The New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May is calling all artists and fans of art to attend a “Create Today” charity event Saturday, July 22.

Artists are invited to create artwork on the grounds of the Nature Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All artwork created will be for sale at an artist’s reception 4:30-5:30 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to the Good Neighbor Fund, which provides scholarships for children of Coast Guard families to attend summer camp at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. 

All are welcome to come and observe art in the making and to talk to the artists about their creative processes, then come back or stay for the artists reception.

Artist check-in and registration is 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The registration fee is $5 for each piece displayed at the reception; artists will receive 80 percent of the selling price, and the Nature Center will receive 20 percent.

Participants can work in any medium.

“At our last Create Today event, in May, we had artists working in oils, watercolor, printmaking and photography,” said Janet Payne, a member of the organizing committee.

She said organizers are hoping to attract even more types of artists for the summertime event.

“The Nature Center and its grounds with views of the Cape May Harbor are very inspiring to all types of artists. A walk on the beach is always good for inspiration and creativity,” Payne said.

She suggested participants bring a boxed lunch and picnic on the grounds. 

The Nature Center of Cape May offers a variety of programs on Saturdays, including Tidal Marsh Kayak Tours, and Salt Marsh and Sea Life Safari Cruises.

“This is a great way for the community to meet and support our local artists and enjoy the grounds of the Nature Center,”  she said.

Gretchen Whitman, executive director of the Nature Center, invited visitors to walk on the center's trails and along Cape May Harbor.

"Don’t forget to visit our lab with our live sea creatures. We have a large octopus this summer,” she added.

For information call 609-427-3045.

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