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Beach Writers Autumn Retreat to focus on protecting author rights

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Beach Writers, in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, will host their inaugural Autumn Retreat Sunday, Oct. 27 at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.

The one-day seminar is a satellite of the North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held annually in June. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step: protecting your rights as an author.

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William Ris Gallery exhibiting pastel landscapes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 23, 2013 06:15 am

 Clockwise from top left are Breaking Light by Wendy McClatchy
September Wetlands by Ann Guidera-Matey
Somewhere by Stan Sperlak
Swept Away by Elissa Prystauk
 Clockwise from top left are Breaking Light by Wendy McClatchy September Wetlands by Ann Guidera-Matey Somewhere by Stan Sperlak Swept Away by Elissa Prystauk

STONE HARBOR - The William Ris Gallery at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor is currently exhibiting pastel landscapes by various local artists.

The featured pastel artists include Wendy McClatchy, Ann Guidera-Matey, Stan Sperlak and Elissa Prystauk.

Whether depicting a scene in Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, Goshen or beyond, each painting reflects the diverse landscape of the Southern Jersey area – all close in proximity but decidedly different.

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Beach Reads > Aug. 16, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Saturday, August 17, 2013 01:08 pm

Super Boys

by Brad Ricca, St. Martin’s Press

Subtitled “The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Creators of Superman,” this hefty bio will be a treat for comic book fans and anyone who loves a great rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Just as in the comics, “Super Boys” has its heroes and villains. In the hero category: the imaginative, obsessive, adorably geeky writer and artist who created the Man of Steel while in their teens. The boys who created Superman might have become super-rich if not for one grievous mistake: they agreed to accept $130 from DC Comics (in the villain category) for exclusive rights to the cartoon.

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East meets West at Ris Gallery

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am

‘A Noble Gift’ by Jane Hartley. ‘A Noble Gift’ by Jane Hartley.

STONE HARBOR - The William Ris Gallery at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor is currently exhibiting “Flora, Fauna & Far East: A Collection of Blessings and Symbolism as East Meets West” by artist Jane Hartley.

The preview of work recently completed by Hartley contains still-life paintings and her book of the same title, which explains the symbolism, history and meaning behind each painting.

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beach reads > July 26, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 26, 2013 04:23 am

 The View from Penthouse B. The View from Penthouse B.

The View from Penthouse B.
by Elinor Lipman,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

There is delight and surprise on every page of this novel by the author of “The Family Man.” Sisters Gwen and Margot were double-crossed by fate – Gwen when her young husband died in his sleep; Margot when her husband, a fertility doctor, went to prison for trying to personally inseminate patients. Margot also lost a small fortune investing with Bernie Madoff, and has just one thing of value: her Greenwich Village penthouse. To conserve their small resources, Margot and Gwen agree to live together and then take in a boarder named Anthony, who lost his job when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Together they resolve to leave behind past sorrows and jump-start their lives. It is especially hard for Gwen, who yearns to be loved again but cannot move beyond her own shyness and memories of the sweet passion she shared with Edwin. Things are complicated when Margot’s pompous ex is paroled, moves in downstairs and finds the son he fathered, now a young artist. In the hands of a lesser writer, this convoluted plot might seem outlandish. Lipman makes it wholly credible, witty, wonderful, and in a way comforting, reminding us that no story is ever really finished, and sometimes even egregious sins can be redeemed.

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A marriage of metal and mosaic

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Written by Silkia Morales Thursday, July 25, 2013 05:55 pm

José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.   José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.

Chora Leone Gallery showcases the unique art of husband-wife team 

Some 20 years ago on his way to Florida to do a job with the pipefitters union, José Chora suddenly found himself laid off and in Ocean City. It was then that Chora decided to blend his passion for art and his newfound knowledge of metalwork and become a full-time artist.

Since then Chora has been commissioned to do a number of pieces, including the September 11 memorial sculpture in Ocean City, a series of works for the AtlantiCare oncology sculpture garden, and most recently a stainless steel and steel alloy sculpture of cattails and reeds for The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor.

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beach reads > July 12, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 12, 2013 09:06 am

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And Then I Found You

by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martin’s Press

The story arc is as old as time: boy meets girl, they fall deliriously in love until circumstances divide them, and ever afterward, the question remains: Whatever happened to the one that got away? Kate Vaughn is a thirtyish, successful businesswoman in a great relationship with a swell guy named Rowan. But when she realizes Rowan is about to propose – she finds the diamond ring – it propels her back in memory to Jack Adams, the boy she loved and lost, and with whom she shares a secret: the daughter they agreed to surrender for adoption. When the girl, now 21, turns up on Facebook, it sets all kind of Lifetime movie drama in motion. Nicely done if formulaic, “And Then I Found You” is a nice summer chick-lit entry.

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Photo exhibit showcases Cape May’s ‘pretty ladies’

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 04:02 pm

A ‘pretty lady’ at 645 Hughes St., Cape May. A ‘pretty lady’ at 645 Hughes St., Cape May.

CAPE MAY - The Gail Pierson Gallery will present “Cape May’s Pretty Ladies,” a collection of photographs of Cape May homes by Christine Peck, through Aug. 15 at TreeHouse Antiques, 742 Seashore Road, Cape May. 

The original photos depict the colorful and intricate facades of houses and bed and breakfasts in Cape May, interpreted through Peck's artistic lens. 

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Beacon Art exhibiting work of 2 contemporary artists

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Monday, July 08, 2013 03:36 pm

‘Red Door’ by Jennifer Hansen Rolli ‘Red Door’ by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Two divergent artists will explore the landscape in the exhibit “Utter Discourse: Now and Then – An Investigation into Current Trends of Contemporary Art” running July 6-Aug. 2 at Beacon Art/Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor.

Jennifer Hansen Rolli is a native of Bucks County, Pa., whose father was also a painter. He took her many places that spurred her creativity and love of nature, according to a news release.

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beach reads > July 8, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Monday, July 08, 2013 11:13 am

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Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
The Miami Herald columnist is back with another smart, cynical and laugh-out-loud funny look at his home turf of South Florida, the “Medicare-fraud capital of America” and the home of gators, dope dealers, real estate speculators and other predators. In “Bad Monkey,” the author of “Sick Puppy” and the recipient of the Damon Runyan Award presents perhaps his most unlikely hero: Andrew Yancy, a hot-headed detective on suspension who has been bumped down to restaurant inspector – what he calls “roach patrol.” Yancey gets back in action after fishermen aboard a pleasure cruise off Key West reel in a human arm. DNA testing shows the limb belongs to one Nicky Stripling, a con artist whose ill-gotten gains came from the sale of nonexistent senior scooters called Super Rollies. Now Stripling is fish food, and his widow is living the high life. From that wild premise, Hiaasen takes off with his usual wit and acerbic world view. This is a very funny book.

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