Heart-art of 60 Waldo County artists and poets has taken over downtown Belfast in a Finding Our Voices blockbuster exhibit and online silent auction that runs through June to open eyes, minds and yes, hearts, to the domestic abuse raging all around us.

Building on the downtown Rockland window exhibit in October that raised $20,000 for Finding Our Voices, this exhibit features photographs, paintings, poetry, sculpture, fiber art, collage and more to the theme Love/Not Love, in 48 downtown Belfast downtown business windows and 45 windows of the City Hall, as well as in two rooms of the Belfast Free Library.

The exhibit continues through June 30, with a concurrent online silent auction of the artwork on the FindingOurVoices.net website, with proceeds benefitting this survivor-led domestic abuse-awareness organization. The huge window banners featuring the faces of 32 Maine survivors, many from the Midcoast, are on windows throughout Waldo County.

The exhibit includes a huge blowup in the office of the Republican Journal of 911 “domestic” calls from across the county paired with the “dismissed, dismissed, dismissed” sentencing of domestic abusers just steps away in the Waldo County courthouse, a collage of a boy pointing a gun, and the Finding Our Voices banner of Autumn with her quote “He put a gun in my mouth.” Recognizing the prominent role poetry plays in Belfast, eight poems, most of which were created especially for this event, are displayed throughout the downtown. Many of the pieces in the show feature statements from the artists about their own experience with domestic abuse.

Saturday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. is an outdoor reception in the park on Main Street in Belfast, and the chance to “Talk about it” with survivors and participating artists.

The City Council voted unanimously May 4 to proclaim June “Belfast Breaks the Silence of Domestic Abuse month” and also turn the grid of City Hall windows into a mosaic expressing the range of creativity in Waldo County as well as the insidiousness, pervasiveness and complexity of domestic abuse.

Business sponsors of the event are First National Bank, Cold Mountain Builders, Viking Lumber, Safe House, Mathews Brothers, Maritime Energy and Christine’s Framing Gallery.

For more information visit FindingOurVoices.net or contact Patrisha McLean, the group’s founder/president, at hello@findingourvoices.net.