New exhibits are filling the galleries and corridors of Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. A festive, building-wide reception for the artists and public will be held Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Clifford Gallery will feature “Tongues on Fire: 3 Artists, 3 Poets,” showcasing the work of artist/poet pairs as part of the sixth annual Belfast Poetry Festival. The Corridor Gallery will feature work by nine artists of the Downtown Gallery of Washington. Jason Slaughter’s recent paintings are in the Fallout Shelter Gallery.

Earlier Poetry Festival collaborative work has been both exciting and thought provoking. This year’s “Tongues on Fire” collaborators at Waterfall Arts are Leonore Hildebrandt and glass artist David Jacobson; poet Jeffrey Thompson and metal artist Isabelle Pelissier; and Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster and painter Harold Garde.

For the last 16 years, Washington’s Downtown Gallery has maintained a contemporary art exhibit space run by its artist owners. Downtown Gallery artists showing their work throughout the building until Jan. 20 will be painters Joan Freiman, Carol Sloane, Megan Cafferata, Carolyn Brown, Priscilla Cross, Ieva Tatarsky and Suzanne Phillips; printmakers Mary Boothby and Cynthia White; and sculptor Phyllis Janto. Belfast painter Slaughter’s recent work has been on display in the basement gallery since Sept. 17.

All work is available for sale. More information about the building-wide exhibits, poets and artists can be found at.waterfallarts.org; belfastpoetry.org; and www.downtownartgallery.com.

Waterfall Arts gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment; call 338-2222.

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