Watercolor artist Marie Natale likes to paint New Jersey Shore landmarks that are the kinds of places that people have loved for generations — like Ocean City’s Ninth Street Bridge or its iconic Yacht Club — but may have changed over the decades in a nuanced way few readily notice.
Her latest exhibit, “Looking Back/Moving Forward,” provides just that contrast. The Ocean City-centric offering, which is on display July 1 through July 31 at the Ocean City Arts Center, features a look at local places from past decades and today.
For example, the new and old bridge and the former Mack & Manco, now called Manco & Manco after a family dispute changed the name of the beloved pizzeria. In the collection are the Flanders Hotel with its famous salt water pool, the restaurants Hogates and Chris’s Seafood, and a travelogue of other locally famous places. All the paintings are for sale.
“This show demonstrates the strength of Ocean City’s year-around and summer residents and visitors in rebuilding after natural disasters and other adversities,” said Natale, of Egg Harbor Township. “The paintings remind us that Ocean City respects tradition and yet has remained fresh during the past decades to maintain its reputation as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”