Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, will host an opening reception for its summer gallery show Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main St. location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces and meet some of the artists.

The show, which highlights the work of painters Wendy A. Newcomb and Gary Hoyle, as well as Appleton wood turner Richard Dunham, will run to Oct. 29. The gallery is currently open daily.

Newcomb is a representational painter whose primary media include oil, gouache and acrylic. Organizations, businesses, schools and private individuals have commissioned her for paintings, illustrations and murals; and her work has appeared in a number of publications including L.L. Bean, Bayview Press, Old Cars Weekly and Artists of New England.

Most of Hoyle’s work has been at the interface of art and science. For 28 years, he served as an exhibits artist and the Curator of Natural History at the Maine State Museum. His project work has been featured in institutions from New England to Iowa, including the Field Museum of Chicago;, and his personal artwork has toured the country from coast to coast, as well as Japan.

Dunham’s woodshop in his 1850s farmhouse is where he turns locally found burls into bowls and vases, as well as artistic pieces for display. The cherry burls are from native Maine Cherry harvested from dead or dying trees on his property or from the land of friends in the area.

Other artists whose work will be featured in the summer gallery show include painters Valerie Aponik and Thom Buescher; felt artist Helen Farnham; Monhegan papercuts artist Dylan Metrano; and furniture maker Paul Woonrooij.

Archipelago is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the August opening, Archipelago will remain open to 8 p.m. First Fridays through October. For more information, contact director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701.

Archipelago supports and showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects and promotes the beauty and endurance of Maine’s islands and coast. Since opening in 2000, it has helped advance the careers of more than 800 Maine artists and returned more than $2 million in commission sales. Archipelago organizes the annual Artists and Makers Conference and provides mentoring to coastal artists. For more information, visit

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