The drawings and photographs of artist Mike Farley will be exhibited at Rougette Gallery in a show opening Friday, July 30. The public is invited to an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will continue through Aug. 20 at Rougette, upstairs at 340 Main St.

Farley is a Cushing native who graduated with honors from the New England School of Art and Design in 2008. His photography, drawings and painted cut paper work are inspired by his interest in the rain forest, biology and growing up on the coast of Maine.

Farley also finds inspiration in the aspects of nature that show up in the city; he is drawn to the natural shapes that show up in the streets and parks of Boston, where he lives. The natural patterns of both worlds inspire his drawings of creatures who are part natural and part man-made.

Farley’s work has been exhibited in Boston and Cambridge as well as other galleries in Massachusetts. Last year, he was selected to participate in Artist in the Arboretum at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.  Farley also stages his own impromptu art installations at Muddy River Park using seed pods and other byproducts of the trees and plants when they are in abundance.

Rougette Gallery is open Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and other hours by contacting the gallery at 596-7979 or

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to