The simple living movement has found it’s way into the arts with the ancient Japanese philosophy of “wabi-sabi,” or seeing beauty in the everyday.

Inspired by the concept, Great Bay Gallery in Somers Point celebrates the opening this week of its new exhibit and summer project, “Alley Art: Discovering Wabi-Sabi.” The collection involves 17 artists and seven poets who have painted, sketched, written and presented their works in a variety of media.

Gallery director Kathy Arleth said the project was inspired by the alleyways, lanes and terraces that connect the streets, avenues and roads in Somers Point. As the artists and poets researched for their summer project, the idea that less is more, simple is beautiful and art is imperfect, became more prevalent. The idea of seeing beauty in the everyday seemed to relate to the variety of alley uses and views, she says.

The completed exhibit of watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and verse created by the artists and poets is on display through Sept. 1.

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held 5 to

8 p.m. Aug. 3. Poets will read outdoors in the driveway of the gallery at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Great Bay Gallery is located at 829 Bay Ave. Hours are 3 to

8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors are urged to call for times other than regular hours. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

Atlantic County

n “101 Quilts,” new exhibit at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs Aug. 1 to Dec. 15, with a reception to meet the artists 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville. Free, donations accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays by appointment. Call 609-704-5495 or go to www.aahmsng.org

n ““Summer Wonders,” an exhibit by the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs through Oct. 13 at at the Atlantic County Library, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during normal library hours. www.gallowayculturalarts.org

n Vineland artist Pamela Scribner, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work throughout the month of August at the Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road. The exhibit includes works in colored pencil, graphite and pen/ink, as well as one of a kind 3-D stained glass art. www.hammontonartscenter.org

n Art in the Park takes place 3 to 8 p.m. fourth Fridays through September on the beach behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Regional artists demonstrate, discuss and sell their work. Free arts and crafts booths for children, puppet shows, dance and music presentations.

n “The Simple Life Juried Art Exhibit,” Monday, July 30 to Aug. 28, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. An artist’s reception will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 3. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited. For information: www.hammontonartscenter.org

n “The Art of Line,” exhibit of fine art, runs through July at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Also photographic art works of Gary Moore, a member of Focal Point at the HAC. A special reception for Moore will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19. www.hammontonartscenter.org

n Art by Doreen Khebzou is featured for the month of July at Atlantic County West Library in Hammonton. The art exhibits at the library change monthly and are curated by the Hammonton Arts Center. The library is located at 451 Egg Harbor Road. Exhibits can be viewed during normal library hours, Mondays through Saturdays. For information go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

n The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton presents “Fiber Revolution: Botswana Collection & Kalahari Quilts,” a travelling four-year exhibition from Botswana to America, on view through Aug. 11. www.noyesmuseum.org/

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n Works by Susan Hanna Rau through Sept. 30 in “The Studio,” on the second level of Latz’s By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Call 609-788-8838 or www.LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or www.greatbayartgallery.com

n Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township: “Water: Illusions of Purity — Kate Dodd,” on view through through Aug. 26; “Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40,” on view through Sept. 2; “Toylanders,” through Sept. 2; New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, on view through Sept. 9; “Stan Sperlak: Into the Night,” a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org

n The exhibition “Works on Paper,” is in residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is from the Noyes Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection and features 45 artists in a mix of intaglio, lithography, digital, serigraphy, chine colle, painting, handmade paper and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Stockton’s main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.

n Nationally known watercolor artist Donna Elias will exhibit her “Great American Lighthouses Collection” and her “By the Seaside Series” in the Crafter’s Village in Historic Gardner’s Basin Maritime Park, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Admission is free. Elias’ shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 609-348-5826.

n The State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition runs through Sept. 12 at Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org

Cape May County

n “Sean Taylor: Greatest Hits,” solo exhibition of new paintings and highlights from previous shows, from Aug. 4-31 at Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, 9412 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. An artist reception will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 609-796-5425 or www.beaconart.net

n The Lower Township Library features the work of four members of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during the month of August: Catherine Bosna, Barbara Colosi, Diane Flanegan and Rich Flanegan. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of the township. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 9 am. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The work of all featured artists is for sale at the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery in the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. Call 609-886-8999.

n “Summertime ... and the livin’ is easy,” an exhibition of new paintings by watercolorist Marie Natale, Thursday, July 26 through Aug. 28 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. A reception to meet the artist takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 29. The exhibit can be viewed daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries and reception are free and open to the public. All works for sale.

n SOMA NewArt Gallery presents “Somewhere, Beyond the Sea,” new paintings by Victor Grasso, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 3, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4. The exhibit represents new works by the Cape May County native.

