• Call for Artists at River Arts, in Damariscotta, for its juried show “Abstraction,” which opens October 25. Deadline is Saturday, October 19, at 4 p.m. Rules, submission fees, other details: RiverArtsME.org.


  • “Let’s Talk About It” Reading and Discussion Group, at Belfast Free Library, which has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer the series, continues at 6:30 p.m. with “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. After that, “Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast (October 29); “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe (November 19); and “Brothers and Keepers” by John Edgar Wideman (December 17). Discussions in the series – which will attempt to expand and challenge views of what constitutes the American family – will be led by poet and writer Annaliese Jakimides, whose award-winning work has been widely published.


  • “October Harvest” Watercolor Workshop at Rockland’s Art Loft, 385 Main Street, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mary Ann Heinzen gives a demo, then helps students paint a fall harvest still life. Beginners welcome. $35. Also Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Photo Editing.” Karen Olson teaches how to crop, cull and edit photos for the best effect. $20; members free.
  • Artist and Activist Exchange Ideas, 4 to 6 p.m. at Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm Street, Camden. Artist Kenny Cole of Monroe talks with activist El Fadel Arbab – a Portland resident by way of Sudan, from where he fled genocide – about Cole’s drawings from his new series, “The Khashoggi Story,” on view at Zoot through October 31.
  • The Ed Coffin Collection at Vose Library, Union, at 6:30 p.m. The digitized photographic collection of Maine ships “from cradle to grave” provides a glimpse of technologies that shaped Maine’s shipping industry. Prints from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection will be on loan to Vose and shown in the reading room.


  • “Gargantuan Turquoise Stomping Boots: How to Make Up Fractured Fairy Tales,” 9 a.m. to noon at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church Street, Hope. Professional storyteller Willy Clafin leads the workshop for adults, and imparts an easy method for creating parodies. Registration: SweetTreeArts.org.
  • “Getting to Know Your iPhone or iPad – Creative Apps,” 10 a.m. to noon at Rockland’s Art Loft. Debbie Gay introduces features that let you write a journal, read a book, paint a picture and create other works of art. Bring your device to class. $20 drop-in fee; free for members.
  • Open House at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to stop by the community art center, learn about the range of classes and workshops being offered this fall, tour the studios and make some art. All ages welcome.
  • Author Lorraine Salmon and Others to Read in Friendship, 7 p.m. at Salt Pond Studio, 522 Cushing Road. Two local authors read, followed by Salmon, from her memoir about love and loss in midlife, “What’s Better Than This?” Free.


  • Reception to Open Marjorie Strauss Show, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Gallery in Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street. See her pastels and paintings of natural forms, like trees and large-leafed plants. Strauss writes a column on midcoast artists for The Free Press.


  • Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free Monday classes – with a focus on drawing in color – open to all, with materials provided. “October in Maine” will teach students how to draw fall leaves, autumn landscapes, and Halloween pumpkins.
  • “Getting Creative with Your iPhone or iPad,” 1 to 3 p.m. at Rockland’s Art Loft. Debbie Gay teaches a step-by-step process for using your own photos or stock images to make art. For a list of apps you’ll need, and to register for the $35 class, go to ArtLoftRockland.org.
  • Five Weeks of “Art for Adults” at Waldoboro Library, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, October 21 to November 25 (no class Novembrer 11), at Waldoboro Public Library. The free series taught by Waldoboro artist Joyce Steel will give participants a chance to make holiday cards and gifts. No experience needed. Those who enroll must commit to the series: 832-4484 or at the library.


  • “Bringing Creativity to Your Photography – Photo Rx,” 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Rockland’s Art Loft. Paula Apro shares wisdom she’s gained from many years of shooting. Bring your good and bad photos for a group critique, and bring your camera. $20 drop-in fee; free for members.


  • “Create Compelling Compositions,” Wednesday, October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rockland’s Art Loft. Anne Hebebrand teaches the basics of using color and design as participants create small abstractions. $35. Register at ArtLoftRockland.org.
  • Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk, Friday, October 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. With open galleries and businesses, music in the streets, and more.
  • Monhegan Artists Offer PechaKucha in Rockport, Saturday, October 26, at 5 p.m. at 162 Russell Avenue (the former CMCA building). Artists who have taken part in the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program show slides of their work and experiences on the island and discuss how painting there has informed their current studio practice. $5 at the door. A reception will follow.


  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Jamie Wyeth: Untoward Occurrences and Other Things,” to October 28. “Andrew Wyeth’s World War I” and “Slab City Rendezvous,” both to February 9. “Andrew Wyeth: Witches, Ghosts and Mischief,” to March 1. “Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice,” to April 12.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries” to October 25. “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote,” to January 25.
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, Sears-port, “Where in the World?” and “Weather or Knot?” to October 20.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “Open Ended: New Acquisitions to the Portland Museum of Art,” to October 20.
  • Unity College Center for the Arts, Unity. “On-site,” by Maine landscape painter Matthew Russ, to November 15.