CAMDEN — Local art will take center stage the third Thursday of the month, when Camden’s galleries and merchants open their doors after hours to celebrate summer with an Art Walk and Bay View Block Party. On Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to take over Bay View Street, which will be closed between the Public Landing and Willey Wharf, listen to live music by Emmett Lalor, visit galleries and shops, and greet friends just steps from Camden’s beautiful waterfront. Galleries and shops will be open on Bay View Street and on the Public Landing.

Colin Page, owner of Page Gallery, says “We are excited to have so many businesses working together to show art here in Camden. Bay View Street has a lot going on with a few new businesses, like Jessie Tobais Design and Topo Gallery, and new owners at Owl and Turtle. We want to celebrate all of the new energy and excitement on our street.”

Generously sponsored by First National Bank and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event is free of charge and open to locals and visitors.