FRIDAY, AUGUST 23:

  • Reception to Open “Sandra Harper: Seaweed Abstractions,” 4 to 7 p.m. at Ralston Gallery, 23 Central Street, Rockport. It hangs to September 6.
  • Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Stroll the sidewalks, drop in to galleries for a look at new works, taste local foods, and celebrate this month’s theme: Famous for 5 Minutes: Post Selfies with Your Fav Art. The map is at BelfastCreativeCoalition.org.
  • Melanie Beckett’s Paintings in Art in the Barn Series, of Cushing Historical Society, 17 Hathorne Point Road, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and her nature-inspired pieces in various mediums on display Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24:

  • “Watercolor Basics and Beyond” at Rockland’s Art Loft, 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday and again Monday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Barbara Bragg doles out simple warm-ups and helps make sense of wet on wet, wet on dry, building color and gradient washes. Free to members, $20 drop-in fee for nonmembers.
  • Book Festival in Thomaston at Maine Authors Publishing, 12 High Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thirty-one Maine writers will be there to sign and sell their boooks. With refreshments, talks, live music by Castlebay and an area for kids. Admission is free.
  • Carole Wiley Hosting Finger-Food Brunch at River Arts, Route 1, Damariscotta, from noon to 3 p.m. Her show “Figures and Shapes” is hanging in the West Gallery through September 4 and she’ll be there Saturdays throughout the show.
  • Rockport Printmaker Opens Her Studio, from noon to 6 p.m. Kathleen Buchanan invites people to 11 Homestead Lane, where she’ll demo her process, show new work, and serve refreshments.
  • Reception for “Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” in Boothbay Harbor, at Gleason Fine Art, 5 to 7 p.m. His solo show includes works of Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding villages. The show runs to September 17.
  • Bayside Cottage Art Sale, at plein air painter Ian Bruce’s studio at 14 Bayside Road, Northport, Saturday and Sunday.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25:

  • Fiore Art Center Open Studio Day, noon to 3 p.m. Maine Farmland Trust’s art center at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson, hosts the free, family-friendly event with refreshments, live music by young jazz ensemble The Extension Chords, a chance to peruse Joseph Fiore’s archived art, and entry to the resident artists’ studios and the resident gardener’s green spaces.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26:

  • 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 all materials provided. August themes include sailboats and lighthouses.
  • Plein Air Watercolor Workshop at Gamble Education Center, Rockland, Monday to Friday, August 26 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Led by Annie Bailey, who earned a bachelor’s degree at Rhode Island School of Design and whose work has been shown at the Farnsworth Art Museum and in National Geographic. $480, $420 FAM members.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27:

  • Conversation with “Birds We Know” Artist, 5:30 p.m. at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Ann Craven sits down for a chat with Christopher Crosman, founding curator of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and a former director of Farnsworth Art Museum. “Birds We Know” is Craven’s first exhibit in Maine and presents a 20-year survey of her work. It hangs to October 13. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students with ID. Refreshments follow.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28:

  • “Handprint Turkeys and Cotton Ball Snowmen: Is There Hope for an Artful America?” 5:30 p.m. at Farnsworth Art Musuem, Rocklnd. Art educator Bridget Matros connects the dots between the quality of preschool art-making experiences and the future of the arts—and ultimately society —in a talk in the museum’s Uncork the Arts series. $10 includes gallery admission. Free for FAM members and Rocklanders.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29:

  • Wiscasset Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Organizers invite you to park in one of the village’s seven lots, then stroll the streets to enjoy music, art, crafts, Maine history and sparkling river views.

COMING UP:

  • Acting Workshop at Basil Burwell Community Theater in Belfast, home of the Belfast Maskers, 17 Court Street, Friday to Sunday, August 30 to September 1. Coach, actor and casting director Jeff Passero will lead adults and young people 13-plus. He’ll send 12 participants scenes to memorize prior to class. $200. Details: JeffPassero.com.

EXHIBITS:

  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Tectonic Industries: Dreams Can Come True,” to October 6. “Ann Craven: Birds We Know” and “Dan Mills: Human Topographies,” both to October 13.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Jamie Wyeth: Untoward Occurrences and Other Things,” to October 28. “Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration,” to September 8. “The Screen Show,” to September 22. “Andrew Wyeth’s World War I” and “Slab City Rendezvous,” both to February 9.
  • 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, Searsport, “Where in the World?” and “Weather or Knot?” to October 20.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950–1969,” to September 8. “Open Ended: New Acquisitions to the Portland Museum of Art,” to October 20.

ONGOING:

  • “Uncork the Arts” Wednesdays at Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum, galleries open 5 to 8 p.m. with tours and wine in August and September. $10; free for Rocklanders and FAM members.
  • Fiber Arts at Rockport Library, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Fiber Arts at Appleton Library, third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Stitch at the library, 2916 Sennebec Road.
  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.