Retired artist-educator Carole Zerbe lives in Somers Point, but zig-zags the country to paint landscapes, buildings and florals that capture her interest.

Her watercolors are the focus of a new exhibit, “Light and Location,” opening Saturday, Feb. 1, at Latz’s By the Bay — right in her hometown.

Her subjects were found in locations from the Southwest to the Northeast, and the exhibit has a concentration of popular South Jersey locales that many viewers will recognize. She will also show a recently added series of jazz performers to her repertoire, inspired by the performers of the Somers Point Jazz Society.

“When I paint, my goal is to capture the essence of the subject. The location and setting of the subject are central to the painting and holding onto them as a memory is most important to me,” Zerbe writes in her artist’s notes. “As an artist I am always looking for interesting composition, color, lighting and the rhythm of shapes.”

Zerbe is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art where she earned a M.Ed. in art. She has been an art-educator in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey for nearly 40 years.

Her works have received awards in regional galleries including the Ocean City Fine Arts League, the Ocean City Arts Center, Great Bay Gallery, the Hammonton Arts Center and the Riverfront Renaissance Center in Millville. She has also participated in the Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show and the Avalon Art Show.

Zerbe has also shown her work in the National Art Exhibit at the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Center and her work is in private collections throughout the United States.

A reception to meet the artist will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the restaurant’s second floor gallery. There will be light refreshments offered. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

The exhibit continus through April 30.

Latz’s By The Bay, located at 801 Bay Ave., and Great Bay Art Gallery, located at 829 Bay Ave., partner to exhibit local and regional artists with exhibits changing every three months.

For more information about Latz’s By The Bay call 609-788-8838 or go to LatzsByTheBay.com

For more information about Great Bay Gallery call 609-653-4991 or go to GreatBayArtGallery.com

Atlantic County

 The Links 45th Annual Black History Month Art Exhibit, featuring works of Kevin A. Williams, runs from Wednesday, Feb. 5, to March 2, Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, a juried art show with Atlantic City School District students and music by Paul Watson, opening reception 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8, free and open to public; Student Awards presented 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9. 609-626-3805 or go to ArtsGarageAC.com

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College holds its Winter Season Opening Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, at the museum gallery, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township, live music by Nicolas Castillo, refreshments, meet the artists. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, free for members, Stockton faculty, staff and students. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

 Award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson is featured in the exhibit “Heart and Soul, The Story of America and African Americans,” running through March 5, in the Stockton College Art Gallery, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Art gallery hours: noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. In conjunction with the exhibit the artist will lecture about his work: Feb. 25 — 10 a.m., Richard Stockton College Campus Center Event Room; 2:30 p.m., RSC Campus Center Theatre with Prof. Robert Gregg; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., book-signing reception in the Stockton College Art Gallery; Feb. 26 — 10 a.m., RSC Campus Center Event Room; 12:30 p.m., All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave., Atlantic City. All events are free and open to the public. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

Two different perspectives of the Japanese American relocation sites of World War II are depicted in photography exhibits by Kevin J. Miyazaki (“Camp Home”), and Jon Yamashiro (“WWII Japanese Internment Camps”) running to March 23 at the Stockton College Art Gallery, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. In conjunction with the exhibition, Stephen Perloff, editor of Photo Review and The Photograph Collector, will present the lecture, “Photography and Memory: Confronting the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room. The gallery will be closed March 7 through March 16 during the college’s spring break. All events are free and open to the public. Art gallery hours: noon to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. 609-652-4214 or go to Stockton.edu/artgallery

The Hammonton Arts Center announces the winners for its “All Media Juried Exhibit.” First place: Peter Ehlinger, of Haddonfield, “Homage to Tiffany;” Second place: Gary Moore, Hammonton, “Steel Ride;” Third Place: Robin D’Adamo, Somers Point, “Nor’easter.” The public is invited to view the exhibit through March 1 at the HAC Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Gallery hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturdays. All works available for purchase. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material, solo exhibition of textile paintings, Friday, Jan. 31, through May 4, The Noyes Museum, Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. An opening reception is planned 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

 Meed Barnett, a member of the Hammonton Arts Center, will exhibit her work throughout the month of February at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road Hammonton. The works can be viewed during regular library hours. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

John Irwin is the Hammonton Arts Center featured artist of the month for the February. His award winning watercolors are on exhibit at the HAC Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Go to HammontonArtsCenter.org

Holtzman Gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, hosts its first solo artist exhibition featuring the works of artist Lance Balderson. The show runs through February. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and Sundays by appointment. 609-822-8482 or go to HoltzmanGallery.com

“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the latest exhibit from artists at the Galloway Cultural Arts Center, runs through March 15. Works can be seen at the Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Branch, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, during regular library hours. The GCAC is conducting a membership drive. Information: 609-342-7435 or info@gallowayculturalarts.org

Current exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College: “Peggy Fox and Nancy Staub Laughlin,” runs through April 6.“Fabio Mazzieri: Memory of Material,” runs through May 4; “Eric Schultz: Man and the Machine,” runs through May 11; “Curlee Raven Holton: In the Shadow of Contemplation,” runs through May 18. The Noyes is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 609-652-8848 or go to NoyesMuseum.org

The Art Gallery at Shore Medical Center, located on the second floor of the Surgical Pavilion, in Somers Point, showcases the works from a trio of local artists: Paul Harrington, of Linwood; Katherine Mott, of Somers Point; and Frank Smith, of Ocean City. Free parking will be available in Shore’s self-park garage located along Medical Center Way. The works will hang in the gallery until spring. For more information about the Shore Medical Center Art Gallery call 609-653-3250.

Cape May County

The Cape May County Art League members’exhibit, Feb. 21, 22, at Kindle Auto Plaza Showroom, 525 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. An artists reception takes place 6 to 8 p.m. opening night. will be held on opening night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., music, light refreshments, meet the artists. A portion of sales from the show benefits the league’s scholorship fund. 888-826-3596 or go to CapeMayCountyArtLeague.com

The Ocean City Fine Arts League is accepting submissions for the February “Hues of Yellow” competition and exhibition. Entries can be dropped off Jan. 31-Feb. 5 at the Art on Asbury gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. A reception and awards presentation takes place Feb. 14, and the show runs through the end of February. Information: 609-814-0308 or go to OceanCityFineArtsLeague.org

 Artist Wanda Kline exhibits her work at the Ocean City Arts Center through Jan. 31. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

Photographer Kevin Husta of Hammonton brings his photographs of the docked SS United States passenger ship to the Ocean City Arts Center throughout February. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The Ocean City Arts Center is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 609-399-7628 or go to OceanCityArtsCenter.org

An exhibit of new works by local artist David Ahlsted runs through March at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. The exhibit is titled, “Birds At Home.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. 609-368-6361 or go to WilliamRis.com

“The Way We Were ... Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” on exhibit through April 13, at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Gallery hours and days vary. 609-884-7525 or go to CenterforCommunityArts.org

Ocean County

New class - Oil Painting Portraits with Joyce Lawrence, for intermediate to advanced skill levels, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 through Feb. 25, Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, $75 members, $85 nonmembers. 609-294-8264 or go to PineShoresAartAssociation.org

February Pastel Workshop, with Linda Coulter, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, $50 members, $75 nonmembers, all levels welcome. Upcoming artist demonstrations and monthly meetings: Feb. 3: Tom Rutledge will give a demonstration of Gouache tempera painting, all welcome, meeting starts 7 p.m.; March 3: Nancy Barch will give a demonstration of her collage techniques, all welcome, meeting starts 7 p.m. 609-294-3165.

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. 609-597-3557 or go to 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.