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Define the perfect person to design and present an art curriculum for children and you are describing Mary Walker-Baptiste. A lover of children, a dynamic experienced teacher, a creative, experimental and inspiring innovator and a nurturer of talent --that's our February Featured Artist!

Mary's parents were artists who surrounded their children with art and artwork. Her brother became an Imagineer for Disney, her sister is a musician and artist, and Mary became an elementary teacher whose classroom always reflected her Art minor, part of her degree from Saint Mary University, Kansas.

by Dianne Alvine  

I remember the clothesline,  
on the first floor of the house
where I grew up.  
I remember my mother 
young and strong and full of life,
as she pulled in the clothes
when it started to rain.
She was never quick enough,
and she’d have to put them
in a big, wicker basket
and trudge them downstairs,
to hang on a line in the cellar.
I remember seeing a picture
taken some months after I was born.
She was hanging clothes,
and smiling like a movie queen,
dressed in a slinky, slip of a dress,
the one she vowed she’d get into,
after she had me.
Nowadays, I am surprised and wistful
To see such a ‘sighting.’
It is a bittersweet reminder
of things slipping away.
Yet gentle memories linger
I am a child again.
I can feel the summer heat on my back
as I pedal my bike faster and faster.
The day is crystal clear,
and as blue as my father’s eyes.
It’s a perfect day for hanging clothes.
The sweet, scent of just cut grass fills the air. 
I can hear the muffled sounds
of my grandmother and my mother’s voices
as I get closer and closer,
just braking my bike inches away, 
from the freshly hung clothes.

Painting & Poetry Exhibit 2016
Surf City Library
Chuck Person, "My Family Sang."
Pat Morgan, "Memories."
Lois Mullen. "Cherry Blossom."
Kim Trotto, "Stars from the Sea."
Carlo Gaboardi, "My First Friend."
by Pat Delaney

You were my first friend.
We sat on the floor and played with blocks and dolls.
We walked through the garden holding hands. I would squeeze your hand once and your hand would answer back with two squeezes.
We played tag and hide and seek in the back yard.
We sang songs and told stories to each other.
We sat at the kitchen table and did homework everyday after school, practicing spelling words and the multiplication table.
We went to the beach in the summer, building sand castles and riding waves into the shore. The heat radiating off of the sand burning our feet as we walked back to the house.
You helped me pick out my wedding dress and sang at my wedding.
You told me that my two daughters and then four granddaughters were the most beautiful babies you had ever seen.
As the babies grew you played blocks and dolls, tag and hide and seek, and sang songs and told stories with each of them.
You sat on my porch and I on yours and we would drink wine and tea and we would talk about other friends, music, books and interesting places.
I sat next to your hospital bed holding your hand all night squeezing it once and waiting for your two return squeezes, but they never came.
Farewell my first friend, my dearest friend, my mother.

by Nancy Kunz

Sandberg’s fog came on little cat feet,
You came to our island like a steamroller
Barreling straight though lives 
Unaware of your power to destroy
You made your decision, chose your track
And never wavered from your path 
Windows rattled, lights flickered, then went out
You cleared decks of flowers and furniture
Flags wrapped themselves tight around their poles 
Pines bowed low to your demands 
In the bay moored boats toppled into whitecaps 
You paid no attention to supplications
Did your best to lay flat everything in your path  
Calling down dark and destruction until 
You decided to move on
In your wake came an amazing sun 
Pushing the limits of orange and gold
Streaking the western sky with reds and purple 
Radiating from sky to water and back again
Quietly, over the ocean, illuminated droplets 
Revealed a full rainbow whose arms 
Stretched north and south making a promise 
To all who wanted normal

by Maggie O’Neill

Shells pattern the beach like constellations.

Wet from the sea,

they shine in the morning sun like stars,  
a galaxy beneath my feet.

Overhead Orion, Cassiopeia, and Perseus

gaze down upon the ocean’s Milky Way.

As above, so below.

The balance of the universe unfolds.

by Kathy Santangelo

Someone should warn
the cherry blossoms.
Buy them a timepiece,
send them a text.
Let them know
it’s too soon
for pale pink fragility,
fuchsia vulnerability,
origami elegance,
rice paper transparency.
Why the eagerness
to stifle breath 
with beauty?
Go back
Check the weather,
stay about to be. 
Don’t be fooled
by the first warm rays.
The sun has always
lured the lovely.
Go back
stay dormant,
no petals please.
A gust from the northeast,
hail, sleet…
you are gone.

by Deborah Morales

My family always sang at parties.
Loud, proud, 
voice mellow as dusk,
you sang two songs, solos.
Minnie the Moocher and Ace in the Hole.
The red splash of your dress
swallowed the room.
We hung happily on the fringes.
Your rhinestone brooch
blinded me to the truth.
This joy will go on forever
was the promise of those nights.
I accepted this 
too young to know
But every song has an end.
Of nine siblings two remain.
You departed well I heard.
Peter called with the news.
My mind echoes the lines
you belted boldly.
Truth be told,
I smile
at how few words I remember.

