News & Meetings

Judi Gilden Updates

Judi Gilden’s painting, “Little Princess” was exhibited at the 116th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition, The National Arts Club, NY, NY; Her painting, “Anna” was exhibited at “Portraits: Interior and Exterior, National Association of Women Artists, Inc., Arts Club of Washington DC. The AtlantiCare Healing Arts Program purchased Judi’s “Bougainvillea S.1” for Phase III of their Mainland Campus Transformation Project.

“A Family of Artists – The Hara’s”...

An exhibit at the Terner House Gallery, Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ titled “A Family of Artists – The Hara’s” will be held from August 2ndthrough September 18th.  A reception was held on Sunday, August 2nd between 2 and 4 PM.  Exhibiting is be Sol Hara (a member of the Art Society of Monmouth County), Trina Hara Sultan, and Ira Hara.

Members and Family of Ruth and Jack Crown at Ruth Crown Memorial Exhibit 2014
Members and Family of Ruth and Jack Crown at Ruth Crown Memorial Exhibit 2014

Member news and notices of upcoming meetings and artist demonstrations are listed here.


Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ. 732-229-4527






Members and Family of Ruth and Jack Crown at Ruth Crown Memorial Exhibit 2015
Members and Family of Ruth and Jack Crown at Ruth Crown Memorial Exhibit 2015


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September 16, 2015

Jim Shaw – Cartoonist and Caricatures

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Associates ofArt, Studio Art

Honors/Awards: Student Achievement Showcase; Comics as an Artform, Art Show Exhibitor 2011-2014, Collage Magazine Artist (2012-2014)

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Instructional Educator, How to Draw Comics, Anime, and Manga


October 21, 2015

Nanci France-Vaz



Nanci France-Vaz is nationally acclaimed contemporary realist portrait/figurative painter. Her paintings are infused with light and have a life like quality. Nanci’s unique cinematic style incorporates her acting/dance background into her paintings. There is a story behind the figure and face, which evokes a strong human presence in the environment.

The artist received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has exhibited in many group shows which include “Women Painting Women”, Masters Showcase for Huntington’s Petite Gallery, Hersch Fine Art Gallery “Loved and Observed”, and two solo exhibits at The Masters Octave in Keyport, NJ. In 2003, she was selected to be studio assistant to James Childs at the Drawing Academy of the Atlantic. Mr Childs, an Ives Gamell student, was very instrumental cultivating her skills in classical realism and the Boston School of Painting, at the beginning of her career. In 2006, the artist was accepted into the copy program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy a Rembrandt in the Rembrandt Gallery. The teachers that influenced her skills and techniques are Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, John Frederick Murray, and Marvin Mattelson.

Nanci is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Allied Artists of America, The Art Renewal Center, Oil Painters of America, an elected member of the American Artists Professional League and a Monmouth Arts Partner in New Jersey. Nanci France-Vaz is represented by Portraits North.


Nov. 18, 2015

David Dziemian


Optional art critiques


January 20, 2016

Robert Nardolillo


My paintings are the dreams I meant to write down before my alarm clock went off. They are freeze frames of the quiet moments that I steal for myself in the middle of a bustling day. Bright reflections of rain on asphalt streets after a summer shower, pedestrians expertly weaving in and out of traffic on their way to work, or simply a silent pause before crossing a hectic street. These are some of the moments that inspire me to create bold impressions. Watercolor is my medium. It best captures the mood and mystery of an energetic city.

As a native of Brooklyn, New York, I spent afternoons with my friends walking the neighborhoods, sketching streets with chipped curbs and peeling street signs. I learned early on to capture the scene quickly, stripping away all distractions before the light changed the shadows. I knew it was time to go home when the sky began to darken, the street lights came on and I had trouble seeing my sketch pad. My paintings are my dreams.


February – no meeting


March 16, 2016

Helen Eleni Antholis


Helen, associate member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America, is an award-winning artist who expresses the beauty of what she sees through various mediums. Under the tutelage of Sangita Phadke, PSA, Helen studies pastels. Whether it is with pen & ink, watercolor pencils, oils, or pastels, Helen enjoys learning and growing through her art. Helen is the founder and curator of Brookdale Community College's first public art gallery in Freehold, NJ from 2006-2008 where she was the charter director of that campus. Helen signs her pastels as "Eleni", her Greek name.  Helen has been accepted into juried art shows at Brookdale (2009; 2010) and the Guild of Creative Art in 2010.


April 20, 2016


Randy Mayer



Randy Mayer has been creating original designs in a wide variety of media for most of her life. As a child she drew anything and everything with a special passion for portraits and people. Teen idols and family members were her favorite subjects. At the age of 15, she won a scholarship to study with Lee Gaskins for a summer. 


Later, Randy studied Fashion Illustration and and Advertising Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. As a graduate, Randy persued a career in advertising and illustration. She illustrated and designed for many nationally known products and businesses. 


Always a student as well as a teacher, she enjoys sharing her love of all things creative. For years she taught classes in her studio called “The Art Room” in Rumson, and later, in Monmouth Beach. There she shared her talents in drawing, painting and sculpture. Randy has studied with Charles Reid, Ted Seth Jacobs, Jerry McDaniel, Sharon Gainsburg, Ken Stetz, Roberta Carter Clark, Mel Stabin, Marie Natale as well as Tom Lynch. 


She is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Arts, in Shrewsbury, NJ, as well as the Ocean County Artists Guild, where she recently won First Place in Watercolor. She is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society, and Monmouth County Arts Council.


Currently, Randy is teaching watercolor painting at The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, while working on several book illustration projects, and her watercolor portraits and landscapes. Randy lives in Atlantic Highlands where she has her studio and accepts commissions.


Samples of her painting and illustration work can be seen at



May 18, 2016

Mike Quon



May 18, 2016

NOMINATIONS and ELECTIONS from the membership for the new board for 2016-2017 at May meeting



Art Society of

Monmouth County

Middletown, NJ


Mailing Address (Effective: 5/16/18):

Art Society of

Monmouth County

PO Box 722

New Monmouth, NJ 07748-0722


Meetings and Demonstrations are held usually on the third Wednesday of the month from September until May at either the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center (OPEN WED-SAT FROM 10AM-2PM: 732-229-4527) located at 128 Ocean Avenue (corner of Seacrest RD) or the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Please visit for LIBRARY hours. 


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