Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main St, will host two exhibitions opening with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, June 7, and continuing through June 29: Jacob Bond Hessler’s “The Space Between,” photographs on aluminum; and Bill Mayher’s driftwood sculptures.

Hessler’s photographs take a closer look at the American landscape, capturing unexplored vantages while tracing the highways and byways from Maine to California. The show is the culmination of the Camden native’s own journey, the final of eight week-long treks cross-country.

Hessler studied photography at Santa Barbara’s Brooks Institute and earned his masters degree from Parsons in New York City. He recently returned to Camden, where he has been developing his style of large atmospheric photographs printed on aluminum.

Mayher’s driftwood fish and birds are made with the salt-water cured driftwood he finds on offshore islands around Penobscot Bay. They are decked with other found materials including rusted sheep fence wire and galvanized roofing.

Mayher’s fascination with birds dates back to the morning his grandmother showed him an ovenbird’s nest when he was 5. His career as a fisherman commenced a few years later, followed by a decade of saltwater fishing on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the waters off Eastern Long Island. He now lives in Brooklin and continues his lifelong communion with boats, birds and fish.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and Mondays by appointment. For more information, call 596-0084 or visit

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