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first_imgRenee Leopardi brings her pastel paintings to the Ocean City Arts Center, Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.Leopardi’s work will be for sale and begins at $225.She enjoys capturing Southern New Jersey’s seasonal landscapes, from the ocean and marshes to creeks, woods and farmland.“Even when art wasn’t at the forefront of my life, it has always been there for me and is what I identified with,” she said in a press release. “Not until these last few years , has painting become such a huge necessity in my life. “Leopardi, of Northfield, teaches pastel painting at the Ocean City Arts Center located in the Community Center.This semester she is teaching “Still Life Painting in Pastel.”Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said of Leopardi, “We are so happy to feature the work of Renee Leopardi in our gallery in October. She is a wonderful teacher and a talented artist.”For further information go to www.oceancityartscenter.org, or call (609) 399-7628. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Seaview Snowy Marsh by Renee Leopardi. (Courtesy Ocean City Arts Center)last_img read more