Cape May Photography Exhibit

Local Photographer Displays Images of the Jersey Shore at Cape May’s Mad Batter Gallery

As a local resident and photographer I am honored to be one of  the featured exhibitors this month at the Mad Batter Restaurant Blue Bar Gallery, located at the Carroll Villa Hotel on historic Jackson Street in Cape May. I am trying not to be nervous. This is my first Cape May photography exhibit.

The exhibit which runs from May 6th through June 8th will feature more than 30 photographs I have taken  in and around the Cape May area. Also exhibiting is Erika Bleiberg of Newark New Jersey with images of her Hello From Brick City collection.

A meet the photographers reception will be held Sunday May 22nd from 3:00 PM to 6:00P.M. I am not nervous.

Always passionate about Cape May, I have been a full time resident since 2004. And I am no stranger to the sunrises here. You can blame that on my seven-year-old Golden Retriever Joy.

You’ll often see me downtown loading my Canon camera with pictures of sunrises, landscapes and Cape May visitors. I am a regular contributor to the Cape May Star and Wave and my work has also been published in Cape May Magazine and Exit Zero Magazine.

Some folks refer to me as an unofficial ambassador for all things Cape May, I  actively tweet from @cookecapemay and have an avid Instagram following by the same name. Generally I am better at promoting others or Cape May as a destination. I am not usually promoting my own work, let alone my photographs. I was delighted when asked by Pam Huber of the Mad Batter to display my work, I was also a little bit anxious. Okay, I am a little nervous.


Picture credit Ginny Murray

The Mad Batter regularly features local artists of a wide array of mediums and styles. The Mad Batter family is truly supportive of the arts and music scenes here in Cape May. I can’t think of a better place to hang my first public exhibit. My collection is up and represents a wide cross section of all that is Cape May. I am no longer nervous.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours.


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  1. Cindy Holder
    May 6, 2016 / 11:40 am

    John that is awesome!!! Love the picture of you at Mad Batter. I will be down twice in June but will miss your display by one day. I am sure all of those pictures are beautiful. See you in June

    Cindy Holder

    • May 7, 2016 / 8:13 am

      Hi Cindy thanks for commenting. I will try and arrange private showings for regular guests this summer. See you in June.

  2. Susan Sacirbey
    May 6, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    John, Hope we’ll be seeing more of Joy. Congratulations. Such fond memories of Cape May. We have moved to Key West last week. So much music, nature, and rejuvenation. On the drive, we made a detour to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. So sorry to have missed Cape May’s Exit 0 and so many memories. Keep in touch!

    • May 7, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Key West? Don’t make me jealous. Enjoy the change and yes we will stay in touch.

  3. nik
    May 6, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    that’s terrific john!! love your pictures…and cape may!