FREE - PSAA Art History Lecture and
Artists Reception

Pine Shores is sponsoring an Art History Lecture on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7pm at the Stafford Library. Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden, Ph.D., Stockton University will present the subject, "The Art of Photography," featuring Ansel Adams and Annie Liebowitz. 

The same evening at 6pm we will have an artists’ reception for artists showing their artwork for the months of March and April. They are: Carol Neugebauer, Danny Ng, Chuck Sulkowski, Olga Choulindina, Mike Lipton and Casey Bell. These events are FREE. 

This is the 1st Lecture in a series of four for 2017.

Check out Danny Ng's mural at the Tuckerton Seaport. 
Danny painted a new 4-wall mural in the lower level of the 
Tuckerton Seaport Visitor Center. The original mural, 
which was about 1/3 smaller in area, was severely 
damaged by a leaking fire sprinkler system head May 2016. 
Danny finished painting the new mural in March 2017.
                                                                                    Photo and text by Paul Hartelius
(Above and below: Hover your mouse pointer over a painting to stop the slideshow. Click on a painting to see it larger.)
(Right: Hover your mouse pointer over a painting to stop the slideshow. Click on a painting to see it larger.)
Photos by Paul Hartelius
Mary Walker-Baptiste
February 2017 Artist of the Month

The paintings in Mary's show reflect her exploration of many mediums with a never-ending inquisitiveness into innovative presentations of her art, ranging from collage and Zentangles to watercolor interpretations of photographs from their extensive travels. Her numerous awards include ribbons from Pine Shores, Bergen County and a 2nd place in the Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit in 2015. Her works are in private collections in 25 states and abroad.

Mary joined Pine Shores about ten years ago and has made invaluable contributions while a member of the Executive Board. She is currently in charge of the Children's Art program at Pine Shores, which offers four program sessions each year. One of Mary's greatest pleasures is in watching her students grow and develop, both as artists and as individuals. 

In addition to the Children's Program, Mary adapted an idea for a fundraiser to PSAA needs, and chairs the highly successful and constantly evolving Art Patron Show. She credits her talented poet husband Lou, a Trustee At Large on the Board, with much of the success of both programs.
To see PSAA's gallery of our students' art, click here...
Photos by Paul Hartelius

Note: During the month of March, Pine Shores Art Association presented a Memorial Show for Connie Purves as Artist of the Month. 

The reception for this show (photos below) was on Saturday, March 11th
All photos by Paul Hartelius
The passing away of Connie Purves has left a hole in the heart of Pine Shores. For 15 years, Connie was an avid volunteer and constant participant in every aspect of our organization. As a leader, she served as President, Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. As a committee member she was always ready to participate on special committees in addition to the Gallery and Sunshine standing committees. As a teacher, she headed the Children's program for several years. And as a talented and innovative artist, she explored all mediums and won many awards.

Connie held a BA from Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey). Her professional career was spent in local schools as a music teacher and, later, in her own piano studio. She was a serious horsewoman and stabled her animal on the property where she and husband Charlie lived since 1970. Both were West Creek “ locals.”

The Memorial show will feature about 45 paintings highlighting her love of local landscapes, historic buildings and plein air settings. Always innovative and ready to accept new challenges, she received her art education in every medium from our instructors and Stan Sperlock. Family members are portrayed in pencil drawings. Among her numerous ribbons are two First Place awards in our Student shows, a Judges Choice in a Spring show and a First Place award in the Ocean County Senior show.

Connie's material legacy to Pine Shores is the donation of all of her art supplies, many of them new, which will be used in the Children's and Teens' classes and for beginning Pastel students. Her spiritual legacy is the example of warm friendship, the remembrance of calm, cool leadership and a smiling and willing presence in classes, committees and especially Do Your Own Thing.

We miss you. Connie.
About 45 family members and friends stopped by the Memorial Reception for Connie Purves on March 11th. Good food, wonderful artwork and loving memories were shared in a very moving tribute to one of Pine Shores' dearest.  
Artist of the Month

 Memorial Show
Artist of the Month for March 2017

2017 Student Show
April 2017