The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Art Gallery has five new artists exhibiting. There will be an artists’ reception Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the first Friday Artwalk in Rockland.

Sue Shane from Falmouth will be exhibiting "Birds of Maine’s Coastal Islands,” a collection of original and printed water color paintings. The birds represent species found on Maine islands and are grouped to suggest the interactions and interplay between the different species and unique habitats.

Artists’ Beverly St. Clair and Roxanne Miller share a love for the arts and have recently collaborated as a mother-daughter team. St. Clair is a local self-taught artist who enjoys painting from nature with hints of human interaction; she paints either watercolor or acrylic, depending on subject matter. Miller collects and intricately presses seaweed species. Her background in biology lends itself nicely to this form of art as she is able to identify and present each specimen with scientific accuracy.

Harry Melquist is a hobbyist photographer of 50-plus years who grew up in Port Clyde. As he is driving along, he will see something in the environment that intrigues him, and he just has to take the photo. Photos of wildlife and landscapes will be exhibited.

Paul Perkins of Thomaston will be exhibiting his carvings of duck and shorebird decoys. For many years he has dabbled in the world of folk art, carving and painting replicas of working decoys, similar to those used by the market hunters along the eastern seaboard during the 19th century.

The visitor center and art gallery are located in the south-end of town in the large white building just across from Terra Optima where Water Street and Route 73 meet. The visitor center also is open Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.