Three new artists will exhibit at the Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery beginning with an opening reception Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., during the city’s First Friday Art Walk.

Michael Boardman of North Yarmouth is an avid naturalist, field sketching and painting wildlife and landscapes and searching for experiences in wilderness where the inspiration for his work lies. He works mostly in watercolor; is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; and has run his graphic art business Coyote Graphics for more than 20 years.

Leon Vanella of Newcastle was raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, and his experimentation with photography began when he returned to that area as an adult. That experimentation has continued ever since, exploring different topics and styles, but an appreciation of nature has always been at the core.

Janet Glatz of Durham has been a professional painter of land and seascapes for 24 years; and has collectors across the United States and in Asia. Her collection of eco-activist art highlights her concern over endangered species and diminishing habitats.

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and art gallery are located on 9 Water St. Sales of art benefit the Friends group and the artists. The visitor center also is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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