Photography show was the place to be

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 Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph. Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph.  The Ocean City Art Center was the place to be for the annual juried photography show.  I stopped to chat with Sandy Crescenzo, Rosemarie Ricci, Marie Platzer and Elaine Wilson who were selling tickets in the lobby outside the library for the Author’s High Tea to be held May 8 at the Flanders. When I walked upstairs to the Art Center I was greeted by Jean Byerly who made sure everyone signed the Guest Book. Carla Migliaccio was behind the counter at her computer. I enjoyed catching up with Lynn and Dave Sullivan. While Lynn works at the Art Center, Dave, a retired postal carrier, keeps the municipal parking lots running all summer. Art Center President Jack Devine was surprised and pleased to see me when he arrived after I had conflicts for the past three months art shows. Thanks to Art Center Executive Director Roz Lifshin who introduced me to the photographers whose work was in the show and coordinated many of my pictures.

Jackie Caplan, who worked for the Gazette in the 1990s, showed me her entry in the show that received honorable mention. Jackie was joined by husband, Ron, and their daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble. Annette LaPresti enjoys doing volunteer work since she retired from Property Management where she was the bookkeeper. Annette is looking forward to the arrival of her second great grandchild, due April 30.

Colette and Frank Smith are a double threat as Frank is the photographer while Colette is a ceramic artist and this duo had a “Fire & Light” show at the center in October. The Smiths are former residents of Baltimore, but summered in OC since ’85, moving here permanently after Sandy. Colette is a regular at Yoga Ginger since it opened on Asbury Avenue.

Glad to see Eleanor Raymond at the show and feeling much better as her two broken ribs have healed. Jack Devine may be tall but he decided to stand on a chair to get everyone’s attention. Before announcing the show’s winners Jack touched on his recent trip to the Ukraine in March right in the midst of all the turmoil. Jack reported that out of the 196 pieces submitted only 50 made the cut and were displayed on the walls throughout the Art Center.

Honorable Mention went to Jackie Caplan for “Reflections” and Charles Wray for “Unseen Reflections”. Third Place went to Lisa Ferraro for “Snow Wave”; Second Place to Dennis Laughlin for “Glass Ceilings” and Best of Show went to Scott Mahar for “Divinity.” Rae Jaffe stopped by after the Art League’s show on Asbury Avenue closed. Rae and husband, Tom Mullineaux, just returned from Hawaii touring the four big islands with Tauck and had a wonderful time. Edward Fischer had one of his photographs in the show. He is also the dance instructor at the Art Center. Edward’s 10-year-old nephew Eliel Hernandez was looking forward to seeing his picture in the newspaper, a first for him. I waved to Lance Balderson and Al Harris while checking out the photography.

Jennifer Bailey is on the beach every day, where she takes all her pictures. Sally Hayes didn’t have her work on display as she is a stitcher and rug hooker who runs Scrim Discovery on Haven Avenue. Sue Forrest and Melodie Perri are busy working on the Art Center Summer Luncheon scheduled for July 9 at the Greate Bay Country Club. Bill Barlow, an editor at the Gazette, showed his photography at the Art Center and I even persuaded him to pose for a picture by his photo with his wife, Karen. While Steve Fenichel drove to the Center his wife, Georgina Shanley rode her bike Friday night. Georgina enjoys working out at the center doing tai chi, Zumba and Pilates three days a week. As the evening came to an end Roz Lifshin gave me my coat and told me to be sure and stop by Sun Rose as they were having a sale on CDs.

When the Exchangettes held their annual White Elephant Sale recently at The Crab Trap there were lots of goodies on the market. Eileen Adams, Andrea Paul and I felt lucky when we found a parking space right by the entrance. While Andrea is still having work done after Sandy at her bay front home, Eileen is looking forward to the installation of a new swimming pool at her home across the street on the lagoon. I enjoyed catching up with our summer beach buddies in town for the Easter weekend, Janet and Forest Benson, enjoying dinner in the lounge and ready to take to the dance floor when the band started to play. I stopped to chat with Geri Dukeman who was having dinner with son, Marc, in the dining room. Kieran Murray had everything ready in the back dining room where Joyce Trofa, Judi Roseland, Sue Jordan, Barb Adams and Betty Ray staked out their seats at the table. Rose Haas had a report on how Joanne Budnick was doing. Katie Timmons has been our waitress for many of our dinners during her eight years at The Crab Trap so we are going to miss her when she moves to Pensacola the end of May. Jane Lugo encouraged members to sign up to help with the Exchange Club’s Shrimp and Beef Night April 26 and the Roger LaRosa Golf Klassic May 14. Vonnie Price needed a reminder call about the dinner and rushed in late with lots of items for the sale. After dinner this columnist stepped up as auctioneer and got the bidding started. Everyone was glad to have Marion McCaughey back and doing fine following surgery in November and she was high bidder on many items including an Easter bonnet that she wore the rest of the evening. Linda Gronert got her chapeaux in the auction, but opted to wait till Easter to wear it.  Maribeth Neall stepped up to auction some items so I could eat my dessert. Dottie McClain kept tabs on everyone’s bids when she wasn’t busy bidding herself. Anita Culp needed two shopping bags to carry home all of her purchases, but Liz Ulmer, Maryann Jones and this columnist opted to make a donation. Marion McCaughey had so many packages that I volunteered to help carry some to her car.

 Pat Custard, Andrea Paul, Joan Wilson, Marion McCaughey, Chris Sauer and Cathy Finnegan relax after placing Easter flowers in the sanctuary at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Pat Custard, Andrea Paul, Joan Wilson, Marion McCaughey, Chris Sauer and Cathy Finnegan relax after placing Easter flowers in the sanctuary at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

Jack Devine and Roz Lifshin chat with Collette and Frank Smith in front of Frank’s photo at Art Show. Jack Devine and Roz Lifshin chat with Collette and Frank Smith in front of Frank’s photo at Art Show.

Edward Fischer (center) and his nephew, Eliel Hernandez, pose in front of Edward’s picture with Eleanor Raymond, Jenny Fournier, Rae Jaffe and Jean Byerly at Art Show.  Edward Fischer (center) and his nephew, Eliel Hernandez, pose in front of Edward’s picture with Eleanor Raymond, Jenny Fournier, Rae Jaffe and Jean Byerly at Art Show.

Sue Forrest, Melodie Perri, Cathy Finnegan, Jennifer Bailey and Sally Hayes pose for a picture in front of Jennifer’s picture.   Sue Forrest, Melodie Perri, Cathy Finnegan, Jennifer Bailey and Sally Hayes pose for a picture in front of Jennifer’s picture.

Bill Barlow and his wife, Karen, check out his photography with Georgina Shanley and Carla Migliaccio at Art Show.  Bill Barlow and his wife, Karen, check out his photography with Georgina Shanley and Carla Migliaccio at Art Show.

 Eileen Adams, Liz Ulmer, Dottie McClain, Katie Timmons and Linda Gronert check out items to be sold at White Elephant Sale at Exchangettes. Eileen Adams, Liz Ulmer, Dottie McClain, Katie Timmons and Linda Gronert check out items to be sold at White Elephant Sale at Exchangettes.

  The Finnegan clan enjoy Easter brunch at Doc’s Restaurant in Somers Point. The Finnegan clan enjoy Easter brunch at Doc’s Restaurant in Somers Point.


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