“A Sense of Place/El Sentido del Lugar,” which was on view late spring/early summer at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, is up through Nov. 23 at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 170 Main St./Business Route 1. An opening reception Friday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. coincides with Damariscotta’s Third Friday ArtWalk. An artist talk is scheduled during the October ArtWalk, 5 p.m. Oct. 21.

“A Sense of Place/El Sentido del Lugar” is a cross-cultural, collaborative printmaking exhibition of 90 original works created by members of two fine art presses separated by 3,800 miles. Circling the Square Fine Art Press of Gardiner and Fundación Estampería Quiteña of Quito, Ecuador, celebrate a visual conversation on sustainability, biodiversity and the ways local changes may make global impacts.

Sixty of the prints from the original exhibition are shown in Damariscotta. Participating are seventeen artists from Circling the Square Fine Art Press, led by director Karen Adrienne, and 15 from the Fundación Estampería Quiteña. Judith Long, who has family in Quito, is the International Facilitator who brought the two presses together for this project and facilitated the English and Spanish conversations.

Circling the Square Fine Art Press is grateful to Damariscotta’s Midcoast Print Makers, who rented their large Conrad Press to provide extra press capacity. Early last year, as the artists began making their prints, professional movers were hired to bring the press to Gardiner. The 17 artists at Circling the Square worked feverishly during some intense, 16-hour days to produce 45 editions of seven prints each for the exhibition.

Artists from each press created two limited edition prints and one intervention print that focus on sustainability and biodiversity. The intervention print, initiated by an artist at one press, was sent to an artist at the other press to complete. These shared visions and artistic conversations about environmental concerns are communicated through lithography, serigraphy, linocut, intaglio and various other printmaking techniques.

The participating Maine artists are Karen Adrienne, Robin Brooks, Judith DeMilo-Brown, Christine J. Higgins, Judith Long, Diana McFarland, Christine Olson, Rebeka Ouellette, Jane Page-Conway, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Susan Dean Smith, J. P. Strode, Sarah Vosmus, Lisa F. Wheeler and Barbra Whitten. Four of the Maine artists participated in the Quito opening.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 563-2775. The exhibition will travel to Boston University School of Theology in January for two months. A bilingual exhibition catalog is available at all venues.

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