Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St., invites the general public to a First Friday reception Aug. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the premiere exhibition of photographer Peter Ralston’s “Master Prints.” Both new and classic images will bring the viewer to special spots along Maine’s coast during the times of day when the light is sublime.

Launched with the formal opening of the Ralston Gallery in Rockport in June 2011, “Master Prints” is a numbered, open edition of larger prints especially chosen by the artist for their personal significance as well as their ability to print beautifully at 24-by-36 inches. The edition opened with 12 selected images; two more were added in 2012; and again in 2013. Several others made their way into the edition by special request. As always, all prints are handmade by Ralston, not by assistants. The printing transcends museum standards; each print is hand-titled, numbered and signed by the artist.

Ralston has photographed the coast of Maine since 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define coastal Maine’s character. His work has been seen in countless books and magazines; featured on network television; and exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad.

The “Master Prints” exhibition will run through Sept. 30. An online gallery of images from the show will be posted at Current gallery hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, manager of Archipelago, at 596-0701 or

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