The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will host an open house Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Everyone is invited to stroll just a bit down South Main to 9 Water St., view the artwork in the gallery, meet some of the artists, tour the building and see a film on the work of the refuge.

Local artists exhibiting in the spacious art gallery this month include Ed Kenney, a photographer from Owls Head; Sandi Cirillo, fiber artist and felter from Searsport; Phyllis Fales and Karen Jones of Two Sisters-Two Cameras, Cushing; and Hank Tyler, wood sculptor from Hallowell. The Nature Store also will be open and includes stone carvings of birds by Eva Thompson of Camden.

All artwork is for sale, with part of the proceeds going to the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands. FOMSI supports the efforts of the refuge through fundraising, outreach education and advocacy. The Friends group is working to identify funders to sponsor the creation of displays and exhibits throughout the building.

The visitor center is housed in the old Captain Snow house, the large white building just behind Triangle Park where Water Street and Route 73 meet. The visitor center also is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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