The Parent Gallery, 92 Main St., will host an opening during the Friday Night Art Walk Aug. 20 with new works by nine artists several woodcarvings by Gordon Bok, who will be on hand to talk about his art work. The public is invited to stop in between 5 and 8 p.m. for refreshments, conversation and art work.

Bok grew up around the boatyards of Camden. In his early years, he worked on a variety of vessels, from passenger schooners to yachts. He learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads from the people he worked with. Where he could not find songs that matched his experiences or needs, he began to write his own and has kept up a lively flow of poems, songs, stories, choral and instrumental works. His legacy includes more than a dozen recordings featuring his own compositions and folk tunes from around the world. His extensive repertoire provides a rich well to draw upon for his concerts.

For most of his life, Bok has been a woodworker, having grown up with the local shipyard as his playground and place of learning. While not a boat builder, he has built a few small boats and repaired and maintained many larger ones. He has designed and built many tools and articles of furniture, houses and barns to his and others’ needs.

Bok’s woodcarving was a natural extension of his woodworking. In his bas-relief carvings, which celebrate the people, boats and fisheries he grew up with around the coast of Maine, he has the ability to capture a way of life or to define a rare moment with an intimacy that is immediately engaging. It is just another way to preserve the ideas and culture that are expressed in his songs.

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