CRAFT gallery, 12 Elm St., will open its July show during the First Friday art walk July 1 with “Bird Watching.” Birds, feathers, nests and eggs are in a new collection of fine craft, inspiring artists to incorporate the subject in various craft media.

A powerful diptych of a flock of crows by Lissa Hunter illustrates the strength and beauty of birds in flight while her touching assemblage “Before Birds,” using her signature basketry and paint, speaks to their vulnerability and sweetness. Riv Pyne creates composite sculptures of birds, real and imagined, while sculpted clay owls are endowed with an almost human quality by Gail Savitz. Handpainted silk scarves by Susan Atwater and silver jewelry by Peggy Johnson complete the collection.

“Bird Watching,” along with collectible craft art by many other fine contemporary craft artists with Maine connections, will run through Aug. 4. CRAFT gallery is located in the courtyard between the Caldbeck and Landing galleries. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.

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