Everyone is invited to come view this fall’s exhibition at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Visitors will meet the artists, enjoy some appetizers and learn more about the conservation work from National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers.

Russell Wray, a new sculptor to the gallery, has a predominant theme showing the relationship between humans and the other animals. Photographer Blaise Botti strives to capture the natural habitat, hoping people will be aware of the beauty that surrounds them and want to protect it. Laura Waller, a professional painter in Rockland, recently won Best of Show in a statewide Florida juried exhibition featuring three of her oil paintings of Maine. Lori Davis captures spectacular moments in nature and brings them back to share with others, hoping her photographs will educate as well as inspire.

This exhibition will be up for September and October. The visitor center is located in the South End, housed in the old Captain Snow house, the large white building just behind Triangle Park where Water Street and South Main Street/Route 73 meet.  The visitor center and art gallery also are 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.