HAMMONTON - It seemed like all of the action during this month’s Third Thursday was at Stockton University Kramer Hall.

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, located in Kramer Hall, held their opening reception for their RAW 2017: Juried Photography Exhibit. The exhibit is part of a competition where 19 photographers from throughout New Jersey displayed their top works.

The Juror’s Choice of the event was a digital photograph by Rachel Adams called “I Want to Feel Weightless.” Second place went to Gary Wiesner for his archival pigment print called “Recessed.” Abigail Orme received an honorable mention for her digital photograph called “180 Distortion and Mysterium 3.”

The jurors of the event were Wendel A. White, an art professor at Stockton University, and Saskia Schmidt, the director of Education at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University.

John Chesebro of Atco, who had an image in the exhibit, stopped by to check out the rest of the exhibit.

“I just love the arts, it is just amazing the imagination,” said Chesebro. His submission in the exhibit is called “The Sentry.”

Also at Kramer Hall was the Murphy Write-In, a no cost monthly event where anyone can come and write in a quiet, supportive atmosphere. Those who come to the event write everything for poetry, to fiction, to memoirs.

“It’s really great to have an opportunity to write and share. It’s a really tight-knit group,” said Joe Costal, an adjunct professor of writing at Stockton University for the past 15 years.

Murphy’s Write-In is a part of the Murphy Writing at Stockton University. Originally began in the 1990s and started by Peter Murphy, it has grown to include various writing workshops and retreats.

Taylor Coyle, who is a full-time employee of Murphy Writing, also enjoys coming to the event to work on her own writing.

“It’s really rewarding to be with a community of writers,” said Coyle.

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