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Things to do June 28, 2011: Belfast Art Walk, Franciska Needham Gallery opening

BELFAST, Maine — First of 10 consecutive Friday Art Walks starting, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 1.

This week, the Belfast Friday Art Walk will feature street performances by local musical band Big Blue, expressive dance performances by Shana Bloomstein and Helena Malone, and the antics of the Belfast Maskers. For information, visit www.belfastartwalk.com.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Franciska Needham Gallery will open for the season with an exhibit by Franciska Needham on Friday, July 1, at 32 Water St. The exhibit will include other artists’ sculpture and paintings from the gallery‘s collection of 30 years. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and by appointment during July, August and September. For information, call 563-1227 or email franciskaart@juno.com.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — From mid-June through mid-September Courthouse Gallery will be open every Wednesday evening until 7:30 p.m. for “Wednesday Night Art.” Events include Artist’s Receptions for exhibitions, 5-7 p.m., and a series of Artist’s Talks, 6 p.m., at 6 Court St. All events are free and open to the public. For information and a listing of events, call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com.

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Blake Library Gallery will feature the work of local artist Debbie Dolan’s exhibition, entitled “A Brush with Inspiration” from Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, August 12. Opening reception, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 7.

MACHIAS, Maine — Photographers Ray Beal, Holly Garner-Jackson and Kris Larson will display their landscape and portrait photographs July 8-Aug. 22 in “Three Photographers: Three Visions.” For information, call 255-1279.

ROCKLAND, Maine — “Telling Stories,” featuring three Maine craft artists who tell stories in various craft materials using metaphors and the beauty of calligraphy, will show through July 1, at the CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm St. For information, call 594-01167 or visit  www.craftonelm.com. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Farnsworth Forum, an annual event that features one of America’s leading public intellectuals discussing the state of the art world, featuring Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Adam Weinberg, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at The Strand Theatre. The fee is $18 for members and $23 for nonmembers. Full-time students and teachers receive free admission. For information or for ticketing, call 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

ROCKPORT, Maine — “New Work by Faculty” exhibition, through Sept. 9 at Messler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship at 25 Mill St. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. For information, call 594-5611 or visit www.woodschool.org.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Opening reception to meet artists Joyce Howell, Denis Leblanc, and Gay Paratone, and The Salty Dog Gallery resident artist Philip Steel, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at The Salty Dog Gallery, 332 Main St. For information, call 244-5918 or visit www.philipsteel.com.

THOMASTON, Maine — American Realism: Works On Paper, 1862-2011, two and a half centuries of fine art on paper by American Masters. Exhibition runs from July 1 through Aug. 4, Haynes Galleries, 91 Main Street, Thomaston, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, www.haynesgalleries.com.

WISCASSETT, Maine — “Illustrated Passages” exhibit, through July 10, at the Maine Art Gallery at 15 Warren St. All artists submitted a quotation to accompany their artwork. For information, call 882-7511 or visit www.maineartgallery.org.

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