Pearls of Culture

Need an indoor break from the beach? The Shore offers more than sun and sand.

Courtesy of SICA.

The Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts ( moved to Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue last summer and fit right in with the rejuvenated street’s eclectic mix of boutiques, coffee shops and antique dealers. The 12-year-old nonprofit, formerly based in Long Branch, has a summer long schedule of exhibitions and performances—mainly reflecting the work of emerging and aspiring artists from Central Jersey. Among the highlights: “Sculptoure ’12” (May 12-September 16), featuring sculptural works from 10 artists at 12 outdoor locations in Long Branch and Asbury Park; and the “Ninth Annual Fresh Meat/Young Blood: New Jersey’s New Masters” (June 2-August 17), a showcase of work by emerging artists. 610 Cookman Avenue (607 Lake Avenue) Asbury Park.

Avid art and antique collectors Fred and Ethel Noyes opened the Noyes Museum of Art ( in 1983 to create an environment for experiencing the arts in southern New Jersey. In Oceanville, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Atlantic City, the museum’s galleries present a bounty of American art, especially folk art and crafts. Its main event this summer, “Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40” (May 4-September 2), presents pastel works in a juried exhibition. At its new gallery space at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, a mile down the road in Galloway, the works of mixed-medium artist Steve Kuzma will be on display (May 31-August 28). 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

The New Jersey Maritime Museum ( is dedicated to preserving the state’s rich maritime history. Located just a block off the bay in Beach Haven, this quaint museum harbors a trove of documents, shipwreck artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. It boasts the most extensive collection of material (including FBI files) relating to the SS Morro Castle, a luxury cruise ship that caught fire and beached near Asbury Park in 1934. Summer Fridays at 11 am, it hosts children’s programs. 528 Dock Road, Beach Haven.

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