For the fourth consecutive year, The First, N.A., will sponsor First Fridays at the Farnsworth. During First Fridays, the museum will open its galleries free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. New for 2013, the museum will be accessible on First Fridays through the Main Street doors, leading directly into the galleries.

First Fridays also will feature a guest musical group, beginning Friday, June 7, with the Midcoast a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty. First Fridays at the Farnsworth, part of the Arts in Rockland’s First Friday art walks, will be June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4.

For nearly 150 years, The First, an independent community bank, has been serving the coast of Maine with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock and Washington counties plus a new branch now in downtown Bangor. The First offers innovative consumer and commercial banking products and services, including First to Open 7 a.m. drive-up window banking. First Advisors, a division of First Bancorp, provides investment advisory and trust services from offices in Damariscotta, Bar Harbor and Bangor. For more information, call (800) 564-3195 or visit

Now in its second decade, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast and generally performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and mid-summer. VoXX likes the challenges of unusual vocal music, yet more familiar works by such renowned composers as Britten, Byrd, Dufay, Holst, Josquin, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams and Whitacre (not to mention Anonymous) also are central to the repertoire. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. For more information on current exhibitions, programs and events, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or