalessandro, of Broomall, Pennsylvania, a special necklace to remind her of her vacation in Ocean City was just the thing.
“I love it because it reminds me of summer,” she said of the delicate strand with light green beads.
The artist, Kate Eckfeldt, who designs jewelry and is an abstract artist, explained that beads give people a sense of nature.
The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the best entries in the show.
The event was made possible with funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, an agency partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Ocean City Arts Center at 609-399-7628 or visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.