A portrait gallery of its 16 past and current presidents, photographed and restored by George Hoyt, will mark the 42nd year of the Cushing Historical Society’s existence in one half of its next Arts in the Barn presentation. Images of Maine faces will be joined by photos of Maine places from Arlene Faulkner of St. George, who will show her most recent photographs of favorite Midcoast scenes.

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cushing Historical Society’s barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road. The exhibition will continue Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hoyt has always taken photographs because, he has said, he has to. He began exploring photography during his army days in Germany, with help from some of the world’s best lenses and other camera parts still made there “by generations of the same family,” and available to US soldiers tax-free. For his Cushing Historical Society presidents project, Hoyt built a special studio, where he could ask his subjects “to sit still for many takes.” For photos of the past presidents who are deceased, he recaptured their likeness from old photographs and reproduced them in a blue shade that speaks of time gone by.

Faulkner has been an enthusiastic photographer for 30 years, starting with equipment far less sophisticated than the digital camera she now uses. Her subjects are seldom prearranged; she is drawn to people in the middle of activity, crowds or individuals, but also loves the vistas of her Maine surroundings — Reid State Park, Marshall Point and Acadia are favorites among them. She said she thinks of her photos as storytelling and sometimes wishes she had become a photo journalist.

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