Michael Good Gallery, 499 Main St., will open the exhibition “Fred Good” during its 17th annual Summer Celebration, coinciding with a First Friday Art Walk reception, Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and musical accompaniment by Kristen Tescher completes the free annual event.

The show of abstract paintings and works on paper will continue through Sept. 9. Fred Good studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at several art education centers in North Carolina. He has exhibited extensively in Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill and elsewhere, as a solo artist and in juried exhibitions.

While studying at seminal art centers and mentoring with psychology pioneers in the 1960s, Good became a key, and highly successful, community organizer in the middle of New York City’s Lower East Side. In what came to be known as “Loisaida,” Good participated in exhibits, poetry readings and musical events at the legendary Nuyorican Café on East 6th Street. He fostered the development of the Seven Loaves Art Coalition and the Lower East Side Community Music Workshop. Over time, Good raised a million dollars in grant money for projects focused on children and education, visual and performing arts, and social issues particular to residents of the Lower East Side.

“I’ve been interested in spontaneity, both as it is manifested in nature and in the behavior of people,” said Good. “My paintings are a visual manifestation of this interest … the current work is a continuation of my experimentation with the watercolor medium in the Abstract Expressionism tradition.”

Avi Good, gallery manager, said this special solo show will fill the Main Street gallery “with the color and energy so typical of Fred Good’s current bold work.”

Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In May, the gallery opened a second location, the Michael Good Gallery Annex, on Route 1 in Rockport. For more information, contact Avi Good at 594-2580 or avigood@michaelgood.com.

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