Formed in 2002 by James F. Penland and Joe Kardonne, the Ocean City Fine Arts League promotes individual artists and provides Outreach Programs and events for the community at large. The League is a co-op of artists and with the help of a staff of devoted volunteers and administrative assistance, maintains an art gallery, open seven days a week that provides citywide event information. The main objective of the League is to educate the public about local artists and arts in general through exhibits and events and to provide a facility to nurture artists and showcase local talent.
The Ocean City Fine Arts League is a 501(c)3 non profit organization for the arts. It is a multi-arts organization that emphasizes the visual arts. The League encourages participation, inspiration and an increased awareness of the arts, while placing emphasis on the work of emerging artists. It promotes public participation and appreciation for the arts through exhibition and sale, education and special events designed to reach a diverse audience locally and throughout the region.