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.
(Above and below: Hover your mouse pointer over a painting to stop the slideshow. Click on a painting to see it larger.)
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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.
A few photos of what goes on at Pine Shores Outreach Program (POP) Command Post (was really a training session for April & May art programs for volunteers at area nursing homes)! Training was led by Jill DeFelice and Charleen Leslie.
DYOT begins at noon on last Wednesdays for Gallery hangings and will be cancelled for all show hangings or if a trip or workshop is scheduled. For information contact Tom Rutledge, Gallery Director, at 609-294-0756.
Irene Bausmith is our Hospitality Chairperson. Contact her at 609-597-8268
if you need help.
SUNSHINE : Please contact Willy Mueller at 609-698-5311 if you know of any member who is ill, hospitalized, or has suffered the loss of a close family member.
The 2018 Summer Showof theStafford Branch of the Ocean County Library System was hung on Monday, June 25th and features paintings from 13 artists, a few who are pictured in the photos below
Photos by Paul Hartelius
Ilomay Pedicini and Ed Rennar
Kim Cesaretti, Glenys Bauderstone, Ilomay Pedicini and Nancy Edwards
Teens (ages 13-18), Saturdays from 4-6pm
(dates to come)
Fee: $60.00 (Supplies are student’s responsibility).
The Teen’s Registration form below can be printed out here or
obtained from the PSAA Gallery.
To register for the above classes, please send a check made out to PSAA
For Teen Art Classes
56 Brigantine Blvd.
Waretown, NJ 08758
For information, call Mary Walker-Baptiste at 609-242-0799
Last weekend - 9/22 & 9/23 - was the Arts Business Institute Seminar at the Community Center in Manahawkin (sponsored by Pine Shores Art Association). The seminar was all day Saturday and Sunday and covered pricing, marketing, building gallery relationships, understanding the market, and also offered individual consults.
This was an especially great seminar for those just beginning to sell their work, or artist whose sales are lagging.
Next weekend - 9/29 & 9/30 - there will be an informal roundtable discussion of the local art business scene at PSAA from 12 until 3pm. The price is $10. You must sign up by Tuesday, 9/25.Call Jill at 609-994-7144 for more information.