I am a true local artist, residing right here in Ocean Grove. Completely self-taught, I began taking photographs to express myself in ways I was not able to otherwise. I found beauty through the lens, a beauty not always easily seen in other places: the intricate details of life, the subtle nuance of time passing like a snail in the sand. See, a photograph slows down time, forces us to look, really look, to notice and contemplate, contemplate those life-affirming moments which might otherwise be lost in the hurrying whirr of surviving a difficult world. With my photographs, I want to make the world just a little less difficult.
The ocean is where I feel safest, most at home, most myself. I know I am exactly where I belong when glimpsing this magnificent beast of nature through the humble lens of my camera. I feel protected and protective. I feel very much alive and free.
People may ask, “Why do you take so many photographs of the sunrise?” And I tell them: Because, like snowflakes, every sunrise is different, unique, has its own personality, its own tale to tell. The sunrise is akin to my own heart, rising to meet each new day with enthusiasm, love, and not a single regret.VIEW ARTIST’S WORK
AN ART HAVEN & DESTINATION SINCE 2002
The Main Avenue Galleria is a haven for art-seekers and artists alike. We are passionate about supporting artists’ livelihoods and return 75% of your purchase to our members. Enjoy an eclectic mix of fine and fun art, home and commercial décor, art supplies, custom framing and wearable art. Shop online or visit us in historic Ocean Grove, New Jersey — a Victorian seaside retreat just 90 minutes from New York and Philadelphia.BROWSE THE GALLERY
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Join us for private and group art classes and workshops, corporate team building, Sips & Serendipity guided painting evenings and art-themed parties. We offer over fifteen classes with more being added every day. This is the place to shop for the perfect course to learn a new skill, or to enhance your painting prowess. Courses range from Basic Drawing to Pastel Painting to Jewelry Making, Doll Making, Quilting and more.
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“Continue what you are doing! Teaching us painting techniques—like how to use the brushes and achieve special effects—is the value-added benefit from attending a Main Avenue Galleria Sips & Serendipity event. It is clear that Norma cares greatly about teaching and making her painting guests feel they’ve learned something.”
The Main Avenue Galleria offers custom framing services in a broad range of prices and all-wood styles. Consult with owner and artist, Norma Tolliver to ensure your art, memorabilia, and heirlooms are beautifully displayed.LEARN MORE
COMMUNITY-WIDE EVENTS, ARTIST PROFILES, JERSEY SHORE ART INITIATIVES & MORE. READ ALL ABOUT IT!
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Victorian Holiday Festival December 7 – 8, 2019Read more
Victorian Holiday Festival December 7th and 8th Saturday December 7th, 10am – 4pm Ocean Grove Inns, Houses and a Tent…
- Norma Tolliver
Small Business Saturday is November 30, 2019Read more
Hello Small Business Supporters, This Nov 30, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday…
- Sherry Phillips
Halloween Parade for Kids & Pets, Saturday October 26, 2019Read more
Join us for our annual Ocean Grove Halloween Parade for children and pets on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. This wonderful…
- Sherry Phillips
Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea Market on September 7, 2019Read more
Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea Market, September 7, 2019 One of the Shore’s well-loved events; not to be missed! Tour…