On Friday, Aug. 30, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will unveil “America’s Maine,” paintings of the people and places of the Maine coast. The images were collected over two years by artist America Martin and cinematographers Ross Richardson and Rachel Elias.

Martin literally worked from sunrise to moonrise to capture the essence of the worker, the vacationer, the sailor and even the boatyard dog. Her finished paintings reflect the feistiness and the quiet strength that calls folks to return here. In her search to find what would end up being paintings, Martin seemingly approached people out of nowhere. Down dirt driveways, on piers and along the street — sporting a baseball cap, flip flops and a camera — she would chat up even the most reserved personalities without restraint. Folks stood tall in front of the camera, proud of what they do and who they are. After a while, they would go about their business, and America would linger on in the background, forgotten, to continue her work.

The resulting images are compelling, curious, contemplative and even amusing. From children playing and fishing to hard-working men, women and street musicians, these works show how people live and enjoy the place some of us are lucky enough to call home.

There will be 14 paintings in oil and acrylic on canvas and 22 pieces on paper; the gallery will open both floors of the space for this work exclusively. Martin will be in the gallery Friday evening, Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. for the opening reception. She will be back the next day, Saturday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. for an artist’s talk and Q&A session. Refreshments will be served at both events.

The show will hang through Tuesday, Oct. 8. For more information, call 594-7745.

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