The Friends of Maine Coastal Islands invites one and all to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to welcome two new artists and a student group to the art gallery starting in November. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the year’s final First Friday Art Walk.

Lisa Mossel Vietze of Appleton uses her camera to find the smaller, intimate landscapes of her own backyard and gardens — flowers in particular. Her photos reflect her awe of the color, design and expression of form when she is in the company of flowers.

Gwen Sylvester of Rockland presents her ongoing series of nature and wildlife paintings, many of which were created while anchored off pristine remote islands in the Penobscot Bay region. She works in watercolor and acrylic, capturing the beauty of remote islands and surprise encounters with wildlife.

Students at the Midcoast S.T.E.A.M. Microschool in Rockland are studying plastics pollution in the oceans. Their exhibit will feature Trashy Turtle, an adolescent-sized Leatherback Sea Turtle made of plastic pieces they collected on the beaches in the local area. Central to their exhibit is showing how easily plastic grocery bags look like jellyfish, the main food of the Leatherback.

The visitor center and art gallery are located on 9 Water St. The visitor center also is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 594-0600, ext. 5.

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