HAMMONTON - The power of Mother Nature was on full display at the Hammonton Arts Center on Thursday evening for the reception of its new exhibit, “The Four Seasons,” which focuses on Earth’s elements and seasons.

The exhibit was made up of 48 entries. The art pieces were of various mediums, including watercolor, photography and metal. The art pieces were grouped for judging into three categories depending on their medium. The categories were pigments (any type of painting medium), digital (photography) and 3-D (pottery, weaving, sculpture, etc.).

The exhibit was judged by Anne Facchinei, who has an extensive background in art including studying art education and graphic design at Rowan University and continuing education classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The first-place winners were:

• In the pigments category, June Mahana won for her painting “City Rain” done in watercolor.

• In the digital category, Kevin Husta won for his photograph “Batona Creek Crosswing.”

• In the 3-D category, Charles Branigan won for his sculpture titled “Rosie the Riveter,” made up of mixed wood and metal.

The reception was the first show for artist Tyler Meyerhoff.

“It’s the first time I’ve been at an official exhibit,” said Meyerhoff, who entered four pieces into the exhibit, each one based on an element. Meyerhoff’s pieces were done in the art form known as splatter art.

“It is a more accepted art form than what it was 20 years ago,” Meyerhoff said.

Artists Barbara Grace and Mary Archibald, both of whom had pieces in the show, enjoy coming to receptions at the Arts Center.

“These receptions are fun,” said Archibald. Grace and Archibald are both active at the Hammonton Arts Center, something that Grace finds very beneficial for her creativity, “That’s why you join an art group. You get to see different people and mediums.”

Despite being vice president of the Hammonton Arts Center, Jack McGovern is still in awe of the artwork that is submitted. “I am amazed at the talent that is in South Jersey,” he said.

The Hammonton Arts Center has many events and classes throughout the year.

One upcoming event is “Art in the Parking Lot” on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 8). The event will be held in the parking lot behind the arts center and will include food and live music.

The Hammonton Arts Center also has credited high school art classes. While the center has an agreement with Saint Joseph’s High School, anyone in high school is welcome to join, including home-schoolers. Classes are Monday and Thursday from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and begin on Thursday Oct. 5. Registration fees can be paid per marking period or semester.

For more information on the credited high school art classes, please contact Annette Rinker at (856) 761-6838 or For more information on events and exhibits, visit

The Hammonton Arts Center is located at 219 Bellevue Ave.

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