Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., invites everyone to an opening reception Friday, Aug. 1, during the city’s 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk.  Four of the 19 member artists will exhibit new works in the gallery’s front room.

Thanks to the fish ladder at Damariscotta Mills, Damariscotta Lake has witnessed the return of alewives. Photographer Joan Wright’s subject matter is primarily water, but this year the ritual call to return to the place of birth to produce new life has inspired her to feature the life in the water.

Jill Caldwell’s powerful abstract paintings are non-representational explosions of color, balancing bold shapes and subtle, multiple layers of graphite, Cray-Pas and ink-infused acrylics.

The violin’s grace and beauty in both sound and form have inspired Sandra Leinonen Dunn to add the instrument to her substantial repertoire of still life paintings, exhibited in a variety of sizes.

New Art Space member Roger Barry’s wood sculptures offer sensory interaction, whether they are intricately sculpted boxes, figures or wall hangings. Many of his reliquaries incorporate hidden mechanisms.

The rest of the gallery reflects a range of styles and quality, and many Art Space artists will be on hand to share a glass of wine with visitors.  Art Space Gallery is located directly across the street from the Strand Theatre. Summer hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a. m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

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