"MONSTERS!" is an invitational group show of Maine artists, curated by Greenhut Galleries' Jessica McCarthy and featuring some of the work of a number of Midcoast artists. It will open Friday evening, Oct. 7, during the city’s First Friday Art Walk.

Midcoast artists whose work is represented include the late Robert Hamilton, Alan Magee, Kenny Cole, David Estey and Petrea Noyes. As to the subject matter, Liberty’s Alan Crichton weighed in on the call for art.

“We'd like viewers and artists to throw down the mess. The brutal mess where we currently live. Little or no light-hearted ‘little bad monsters’ to titter about while eating, but all out insane nightmares that churn your gorge, that make you choke,” he said. “That is where we are today! Let us see it!”

Fear, after all, can bring us together for the right reasons and help us find the heroic in ourselves, added Daniel Kany.

“Art can be the moral vessel we sail to challenge selfish institutions,” he said. “Art can help us turn our shapeless fears into poignant questions.”

“MONSTERS!” is presented by the Union of Maine Visual Artists and mounted in part by the Community Television Network. It may be seen at the CTN Galleries, 516 Congress St.

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