Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main St., is hosting three shows in the month of July, showcasing the work of James Dodds, Guy Taplin and Scott Kelley. Opening receptions are in conjunction with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., free and open to all.

Former shipwright Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel but go beyond to evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. These paintings of restored boats reflect a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.

Sculptor Taplin’s obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, his simplified, stylized forms capture specific habits and character, sculpted from found driftwood.

Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling and, most recently, spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing.

These show will continue through July 29. Dowling Walsh Gallery is located directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit or call 596-0084.

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