“Wabi Sabi,” finding beauty in the imperfect, is the theme of a new exhibit by the Lively Ladies artists. The show is set to open Wednesday, May 14, with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception in the Garage Gallery at Eastern Tire Service, 70 Park St. Light refreshments will be offered.

Wabi sabi is exemplified in traditional music of the wandering Zen monks, in Japanese ikebana flower arrangements, in Zen gardens and in poetry such as haiku. It also finds embodiment in rituals of the Japanese tea ceremony and in pottery pieces such as those used to serve tea.

While 700 years of tradition promoted the idea that an object could bring about within us a sense of severe melancholy and a spiritual longing (translated as “wabi sabi”), today’s definition, according to online sources, embraces rustic simplicity, beauty or serenity that comes with age — a freshness or quietness. The term or aesthetic of wabi sabi is derived from Buddhist teachings and centered on the transience and imperfection in beauty.

Showing at this exhibition, which will extend into the late summer, are Lively Ladies members Stell Shevis, Lois Anne, Deborah Winship, Elizabeth O’Haverty, Rebecca Thompson, Marietta Raneri and Lauralee Clayton. Gallery hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except holidays.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.