As an artist, Cape May County native Victor Grasso has always pushed the limits in his works. In his newest exhibit at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May, he also demonstrates a little risk taking, infusing themes of the sea with references from literature and mythology.

"Somewhere, Beyond the Sea," a collection of new paintings that will hang through Sept. 3, is SOMA's biggest show of the year and occupies three separate galleries.

In Gallery One, "The Nemo Project," inspired by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," is a series of four monochromatic paintings done in the artist's signature semi-realistic style that tell the story of a mythical sea creature. Each painting is actually a self-portrait. Look closely at "The Presentation of Leviathan" and you'll see six versions of the artist.

Gallery Two's series of paintings continue the sea theme with "The Antiquity Paintings," while Gallery Three features another set of self-portraits in mixed media that combine varied materials particular to Cape May with work Grasso has done over six years painting the covers of Exit Zero Magazine.

"This is all a risk, but without risks we would find nothing new," Grasso says in his artist's notes from the show.

"Somewhere, Beyond the Sea" is Grasso's fifth solo exhibit at SOMA. He also has participated in exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia and Miami, and in the fall of 2013 will be featured in a solo exhibit at the Noyes Museum of Art in Galloway Township.

SOMA NewArt Gallery is located at 31 Perry St. in Carpenters Square Mall. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 609-898-7488 or go to www.somagallery.net

Atlantic County

•The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton presents "Fiber Revolution: Botswana Collection & Kalahari Quilts," a travelling four-year exhibition from Botswana to America, on view to Saturday, Aug. 11. Go to www.noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html

•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.

•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. Go to www.hammontonartscenter.org

•"101 Quilts," new exhibit at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ, runs to Dec. 15, with a reception to meet the artists 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville. Admission is 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

•"The Simple Life Juried Art Exhibit," runs through Aug. 28, Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. For information: www.hammontonartscenter.org.

•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, with curator's talk by Margaret McCann 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23; 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

•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.

•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi-Sabi," exhibits through Sept. 1 at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Gallery hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 609-653-4991 or go to www.greatbayartgallery.com

•The New Jersey 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

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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.

•Works by artist Susan Hanna Rau will be exhibited through Sept. 30 in "The Studio," on the second level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Call 609-788-8838 or go to www.LatzsByTheBay.com; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or www.greatbayartgallery.com

• 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.

•""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. Information: www.gallowayculturalarts.org

Cape May County

•"On The Wing," a new exhibit at the Sluice Creek Gallery, located in the N.J Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Goshen, is on display to Oct. 30. The show includes historic illustrations, decorative decoys, bird prints, reed baskets and illustrations, all by South Jersey artists. A portion of sales benefits C.M.B.O. Call 609-861-0700.

•"Child Prodigy: A diverse collection of artwork by Autumn de Forest," continues to Sunday, Aug. 12, at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., in Stone Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 609-368-7777 or go to www.oceangalleries.com

•Artist Rita Michalenko shows her plein-air paintings and drawings at the Ocean City Arts Center through Aug. 31. A free "Meet the Artist" reception will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. The Arts Center is located in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org

•William Ris Gallery features a new group exhibit by Ellen Gavin, Dennis Goldsborough, Neal McPheeters and Joanie SanChirico. The gallery is located at 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com

•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, 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.

•A reception for "Arts on Asbury" gallery's "Hazy, Hot and Humid" show will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The gallery, run by the Ocean City Fine Arts League, is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org

•"Summertime ... and the livin' is easy," an exhibition of new paintings by watercolorist Marie Natale, through Aug. 28 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. 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 on view available for purchase.

•The Lower Township Library features the work 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 Rpad, 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.

•"Sean Taylor: Greatest Hits," solo exhibition of new paintings and highlights from previous shows, to Aug. 31 at Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, 9412 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Information: 609-796-5425 or www.beaconart.net

•Local artists Lynda Gibson Fellenbaum and Gail Germain Fitz exhibit at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, through August. All artwork is for sale, with a portion of sales supporting the Nature Center. Call 609-884-8848.

•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

•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

•"Watercolor Moments," an exhibit by international artist Maureen Fain, runs through Aug. 31 at Gallery 50, Inc., located at 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 856-575-0090 or go to www.gallery50.org

•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

•Gallery 1603, 1603 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, exhibits new works from surf artist Julie Goldstein. Call 609-494-1699 or www.gallery1603.com

•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

•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.

•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

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.