The Midcoast cities of Rockland and Belfast will continue their popular First Friday art walks through the end of the year. The evenings, which feature exhibition openings, gallery receptions and live performances, run 5 to 8 p.m. in Rockland and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Belfast.

AIR (Arts In Rockland)

On Oct. 4, almost two dozen galleries in downtown Rockland will be open, from Water Street to Summer Street and the side streets surrounding the Farnsworth Art Museum. The museum also will be open with free admission from 5 to 8 p.m.

This will be the final free-admission First Friday at the Farnsworth this year, a series that began in June and is sponsored by, appropriately enough, The First independent community bank. New for 2013, the museum has been accessible during First Friday art walks via the Main Street doors, leading directly into the galleries.

For the second consecutive month, guitarist/composer Jeffrey Rojo will be playing classical guitar in the museum galleries beginning at 6 p.m. Rojo, who lives in Searsmont, has been teaching classical guitar at the Bay Chamber Community Music School in Rockport since 2009. He also is director of the Bay Chamber Guitar Ensemble, and he performs regularly in and around the Midcoast region.

Among the many exhibitions on view throughout downtown will be recent work by David Scriven Crowley at his eponymous gallery at 409 Main St. Crowley has been making art for more than 40 years and is the recipient of many awards and prizes. His work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections. In 2004 he was given a retrospective of his work at the Cape Ann Art Museum in Gloucester, Mass. Among his many exhibitions, Crowley has exhibited at the Farnsworth, the Walker Art Museum at Bowdoin College, Massachusetts’ Springfield Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. For more information, call 594-0733.

Belfast art walk kicks off Poetry Festival

The ninth annual Belfast Poetry Festival runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, with most activities at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. However, the collaborative projects between poets and visual and/or performing artists are well underway and many will make their first appearance during October’s First Friday gallery night.

The collaborations are curated by the festival’s hard-working committee and are always surprising. Projects in the past have included sculpture, musical performance, dance, painting, printmaking and broadsides, book arts and installations.

Poetry and art lovers alike are invited to seek out this year’s festival previews in a downtown Gallery Hunt Friday night, Oct. 4. For the upcoming festival’s complete schedule, visit belfastpoetry.com.