MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will present its Tenth Annual Member Art Show at the Middletown Arts Center from Friday, June 1 through Friday, June 15, with hundreds of new, original works of art, on display and for sale, in the main galleries of the Middletown Arts Center.

Opening Wine and Cheese Reception is scheduled on Sat June 2 from 7-9 PM.  Free admission.

The full show will be on display for two weeks, from June 1-15, 2012.

The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast is a dedicated group of local artists who concentrate on painting outside of the studio, in the classic "en plein air" technique first practiced by the French Impressionists.  You can see these artists at their easels, at local sites, at our waterways, parks and piers, capturing beautiful scenes in and around Coastal and Central Jersey, with a special focus on Monmouth County. 

Working in the open air allows the artists to capture the unique colors and shimmering lights on canvass, effects that are greatly intensified when the artist paints under an open sky. The bulk of the show images are from New Jersey, with most of the artists painting landscapes and seascapes from Coastal and Central New Jersey with a strong focus on eastern Monmouth County. Different artists bring back canvasses from vacation destinations from all over the country. Works are presented in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel.

This show will feature paintings by both Signature and Artist Members of PAPJC. 

Signature members include New Jersey artists Marge Levine (Atlantic Highlands), Tony Migliaccio (Long Branch), Rae O'Shea (Kendall Park), and Judy Stach (Little Silver).

For more information on this show or more information on the individual PAPJC artists, please check the PAPJC web site www.thepapjc.com.

A portion of the proceeds of any show sales will benefit the Middletown Arts Center to assist in art related projects for the community.  The Middletown Arts Center is located across from the train station in Middletown, N.J. at 36 Church Street, Middletown, NJ  07748.  Open Gallery Hours are Mon- Sat, 10-4, except Wed, 10:30-4.  For additional information on the gallery, visit www.middletownarts.org or call the Center at (732) 706-4100.