The weather may not reflect it, but spring is finally here and Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St., will celebrate the season with “Sea & Sky,” a new show of work by Maine artist Betty Heselton.

The public is invited to two free events: the first reception will open the show Friday, April 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and the second on Friday, May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. will provide another opportunity to meet the artist, who lives in Gardiner and paints on Monhegan each summer with several friends.

Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. She developed a keen interest in seeing and documenting the beauty around her, and her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

“This body of work speaks to the clear and simple beauty and pleasure I experience during my summers on the rocky coast of Maine,” she said. “From my kayak to the path along the shore, I find never-ending excitement in the play of light, color and shape of the objects around me.”

“Sea & Sky” will run to June 20. For more information about the show or the receptions, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago store and gallery manager, at 594-9209, ext. 137 or

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