“Walking the Barrens” by Sally Loughridge and “Leaping Fox” by Marnie Sinclair.

ROCKLAND — Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will feature three shows focusing on climate change. The art opening will be Friday, July 9, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. in Rockland.

The art gallery managed by the Friends Group provides visual stories to complement the work of this refuge and to compel people to be inspired and take action in caring for our natural environment.

The three shows are:

“Home Place”

This show partners the artwork of environmental artist and activist Marnie Sinclair and that of landscape artist Sally Loughridge. Loughridge’s paintings depict natural habitats in Maine, which are home to the animals and birds that Sinclair sculpts from wire and other materials.

This pairing of habitat paintings and sculptures of the resident creatures, reflects the grace, power and diversity that exists in nature. Understanding the importance of this natural balance, the artists embrace FOMCI’s work to raise awareness about the catastrophic consequences of leaving climate change unaddressed.

“Data Reflections”

Scientist and artist Jill Pelto is an artist and scientist whose work focuses on communicating human-environment connections. By incorporating scientific research and data into watercolor paintings, she weaves visual narratives that reveal the benefits and costs of human impacts on this planet.

“Maine Artists with a Message – Climate Change” – Selections from past art show participants will illuminate the effects of, and personal perceptions associated with this vast environmental threat. Artists include Roberta Baumann, Gail Karlsson, Karen Kulberg and Sherry Dec.

There will be a virtual walk-through of the gallery featuring the artwork with artist commentary available on the FOMCI NWR YouTube channel later this month. The galleries will be open to visitors July 6 through Oct. 28, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.

Other dates and times, including Saturdays will be posted on the calendar of the FOMCI website at mainecoastislands.org. Remember to come meet the artists July 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

All art sales support both the artists and the Friends’ group.

For more information, contact info@mainecoastislands.org or call 594-0600 x5.