The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Go to www.somagallery.net or call 609-898-7488.

n The St. Barnabas Art Group celebrates its 51st year with its annual exhibit and sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5, on the grounds of Fury Feraco’s home at 2723 Bay Drive in Fishing Creek, Lower Township. On exhibit will be multiple mediums of original art.

n Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts “Everything Ocean City” art competition/exhibit through July, at the Arts On Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays throughout the summer. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org

n Watercolorist Laurie Schiffelbein and photographer Anita Roth are the featured artists for the month of July at Harbor Gallery, located inside the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave. The works of both artists are for sale at the gallery, and a portion of the proceeds support the Nature Center. Call 609-884-2736.

n SOMA NewArt Gallery presents three solo exhibits — Sean Taylor’s “The Boxer and The Beauty Queen,” Harriett Sosson’s “On the Way to Cape May,” and John Borrero’s “Mythology, Fables and Fairy Tales,” to July 29. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 609-898-7488 or go to www.somagallery.net

n The Lower Township Library will feature fiber works by Mary Stewart during the month of July. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-886-8999.

n Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts a plein air art event along Asbury Avenue every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., through Aug. 8. Viewers can meet the artists and purchase artwork at the Arts On Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Call 609-814-0308 or oceancityfineartsleague.org

n “Child Prodigy: A diverse collection of artwork by Autumn de Forest” limited run exhibition opens at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, Aug. 3 to 5. The artist will be at the gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3, 4 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Call 609-368-7777 or go to www.oceangalleries.com

n The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative will feature the work of members Diane and Rich Flanegan in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May, from Aug. 10 through Sept. 6. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12. The gallery is open daily. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

n The 50th Annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5, on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, featuring artists from across the country. All works are available for purchase. A commemorative painting created by local artist Nancy Palermo can be viewed at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., in the Community Center. For information visit www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

n Sculpture by South Jersey’s Katherine Stanek, watercolors by Marcie Cooperman and oils by Dori Spector are on exhibit through summer at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

n Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. Call 609-465-6008.

Cumberland County and West

n “Petite Moments,” an international, juried, miniature art competition, will be on display at Gallery 50, 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton, until July 27. Gallery 50 is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The gallery hosts a watercolor workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Class size is limited to 15 people. Cost is $50. To register call 856-575-0090 or go to www.gallery50.org

n Israeli artist Maureen Fain will conduct a watercolor painting workshop 1 p.m. Aug. 1, at Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, 1015 E. Park Ave., Vineland. The workshop is open to the public and no experience is necessary. Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, July 25. Call 856-696-4445.

n The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at kurtphansen@yahoo.com.

Ocean County

n Gallery 100 Center for the Arts, located at 100 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, spotlights works by local artists. The gallery is open daily, with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Thurdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-492-1330 or go to www.Gallery100LBI.com

n Gallery 1603, 1603 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, exhibits new works from surf artist Julie Goldstein. The gallery also will host a Go Green! exhibition from July 26 to Aug. 7 to raise funds for the Plastic Pennies organization. A reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. July 27. Call 609-494-1699 or www.gallery1603.com

n Teen Art Show: Own the Night, through Aug. 8, at Stafford Township Branch of Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, photos, drawings, paintings. www.theoceancountylibrary.org or 609-597-3381.

n St. Mary’s First Annual Art Show/Sale takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 8, at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Bishop Lane and McKinley Avenue, in Manahawkin. This is a fund raiser with all proceeds divided between Family Promise of Ocean County and St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Informatiojn: 609-660-8062.

n Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, weekly open studio sessions: Sundays: Portraits, 1 to 3 p.m.; Mondays: Portraits, 7 to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays: Artists Helping Artists, 7 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays: “Do Your Own Thing” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays: Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. Call 609-597-3557 or www.pineshoresartassociation.org

View complete listings www.PressofAC.com/AtTheShore.

Items for Art Gallery should be sent two weeks in advance to ldrake@pressofac.com or mailed to Lucia C. Drake, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.