Arts in Rockland will kick off the holiday season with a First Friday art walk Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The 24-plus downtown galleries will stay open late to celebrate new exhibitions with hosted receptions and special holiday offers.

Eric Hopkins will present a special slide show of imagery and photographs that have inspired his art at Eric Hopkins Gallery, 21 Winter St. The Mulford Collectors Gallery, 313 Main St., will be open with a holiday reception, a showing of gallery artists and, as always, affordable and beautiful art that everyone can enjoy. An opening reception for Asymmetrick Arts’ winter exhibition of represented artists will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the 499 Main St. venue. Archipelago will host a talk by six of the artists of “Monhegan Perspectives III.”

The art walk on Dec. 3 also will provide a great opportunity to visit the trio of galleries — Caldbeck, CRAFT and Landing — in the courtyard off Elm Street. CRAFT gallery opens the holiday season with new work by the gallery’s favorite contemporary craft artists and will have original handmade gifts for sale.  Tree ornaments in glass and paper, shawls and scarves by Cynthia McGuirl, Susan Atwater and Beryl Schmid; jewelry by four Maine master jewelers; handmade books by Laurie Adams and Alison Kuller; pottery by George Pearlman and Simon van der Ven; bird sculptures by Riv Pyne; and calligraphy, poetry and books by Jan Owen are among CRAFT’s holiday offerings. The Caldbeck Gallery will celebrate the holiday season with a group “Drawing Show,” which will open with a holiday party and reception during the art walk.

As the evening winds down, art fans can join the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre at 8 p.m. at the Strand for the film “Exit through the Gift Shop,” featuring the work of graffiti artist Banksy.

For a walking map and contact information for all of the Arts In Rockland galleries, visit

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